Sunday, February 1, 2015


Ojibwe program starting tomorrow

A new program, “Let’s Speak Ojibwe,” will start tomorrow morning at the Fort Frances Public Library—and it’s not too late to participate.
Library program director Andrea Avis said there’s been quite a bit of interest in the program and she’s expecting at least a dozen people to attend.
“We have had a tremendous amount of interest and phone calls,” she noted.

Province backs mine project

New Gold Inc. announced today that the company has received the key environmental approvals for its Rainy River project in Chapple.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change separately completed their detailed assessments of the project, and subsequently announced their respective decisions.

Chamber requests funds for marketing

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce has asked council for $9,500 as its annual fee-for-service to market the town and promote tourism.
“We need to really work at promoting ourselves year-round,” said Chamber president Jenny Greenhalgh, who made a presentation to council Monday night along with Chamber manager Annely Armstrong-Thorstad and past president Mark Caron.

Teen named an Ontario ‘junior citizen’

Mira Donaldson has another accomplishment to add to her list.
The multi-talented 13-year-old from Fort Frances last week was selected as one of 12 recipients of the annual Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award.
“I’m really honoured and proud,” Donaldson said quietly after receiving a certificate of recognition from Fort Frances Times’ publisher Jim Cumming on Friday afternoon.

Council nixes corporate gym rate

The town will do away with the corporate rate for gym memberships at the Memorial Sports Centre.
Council unanimously agreed Monday night to lower the age for the senior rate from 65 to 60, lower the senior annual membership fee for residents to $353.30 (a drop of $40 from last year), and to make no change to the family rate.

Ceremonial smoke sparks concerns from neighbours

Some local residents are saying smoke from a ceremonial fire is a health concern for them.
Elm Avenue residents Bob and Bridget Dobransky and George Chabot spoke to town council Monday night to complain about smoke coming from Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services at 601 King’s Highway.

Owners rail against dog ban

“Seven Oaks” has gone to the dogs—and their owners want to keep it that way.
Numerous residents spoke out Monday night against the notion of banning dogs from the area, saying it’s a good way for them and their pooches to socialize and get exercise, and that their community is responsible.

Assisted living units funded

At long last, assisted living will be available to high-risk seniors in Fort Frances later this year.
Allan Katz, CEO of Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., said Friday that 12 spots will be funded here this year by the North West Local Health Integration Network while Atikokan will get six in addition to the seven it already has.

Snow risk on tap

It will be mostly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-four C (25 F) and south winds at five m.p.h.
There is a 40 percent chance of snow tomorrow, mainly after noon, with a high of minus-one (31) and low around minus-12 (10).
Look for southeast winds at five m.p.h., becoming northerly in the afternoon.

Owners against dog ban at Point

Local dog owners have made it clear they don’t want the town to ban dogs at the “Seven Oaks” area of the Point.
During a public meeting last night, a full slate of residents spoke out against the notion, saying they and their dogs love the area and that issues over dog feces can be addressed through enforcement.

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