March 2017

Conservatives Want Hydro One Employees On Sunshine List

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:28 AM

The Conservatives are tabling a private members bill to include all Hydro One employees on the annual Sunshine List.

Only the top five salaries are now listed due to security reasons.

Energy Critic Todd Smith says the head of Hydro One tops the list at nearly 4.5-million and stresses we need to know how much other staff are being paid.

Smith says at a time of full disclosure in 2015, there were 42-hundred Hydro One employees making over 100-thousand dollars a year.

Ontario's Chief Coroner Not Ruling Out Inquiry

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:26 AM

A call for an inquest into the house fire deaths of nine residents in Pikangikum First Nation may not go unheeded.

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation believes such a hearing would address fundamental issues that could be an underlying cause.

Ontario's Chief Coroner, Dr. Dirk Huyer, says he's thinking of looking at all Ontario First Nation fire deaths over the last several years.

Huyer says he plans to discuss the issue with First Nation leaders and the Fire Marshal to get their views. 

Commons Committee Urges Beyak To Step Down

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:25 AM

More criticism for a Northwestern Ontario Senator's defense of the Residential School system.

Senator Lynn Beyak is being called out in a letter from Liberal Indigenous Caucus Chair Don Rusnak, who's asked her to resign and leave a Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples. 

The Thunder Bay-Rainy River M.P.  says Beyak's comments earlier this month were disappointing and shocking, and wants to discuss them with her. 

The letter says Beyak's continued remarks about the schools are counterproductive and offensive.  



Ice Dogs Beat Lakers For The Second Night In A Row

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:19 AM

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are in the drivers seat of their best-of-seven semi-final against the
Fort Frances Lakers.

The Ice Dogs scored early and often in a 7-1 victory last night in Dryden, taking 2-0 lead.

Former Thistle Trey Palmero scored the game's first goal and Matthew Pitchenese assisted on the Dogs second tally.

Game three of the series shifts back to Fort Frances Saturday night.  

Kenora Catholic Eliminated In Semis of Dryden Tournament

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 07:05 AM

First it was the intermediate students and yesterday elementary students got to strut their basketball prowess.

St. Joseph's School in Dryden hosted it's first ever Catholic elementary Basketball tournament.

The Kenora Catholic School Board sent one team, which finished second in the round robin
with a record of 3 wins and a loss.

That put them into the semi final, where they lost a nailbiter 13-12.

Province Announces Connecting Link Funding

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 17:52 PM

There is no funding for Kenora in the latest announcement for the Connecting Links program.

The program is to help municipalities offset the cost of road improvements that link to the Trans Canada.

The announcement will see 25-million dollars shared between 19 communities.

Dryden is the only northwestern Ontario community mentioned, receiving 300-thousand dollars for bridge upgrades.

Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield says Kenora lost it's Connecting Link status a long time ago.

Fire Season Opens April 1st

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 15:39 PM

The fire season opens on April 1st and the MNR wants you to brush up on the regulations.

Regardless of the time of year and the size of fire you plan to have safe outdoor fire practices are required.

The MNR wants to remind people about the guidelines that are put into place so they can have a safe burn.

Fire and Information Officer Debbie Mclean says they have some snow cover receding quickly, but nothing out of the ordinary at this time.

New OSAP Program Launched

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 13:30 PM

Anyone looking to attend an Ontario college or university is being encouraged to apply for funding under Ontario Student Assistance Program.

The loan and grant program has been reworked that includes some students receiving free tuition

Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews says it's sort of a trade off with students.

"You get the marks, you work hard, you get accepted.  We're going to make sure that money isn't going to prevent you from getting the education you want to get."

NAN Seeking Inquest Into Fatal Fires

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 13:23 PM

Nishawbe Aski Nation is renewing calls for a coroner's inquest into a 2016 house fire in Pikangikum First Nation that claimed the lives of nine people.

In a letter to Ontario's Chief Coroner, NAN says an inquest could examine the causes of house fires in remote communities and make recommendations that prevent further tragedies, and promote fire safety and prevention.

Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen says his community continues to suffer from overcrowding, unsafe building standards and a lack of firefighting equipment.