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‘PAIN’ petitions mailed off

FORT FRANCES—Members of Parents Against Illicit Narcotics (PAIN) have collected the petitions which recently were circulated across Rainy River District requesting the establishment of youth addiction services and increased drug enforcement in the area.

And with 1,632 signatures, the group is thrilled with the support from district residents.

Neil Roy Memorial skateboard tournament a success

FORT FRANCES—While it may have been a competition, unity was the real theme of the inaugural Neil Roy Memorial skateboard tournament here Saturday.

That sentiment was apparent as more than 140 friends, family, and fans of the sport gathered at the skate park and joined hands in tribute at the start and end of the event, listening to the Ben Lee song, “We’re All in This Together.”

Heart retreat coming up

Northwestern Ontario has one of the highest rates of heart disease of any region in Canada.

As such, “Northern Hearts” is working to decrease the incidence of heart disease by helping people be pro-active about their health.

This is the 11th year its successful Northern Hearts Weekend Retreat will be held.

Early breastfeeding in spotlight

"Early to Breast, Early to Thrive” is the theme for World Breastfeeding Week, which runs Oct. 1-7.

This year focuses on initiating breastfeeding in the remarkable first hour of life.

All babies should have skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and the opportunity to breastfeed. This is when baby’s sucking reflex is strongest.

HPV vaccination urged

On Aug. 2, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil, will be offered to about 84,000 girls in Grade 8 in Ontario schools this fall.

The school-based vaccination program is aimed at protecting young women against pre-cancerous cervical lesions and cervical cancer.

Community clinic becomes reality

In recent years, Fort Frances has faced the same challenges as other communities when trying to recruit and retain physicians.

The local Doctor Recruitment and Retention Committee, in consultation with the physicians, identified the need to affect a change to the model at the Fort Frances Clinic.