March 2018

Awards For Sheila Burnford Documentary

Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2018 08:54 AM

If you still haven't seen the local documentary about Sheila Burnford you have plenty of opportunities to do so.

Co-director Kelly Saxberg tells us this fall the City of Thunder Bay is planning to screen the 30-minute piece it for free at the Paramount Theatre, and it's available online below. 

Saxberg says she's honoured that the film, co-directed by Dianne Brothers, recently won Best Film Overall and Best Documentary at the Equinox Women's Film Festival in Alaska.  

"It's really exciting, especially because it's a women's festival," Saxberg admits. 

Doug Ford Addresses Ring Of Fire With Northern Media

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 15:22 PM

The Ring of Fire mining project is top of mind for PC leader Doug Ford.

During a teleconference call with northern Ontario media Friday morning, Ford repeated if he has to get on a bull-dozer himself, he will.

Ford made reference to Kathleen Wynne who he claims only talks of action, stressing he will get the work done.

He says the project is comparable to the oil sands in Alberta, noting we have $60-million worth of chromite up there that's waiting to be mined, but we can't get up there.

SIU Investigating Kenora Area Death

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 14:14 PM

The province's Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man last week in Washagamis Bay, southwest of Kenora.

The SIU says the man was first arrested at a home on February 27th after Provincial Police received a complaint.

He was once again arrested the following day outside the Kenora Fellowship Centre.

On both occasions the man was lodged in a cell for a few hours and then released.

Police and emergency personnel responded to a medical distress call at the man's home on March 5th.

Kenora Resident Competing In ACHA National Championships

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 13:18 PM

Kenora is being represented down at the American Collegiate Hockey Association Women's National Championship in Columbus, Ohio.

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves are competing, but this year as the defending champions.

Melissa Wilcox is from Kenora and plays Defence for the team.

She talks about how since they are the defending champs, there is some extra pressure this year.

"There definitely is, every team kind of seems like they want a piece of us and there are a lot more teams coming to watch us to see what we bring to the table this year."

Brown Not Running In June

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 11:27 AM

Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown will not be running in the next provincial election.  

He recently tweeted he arrived at that decision after much reflection.

Add to that, the party has voted unanimously not to allow him to run as a candidate in Barrie.

This morning, leader Doug Ford will take part in a news conference via phone with northern Ontario media.

Province Promoting Cap And Trade Program

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 11:26 AM

The Ontario government is touting its cap and trade program.

Environment Minister Chris Ballard says they have brought in $2.3-billion from five recent auctions.

Ballard says every penny of those proceeds have to be invested in Ontario to improve the way of life for local residents.

He says families, homeowners and businesses are benefiting as a result.

Ballard notes the measure is also reducing our use of fossil fuels.

Calls To Labour Hotline On The Rise

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 11:25 AM

Premier Kathleen Wynne continues to defend an increase to the minimum wage.

Government reports show that calls to the Ministry of Labour's Employment Standards hotline have doubled since the raise to $14- an hour in January.

Wynne claims the hike is critically important to families.

Wynne says one million people earn a minimum wage today, 60-percent are women.

She adds they are creating a fair society by boosting the minimum wage and bringing in new labour laws.

Funding Shortfall For First Nations Housing

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 11:25 AM

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says the Federal government is shortchanging northern First Nations when it comes to funding for housing.

Speaking in Dryden, Day said there is a $2-billion shortfall in housing in the Ontario region alone.

He notes the recent budget only saw an increase of $600-million.

Day stresses that is clearly not where they need to be, noting the outstanding issue is plaguing Indigenous communities.