July 2018

Hundreds of Weapons Handed Over to Police

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 16:57 PM

Manitobans turned in almost 700 unwanted firearms in addition more than 22,000 rounds of ammunition.

The haul is part of the Gun Amnesty Program, which ended June 30, allowing anyone to avoid charges by bringing in any unwanted weapons, as long as the weapons weren't used in a crime.

The goal of the program, other than freeing up some closet space for Manitoba residents, was also to ensure these guns didn't land in the hands of a criminal or used dangerously.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson commended Manitobans for doing the right thing.

Tempers Rising At Queen's Park

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 14:00 PM

The Doug Ford government is taking the unusual step of refusing to answer questions from the official opposition in the Ontario Legislature.

The Conservatives are accusing an NDP member of mocking a Conservative MPP of Pakistani descent.

Government Services minister Todd Smith is demanding an apology before they resume answering questions again.

"There was mockery that occurred during Question Period and our right under Standing Order 37 (h) is, as a minister we may, in our discretion, decline to answer any questions in this house".

Ontario Nurses Given A Two Year Deal

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:19 PM

Ontario Nurses working in provincial hospitals have a new contract.

An arbitrator is awarding them a two-year deal that includes wage increases of 1.4 percent in the first year and 1.75 percent in the second.

The deal is retroactive to April 1st of this year.

The 61 thousand members of the Ontario Nurses Association are being briefed on the details today.

One Person Dead In Fatal Accident Near Ignace

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 11:06 AM

A 55 year old man from Aylmer, Ontario is dead following a single vehicle accident west of Ignace.

The OPP say a tractor trailor unit traveling west lost control and left Highway 17, rolled over and came to rest in the ditch just after 8:00 last night.

The Ignace Ambulance and Volunteer Fire Department were called out to assist.

The driver of the semi, James Duchene was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Trans-Canada Highway was partially closed for several hours because of the accident, but has now completely re-opened.  

Health Canada Warns Of EpiPen Shortage For August

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 09:43 AM

Health Canada is issuing a warning that supplies of the 0.3 milligram EpiPen are expected to be very limited during the month of August.

Pfizer Canada says while some pharmacies may have inventory on hand, it's likely to be depleted in the coming days or weeks and they do not expect to have new supply available until the end of August.

The company says the current shortage is the result of a manufacturing issue.

Capay Case Still Before The Courts

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 08:55 AM

It will still be several months before Adam Capay finds out if his case will go to trial.

A judge hearing his matter needs more time before he can make his decision which is expected October 29th.

Capay, a former Lac Seul resident, made national headlines after he was held in solitary confinement for four years while waiting for his day in court.

He's charged with first degree murder in relation to the death of fellow Thunder Bay Correctional Center inmate Sherman Quisses. 

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Fire Hazard Back Into The Extreme Range

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 08:52 AM

The MNR says it's resources are starting to get strained by the number of wild fires burning in the region.

Another 16 blazes were reported yesterday, brining the total number of active fires up to 111.

Of the new forest fire, two were in the Kenora District.

One is located near Bridge Lake about 78 kilometers northeast of Kenora and is listed at 1.5 hectares in size.

It's still not under control. 

The other was on Bag Bay on Shoal Lake and has already been declared out.

MNR Bringing In More Resources To Deal With Forest Fires

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 08:51 AM

The Ontario government's looking at hiring retired forest fire rangers temporarily.

Ontario's Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Jeff Yurek says it's something being consider as Ontario deals with scores of forest fires across northern Ontario.

Yurek says his Ministry is currently monitoring the situation.

"We are fully prepared and ready to protect the public and our natural resources.  And I've instructed my department to explore all options as to how we continue to assist and dedicate resources to these fires."

Kenora OPP Looking For Suspect in Sexual Assault

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018 18:11 PM

The Kenora OPP are investigating a sexual assault in the Pinecrest area of town.

Police responded to a report of a robbery involving sexual assault on Hillside Crescent in Kenora late last week.

The victim was taken to hospital as a precaution with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers are looking for a tall, thin Indigenous male in his 20s with short dark hair.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Kenora OPP or Crime Stoppers.