By Katie Nicholls
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
TBnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY — Three northwestern mines are facing off against other miners in a province-wide battle in the Ontario Mine Rescue District Competition, where they are testing their safety skills. At the Norwest Arena, rescue teams from Impala Canada’s Lac Des Illes Mine Ltd, New Gold Mine and Evolution Red Lake Mines […]

By Allan Bradbury
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
abradbury@fortfrances.com

At a special meeting of Town Council last night Fort Frances Town Council passed a bylaw appointing Marcel Michaels as the new CAO for the Town of Fort Frances. Michaels comes to Fort Frances from the town of Consort, Alta., where he has been the CAO for the last year. […]

By Marnie Cumming
Special to the Times

Rock’n for a Reason was a rock’n success. This annual fundraiser organized by the LaVerendrye Hospital Auxiliary once again received excellent community support. Held at the recent Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Expo, over $18,600 was raised from solicited pledges, business contributions and individual donations. Special thanks to […]

From the OPP
Press release

(KENORA, ON) – The Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has opened the area of Highway 658 from Dalles Road to Coker Road after an investigation into a barricaded person. On May 6, 2024, just before 8:00 p.m., members of the Kenora OPP Detachment received reports of an […]

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

May is officially Community Living Month in the Town of Fort Frances, and there is plenty being planned to make the most of it. In an official declaration and flag raising held last week on Thursday, May 2, 2024, Fort Frances mayor Andrew Hallikas acknowledged the month and all of […]

By Mike Stimpson
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Thunder Bay Source

KENORA – A court document filed recently by the Chiefs of Ontario accuses the MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, who is the province’s Indigenous affairs minister, of making “threats of retribution.” A spokesperson for Greg Rickford responded to the allegations with a one-sentence statement. “As this matter is before the courts, […]

From the OPP
Press release

With 370 motorcyclists losing their lives in Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) jurisdictions in the past 10 years, the OPP is casting light on causal factors and other relevant data, with the aim of helping motorcyclists and other drivers recognize how they can avoid contributing further to these preventable deaths. Between […]

By Carl Clutchey
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Chronicle-Journal

Don’t want to feel ticked off after a hike in the woods? Then avoid being bitten by a tick, health officials advise. A Ministry of Health bulletin last week noted that deer ticks, technically known as black-legged ticks, come out in full force as temperatures rise. Deer ticks are of […]

By Dave Baxter
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Winnipeg Sun

Plans to build Canada’s largest urban reserve in Winnipeg continue to move forward, and officials say shovels could be in the ground on the massive development before the end of this month. “Things are looking great for the first phase of Naawi-Oodena,” Treaty One Development Corporation’s newly-named executive director Kathleen […]

Staff

Two LaVallee residents linked to widespread mail theft were seen in court this week. Ann Rousseau and her partner William Rousseau are facing multiple charges in relation to the theft of mail from the Fort Frances Post Office, where Ann Rousseau worked as a contracted cleaner. Ann was seen in […]

By Allan Bradbury
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
abradbury@fortfrances.com

Last July Giishkaandago’Ikwe Health Services announced they were receiving $5million in funding to build the Wiidookodaadiwin Healing Lodge, on April 25 they held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the building on Agency One land near Couchiching First Nation. The idea for the shelter grew out of the women’s council for […]

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

A local author is celebrating the release of their second book of poetry which is taking readers on a trip into the past in order to challenge the heteronormative stories history accepts as the default. Joelle Barron is a poet from Fort Frances, and released their second book of poetry, […]