May 2016

Health Unit Continues To Promote Active Communities

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 18:54 PM
An interesting approach to getting people out and active. 
A presentation was made at the NorthWestern Health Unit's Board Meeting about a Built Environment which is man made changes to a place to make it more appealing for physical activity. 
Dr Kit Young Hoon a Medical Officer of Health with the Northwestern Health Unit says encouraging people to get active can have an impact on business in the city as well. 

Anti-Smoking Crusaders Honored

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:46 PM

Anti-smoking crusaders and communities across northwestern Ontario are being honoured as champions in the health field.  

They were recognized at a ceremony in Thunder Bay today.   

The cities of Thunder Bay and Kenora along with the town of Fort Frances were recognized for making laws that advocate a smoke free environment.

There were over 20 awards handed out.  

City Of Kenora Also Lifts Fire Ban

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:55 AM
Like the Ministry of Natural Resources, the City of Kenora has lifted
it's fire ban.
The fire restrictions in the city were lifted this morning, a day after the MNR
removed the Restricted Fire Zone across northwestern Ontario.
The city says fire permits are still needed if you plan to do any outdoor burning.
Recent rain has reduced the fire hazard to low in the Kenora District.  

Kenora Rowing Club Hires Head Coach

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 10:55 AM
The Kenora Rowing Club is welcoming a new face. 
Ashleigh Milani coached with the Manitoba Rowing Association for 5 years when she was offered the job of Head Coach here in Kenora. 
She says Kenora has a great rowing facility on Rabbit Lake.
" Rabbit Lake is one of the nicest rowing venues in Canada, and it's supported by Canada's most amazing "little club that can". I've been coming to Rabbit Lake for the past 5 years to race and coach, and I feel so lucky that I get to coach here every day now." 

Government Funding For First Nations Applauded

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 09:42 AM
The Mayor of Sioux Lookout is applauding the provincial government on recent funding announcements for First Nations issues.
In the past week, the Liberals have come out with around 472-million dollars for more culturally appropriate health care as well as programs focused on reconciliation.
Mayor Doug Lawrance says the announcements show Provincial recognition of the serious issues facing indigenous people in Ontario and an on-going commitment to improve the situation.

Campbell Asks The Government Clean Up Mercury Contamination On Grassy

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 09:39 AM
The Ontario government is being asked to act now on a new report showing it's possible to clean up some of the mercury contamination contained in the English-Wabigoon River system.
The study, conducted by three scientists, states new technology allows for the clean up but notes it will cost millions of dollars.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says the Liberals continue to ignore the health of those living in Grassy Narrows First Nation.

Ontario Regional Chief Welcomes Government Apology

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 09:25 AM
Ontario's regional chief says he's willing to work with the provinical government
following it's apology for it's involvement in the residential school system.
Isadore Day says he is pleased to see the government has come up with a 26 point plan
to address the impact of residential schools.
But says this is a national tragedy that still impacts aboriginal people today.
"We've become prisoners in our own lands.  Canada's Apartheid. Premier, members of the Ontario

Assisted Dying Legislation Could Be Voted On This Week

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 09:20 AM
Stressful and emotional debate on end of life choices may finally come to an end this week in the House of Commons.
MP's are expected to begin voting on Assisted Dying Legislation and then the bill will go to the Senate for review and possible changes.
Kenora's Bob Nault says everyone wants to speak on the issue and notes he hasn't even been able speak his mind in the House of Commons.
It will be a free vote and Nault says he plans to support the legislation, without any changes.