July 2017

"Go Fund Me" Campaign For Dryden Teen's Family

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 14:24 PM

Friends of a Dryden teen who was killed in a car crash this weekend haver started a "Go Fund Me" campaign to help his family.

16 year old Nikolas, a popular DHS student and athlete, died when the car he was driving hit a rock cut on highway 502 Saturday night.

As of Monday morning, the "Go Fund Me" campaign stood at just over 43 hundred dollars.

Details at: 

https://www.gofundme.com/fundraising-in-memory-of-nikolas-ho

Health Risks Of Wire-Bristle BBQ Brushes Being Reviewed By Health Canada

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 14:23 PM

Health Canada is reviewing the health risks of wire-bristle barbecue brushes, after the filing of at least 9 reports.

Spokesperson Tyler Goodier is with the risk management bureau and says a few years ago they started to get indications that some of these brushes were losing bristles that were getting stuck to grills, then food, then getting swallowed.

He tells Acadia Broadcasting they decided to open up a risk assessment on this issue.

More Fire Crews Heading West

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 13:19 PM

Ontario continues to provide help to British Columbia with its wildfire situation.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says another 150 personnel will be deployed to BC over the next few days.

They'll join the 430 working in the west coast since the middle of the month.

Some 140 will return home later in the week.

Ontario has also provided B.C. with firefighting equipment that include 10-thousand lengths of fire hose, 2 structural protection units and over 200 pump kits.

Hobbs On Leave From Municipal Property Board

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 13:18 PM

Keith Hobbs is taking a leave from his position on the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation Board.

On MPAC's Board of Director's website it shows that he is on leave as a municipal representative since July 19th, 2017.

It comes after the OPP charged Thunder Bay's Mayor with extortion and obstructing justice.

Hobbs court date is set for September 26th.   None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Help For Suicide Crisis In The North

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 13:15 PM

Ontario's Liberal Government is providing emergency funding to a number of First Nations in light of the ongoing youth suicide crisis in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

1.6 million dollars is going towards Pikangikum First Nation to hire 20 mental health counsellors to help their community.

The province is also spending $200,000 to send 4 additional mental health counsellors for Wapekeka First Nation.

Wapakeka and Nibinamik will share a pot of funding for emergency supplies and youth supports.

City Will Not Pay Hobbs' Legal Fees

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 13:08 PM

It appears Mayor Keith Hobbs is on his own when it comes to paying for his lawyer.

Many on social media have been inquiring about whether it's the city taxpayer who will be on the hook, when it comes to defending Hobbs against extortion and obstructing justice charges.

A city spokesperson says because the matter is personal, the Corporation is not responsible for his legal fees. 

Hobbs and his wife Marisa, have hired high profile lawyers Brian Greenspan and Naomi Lutes to battle the charges in court. 

Strike Begins At Winnipeg Airport

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 13:00 PM

Pickets are up at the Winnipeg Airport.

They're being manned by duty managers, administrative workers, trades persons, and airfield maintenance workers who are represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Their union says seven days of mediated talks ended with the employer unwilling to address key issues around contracting work.

The Winnipeg Airport Authority insists it does not contract out work outside what's now permitted and blames the union for the breakdown in talks.

Northwestern Ontario Team Wins FFCBC Again

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 12:57 PM

Troy Norman of Fort Frances and Kenora's Jay Samsal made it back to back wins at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.

Their three-day catch of over 55 lbs was almost three lbs better than runners-up Oliver Gibbons of Morson and Mike Gate of Nestor Falls.

Norman applauded organizers and volunteers staging another great tournament.

Norman is the first Fort Frances angler to appear on the championship trophy twice.

(Photo courtesy Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship/Facebook)

OPP Searching For Missing Kenora Man

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 12:32 PM

The Kenora OPP are searching for a missing person.

39 year old James Begg from Kenora was reported missing to police on Friday July 21st.

Beggs was last seen in the downtown area on July 16th.

He is described as an indigenous male, 5 foot 11, a larger build with short black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a brown-grey sweater and black jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kenora OPP at (807) 548-5534 or call 1-888-310-1122. .