August 2017

A New Judge Appointed In Kenora

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 17:33 PM

The Kenora Court House will have a new judge walking it's halls.

Ontario's Chief Justice has assigned Pieter Joubert to preside locally.

Joubert was recently a crown attorney and before that had his own practice focusing
on criminal law.

Joubert has also volunteered with several local organizations, including Making Kenora Home,
the Regional Community Foundation and the Kenora Association for Community Living. 

He has also served as an area director for Legal Aid Ontario.

A Hazy Shade Of Summer

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 17:22 PM

Northwestern Ontario continues to pick up new forest fires daily.

The MNR says there were seven confirmed by days end yesterday, bringing
the total of 151 active across the region.

Fire information officer Deb Maclean says northwesterly winds are starting to push some
smoke in the region from western and northern fires in other provinces.

MacLean says crews continue to work on a series of fires in the Summer Beaver, Big Trout Lake and
Wunnumin Lake areas, where the blazes continue to burn deep and require extensive work by fire rangers.  

Rotary Closes Out Lobsterfest In Style

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 17:19 PM

An end of an era?

Lobsterfest is celebrating it's 22nd year in Kenora and it may be the last.

John Dahl is a spokesperson for the Kenora Rotary Club and says they want
to do it up right this year, with a live band, Shadow Junction.

Lobsterfest takes place tomorrow evening under the White Cap Pavillion begin around
6:00. 

Feds Announce Funding To End Boil Water Advisories

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 15:07 PM

The federal government is out with funding to end long-term drinking water advisories in eight Grand Council Treaty #3 communities.

More than 1.2-million dollars has been earmarked for water treatment plant upgrades and water feasibility studies.

Another two million dollars has been earmarked for training water treatment operators.

Grand Chief of Treaty Three Francis Kavenaugh says he'd like to sees more aboriginal content on those training programs.

Indiginous Affairs Minister Announces Millions For Housing

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 15:05 PM

Canada's Indiginous Affairs minister is making millions of dollars available for
Treaty Three Communities across the region for housing.

Carolyn Bennett announced 16 million dollars to be shared among 17 communities to
renovated existing housing stock and to build new homes.

Chris Skead is the Chief of Rat Portage and says it will help them develop more homes in his
community.

The Onigaming First Nation will see the largest share of the funding at 1.6 million, with Rat Portage getting
1.4 million and Shoal Lake #40 receiving over 1.5 million.  

Bennett To Make Funding Announcement In Kenora This Morning

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 09:09 AM

Canada's Indiginous Affairs minister continues her tour of northwestern Ontario in
Kenora today.

Carolyn Bennett will visit the Rat Portage First Nation, where she will be making funding announcements
for several Treaty Three communities.

Bennett will be at the Devil's Gap Marina this morning to do the formalities.

Afterwards she has plans to visit some other first nation communities, including Shoal Lake #39.

Metis Nation Ontario Holding AGA In Kenora This Weekend

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 09:04 AM

Another busy weekend here in Kenora.

The Metis Nation of Ontario is holding it's annual general assembly at the
Kenora Rec. Center starting tonight.

One of the highlights is the arrival of several metis youth, who have been paddling
across Ontario since May.

They started their journey in Ottawa and will arrive at Anicinabe Park this evening at 6:00 with a formal welcome by Ontario's Indiginous Affairs minister David Zimmer and Canada's Minister of Indiginous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett.

Landsdowne House To Get New Water Treatment Plant

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 09:03 AM

Years of waiting for clean drinking water will soon finally come to an end for residents of the Neskantaga (Landsdowne House) First Nation.

Work is underway to upgrade the communities Water Treatment Plant.

The nearly 9-million dollar project was approved by the Federal government back in July.

The remote community has been under a boil water advisory for almost twenty years.

Southern Ontario Diver Passes Away After Accident In Lake Superior

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 08:40 AM

The 52 year old victim of a diving accident at Neys Provincial Park has died.

Police say that Scott Stitt was pronounced dead at the Burlington hospital he was taken to after last week's incident.

Stitt and four others were doing a technical dive in Lake Superior when he lost consciousness. 

OPP still don't know if it was faulty equipment that caused the accident or not.