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West Nipissing Police Service report for the month of February

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During the month of February, the West Nipissing Police Service logged 606 calls for service.  Among those were 116 9-1-1 calls, 89 Police Assistance calls, 25 Motor Vehicle Collisions, responded to 21 Alarms, 12 Thefts, 5 Domestic Disputes, 5 Drug Offences, 4 Frauds and 1 Sexual Assault. The West Nipissing Police Service executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Act warrant ... Read More »

Anonymous couple comes to family’s aid

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It’s now much easier for Denis and Ann Poitras to take their disabled daughter on family outings and to out-of-town medical appointments. The couple received a new customized van last week complete with a lift for their daughter’s wheelchair thanks to the generosity of those who gave donations over the past few months. “We cannot say thank you enough to ... Read More »

UPDATE: Mom desperate to find teen daughter

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  UPDATE: Bailey Lemieux was located late last night by police and has returned home.   The mother of a missing Sudbury teen is beside herself with worry. “I’m ready to have a nervous breakdown,” Andrea Lemieux said Wednesday. “I haven’t slept in days.” Lemieux’s daughter Bailey Lemieux, 14, was last seen on Monday afternoon. A student at St. Charles ... Read More »

Government announces regulatory review after unanimous passage of Vanthof’s off-road vehicles bill

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QUEEN’S PARK – One week after Ontario’s Legislative Assembly unanimously passed John Vanthof’s Bill 46 to allow side-by-sides and two-up off-road vehicles on provincial highways, the government today announced a review of the regulations concerning off-road vehicles. “This is one more step in the long road to get the Liberals to recognize the needs of people in rural and northern ... Read More »

Cyberbullying of Greatest Concern

Feature image, Pink Shirt Day 2015. left to right-Constable Rodney Burrows, Chief of Police Robert Keetch, Staff Sergeant Jane Martynuck

Despite endless campaigns and school seminars to end bullying the problem isn’t going away. And the problem isn’t as ‘youthy’ as glossy terms like ‘bullying’ make it sound. Nobody is talking about throwing sand in the sandbox or not sharing their favourite coloured crayon from their protected hoard of purple Crayola’s. The act of bullying often leads to more ominous ... Read More »

Justice system broken: Corrie Lamoureux

Friends and family of Caitlin Jelley, Jazmine Houle and Steven Phillipe gather at a memorial site where the teens were killed June 21, 2009 by Nicholas Piovesan. File photo.

Mother of Jazmine Houle speaks out about Nicolas Piovesan’s pending release Corrie Lamoureux is disappointed in the justice system.Her daughter, Jazmine Houle, was killed June 21, 2009 by Nicolas Piovesan, after he drank at bar and drove into her and two of her friends as they walked along a street in Hanmer. Jazmine was 15 at the time. Also killed ... Read More »

Marc Serré wins federal Liberal nomination in Nickel Belt!!!

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Marc Serré has won the federal Liberal nomination in Nickel Belt, beating out three other candidates. Serré’s father, Gaetan, held the seat for the Liberals from 1968-1972. Also vying for the nomination were Gerry Guimond, Pablo Gil-Alfau and Jim Belanger. Slightly more than 1,000 votes were cast during the Feb. 21 nomination event, which included meetings in Sturgeon Falls and ... Read More »

And the million dollar winners are…

Displaying million dollar smiles are Claudette Venne and Angele Brosseau of Sturgeon Falls, Celine Cauchy of Cache Bay and Gaetanne Larabie of Cache Bay. Submitted photo.

A group of four from Sturgeon Falls and Cache Bay is celebrating after winning $1 million with ENCORE (February 6, 2015 LOTTOMAX draw) according to a news release from OLG. “This experience has brought us all closer,” said group leader Claudette Venne as the coworkers picked up their winnings at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. “Lots of people in our community ... Read More »

Council diving into social media waters

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STURGEON FALLS – The municipality is about to ramp up its online persona and Mayor Joanne Savage says it’s about time. During the Feb. 10 council committee meeting Stephan Poulin, director of economic development and community services, announced West Nipissing is jumping into social media and will soon have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Linkedin, as ... Read More »

MPP refuses to sign vaccine exemption forms

School officials want Megan Nyman, 16, to receive a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. But she and her father, Mark Nyman, are opposed to the shot. Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas is refusing to sign a form that would make her exempt from the vaccination. Supplied photo.

France Gélinas says debate over immunization is about health not politics A Hanmer man said he’s upset because Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas is refusing to sign a form to make his 16-year-old daughter exempt from having to receive a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. Mark Nyman said his daughter, Megan Nyman, a student at Chapleau High School, was ... Read More »

Sturgeon festival celebrates 19 years with makeover

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There will be no more handing out of hardware as the annual fiddle festival takes on a country music format.

STURGEON FALLS – After 18 years of extraordinary success, there are going to be some changes for the Fiddle and Dance Festival. “We’re starting a new format this year,” said festival organizer Charlie Lang during a presentation of West Nipissing Council on Jan. 20. “The name of the 2015 event will be the Sturgeon Falls Country and Fiddle Fest and ... Read More »

YBC Gateway Zone Finals in Sturgeon Falls

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Front Row: Denis Deschatelets (bowling center proprietor), Kiona Shabogesic, Madison Paquette,
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On the weekend (February 8th 2015), the annual YBC Gateway Zone finals were held in Sturgeon Falls. This venue is where the combo teams performed. The teams consisted of 3 youth bowlers from the different YBC divisions (bantam, junior and senior) and scoring was based on the pins over average system meaning that points were scored depending on the difference between the bowlers ... Read More »

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