January 2018

Eagle Lake First Nation Requests Meeting With Dryden City Council

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 09:19 AM

Dryden Council has agreed to meet in person as soon as possible with Eagle Lake First Nation in a bid to improve relations.

The move follows an open letter from Eagle Lake Chief and Council expressing their deep disappointment with Nick Beyak's public support of mother, Senator Lynn Beyak.

Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson says the First Nation wanted to meet right away to bring closure to recent occurrences and to reach positive outcomes.

Eagle Lake is also asking for the removal of Beyak from public office, however the City notes it doesn't have the authority to do so.

NOMA Urges Province To Increase HST

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 09:17 AM

The region's municipal lobby group is asking the provincial government to increase the sales tax to generate funds for local infrastructure projects.

Larry Hebert of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, told a pre-budget meeting in Thunder Bay a one per cent increase in the HST would take the pressure off property taxes.

NOMA also wants to change the way railways are taxed in the province.

Hebert tells us right now, rail companies are taxed on the property they own and the Association wants them charged by the weight of the cargo they haul.

Province Announces Funding For New School Construction

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 09:14 AM

Ontario providing funding for 39 brand new schools across the province.

Another 40 will receive major renovations and additions as part of the 784-million dollar announcement made yesterday by Education Minister Mitzie Hunter.

The province is not saying if any of that money will go toward projects in northwestern Ontario.

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has already started construction on a new high school in Sioux Lookout and has said that a
new school for Valleyview is priority for them.  

Third Party Manager Jailed For First Nation Fraud

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 09:13 AM

A 51 year old Thunder Bay man is going to jail for three years after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud against the Kashechewan First Nation and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Federal Prosecutor Mark Seebaran says the sentence they reached  will make an example of Joe Crupi.

Crupi has to pay a $335,000 dollar fine after he is released from jail and has ten years to do it.

That amount will also go towards paying back over $650,000 to Kashechewan First Nation.

Carillion To Continue Winter Road Maintenance

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 09:10 AM

Carillion Canada will continue to clear area highways despite their parent company closing its doors.

The Ministry of Transportation met with company officials Monday to discuss their decision. 

The province says they'll be meeting with Carillion throughout the week and the government will continue to provide updates to the travelling public as they become available. 

Carillion continues to provide winter maintenance operations in all 8 of their contracted regions across the province including in the Thunder Bay area. 

Medical Officer Of Health Pushing Substance Abuse Prevention Strategies

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 09:09 AM

Prevention is being seen as key to reducing substance abuse in the region.

The Northwestern Health Unit's Medical Officer of Health is asking area municipalities to play a role as well.

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon says community leaders have the power to make a change.

"The policies related to smoke-free beaches, trails and retrictions in facilities.  Those are really useful policies in changing the social norm and attitudes within the community".  

Young-Hoon adds things like creating recreational opportunities can help lead youth away from substance use or misuse.

Council Supports Zoning Change For Emergency Shelter

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 08:55 AM

The emergency shelter in Kenora could have a new home by the fall.

Kenora City Council has given it's blessing for a zoning change to allow the
shelter to move into the gym area of Knox United Church.

Henry Wall is chief administrative officer of the Kenora District Services Board
and understands that councillors still have concerns about the project.

Wall says they hope to have the new shelter space ready for occupancy by October.

City Council Gives Thumbs Up To Hydro Merger

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 08:51 AM

Kenora City council is giving the seal of approval to the merger of Kenora Hydro and Thunder Bay Hydro.

Council met earlier this afternoon to vote on the issue.

Dave Sinclair is president and CEO of Kenora Hydro and suggests it could be mid-summer before all the paperwork is completed.

Mayor Dave Canfield reluctantly voted in favour of the merger, but says he still has his reservations.

City Says Christmas Tree Coming Down This Morning

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 09:51 AM

A sure sign the Christmas holidays are finally over.

The City of Kenora says it will be taking down the big Christmas Tree on Main Street this morning.

As a notice to motorists, the section of Main Street between 2nd and 3rd Street will be down to just one lane
while Hydro crews remove the lights and decorations and finally take the tree down.

Work is expected to run from 8:00 this morning until about noon.  

Development Commission Receives Funding

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:27 AM

Some help for the Lake of the Woods Development Commission. 

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has come up with about nine thousand dollars in funding. 

The money will be used to develop a manufacturing sector profile for the city. 

The profile is one of several that have already been produced looking at Kenora's service sector, mining, forestry and tourism. 

The Manufacturing sector profile will help the commission identify targets, markets and opportunities for potential companies to re-locate or set up shop in Kenora.