Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dragon Boat Festival Welcoming Americans

There could be some American flavour to this year's Dragon Boat festival in Fort Frances.

Event organizer Jenny Greenhalgh was in International Falls this week to promote the event to that city's council.

She is hoping increased involvement grows the event.

City councilor Cynthia Jacksa says they're ready to take part and may look at challenging Fort Frances council to a race.

Greenhalgh says she's also hoping to see participation from Duluth and Bemidji.

The event takes place along the Rainy River July 1.

Couchiching Band Elections Today

Band elections are take place today at Couchiching First Nations.

Seven candidates are seeking the position of Chief.

29 are looking to fill one of six council seats.

Provincial Cabinet Minister Visits

A visit today by a member of Premier Kathleen Wynne's cabinet.

Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle is in Fort Frances to attend a Liberal riding fundraiser.

He's also scheduled to meet with Fort Frances town council.

Charges Laid In Accident Caught On Tape

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Another accident caught on camera has led to charges against a Manitoba man.
OPP say the accident happened Saturday afternoon when a pick-up truck came into collision with another hauling a trailer that pulled onto the highway.

Three people involved suffered only minor injuries.

The driver of the truck pulling the trailer was charged with failing to yield.

Cyber-bullying Scam In Fort Frances

OPP are warning area residents about a phone scam asking you support an initiative to combat cyber-bullying.

Recently, a Fort Frances resident was contacted and asked to make a donation of up to $300.

OPP warn people to remain cautious if an unfamiliar organization calls asking for donations.

Revenue Canada Scam

Scams involving Revenue Canada are making their rounds.

Emails are circulating claiming you've received a tax refund or the agency made an error with your claim and you can obtain your money by clicking a link and filling out personal information.

Revenue Canada says it doesn't not issue refunds in such a manner.

Forest Industries Assocation Supports Larger Wood Construction Buildings

Mid-rise wood construction continues to be a major issue for the Ontario Forest Industries Association.

The Association would like changes to the building code allowing wood in the construction of six floor buildings.

President Jamie Lim says the Province would see an instant benefit.

She notes every six-floor project would use 1 million board feet of lumber.

Park Reservation System Set To Go

A new campsite reservation and fee system goes into effect next month at Voyageurs National Park.

The park is phasing in the system over a two year period with 34 sites up for grabs this year.

Until now, campsites and houseboat sites were available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Park officials are hoping the change will lead to more visitors.