February 2017

Saints Draw First Blood

Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2017 12:13 PM

Brandon Scott made 51 saves to lead the Thomas Aquinas Saints to a game one victory over the Dryden Eagles. 

The Saints held on for 4-3 win over the Eagles Friday night in Dryden.

T.A can clinch the best-of-three semi final series Monday night on home ice.

Game time is 7:30 at the Kenora Rec. Center.

Children In NWO Face Mental Health Challenges: Report

Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2017 07:52 AM

Children living in Northwestern Ontario are facing mental health challenges at a far greater rate than youth living in the rest of the province.  

That's according to a new report released by the Northwestern Health Unit and FIREFLY.  

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young Hoon says social issues play a key role.  

The report found there are higher rates of suicide, self-harm, mental and behavioural conditions and substance misuse for children and youth in our area.  

Blackie and The Rodeo Kings Returning To Kenora

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 15:48 PM

The Kenora Winter Carnival begins this Friday with a couple of big events.

There will be a fireworks display, followed by a concert by the group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

Mort Goss is promoting the concert and calls them a Canadian super-group, with Tom Wilson from Junkhouse, folksinger extraordinaire Stephen Fearing and blues guitarist and producer Colin Linden.

This is the group's second time through Kenora.

The last appearance was 17 years ago, when they played the former Elk's Center in Keewatin.  

Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser Ready to Go

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 15:44 PM

It may not be the coldest night of the year, but weather conditions will be cool for a fundraiser for the homeless

The Coldest Night of the Year is an annual walk to support homeless program across Canada.

The Kenora walk will take place this evening starting from the Fellowship Center.

So far 15 teams and 50 walkers have signed up to raise funds.

So far, just over 73 hundred dollars has been raised locally, and donations are still being collected on-line.

Fire Destroys Transport

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 13:22 PM

Traffic is now moving on Highway 17, about 20-kilometres west of Vermilion Bay.

The TransCanada was closed for more than four hours Friday morning because of a vehicle fire.

Those on scene say a tractor trailer unit was destroyed in the blaze.

No injuries are reported.

The highway is open to both lanes of traffic.

Dryden Woman Faces Drug Charges

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 11:54 AM

A traffic stop in Balmertown has resulted in drug charges against a Dryden woman.

Provincial Police pulled over a vehicle on Wednesday and officers found illegal drugs inside the car.

OPP say 40-year-old Kaley Tammie faces a total of four charges including possession of marihuana and possession of methamphetamine.

Tammie is due in court on April 20th.


Evergreen Ski Hill Remain Open

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 11:03 AM

Despite heavy rain on Family Day, the Mount Evergreen Ski Hill will remain open for the
forseeable future.

Operators of the ski hill say there's still a good base of snow on the slopes and they will
be open for night sking tonight, all day tomorrow and Sunday as well.

Mount Evergree staff add that they hope to be able to continue to operate right through March Break,
barring any more unusually warm or wet weather.

They will also be relying on mother nature for any fresh snow, as their snow-making machinery has been
shut down for the season.  

Lakeview Co-Op and Restaurant Re-Opens Again

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 11:01 AM

The owners of the Lakeview Co-op gas station and restaurant are nothing if not resiliant.

Less than a day after a car drove right into the restaurant seating area, they have re-opened for business this morning.

They admit they are rattled by yesterday's event, but thank those who helped the injured and
got them out of harm's way.

Four people in all were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  

New Study Raises Concerns About Youth Mental Health In Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 10:57 AM

The Northwestern Health Unit and Firefly say a new report raises a number of concerns about mental health issues
amongst our youth in this region.

The report shows there are higher rates of suicide and self-harm, mental and behavioural conditions and substance misuse than in youth in the rest of the province.

Dr. Kit Young Hoon says mental health problems can be affected by a variety of issues such as housing, poverty, unemployment and early childhood development.