July 2017

Hail Hits The Red Lake Area

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 17:20 PM

Severe Thunderstorm watches are still in effect for Ear Falls, Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Sioux Lookout and Kenora.

Meanwhile the Red Lake area has Severe Thunderstorm WARNING.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 16:01 PM

A couple of weather warnings this afternoon.

There is a severe thunderstorm warning along with a heat alert for the Kenora area.

The temperature expected to hit 30 once again this afternoon.

Bill Laidlaw from Signal Weather Services says things should cool down
for the rest of the week with temperatures ranging between 21 and 24.

Laidlaw suggests that the long range forecast is also calling for sunny, dry conditions
for the August Long weekend.  

Glen Murray Resigns As Environment Minister

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:54 PM

The man at the center of the on-going mercury contamination sago on the English-Wabigoon
River System is leaving provincial politics.

Glen Murray is resigning as the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Murray had been tasked with working with scientists and Grassy Narrows First Nation to identify sources of mercury

He will be taking over as the executive director of the Pembina Institute, an environmental think tank based in Alberta.

Southern Ontario Man Dies On Grassy Narrows Lake

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:49 PM

The OPP's Kenora Crime Unit is being called in to help investigate a fatality on
Grassy Narrows Lake.

Over the weekend, a 40 year old man died after the boat he was in capsized.

Police say there were four people in the vessel Saturday afternoon when it overturned.

Three people survived, while a fourth failed to re-surface.

The OPP's Underwater Search and Recovery Unit and the OPP's Marine Unit were called out yesterday,
and the body of Devon Hill from the Six Nations of Grand River was finally located in the afternoon.

Neskantaga First Nation To Get New Water Treatment Plant

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:45 PM

Kenora MP Bob Nault says it's truly a monumental moment for the residents of Neskantaga First Nation.

Nault is applauding a federal decision to spend 8.8-million dollars to help upgrade the communities water treatment plant.

Nault says the boil water advisory in the First Nation is the longest standing one in Canada.

He notes for 22-years, Neskantaga residents have had to boil the water they bathe in and the water they drink.

Nault adds this project, which is expected to be completed by next Spring, will finally alleviate this stress.

New Parkade now open

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:40 PM

Kenora's newest parking lot should be operational today.

Work on the Park Street Parking area in the old Kenora Shopper's Mall property
is just being completed.

City clerk Heather Kasprik says their goal had been to have the parking lot up and running
by July 1st, but that deadlines was missed as they waited for new signage to be installed and a new parking meter. 

The city purchased the parking lot from Plaza Retail Reit earlier this year.  

Rowing Competition Begins At Canada Summer Games

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:36 PM

Morning heats are complete at the Rowing venue on Rabbit Lake for the Canada Summer Games.

Team Manitoba finished fifth out of six boats in the women's eights preliminary race. 

The squad features Kenora's Abby Dent and Midori Hoppe from the Kenora Rowing Club.

Hoppe, feels the team has potential to improve their performance in Thursday's final. 

Rowing continues this afternoon and tomorrow.  Wednesday is a practice day with finals set for Thursday and Friday.   Medals will presented on Friday. 

OPP Release Names Of Three Killed In Ignace Crash

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:33 PM

Provincial Police have confirmed a father and his two young sons were the victims of
a fatal crash ealier this month on Highway 17 near Ignace.

The OPP say 27 year old Mitchell Bisson and his three year old boy Connor and one year old
son Kyle were the occupants of an eastbound pick-up truck that collided with a westbound
garbage truck.

The collision took place around 2:00 in the afternoon and police suggest speed was a factor in
the accident. 

However, the speed of the commercial vehicle was reported as driving properly at the time. 

OPP Make Drug Bust In Machin Township

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:26 PM

A traffic stop in the Vermillion Bay area has resulted in the seizure of some illegal drugs.

The OPP say they pulled over a vehicle on Highway 17 in Machin Township and found a
large quantity of hydromorphone, Fentanyl, and other pills in the vehicle as well as some

43 year old Jason Shawn Fraser of Calgary faces three trafficking charges.

The pills and cash were seized and Fraser remains in police custody pending a first court appearance.

UPDATE: 15-Year Old Girl Found Safe

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 14:13 PM

UPDATE:  OPP say the 15-year old girl has been found safe in the Upsula area last (Saturday) night.

Posted: July 30th 

The search is on for a missing 15-year old southern Ontario girl who may be travelling to the west coast.  

OPP say Katrina Demore is from Cambridge, and was last seen yesterday walking on Peninsula Road in Marathon. 

She is described as Indigenous, about 5'2" and 100lbs, with shoulder length hair and walks with a limp.

She was last seen wearing a charcoal coloured shirt, blue shorts and flip flops.