The “multi-use” facility is having some electrical problems–the problem being that the tenders are coming in too high. Dennis Brunn, vice-chair of the Fort Frances-Rainy River Board of Education, read a letter to trustees at last night’s regular meeting from Phil St. Cyr of Daoust Construction. St. Cyr said the […]

The Canadian Red Cross hasn’t issued any layoff notices to its homemakers yet as it hopes Ontario’s three political parties come up with a solution for the organization’s pay equity woes before the end of the year. Failing that, Red Cross president Gabrielle Moule admitted they would be forced to […]

Ontario teachers were slated to meet at the bargaining table with the Harris government today in hopes of avoiding a province-wide wildcat strike. But while many are trying to remain optimistic, educational workers are bracing for the worst. Locally, students have been coming home with letters from both the public […]

Food banks at the United Native Friendship Centre here and the local Salvation Army definitely will be thankful for the proceeds from the “Great Chili Cookoff” being held Friday–their shelves are in dire need of supplies. “Our stock is fairly low, [in fact] we are low on all staples,” said […]

Look out chili chefs–the taste testers are out to choose the best chili and they have some flavour standards. “Some like it hot, some do not” pretty much sums up the panel of judges set to give their taste buds the challenge at the “Great Chili Cookoff” slated Friday in […]

It wasn’t about buying and selling, or even about trade. It was about making contacts with people on both sides of the border. And it was a real success for Trish Neilson of Rainy River Preserves, who was attending her first “Northern Networks” trade conference. Neilson decided to attend the […]

Fort Frances council could be putting the brakes on the proposed Rainy River District Area Services Board by insisting on representation by population. That’s the warning Rainy River Mayor Gord Armstrong, who chairs the working group putting together the proposal, relayed after hearing council here gave the go-ahead to the […]

The invisible trading wall is crumbling as 150 participants opened up possibilities of doing business with their counterparts on the other side of the Canada-U.S. border. That’s what happened at the fourth-annual “Northern Networks” trade conference held in Fort Frances last week. And organizer Geoff Gillon, with the Rainy River […]

With provincial funding having run out for the Community Development Corp. for the West Rainy River District, Geoff Gillon said his office is looking to pick up the slack. But just how they’re going to do it remains to be seen. Gillon and the Rainy River Future Development Corp., based […]

The fight over Bill 136 may be over but the battle against the Harris government isn’t, with labour groups across the province putting their support behind the teachers’ fight against Bill 160. All four local teacher federations have joined the Fort Frances and District Labour Council, the most recent being […]

You can’t get “something for nothing.” That’s just one reason why Jeraldine Bjornson, minister at Knox United Church here, said she will speak out against opening a charity gaming casino in Fort Frances before voters go to the polls in November. And she’s expecting the local ministerial association–along with others–will […]

Community support for a drug and alcohol-free environment within the 10 area First Nations got a healthy endorsement here Friday morning when almost 300 people showed up to participate in a “Rally and Walk.” The event–the first of its kind–included a banner-waving march from the Senic River Mall on Second […]