January 2018

Grand Chief Addresses Concerns Over Incident During Assembly

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 19:18 PM

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler addressed an elephant in the room this morning on day two of the Chief's conference.

Fiddler says he's upset that an activist approached people at the conference saying it was wrong to use Chanie Wenjack as a symbol for the residential school system.

"We will not tolerate this type of behaviour, anywhere, especially at our gatherings like this, and so I apologize to Pearl and the family, to Mike Downie who joined us here yesterday. To anyone who may have witnessed that event yesterday that happened."

Wynne Addresses Ahead Of Town Hall

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 19:17 PM

Plenty of regional issues are bound to be brought up at Wednesday's town hall meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Ahead of her public speaking engagement at the Italian Cultural Centre, Wynne took questions from the local media. 

Topics were around health care and indigenous youth.

The Premier called a recent report into abuse at long term care homes a very disturbing situation involving people at their most vulnerable.

Kathleen Wynne says they take reports of elder abuse very seriously.

Kenora MP Bob Nault Remains Optimistic On NAFTA Talks

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 19:16 PM

Kenora MP Bob Nault is optimistic following word that enough progress has been made over the past week to move ahead with a fresh round of NAFTA talks in Mexico.

U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer updated the media Monday that they are making headway on talks but stressed that all three countries need to pick up the pace.

Nault believes everyone at the table realizes the importance of the trade pact and states he doesn't think NAFTA is a bad trade deal at all.

Anti-Harassment Bill One Step Closer To Reality

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 19:15 PM

The Trudeau government is out of the gate with Bill C-65, a new law which would eliminate harassment and violence in federal workplaces.

During second reading, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu indicated currently there's a culture where victims don't feel safe in bringing their concerns forward.

She notes they are taking this action because the government "recognizes safe workplaces, free of harassment and violence are critical to the development of Canadian workers."

Hajdu says parliament has been one of those institutions where such abuse has been allowed to continue.

Environment Canada Meterologist Warns Of Cold Weather

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 19:14 PM

Environment Canada is warning to be ready for a cold February.

Meteorologist Geoff Coulson says the frigid temperatures start now with lows later this week hovering around the minus 29 to 33 range.

Coulson says it is another resurgence of an arctic air-mass which is similar to the one we saw in late December and early January.

The Dryden area could see up to 10-centimetres of snow today, with more expected tomorrow.

Phase Two Of Freedom Road About To Begin

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:45 PM

The next and final phase of the Freedom Road to the Shoal Lake #40 First Nation is about to begin.

The Manitoba Government has announced work on the section of the road from Shoal Lake to the Trans-Canada Highway will start next week.

Sigfussen Northern has been awarded a 12 million dollar contact for construction of the 24 kilometer all-weather road.

It's expected the work will wrap up in March of 2019.

The on-reserve portion of the Freedom Road has already been completed, as has the bridge connecting the island community to the mainland. 

Kenora By-Pass Open Again

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:19 AM

After being closed for the past 6 hours, the Kenora By-Pass is now open again to two-way traffic.

The Highway was closed around 3 AM after a semi-tractor trailor unit went off the road and
struck a rock cut.

There's no word on any injuries.

Overall roads in the area are listed as snow-covered with partially snow-covered sections.

Rob Kuhn from Environment Canada says while the snow is gone, it's now being replaced by some
very chilly conditions.

Class Action Filed For Indian Hospital Patients

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 09:41 AM

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Attorney General of Canada over the operation of Indian Hospitals.

The government operated 29 segregated facilities across Canada from 1945 to 1981.

The class action alleges that patients were left with severe physical, psychological and emotional injuries.

The suit is seeking a billion dollars in damages for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty and $100 million in punitive damages.