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Kids in care on the rise

The number of children in foster care is climbing in Rainy River District, with 113 brought into care with Family and Children Services last year.

That’s up from 96 in 1996 and 59 in 1995.

And foster care co-ordinator Sandy Skirten is anticipating this year’s figures will be even higher—up between 150-200 children.

Funding model breeds mistrust

It’s still too early to tell what the full effect of the education funding model will be on local district school boards but some are hesitant that things will be as rosy as the Harris government says they will.

Education and Training minister Dave Johnson released the funding model last Wednesday while visiting Pineridge Secondary School in Pickering.

April cancer campaign a go

Volunteers across the country will canvass door-to-door all this month to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual spring campaign.

Here in Rainy River District, about 240 volunteers—some new, and some who have been doing it for 35 years—will be out in full force. Their goal? To reach every household.