Monday, June 24, 2013

Relay Fort Frances Nets Over $82,000

A huge success for Relay for Life in Fort Frances.

Seventeen teams involved in the 12 hour event combined to raise $82,900 with more money yet to come in  support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Society's Maria Cabral says some of that money will stay with Riverside Health Care in a partnership with CCS.

Jon Glueheisen of Snow White and the Survivors, the top fundraising team, says it's the cause that drives them.

A Relay for Life event also took place in Rainy River, but so far no fundraising total has yet been passed to CFOB-News.

Teachers Accept New Deal

Members of Ontario's largest public school teachers union have ratified a new deal with the province following months of labour strife.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says 91 per cent of its members who voted accepted the deal.

The agreement freezes wages, but guarantees a two per cent raise starting next year.

Former Education Minister Steps Down

Former Ontario education minister Laurel Broten, who was at the centre of the bitter battle with teachers over a wage-freeze legislation, is leaving provincial politics.

Broten says she`s told Premier Kathleen Wynne she`ll be stepping July 2nd.

She currently holds the intergovernmental affairs portfolio.

Moffat Funding Presented Tonight

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Several groups in Fort Frances are benefiting from funding from the Moffat Foundation.

A total of $37,500 will be handed out at tonight's meeting of council.

A large chunk, $9,800, will be given to the Sunny Cove Camp Advisory Committee to upgrade appliances and playground equipment at the town owned park.

New Strategic Plan In Place

The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board has a new strategic plan in place.

It's a first for the board.

Chief Administrative Officer Dan McCormick says it will help the board of directors with its decision making.

The plan covers a five-year period that will be reviewed on an annual basis.

More Republican Candidates In Race For Governor

Former House Speaker Kurt Zellers is joining the race for governor in Minnesota.

Zellers kicked off his campaign yesterday, saying he would bring a middle-class family man's sensibility to the job.

Businessman Scott Honour and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson are also running with  State Senator Dave Thompson planning to file as a candidate today.

Sunset To Be Celebrated

An event to celebrate the sunset in the Borderland is being set up in Rainer.

Rainer-Rainy Lake Sunset will take place every weekend with the aim of drawing in vendors, entertainers and people to enjoy the sunset.

Organizer Mary Ann Kasich says she got the idea from similar gatherings in Key West, Florida.

The first event will take place this Friday and Saturday at Spruce Street Dock