January 2017

Wynne Promising More Help For High Hydro Rates

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 08:45 AM

More relief may be on its way for those still struggling with high hydro costs.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made that commitment while speaking to municipal leaders attending the Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference in Toronto.

Wynne says that help will be coming soon, likely before the next provincial budget. 

Wynne also called for municipal cooperation in helping keep small schools opens and fighting climate change.

NorWOSSA Action Resumes Today Following Exam Break

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 08:43 AM

The exam break is over and most high school sports team are back in action today.

There is a double-header at the Kenora Rec. Center this afternoon with the Beaver Brae boys facing off against
the Thomas Aquinas Saints at 12:30, followed by the Bronco girls meeting up with the Saints at 3:30.

Meanwhile, Beaver Brae's boys basketball and girls volleyball teams are on home court this afternoon againt the Dryden
Eagles.

The Bronco junior boys basketball team is coming off a big win at the Kenora Invitational Tournament over the weekend.

Provincial-Federal Reaction To U.S. Travel Ban

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 18:46 PM

Ontario is emphasizing its doors are open to receiving immigrants and refugees, in the wake of U.S. President Trump's travel ban.

The ban was imposed specifically on seven predominately Muslim countries.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese says the government is committed to ensuring the province continues to be a safe destination for members of all faiths.

Since December 2015, Ontario has received about 20,000 refugees, most of them fleeing the Syrian crisis.

Winter Bites Kicking Off This Week

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 18:33 PM

The Winter Bites campaign is kicking off this week.

The event will run for the whole month of February, excluding Valentine's Day.

Helena Devins the Kenora Special Events Coordinator says they have a variety of restaurants taking part.

"Casey's, Cornerstone, The Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, 901 West Side, Ristorante, Lakeside Inn and Conference Centre, Dino's, The Broken Paddle and Uptown."

Devins adds they will also be giving out prizes using a "restaurant passport".

Snow Sculpture Contest Ready To Go

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 18:20 PM

The Kenora Harbour Front is going to be transformed over the next few weeks.

The snow sculptures will soon get underway with work set to start this week.

Work was supposed to begin earlier this month but the warmer temperatures pushed things back.

The theme this year is Kenora and Canada's hockey history which will go hand in hand with Scotiabank's Hockey Day in Canada.

Judging will take place between February 13th and 14th and the winner will be announced during the Kenora Winter Carnival.

A Bit More Snow To End January

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 11:42 AM

After a fairly snowy December, there hasn't been much white stuff to start the new year.

Bill Laidlaw from Signal Weather Systems says a small weather disturbance is heading our way.

He says as much as five centimeters could fall over the next day or so.

So far the Kenora area has seen about 30 centimeters of snow this month, which is pretty much average for January.

The Kenora area saw about 41 centimeters of snow between December 25th and January 3rd, but very little since then.

OECTA Reaches Tentative Agreement With The Province

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 11:36 AM

While Catholic school teachers in Thunder Bay are engaged in a bitter labor battle, it's a different story at the provincial level.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association says it has reached a tentative agreement on a contract extension with the provincial government.

While details haven't been released, it's believed the contract extension is for another two years, expiring in 2019.

The current agreement was set to expire at the end of August.

Union leadership will be voting on the contract extension this week in Toronto.

The OPP Warning Of A New Scam In The Region

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 11:35 AM

A new scam to be aware of in northwestern Ontario.

This one is targeting random businesses.

Provincial Police were notified by an Ear Falls business about a fraudulent, but legitimate looking invoice, they received for printer supplies from a company with a B.C. address.

Police conducted an on-line search into the company and it revealed that they have already been flagged by the Better Business Bureau for similar type activity.

KDSB Continues To Lobby For Better Funding

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 09:39 AM

It will be a busy year for the Chair of the Kenora District Services Board.

An aggressive travel schedule has been approved for Barry Baltessen in order to meet with federal, provincial and municipal leaders.

"We need to make our position known. We them to understand through the data we provide, the impacts of their funding models for our area.  It's not working for northern Ontario".

He says one key issue will be increasing supports for programs and services in our communities to help families get out of poverty.