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Merna Emara

Staff writer

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Throne speech leaves Liberals scrambling for confidence votes

Yesterday millions of Canadians watched the 150th throne speech given from the Senate chamber in Ottawa. This is the second throne speech after the last one given in December to open the 43rd parliament session.

The minority government promised to tackle almost every sectorial problem in Canada, in a proposal also know as the “ambitious plan for an unprecedented reality.”

Powlowski announces support for seniors impacted by COVID-19

Thunder Bay-Rainy River Liberal MP Marcus Powlowski, on behalf of Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, announced an investment of $81,230 in Thunder Bay-Rainy River last week. These funds will be dedicated to support projects organized and delivered by community groups to help seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three new COVID-19 cases in the northwestern region

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) reports three new symptomatic COVID-19 cases in the past week - two in Sioux Lookout and one in the Dryden Red Lake area.

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, medical officer of health at the NWHU, said these cases include cases on First Nation communities, as well as cases in schools. One of the three cases is travel-related.

Greenhouses adjust to local demands created by pandemic

COVID-19 forced people to spend more time indoors, encouraging them to find new hobbies and crafts to feed their boredom. Coupled with this adjustment was businesses both trying to cater to local demands and remaining afloat.

According to greenhouses in Fort Frances, more people began gardening after COVID-19.

Fire season still blazing, burning rules continue

Across the northwestern region, there is only one active blaze, but the risk of forest fire isn't extinguished yet.

Chris Marchand, information officer in the northwestern region for the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services, said the forest fire hazard is still quite high in the Fort Frances area, along the Minnesota border as well as in Kenora.

Emo Legion rolls out the carpet for carpet bowling

The Royal Canadian Legion in Emo opened for carpet bowling season, the first week of September. After the seniors finish playing, they all gather – while physically distanced – for a luncheon meal.

With COVID-19, all seniors play with their masks on and use different sanitized woods to push the balls along the carpet.