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Rickford talks teachers strike

Kenora-Rainy River MPP, Greg Rickford issued a statement yesterday regarding the teachers strike.

“While parents in Kenora-Rainy River are frustrated by teacher union escalation every few years, it is unacceptable that union leaders would ramp up strike action and make families across the province scramble for childcare,” Rickford said.

Muskies rout Broncos in finale

Captain Jill Calder and Abbie Kenny both scored twice, to pace the Muskie girls' hockey team to a 7-0 rout of the International Falls Broncos last night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

With the win, the Muskies swept the annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series, after also claiming the opener by a 5-1 margin on Nov. 23 in the Falls.

Muskie ski team shines in Kenora

It was another job well done for the Muskie Nordic skiing team at the NorWOSSA championships held in Kenora on Friday.

The six-member contingent that Fort High sent all put in solid performances yet again at the Mount Evergreen Ski Club trails.

Emma Toriseva nabbed a silver in the junior girls' division while her sister, Tori, did the same in the senior girls' race.

Muskie court teams sweep Broncos

All four Muskie court sports teams were able to garner wins over the visiting Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action on Thursday afternoon.

In girls' volleyball action, the seniors improved to a league-best 5-0 with a 2-0 win over the Broncos.

The set scores were 25-11 and 25-12. Fort High also won the third exhibition set by a 25-10 count.

Multiple local strikes set this week

All students in the Rainy River District will be impacted by strikes this week.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) and Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario will be undertaking one-day strike actions in response to stalled negotiations with the provincial government.

Lakers' game postponed

The SIJHL has announced that tonight’s game (Friday, Jan. 17) between the Thunder Bay North Stars and Fort Frances Lakers at the Ice For Kids Arena has been postponed.

The cause of the postponement is due to a heavy snowfall warning that is in effect, which is expected to bring up to 25 centimetres of snow, along with high winds and poor visibility on the roads in the region.

Tourism in focus

Creating a path forward for tourism development and marketing in Fort Frances has been the focus of the town's Municipal Accommodation Tax Committee as of late.

Rynic Consulting was recently hired by the town to assist in the development of these plans and spent a few days last week working with the committee.

Single-use plastics bylaw approved

A bylaw regulating certain single-use plastic products in Fort Frances was passed unanimously by council at last night's meeting.

The bylaw will prohibit the distribution of single use plastic bags at checkout, prohibit single-use foam food containers for prepared foods such as styrofoam cups or takeout containers, and plastic drinking straws are to be available by request only.