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Listen up, baby

According to the Northwestern Health Unit, babies who were born from March to July this year may have missed their routine newborn hearing screen. Due to COVID-19, infant hearing screens that normally occurred in hospitals before discharge were halted. Services resumed in July and any new babies will receive their infant hearing screen as usual.

Ontario to prioritize merit over seniority in teacher hiring practices

This morning, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, revoked seniority based hiring of Ontario teachers, in favour of a merit-based model. The change will come into effect October 29, and will be a one-year policy, until the government and school boards can agree on a permanent solution, which address concerns of transparency and nepotism.

Trail fees waived for fall recreation

Autumn is a perfect time to use the ski trails, so to encourage people to get out in the fresh air and stay active, the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club has waived trail fees for hiking, until ski and snowshoe season begins.

The chalet will remain closed, but seating and a fire pit are available for responsible use, and an outhouse is available near the chalet.

Travel restrictions imposed at Thunder Bay hospital

The Thunder Bay Regonal Hospital has imposed travel restrictions on those seeking service, in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Ontario, travel restrictions will be reinstated at our Hospital.

Since Tuesday, travel outside of Northern Ontario (Parry Sound to the Manitoba border) in the past seven days will result in a failed entrance screening.