August 2017

Hurricane Harvey Blamed For Higher Gas Prices

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 08:11 AM

Northwestern Ontario is starting to feel the pinch of Hurricane Harvey.

Dan McTeague, Senior Petroleum Analyst with GasBuddy.com, says we're not alone, all of North America is starting to see gas prices go up.

McTeague can't say how long the increase will last.

"You're potentially looking a more increases...until we get a better understanding of the damage done by the hurricane, particularly to the refineries."

In Kenora, at least one service station has increase the price of a liter of regular unleaded to 115.9 cents.  

Health Unit Marks Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 08:09 AM

It's International Overdose Awareness Day according to the Northwestern Health Unit.

With that the unit is reminding residents about their Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.

Spokesperson Gillian Lunny mentions who should take part in the initiative.

Earlier this week, the provincial health Minister announced 220 million dollars over the next three years to
help deal with what he calls an opioid crisis.  

Northern Ontario Party Seeking Candidates

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 08:08 AM

It's hunting season for the Northern Ontario Party.

The party trying to find candidates to run in every riding in the north
for the next provincial election.

President Trevor Holiday says they currently have four candidates confirmed,
which is a good start.

Holliday says they will be spending the month of September actively recruiting
potential candidates. 

Currently the Northern Ontario Party has four official candidates, including one who will be
challenging premier Kathleen Wynne in her Toronto-area riding of Don Valley West.

Leek Not Running For Liberals In Kenora-Rainy River

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 08:05 AM

The provincial Liberals are likely looking for a candidate to run in the Kenora-Rainy River riding.

Anthony Leek, who represented the party in the last two elections, announced this week on his Facebook page that he won't be a candidate in next spring's vote.

The former Emo councillor, who's now living in Kenora, has been focusing much of his attention recently on construction of a new race track in Kenora.

Smoke Gets In Our Eyes....and Noses

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 17:46 PM

If you think you smell smoke in the air - you probably do!

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry advises the public that smoke is drifting into our area from large fires burning in northern and western Canada and the United States.

Smoky conditions will likely exist until weather patterns change.

People with health concerns from smoke should call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

If you think there is a fire in your immediate area you can call 310-FIRE (3473).

Update: Kenora By-pass Open To One Lane

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 17:10 PM

The Kenora OPP are dealing with a serious accident.

This afternoon officers were notified of a two vehicle collision on the By-Pass between Airport Road and Highway 671.

Police, fire and ambulance all responded to the scene and eight people have been taken to the hospital.

The seriousness of the injuries are unknown at this time.

The highway is now open to one lane of alternating traffic.

Hydro Crews Working To Repair Accident Damage

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:58 PM

Motorists will want to avoid the intersection at 2nd Street South and 8th Avenue South for the time being.

All four streets leading to the intersection are closed this hour as city crews work to repair damaged caused by
an early morning accident.

A semi tractor-trailor unit took out a traffic light while trying to turn onto 2nd Street South while heading south on
8th Avenue. 

Kenora Hydro and city road crews have been on the scene since shortly after 8:00, when the accident took place. 

2nd Street South Intersection Closed By Accident

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:28 AM

A detour in place this hour just before the intersection at 2nd Street South and 8th Avenue South.

Just before 8:00 at semi-tractor trailor unit took out one of traffic lights at the intersection.

Police have a block on either side of the accident cordoned off, so motorists are being diverted around
that area.

Kenora Hydro also on the scene as a power line may have also been affected by the accident.
 

(Photo courtesy Amelia and Mat Thurson)

Slo-Pitch Champions Crowned

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 09:01 AM

A couple of champions have been crowned in both the Days Inn Ladies and Cabin Jack's men's slo-pitch leagues.

Northern Harbor has won the A-side Championship of the ladies slo-pitch league, taking down the Williams Consulting
Royals in two straight games in their best-of-three final.

Northern Harbor capped the series last night with a 17-6 victory.

Meanwhile, the Beauty Bay Cubs are the A-side champions in the Cabin Jack's Men's slo-pitch league.