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Large donation made to shelter

The Fort Frances Homeless Committee received its largest donation to date in support of opening an “Out of the Cold” shelter here—and it has the 10 First Nations of the southern Treaty #3 to thank.

The committee received word of a $25,000 donation in the days following the “Longest Night of the Year” homeless sleep-out event held Oct. 12-13 on the 200 block of Scott Street.

Treaty #3 to participate in litigation over sex-ed

The chiefs of the Treaty #3 First Nations have taken a stand for indigenous youth in the classroom.

At an assembly earlier this month, they passed a resolution instructing lawyers for Grand Council Treaty #3 to file a motion with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to seek intervenor status in the litigation regarding the province's decision to scrap the 2015 sex-ed curriculum.

Concerns being voiced over cannabis legalization

Cannabis became legal across Canada on Oct. 17 and reaction has been mixed so far.

Here in Fort Frances, Rainy River Cannabis Collective owner Angela Olson said it's a step in the right direction.

“Legalization is a positive step," she remarked. ”This is a product that a lot of people get a medical benefit from and a lot of people enjoy responsibly.

Two councils acclaimed

Two district townships saw their councils all acclaimed for the Oct. 22 municipal election.

In Morley, Andrew McCormick, Gary Jolicouer, Anthony Armstrong, and Maria Vandenbrand were acclaimed as councillors.

Incumbent reeve George Heyens also was acclaimed.

In Lake of the Woods township, Colleen Fadden was acclaimed as mayor.