Monday, January 13, 2014

Choose Wise

The Northwestern Health Unit is now posting all of its food inspection reports online.

Public Health Inspector Stephanie Snow says it's all contained on a site called ChooseWise.

The site includes inspections done for all restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, and mobile vendors done over the past two years.

M.O.H. Reflects On Career With Health Unit

The outgoing medical officer of health for the Northwestern Health Unit is pleased with some of the changes implemented in his five years at the helm.

Dr. Jim Arthurs retires at the end of March.

Arthurs says eliminating some of the boundaries between the various programs offered is among his biggest achievement.

Arthurs says people who come in for programs such as Healthy Babies or immunizations, can also get information about improving their eating habits, exercise and hygiene tips.

Snowmobile Accident

Authorities say alcohol and speed may have played a role in a snowmobile in Voyageurs National Park.

It happened around midnight Sunday in the area of Crane Lake.

St. Louis County Sheriff's office says a 54-year-old man was taken to hospital in Cook with a leg injury.

New Zoning By-Law To Get Public Review

A new zoning by-law will be revealed by the town of Fort Frances tonight.

The by-law helps regulate and control how properties and buildings are located and used.

Planner Faye Flatt says the new document has been made easier to read and understand.

The public gets a chance tonight to comment before council gives its approval.

Dial-A-Ride Change Proposed

Some changes could be in store for the Dial-a-Ride program in Fort Frances.

North Air Services, who's contracted with the town to provide the transportation service, is requesting a change in some of the hours of operation during the summer months only.

It's also seeking a 50 cent per user increase in the subsidy it gets from the town.

A report comes to town councillors at their meeting tonight.

Goldcorp Interested In Osisko

Mining company Goldcorp is making an offer to purchase Osisko Mining.

The deal is reported to be worth 2.6 billion dollars in cash and stock.

Goldcorp is giving Osisko's shareholders until February 19 to consider the offer.

New Tourism Campaign To Be Launched

A new regional tourism marketing campaign is being launched later this month.

Escape to Ontario will feature six communities across northwestern Ontario including Fort Frances.

It will target mainly the southern Manitoba and Winnipeg markets.

Forget Me Not Dinner A Success

A show of support for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River.

The agency held its annual "Forget Me Not Dinner" in Fort Frances on the weekend.

Acting Executive Director Rosanna Tomasowski says it helps raise both money and awareness.

There are over one thousand people in the region affected with dementia