September 2017

Policing Symposium Draws A Good Turnout

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 18:06 PM

It was a great turnout for the Police and Justice Services Symposium held in Kenora.

The event had around 15 organizations come together to show people employment opportunities.

OPP Staff Sergeant Jacqueline Entwistle says the event has expanded over the last couple years.

"Last year we found we focused a little heavily on the policing side, so to balance that out we invited a lot more of our justice partners. A great opportunity for us as police and justice community sector to get the word out about what our careers do."

Doctor Supply Growing In Canada

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 16:48 PM

A new report on doctor numbers in Canada.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information says there were more than 84-thousand doctors in Canada last year, an average of 230 for every 100-thousand people.

CIHI says the doctor supply is the highest its ever been and is growing faster than our population.

31-thousand of them work in Ontario, an average of 220 for every 100-thousand.

14-hundred are working in rural parts of the province.

Moose Hunters Get Fined

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 16:47 PM

Conservation officers are cracking down on naughty hunters.

They've laid 8 charges and issued 15 warnings during a three-day aerial patrol of remote outpost camps on lakes north of Geraldton.

20 resident and 29 non-resident hunters were checked by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Infractions including leaving loaded firearms in vehicles, failing to wear orange, not having enough lifejackets in the boat, hunting without a big game licence and failing to carrying a hunting licence when hunting. 

Nishnawbe Aski Deputy Honoured

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 16:46 PM

The Deputy Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation is being honoured.

Derek Fox was selected as one of the 2018 Canada's Clean 50 sustainability leaders.

It's for his leadership on climate change.

He received the award in Toronto at an environment conference. (Photo supplied)

Friendship Agreement Signed

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 16:06 PM

The city, Fort William First Nation and North Caribou Lake First Nation have a new parthership.

The three communities and the Thunder Bay Police Service signed a Friendship Agreement to work together on issues like public safety, anti-racism, and education.

The agreement follows the prayer and unity walk for the late Tammy Keeash and Josiah Begg.

North Caribou Lake officials say working together will help discourage "us versus them" attitudes and prepare First Nations' youth for the future. (Photo supplied)

Bids Open For More Beer & Cider Locations

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 16:03 PM

The province is now accepting bids from grocery stores interested in selling beer and cider.

Ninety five new locations will be approved to sell by next April.

Currently, there are more than 200 grocery stores in Ontario authorized to sell beer and cider.

Of the six locations in northwestern Ontario, only one, located in Sioux Lookout, is located west of Thunder Bay.

 

OPP Using Technology To Battle Crime

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 13:25 PM

The OPP in Kenora are using technology to help fight crime.

The detachment has been working with a program called
Hot Spot mapping to track crime stats.

Acting inspector Sean Crabbe say they use the the information in a number
of ways.

"That really helps us in our operational planning.  When we schedule officers to work, what assignment's they are given, where they go, what they do, the types of patrol techniques we use."

Kenora Hydro Records Surplus In Last Fiscal Year

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 13:21 PM

Kenora Hydro is recording a tidy profit on it's operations over the past year.

The utility held it's annual general meeting this week and is reporting a
net surplus of 271 thousand dollars.

President and CEO of Kenora Hydro Dave Sinclair says they will be funneling that money
back into their operations.

Sinclair says under provincial regulations they can only use their surplus to help pay for capital projects.   

Minimum Wage Goes Up October 1

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 13:18 PM

A pay hike for Ontario's lowest wage earners this Sunday.

The minimum wage increases to 11.60 an hour.

Special minimum wage rates for liquor servers, students under the age of 18, hunting and fishing guides, and homeworkers also increase.

It's the 11th such increase since 2003 when the Liberals came into power and the wage was at 6.85 an hour.

It scheduled to increase again January 1st to 14-dollars an hour and to 15-dollars in 2019.

OPP Warn Of Heavy Equipment Scam

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 12:03 PM

OPP are warning about a scam taking place in parts of the province.

It's an email advertising heavy equipment at reduced prices in the United States.

Police say it lifts information from legitimate auctions and heavy equipment websites as a way of bilking unsuspecting buyers out of their money.

Police says the fraudsters are operating as MAQ Trading out of Kansas and KIT Equipment Trading of Blythe California.