Property tax cuts should average five to 10 percent across the province by the year 2000 through the provincial-municipal swap of services, Municipal Affairs and Housing minister Al Leach pledged last week. But others are calling that statement false, accusing the government of merely “passing the buck” to municipalities. Terry […]

While there certainly is no argument over the fact that dry conditions have prevailed here this summer, at least two local “green thumbs” are doing very little complaining about it. And given that both of them scored top points in the local horticultural society’s annual Flower and Vegetable show last […]

Increased traffic, buffering, and decreased property values were concerns brought forward by local residents on Safeway’s expansion plans here at a public information meeting last Wednesday. While Safeway reps are aiming to address all these issues, taxpayers will get another chance to air their concerns to town council before it […]

District municipalities will be facing a $218.35 per household annual bill starting Jan. 1 as the province tries to bring fairness to paying for policing in Ontario. “It’s less than what we thought it was going to be,” admitted Chapple Clerk Doris Dyson, who said they had estimated the cost […]

With a history spanning 75 years, the Fort Frances Horticultural Society is no stranger to change and growth–evident of late in both its meeting format and membership popularity. Meetings, held the fourth Monday of each month from March to October, have had an extra emphasis put on learning, society president […]

It’s a success story for 21-year-old Amy Lee, who has been working at the Sportsplex since May 21 as the summer program supervisor. “This year, our number of participants have almost doubled,” enthused the Fort Frances native. “We had to hire a couple more after starting with our initial staff. […]

Give back what you take may be good moral words to live by but for gardeners, it’s a necessity. Believe it or not, vegetables and flowers rob the soil of its nutrients. And when organic matter in the soil gets low, it reflects in your yield–and leaves plants prone to […]

Employees at Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. are appealing to area residents in a last-ditch effort to keep the ambulance dispatch service here. And they’re hoping to get as many names as possible on a petition to let the Ministry of Health know that district residents are opposed to moving […]

Frustration levels have peaked, with transition teams members refusing to meet further until the premier puts a hold on all the downloading. A letter penned by Terry Mundell, president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and co-chair of both transition teams, went to Premier Mike Harris yesterday but the […]

The Northwestern Health Unit has a new audiologist under its roof, and she wants everyone to hear her loud and clear that she plans to put roots down firmly in her job here. Brenda Tullio, 27, replaces outgoing audiologist Jeff Naka, who moved to Thunder Bay. A native of Timmins, […]

For most, life may not be a riverboat fantasy as the song claims. But for the 11 people who cruised Lake of the Woods last weekend, life became just that. And the event might be the boost needed to get more people taking advantage of the Historic Boundary Waterway’s natural […]

Working for La Place Rendez-Vous Hotel here can be quite a challenge for Joelle Blanc. With the guidance of her father, George, and her uncle, Paul Noonan, who co-own the business, Blanc has slowly climbed the ladder to her present position of maitre d’. “I like the business and working […]