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Duane Hicks

Duane Hicks has been a staff writer/photographer for the Fort Frances Times since 1998, becoming editor in 2019. Raised in Fort Frances, he left town in 1993 to attend the Journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa. He returned in the spring of 1998, being hired at the Times shortly thereafter. He covers a variety of news beats, including municipal politics which he has covered since 2001. He also makes a mean salsa which he shares with the rest of the Times staff on his birthday.

Contact him at: dhicks@fortfrances.com

Ministers pledge support

In these hard economic times, Natural Resources minister Donna Cansfield, Northern Development and Mines minister Michael Gravelle, Tourism minister Monique Smith, and Municipal Affairs and Housing minister Jim Watson all vowed Friday that they are doing what they can to help regional municipalities cope now and pave the way for a more prosperous future.

Forest industry must change: Cansfield

While the forestry industry has been experiencing thousands of job layoffs and a reduction in orders for some time, and companies such as AbitibiBowater facing a long, complex financial restructuring to reduce its debt of more than $6 billion (U.S.), Ontario Natural Resources minister Donna Cansfield said she’s hopeful there is a future for the sector—it just has to make it through the transiti

‘Bear pit’

Municipal Affairs and Housing minister Jim Watson answered questions from regional delegates during Friday’s “bear pit” session at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association annual general meeting and conference, held at the Memorial Sports Centre here, as Northern Development and Mines minister Michael Gravelle looked on.

Inspirational speaker

After telling delegates about how he recovered from a near-fatal accident in 1988, CFL legend and keynote speaker Terry Evanshen inspired them to “seize each day” yesterday during the first day of the 63rd-annual general conference of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA).