By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

When the pandemic forced the closure of retail businesses, many individuals started punching in their credit card information, placing orders on items to later be delivered in recyclable boxes. Although national and international statistics suggest average recyclables per household increased during the pandemic, Craig Miller, environmental superintendent, said it was […]

Program open to anyone who needs assistance, with an income under $25,000 The Volunteer Bureau is offering its charitable income tax program right now. The income tax program runs from March 1 to April 23. Services have to stop a week before the final tax deadline of April 30, so […]

More needs to be done to fight homelessness other than providing food and shelter, according to Mayor June Caul. As the provincial government works to provide more funding for shelter and services for the homeless, Caul said she has already sent a letter to the ministry, premier and prime minister […]

The Confederation College is now accepting applications for the new and free Personal Support Worker (PSW) program. The province of Ontario provided province-wide funding to have 6,000 students enrol in a six-months accelerated program. Prior to this, students would need eight months to complete the PSW program. Successful applicants will […]

It has been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic not only shut down the world but also impacted many lives and businesses in Ontario that will reap the repercussions for years to come. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, held a virtual tele-townhall meeting on […]

Press release In light of our region moving into the Red–Control level of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework, Riverside has updated our Long-Term Care (LTC) Visitation policy and procedure. These temporary changes are effectively immediately. All short term and temporary absences are cancelled. The only exception is resident absences for […]

On Monday the Planning and Development Executive Committee unanimously voted for the recommendation to rename Colonization Road West and Colonization Road East. Prior to voting, the committee were presented with a tally of the feedback from members of the community. Cody Vangel, chief building official and municipal planner, said they […]

The first meeting in 2021 for the Laverendrye General Hospital Auxiliary was held on March 1 2021. Nine members and one guest attended virtually. President Linda Booth presided and the meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm. The Agenda, Minutes of the previous meeting, and Treasurer’s report were all […]

A jack of all trades, but a master of none. Steven Lovisa wore many hats before he found the one. One that fit just right, that is a chef’s hat. Lovisa, 36, now owns Foundry Kitchen and Bar in Port Perry. He made a few stops en route to becoming […]

This is the first in a series with Ryan McMahon and Wendell Collier about their CBC Gem series “Stories from the Land,” an adaptation of McMahon’s podcast which premiers on the digital streaming platform Friday, March 19. From a podcast to the CBC, formerly local actor, comedian and filmmaker Ryan […]

It still hasn’t completely sunk in for Brent Tookenay. “It was a big surprise” he said. “It’s a pretty nice honour, it was not expected at all. It was pretty cool.” In an announcement that might not be so surprising to those who know him and his work, Tookenay was […]