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Rickford to head three cabinet portfolios

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford will be responsible for three portfolios in Premier Doug Ford's cabinet after being named the minister for energy, northern development and mines, and indigenous affairs.

He was sworn in Friday morning along with the 20 other members of cabinet, which is down eight ministers from the former Liberal government under Kathleen Wynne.

'Project Sunset' helping to reduce substance use among district youth

A program that has no mention of drugs and alcohol has proven itself effective in drastically reducing the rate of incidences for both in district youth aged 10-14.

Called “Project Sunset” and funded by the provincial government, the program is run by the local OPP at Crossroads School in Devlin for students in Grades 5-8.

Handing candies

The Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club had its “lion” mascot marching along the parade route, handing out candies to the hundreds of people who lined Front Street for the Canada Day parade Sunday morning.

Canadian pride

Many local youngsters showed their Canadian pride by riding Canada-themed bikes and sporting all-Canadian outfits during the annual Canada Day parade that ran late Sunday morning here. Despite the dreary weather, a good crowd still lined the route from the Sorting Gap Marina to the local Legion.

Point performer

Local talent Dylan Ossachuk took the stage under the entertainment tent during Canada Day activities at Point Park on Sunday afternoon. The young musician is known locally, having won “Quest for the Best” in the past and also achieving great success in the annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts.

Birchbark baskets

Dana Bridgeman Cross and Blaire Cross shared big smiles as they crafted their birchbark baskets during a workshop last Wednesday at the Nanicost building here. More than 50 people crafted baskets under the direction of elders provided by the Seven Generations Education Institute.