June 2017

Mantario Rowdown Cancelled

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 07:20 AM

It's a busy summer for local rowers.

In fact, maybe too busy.

The Mantario Rowdown, which was supposed to take place this Sunday
on Rabbit Lake has been cancelled.

Organizers of the event say rowing clubs from Manitoba and northwestern Ontario have
been busy preparing for the upcoming Canada Summer Games so they've decided to
canel the regatta and bring it back next year again.

Kenora Welcoming 11 New Correctional Officers

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 18:56 PM

13 new Corrections Officers finished their training and are now ready to get to work.

The Correctional Officer Training and Assessment Ontario Correctional Services College held a graduation ceremony yesterday for 13 recruits.

The recruits underwent their 6 week training here in Kenora as part of a pilot project.

Usually recruits go to Hamilton for an 8 week training course.

Anthony Streppel the Manager for Customized Training for Institutional Services says there are lots of benefits for recruits being able to train in Kenora.

ONtour Acts Announced For Kenora Concert

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 16:35 PM

An exciting announcement for Kenora!

As part of Canada's 150th birthday the Ontario Government is hosting a series of free concerts all across the province.

The ONtour will be stopping in more than 20 communities, making it's way to Kenora on August 10th.

The concert coming to Kenora is in partnership with the Kenora Bass International to celebrate KBI's 30th anniversary.

The acts coming to Kenora are James Barker Band, Crystal Shawanda, Midnight Shine and Ginger Ale & The Monowhales.

Con College Raises $9,000 Dollars From Charity Golf Tournament

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 14:27 PM

Another nine thousand dollars has been raised for bursaries and scholarships at
the Lake of the Woods Campus of Confederation College.

Their annual charity golf tournament drew a total of 16 teams on a somewhat
rainy afternoon at the Kenora Golf and Country Club.

Campus director Laura Christie says "financial assistance helps students to be able to place their
focus on their studies while in school".

For the second year in a row, the team from Beaver Brae Secondary School took top honors at the

Kenora Age Friendly Survey Now On-Line

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 14:18 PM

The Kenora Age-Friendly Steering Committee is seeking input from local seniors about living in

A survey is being launched looking at eight different issues affecting the city's senior population.

Mary Bawden is a member of the Steering Committ and says the survey follows up on an Age-Friendly
report presented to the city a couple of years ago.

Bawden says the ultimate goal is to have Kenora designated as an Age-Friendly Community.

OPP Locate Escaped Prisoner East Of Thunder Bay

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:21 AM

Police have located a man who escaped custody while being transported fromt he Nipigon area to the Thunder Bay District Jail.

OPP say the man took off around 1:45 Wednesday afternoon west of Gravel River at the Little Cypress Bridge snow plow turnaround.

Lindsay Legarde was located yesterday walking near the railway tracks about 19 kilometers west of Rossport.

The OPP's Northwest Emergency Response Team was able to bring Legarde back into custody. 


Avalon Receives Funding From The NOHFC

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 08:44 AM

A 500 thousand dollar boost for a local mining company.

Avalon Advance Materials has received a grant from the Northern Ontario
Heritage Fund to help out with a new way to process lithium ore from it's
Big Whopper Site north of Kenora.

Don Bubar is president of Avalon and says the lithium can be used to help make lithium-ion batteries.

The new funding will help create and support 14 new jobs in the community.  

More Ontario Civil Servants Reach Contract Extension

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 08:42 AM

A new deal for government workers represented by the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario, referred to as AMAPCEO.

They've ratified a four-year contract extension with the province that includes wages increasing by 7.5 per cent over the course of the agreement.

AMAPCEO is the second largest bargaining union within the Ontario Public Service, representing about 12-thousand workers.

The deal is similar to one already agreed upon by some members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.  

Feds Create New Mentorship Program For Aboriginal Students

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 08:40 AM

Indigenous health researchers across Canada can count on a new mentorship program from the federal government.

Canada's Health Minister was in Thunder Bay Wednesday to announce the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program, which is being supported with an $8 million federal investment.

The program is part of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.