March 2018

Federal Government Overhauling Firearm Legislation

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 09:17 AM

The federal government looking at new rules to strengthen Canada's gun laws.

It includes enhancing background checks and licensing and requiring stores who sell guns to have better record keeping.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says its deals with fundamental things that have been long discussed.

"Views among Canadians can be very deeply divided.  But we have taken a practical, common sense, respectful approach in putting this package together."

Goodale notes offences involving firearms in Canada have increased 30 per cent since 2013.

Warriors Still Searching For First Win At OFSAA

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 09:12 AM

The Queen Elizabeth Warriors are still looking for their first win at the All-Ontario boys "A/AA" hockey championships in Collingwood.

The Warriors lost both their games yesterday.

In their second game of the day they were edged 4-3 by Hearst, after opening with a 5-3 loss to Leaside.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Sioux Lookout squad as they take on St. Mary from Hamilton, the number one ranked team in the OFSAA tournament.

St. Mary has a perfect 2-0 record and plays the Warriors at 11:00 this morning.

City Council Endorses Social Enterprise Concept

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 08:50 AM

Kenora City Council is supporting Making Kenora Home as they move towards setting up a Social Enterprise.

Earlier this month Shaun Loney from Build in Winnipeg, a non-profit housing renovation company came and talked to the community about the benefits.

Mayor Dave Canfield says he believes it would be really beneficial.

"His explanation of how it works and why it works and you know the benefits of it.  I think it's fantastic.  I thinks it's this whole thing of where we're moving in the future of finding solutions rather than just putting bandages on problems."

Nault Speaks Out On Federal Budget

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 08:46 AM

Debate is continuing over the federal government's 2018 budget.

Kenora M.P. Bob Nault rose in the House of Commons yesterday to help sell the merits of the fiscal document.

He says an investment in broadband internet service will ensure that northern and rural communities can thrive.

"I want to make sure that the government makes sure when it's looking long term into the future, think about the reality of more people moving to rural Canada in the next generations, if the technology is in place for them to be there."

Annual Worst Roads Campaign Launched

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 08:43 AM

The Canadian Automobile Association is back with its Worst Roads Campaign.

It's inviting the public to nominate roads they feel need attention.

Spokesperson Raymond Chan says he'd like to see all levels of government devote more the money to fix up our roads and highways.

Chan says many of the roads that have made their list in the past have been since upgraded.

For more information on the campaign you can go to:

Confederation College Hosts 2017-2018 Awards Ceremony

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 18:37 PM

Hard work is paying off for students at Confederation College.

The Kenora campus hosted their 2017/2018 Awards ceremony.

Director of the Lake of the Woods campus Laura Christie says it's important to be able to help the students out.

'It's encouragement to continue and wrap up their studies in this final semester for some, and just the financial piece it lightens the burden for them. Most of our students are not just full time students they are moms, they are dads, or they are working."

20 awards were given out at the ceremony.

Organigram CEO "Disappointed" By Federal Packaging Rules

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 16:42 PM

The CEO of Moncton-based marijuana producer Organigram says the new federal packaging guidelines are nothing more than warning labels.

Greg Engel says he's disappointed but thinks ultimately it won't come down to the packaging anyway.

"Consumers are going to make a choice based on the product.  It's not going to be about the package per say.  If everybody has similar packaging then it's a level playing field.  It's about what you deliver in a quality product at the end of the day and can they link that product to your company in the brands that you sell," he notes.