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Travel grant bill moves forward

Improvements could soon come to the Northern Health Travel Grant, which reimburses residents of northern Ontario who have to travel significant distances to receive healthcare.

NDP MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan Judith Monteith-Farrell presented a bill to the legislature on Nov. 19 that looks to fix some of the issues surrounding the program.

Doggy dental care

Grade 12 Fort High student Kylee Keith showed fellow students what she did during her co-op placement at the Rainy River Veterinarian Hospital in International Falls this morning during the schools “Co-op Display Day.” During her placement she focused on dental care for dogs and observed many dental procedures.

Family Centre looks to fill in gaps

The Family Centre, which opened 24 hours a day last winter to ensure homeless people could escape 40-below weather, is looking to fill in the gaps and stay open on the nights the warming centre can't operate, as it gets colder.

“Because they're only open four nights a week, if it gets cold again we are prepared to open for the other three,” said Traci Lockman of the Family Centre.

Lockman a lifelong volunteer

While volunteering may feel like a burden to some, a local woman is strongly motivated to be of service to the community in any way she can.

The town's “2020 Citizen of the Year,” Joy Lockman, has volunteered regularly from a young age and has been able to contribute even more of her time since retiring.

Bylaw lesson

Town of Fort Frances bylaw enforcement officer Arlene Byrnes spoke to a Grade 4/5 class at St. Francis School yesterday morning about bylaws and their role in governing the community Fellow officer Patrick Briere was on hand as well as the town's clerk Lisa Slomke to give a presentation and answer students' questions.