March 2018

NWMO To Do More Drilling Near Ignace

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 14:41 PM

You might see some more drilling activity in the Ignace area of northwestern Ontario this summer. 

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization says it plans to drill at least two more bore holes. 

Pat Dolcetti is the regional communications manager for the NWMO in northwestern Ontario and says it's all part of their on-going search for an underground nuclear waste storage site.

"We are planning to move ahead with bore holes 2 and 3 near the same site [as bore hole #1]," Dolcetti explains, "Current planning is to get that work underway later this year."

Kenora's Drinking Water Gets High Marks

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 14:36 PM

High marks for Kenora's drinking water system.

In a year-end report, the city was found to be over 99 percent in compliance with provincial regulations.

Mayor Dave Canfield says the city's drinking water is safer to drink than anything you can purchase in store.

"I tell people on a pretty regular basis our water is safer than the bottled water you'd buy in the store.  And it has to be.   The rules on municipal water systems are more stringent than on bottled water."

Development Commission Holds AGM

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 14:29 PM

Ambitious plans for the Lake of the Woods Development Commission in Kenora.

The economic development agency held it's annual general meeting this week.

Graham Chaze is the chair and says they are looking to expand tourism opportunities in the community.

"I mean there's always areas we can grow.  I think we're starting to look more at winter season and shoulder seasons.  Obviously we know the area is the premier boating destination, so we're not giving up on that brand promise."

Cigarette Prices Going Up Today

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 14:23 PM

Smokers take another hit on their vice.

As of today, the price of a carton of cigarettes increased by 4 dollars.

The increase was initially announced in the 2017 budget, but is only now takes effect.

The Canadian Cancer Society applauds the move, saying higher prices are the most effective strategy to reducing smoking, especially among young people.

You Aren't Being Sued - It's a Scam!

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 13:56 PM

You answer your phone and a disembodied voice advizes you are being sued.

They may even have left a message on your answering machine.

If you don't respond - you WILL be sued, the voice says.

Don't respond.

Don't answer.

Don't call your lawyer.

You aren't being sued - it's yet another telephone scam and they want your cash or even just information about you.

Pope Won't Issue Apology For Residential School System

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 12:05 PM

There's disappointment that Pope Francis will not say sorry to Indigenous people for the residential school system.

However, the Bishop representing northwestern Ontario Frederick Colli isn't ruling out an apology in the future.

"No I don't think it's ruled out.  No, I'm wondering, you know there are many different ways the Holy Father responds to things.  He might send some kind of message, but it will be up to him to decide."

The Bishop of Thunder Bay is suggesting there could be an apology if or when the pope makes a visit to Canada. 

Horwath Not Happy With Budget

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 12:01 PM

The New Democrats say the provincial budget falls far short of what is needed in terms of health care.

The Wynne government is promising 4.6 percent more in funding for hospitals.

In an interview with CJRL news,  NDP leader Andrea Horwath says that doesn't make up for a decade of cuts.

"We've seen a government that has watched, stood by and created actually, a crisis in our hospitals.  Lake of the Woods District Hospital for example, is in crisis mode and has been for some time."

Budget Expands Funding For MNR And Northern Development

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:58 AM

Two of the most important government Ministries to northern Ontario are getting budget increases.

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines gets a nearly 50-million dollar increase to over 813-million in 2018-19.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry sees its budget increase by about 20-million to over 800-million.

A fund for emergency forest fire fighting decreases.

A little less than 70-million has been earmarked, down from the 117-million spent last season.

Knox Signs Agreement For Emergency Shelter

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:57 AM

It's official...Knox United Church says it has reached an agreement with the Kenora District Services Board to develop an emergency shelter.

Construction will begin in May to completely renovate the Knox Gym and area above it into a shelter that will operate 24/7.

There will be full sleeping, washroom and shower facilities.

Work is expected to be complete by the fall.

The District Services Board is signing the agreement today. 

Choose Kenora Campaign Launched

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:56 AM

Choose Kenora...that's the name of a new campaign aimed at attracting and retaining young professionals in the city.

This is a joint project involving the Lake of the Woods Development Commission, the Chamber of Commerce and Kenora BIZ.

Graham Chaze is the chair of the development Commission and says initially the campaign will be launched on-line.