November 2016

Food Tourism Being Promoted In Kenora

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 18:30 PM

Promoting food tourism in Kenora.

Next week the Northwestern Ontario Food Forum will be held at Seven Generations.

Tracy Wider with Tourism Kenora says this event is great for people who want to develop culinary tourism.

"We are having what is a tourism food forum that builds local farm to table menu items that are generating the local economy."

Wider adds anyone is welcome to come.

Lake of the Woods Control Board Getting Prepared For Freeze Up

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 18:24 PM

The Lake of the Woods Control Board is getting ready for freeze up.

The rain we've seen in the last week is pushing the board's plan back a little bit.

Matt DeWolfe from the control board says this doesn't delay them to much however.

"The lake has been gradually declining over the last month just as the control board had hoped. We don't typically like a lot of rain heading into freeze up. The effect of the modest rain we have had is to hold the lake level over the last week. We expect it to start that gradual decline again."

Province Provides Update On Clean-up Of Grassy Narrows Mercury

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 13:46 PM

The provincial government has provided a bit more clarity when the clean-up of the
English-Wabigoon River system near Grassy Narrows might begin.

Minister of the the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray says the options should be ready to present to the
community sometime in the spring.

"The agreement is to present these options and the risks of the different types of interventions. That will be finished by June.  It will be presented to the community and the community will make the choices of what interventions they want to do".

High School Hockey Action Resumes Tonight

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:34 PM

Just one high school hockey game on the schedule tonight. 

After last night's games were canceled last night due to snow, Beaver Brae's girls hockey team will be back in action.

The Broncos are still looking for their first win of the season as they take on the Fort Frances Muskies at 7:30 at the Kenora Rec. Center.  

The Muskies will remain in town for a game tomorrow night against the Thomas Aquinas Saints.

Three Injured In Highway 17 Accident

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:28 PM

Highway 17 is open to one lane of traffic following an over night accident.

Last night police were notified of a serious collision involving two tractor trailers on Highway 17 East of Kenora near Little Joe Lake.

The two units collided and three men were injured with all three of them being transported to the hospital.

The passenger of the west bound vehicle suffered life threatening injuries while the driver had serious but non life threatening injuries.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle suffered some minor injuries.

No One Injured In Transport Roll Over

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:30 AM

Provincial Police are investigating a single vehicle crash on Highway 17, west of Dryden.

The crash occurred around 8:30 Tuesday night, with Dryden and Oxdrift Fire both responding.

A tractor trailer unit lost control and rolled over.

The Dryden Fire Service says several small containers of hazardous material goods were dumped into the ditch and the area was contained for clean-up.

Paramedics treated the transport drivers who managed to evacuate.

The Fire Service says several collisions were occurring due to icy road conditions at the time.

Post Secondary Enrollment Up

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:27 AM

Enrollment is up in Ontario's colleges and universities.

Statistics Canada says over 822-thousand students enrolled in post-secondary institutions during the last school year, an increase of one per cent over the year before.

Women accounted for more than half of the total enrollment.

Ontario also saw a 2.6 per cent hike in the number of graduates from post-secondary programs.

Business and public administration, social sciences, health care and law enforcement among the more popular programs.

Rainy River Area Elder Appointed To Provincial Committee

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:25 AM

An Indigenous Elder from the Rainy River district has been appointed to a provincial committee looking at how to make the justice system more responsible to the needs of Aboriginal people.

Naitcatchewin First Nation's Gilbert Smith is one of 13 who will make up the new Elders Council.

The province is also currently hosting a summit in Thunder Bay around the application of the Gladue Principle.

It requires courts to consider alternatives to jail in sentencing, especially with Indigenous offenders.

SIU Continues To Investigating Fatal Incident In Nipigon

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:22 AM

The community of Nipigon remains in shock following a weekend tragedy.

The Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the shooting of a man during a confrontation with an OPP officer.

In the latest development, Monica Hudon confirms a stun gun was used by police in the incident.

Hudon says the nature of the interaction between the officer and victim will be part of their investigation.

Officials in the township are keeping tight lipped about the incident, concerned they may somehow interfere in the probe if they speak out of turn.

Federal Auditor Critical of The Way Corrections Treats Aboriginal Prisoners

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 09:23 AM

Michael Ferguson says the corrections system isn't supporting Indigenous people. 

In his fall 2016 reports, the Federal Auditor General says as the number of indigenous people in the justice system grows, it can't provide them with the supports they need when they need them. 

Ferguson says most indigenous people in the corrections system don't get timely access to rehabilitation programs, and aren't put on parole as early as they could be. 

He adds two-thirds of indigenous inmates who are released were never put on parole.