January 2017

Not A Lot Of Movement On Softwood Lumber Front

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 18:56 PM

Not a lot of early optimism on the softwood lumber front.

In a speech to the Empire Club in Toronto, Canada's Ambassador to the U.S. David McNaughton warned reaching a deal may take some time.

McNaughton stated he's hopeful but stresses it won't be easy and it will be a tough one.

He was hoping to have a deal signed while President Obama was still in office, but thinks U.S. producers, who need to sign off on any agreement, are feeling they'll get a better deal under Trump.

Province Providing Support Services For Jurors

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 18:54 PM

New services are now in place for jury members who feel the lasting effects a trial can have.

Ontario's Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced that a new counselling program has been put into place that will be offered to jurors immediately following a trial.

Naqvi says the costs of the counselling will be covered.

"The goal of this program is to help as many people as possible regardless of how much time has passed. I also want to be clear that this is just the beginning."

KCDSB Showcasing Volunteers In The Community

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 18:36 PM

The Kenora Catholic District School Board is trying to show off the hard work volunteers do in our community.

The board partnered up with Community Support Services at Pinecrest to give the Grade 3-4 students from St Louis a chance to interview volunteers who work there.

Lynn Moffatt Director of Community Support Services says it's important to highlight the dedication volunteers put in.

School Bus Delays Due To Water Main Break

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 16:20 PM

All Kenora school buses will be facing delays this afternoon.

A section of Brinkman Road from 9th Street North to 8th Street North has been closed for a majority of the day due to a water main break.

Crews are working in the area of the Evergreen Community Club.

The Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium sent out notice that all Kenora routes can expect delays.

There's been no indication when the road might open again.

Nault Responds To U.S. Travel Ban

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 14:43 PM

The chair of Canada's Foreign Affairs Committee is stopping short of condemning the U.S. travel ban against residents of seven muslim nations.

Kenora M.P. Bob Nault says each sovereign nation has their own right to make their decisions, but admits it's not
a direction the Trudeau government is interested in taking.

Washagamis Bay Chief Passes Away

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 14:39 PM

Condolences are coming in for the Washagamis Bay First Nation.

Chief Alfred Sinclair passed away on Sunday. 

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says Sinclair was a long time leader in the community and a voice of strength in
the Treaty Three territory.

The Grand Chief of Treaty #3 also is offering his condolences.

In a release, Frances Kavenaugh says, " Chief Sinclair shared a deep commitment to his family and his community. He will be deeply missed by the Treaty#3 leadership and the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3.”

Brinkman Road Closed In Evergreen Area

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:49 AM

Anyone traveling in the area of Evergreen School might need to find a detour.

The City of Kenora says a section of Brinkman Road from 9th Street North to 8th Street North
is closed due to a water main break.

Crews are working in the area of the Evergreen Community Club.

There's been no indication when the road might open again.

Mail Boxes Damaged In Rainy River District

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:50 AM

Rural mailboxes the targets of vandals over the weekend.

OPP says several mailboxes located around the township of Alberton (al-BURTON), just west of Fort Frances, were damaged or destroyed some time early yesterday morning.

Police say it appears a baseball bat may have been used.

Canada Post's community mailbox at Pihulak  Road was not touched.

OPP are now hoping someone with information will come forward to aid in their investigation.

Province Announces New Program For Natural Gas Expansion

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:37 AM

The province is launching a new natural gas grant program.

It's to support communities that currently don't have the service but want it brought to their rural and northern areas.

Municipalities and First Nations communities will be able to work with utilities and natural gas distributors to bring forward proposals under a competitive intake process.

While 100 million dollars worth of grants will be available, some communities says it's more than a 100 percent reduction from the previous program that was
in place. 

DSBA Looking For Solutions For Patient Transfers

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 08:52 AM

The Kenora District Services Board has been given the go ahead to look at a solution to
the on-going problem delivering non-urgent land ambulence transfers.

Chair of the board Barry Baltessen says KDSB has been given some funding from the province to look at some
options.

"Develop sort of an anciliary patient transfer transportation system.  Something to augment the emergency system that we've got.  When pull and abulence to do an non-emergency transfer, they are sometimes out of the district for long periods of time".