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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 15, 2020

Councillor concerned about lot prices

News
Sam Odrowski

Town council approved a report to establish lot prices for Erin Crescent during its regular meeting on Monday, but one councillor expressed concerns around pricing.

Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft, who voted against the motion to establish lot prices, said the costs outlined in the report are “way too high” and he fears they will go unsold.

Seniors Companion Project preps for info sessions

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Ken Kellar

Amidst a flurry of government funding announcements, one local group is gearing up to take the next steps towards being operational.

During a stopover for lunch and a few reveals at the Fort Frances Senior Centre on Friday morning, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford announced funding that is going towards the Seniors Companion Project here in Fort Frances.

Mayor excited about Shelvin Wood Yard funding

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Staff

The town secured $65,000 to conduct consultant work at the Shelvin Wood Yard last Thursday and Mayor June Caul is thrilled to explore opportunities for the property.

Senior centre board mulls decision

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Staff

The Senior Centre's board of directors continue to meet on a daily basis to determine if the town's recently vacated daycare centre is a viable alternative location to where the centre is presently housed.

Town recieves funds to create plans for two mill properties

News
Sam Odrowski

The Town of Fort Frances was given 90 days to find a new buyer of the shuttered pulp and paper mill here in October but no offers were put forward to restart it.

Council is now looking at different ways of utilizing the mill properties that were formerly owned by Resolute Forest Products.

Government announces senior spending

News
Ken Kellar

There was some good news for seniors across the Rainy River District last week as the provincial government unveiled some sizeable funding announcements aimed at their health and leisure.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford stopped in at the Fort Frances Senior Centre on Friday morning to share some of the announcements he had made earlier in the week in Kenora.

Town adopts first single-use plastics ban in the province

News
Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances appears to be the first municipality in Ontario that's set to ban certain single-use plastics.

A resolution was unanimously passed at Monday night's meeting to adopt a single-use plastics bylaw aimed at reducing the amount of single use products in landfills and promote sustainability throughout the community.

SGEI receives funding for connected tech

News
Ken Kellar

It might not quite be “Star Trek”-level futuristic, but new technology on the way to Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) sounds like it will be close.

RRFDC gets funds for modular housing study

News
Sam Odrowski

Well-paying jobs are essential when trying to attract and retain residents in northwestern Ontario.

In an effort to create jobs and boost the local economy, the province recently provided funding to the Rainy River Future Development Corporation (RRFDC) to explore the viability of a modular house manufacturing facility in the region.

Tourism in focus

District
Staff

Creating a path forward for tourism development and marketing in Fort Frances has been the focus of the town's Municipal Accommodation Tax Committee as of late.

Rynic Consulting was recently hired by the town to assist in the development of these plans and spent a few days last week working with the committee.

Nikita acheives the highest standing for rally obedience

District

Nikita (Bernese Mountain Dog) finished #1 as Bernese Mountain Dog in Canada, for Rally Obedience. This was the second year in a row Nikita took this honour. She also finished in the number five spot for the “working group.” Nikita needs one more score and she will have her Masters Level. Sue Jones is the proud and dedicated owner of Nikita.

La Vallee reeve shares outlook for 2020

District
Sam Odrowski

Improving La Vallee's core infrastructure is one of the top priorities for its council in 2020.

“Our roads and bridge infrastructure is one of the few things that the municipality does have control over but a big thing is to secure capital funding to make improvements,” said La Vallee's reeve, Ken McKinnon, who's currently serving his fifth term.

Rickford @ senior centre

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Ken Kellar

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford stopped by the Fort Frances Senior Centre on Friday for a quick lunch and to announce more than $68,000 in funding that will be going towards seniors in Fort Frances.

RL Tribal area business

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Couchiching First Nation Chief Brian Perrault, standing, spoke following Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford's announcement of more than $152,000 in funding to the Rainy Lake Tribal Area Business and Financial Services Corporation to help and strengthen the organization's support to Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs.

Single

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Owner of Ink Spotz Apparel, Scott Kreinke-Turvey, gave a short presentation to council on why he objects to the single-use plastics bylaw that the town unanimously approved at Monday night's council meeting. His primary concerns are the environmental impacts of reusable bags, that the bylaw will hurt tourism, and negatively impact his business's bottom line.

RRFDC funding

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Rainy River Future Development Corporation (RRFDC) chair Gordon Armstrong thanked Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford for providing the RRFDC with $18,000 to explore the feasibility of a modular home manufacturing facility in the district, following his announcement at council chambers last Thursday. -Sam Odrowski photo

SCP meeting

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Ken Kellar

CMHA geriatric mental health worker Sarah-Lynn Klassen, left, handed off some of the Seniors Companion Project's new promotional material to Riverside Community Sports Services and Assisted Living supervisor Nicole Egan during a stakeholder meeting for the project at the Fort Frances Library yesterday morning.

Rickford SGEI

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Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford announced $2.25-million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corportation for Seven Generations Education Institute's “Connected Classroom” project during a stop at their Fort Frances campus on Friday afternoon.

SGEI lineup

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Submitted

Kenora Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford and Seven Generations Education Institute CEO Brent Tookenay posed for a photo with a number of the district First Nation chiefs and executives who helped to secure the $2.25-million in funding for the “Connected Classrooms” project through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation following the announcement on Friday afternoon.

Sweeping hard

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Jamie Mountain

Carlin Drennan and his Owl teammate swept hard in order to get their shot over the hog line during the Rainy River boys' curling rink's 5-0 win over the Muskies at the NorWOSSA curling qualifier on Monday morning at the Fort Frances Curling Club. The Owls topped the division with a 3-0-1 record over the two days while the Muskies were second at 2-1-1.

Calder skiing

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Muskie Ray Calder was all smiles despite the chilly weather as he set out down the course of the senior boys' 7.8-K race at the NorWOSSA Nordic skiing season-opener held at the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club trails on Rocky Inlet on Friday. Calder was the lone representative for Fort High in the race, winding up seventh.

Toriseva skiing

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Jamie Mountain

Tori Toriseva had her skiing skills on full display as she cruised to a second-place finish in the senior girls' 5.6-K race at the NorWOSSA Nordic skiing season-opening races on Friday here. Toriseva was one of a six-member contingent that competed for Fort High that day.

Muskie sweepers

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Daffni Chabot and Jillian Cousineau went hard on their brooms to get their rock down the ice and into the house during the Muskie girls' curling team's 6-3 win over the Rainy River Owls at the NorWOSSA qualifier on Monday afternoon at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

All tied up

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Jamie Mountain

Braden Hontvet of the Warroad Warriors tied up International Falls Broncos' captain Cooper Crandall during the first period of his squad's 9-1 romp in the Gold -Medal Game of the Fort Frances PeeWee 'AA' Canadians' annual home tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Canadians compiled a 2-2 record to fall short of advancing to the championship game.

Owl sweepers

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Rainy River Owls' girls' skip Kirsten Armstrong looked on as she released her shot and watched as her Owl teammates got ready to sweep it during their squad's 6-3 loss to the Muskies at the NorWOSSA curling qualifier on Monday afternoon at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Clearing puck

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Jamie Mountain

Nixon Norman of the Warroad Warriors cleared the puck out of his own zone during the first period of his squad's 9-1 romp over the International Falls Broncos in the Gold-Medal Game of the Fort Frances PeeWee 'AA' Canadians' annual home tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Guiding shot

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Jamie Mountain

Kian McEvoy, left, and Brett Schram guided their shot down the ice and towards the house during the Muskie boys' curling rink's 5-0 loss to the Rainy River Owls at the NorWOSSA curling qualifier on Monday morning at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Redford skiing

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Jamie Mountain

Angie Redford braved the elements and did her best to cover the course as fast as she could during the senior girls' 5.6-K race at the NorWOSSA Nordic skiing season-opening meet held at the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club trails on Rocky Inlet on Friday.

Sunny skies tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will see periods of light snow before clearing with a low of -26 C (-15 F).

Tomorrow will be sunny with cloudy periods overnight, bringing a high of -18 (zero) and a low of -20 (four below).

Friday will see a chance of snow during the day with snow continuing overnight with a high of -8 (18) and a low of -14 (seven).