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New 683 area code arrives this weekend

Reported by Richard Coffin Don't be surprised if you see 683 as the area code for a local phone call in the coming days. On Saturday, the new area code is being introduced to the region that is currently served by 249 and 705. The Telecommunication Alliance says the introduction of the...

Iroquois Falls taxes rise 2.9%; part of plan is to repave Cambridge Ave.

Municipal taxpayers in Iroquois Falls are paying 2.9% more this year. Mayor Tory Delaurier says that works out to $46.00 for the average household. That’s less than $4.00 a month. Most residents of the Falls would likely pay that just for what the mayor says will be this year’s major...

Crane removal necessitates road closure

You’ll want to leave early Wednesday, travelling either way between Iroquois Falls and Timmins. The disabled 400-ton crane that’s been on the side of Municipal Rd. since June 3rd will be removed that day. It’s on the shoulder about 300 m north of Rice Lake Road, where it caught fire. Iroquois Falls...

Not a busy season for forest fires — so far

2022 is a slow forest fire season in Ontario so far. There are currently none burning. Natural resources ministry fire information officer Evan Lizotte says there have been 81 fires in the province so far this year – 67 in the east, 14 in the west. “By this time last year,”...

Cochrane history: Loss of a service

A troubling situation is the topic of this week’s look at Cochrane history. On the front page of the Northland Post of  September 29th, 1982, is a report about time and money running out on Maison de Retour, the residential treatment centre for chronic alcoholics in Northeastern Ontario. Public library archivist...

After a two-year absence, Live at the Lakeside returns for at least one occasion

Live at the Lakeside is back in Cochrane -- at least for Canada Day, and more often during the summer if enough volunteers step forward to help run it. Director of community services Jason Boyer reminds us that centered around the Commando Pavilion, Live at the Lake brings together non-profit...
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