December 2017

Murder Charges Laid In Cat Lake Fatalities

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:50 AM

An investigation into the sudden death of two residents in Cat Lake First Nation has resulted in second degree murder charges.

Ontario Provincial Police say 18-year-old Austin Shayne Wesley of Cat Lake First Nation was arrested on Wednesday.

Police then say he was charged with two counts of second degree murder, two counts of uttering threats and one count of assault on Thursday.

OPP say Wesley appeared in provincial court in Kenora on Friday and remains in custody.

Concern Raised About Rising Police Costs

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:46 AM

More needs to be done to level the playing field for police costs in municipalities across northern Ontario.

That's the feeling of Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield after finding out the city's police costs will be increasing about 45 thousand dollars next year.

Canfield says they will continue to lobby the government to reduce policing costs even further.

Canfield says that under the five year phase in for lower policing costs, the city's rate should have decreased again next year, but an increase in calls for service is pushing the OPP costing higher. 

One Last Blood Donor Clinic For Kenora

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:44 AM

One final blood donor clinic in Kenora this year, and likely forever.

Canadian Blood Services has indicated they will be ceasing to hold blood donor clinics in Kenora in the new year.

Cost is one of the reasons being given for dropping the Kenora clinics.

In the meantime, Steve Raizen from Canadian Blood Services says they are hoping for a good turnout.

Today's clinic will run from 3:00 to 8:00 at Thomas Aquinas, and again tomorrow from 9:30 to 1:30. 

Keewatin-Patricia Holding Another Job Fair

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:43 AM

A spike in enrolment as schools across the Kenora District has forced the Public Board to reach out to area communities to fill some vacancies.

A Recruitment Fair is being held today at Dryden High School from 3 until 8.

Superintendent of Human Resources Joan Kantola says they are seeking applicants for all positions with the organization.

She says open positions include librarians, educational assistants, teachers, caretakers, occasional teachers and administrative assistants.

Thomas Aquinas And Beaver Brae Opening Doors For Grade 6 Students

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:40 AM

Local high schools are looking at recruiting new students next year.

Both Thomas Aquinas and Beaver Brae are holding information sessions for grade six students this week.

Tonight, T.A. is hosting Christmas with the Saints, which is aimed at students from grades four to six.

Keenan Brown is a grade 8 student and Thomas Aquinas and says the idea is to get the kids familiar with the local high school.

Christmas with the Saints takes place from 5 til 6:30.

Meanwhile, Beaver Brae is hosting it's own grade six introduction tomorrow night.

Thistles Drop Pair To Parkland

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:38 AM

The Kenora Triple A Midget Thistles lost some ground in the standings to the Parkland Rangers.

The Rangers won both games played at the Kenora Rec. Center this past weekend.

Saturday, Parkland doubled up the Thistles 4-2.

That followed up on Friday night's 4-3 shootout victory.

Cooper Witherspoon had goals in both games for the Thistles, who head to Thompson
next weekend to face the North Stars.  

Tourism Excellence North Hosts Workshop In Kenora

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:27 AM

A chance for business owners to learn how to enhance their business.

Tourism Excellence North held a 2 day workshop in Kenora that was attended by multiple local businesses.

Karen Peacock a Coordinator with Tourism Excellence North says they have one main goal in mind when hosting these sessions.

"With the goal towards the tourism operators leaving the workshops having created an experience or enhancing an experience they already have and offer to their visitors, and being able to roll that out in the next months to the next year."

Saints Win K-Town Classic

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:26 AM

A good weekend for local girls high school hockey teams.

The Saints took top honors at the K-Town Classic hosted by the Beaver Brae Broncos.

T.A. had a perfect record, finishing with four wins and recording four shut-outs.

The Saints finished with 11 points, just ahead of the Dryden Eagles, who had ten.

Thomas Aquinas beat the Eagles 1-0 in a shootout to guarantee themselves first place in the standings.

Meanwhile, the host Broncos won their first two games of the season taking down Sioux Lookout 3-2 and beating the Westwood Warriors from Winnipeg 4-1.

Union Gas And Enbridge Looking To Amalgamate

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 18:24 PM

The Ontario Energy Board is reviewing plans to amalgamate two natural gas companies.

Enbridge and Union Gas a proposing to become a single entity.

Calgary-based Enbridge merged with Spectra Energy last year, which is the parent company of Union Gas.

The two companies says the amalgamation will result in more efficiencies and for the consumer, it will mean lower costs.

If the OEB approves the deal, it wouldn't take effect until 2019.

Public feedback on the amalgamation of Union Gas and Enbridge is currently being sought.