May 2017

Gateway Officially Takes Over Casinos In Northern Ontario

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 08:16 AM

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has finalized an operating agreement with Gateway Casinos and Entertainment for its gaming operations in northern Ontario.

It includes the Thunder Bay Casino as well as OLG's casino in Sault Ste. Marie and slots at Sudbury Downs.

OLG had selected Gateway back in December.

The two sides have been working on the operating and services agreement since.

The agreement also grants Gateway the right to build new facilities in the Kenora and North Bay areas.

Camp Day At Tim Horton's Today

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 08:15 AM

Your morning coffee at Tim Hortons has some special importance today.

It's Camp Day and all proceeds from coffee sales today will go the the Tim Horton Children Foundation for operation of its camps in Canada and the U.S.

General Manager of the Tim Horton's camp in the Whiteshell, Justin Dubreuil (do-brail) says they're aimed at young people from low-income families.

Dubreuil says some 20-thousand young people will attend anyone of the camps this year.

Battle Brewing Between Domtar And Province Over Mercury

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 08:14 AM

A potential battle is brewing between the provincial government and Domtar surrounding a remediation action plan for the English-Wabigoon River system.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change says a Director's Order under the Environmental Protection Act is being proposed to require Domtar to prepare and implement a detailed assessment to determine if the Dryden mill site is an ongoing source of mercury.

Beaver Brae Honors It's Top Athletes

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 08:13 AM

Beaver Brae is celebrating it's top athletes.

The Broncos held their annual Athletic Awards Banquet last night.

Male Athlete honors went to Dylan Andrews, while Tyra Waite was named female athlete of the year.

Eric Nelson was presented the Riel Tucker Memorial Award, while Claire Hensrud was named the Pete Fair
Spirit Award winner and Morgan Stover was given the Diana Clark Memorial Award. 

In all almost 70 awards were handed out.  

Kenora OPP Issue Canada-Wide Warrant

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 22:13 PM

Kenora OPP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a male wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of Failing to Comply with a Recognizance.

Daniel SANCHE is described as a heavy-set white male, 35 years of age, 5'11" (180 cm), 224 lbs (101kg). He has long, straight dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black sweatpants with red stripe and a grey muscle shirt. He has numerous tattoos including a Tazmanian Devil on this left forearm, and an eagle surrounded by flames on his right forearm.

4th Annual 10 Hour Giving Challenge A Successful One

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 18:47 PM

It was another successful year for the 10 hour giving challenge.

This was the 4th time the challenge has been put on by the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Community Foundation.

Darlene MacGillivray Executive Director of the foundation says the community came out in full force to make donations.

"Within an hour and a half we had surpassed our goal of 10 thousand and by the end of Friday night and into the early hours of Monday we had over 50 thousand dollars."

Teen Charged After Bomb Threat

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 17:03 PM

A 15-year old boy is facing charges after a bomb threat at the Fort Frances High School.  

OPP were called to the school last Wednesday afternoon.

Charges of uttering threats to cause death, criminal harrassment and assault have been laid against the boy.

Police say he'll appear in Fort Frances court next Tuesday.

No bomb was found or used.


OPP Investigating Theft At Hudson Lumber Mill

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 13:48 PM

A different sort of break-in is being investigated by the OPP in Sioux Lookout.

Over the weekend, police say four people entered the compound at the Hudson Lumber Mill
and made off with a number of bundles of 2 by 4's.

It's believed the break and enter took place sometime between 8:00 and 10:00 Saturday evening.

The OPP say a number of low-resolution photos were captured of the culprits.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sioux Lookout OPP or Crimestoppers.  

Saints Heading To Toronto For OFSAA Soccer Championships

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 13:46 PM

The Thomas Aquinas Girls Soccer team is traveling to Toronto today for the
All-Ontario Single "a" championships.

The Saints are ranked 18th out of the 20 teams in the provincial championships.

Thomas Aquinas advanced by sweeping the Lake Superior Stingers from Terrace Bay in two straight games last week in the NWOSSA championships, not surrendering a goal in the two games played at the T.A. Field.  

The Saints begin play tomorrow morning at 10:00 against De La Salle from Toronto.

Minimum Wage Goes Up

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:48 PM


Ontario's minimum wage is going to reach $15 an hour.

The increase will be phased in over the next two years, reaching $14 an hour on January 1st before topping $15 a year later.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says they considered how the increase would affect businesses.

"We made a decision that we would give from now until January for businesses to adjust to the first increase and then bring in the second increase in January.  So really it was in response to business owners saying we can't absorb that change that quickly."