Region could get wound care centre


The Rainy River District Municipal Association (RRDMA) is requesting that the town pass a resolution of support for a Northwestern Ontario Wound Care Centre of Excellence at this evening’s regular council meeting.

Rainy River First Nations, Naicatchewenin First Nation and Couchiching First Nation, in collaboration with Fort Frances Chiefs Secretariat and New Gold, are in the process of establishing the centre with the goal of providing holistic care and limb preservation.

The centre would provide access to highly trained health care health care professionals, state-of-the-art equipment, technologies, and treatments, as well as the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Advanced wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy can heal up to 75 percent of wounds and ultimately prevent amputation, according to the centre’s project overview.

The facility would be highly beneficial to Canadians with diabetes and other diseases that can cause limb amputations.

Meanwhile, a proclamation request from the Fort Frances Royal Canadian Legion regarding “Poppy Week” will be dealt with by the town at tonight’s meeting, as well as a request from the 2020 Dudley Hewitt Cup tournament committee to waive any fees of ice time and use of rooms, including the auditorium, during the event next spring.

The request also asks for a partnership with the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce to decide on an equitable, economic relationship on the management of kiosks located in the Ice for Kids lobby during the tournament, use of the ’52 Canadians rink surface to serve meals, and the mayor’s attendance at opening ceremonies.

There also will be a public meeting in Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. or soon thereafter to consider zoning and official plan amendments respecting second units.

This delegation is regarding a request from D. Dickson asking to construct a garage with a portion of it designated as a dwelling unit.

Tonight’s council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

Other business on the agenda includes:

  • a report re: amended automatic aid agreement;
  • a report re: Tour de Fort sponsorship request;
  • a report re: Royal Canadian Legion Manitoba/NW Ontario Command advertising;
  • a report re: online payment software for fines and offences–Provincial Offences office;
  • a request for proposal for municipal insurance;
  • a bylaw to approve a service agreement with CIMCO Refrigeration for the Memorial Sports Centre;
  • a bylaw to approve an agreement for engineering services with JML Engineering Ltd. awarded through a request for proposal process; and
  • a bylaw to approve an agreement for engineering services with KGS Group awarded through a request for proposal process.