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— Photo Megan Walchuk

Elementary and secondary teachers from all four major unions took to the streets on Friday in a province-wide strike. Teachers were joined by parents, students, citizens and CUPE members, who were all walking to protest cuts to education by the provincial government. At issue, are class sizes, violence in the classroom, compensation, special education funding, and the Kindergarten staffing model. The next action was to be a walk-out by Catholic elementary teachers in the Northwest Catholic District School Board, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24. However, the union announced on Friday, Feb. 21 that the action has been cancelled.

— Photo Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' defenceman Matthew Dyck did his best to keep Wisconsin Lumberjacks' forward Lukas Lundgren under wraps defensively during the Lakers' 3-0 loss on Monday afternoon in an SIJHL Family Day matinee game at the Ice For Kids Arena.

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A CN train carrying crude oil derailed in Emo on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 8:30 p.m. Roughly 30 cars came off the tracks, 26 of which were carrying crude oil. Two leaked a yet-to-be determined amount of crude oil. None has been found in the drinking water, according to the Township of Emo. As of Thursday afternoon, the derailed cars have been removed from the site, and normal operations should resume by Thursday evening. The Transportation Safety Board has deployed an investigator to examine the incident.

Fort Frances Lakers’ defenceman Matthew Dyck did his best to keep Wisconsin Lumberjacks’ forward Lukas Lundgren under wraps defensively during the Lakers’ 3-0 loss on Monday afternoon in an SIJHL Family Day matinee game at the Ice For Kids Arena.

— Photo Ken Kellar

Students at J.W. Walker school took time yesterday afternoon to take part in the “I Read Canadian" Day at the local school. The inaugural event is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people and is dedicated to "reading Canadian." Students at Robert Moore school also took part in "I Read Canadian” activities.

Today [Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020], the undersigned municipal councillors issued the following statement:

"We are councillors in Northwestern Ontario. We make this statement on our own behalf.

"Collectively, we are a caucus of the youngest municipal representatives in the region, and as such, we are uniquely positioned to comment on the aspirations and challenges of our communities, and the bonds which must be strengthened between all treaty people who share this territory.

Municipalities are being forced to pay more for public health services as the province has changed its funding formula.

Prior to the change, townships shared the costs of public health with the province using a 25 percent municipal and 75 percent provincial split. Now municipalities must use a 30/70 cost share model and are required to split the costs of programs with the province that were previously 100 percent funded.