(RAINY RIVER, ON) – Members of the Rainy River District of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 255 occurrences between Monday, November 28, 2022, and Sunday, December 4, 2022, including: Over the past week, Rainy River District OPP laid 26 charges under the Criminal Code and 36 under the Highway […]

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On Friday, December 2, 2022 at approximately 9:55 p.m., Thunder Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call of a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer unit and a snowplow on Highway 102. Members of the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), […]

By Saeed Akhtar
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Milton Reporter

A new survey has found that shopping locally could make or break the holiday season for small business retailers, with 72 percent of Canadian small businesses saying the 2022 holiday season is more important to their overall financial health compared to last year.  However, holiday spending with Canadian small businesses […]

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(ORILLIA, ON) – Hundreds of charges have been laid across Ontario, a snapshot of the work done by investigators and analysts that make up the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet (Provincial Strategy). The results of the investigations completed in October, named Project […]

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(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) – Members of the Sioux Lookout Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a report of a purse theft on November 7, 2022, at approximately 4:00pm at a local retail store. Video footage was obtained which shows a male suspect leaving the building holding the […]

By Mina Kerr-Lazenby
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
North Shore News

The number of Indigenous students who can speak an Indigenous language has doubled in the previous five years, according to a new study. The report, carried out in partnership with the McCreary Centre Society, uses data from the BC Adolescent Health Survey to track how the challenges and strengths of […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

After an unexpected partnership with a Canadian celebrity, a locally owned maple syrup company had 18 days to produce 20,000 bottles of syrup—they normally only made a few hundred bottles a week. Since then, the business has rapidly grown in popularity and demonstrated the effectiveness of small northern Ontario businesses. […]

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Riverside Health Care in conjunction with the Northwestern Public Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 Outbreak at Rainy River Long Term Care Home. Visitor restrictions have been added to permit ONLY 1 Visitor/caregiver per patient at a time. To further enhance our team’s ongoing efforts additional precautions are being taken […]

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has now laid a First Degree Murder charge against one of the previously accused persons charged in a 2018 homicide in Dryden. Henry Stone-Arnold was last seen alive in the City of Dryden on August 8, 2018. Human remains were found on private property on […]

By Robin McCormick
West End Correspondent

Two deserving men, Ken McKinnon and Jim Belluz were presented with commemorative plaques last Thursday, Nov. 17 at the annual Appreciation Dinner held at the Devlin Hall. Lucille MacDonald, the newly elected Reeve, started the presentation by giving a brief summary of the last four years, the lows and the […]

By Robin McCormick
West End Correspondent

St. Mary’s Church hosted their Christmas Tea and Bake Sale Sunday afternoon of November 20 and what a delightful afternoon it was! The event hadn’t been held in two years, due to Covid. It was easy to see the well packed church basement, told the story that people want to […]

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The Rainy River District School Board is pleased to announce that elections for the office of Chair and Vice Chair were held at the inaugural Board Meeting on November 22, 2022 in Fort Frances.Trustee, Jeff Lehman, who represents the Township of Atikokan and surrounding area, was acclaimed as Board Chair, […]