December 2016

RCMP Warn About The Danger Of Driving The 'Morning After'

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 16:19 PM

Everyone knows that driving while drunk is a bad idea and illegal, but many don't think about the morning after.

With only a few hours left in 2016 police are asking people to think about what they'll do once the party is over.

Corp. Jennifer Clarke with the RCMP says people often think they're okay to drive once they've had a few hours of sleep.

"If you've been celebrating the night before, take a good hard look at your self in the mirror and ask 'should I be on the road.' There isn't any definitive self-test. We're asking people to be responsible."

Stand Off In Sioux Lookout Ends With An Arrest

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 16:10 PM

A five hour stand-off in the Town of Sioux Lookout has ended.

The OPP say they were called to a residence in the community around 5:30 Thursday evening to check on the well-being of someone inside.

When officers arrive at the scene, they discovered a man had barricaded himself inside.

Police were also told there there were weapons inside the home.

The OPP say a perimeter was set up outside and the area was evacuated.

The incident finally came to an end shortly after 10 PM when a man finally left the home.

Hydro Bill Reductions Begin Today

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017 09:31 AM

The Liberal government is gambling reductions to hydro bills will be able to
improve the premier's popularity.

Starting today, the provincial portion of the HST will be coming off of your electricity bill.

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says there is also additional support available for people who live
in more remote areas of the province.

Thibeault says the Remote and Rural Rate Protection Plan is designed to help offset the high distribution charges.  

Honoring and Empowering Women and Girls Pow Wow Tomorrow

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 15:28 PM

A different way to ring in the new year in the Kenora area.

For the second year in a row, the Treaty Three Police Service is sponsoring the
Honoring and Empowering Women and Girls Indigious Pow Wow.

The event gets underway at 1:00 this afternoon (Saturday) with the grand entry at the Golden Eagle
Bingo Hall.

That will be followed by a feast at 5:00 and a round dance at midnight.

The pow wow is part of a new initiative called The Not For Sale Project.

Regional Tourist Group Disbands

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 15:25 PM

A lobby group for tourist outfitters in the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods areas has decided to disband.

The Northwestern Ontario Tourist Association is calling it quits.

Gerry Cariou from the Sunset Country Travel Association says it's disappointing because the tourism industry seems to be rebounding.

Cariou says the only lobby group left in the region is the Kenora District Campowners Association and he's hoping some NWOTA members
decide to join that organization. 

Wynne Says Twinning Of Highway 17 West Will Still Take Some Time

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 15:19 PM

Don't expect the twinning of Highway 17 near Kenora to happen anytime soon.

Speaking to our newsroom, Premier Kathleen Wynne says it's taking time since there are many components to the project.
 

"Something our Ministry of Transportation is committed to. There are various components of that,  There's a piece by the Manitoba border.  Then pieces further east. But we continue to get that work completed."

Wynne says they've been in discussions with Shoal Lake since 2009 and more discussions need to take place before work can begin.

Energy East Hearings To Resume In The New Year

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 15:13 PM

Meetings on the Energy East project are coming to Northwestern Ontario in the New Year.

Thunder Bay will host a session from five until seven on January 19th at the Oliver Road Community Centre.

Kenora, Dryden and the surronding areas will take place at the end of the month starting January 23rd.

Officials will be discussing what a significant water crossing looks like along the TransCanada Pipeline's route for their Energy East  conversion project.

Alberta Clipper Expected To Brush Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 11:16 AM

You might want to take your time if you are traveling west today.

An Alberta Clipper is blowing across the prairies.

Mark Schuster is a meteorologist with Environment Canada and says southeastern Manitoba and northern Minnesota
will bear the brunt of the storm system.

He says they can expect anywhere from 10 to 15 centimeters today.

Schuster says northwestern Ontario will likely see only about two to four centimeters of snow out of this weather system.

Sunset Country Expects A Strong Tourist Season In 2017

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 09:54 AM

A bullish forecast for tourism in northwestern Ontario in 2017.

The Sunset Country Travel Association is predicting another good year, after a successful
2016.

Gerry Cariou is the executive director and says the economic situation in the U.S. is the biggest factor
influencing their tourism numbers.

Cariou says while the weak Canadian dollar is good news for visitors coming from south of the border, it does hurt their ability to market to
the U.S. because they have to buy their advertising in American Dollars.

Canfield Concerned About A Lack Of Affordable Housing

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 09:52 AM

You can call 2017 the year of housing in the Kenora area.

The Kenora District Services Board will have extra money for social housing
programs, and the City of Kenora pursuing developers for new projects.

Mayor Dave Canfield says seniors housing seems to be their best bet right now.

Canfield says the lack of affordable housing in the community continues to be one of the
road blocks for attracting people to come and re-locate to Kenora.