KENORA–RAINY RIVER—Today, MPP Greg Rickford announced the Ontario Government’s investment, in partnership with the federal government, to deliver urgently needed emergency assistance to the municipalities in Kenora-Rainy River.
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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is advising the public that due to extreme forest fire activity in the Red Lake area from RED049, an Implementation Order is in effect until further notice that requires the evacuation of non-essential personnel in the affected area and restricts access and use of certain roads and Crown lands.
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As people in the district watch their grocery bills rise, and their options decrease, the United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC) is stepping into help make some meals more complete.
From noon until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, the UNFC will be offering fresh, healthy food to go from their Circle of Life Centre at 616 Mowat Ave in Fort Frances.
A forest fire burning in the Northwest region is causing air quality concerns for nearby residents, prompting a second evacuation.
Smoke from Nipigon 45, located approximately 38 kilometres west/southwest of Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope), is causing air quality concerns for the remote community, situated on the Albany River.
It might not be living in the lap of luxury, but for Rainy River First Nations community members who find themselves with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the future, there's now a place they can go to keep themselves and the rest of their community safe.
Summer is construction season, and while the season is beginning to run out, there's still plenty of work going on around Fort Frances, including a few visible projects around Robert Moore School and the Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) education building.
The Township of La Vallee is continuing with COVID-19 restrictions.
Even though many restrictions are being lifted in Ontario, our local council is not taking bookings at the Devlin Hall and the Devlin Ball Park remains closed to the public.
The Municipality will advise the public when there are any changes.
In a place like Fort Frances where most local businesses rely on tourists from the United States and other parts of Ontario, the hospitality sector has been hit hard by COVID-19.
Edith Bodnar, owner of Harbourage, said they are usually very busy, but when COVID-19 hit, they were closed down to takeout.
The evacuation of the municipality of Red Lake is ongoing as a nearby forest fire continues to burn.
In a message to Facebook this morning, Red Lake Mayor Fred Mota stressed that even as firefighters continue their work to battle the blaze, residents need to be on the move.
“I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for our community to evacuate,” Mota wrote.