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Merna Emara

Staff writer

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

memara@fortfrances.com

Dentists add new PPE charge to most dental procedures

If you have recently been to your local dentist, you probably paid an additional personal protective equipment fee. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) set a new $18 fee for enhanced protective equipment required during the pandemic.

Because most dental offices are privately run, insurance companies may or may not cover the added cost.

UNFC holds annual pancake breakfast to raise FASD awareness

The United Native Friendship Centre held their annual breakfast on Wednesday to raise awareness on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Due to COVID-19 restrictions on the amount of people in one building, the pancake meals were given outside of the building either by drive-thru or walkup.

Smooth first week of school, all cases resolved

The Northwestern Health Unit announced that all COVID-19 cases in the region are resolved. This announcement coincides with the first week of classes without substantial complaints.

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, medical officer of health at the Northwestern Health Unit said residents should still remain vigilant in the northwestern region.

Shelter of Hope exploring amalgamation with Riverside

There are talks of amalgamating the Rainy River District Shelter of Hope with Riverside Health Care after the shelter turned to them for ‘operational assistance’ in absence of an executive director. The amalgamation request was made to the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). The MCCSS is the main funder to the Shelter of Hope.

Riverside Foundation pledges $80,000 to Emo Long-Term Care A.C. maintenance

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care pledged $80,000 to cover the purchase and installation costs of the new air conditioning unit at the Emo Long-Term Care facility. Included in the $80,000 are $40,000 donated by the Emo and District Auxiliary.

Allison Cox, director at Riverside Foundation for Health Care, said board members were very happy to help cover part of the cost.

New Yoga fitness centre opens on Thursday/tomorrow

A new yoga-based centre called Tru North Yoga Cooperative is opening on 306 Scott St., beside Fort Floral. The new centre is owned by Deirdre O'Sullivan-Drombolis, Brian Cousineau and Tracey Cunningham-Coran.

There is only one class offered by O'Sullivan-Drombolis on Thursday. The rest of the classes will resume after Labour Day.

Registration opens for bounce and burn class

The Memorial Sports Centre has opened registration for a Bounce and Burn class. Registration for the class began on Monday and will continue until classes fill up. The class is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with the capacity of 12 individuals per class.

Although registration happens through the sports centre, the actual class takes at the East End Hall.

Emo residents come home

Riverside Health Care said they are pleased to announce the resumption of long-term care services at Emo Health Centre. Emo long-term care residents along with their staff had been temporarily relocated to the Rainycrest long-term care following an air-conditioning system failure at the facility.

The moving of residents, their supplies and clothes took place on Monday and Tuesday.