February 2018

Groundbreaking Indigenous Child Care Program

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 18:39 PM

The Kenora District Services Board has received $10.2-million over two years to help create new child care spaces for Indigenous families.

Chief Administrative Officer Henry Wall says six programs will be launched in Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Kenora.

Wall says the investment will result in roughly 150-new full day child care spaces across the district as well as 3 new child and family centres.

He notes the spaces will be geared towards infants and toddlers as well as before and after school programming.

NAN Calls Budget A Good First Step

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 18:38 PM

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation feels the federal budget will be a first step in helping children in the welfare system.

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler points to the $1.4-billion for child welfare that will help keep families together and focus on prevention of taking children away.

Fiddler is also encouraged by $235-million that's been set aside for health transformation in Indigenous communities, and more mental health and emotional support for families who were impacted by the Indian Residential School system.

OPP Investigating Robbery At A Kenora Business

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 15:05 PM

The Kenora OPP are investigating a robbery.

Yesterday in the early morning a unknown male wearing a ski mask entered a business on Ninth Street North,

The suspect pointed a pistol type firearm at the employee and demanded money.

The person then fled the scene and police were called.

OPP searched the area but could not locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as male, approximately 20 years old, dressed in dark clothing, around 5'8", slim build, with white runners, carrying a back pack.

SMB Students Team Up To Give Back

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:01 PM

A good deed in the community led by a group of students.

Two classes at École Ste Marguerite Bourgeoys decided to team up and help out the less fortunate here in Kenora.

Megan Baker and Angie Shura's classes got together and decided to start collecting mitts, hats and scarves.

The classes reached out to everyone at SMB asking for donations.

Founding NOSM Dean Set To Retire

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 09:48 AM

The founding Dean of the Northern Ontario Medical School is stepping down.

Officials with NOSM say that Dr. Roger Strasser's contract is up next year.

Straaser tweeted out the school is already looking to recruit his replacement.

Straaser and the school welcomed its first students in 2005.

JM Judo Club Stays Busy In February

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 09:43 AM

It's been a busy month for the Jaffray Melick Judo Club.

Judokas took part in two different competitions.

Over the weekend at the 3rd annual Borderland Shiai in Fort Frances, Joshua Pitt earned a silver medal in the under 14, 42-50kg combined division.

Earlier in the month, Edward MacDougall also won the silver medal in the under 12, 39kg division at the Winnipeg Inner City Judo Open.

(Photo:  Joshua Pitt)

NOACC Disappointed With Federal Budget

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 08:50 AM

This region won't benefit much from the federal Liberal budget, according to the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce.

NOACC spokesperson Charla Robinson says there are some good investments like more money for FedNor, but doesn't believe the budget will help our economy.

"The budget references the on-going challenges as to U.S. trade, but doesn't really seem to be addressing some of the issues that are being raised if our trade deals fall apart."  

Robinson admits she's glad to see money to support women entrepreneurs. 

Water Quality Forum A Popular Draw This Year

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 08:44 AM

Organizers of the annual Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum are predicting record attendance this year.

Tomorrow (March 1st) is the deadline to sign up and Todd Sellars from the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation says they've had a tremendous amount of interest this year.

Sellars says there is lots of new research being done on water quality on both sides of the border and that's attracting a number of new delegates. 

Local Schools Celebrate Pink Shirt Day

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 08:26 AM

Today is a day to promote Anti-Bullying.

Today is "Pink Shirt Day" which is an international movement that brings attention to bullying issues.

The original event was organized in Nova Scotia after a male ninth grade student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.

Two students then teamed up and bought and distributed 50 pink shirts.

Groups and schools in town will be hosting different events today associated with the day.