January 2018

Three Railway Employees Acquitted In Lac-Mégantic Disaster Trial

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 09:22 AM

After nine days of deliberations, a jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty acquitting three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway for role in the fatal explosion in Lac-Mégantic five years ago.

Locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaitre, 53, were charged with criminal negligence in the disaster that killed 47 people after tankers carrying crude oil exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic.

Yellowhead Chiefs In Town For Double-Header

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 15:16 PM

The Kenora Triple "A" Midget Thistles continue their five game home stand with a double header this weekend against the Yellowhead Chiefs.

The Chiefs are one of the teams the Thistles are chasing for a play-off berth.

Tonight the two teams will do battle at 7:30 at the Kenora Rec. Center.

The second half of the double-header takes place tomorrow night at 7:30.  

Province Sets Up Expert Panel On Endangered Species

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 15:15 PM

The provinical government is setting up an expert panel to deal with the issue of species at risk.

The panel will provide advice for a long-term solution for species like woodland caribou living in crown lands.

Thunder Bay-Atikokan M.P.P. Bill Mauro says the goal is to have some recommendations in the next two years.

Mauro says the panel will be made up of northern municipal representitives, indigenous leaders, scientists and forestry reps. 

Trudeau Visits Pikangikum Today

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 13:22 PM

A special visitor for the Pikangikum First Nation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flew into the remote first nation community this morning.

He's meeting with band council members and the Chief of the Nishinabe Aski Nation Alvin Fiddler.

Later he'll spend the afternoon at the new school in the community to unveil a plaque.

Kenora M.P. Bob Nault and Indiginous Services Minister Jane Philpott are also on today's tour.  (NAN photo)

Our PM Will Spend A Few Days In America Next Month

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 13:19 PM

Prime Minister Trudeau is heading to America next month.

Trudeau's visit runs February 7th to 10th and includes stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

While in LA, Trudeau will speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley placing a focus on the strong connection between the economies of the U.S. and Canada.

Canadians Urged To Exercise "High Degree Of Caution" In Jamaica's Montego Bay Are Amid Military Lockdown

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 11:40 AM

Canadian travellers in and around the popular Jamaican tourist destination of Montego Bay are being urged to exercise a high degree of caution after the local government declared a state of emergency.

Military forces have been deployed to St. James Parish in an attempt to stabilize the area after a significant increase in violent crime, according to a news advisory from Travel Canada.

In a statement, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the level of criminal activity is so extensive, it's endangering public safety.

KDMA Asked To Support Changes To Municipal Transfer Payments

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 09:18 AM

Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson says northwestern Ontario communities are getting short-changed by the province.

Wilson is calling on the government to starting handling transfer payments for municipalities in a "fair and transparent" way.

He says the time to push the government is now, given its an election year.

Wilson says under the current system, communities like Dryden aren't getting their fair share of funding, or are getting nothing at all.

NWMO Taking Core Samples Near Ignace

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 08:58 AM

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization has completed drilling its first borehole west of Ignace.

The drilling started on November 6th in a rock formation located south of Highway 17, between Ignace and Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation.

Spokesperson Patrick Dolcetti stresses this is just the first step to determine if the site is suitable for an underground nuclear repository.

Dolcetti says the results of the drilling won't be known for about a year.

Exercise First Run Takes Place This Weekend

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 08:56 AM

You'll notice a large number of members of the Canadian military at Anicinabe Park and parts of Lake of the Woods over the next two days.

It's all part of Exercise First Run, which is a winter training session deploying snowmachines.

Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Fraser says they will have about 70 reservists from across northwstern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan involved this weekend.

Fraser adds that several members involved in Exercise First Run will remain on for more in-depth cold weather training over the next week or so on Lake of the Woods.