April 2017

OPP Investigating Fatal Accident On CP Tracks Near Ignace

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 11:44 AM

The OPP are investigating a fatality on the CP main line near Ignace.

Police say they were contacted after someone was struck by a train around 4:00 Thursday afternoon in Ilsley Township, which is about
20 kilometers west of Ignace. 

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem exam is being done in Toronto for a positive identification.

The CP Rail Police are assisting with the investigation.

Two Beaver Brae Students Selected To Make Their Pitch

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 10:54 AM

Two Beaver Brae students have made it to the final of a youth entrepreneur competition.

Trace Pinesse and Seanna Geary have both been selected to attend Discovery 2017 and make a
pitch for their business.

Pinesse has developed the Indie-view app, which gives information about local pow wows, while Geary
is promoting her business Seanna's Little Blues, which sells wild blueberries.

The two will make their pitch on May 15th in Toronto in the hopes of winning three thousand dollars in
start up costs for their businesses.

Thomas Aquinas Hosts Catholic Badminton Championships

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:36 AM

One first place finish for local badminton players in the Annual All-Catholic School Championships at
Thomas Aquinas.

Lucas Zadrill and Nick Moncrief from T.A.  took top honors in the boys doubles division beating a team from Sacred Heart 21-5.  

More than 80 students from Kenora, Dryden, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout took part in the one day tournament.

Bronco Boys Readying For Soccer Season

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:35 AM

It may not be ideal conditions, but Beaver Brae's boys soccer team sees it's first serious
action of the season today.

The Broncos are traveling to Winnipeg for the Annual St. John Ravenscourt boys tournament.

Beaver Brae is in a pool with Vincent Massey from Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg college.

The Broncos play their first game this afternoon at 5:00 against Vincent Massey.

Province Looking At Changes To District Service Boards

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:33 AM

The Kenora District Services Board says it needs more clarity on what their roles and responsibilities are.

That's why the KDSB is welcoming a provincial review of the Services Board Act.

Chief Administrative Officer Henry Wall says the Act should still respect governance and transparency, however stresses changes are needed.

``Give DSSAB`s the autonomy to address local needs as they should be addressed.  We`re not seeing local needs met because of red tape and legislation.``

Mauro Sees Good Things In Yesterdays Budget

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

You might see improvements to local highways thanks to the Ontario budget.

That's a big plus according to the Municipal Affairs Minister, as the government is now investing more than $190 billion into infrastructure over 13 years.

Bill Mauro says the balanced budget lets the government put more cash aside for our highways.

Mauro says he'll reveal more about what the budget means for the North this afternoon at the NOMA Conference.

Province Increases Funding For Forest Access Roads

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:29 AM

A bonus for forest companies dealing with new U.S. duties on Canadian Softwood Lumber.

The provincial government is promising another 20 million dollars to build and maintain forest
access roads in northwestern Ontario.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry says these roads aren't just for logging.

She calls them public access roads for hunters, anglers, campers as well as connections to first nation communities.

McGarry says the money is for forest access roads in the Kenora, Dryden and Barwick areas.  

Canfield Steps Down As NOMA President

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 07:27 AM

A regional muncipal lobby group has a new president

Members of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association  elected Shuniah Mayor Wendy Landry to head the organization for the next term.

She replaces Dave Canfield of Kenora.

Canfield says he's ready to take a back seat now.

Canfield says he actually will stay on as NOMA president until August when he'll formally relinquish his duties at the Association of Municipalities of
Ontario Conference.  

2017 Provincial Budget Highlights

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 18:35 PM

It's a big day in Ontario, it's budget day.

The budget deliberations began with the announcement of a completely balanced 2017 budget.

Some major funding announcements were made in areas like health care, education and child care.

Minister of Finance Charles Sousa notes they are investing 11.5 billion dollars into health care over the next 3 years.

On top of that investment the government is also investing a new 7-billion booster shot to health care.