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After expelling the OPP from the community, chief and council say they want to establish their own police force. What would that involve — and how could the system be changed?
a woman in a red dress barbecues beside a lake from the article ‘We’re all in limbo’: With the border closed, northern outfitters are struggling
Fly-in outfitters in northern Ontario rely on American customers, who can’t make the trip because of COVID-19 — and they’re calling for more financial help.
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TVO's regional reporters discuss how the latest shutdown is affecting the communities they cover.
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Nursing stations are the first point of health-care contact in remote areas. Those on the ground say they urgently need more funding, staff, and housing to serve their communities.

Most Recent in Northwestern

Published On: July 10, 2020
Is a centralized food bank in Thunder Bay enough to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Published On: July 03, 2020
Post-secondary institutions in the region rely heavily on international-student tuition. But what if the pandemic keeps those students at home?
Published On: June 26, 2020
The Finnish Labour Temple was a fixture for more than a century — until COVID-19 came to town. Can a community effort help it open its doors again?
Published On: June 25, 2020
When it comes to food banks, some experts say there’s a lack of accountability — and they’re calling for new ways to support Ontarians in need.
Published On: June 11, 2020
TVO.org is speaking to activists across Ontario to find out what's happening in their communities — and how they're fighting injustice. Today, we interview Tania Cameron and Katrina Osborne of Kenora.
Published On: June 10, 2020
TVO.org is speaking to activists across Ontario to find out what's happening in their communities — and how they're fighting injustice. Today, we interview Fatima Mendis of Black Lives Matter Thunder Bay
Published On: June 04, 2020
After a number of food banks in Thunder Bay ceased operating, the city moved to a new centralized model. Critics say it raises public-health risks — and limits access to food for the people who need it.
Published On: June 01, 2020
While one town has rejected the push to declare June a local Pride Month, Fort Frances’s Borderland Pride is supporting LGBTQ visibility — and acceptance — in the north.
Published On: May 23, 2020
City council has once again voted down backyard chickens. Some residents think that’s a big clucking deal.
Published On: May 14, 2020
People in the north are snapping up seeds so that they can grow their own food — and find a slice of serenity.
Published On: May 13, 2020
Manitobans are crossing the border to vacation in Ontario — leading to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the local health-care system’s ability to handle it.
Published On: May 01, 2020
Operators in northern Ontario who rely on tourist dollars are worried they’ll lose the season — or have to shut down altogether.
Published On: April 06, 2020
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is temporarily allowing graduating residents to serve as doctors and locums. Will that be enough to make up for the regional shortages?
Published On: March 19, 2020
Sioux Lookout has 5,200 residents, but its local health-care facilities treat thousands more — many of them from 33 remote First Nations. How is it preparing for the coronavirus?  
Published On: March 16, 2020
Anyone with a car can now pick up passengers in the northwestern community. Will the move actually make travel cheaper and more convenient?
Published On: March 11, 2020
In a city known for systemic inequalities, the library has made inclusiveness a priority.  
Published On: February 26, 2020
It’s 1,785 kilometres long and a century old — get to know one of Ontario’s most important motor routes.
Published On: February 24, 2020
A culinary program is providing refugees with safety training — and serving up dishes that are changing the city’s food scene.