June 2018

Forest Fire Hazard Continues To Rise

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 15:07 PM

More forest fires activities in northwestern Ontario.

Five new blazes broke out yesterday.

A couple are burning near remote First Nation communities, but no one yet is being evacuated.

A total of 16 fires are active as the forest fires hazard remains high to extreme across the northwest.

Eleven of those fires, though, has listed as either being under control, being held, or simply being observed.

Big Grassy Man Faces Charges In Fort Frances Accident

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 15:06 PM

A man from Big Grassy First Nation is facing impaired driving charges after a vehicle had been reported stolen.

OPP found the vehicle in the intersection of Central Avenue and Third Street West in Fort Frances around 5 in  the morning on June 11th.

It had struck a metal hydro pole, but no one was around.

The owner was later found under the influence at a local restaurant.

The 31-year-old was arrested and later charged and now make a court appearance next week.

Work To Resume Next Week On 7th Avenue South Bridge

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 15:05 PM

Work to replace the 7th Avenue South Bridge will resume next week.

The City of Kenora says the temporary pedestrian walkway will be removed on Monday.

Boaters traveling along Laurenson's Creek can expect some delays.

The city adds that it may be necessary to close the creek to boat traffic during the month of July as the new span is put into place. 

Flag persons will be on site to help direct boating traffic during the delays. 

Grad Ceremonies Take Center Stage Tonight

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 15:04 PM

A big day for grade 12 students in Kenora.

Both Beaver Brae and Thomas Aquinas will be holding their graduation ceremonies this evening.

Afterwards, the annual Safe Grad will take place at the Kenora Rec. Center.

Kenora's fire chief Todd Skene is this year's co-chair and says there will be a "redneck" theme to the event, with Redneck Games, and other fun activities.

The Safe Grad is expected to run until about 2:30 tomorrow morning.

Track And Field Season Wraps Up

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:51 AM

The short track and field season has wrapped up for elementary and intermediate students.

About 150 athletes from both Beaver Brae and Thomas Aquinas took to the field to hold their grade 7 and 8 track meet yesterday.

Thomas Aquinas won the overall title collecting 706 points compared to 472 for Beaver Brae.

The star of the meet was grade 8 student Elizabeth Spivey-Gittens who won almost all her events including the high jump, the long jump, the 100 meter, the 200 meter, the 400 meter and 60 meter hurdles. 

(Photo courtesy of Kelly Alcock)


Catholic School Board Sees Increase In Funding

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:22 AM

A spending increase for the Kenora Catholic District School Board next year.

The 2018/2019 financial estimates were presented to trustees this week.

Superintendant of Business Services Alison Smith says overall their budget will come in at just over 29 million dollars.

"There's not a huge increase.  It's maybe about a million dollars more (than last year).  Most of that reflects increases in pupil (funding allocations), increases in salary benchmarks, which were budgeted provincially."  

Ralko Enters Council Race

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 09:57 AM

One more person has decided to enter the election fray for Kenora City Council.

Local lawyer and business owner Kirsi Ralko has filed her nomination papers.

She says even though she's relatively young, she feels millennials need a voice at the council table.

"I was really energized by the fact that in this recent provincial election they announced that millennials, which is my generation, actually now makes up the largest voting body in Ontario.  So I think people in their 20's and 30's need to start getting more involved."

Municipal Paving Budget Comes In At 1.2 Million This Year

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 09:52 AM

The City of Kenora is planning to spend over a million dollars fixing up local roads this summer.

Moncrief Construction had the lowest of two bids for the work at 1.2 million dollars.

Overall the city has outlined seven priority projects, but Operations manager Jeff Hawley says the priorties can change during the course of the year.

At the same time, the city is also planning to apply for funding to fix up Darlington Drive.

The project is estimated at about 1.7 million dollars and will be phased in over several years.

NeChee Hosting National Indigenous Persons Day Celebrations

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 09:25 AM

No shortage of activities today out at Anicinabe Park.

The NeChee Friendship Center is hosting a day long celebration for National Indiginous People's Day.

Faith-Ellen Anderson is one of the organizers and says they will be prepared for the heat and will be setting up water stations and will also have tents for shade.

There will be a free pancake breakfast starting at 8:00 with an official welcome at 9:30.

The entertainment gets underway at 3:30 and will run until about 9:00 tonight.  

SIU Clears Sioux Lookout OPP Officer

Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 08:56 AM

A provincial police officer in Sioux Lookout has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit has issued its final ruling, noting there are no reasonable grounds to lay charges against the officer in relation to an October, 2016 incident.

A 45-year-old man filed a complaint indicating he was assaulted by an OPP constable.

The man claimed he had been drinking, when an officer grabbed him, knocked him down and kicked him in the ribs, breaking two of them.