Monday, November 18, 2013

NDP Welcomes More Plows

Expect to see more snowplows on area highways this winter.

The provincial government is deploying 50 additional snowplows, 42-of them in northern Ontario.

NDP critic John Vanthof applauds the move.

The Ministry of Transportation and contractors were flooded with complaints last winter about snow clearing practices.

House Fire In Fort Frances

No injuries reported from a house fire in Fort Frances on the weekend.

Members of the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service were called out around the supper hour Saturday to a home on 3rd Street West near Central Avenue.

Fire officials says no one was home at the time.

The house sustained heavy damage, but its cause is still under investigation.

Memorandum Of Understanding Signed

A junior mining company looking for gold in the Atikokan area has signed a memorandum of understanding with an area First Nation.

Bold Venture's agreement with Lac Des Milles Lac First Nation pertains to its Wilcorp Gold project, located about 14 kilometres northeast of Atikokan.

Executive vice-president president David Graham says it sets out certain guidelines

Graham says the project is still in its infancy and when any actual drilling takes place is still to be determined.

U.S. Colleges Hold Information Session

Students thinking of going to nearby U.S. colleges can learn more about the opportunities available.

Officials with Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College will hold an information session in International Falls today.

They will be at the AmericInn from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Shoe Boxes Due Back This Week

If you obtained a shoe box as part of Operation Christmas Child, it's time to return it.

Quetico North in Atikokan, The Bargain Shop, Lowery's and Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Frances, Tompkins Hardware, Cloverleaf Family Foods and Calvary Baptist Church in Emo and Kreger Sales and Service in Rainy River have been designated drop off spots.

The boxes, to be filled with a variety of toys, school supplies and hygiene items, will eventually go to children in Central and South America.

Safe Schools Program At Catholic Schools

New security measures at catholic schools across the region go in place next month.

Beginning December 2nd, the front doors of all Northwest Catholic District School Board schools will be locked with cameras and buzzers installed to monitor who's accessing the school.

Education director with the Northwest Catholic District School Board Rick Boisvert says it enhances what they already do.

The measures follow those put in place last month at public elementary schools in the Rainy River District.