June 2017

Canfield Says He'd Like To See Policing Costs Drop Some More

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 14:06 PM

The City of Kenora says it still would like to see police costs decrease.

The budget this year is almost 5.7 million dollars, down about 400 thousand
dollars from 2016.

Mayor Dave Canfield says Kenora still has one of the highest policing costs in
the province, so there is room for improvement.

"As much as we're happy with what the government has done, we'd like to cap the calls for service.  Whatever it works out to.  So we stay under a certain level.  There will still be quite a variance for policing costs for communties."  

Catholic School Board Creating New Child Care Spaces

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 14:01 PM

More licenced child care spaces will be available in Kenora this fall.

The Kenora Catholic District School Board is partnering with the Kenora Association
for Community Living to open a KidsZone Child Care Center.

Director of Education Phylis Eikre says they will be doing renovations at Pope John Paul
School over the summer to accommodate the day care.

WSO Returning For Annual Performance In Kenora

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 13:54 PM

The Lake of the Woods Concert Group is getting a bit of a head start
on Canada Day festivities this year.

The Winnipeg Symphony is making it's annual pilgrimage to Kenora
this Friday.

Len Mark is a spokesperson for the group and says its a great introduction to
classical music. 

Mark says admission for the concert is free, though they also have reserve
seating for sale closer to the orchestra.  

Monteith Reflects on Another School Year

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 13:53 PM

The grads are celebrating, the teachers have marked their final exam and the schools are now closed.

Another school year is the books with graduation ceremonies all week and Keewatin Patricia District School Board Director of Education Sean Monteith is thanking all of his staff for another successful year.

Monteith says getting to graduation requires significant heavy lifting on the part of his teachers, education assistants, early childhood educators, principles, custodians and other staff members.

Ontario's Coronor Calls In York Police To Help Investigate Thunder Bay Fatalities

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 13:25 PM

The province's Chief Coroner says his decision to bring in an outside police force to help Thunder Bay Police investigate first nations deaths is about getting the best answers.

Dirk Huyer has ordered the York Regional police to help the local force look into the deaths of Josiah Begg and Tammy Keeash.

Huyer doesn't see his move as questioning the investigative abilities of the Thunder Bay police.

Correctional Service Workers Reject Contract Extension

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 13:19 PM

There is labour peace in parts of the Ontario public service now that union members have voted to accept a new four year extension to their contract with the provincial government.

However, the members of the bargaining unit that represents jail guards in the province, rejected the extension agreement.

The Wynne government is promising to work with the union to iron out the outstaning issues with that group.

Triple B Festival Returns For A Second Year

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 10:36 AM

A very busy weekend in Kenora with several special events taking place.

For the second year in a row, the Triple B festival...Barbecue, Beer and Blues takes place on the Kenora Harbofront.

Jeff Wasney from Boss Hogg is competing in the Barbecue competition for the first time and says they'll starting smoking tonight.

The Barbecue competition will run both Saturday and Sunday, with entertainment under the White Cap Pavilion all day with Blues acts taking center stage in the evening.

The awards will be handed out Sunday afternoon starting at 4:00.  

Ontario Fun Passes Now Available

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 09:43 AM

If your planning a trip to southern Ontario, or even Thunder Bay, this summer, the province is giving you a chance to save some money when visiting some of the attractions.

Fun Passes give elementary school-aged children free admission to eighteen attractions, including Fort William Historical Centre.

They will also get you a discount on day-use charges at most Ontario parks.

The passes are being given to children at school, but parents can also find them on the government's website.

Dryden Council Agrees To Police Costing

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 08:47 AM

Dryden Council has decided to follow the City of Kenora's lead and go ahead with an OPP costing study, following a quick and unanimous vote last night.

Chief Administrative Officer Ernie Remillard says he will notify the province today and then the work and the wait will begin.

A Committee will be formed consisting of Remillard, two Councillors, Police Chief Doug Paulson and a Police Services member.

Adult Ed Students Celebrate Graduation

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 08:19 AM

Another school year has come to a close.  

The Keewatin Patricia District School Board and Seven Generations Education Institute held their ceremony on Wednesday.

42 adult students received their High School diplomas.

The students were enrolled in programs in Dryden, Ear Falls, Ignace, Pickle Lake, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Kenora.

The program targets students who are 18-years or older and have been out of high school for at least one year