The shortage of staff in long-term care homes remains a pressing concern across the province, as Baby Boomers look for housing and supports in their retirement years. Shane Strickland at Confederation College talks about how they're trying to help.

"I can confirm that yes, in fact, there is a need for PSW graduates across northwestern Ontario. This has been an ongoing need for a number of years now. So, we work directly with our community agencies, our community partners, to identify programming that would meet some of our needs," he said.

As the year progresses, housing for age groups would become a central issue in municipal elections, as a rebounding economy had trouble finding accommodations for new workers. With lots of money promised for housing, roads and sewers, the district and its ratepayers are hoping for big things in 2019. After all, it's a federal election year.

Grand Chief Francis Kavanaugh is cautiously optimistic, as Treaty 3 works with federal and provincial governments on the repatriation of Anishinabe children to their home communities.

"From what I heard, from the two ministers -- that's minister Philpott and minister bennett -- when they were delivering their speeches and comments on child welfare in general clear across Canada. I believe them to be very sincere," he said.

In the same month, the trailer for Indian Horse is released, illustrating the residential school experience for hockey fans and students of history alike. Adapted from the novel by the Whitedog author Richard Wagamese, the film would get accolades from an international audience.

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