December 2017

Major Class Action Lawsuit Launched Against Province

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 18:15 PM

A $600-million class action lawsuit against the provincial government is being handled by a group of lawyers that includes Chris Watkins from Thunder Bay.

Watkins says it's on behalf of the thousands of young people from who he claims were abused in provincial reform schools from the 1930's to 1984.

Watkins says a number of youth from our region were sent to juvenile detention facilities that were meant to rehabilitate young people.

Watkins says children were sent to these centres for a better life, but instead were sexually or physically abused.

Kenora Ranks 7th On Miserable Winter Weather List

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 14:35 PM

We often like to complain about our winter weather, but now a travel company has come out with it's own list of the Canadian Cities with the most miserable winter weather. 

It's probably nothing to brag about, but Kenora comes in a 7th out of the 15 cities with the worst winter weather, just ahead of Winnipeg at number 8.

Expedia has compiled the list based on snowfall, windchill and the amount of indoor amendities.

Kenora gets a three snowflake rating for snow, and a three thermometer frostbite rating.

Museum Big Picture Campaign Nears Goal

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 14:27 PM

The Lake of the Woods Museum's Big Picture Campaign is nearing it's 2.5 million dollar fundraising goal.

The Musuem is planning to build a new art gallery onto it's Annex in Memorial Park.

Director of the Museum, Lori Nelson says in addition to private donations they are also applying for government grants from the the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and the feds Cultural Spaces grant.

So far the Big Picture Campaign has raised 1.75 million dollars.  

Government Moving Ahead With New Transmission Line Into NWO

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 11:25 AM

A Texas company has been selected to build a new transmission line that will run along the north shore of Lake Superior from Thunder Bay to Wawa.

Quanta Services has been selected by NextBridge.

Officials say Quanta was selected through a competitive bid process.

The project is expected to create up to 700 jobs during the construction phase.

Ontario Energy Board still needs to give the project its approval.

Flett Wins Bartleman Award

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 11:21 AM

A young Kenora writer is one of this year's Bartleman Award winners.

Sydney Flett was one of five winners of the award, which goes to Ontario aboriginal students for creative writing.

Flett was singled out for her book of poetry called "Cusp of Brilliance".

Its called an honest and personal reflection on her life and experiences. 

The Bartleman Awards were handed out in Toronto this morning by Lieutenant-Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell.

The Awards were created by former lieutenant-governor James Bartleman.

 

Province Legislates Funding For Mercury Clean-Up

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 09:05 AM

The current sitting of the Ontario Legislature is officially adjourned for the holidays, but there is a last minute Christmas present for residents of Grassy Narrows and the Wabaseemoong First Nation.

The provincial government passed legislation confirming 85 million dollars for the clean-up of mercury from the English-Wabigoon River system.

Environment minister Chris Ballard says they are committed to working with the first nations on a remediation action plan.

First Case Of Influenza A Confirmed

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 09:01 AM

The flu bug has officially hit our area.

The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting the first case of Influenza A, stressing having one case identified by the laboratory indicates there are other, non-lab test cases in the region as well.

Officials are urging the public to get a flu shot, noting its free of charge.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young-Hoon suggests that if you do get the virus, you should stay home from work or school and avoid public places until you are feeling better.

Hospital Hires New CFO

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 09:00 AM

A changing of the guard at Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

Vice-president of Corporate Service Cindy Gasparini is retiring after a long career with both the Hospital and Kenora Catholic District School Board.

Mark Belcaen is the president and CEO of the hospital and say they have hired Cheryl O'Flaherty to replace Gasparini.

O'Flaherty has been working as the hospital's manager of Finance and Patient Registration.

Parcel Delivery Booming This Christmas

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 08:41 AM

You will have to be a little patient while waiting to receive some packages in the mail.

Local delivery drivers are currently swamped with the volume of packages this Christmas.

Speaking to the CJRL Newsroom one local delivery driver for GPS Delivery says they now have to bring in extra resources and work extra hours.

They are asking customers to be patient as they are working hard to make sure all packages are delivered to local homes before Christmas.