By Robin McCormick
West End Correspondent

My Rosella, my longest and oldest friend, passed away Monday, November 14, at 101 years old. She would have turned 102 of Dec 17. My chosen words “My Rosella” may sound a bit overpowering or possessive in today’s world, but that’s how my dear friend referred to everyone that she […]

By Miranda Leybourne
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Brandon Sun

A bill that would exempt some farming machinery from Canada’s carbon tax is moving so far successfully through Parliament — a move that Brandon–Souris MP Larry Maguire says is “good news” for Westman farmers. Bill C-234 (An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act) passed at the Standing […]

By Eric Shih
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Thunder Bay Source

The Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council and Contact North are being recognized for their contributions to literacy. The two non-profit organizations collaborate with four others in Ontario on a project called the e-Channel Network, which delivers online literacy and basic skills programs. In September, the e-Channel Network was awarded a 2022 Council […]

(DRYDEN, ON) – Highway 17 between Dryden and Ignace has re-opened, following a fatal collision. The investigation into the collision is continuing. On November 16, 2022 at approximately 11:57 p.m., members of the Ignace and Dryden Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Northwest EMS and Ignace Fire responded to […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

Confederation College plans to launch an expansion of their international education program to their regional campuses this fall 2023, bringing diverse cultures to northern Ontario and filling the need for more health care workers in northern Ontario. Originally established in Thunder Bay, the international education program will officially expand to […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
enguyen@fortfrances.com

In a media conference on Monday, health care leaders said they anticipate a potentially difficult winter season due to an increase in percent positivity for COVID-19 and institutional outbreaks, in addition to a rapid increase in hospitalizations and emergency department visits for respiratory illness. Emergency room department visits related to […]

By Eric Shih
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Thunder bay Source

SIOUX LOOKOUT — Sioux Lookout has its first official sister city. Sioux Lookout officially signed a sister city agreement with Vashkivtsi, a town in Ukraine, with representatives from both communities having met in an introductory meeting on Zoom earlier this week. Sioux Lookout Mayor Doug Lawrance said the meeting was […]

MPP Greg Rickford issued the following statement on Treaties Recognition Week: “This week, Ontario is marking the seventh annual Treaties Recognition Week by encouraging students and the public to learn more about treaties and how they form the basis of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in this province. […]

Published in Collections Canada

In the spirit of Treaties Recognition Week, we’re printing a small excerpt of “The Context and Making of Treaty Three, 1869-73” By Brian Walmark. Treaties Recognition Week encourages all residents to become educated on the treaties, and how they were created. Treaty Three has a particularly interesting history. This 100 […]

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

It won’t be plunging through an icy Rainy Lake but it’s sure to be plenty cold. The Voyageurs Lions Club is changing things up for what will be their first in-person plunge since before the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rather than jumping through a hole in the ice on New Year’s Day […]

By Robin McCormick
West End Correspondent

The road to replace the existing water treatment system in NW Bay First Nation has been a long one. On October 19, 2022, the road ended with the Grand Opening of a new plant. Those are the words shared with me by Cliff Carriere, P.Eng. This project has been completed […]

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

If you get a phone call in the next few months asking about mental health, the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) wants you to take the call. The NWHU announced on Monday that it was launching a new telephone survey that is intended to learn more about local mental health-related perceptions, […]