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Rash of fires in region

Five new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon while four new ones occurred Tuesday, which required aggressive ground and air attack.

These latest blazes were both human- and lightning-caused.

The new fires are located in the districts of Dryden, Kenora, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay.

OPP cop facing charges

On Sept. 8, investigators with the OPP's Professional Standards Bureau and the North West Region Crime Unit charged an OPP officer as a result of an investigation into an incident that occurred while the member was off-duty.

The provincial constable, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Sioux Lookout detachment, has been charged with assault and assault with a weapon.

Board outlines summer work

Summer may have been a break for students but for the Rainy River District School Board, it was a busy time for improvements across its jurisdiction.

Board administration gave a report summary of the 2017 summer accomplishments update to trustees during the first regular meeting of the new school year here last Tuesday night.

Fire risk on rise in region

Nine new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region between Friday and yesterday afternoon.

Involving a mixture of lightning and human-caused blazes, they occurred in the districts of Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake.

The one fire in Fort Frances District, located on an island on White Otter Lake, was sparked by lightning Sunday.

Alcohol policy to be promoted

The Northwestern Health Unit's medical officer of health will speak to town council tonight about updating its Municipal Alcohol Policy (MAP).

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon is expected to outline the health harms of alcohol misuse and its effects on communities, including criminal activity, public safety, mental health and addictions, and the impact on the family unit.