June 2018

Injuries In International Tug Of War Event

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2018 17:55 PM

Several people have been injured in a game tug of war between Fort Frances and International Falls.

At least two were transported to hospital by land ambulance.

Others suffered rope burns and lacerations.

Residents on both sides of the Rainy River were pulling a rope across the river at the time.

Some witnesses say the rope on the Canadian side lunged forward with enough force to move a truck the rope was attached as an anchor.

The rope was also anchored to a truck on the US side of the river.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Fort Frances Area

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2018 08:30 AM

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for parts of the region, including Seine River Village-Mine Centre and Atikokan-Upsala-Quetico

Environment Canada downgraded the watch from this morning's thunderstorm warning, which they said could bring wind gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour, and over 50 milimetres of rain.

Officials say thunderstorms are moving northeastward through the region. (File Photo)

National Fishing Week Underway

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2018 15:01 PM

Get out your lucky fishing hat because National Fishing Week kicks off today.

The Canadian Safety Boating Council wants as many people to enjoy reeling in their next trophy but to remember your safety as well.

Council Director Ian Gilson says a lifejacket is small step in keeping yourself safe out on the water.

"Have a way to get back in our boats should we fall overboard. That can be as easy as a rope with a loop in it that you can use both your arms and your legs by putting your foot in that loop to get back in the boat," he says

Canada Introduces $16.6B In Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 16:10 PM

The federal government is imposing over $16 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods, in retaliation against American taxes on steel and aluminum. 

Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland announced the measures today in Hamilton, Ontario, saying a 25% charge on steel products and with 10% tariffs on aluminum and other goods will kick in Sunday. 

Those include U.S. coffee, yogurt, refrigerators, whisky and water heaters. 

"We will not escalate, and we will not back down," Freeland says, emphasizing the "regret with which we take these countermeasures". 

City Getting Ready For Canada Day

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 14:42 PM

It looks like the weather will be clearing in time for the Canada Day long weekend.

There is no shortage of activities over the next couple of days.

Morgan Seller is Kenora's Special Events Co-ordinator and says the focus really will be on the family.

"Kicking off the day at 10AM right beside the White Cap Pavilion with enterainment, activities, face-painting, inflatables, were going to have some live music, all kinds of fun stuff."

Canada Day will also include a specialty market under the White Cap from 10 til 2PM.

Voluntary Barbecue Lighter Recall

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 13:43 PM

If you are using a Master Chef Barbecue lighter that was purchased at Canadian Tire, it may be under recall.

Canadian Tire has voluntarily recalled the product due to the risk of fires or burns.

Health Canada has determined the flames may exceed the allowable height and could continue to burn after the trigger mechanism is released.

Over 52 thousand of the lighters were sold in Canada between May 2016 and June 2018.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

The product should be returned to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Rickford Handed Several Jobs In New Provincial Cabinet

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 12:19 PM

Newly minted Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford has been handed several responsibilities.

He's been appointed Minister of Northern Development and Mines which now includes the Energy Portfolio.

He's also Minister of Indigenous Affairs.

A total of 21 PC members make up Ford's cabinet.

Others include veteran Jeff Yurek becoming the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Vic Fedeli becomes the Finance Minister while Christine Elliott is the Health Minister and Deputy Premier.

Sioux Lookout's New Finnish Connection

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 12:01 PM

Over 100 delegates from the government, non-profits and the private sector descended on Sioux Lookout for the past four days.

The inaugural Northern Housing Summit held in Sioux Lookout focused on four key pillars of housing; the workforce, affordable housing, the environment and attainable housing.

The culmination of the summit is a Sioux Lookout partnership with Lac Seul First Nation and a group from Finland to tackle the tough housing concerns in Northern Ontario.

OPP Hoping For A Safe Long Weekend

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 11:10 AM

OPP reminding motorists to take it easy this Canada Day holiday weekend.

Expect to see RIDE and seatbelt checks as police watch for drunk drivers and that everyone is wearing their seatbelt properly.

Police will also be on the watch for distracted drivers, speeders and those driving too aggressive.

Rainy Start To Canada Day Long Weekend

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 10:26 AM

It could be a rainy and windy couple of days across the region.

A fast moving storm is expected to move through the Highway 17 corridor today, dumping up to 25-millimetres of rain.

Bill Laidlaw of Signal Weather Services says things should clear nicely by Canada Day.

"Canada Day is looking like the best day this long weekend.  It's still going to be quite warm and humid.  So we're looking at highs of 25, and with the humidity going  to feel into the high 20's.  But July 1st will be the least humid day of all the days."