Around Town

A Bail or Jail will be taking place at Walmart, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at Saturday February 12 and 13 to raise funds for the Fight Hunger Spark Change program, which funds local food banks. All money raised stays in the community. Stop by to see who got arrested!

Boston Pizza is donating a dollar from every heart-shaped pizza and one dollar from every chocolate explosion dessert sold this Saturday or Sunday to the High School Backpack Program.

The Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club is hosting a Chocolate Loppet with some sweet prizes. Due to COVID restrictions it will be a virtual Loppet – skiers will be able to complete the race distance of their choosing at any time of their choosing from February 12 to Feb.15. Choose a category, choose your distance and enter your best time in the link on the ski club’s Facebook page. There is no cost to enter. The family category is at least one child and one adult. You may enter more than one distance but you can only win one prize. There are prizes for each distance and a grand prize draw. Please email any questions to and follow all COVID guidelines posted at the chalet.

Paws and Claws Canada is holding a Valentine’s Donation Drive, to shed a little love on stray cats in need of a home. They’re in urgent need of food, litter and cash donations to cover veterinary bills. They are also seeking anyone interested in acting as a foster. To arrange a donation pick-up or ask about becoming a foster, contact Gord McCabe at 275-9753 or Joan Foley at 276-8670.

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care 50/50 deadline will be here faster than you think – February is short and sweet, but the pot is already almost $6,000 with two weeks left to go! Buying early makes the pot bigger! Three chances for $5, 10 chances for $10 and the best deal of 60 chances for $20. Get your tickets now at or call the Foundation Office at 807-274-4803 to make arrangements for offline payment. Every dollar raised helps our local hospitals to purchase life saving equipment. The lottery has already purchased two bladder scanners – one for Rainycrest and the other for La Verendrye Hospital.

The Ontario government is seeking public input for the Budget, on how to continue to support families, workers and business during COVID-19, while positioning the province for a strong economic recovery. Share your opinions online, by email or mail, or through a series of virtual consultations across the province.You can submit your comments here: The 2021 Ontario Budget Consultations will close on February 12, 2021. The 2021 Budget will be delivered by March 31, 2021.

The Federal government is also asking Canadians for their ideas on how to continue to support families and businesses during COVID-19, while thinking about rebuilding the Canadian economy post-pandemic. You can participate by either answering a survey or sending a formal submission at The 2021 Federal Budget Consultations will close February 19th, 2021.

Birch Bark Yarns is (virtually) hosting the Sweater Knit-A-Long (KAL) & there will be prizes! The Knit-a-long is free and open to everyone – Knitters, Crocheters & Markers are all welcome!  Beginners & Experts are welcome! To join us, join the “Sweater Weather K.A.L.” Facebook group.  More details are available on the group page as well as on our Facebook Page @birchbarkyarnsco. The Knit-a-long will run from mid January to March 31 2021.

Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club is available for skiing and walking/snowshoeing. In order to comply with COVID guidelines the chalet is open only for people accessing rental gear. Face masks must be worn in the chalet (no substitutes please) and users must social distance. No gatherings or parties allowed. Get outside and get some exercise! Memberships online at; per person day use $10 plus equipment rental fees $5 if you use our gear.

If you have questions for the Medical Officer of health, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, she participates in a live Question and Answer session every second Thursdays at 1 p.m. over facebook Live at the NWHU Facebook page. You can also access the chat through GoToMeeting, with links available here:

Anishinaabemodaa – Waking up Ojibwe – is a partnership between Seven Generations Institute, SayitFirst and the Rainy River District School Board. Their Facebook page posts videos and other resources to give First Nations kids, a way to hear and learn their own language.

The Fort Frances EarlyON Child and Family Centre has been posting fun craft and activity ideas on their Facebook page, that families can do at home.