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School board to implement employee assistance program

To the applause of many, the Rainy River District School Board approved an employee assistance program to help deal with workplace stress during its regular meeting here Tuesday night.

The service, provided through the Behavioural Sciences Centre of St. Joseph’s Care Group in Thunder Bay, will be implemented in September, with an expected annual cost of $24,280.

Fire season heating up here

Two amphibious Twin Otter aircraft from the Ministry of Natural Resources base in Dryden, along with a helicopter for transporting fire crews, are on high alert at Fort Frances Airport as the fire hazard continues to creep up across the district.

Three more waterbombers are on alert in Kenora and Dryden should things heat up.

Nault heats up dialysis drive

The acquisition of a dialysis unit at La Verendrye hospital here took another step forward last week after local MP Robert Nault said the federal government will help fund the project.

Nault voiced his support Friday at the Business Improvement Area’s annual luncheon when Mayor Glenn Witherspoon asked whether Ottawa would be able to match funds raised locally for the unit.