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Former MP passes away

Former member of parliament and life-long New Democrat John Rafferty passed away over the Canada Day long weekend.

His wife, Pam Cain, confirmed his death on Facebook on Sunday evening. Rafferty, 65, died of cancer. He would have been 66 tomorrow.

Beaches safe for swimming

Swimming at the Point is a go for Canada Day.

According to test results released by the Northwestern Health Unit, both the Point and swimming dock along Colonization Road East were deemed safe for swimming in time for the Canada Day long weekend.

Water samples at both locations were taken on June 11. It takes three days for the sample results to be sent to the health unit.

Groundbreaking held for new OPP site

Two special dignitaries were in Fort Frances on Monday for an important ceremony.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford and Ontario's Solicitor General Sylvia Jones joined Fort Frances Mayor June Caul and Rainy River OPP detachment commander Insp. Nathan Schmidt at the site of the future Rainy River OPP detachment on Colonization Road West for the official groundbreaking ceremony.