February 2017

Kenora Honoring Women In The Community

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 18:32 PM

Kenora is holding it's first International Women's Day celebration.

The Kenora District Chamber of Commerce partnered with BDC, RBC and LOWBIC to host the event "Bubbles and Bites" on March 8th. 

Carlee Hakenson the Manager for the Chamber says the night will be packed with different activities.

"A special guest speaker which is RBC Olympian Jill Officer. Hoolio and Goober will be showcasing a few different business attire looks. Miranda Paterson from Miranda Paterson Photos and Designs will be there to take professional head shots."

Saints Girls Hockey Team Hopes To Advance To NorWOSSA Finals

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:54 PM

The Thomas Aquinas girls hockey team will be trying to follow in the footsteps of the Saints boys team.

The Saints boys beat Dryden in their semi-final series last night, and the T.A. girls have the same opportunity
tonight.

The third and deciding game of the best-of-three series goes tonight in Dryden.

Game time is 7:30 at the Dryden Memorial Arena.

The winner of tonight's game will play the Fort Frances Muskies in the NorWOSSA league final.  

Lake of the Woods District Hospital Gets Funding Boost From Province

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:41 PM

Finally some good news on the financial front for Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

The Ministry of Health is coming through with 1.4 million dollars that will be added to the hospital's
base budget.

President and CEO of the hospital, Mark Balcaen says they had to make a financial case for the extra funding.

Balcaen says they have been promised this isn't just a one time deal, and the funding will be on-going.

He adds that it will ensure they finish the year with a balanced budget.

Powerview RCMP Investigating Double Homicide

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:32 PM

The RCMP in eastern Manitoba are investigating what they are calling a double homicide.

The Powerview Detachment says the incident took place early this morning in the nearby community
of St. Georges.

Police says the victims are both men, one aged 35, the other 43.

So far no names have been released.

The RCMP's Major Crimes Unit and the Forensic Identification Service has been called in to help out with
the investigation.

The Mounties says there is no threat to public safety.
 

Weather Network Forecasts "Normal" Spring

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:57 AM

Don't expect a quick start to spring.

That's according to the Weather Network, which is out with it's spring forecast.

For northwestern Ontario, they are calling for a pretty normal spring with things not really starting to
warm up until the latter part of April and into May.

The Weather Network says as far as precipitation goes, we can expect normal to above normal snowfall and
rainfall amounts due to a fairly active storm track.  

OPP Calls For Service Down In January

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:53 AM

Maybe it had something to do with the cold winter weather, but the number of calls for service for the OPP in Kenora
dropped significantly in the first month of 2017.

Statistics release by the Kenora Detachment shows just 936 calls for service, which is well below the monthly average.

There was a reduction in almost every criminal and traffic category.

Only a couple of categories saw increases. 

There was an 80 percent hike in the number of assaults, and a 129 percent jump in the number of motor vehicle accidents
causing property damage.

New Tool To Track Hydro Costs

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 09:24 AM

A company is explaining exactly where your dollars go when you pay the hydro bill.

EnPowered has come up with an on-line tool that shows a large chuck going to government for such things as the global adjustment cost.

Owner Tomas Van Stee says even he was surprised how high the percentage is.

In northwestern Ontario,  EnPowered shows 70-per cent of an average residential bill going to such things as the global adjustment cost.

For more information you can go to:  www.yourbill.ca

OPP Concerned About Fentanyl Trafficking

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 09:13 AM

The OPP are trying to bring more public awareness to the dangers of Fentanyl.

They have released a new series of videos targeting different areas of crime within the province.

One of the videos has a member of the Drug Enforcement Unit addressing the risk of using and abusing Fentanyl.

The videos are in relation to Project Silkstone which was an 18 month high level investigation involving multiple criminal groups who were trafficking illegal drugs and guns in the province.

During Project Silkstone over 11 thousand Fentanyl pill were seized. 

Saints Boys Hockey Team Sweeps The Eagles To Advance To OFSAA

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 07:18 AM

The Thomas Aquinas boys hockey team has booked it's ticket into the All-Ontario Championships.

The Saints dominated the Dryden Eagles 6-1 last night in game two of their best-of-three semi-final
series.

Aiden Copenace Redsky and Skylar Lentz each scored a pair of goals to lead the Saints offense while Brandon Scott stopped 54 shots.

T.A. swept the Eagles in two straight games, and because Fort Frances is hosting OFSAA next month, the Saints
will get and automatic berth.

Thomas Aquinas will still play Fort Frances for the NorWOSSA title.