Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Four Vehicles Involved in Crash

OPP say it could have been a lot worse.

As many as four vehicles were involved in that accident yesterday afternoon on Portage Avenue in Fort Frances.

Constable Anne McCoy says it started when the driver of a pick up truck suffered a medical distress a couple of blocks earlier.

McCoy says the truck first struck a sign near Third Street East before coming into collision with a vehicle stopped at the traffic lights at 2nd Street East.

The vehicle continue to drive on the sidewalk, avoiding three people who jumped out of the way before returning to the roadway, missing on oncoming vehicle before colliding with two parked vehicles in the area of the United Native Friendship Centre.

One vehicle was pushed onto the walkway in front of the Centre.

The driver of the truck, a 65-year-old man and a woman inside one of the parked vehicle were taken to hospital for treatment.

Police Investigating Death Of Baby

Provincial Police are investigating the sudden death of a six-week-old baby girl in Big Trout Lake.

Officers were called to the nursing station Monday morning where the the child was pronounced dead.

She's been identified as Shantelle Sainnawap.

A post mortem is being done in Toronto.

MPP Sees Need For Native Police Service To Continue

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is pleased to hear Treaty Three Police Service is fighting to stay open.

Campbell says First Nations policing is a must-have in northwestern Ontario.

Campbell is hopeful the provincial and federal governments will also understand the importance of the police service and provide appropriate funding.

Treaty 3's new police services board has said it plans to meet more frequently with the expectation of coming to a resolution officers and their union can agree upon.

More Registration For Organ Donors Sought

Fort Frances is among communities in Ontario with a high number of organ and tissue donor registrations.

The Trillium Gift of Life Network says 42 per cent of residents have registered, compared with 23 per cent in all of Ontario.

Vice-president Versha Prakash would like the figure higher to help those on waiting lists for transplants.

Prakash says about 15-hundred people are currently on waiting lists.

To register as an organ and tissue donor, go to

Dragon Boat Club Meets Wednesday

The Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club has moved to a new day.

Those interested in paddling the Dragon Boat can meet every Wednesday night at the Sorting Gap Marina at 5:30 p.m.

You are asked to call NCDS in advance if you want to attend.

Crazy Daze In The Falls

It's Crazy Daze in International Falls.

Businesses will be have special sales during the day

There's also several activities planned in the downtown area including music, food booths and games running until 5 p.m.

Four Vye For Emo Fair Queen Title

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 Four contestants have entered to become this year's Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s fair queen.

Ashley Croswell of Emo, Hailey Wirtz of Fort Frances, Madison Allan of Devlin and Kaitlyn Cottam of Nestor Falls will compete in the August 15th event.

They'll take part in several events including a meet and greet next Wednesday evening at the Emo Sportsfield.

Wilde Set To Record New Album

An Atikokan blues artist is getting ready to record her next album.

Sunday Wilde will head to North Dakota at the end of August.

It comes almost a year after releasing her last album that has topped the charts worldwide.

The new album is expected to be released before the end of the year.

Driver Nabbed For Impaired

A Lac La Croix First Nation man will make a court appearance next month after being charged with impaired driving.

The 33-year-old was charged early Saturday morning after OPP stopped a vehicle they had observed being driven in a suspicious manner in the downtown area of Fort Frances.

Treaty 3 Police Service Stats Fall

The Treaty Three Police Service says it's seen a significant reduction in the number of calls for service in the past year.

Numbers released in its annual report show police dealt with 88-hundred calls in 2012, a 21 per cent drop from 2011.

The Wabaseemung First Nations near Kenora is identified as the busiest community with with over 21 hundred calls for service in 2012.

First Nations Given Funding To Participate in E.A.

Two First Nations communities have received funding to participate in the environmental assessment process of a mining project in northern Ontario.

Attawapiskat and Aroland will share $48-thousand from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for activities related to the proposed Eagle’s Nest Project.

NorOnt's proposed underground operation is located within the so-called Ring of Fire area.

Fire Activity Remains Low

The forest fire hazard in northwestern Ontario continues to remain low.

There are 35 active fires, 32 of which are being monitored by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

No fires are burning in the Rainy River district.

Consumers Warned About Insurance Firm

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario has issued a warning to consumers about an insurance company attempting to solicit business over the phone.

The Commission says individuals claiming to be with Sental Insurance have been targeting mostly Royal Bank of Canada clients.

There are asking for personal information in an effort to sell identity theft protection insurance on behalf of the bank.

The Commission says the firm is not associated with the bank nor is licensed to do business in Ontario.