January 2018

Thunder Bay Council Approves Hydro Merger

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 02:50 AM

Another step towards a merger for two utilities in the region. 

Thunder Bay City Council has approved Thunder Bay Hydro's proposed merger with Kenora Hydro, which still has to be voted on Tuesday by Kenora's Council. 

Thunder Bay Hydro CEO Robert Mace explains the new Thunder Bay-based utility would be more efficient and hopefully lower costs for customers. 

Pre-Budget Hearings Open In Thunder Bay

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 13:46 PM

The provincial government is kicking off pre-budget hearings in Thunder Bay today.

The province's finance committee is hearing from a variety of organizations who are offering up their suggestions to the upcoming provincial budget.

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, Norbord and the town of Atikokan are among those schedule to speak.

The committee is in Sudbury tomorrow.

STR Says At Least Two Trails Won't Open This Winter

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 13:44 PM

The Sunset Trailriders Snowmobile Club is slowly opening it's trails in the Kenora area.

However, at least two trails are going to be off limits.

STR spokesperson Gerry Rummery says they are still dealing with the fall out from the first major snowstorm of the season which damaged or toppled hundreds of trees along these snowmobile trails.

Rummery says the trail up to Nopiming and one from Witch Bay to Sioux Narrows will not be able to open this year.  

Resolute Supports WTO Challenge

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 13:43 PM

Resolute Forest Products is welcoming the federal government's decision to file a complaint to the World Trade Organization in light of recent duties being imposed on Canadian producers of softwood lumber, and now news print.

Canada filed the complaint against the United States, challenging what it calls a host of measures inconsistent with its WTO obligations.

President Richard Garneau says his company has been a victim, having to repeatedly confront discredited protectionist policies to fairly sell paper and lumber to American consumers who need and want these products.

DSAB Approves 2018 Budget

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 13:42 PM

A big increase in the budget for the Kenora District Services Board.

The boad members approved a 55 million dollar budget last month, which is an increase of more than 13 million dollars from last year.

Barry Baltessen is chair of the Services Board and says they've seen a big increase in their land ambulence budget in part due to our aging population.

Baltessen says they will be increasing staffing at most of their land ambulence bases, including an extra crew for Kenora and Sioux Lookout.  

Radford To Compete At Winter Olympics

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 11:37 AM

The Canadian Olympic Committee has released a list of 17 figure skaters will be making the trip
next month of South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

Eric Radford, a former member of the Kenora Figure Skating Club, and his partner Meagan Duhamel
will be leading the pairs competition.

Radford, from Balmertown, won a silver medal in 2014 in Sochi with Duhamel, and is eying a gold
medal this time around.

They will be joined by Patrick Chan, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue as those returning to the Olympics.

(File photo)

Unifor Says Canada Should Walk Away From NAFTA

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 09:20 AM

Some are holding out hope of progress as North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations resume this week in Montreal.

However, Unifor President Jerry Dias is taking an opposite stance, stressing NAFTA has been a disaster for Canada and it can't get worse.

Dias is confident that NAFTA will fall apart, and he won't be shedding any tears over it.

Dias says pre-NAFTA, Canada had a trade surplus in manufacturing, noting today we have a 120-billion dollar deficit.

KPDSB Promoting Adult Education

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 09:19 AM

There are many jobs in the region that need to be filled and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has a solution.

The School Board says one major stepping stone for people is their Adult Education Programming.

Principal for Adult and Alternative Education Steve Poling says their programs help people reach the services they offer.

He also says they are offering Dual-Credit programs in partnership with Confederation College so students can earn high school and college credits at the same time.

Flu Season Hasn't Peaked Yet

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 09:16 AM

The Northwestern Health Unit says it can't actually pinpoint when the peak of flu season will hit our area.

A medical expert in Toronto has reported that this flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one.

Supervisor of Infectious Disease with the Health Unit, Shannon Brown, says there's no real way to tell if it will be more severe this year compared to other years.

Brown notes there has been media coverage of the flu season being worse than usual in Australia, noting sometimes what they see helps us predict what we will see in our Fall and Winter.

Emo Man Arrested In North Caribou Lake

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 09:14 AM

A man from Emo is in custody relating to an alleged assault in a northern community.

Assault and breaking and entering charges have been laid after North Caribou Lake Police and OPP were called to a home in the remote First Nation this past Wednesday.

The 42 year old suspect was located by officers a while later, but he resisted arrest. 

Marty Wilson is scheduled to appear in Sioux Lookout Court today on the charges.