October 2017

4 Charged After Constance Lake Drug Bust

Posted on Saturday, October 21, 2017 08:44 AM

Four people are facing charges after a drug bust in a northern First Nation. 

Nishnawbe Aski Police Service seized $930 worth of methamphetamine, along with drug supplies, $190 in cash, and a firearm from a Constance Lake First Nation home on Thursday. 

A 60-year-old man has appeared in court and remains in custody before his next court appearance on Monday. 

Meanwhile a 49-year-old woman has been released after her first appearance in court, and is scheduled for a November court date. 

Time Capsule Buried In Kenora As Part Of Heritage 150 Project

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 17:25 PM

A big honour for the city of Kenora.

Kenora is one of five places in the province to put together a time capsule as a part of the Heritage Time Capsule Project.

The project is spearheaded by Trans Canada Trails Ontario who want to have a time capsule put in locations near the Trans Canada Trail.

Judy Underwood with the Kenora Urban Trails Committee says it's a big moment for the city.

Bacterial Illness Spreading In Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 16:31 PM

The Northwestern Health Unit says it has seen an increase in the number of cases of Invasive Group A streptococcus infections and those numbers are expected to rise this Winter.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young-Hoon says it's a bacteria that is commonly found in the throat or on the skin.

She says for most people the bacteria isn't severe, with symptoms of strep throat or mild skin infection.

French As A Second Language Popular At KPDSB

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 13:54 PM

French immersion programs continue to grow at local school boards across the region.

But the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board says it's also noticed more interest in
high school french classes as well.

Ann McDonald is the Elementary Curriculum Co-ordinator and says they are in the third year
of a French as a second language pilot project.

McDonald says the focus now is more on conversation and less on grammar.  

She says they've notice an increase in enrolment in French classes at it's high schools
in both Kenora and Dryden.  

Canada Wide Warrant Suspect Could Be In NWO

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 13:50 PM

Police are warning of a federal offender who may be in northwestern Ontario.

Provincial Police say 23-year-old Dallas Solomon is wanted on a Canada wide warrant as a result of his breach of parole.

Solomon is described as an Indigenous male, 5-foot-6, 164-pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

He has tattoos on his neck, upper torso, abdomen and several other tattoos including "Native", "Pride" and a skull on his left forearm.

Solomon is known to frequent Thunder Bay and other parts of the region.

Sioux Narrows Developing New Park Space

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 13:48 PM

The Town of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is busy working on a new park to
honor it's veteran's.

Veteran's Memorial park is located across the highway from the Northern Ontario Sportsfishing Center at the intersection of Red Indian Road and Highway 71.

Town planner Jeff Port says they hope to have the park open by spring of 2018.

"We've been able to secure through the Department of National Defense.  They've been surplussing light armored vehicles or LAVs.   They are completely been decommissioned.  So there will be a structure mounted on the property."

Conservation Officers Searching For Moose Hunters

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 12:09 PM

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking public help to identify the person responsible for shooting and abandoning a bull moose northwest of Sioux Lookout.

Last Friday, Conservation Officers discovered the dead animal on the Vermillion River Road, near Kilometre marker 145.

The nose and tongue were removed while the rest of the carcass was left behind.

The body was covered in brush it an attempt to prevent it from being found.

City of Kenora Receives Extra Federal Funding

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 12:07 PM

Some extra funding for the City of Kenora.

The federal government has announced just over 42 thousand dollars for
the city's operations department.

The money is for a mobile road sensing assessment.

The funding comes from the Municipal Asset Management program, which is
spending 3.1 million dollars on 75 projects.

The Town of Machin is also getting 50 thousand dollars under the same
program. 

MNR Conducting Prescribed Burns

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 10:24 AM

A prescribed burn that was to take place yesterday in the west end of the Rainy River district will be attempted today.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is looking burn off a blowdown at Sakwite Lake, north of Barwick to help in reforestation.

It has been delayed twice due to the wind.

The Ministry is reminding people to stay away from the area for safety reasons.

Another prescribed burn took place in the Sioux Lookout District.

PJP Students Enjoy Fall Feast

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 09:07 AM

Students at Pope John Paul got to take part in a Fall Feast yesterday.

The day consisted of drumming, dancing and a meal shared by all.

Shelly White Tom the First Nation, Metis and Inuit Coordinator for Kenora Catholic says the Fall Feast has a special meaning behind it.

Students were made wild rice soup, bannock and a mixture of fruit.