The idea for the Northern Ontario Women’s Caucus (NOW) began with conversations between Mayor Michelle Boileau of Timmins and Mayor Cheryl Fort of Hornepayne, with the goal of creating a group to advocate for priorities and issues affecting women in the North. “Strong and resilient women applaud, uphold, and have […]

By Carl Clutchey
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Chronicle Journal

Anyone who thinks trapping is an outdated pastime has never tried to obtain a trapping licence. The reality is that snagging a space in a trapper’s course can sometimes be harder than ensnaring a rabbit. A 40-hour course to be lead next month by Neebing-based instructor Mark Deans is already […]

By Marissa Lentz
Local Journalism Initiative
TimminsToday.com

In light of the mental health concerns of first responders, another northern community is looking at time-stamping roadside memorials. Matheson is the latest community supporting Cochrane District EMS chief paramedic Jean Carriere’s initiative.  In September, Carriere brought forward the idea of limiting roadside memorials during a Cochrane District Social Services […]

By Mike Stimpson
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
TBNewswatch

THUNDER BAY – Most of Ontario’s electricity comes from nuclear power plants, but how much of the Northwest’s supply is nuclear? The short answer is that we can’t really know. According to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which manages Ontario’s power grid, 54 per cent of the province’s power […]

By Sandy Krasowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Chronicle Journal

The main hallway at Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute was filled with students waiting for their turn to fly an aircraft on a flight simulator. The aviation event on Thursday brought Lakehead Public Schools, Confederation College, KBM Aviation and North Star Air together to spotlight a career in aviation for […]

By Carl Clutchey
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Chronicle-Journal

About a dozen Ontario municipalities are supporting a Conmee Township resolution calling on the province to bar those with a criminal record from being elected to a municipal council, unless that record has been expunged. The resolution, which was put forward by Conmee Coun. Grant Arnold, is similar to an […]

By Natasha Bulowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada’s National Observer

Around 100 people gathered this week in the Kashechewan First Nation High School gym to celebrate a milestone in the creation of a new Indigenous-led Marine Conservation Area on the James Bay coastline. Once established, the project will be ultimately managed by a partnership of Parks Canada and the Mushkegowuk Marine Conservation, […]

By Natasha Bulowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada’s National Observer

Twelve labour and environmental groups are urging federal politicians to get the sustainable jobs act back on the House of Commons agenda so the long-awaited legislation can become law. In a letter sent Feb. 26, the groups called on government and party leaders to work together to ensure Bill C-50’s […]

From the District of Rainy River Services Board
Press release

Fort Frances, Ontario – The District of Rainy River Services Board (DRRSB) is honoured to accept recognition from Town of Fort Frances Mayor, Andrew Hallikas, as part of Non-Profit Sector Appreciation Week. Mayor Hallikas made the presentation to Chair Debbie Ewald and CAO Dan McCormick during the DRRSB regular board […]

By Kyle Darbyson
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Sault Star

With the Legislative Assembly set to reconvene next week, Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha is renewing his push to pass a private member’s bill that aims to improve the Northern Health Travel Grant Program. Mantha made this announcement at the Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre on Monday, revealing that this […]

From the NWHU
Press release

Northwestern Health Unit is reminding people to get immunized before they travel. Sandra Krikke, Acting Manager, Infectious Diseases says “cases of measles have been on the rise globally and we’ve seen an increase in travel-related cases being reported in other areas of Ontario as well as Minnesota.” Although there are […]

By Sandi Krasowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Chronicle-Journal

It’s business as usual at the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) as spring and wildfire season approach. Despite the 2023 drought in the region and minimal snow pack, officials aren’t waving any red flags just yet. But recruitment, planning and equipment procurement are underway. Chris Marchand, a fire […]