January 2018

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.  

Concerns Raised About Cost To Repair Nipigon River Bridge

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:23 AM

It's been two years since the failure of the new Nipigon River Bridge and the mayor of Nipigon is concerned taxpayers may still be on the hook for its repairs.

Reports indicate the cost of repairs have gone from $8 million to $12 million, and Richard Harvey has one question for the Wynne government.

Are they going to make sure the people responsible for the breakage are the people that will pay for it?

Harvey explains it becomes a concern when costs escalate beyond what they were originally thought to be, not just the residents of Nipigon for the entire province.

Con College Says It's Facing A Budget Crunch

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:22 AM

Confederation College is urging the provincial government to do more to help post-secondary schools.

Vice President of College Services Ken Adams told a provincial finance standing committee yesterday that the school is facing hard financial times ahead with the increase in minimum wage.

"That impact is approximately $8 million effective April 1st, 2018 or 10% of our annual operating budget of an $80.2 million. The magnitude of this impact is overwhelming for a college our size."

GoFundMePage Set Up For McLaughlin Family

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:20 AM

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the surviving members of the McLaughlin family of Nipigon who were involved in a fatal collision between their SUV and a tractor-trailer near Vermilion Bay on Saturday.

The crash killed 31-year-old Dustin McLaughlin from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and his 13-year-old daughter Cheyanne McLaughlin from Nipigon.

According to the GoFundMe site, the other three children are in a Winnipeg hospital with critical and serious injuries and they are still undergoing surgery.

The family was on their way home from Christmas holidays.

Carillion To Continue Winter Highway Maintenance Despite Bankrupcy

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:18 AM

The company that clears Highway 17 in the Thunder Bay area as well as other major highways in that district is shutting its doors.

In a statement on its website, UK-based Carillion says it will continue providing services as normal while it's in liquidation.

It's the parent company of Carillion Canada which is contracted to plow highways in the Lakehead area.

The company says it's struggling under the weight of more than 2.6-billion dollars Canadian of debt.

MNR Issues Fine For Igniting Fires

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

A Thunder Bay area man has learned a costly lesson about failing to put out a brush fire.

Stephan Schmidt has pleaded guilty and fined 1-thousand for starting a fire and failing to keep it under control.

He's also been ordered to pay the 59-hundred dollar cost to extinguish the handful of brush fires he started back on May 20th of last year.

The fires burned roughly 2.6-hectares of land before being put out by fire officials.

Thunder Bay Council Approves Hydro Merger

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 02:50 AM

Another step towards a merger for two utilities in the region. 

Thunder Bay city council has approved Thunder Bay Hydro's proposed merger with Kenora Hydro, which has to be voted on Tuesday morning at 11 by Kenora's council. 

Thunder Bay Hydro CEO Robert Mace explains the new Thunder Bay-based utility would be more efficient and hopefully lower costs for customers. 

Pre-Budget Hearings Open In Thunder Bay

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 13:46 PM

The provincial government is kicking off pre-budget hearings in Thunder Bay today.

The province's finance committee is hearing from a variety of organizations who are offering up their suggestions to the upcoming provincial budget.

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, Norbord and the town of Atikokan are among those schedule to speak.

The committee is in Sudbury tomorrow.

STR Says At Least Two Trails Won't Open This Winter

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 13:44 PM

The Sunset Trailriders Snowmobile Club is slowly opening it's trails in the Kenora area.

However, at least two trails are going to be off limits.

STR spokesperson Gerry Rummery says they are still dealing with the fall out from the first major snowstorm of the season which damaged or toppled hundreds of trees along these snowmobile trails.

Rummery says the trail up to Nopiming and one from Witch Bay to Sioux Narrows will not be able to open this year.