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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.

‘Families rule’ new focus to prevent substance abuse

To further their efforts to prevent tragedies in the area, the Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team, and program co-ordinator Hugh Dennis, have a new project for the fall.

They will be focusing on distributing the pamphlet “Families Rule,” a family policy aimed to open dialogue between parents and children about drugs and alcohol.

Blood clinic tops goal

District residents came through once again for the Canadian Blood Services donor clinic at Fort High yesterday and Wednesday.

“We had an amazing turnout,” CBS community development co-ordinator Harvey Heather said this morning.

“We had 412 donors over the two days, 345 units, which is about 43 more [units] than we expected,” he noted.

Blood clinic on target to meet its goal

With a successful first day under its belt, Canadian Blood Services is aiming to meet its two-day donor quota today as it wraps up its fall blood donor clinic at Fort Frances High School.

“We had a total of 160 donors, 127 units, which is about 22 over what we expected,” CBS spokesperson Harvey Heather said this morning. “It was a great first day.

Weather affects our moods

When the days grow colder and shorter, millions of people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) get depressed.

Weather often affects people’s moods. Sunlight breaking through clouds can lift our spirits while a dull, rainy day may make us feel a little gloomy.