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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 2, 2019

Historic partnership formed

Sam Odrowski

A new partnership has formed between the Town of Fort Frances and Agency One First Nations.

Mayor June Caul and Couchiching FN Chief Brian Perrault, Mitaanjigamiing FN Chief Janice Henderson, Naicatchewenin FN Chief Wayne Smith, and Nigigoonsiminikaaning FN Chief Will Windigo met at Point Park yesterday at noon to sign a Declaration of Intent and Friendship.

Public invited to substance abuse talk

Sam Odrowski

Have any questions about substance use and abuse?

Bring them to La Place Rendez-Vous next Wednesday (May 8) from 6:30-8 p.m. during the “Community Conversation about Substance Abuse.”

It will feature a panel of experts from the OPP, Treaty #3 Police, Northwestern Health Unit, and Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services.

Mental health week

Ken Kellar

Next week is going to be a busy one for the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

CMHA will be celebrating Mental Health Week from May 6-10, and the organization has a lot going on in Fort Frances.

“This is our 68th-annual Mental Health Week,” said CMHA staffer Christie Cousineau.

'Red Dress Day' being held at UNFC

By Sam Odrowski

Indigenous women go missing and are murdered at a disproportionately higher rate than those who are non-indigenous.

To respect the indigenous women who have been affected, a Day of Remembrance and Honour for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, also known as “Red Dress Day,” is being held on Sunday, May 5 around the country.

New Gold suspends milling ops due to water

Press Release

New Gold has suspended milling ops until it can pump excess water from the tailings management area to the water management pond.

In the late afternoon of April 24, management at the Rainy River mine temporarily shut down the mill to assess a buildup of water in the tailings management area.

Man charged with impaired driving

From the OPP

On Monday at approximately 11:13 a.m., members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a call of a possible impaired driver in the east end of Fort Frances.

Second outbreak declared at Rainycrest


A respiratory outbreak was declared at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home yesterday. This is the second outbreak declared this week after Riverside Health Care, in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, announced a gastroenteritis outbreak on Tuesday.

Indigenous language highlighted at ‘Quest for Knowledge’

By Sam Odrowski

Anishinaabemowin has a long-standing history and importance in the district, as it is the first language of the Ojibwe-Anishinaabeg and it was the language of trade for generations in this territory before being targeted for extinction.

Spikeball demo

Jamie Mountain

Students at Fort High were able to try their hand at the sport of spikeball on Tuesday.

Trip draw (May)


Sheree Jewell, left, administrative assistant at Knox United Church, and Kiwanian Robin Wright showed off the winning ticket for the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club's “Trip of the Month” draw for May at International Travel Services yesterday. This month's winner is Nicole Avis, who won a trip to Jamaica, valued at $4,400. Next month's draw will be for a trip to New York, NY ($3,600).

Perrault speaking

Sam Odrowski

Couchiching FN chief Brian Perrault delivered a speech at Point Park yesterday afternoon about the new partnership formed between the Agency One First Nations and Town of Fort Frances aimed at ending litigation and working together—as friends and neighbours—on projects going forward.

Wood burning fun

Ken Kellar

Kim Redsky, left, and William Ostaff worked together on a wood-burning drawing at Robert Moore school as part of its “Family STEAM Plus Night” on Tuesday evening.

'Highlights' concert

Ken Kellar

Bryce Kabatay performed at the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts' “Highlights” concert at the Townshend Theatre on Tuesday evening. Kabatay won the Fort Frances Rotary Club Award for Best Woodwind Soloist, while the Rose Bowls went to Brianna Eldridge for vocal, and Katelyn Bruyere for piano. See next week's issue of the Times for the complete list of awards and winners.

Beyak suspension recommended

Kristy Kirkup
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Senate's ethics committee recommended Tuesday that Sen. Lynn Beyak be suspended without pay over incendiary letters about Indigenous Peoples she posted to her website.

Group wants 'flushable' wipes gone

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Friends of the Earth Canada wants the Competition Bureau to investigate a recent study it says proves there is no such thing as a “flushable” wipe.

“This is the most outrageous greenwashing I've seen in a long, long time,” said Friends of the Earth CEO Beatrice Olivastri.

Hurricanes down Islanders

The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C.—The Carolina Hurricanes put an old goalie in net and welcomed back their teenage draft pick. With the game tied, another young star set up their greying captain's go-ahead goal.

That blend of young and old has the surging Hurricanes on the verge of a sweep.

Mix of clouds, sun tomorrow


Tonight will be mainly clear with a low of minus-one C (30 F).

Tomorrow will see a mix of clouds and sunshine. Expect a high of 13 (55) and a low of four (39).

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a few showers, a high of 12 (54) and a low of minus-two (28).


Around Town

The “Woodland Art Show” open house will take place from noon-8 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Fine Line Art Gallery (529 Mowat Ave.). An open house in memory of Terril Pentney also will be held in conjunction with it.