June 2017

Construction Begins On Freedom Road

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 17:00 PM

It has been a long wait but construction has finally begun on the Freedom Road.

Freedom Road will connect the community of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the mainland.

Kenora MP Bob Nault says it was a long time coming. 

"I am very happy to see construction has officially begun on Freedom Road. For more than 100 years, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has been cut off from the mainland. This has caused undue hardship, including the fact that the community has been on a boil water advisory for decades."

He adds the road will bring a lot of great opportunities. 

UPDATE: Interac Takes E-Transfer Service Offline Temporarily To Fix Technical Problems

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 15:15 PM

Significant technical issues have led Interac to temporarily take their E-Transfer service offline.

In a statement, Interac says it is an internal technical issue resulting in transaction delays, and the suspension of a number of transfers.

They are reassuring the public by saying the system and data remains secure.

While the system is offline, banks will not be able to process any transactions.

Interac says any transfers currently in transit will be processed once the system is restored.

Fort Hope Boil Water Advisory Continues

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 13:45 PM

A boil water advisory remains in place on the Fort Hope First Nation.

Earlier this month, a fire to a building beside the water purification
resevoir contaminated the water supply.

Kenora M.P. Bob Nault says progress is being made to get the water system
up and running again.

He says the new pump house has been re-built, but the boil water advisory
is being kept in place as a precaution.  

Nault was in the community earlir this week along with Canada's Health Minister Jane Philpott.  

Canada's Aboriginal Population Grows Significantly

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 13:43 PM

More and more Canadians are identifying themselves as aboriginal.

A report released by the Fraser Institute shows that the number of people claiming aboriginal, metis or inuit heritage has gone from 374 thousand to
1.4 million in just 25 years.

Tom Flanagan is the author of the report and says very little of that growth is due to an increase in the birth rate.

Former Kenora Resident Pens Book On 1973 Bank Robbery

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 13:36 PM

The Devil's Gap...that's a new book about one of Kenora's most mysterious crimes.

In 1973 a man walked into the CIBC branch on Main Street, walked out and blew himself up after a confrontation with police.

Joe Ralko is a former Kenora resident and news reporter and says about 90 percent of the book is based on research that's he's gathered over the years.

Domtar Responds To Glen Murray That It Is Innocent

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 12:37 PM

Domtar is reacting to comments made by Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray that the company isn't cooperating with orders to investigate possible mercury contamination near the Dryden mill site.

In a release to Acadia News, Domtar says it has already voluntarily shared historical mercury sampling data with the Ministry as well as voluntarily conducted additional survey work on mill property.

The company notes Ministry officials and representatives from Grassy Narrows were allowed to observe the work.

More Charges Following MNR Blitz

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 11:25 AM

Fourteen charges and five warnings have been issued to anglers following a one-day road-side check this week near Fort Frances.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Conservation officers checked almost 600 people during last Saturday's enforcement blitz on Highway 11, east of the border community.

Most of the charges and warnings were for fish that was not properly packaged to be counted or identified, and for having an over-limit of fish.

Cool Start For Canada Day Long Weekend

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 09:14 AM

You shouldn't have to worry about getting sun stroke on Canada Day.

Cool conditions are expected to prevail for Canada 150 celebrations across northwestern Ontario.

Bill Laidlaw from Signal Weather Services says while we'll get pretty wet today, the their should ease up in time for July 1st.

Laidlaw says it should a great night for firework displays as there will be plenty of cloud cover acting as a background.

Province Halts School Accommodation Reviews

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 09:11 AM

The Ontario government is putting a halt to any new reviews of school closures in the province.

It first wants to conduct a review of the process school board must follows.

Education Minister Mitzi Hunter says she heard too many concerns with the current rules.

Hunter says her Ministry is also providing rural and Northern school boards with an extra 20-million dollars which can be used to enhance or create new programming.

Feds Offer Funding For Fort Hope First Nation

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 08:42 AM

It's been a busy week for Canada's Health Minister.

Jane Philpott has been traveling across northwestern Ontario, visiting
a number of first nation communities.

Yesterday, Philpott and Kenora M.P. Bob Nault stopped off in Fort Hope, where
they announced 150 thousand dollars for the planning for Aboriginal Head Start facility.

Nault say the program provides educational activities which promote school readiness,
language and cultural awareness.