December 2017

Sunset Country Travel Association Avoiding Predictions For 2018

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 12:00 PM

The executive director of the Sunset Country Travel Association says he doesn't want to make any tourism predictions for 2018.

Gerry Cariou admits his forecast for this past year was a bit off.

He adds that they don't really have a good picture until the spring anyway, but he says it is hard to judge how many people will visit from the number of inquiries alone.

Cariou adds that the big challenge for them now is trying to reach Millennials, which is why they are social media more and more.

KPDSB Director Of Education Has Concerns With Marijuana Legalization

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 11:59 AM

The director of Education with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board admits he has concerns about the legalization of marijuana.

Sean Monteith says theoretically, legalization shouldn't have impact their students because most will be under the legal age.

But Monteith says the whole issue opens a can of worms for school administrators like access to young people and proximity from schools among other questions he hopes are answered.

Boil Water Advisory Finally Lifted

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 07:48 AM

Residents of Mishkeegogamang First Nation, near Pickle Lake, no longer have to boil their water before drinking it.

Two drinking water advisories, one issued in October of last year and the other put in place in this past July, were lifted just before Christmas.

It came after long-awaiting repairs to the community water treatment plant were completed.

The federal government provided 388-thousand dollars for that work.

(Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

More Progress For Rotary Splash Park Project

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 13:57 PM

Another step forward for the Rotary Splash Park project in Kenora.

The splash park project has received a donation of 10 thousand dollars.

The donation, from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, was applied for by the Kenora Association for Community Living on behalf of the Rotary Club of Kenora.

To date the project has raised over 210 thousand dollars with a final goal of 450 thousand dollars.

The club is hoping to break ground on the project in the spring of 2018. 

Kenora MP Highlights Work Done In Region

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 13:27 PM

Kenora MP Bob Nault is looking back on the successes of his government in the past year and the benefits they carry for the region.

Nault says employment has gone up and families have benefited from the child tax benefit as well as improvements in internet infrastructure.

He says connecting everywhere in the north to quality internet is important since it is very important to connecting businesses to the world.

The Kenora MP also mentions the Canada Housing Strategy should help the area since a lot of places up north need more social and affordable houses.

Andrea Horwath Proud Of Work In 2017

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 13:24 PM

The leader of the NDP is proud of the work her party did in 2017.

A lot of focus was on health care while at the same time bringing forward plans of their own on hydro and pharmacare.

Andrea Horwath says that what's set her and her party apart from the other leaders as she says the Liberals and PC focused on finding cheap shots against each other.

Horwath adds Premier Kathleen Wynne was more focused on what's good for herself and her party.

Movement Underway To Donate Gift Cards

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 09:54 AM

There has been a social media movement on Twitter to persuade people to donate their gift cards once they receive them to local food banks.

Loblaws is giving away from 3 to 6 million $25 gift cards because of a bread price fixing scandal and many shoppers say they plan on donating those gift cards to their local food banks.

Dr. Evan Fraser is the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and says while such gestures are seen as laudable, they don't get to the root of the problem which is social and economic policy.

Softwood Lumber Producers Weathering US Duties

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 09:54 AM

The Conference Board of Canada says Canada's lumber industry has been able to survive the impacts of preliminary U.S. duties.

It's because of soaring lumber prices.

The Conference Board says they are their highest levels in over a decade, partly due to supply constraints in B.C. from this past summer's wildfires and increased demands in the US with a growing housing industry and the rebuilding of storm-ravaged areas.

Premier Hears Concerns Over Thunder Bay District Jail

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 09:53 AM

Premier Kathleen Wynne says employees frustrated with the Thunder Bay District Jail should bring their concerns to local MPPs.

Speaking to our newsroom, she understands the aging building will need to be fixed up while staff wait for a facility to be built.

She says Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle have been strong advocates and will ensure immediate concerns will be dealt with.

Wynne understands that temporary measures will be needed.

Record Low Temperatures Set In The Region Yesterday

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 07:38 AM

Northwestern Ontario set some records yesterday.

The region has been experiencing frigid cold temperatures with wind chills in the -40's.

There were 3 new record lows set yesterday.

Kenora hit -32.3 degrees yesterday just surpassing the old record of -32.1 degrees in 1977.

Sioux Lookout reached -39.7 degrees beating the old mark of -36.1 degrees set in 1964.

Fort Frances dropped down to -39.2 degrees with the old record being -35 degrees in 1996.

Dryden also tied the record set in 1977 of -34 degrees.