Monday, July 8, 2013

First Nations Rally In Support Of Police

First Nations communities are rallying around the Treaty 3 Police Service.

The force says it will cease August 19 because of financial issues.

Public Service Alliance of Canada's Sharon DeSousa says they were shocked by the decision.

Petitions to keep the force alive are now circulating around communities effected with a rally planned in Kenora July 23.

Fire Crews Moved

MNR file photo
The lack of forest fire activity in the Rainy River district is allowing the Ministry of Natural Resources to move crews to where they're needed.

Crews from this region, as well as from Thunder Bay, Kenora and Dryden areas have been deployed to support their counterparts further north.

Over 40 fires are burning, mostly in the Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Nipigon districts.

Help is also arriving from the MNR's northeastern regions.

Information Sharing At Border

Some of the information gathered from travelers at northwestern Ontario's border crossings in now being shared.

It's part of an initiative between the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Program director Andrew Lawrence says it expands on a pilot program conducted at four borders last year and is aimed at improving security at the border

Lawrence says much of the data collected is already contained in documents such as a passport.

Traffic Disruption Today In Fort Frances

A reminder to motorists in Fort Frances.

A section of Second Street, between Central and Mowat Avenues, is being closed this morning as crews begin the first phase of installing new sewer and water pipes.

Traffic lights at Central and Second will also be shut off as well.

Detour signs have been posted.

TSN Personality To Be A Part Of Tour

Eleven days before you get your votes in to support the Fort Frances Curling Club's bid to be a part of the Kraft Celebration Tour.

TSN's Jennifer Hedger would be among those in Fort Frances when we beat Dryden July 19.

Hedger, who missed the last two tours, says they help show community pride, giving them a chance to show off on a national stage.

Hedger says she'd love to come to Fort Frances, but encourages people to get online and vote often to make it happen when the polls officially open.

Caramel Set To Travel

Fort Frances Library photo
Caramel has his bags packed and passport.

The Fort Frances Public Library's pet guinea pig is visiting area libraries as part of a summer reading program.

Chief Librarian Alicia Subnaik-Kilgour says it connect with the program's travel theme.

Caramel begins his travels this week to the Rainy River library with stopped later in Emo and Atikokan.