July 2017

LOWDPOA And LOWBREWCO Team Up To Plant Seedlings

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 14:15 PM

The Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association has a new partner in it's
campaign to plant trees in the region.

Along with LowBrewCo, the Association hopes to plant as many as 15 thousand red pine
seedlings.

Executive Director Diane Schwartz-Williams says the partnership is a natural for them.

For every four-pack of Papermaker Pilsner sold, LowBrewCos will donate one red pine seedling.

Schwartz-Williams says they are also partnering with the two local high schools to get
the seedlings planted.  

Another Bank Scam Doing The Rounds

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 14:12 PM

Be aware of another scam that has hit the area.

A number of local residents have received a text message in recent days from a 519 number asking you to submit personal information to avoid the suspension of a TD Canada Trust account.

It asks you to visit a link and even those who aren't clients of the bank have received the message.

Officials at TD Canada Trust stress they don't conduct business in this way.

 

Sioux Lookout OPP Investigating Rash Of Vehicle Thefts

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 14:11 PM

A reminder to "Lock It or Lose It".

Provincial Police in Sioux Lookout are reporting three vehicle thefts over a two day period.

Police say in all cases the vehicles were not locked and the keys were left inside.

There have also been several complaints of vehicles being entered at night and items being taken.

OPP recommend that you keep valuables out of sight and to report any suspicious activity.

Nault Announces Funding For Hydro Project

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 14:09 PM

The Federal government is investing more than 2-million dollars towards the Watay Power project in the Sioux Lookout area.

The money will support the Transmission Project Training Program.

Kenora MP Bob Nault made the announcement in Sioux Lookout this morning and he says the cash will provide more employment opportunities for Indigenous people.

The program provides the training required to find jobs in the energy sector.

Jury Releases Verdict In Cat Lake Inquest

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:17 PM

A coroner's inquest has ruled that Romeo Wesley died accidentally at the Cat Lake Nursing Station
almost seven years ago.

The jury determined that Wesley died in a struggle while being restrained after going to the
nursing station with acute alcohol withdrawal and delerium tremens.

A total of 52 recommendations have been released with several aimed at the Nishinawbe Aski Nation
Police, the Cat Lake First Nation, Health Canada, and the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority.

Bennet Calls For Overhaul Of Child Welfare System

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 08:40 AM

Canada's Indigenous Minister wants to help prevent more Indigenous children and families from entering what she calls the child welfare industry.

Speaking to First Nation Chiefs at the Assembly of First Nation meeting, Carolyn Bennett says it's time to dismantle the system and give First Nations jurisdication over child and family services.

Bennett also announced that First Nations will have more control of their financial resources.

She says dollars need to go to children, families and communities, not lawyers, agencies and non-indigenous foster parents.

American Fire Crews Teaming Up With MNR

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 08:36 AM

A group of forest firefighters from the United States will be assisting the fire fight in British Columbia.

Twenty firefighters from Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin will depart Dryden today with another Ministry of Natural Resources contingent.

MNR Information officer Deb MacLean says they'll team up to work as a unit in B.C.

MacLean believes its the first time MNR crews have teamed up with firefighters from another jurisdiction to work as one large group.

Forest Fire Situation Heating Up

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 08:35 AM

The forest fire situation in Northwestern Ontario is heating up.

There were six new fires in the region by the end of Monday including one in the Sioux Lookout District, two in the Nipigon District and three in the Red Lake District.

As well by the end of yesterday three new fires were confirmed in the Red Lake District.

Air Attack was required to help ground crews with suppression efforts on most of the new fires on Monday. 

Wasaya Continues To Expand Services

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 08:34 AM

Thunder Bay based Wasaya Airways is expanding its service westward.

The First Nation run airline says it will increase the frequency of flights to Winnipeg from Sioux Lookout.

As well, it will start new twice daily service to Sandy Lake and Pikangikum from Winnipeg.

President Michael Rodyniuk says they've brought in another aircraft as part of the change. 

Tourism Offering Free Shuttle To The Farmers Market

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 18:43 PM

Your commute to the Farmers Market has gotten a little easier.

Earlier this week Tourism Kenora announced tomorrow will be the first ever free shuttle running to the market.

The shuttle will be picking up at the Kenora Rec Centre Tennis Courts and drop you off right at the White Cap Pavilion.

It will start at 8:30am and run every 15 minutes till 1:45pm.

You are allowed to park your car for free at the Rec Centre.

This is a pilot project by Tourism Kenora and no further details about how long the shuttle will be taking place has come out yet.