Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kiss And Ride Ready To Go

Get ready to Kiss and Ride.

The initiative is being put in place this school year at two public elementary schools in Fort Frances as a safe way for parents to drop off and pick up their children.

The Rainy River District School Board's Travis Enge says starting next week parents will be directed to use new designated areas.

To help educate the public about the safety program, open sessions will be held tonight at Robert Moore School at 6 p.p. and at J.W. Walker at 7 p.m.

More Officers Needed

The chief of police for International Falls is defending his officers and the job they do.

Responding to inquires at city council Monday night about speeders and motorists running stop signs, Chief Mike Musich says there's only so much his force can do with the resources they have.

Musich says more officers will help deal with some of the traffic complaints, and may make that pitch in next year's budget.

Body Recovered From Cliff Diving Accident

OPP divers have recovered the body of a man who went missing while cliff diving near Thunder Bay on the weekend.

The body of 32-year-old Kevin Spade of Sioux Lookout was found in Lake Superior yesterday.

26-year old Marlene Fox of Big Trout Lake, who was rescued from the water Saturday, died in hospital the next day from injuries sustained in the same incident.

Meantime, recovery efforts are still underway on the Kamististiqua River for 31-year-old Jordan Desfosses of Peace River, Alberta.

He went missing after the canoe he was in capsized on Saturday.

Opposition Upset With Decision To Prorogue Parliament

Opposition MP's in northwestern Ontario are expressing shock by the Prime Minister's decision to halt Parliament until after Thanksgiving.

Thunder Bay's Bruce Hyer calls it's ridiculous.

Prime Minister Harper says most of the promises the Conservatives made in the last election have been fulfilled.

Hot And Humid Today

An air conditioned room or a lake might be the place to be today.

Temperatures across the Borderland are forecast to be in the low thirties resulting in peak humidex values, prompting advisories from Environment Canada.

The advisories will likely end tonight as temperatures fall behind a cold front.

Blood Donor Clinics Continue

Blood donor clinics continues in Fort Frances today.

They're at the Fort Frances High School starting at noon to 3 and against tonight from 5 to 8.

About 120 people showed up for a clinic last night

Events Planned For Kraft Celebration Tour

Some special events are planned as part of the upcoming Kraft Celebration Tour.

Fort Frances Curling Club president Ron Silver says street curling will take place Saturday afternoon at the Sorting Gap Marina.

Silver says there will also be a social at the Club Saturday night and an autograph session with the TSN personalities Sunday at noon at the Safeway Store.

Question Of The Week

There's appears to be strong support for bringing back the spring bear hunt.

78 per cent of respondents to our poll would like to hunt to return.

This week, we ask you think government should increase the Ontario's minimum wage.

Let us know on our website, 931theborder.ca.

Little Forest Fire Activity On Weekend

A quiet weekend on the forest fire front.

There were a few new starts, none of any size.

There are currently 15 fires still active in northwestern Ontario, none posing a risk to people or property.

However, with recent storms that passed through the region, there is a chance a few lightning-caused fires could occur in areas where little rain has fallen.

New Docs Coming

There are new doctors coming to Fort Frances.

Doctor Melanie Halverson and Dr. Craig Holland will set up practice at the Fort Frances Community Clinic as well as provide emergency department and Hospital services.

Halverson is from the area and a graduate of the University of Ottawa Medical School.

Holland is currently practicing in Midland, Michigan.

The local medical community will also host two third year students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lucas Keffer of Fort Frances and Robert Foulds of Nipigon.

MPP Supports Demands For Wage Hike

A northwestern Ontario MPP is adding her name to those looking for a hike in Ontario's minimum wage.

Kenora-Rainy River's Sarah Campbell says people can't survive at the current rate.

Demonstration were held across the province last week calling on the government to bump it up the current hourly rate of $10.25 to $14.00.

Municipal Leaders In Ottawa

There's a strong northwestern Ontario contingent at this week's meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association president, Dave Canfield says he hoping to address a number of issues when they get a chance to talk with members of Premier Wynn's cabinet.

Mayor Roy Avis, Councillors Paul Ryan and Andrew Hallikas and Chief Administrative Officer Mark McCaig are those from Fort Frances attending.

Remains Found In Burned Out Shack

St. Louis County authorities say human remains have been found in the ashes of a hunting shack near Tower in northeastern Minnesota.

The St. Louis County sheriff's office says the owner of the hunting shack discovered the structure had been destroyed Saturday evening, and found the remains inside.

The cause of the person's death, the person's identity and the cause of the fire have not yet been determined.

Treaty 3 Police Losing Deputy Police Chief

Treaty Three Police Service is losing its Deputy Police Chief.

Terry Armstrong will become Nishawbe-Aski's Chief of Police beginning September 3.

His departure come a week after Police Chief Conrad Delaronde announced his plans to retire from Treaty 3.

Kraft Celebration Tour Just Days Away

Kraft Celebration Tour
The Kraft Celebration Tour is underway with its final stop in Fort Frances this coming Sunday.

TSN's Darrren Dutchyshen tells CFOB-News he's looking forward to this visit.

Both Darren and co-anchor Jennifer Hedger will hold an autograph session Sunday at noon at Canada Safeway until 1 p.m. while Kraft's community BBQ at the Sorting Gap Marina begins at 3 p.m.

Two Men Charged In Break-In

Two men will be making court appearances on charges related to a recent break-in in Fort Frances.

OPP responded to a 911 call shortly after midnight last Tuesday about two people being spotted going in a building located on the caller's property.

Both were arrested on scene and charged with several offenses.

Police says one of the men had been involved in similar criminal activity earlier this year and charged accordingly.

Government Slammed Over MNR Cuts

 The opposition is slamming the province over recent layoffs at Ministry of Natural Resources offices across northwestern Ontario.

The union representing workers puts the number at 102, including two at the Fort Frances office.

Kenora-Rrainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says there's confusion about the numbers coming from the Natural Resources Minister who claims there will actually be an increase in jobs.

Campbell wants government to reveal its long-term vision for the MNR.

Residential School Survivors Remembered

The buildings may be gone but the memories remain.

Grand Council Treaty 3 held a ceremony to commemorate survivors of residential schools.

Using the site of a former school in Kenora as a backdrop, Wabigoon Lake Chief Rueben Cantin says there effects will be long felt.

Survivors from the 5 other residential schools operated within Treaty 3 also attended.

Decorate For the Kraft Tour

Fort Frances is being encouraged to get in the Kraft Celebration Tour spirit.

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce has set up a contest encouraging businesses around town to decorate their store fronts helping to welcome TSN and Kraft when they arrive next weekend.

Manager Annely Armstrong says they could be show as part of TSN's coverage.

Canada Safeway is also offering up a $100 Kraft prize pack to the winning display.

Let the Chamber know of your display so you don't get missed in the judging.

Homeowners can also get into the spirit with the hope of getting on TSN.

Fort Frances Curling Club would like to see homes decorated with the TSN and Kraft theme.

We'll promote your display as well.

Email your photo to info@931theborder.ca and we'll put it up on our website and Facebook page to help promote it.

Guns In Minnesota Capital Buildings Debates

Members of a task force studying security at Minnesota's Capitol are split over the law that allows handguns in the building.

Panel chair Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon says recommendations are still a ways off, but admits allowing people with handgun permits to carry in the Capitol is a safety risk.

Republican members say law-abiding handgun owners are not the ones causing a safety risk.