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Rusnak lauding health accord

On March 13, Ontario signed onto a new national health accord that will invest an additional $4.2 billion into Ontario's medicare system over the next 10 years.

Under the new agreement, Ontario will receive an additional $1.9 billion for mental health care and an additional $2.3 billion to fund high quality in-home care.

'Yeti Squad' capping first year here

The new youth division of the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club is getting kids active outdoors.

The “Yeti Squad,” which was organized by Tara and Brian Tolley, got started in January to introduce youths aged seven-12 to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

“The Yeti Squad was started in order to take advantage of an opportunity in the community,” Tara Tolley told the Times.

Club able to land ice 'dragons' visit

With a new name, two recently-forged partnerships, a more concentrated cross-border initiative, and an opportunity to host a unique event on the horizon, the International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club is breathing some serious fire these days.

For instance, the club finalized negotiations over the weekend to bring the FMG Ice Dragon Challenge here next January or February.

Explorer slated to speak at library

Josh Henry is a Fort Frances native who loves to explore the world.

He's been travelling the globe for the last decade and has visited more than 50 countries.

Henry won the title of “Canada's Greatest Explorer” last summer when he won a reality outdoor adventure series, besting 11 other people in a series of eight competitive outdoor challenges across the county.

Singer enjoys visit to area

Aboriginal musician Shy-anne Hovorka spent last Wednesday getting to know the area and meeting the people here.

Hovorka, who spoke with the Times before staging a concert at the Couchiching multi-use facility last Wednesday night, said she's always enjoyed music and education.

She was very happy to come to the area and meet with people to share her experiences as a musician.

Library makes cuts to budget

The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre is making some cuts to help town council balance its 2017 budget.

After taking a close look at library operations in recent weeks, the library board and town administration found ways to reduce this year's municipal contribution to the library by $12,693.

'Camp Quality' open house set

Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario will host an open house tomorrow (March 23) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

The event will help to raise awareness about its programming and supports for children with cancer and families.

The community is invited to drop into the event at any time to learn about Camp Quality.