July 2017

Heat Warning Continues Across the Northwest

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 11:31 AM

Another scorcher forecast for today - and it could continue tomorrow.

Environment Canada predicts continued Hot and humid conditions are expected From Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border

Most communities will see 30 degrees but it will feel like 35.

There is a risk of thunderstorms for Dryden and the area this evening.

The hot and humid conditions will persist into Monday for some areas. Cooler conditions are expected on Tuesday following the passage of a cold front.

MNR On Top Of Forest Fire Risk

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 09:51 AM

While you may be enjoying this weekend weather, the Ministry of Natural Resources is hard at work making sure forest fires don't become a problem.  

The MNR is reporting five new blazes as of yesterday, adding to the 15 reported by the end of the week in the northwest.

They're spread over the Nipigon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay districts.

Fire crews say they've got a handle on them, adding the fires are either human or lightening caused.   

James Begg Found Safe

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2017 14:14 PM

Good news in the search for a missing man in Kenora.  

OPP confirm that 39-year old James Begg has been found safe, and in good health.

He had been missing for about two weeks, and was found in the Kenora area.

 

Coney Island "Maybe Annual" Music Festival This Weekend

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 18:22 PM

An exciting event for music lovers.

The 9th Maybe Annual Coney Island Music Festival is taking place this Sunday in Kenora.

Ferg Devins one of the organizers talks about why they call it the "Maybe Annual Music Festival".

"The maybe is all about whether or not we raise enough funds and whether or not we have enough volunteers. We got a wonderful crew that supports us year in and year out. We are still looking to raise funds, we will do a collection on the field that day. We sure hope we see a lot of families over to enjoy the sun and the fun on Coney Island."

Police Continue To Search For Missing Kenora Man

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 17:49 PM

Some new information has come forward about a missing Kenora man.

James Begg was reported missing to police on Friday July 21st.

He was last observed in downtown Kenora on July 18th.

Beggs is described as an indigenous man, 5 foot 11 with a larger build and short black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a red sweater with an attached hoodie that has a logo on the front and writing on the back.

Some witnesses also describe seeing him wearing a grey or red t-shirt.

Cat Shelter Events This Weekend

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 16:47 PM

The Kenora Cat Shelter is hosting a couple of events this weekend.

The shelter is hosting a kitten adoption event tomorrow.

Come on down and check out all the kittens available for adoption, it will be at Pet Valu from 10am till 1pm.

As well the shelter is also hosting a luxury yard sale tomorrow.

It will be happening at 1267 Heenan Place from 8am till 1pm.

All the money goes back to the Kenora Cat Shelter. 

Justin Trudeau Addresses A Number Of Issues While In Kenora

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 15:32 PM

The prime minister is proving to be a popular draw in downtown Kenora.

Hundreds have turned out for Justin Trudeau's visit to Lake of the Woods.

Speaking to a media scrum, Trudeau did address the serious issue of youth suicide on first nation communities in northern Ontario.

"We recognize there is two levels we have to take action on. One is the immediate support we can provide whether it is extra aid workers and psychologists and extra health workers. Whether it's improving infrastructure and improving education in the immediate."

Kenwood Hotel To Be Demolished Soon

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 14:10 PM

It looks like the Kenwood Hotel will soon go under the wrecker's ball.

The Kenora Health Acccess Center (Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig) says demolition work is scheduled to take
place in the next few weeks.

The health care agency says it had originally hoped to renovate the building, but
time and harsh weather conditions made those plans unfeasible.

Instead they are planning to build a new facility on a neighboring piece of property.

AFN Chiefs Reject Reset On MMIWG Inquiry

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 10:32 AM

A call for the resignation of commissioners with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women has been narrowly defeated by Chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations meeting in Regina.

Family members had made that request to Commissioners attending the meeting Wednesday.

Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Arlen Dumas says they should honour their wishes.

Others worried the delays which would have even further impact on family members wanting to tell their stories.

Senator Sinclair To Head Up Thunder Bay Police Review

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 10:31 AM

Thunder Bay's Police Board Chair is pleased with the appointment of Senator Murray Sinclair.

He's heading up an Ontario Civilian Police Commission investigation into the board and its service.

Jackie Dojack says they want to improve.

Since there are three reviews into the police force and it's board, they have decided to hold off creating a new business plan until they can add the recommendations from those investigations.