November 2017

Trudeau Nominates Sheilah Martin to Supreme Court of Canada Vacancy

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 18:40 PM

Prime minister Justin Trudeau has announced his nomination of Sheilah Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada to fill the vacancy that Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin will leave with her coming retirement in December.

Justice Martin most recently served as a judge for the Courts of Appeal of Alberta, the Northwest Terroritories and Nunavut and was appointed in 2015. She also served as a deputy judge for the Supreme Court of Yukon since 2009.

This is the second nomination under the federal government's new selection process for the Supreme Court.

Broncos Honored At WHSFL Awards

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 10:56 AM

Recognition for members of Beaver Brae's football team.

Three players and the coaches were honored at last night's Winnipeg High School Football League Awards Banquet.

Wes Penner was named to the All Division Defensive team.

He also received the prestigious Harry Hood Memorial Award for sportsmanship, academic excellence and playing ability.

Chase Neufeld and Jarod Marsh were also named to the All Division Offensive Team, while Chris Penner and his coaches were named the Currie Division Coaching Staff of the Year.

Second Minnesota Angler Fined For Illegal Bait

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 09:06 AM

Yet another Minnesota angler has been fined for trying to smuggle in illegal bait into Ontario.

Carl Brandt of Forest Lake has pleaded guilty and fined 15 hundred dollars for bringing live leeches into the province.

Canada Border Services Agency Officers were conducting an inspection of Brandt's vehicle this past June at the Fort Frances border crossing and discovered a cooler filled with paper bedding and worms.

Under the bedding, the officers found two plastic bags filled with four pounds of live leeches.

Vacancy Rate Up Slightly In October

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 08:57 AM

It should be a little easier to find an apartment in the city.

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, vacancy rates have risen slightly to 2.1 percent, up from 1.1 percent last year.

Market Analyst for the CMHC Warren Philp says that low interest rates often encourages people to move out of their apartment and into their own homes.

The bad news for renters is the average cost of an apartment has gone up over the past year.

It's about 9 percent higher at 792 dollars a month, up from 749 dollars last year. 

Northwest Resident Earns Medal of Bravery

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 08:38 AM

A big honor for a resident of the Sandy Lake First Nation.

Fontaine Robert Fiddler has received a Medal of Bravery from Canada's Governor General at a special ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Fiddler was singled out for running into a burning building on Sandy Lake on the night of April 5th, 2016.

Fiddler, who has been a Canadian Ranger for the past 14 years, managed to save the lives of all four children in the home and two adults.

Kenora M.P. Bob Nault says the heroics Fiddler displayed were nothing short of remarkable.  

NAN Demands Harsh Penalty For Shady Third Party Manager

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 08:21 AM

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is using strong condemnation after a Thunder Bay consultant was found guilty of defrauding more than a million dollars from the National Child Benefit Reinvestment program.

Chief Alvin Fiddler says "I am disgusted that Kaskechewan was robbed by someone entrusted by the federal government to support the daily management of their community." 

He hopes the harshest sentence is laid against Joe Crupi, who will be sentenced in January for the fraud, and misappropriating almost 700-thousand dollars for personal use.

Safe Communities Kenora Recognizes Local Volunteers

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 08:12 AM

Safe Communities Kenora is honouring some local people.

At the Annual General meeting they handed out the Ambassador for Safety Awards in 3 categories.

Maria Bagdonas Co-Chair of the Safe Communities says members vote on who they believe should win.

Laurie Harkoff and Ronni Grosenick received the Community Partner Award, Young Drivers of Canada received the Business award and Stephanie Charles with the Northwestern Health Unit, received the Volunteer award.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Apologizes To LGBTQ2 Canadians

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 18:48 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made an apology on behalf of the federal government for the treatment of LGBTQ2 Canadians.

Trudeau says the role of a government is to protect its citizens and in these cases, they failed by humiliating them and making people into criminals because of their sexual preference and purging the civil service from the 1960's to the 1990's.