Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative
enguyen@fortfrances.com

In recent months, Northridge Funeral Home Ltd has seen their workload triple, leading to the last remaining funeral home directors in northwestern Ontario to sound the alarm to provincial leaders and voice concerns to their licensing body. Jason Lilley, founder and funeral director at Northridge Funeral Home, said they typically […]

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

Two required repairs in a short timespan has the Rainy River Curling Club appealing to the community for support. Club vice-president Alicia Anderson says the required repairs caught them off guard when the season opened. “At the start of the season it was found that our plant wasn’t running up […]

Press release

(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON)- On February 4th, 2023, at approximately 7:55 a.m. members of the Sioux Lookout detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Kenora EMS and the Municipality of Sioux Lookout Fire Services were dispatched to a residential fire, located on Third Av N in the Municipality of […]

Looking for a weekend getaway over Family Day weekend? Fort William Historical Park is open for the Voyageur Winter Carnival February 18 through 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Park staff have organized a variety of fun, family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities, including sledding and tubing hills, exploring […]

By Eric Shih
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Thunder Bay Source

The head of the Seven Generations Educational Institute says the timing of the new provincial learn and stay program is really good. The province recently announced the expansion of the program for nursing, paramedic and medical laboratory technologists students a grant covering their education if they stay in the region […]

By Matteo Cimellaro
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada’s National Observer

First Nations youth were twice as likely to be hospitalized for mental health issues in 2011 as they were in 2006, according to a report published by Statistics Canada on Wednesday. The study is the first to investigate changes in patterns of hospitalization among Indigenous children and youth over time […]

By Evan Loree
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Lake Report

After four years of trying in vain, an advocate from Niagara is hoping to convince regional council to declare homelessness, mental health and addiction public emergencies. “I think I’m gonna see a lot of changed hearts and a lot of changed minds,” Steven Soos told The Lake Report. Before the […]

Scams targeting the elderly are on the rise across Canada, and police forces are raising the alarm, to help seniors be aware. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are launching a fraud prevention campaign, February 6 to 10, 2023, to raise […]

Staff

An alliance has been formed between four northern First Nations to create a united front on land protection issues. Leadership from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI, or Big Trout Lake First Nation), Wapekeka, Neskantaga, and Asubpeeschoseewagong Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows) met on Monday in Grassy Narrows to sign a Mutual Cooperation Agreement. The […]

(RAINY RIVER, ON) – Members of the Rainy River District of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 168 occurrences between Monday January 23, 2023, and Sunday, January 29, 2023, including: Rainy River OPP laid 31 charges under the Criminal Code and 15 under the Highway Traffic Act.

Press release

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Enforcement action by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-led Provincial Joint Forces Guns and Gangs Enforcement Team (GNG JFO) has resulted in the seizure of suspected cocaine, cash and a vehicle. Three people face charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Criminal Code […]

By Miranda Leybourne
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Brandon Sun

It’s imperative that First Nations leaders be included in the upcoming health-care talks between Canada’s premiers and the prime minister, says the chief of Swan Lake First Nation. The meeting, set for Feb. 7, is part of Ottawa’s plan to finalize a deal on health-care funding with the provinces and […]