June 2017

Federal Government Reacts To New Softwood Lumber Tarrifs

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 13:29 PM

The Trudeau government appears to be taking the latest American duties on our softwood lumber exports in stride.

For Resolute Forest Products the tariff is 4.6 per cent over and above the nearly 13 per cent imposed in April.

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says they hope to get another positive court ruling over the issue.

"We can continue to defend Canada's interests in the softwood lumber dispute.  We think the United States is wrong.  They've been wrong the last four times, and so we're taking the decision to court".  

Montreal Man Killed in Fatal Accident On Highway 17 West

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:03 PM

A 31 year old man from Montreal has been identified as the person killed in an accident on
Highway 17 west.

Jason Vallieres-Cote was the driver of a car that collided with pick-up truck by Gundy Lake Road around
7:30 yesterday morning.

A passenger in the sedan was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The two occupants of the pick-up sustained only minor injuries.

The accident closed the Trans-Canada Highway for more than four hours, and traffic was backed up for
much of the afternoon, as only one lane of traffic was open. 

Lake of the Woods Voted Canada's Top Cottage Destination

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:17 AM

We're #1.

Lake of the Woods has topped a USA Today contest to find Canada's best cottage country.

A panel of experts selected 20 regions and then the public was asked to

Lake of the Woods came out ahead of the Haliburton Highlands and Bras D'or Lake in
Nova Scotia.

Ontario had four of the top five cottage destinations with the Kawarthas coming in fourth and
Muskoka 5th. 

Keith Returns To Lakers Line-Up

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:18 AM

Fort Frances Lakers have their rookie of the year back.

Defenceman Connor Keith had 4 goals and 18 points in 45 games with the last season.

Coach Wayne Strachan says the Kenora-native played a key role in their back end last season, and looks to Keith helping the Lakers with a bounce back year in the fall.

Hospital Foundation Nears Halfway Mark In CT Scan Campaign

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:14 AM

A major push is on to get a new CT scan unit for the Lake of the Woods

The Hospital Foundation says it's already raised about 680 thousand dollars, which
puts them about halfway to their goal.

Anthony Sharp is chair of the foundation and says they are currently looking for help from
the local business community and private donors.

The Hospital Foundation says it is confident it will be able to purchase a new CT scanner by
the fall.

It's to replace the existing unit, which is 13 years old and is basically on it's last legs.  

KPDSB Receives National Recognition

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 08:48 AM

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board Four Directions aboriginal program has received national attention.

The Globe and Mail has published an in-depth feature on the success of the initiative and how it has helped Indigenous youth.

Director of Education Sean Monteith says it really highlights the dedication of his staff.

The program is currently offered in Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Kenora and will be expanded into Red Lake in the next school year.

CBS Concerned About Blood Shortage

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 08:45 AM

There is a critical shortage right now for blood donors. 

Peter MacDonald of Canadian Blood Services says they normally run the national blood inventory at more than 20,000 units but right now it's running at 12 to 14,000 units.

Because such a small percentage of the population actually donate blood, MacDonald says a small change can make a big difference.

The next blood donor clinic in Kenora will take place July 10th and 11th at Seven Generations. 

To book an appointment now, go to www.blood.ca 

Hearings On Proposed Hydro One Rate Increase

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 08:43 AM

Hydro One is requesting feedback on a proposal to increase distribution fees over the next five years.

The total impact would be 141-dollars when all is said and done.

The closes public meeting will be held at the Dryden at 6:30 and it's being hosted by the Ontario Energy Board.

The OEB has launched a review and is seeking input.

Officials will also provide more information regarding the application and how you can get more involved.