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Nicholas Donaldson

Talking politics

Local lawyer Douglas Judson, who recently withdrew his bid to seek the PC nomination here in Kenora-Rainy River riding, spoke to the Grade 5 class at St. Francis School on Tuesday afternoon about his experiences working in politics. The students also learned about the layers of government, and were quizzed on various government positions and who currently fills them.

'Holly Daze' Santa

Although there were a number of children taking part, Carmen Hagen was perhaps the youngest to get her picture taken with Santa Claus upstairs at the Emo-La Vallee Arena on Saturday morning. The pictures were just one of the many holiday-themed activities for children around Emo during its annual “Holly Daze” celebration.

Ex-resident scales mountain to raise money

Although not everything went as planned, former Fort Frances resident Haven Labbe, whose family relocated to Kenora a few years ago, is very pleased with her mountain climb and the awareness it brought to a small-town organization.

Labbe told the Times last week that she saw the work her mother was doing for indigenous youth and wanted to make a difference, as well.

Ag funding program taking applications

The third intake period for the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) funding program is open as of Dec. 1, with applications being accepted until Feb. 28.

SNAPP supports Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses, collaborations, communities, and First Nations by providing funding for projects involved in local food production.

Detox beds

Pictured is one of the “double” rooms for the residential treatment of the Mino Ayaa Ta Win program. The newly-renovated building houses eight beds devoted to residential treatment and two beds for detoxification, as well as offices, a boardroom, kitchen, dining area, and lounge.

Grand opening

Representatives from the numerous organizations involved gathered outside the Mino Ayaa Ta Win Healing Centre during its grand-opening Friday. Following a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, attendees were able to tour the new residential treatment and detox centre located on Mishkiki Miikan Road about 10 minutes east of Fort Frances.