By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

The recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference brought provincial ministers and municipal spokespeople alike to the nation’s capitol for delegations on key issues facing municipalities across the province. Greg Rickford, Kenora–Rainy River MPP says the conference is geared toward providing municipalities the opportunity to meet with ministers. “It’s […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

Carmela Klug has built her own northwestern Ontario-themed escape room just outside Emo. Klug says the “Trapper Shack” is something to do that is new and different to the area. Though this is her first time designing an escape room, its quality is far from amateur — four groups of […]

The Terry Fox Run needs volunteers! This year’s Terry Fox run will be in person. The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau is looking for volunteers to help out on Sept. 18. For more information contact Bill Michl at 276-1334 or message the Volunteer Bureau’s Facebook page. The Volunteer Bureau will be […]

By Ken Kellar
Staff writer
kkellar@fortfrances.com

One Alberta man is crossing the country by horseback to help raise awareness of myriad issues facing Indigenous people. Dean Cunningham is from Gift Lake Metis Settlement in Alberta. Since May, he has been making his way towards Ottawa to bring awareness of Indigenous issues to more people and demand […]

By Rachel Morgan
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Pointer

Pandemic lockdowns will be remembered for the amount of time they forced us to stay indoors. For many teachers trying to keep young minds alert and educated over the last two years, they decided to do the opposite. When public health measures were put in place to slow the spread […]

By Eric Shih
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Thunder Bay Source

The federal government is expanding and extending a program that helps create a pathway to permanent residency for skilled foreign workers wanting to live in the region. On Friday, Sean Fraser the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced the changes to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. Thunder Bay […]

By Mia Jensen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Sudbury Star

A new report on opioid-related deaths in Ontario is just the latest alarm bell in Sudbury’s ongoing opioid and overdose crisis. According to the report from Ontario’s Office of the Chief Coroner, Sudbury, like other cities across Northern Ontario, has seen a significant increase in the number of opioid-related deaths […]

By Morgan Sharp
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada's National Observer

Ontario’s science table advising the provincial government on the COVID-19 pandemic will be disbanded early next month, the group said, a day after issuing a back-to-school note on how to deal with a virus set to affect its fourth school year. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues, and it contributes to Ontario’s […]

By Eric Shih
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Thunder Bay Source

NORTH WESTERN ONTARIO– Hospitals in the Northwest are trying a new way to help lessen the workload of emergency room doctors by using nurse practitioners and physician assistants The approach came from a pilot project started at the Geraldton District Hospital earlier this year. Now that hospital as well as […]

By Mia Jensen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Sudbury Star

Northern Ontario municipalities are not adequately addressing homelessness, addiction, and mental health—and don’t have the extra cash to do so.  A new report from the Northern Policy Institute aimed to examine the question of whether Northern Ontario municipalities had the capacity to improve their strategies for addressing these issues within […]

Elisa Nguyen
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Over the past few years, fire departments in northwestern Ontario have been losing members. In hopes of building back their roster, the Alberton, Chapple, Emo & La Vallee Fire & Emergency Services (ACEL) is now urgently recruiting volunteer firefighters — an opportunity to team up with brave individuals to help […]

By Daniel Adam
Staff Writer
dadam@fortfrances.com

“Walking around with the crown, it’s a pretty big confidence booster,” said Mickenna Ryll, who was named this year’s Fair Queen on Thursday night in front of an audience of family and friends. “It feels really good,” she said. “All the hard work that me and my family put in […]