February 2018

Triple Play Expands Its Programming

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 14:34 PM

Triple Play continues to find new ways to expand it's services.

Deb Novak with Triple Play says thanks to a new partnership with NAV Canada, they are actually offering a leadership program this year.

"I'm excited about this because any of our applicants can come to us if they want to become a coach, they want to become a referee or a lifeguard.  We're going to help them do that, but also hopefully give them, not only a job , but some leadership skills, which they can carry on into the community."

Wisconsin Angler Fined For Importing Illegal Bait

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 14:21 PM

A 15 hundred dollar fine for a Wisconsin man who was headed to northwestern Ontario for a fly-in fishing trip.

Court heard that Dennis Erickson was stopped at the Fort Frances border crossing back in June, 2017 and during an inspection officers found a cooler with two containers marked worms.

However, officers found one dozen live leeches in each container.

Erickson was fined for illegally bringing live leeches into Ontario for use of bait.

Battle Brewing Between Garrow Park User Groups

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 14:13 PM

Garrow Park is a very popular recreational destination in the city, maybe too popular.

A couple of user groups are at odds over what the tennis courts there should be used for.

Niclole Kurtz from Kenora Borealis says they stage a triathlon at that location each year and is concerned about plans by the pickleball club to install permanent courts there.

KACL Receives Funding For Residential Properties

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 13:53 PM

The Kenora Association for Community Living is getting 45 thousand dollars to help fix up a couple of it's buildings.

The money will go towards a couple of residential properties:  one on Railway Street the other on 3rd Street North.

The money is for repairs and upgrades and is part of a three million dollar program announced by the Minister for Community and Social Services.

BC Man Faces Drug Charges From Kenora OPP

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 13:42 PM

The Kenora OPP have laid drug charges following a traffic stop.

Yesterday police were conducting general patrol on Highway 17A in the Haycock Township where they conducted a traffic stop on a pick up truck.

Officers located and seized a large amount of Canadian Currency, twelve pounds of suspected marijuana and two pounds of hash and hash oil.

The estimated street value of the drugs is around 62 thousand dollars.

As a result 35 year old James Sagriff of Chemainus, British Colombia has been charged Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking among other charges.

City Transit Delayed Due To Accident

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 13:17 PM

There is going to be some delays in the city transit service today.

A transit bus was hit by a vehicle earlier today, however there were no injuries in the incident.

There will be no transit service running for the next half hour.

Once service resumes all buses will be behind their regular schedule by a half hour. 

NDP Seeking Answers On Carillion Highway Maintenance Contract

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 09:23 AM

The provincial NDP is pushing for the release of a new agreement the province has signed with Carillion Canada.

Carillion is responsible for winter road maintenance in parts of the province, including some highways in the Thunder Bay district.

Transportation Critic Wayne Gates says a new deal was struck following the collapse of its parent company.

Gates says creditor protection filings show Carillion only had enough cash to continue operations until February 17th, and that it owned 750-million dollars.

Immigration Scam Doing The Rounds

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 09:20 AM

Another scam to be aware of in northwestern Ontario.

Police are reporting individuals receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be a Canada Immigration Agent, advising a warrant has been issued for an arrest.

While on the phone, another call reportedly comes in. 

Call display shows an 807 number, with the caller identifying himself as police, saying an arrest will be made if the money isn't paid.  

In both cases, banking information is requested.

Pinecrest Still Waiting For Approval Of Interim Long Term Care Beds

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 09:19 AM

A bit of a Catch-22 situation for the Pinecrest Home for the Aged.

It would like to open more long term care beds, but it's waiting for approval from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Kevin Queen is the Chief Administrative Officer and says a shortage of Personal Support Workers continues to hold up the approval process.