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NNDSB expecting more students next fall

Enrollment is expected to increase by just over three percent next year at the Near North District School Board (NNDSB).  Projections include an added 141 elementary students and 161 secondary students.   As a result, NNDSB says there were no teacher layoffs this spring.  The board has approved its $168 million budget for...

Norm Roberge appointed to Ward 7

It's been years but there will finally be a ninth voice at the West Nipissing council table. After a vote, and an eventual tie-breaker during Wednesday's special council meeting, Norm Roberge was selected. Roberge, who currently sits on the municipality's planning board, and was the long-time voice of Verner at the...

New Fire Chief announced

West Nipissing officially has a new Fire Chief. Frank Loeffen will be taking over on July 18. He replaces Richard Maranda, who retired in May after a 30-year career with the West Nipissing Fire Service. According to the municipality, Loeffen has over 30 years of progressive experience in fire service, 18...

Face coverings still required at the Health Unit

Masking continues at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and its community clinics.   Officials say while masking requirements in other high-risk areas, like public transit, have ended, the Health Unit will continue the requirement for clients to wear face coverings when receiving clinical services.  “When worn properly, masks and...

New 683 area code arrives this weekend

Don't be surprised if you see 683 as the area code for a local call in the coming days.  On Saturday, June 18, the new area code is being introduced to the region that is currently served by the area codes 249 and 705.  The Telecommunication Alliance says the introduction of...

City of North Bay supporting mining sector at PDAC

North Bay has a large presence at the 2022 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) International Convention in Toronto. Mayor Al McDonald is there to support the city’s 65 mining-related companies.   “We’re down here, one, to support our local businesses that are here at the largest international mining conference in...
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