By Michael Riley
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Bancroft Times

As of July 29, there were 803 cases of monkeypox recorded here in Canada, with most of those cases, 726 of them, in Ontario and Quebec. The Bancroft Times speaks with Dr. Golden Gao, a medical consultant with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health about what people should know about Monkeypox […]

By Jennifer Ashawasegai-Pereira
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Parry Sound North Star

“Biindigen. Mii gwi Anishinabek wewana nkenmaaminak dependajig maa kiing. We acknowledge in a good way, the original people of the land  here. We value the cultures, histories and relationships with the  Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (North America).”  That’s the generic Land acknowledgment on the Near North District  School Board […]


Sunset Drive, which turns to Highway 602, has been a favourite detour around the Fort Frances Kings Highway construction light this summer. But with heavy traffic expected this weekend for the Emo Fall Fair, Alberton clerk Dawn Hayes wants everyone to be aware of the state of a bridge along […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

New Brunswick recently reported the province’s first confirmed case of monkeypox, making a total of seven provinces and territories that have been exposed to the virus. As of August 12, Ontario reports the highest of the seven affected provinces with a total count of 511 confirmed cases, followed by Quebec […]

By Olivia Seguin

On Friday July 8, 2022 our 4-H Explorers group gathered in Nestor Falls at the Tourist Information for our meeting. In attendance were Jessica Teeple, Emily Romyn, Sydney Romyn, Georgia Romyn, Melaina Olson, Mason Teeple, Jameson Teeple and Olivia Seguin along with our Leaders Melinda Romyn, Krista Olson and guest […]

The deadline to register as a candidate for town council or school board is Friday, August 19 at 2 p.m. Anyone wishing to to stand for election must have their paperwork submitted to their local clerk by that time. The following is an unoifficial list of candidates, as of today’s […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Chelsea Blackjack is just one member in a growing list of people who have lost a loved one to drug overdose. She knows all too well the growing frustration across the community, as lives are lost and families broken due to the opioid crisis, and she has decided to take […]

By Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

I walk down only one flight of stairs to get to my workplace. Hunched over my computer and sitting cross-legged in my desk chair, I cruise through Fort Frances with a click of my mouse. Welcome to the life of a remote worker. From the Google maps street-view, the Fort […]

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer

There’s a new home for musical theatre lovers in the district, with distinct hopes that performers too old for high school shows will be able to put on an annual spectacle. Trevor Barker is the musical director and founder of Row I Theatre in Fort Frances, a new theatre company […]

By Robin McCormick
Devlin Correspondent

United Church Minister Reverend Frances Flook will tell you that her favourite Bible scripture is 1 Corinthians 13: “Love is patient and love is kind.” She has been a beloved part of the communities of Emo and Devlin for 25 years but is about to embark on a new adventure. […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer

Carina Mack facilitates equine-assisted learning at Freedom Center Life Skills just outside Emo. This summer, she’s received two groups of kids aged 7-12 from the United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC). The groups visit once a week, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings respectively for about an hour. There, kids get to […]

By Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) reports that COVID-19 activity has been increasing across the region. The public is strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors and follow isolation measures when symptomatic or testing positive. Although case numbers may not have increased drastically, the numbers only include individuals who have been PCR tested. […]