May 2017

Copperfin Makes Large Donation To LWDHF

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 18:54 PM

A big donation for the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation.

Copperfin Credit Union has donated 50 thousand dollars.

Executive Director of the Foundation Jess Rheault says this is going towards a specific cause.

"I asked them to contribute to the CT Scan campaign. We are hoping to raise 1.2 million dollars over the next fiscal year. Coppperfin responded back in a big way and committed 50 thousand dollars over the next couple years."

Rheault adds it was a very generous donation.

Legislation To Cut Hydro Rates Passes At Queen's Park

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 13:53 PM

The legislation necessary to reduce electricity bills by 25 per cent this summer has passed at Queen's Park.

All residential customers, and as many as half a million small businesses and farms are expected to benefit.

Both the Tories and NDP voted in opposition, claiming it does little to address to the real problems associated with high hydro costs.

Last week, Ontario's Financial Accountability Officer reported the plan will save ratepayers 24-billion dollars, but cost the province 45-billion to over the next 29 years.

Police Board Being Investigated

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:42 AM

Frustration over police investigations is growing for First Nation leaders.  

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says Thunder Bay Police aren't an option anymore for dealing with the growing number of river deaths in that city.

Rainy River First Nation Chief Jim Leonard says they've lost faith in the service and they want the RCMP to investigate the 2015 death of Stacy DeBungee.  

Two Arrested In Atikokan Drug Bust

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 09:34 AM

Two Atikokan men are facing charges following the discovery of cocaine inside a vehicle stopped by police on Highway 11-B near Atikokan last Thursday.

OPP do not say how much was found.

The 55-year-old and 62-year-old both face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Rod Benjamin and Richard Maddams are to appear in Atikokan court on August 9 to answer to these charges.

Sparse Turn-Out For Electoral Boundaries Meeting

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 08:36 AM

The electoral map in northern Ontario could look much different by the end of October.

That's the deadline the province has given itself to create new ridings in time for the next provincial election.

Joyce Pelletier is the chair of the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission and says they have a deadline of August 1st to have a final recommendation for the Attorney General.

Feds Providing More Funding For Lyme Disease

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 08:20 AM

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott wants to see an improvement in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease.

That's why the federal government is spending $4 million to achieve that.

Philpott says the number of cases is rising year over year.

Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May points to an estimate from the Public Health Agency that warns there could be 10 thousand new cases by 2020.

Climate change is beling blamed for growing the population of ticks.      

Fort Frances Student Charged With Bomb Threat

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 08:18 AM

A high school student is facing charges after OPP were called to investigate a possible bomb threat at the Fort Frances High School.

Police say the incident happened last Wednesday.

No actual detonation device was found or used.

But a 15-year-old boy was charged with uttering threats, criminal harassment and assault.

He's in court next Tuesday to answer to the charges.

OFL Supports 15 Dollar Minimum Wage

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 08:17 AM

Years of lobbying has paid off for labor and poverty groups in Ontario.

The provincial government has agreed to increase the minimum wage
to 15 dollars an hour by 2019.

Chris Buckley is the president of the Ontario Federation of Labor and says many
people worked behind the scenes to make this happen.

Other changes included in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act include 10 days of emergency leave for
employees, including two paid for by the employer, and three weeks of holiday time after five years
in a job.