January 2018

Kasper Begins Kenora To Thunder Bay Bus Run

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 08:54 AM

Kasper Transportation is now providing bus services to the Kenora and Rainy River districts.

The first run eastbound from Thunder Bay to Kenora along Highway 11 and 71 took place yesterday.

Chief Executive Officer Kasper Wabinski admits it took longer than expected.

Service will run four days a week for now with eastbound service on Mondays and Thursdays with westbound routes going Tuesdays and Fridays.

Manitou Gold Embarks On Winter Drilling Program

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 08:53 AM

Manitou Gold is starting its winter exploration program at its site southeast of Kenora.

The company says more than 18-hundred metres of core will be drilled to learn more the minerals at its Kenwest property.

Sampling from the site in November revealed signs of gold.

The material is still being analyzed with the results expected next month.

Three Arrested In Connection To Business Break-Ins

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 08:47 AM

The OPP have arrested three people in connection to a string of break-ins to businesses in the Kenora area over the last couple of weeks.

According to police over 10 thousand dollars worth of tools, industrial supplies and several computers were stolen.

26 year old Allan Pencof from Kenora has been charged with fraud under five thousand dollars, possession of property obtained by crime, break and enter, and possession of a controlled drug.

He's being held in custody pending a bail hearing. 

City Warns Of Traffic Delays

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:31 PM

The City of Kenora is warning of possible traffic delays in several areas over the next couple of weeks.

A company called Uni-Jet Universal Pipe Services will be inspecting sewer and water lines.

They'll also be flushing pipes in certain locations, particularly in the Valley Drive area, where most of the work is being carried out.

The company says there may be short traffic delays, but has notified residents in the affected areas about the work that's going to be carried out.  

City To Receive A Bit More Gas Tax Revenue

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:28 PM

A bit of an increase in Gas Tax revenue from the provincial government.

The City of Kenora is eligible for just over 156 thousand dollars this year.

That's up from 148 thousand dollars last year.

Since 2006, the provincial government has been sharing two cents per liter of the taxes collected on gas with municipal government's. 

The only proviso, the funding has to go towards transportation services.

The city traditionally uses the funding to help purchase new buses for the transit system.  

Former Bronco Heading To World Cheerleading Championships

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:26 PM

A former member of Beaver Brae' cheerleading squad is heading to the World Cheerleading Championships in Disney World.

Darbey Carlson, who was part of Beaver Brae's 2013 national championship team, will this time be competing for a team from
Wales.

Carlson has earned a place on the RSD Legends team and also been selected to be part of Team Wales.

The World Championships will be taking place in April.

Carlson is currently attending the University of South Wales working on her Masters in Counselling Psychology.

New Natural Resources Minister Sworn In

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 09:42 AM

There's a new Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry following a cabinet shuffle by Premier Kathleen Wynne. 

Nathalie Des Rosiers takes over from Kathryn McGarry who becomes Minister of Transportation.

Other changes include Steve Del Duca moving from Transporation to Economic Development and Indira Naidoo-Harris is now the Education Minister.

It's the status quo for a couple of northwestern Ontario Liberal MPP's.

Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro have survived the latest  cabinet shuffle by premier Kathleen Wynne and are keeping their current portfolios.

7th Avenue Bridge Replacement On This Year's Capital Wish List

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 09:26 AM

Some of the projects that have been given the green light in the city's 2018 Capital spending list include three million for the Art Gallery Project in Memorial Park.

Most of the funding for that project is being raised through private donations.

The replacement of the 7th avenue South Bridge is also on the list at just over a million dollars.

The City says it would also like to resurface Darlington Drive from the By-Pass to the Darlington Bay Bridge, but that project would be contingent on securing funding from the province.  

City Council Puts Capital Budget To Bed

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 09:23 AM

The City of Kenora could be spending almost 17 million on capital projects in 2018.

City council went through the capital budget this week to determine this years priorities.

Mayor Dave Canfield says they want the budget done sooner rather than later so pending projects can go out to tender.

Some of the projects are dependant on government funding.

4.9 million has been set aside for Phase 4 of downtown revitalization.

KDSB Supports Local Hearings From MMIWG Inquiry

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 09:21 AM

The Kenora District Services Board supports a call to hold a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry hearing in Treaty Three Territory.

Chief Administrative Officer Henry Wall says he is glad there is a hearing in Thunder Bay, but it is hard for many area residents to travel that far to be heard.

Wall also says it is important to hear all voices to begin the process of healing.

He goes on to say finding the truth will help them serve communities more efficiently as a service board.