August 2018

Ontario Marijuana to be Sold Online

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 18:25 PM

The PC's have given us a glimpse of what legal marijuana will look like in Ontario.

In a press conference today, Finance Minister Vid Fedeli said marijuana will initially be sold strictly online.

Fedeli said the Ontario Cannabis Store will supply storefronts when they roll out on April 1st.

According to the PC's, municipalities will have a one-time option to request no store be opened in their city limits.

Fedeli went on to say that if any licensed store sells to someone underage, they will have their license immediately revoked.

Heat Advisory In Place For One More Day

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 14:14 PM

It will be hot and smoky across much if Northwestern Ontario today.

Heat and air quality warnings have been issued by Environment Canada.

You are asked to closely watch for the symptoms of heat illness including dizziness, fainting, vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat as well as extreme thirst.

The region may also be blanketed by smoke from wild fires in British Columbia and Alberta.

The  good news is the hot weather should finally break today, with much cooler conditions expected starting this evening.

Police Continue Search For Missing Kenora Girl

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 13:05 PM

The Kenora Detachment of the OPP says it's still searching for a missing 17 year old girl.

Latoya Assin was last seen on Wednesday, August 1st around 8:30 in the evening on Pire Lane in the City of Kenora.

She is described as an indiginous girl, about  5 feet 5 inches tall, with a slim build, brown eyes and long black hair.

She was last seen wearing a black tank top and black sweat pants.

Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the Kenora OPP.

Boreal Forest And Climate Change Study Being Launched

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 10:47 AM

A Lakehead University researcher is receiving more than $440,000 to investigate the impact of climate change on the Boreal Forest.

Dr. Han Chen will spend three years working with a team of researchers from L-U and the University of Alberta.

Chen says climate change is warming the boreal region in western-central Canada at twice the rate of the global average and is also altering precipitation patterns.

He stresses there is a lack of knowledge to guide forest managers in mitigating climate change impacts.

IJC To Hold Water Quality Meeting In Kenora This Week

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 09:24 AM

The International Joint Commission will be making a special appearance in Kenora this week.

A public meeting put on by the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation will be looking at water quality issues.

Executive Director, Todd Sellers, tells us that algae blooms aren't just an ugly sight on surface.

"The biggest problem you have with the succcessive algae growth, every one of those algal cells dies, sinks to the bottom and decomposes.  And that uses up or sucks up oxygen at the bottom of the lake, which is a significant problem for fish."

Trillium Gift Of Life Foundation Reaches Major Milestone

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 09:19 AM

47 per cent of resident in Kenora have now registered to become organ and tissue donors.

That's close to the milestone the Trillium Gift of Life Network wants to see across Ontario.

President Ronnie Gavsie says they're now at about 33 percent, but the yard stick is moving up.

"People are becoming more and more aware of the importance of registering consent.  Telling their families...learning that organ donors can save up to eight lives and a tissue donor up to 75 lives".

Rickford Says Ford Government Committed To English-Wabigoon Mercury Clean-up

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 09:15 AM

The MPP for Kenora-Rainy River says the Ford government is honouring the environmental fund set up to clean mercury contamination in the English-Wabigoon river system.

Greg Rickford stresses they aren't done helping Grassy Narrows and Whitedog First Nations.

"There'll be some additional elements to this in the not too distant future that I'll be in a position to announce.  We're very cognizant of our responsibilities and we're living up to them.

Six New Forest Fires In The Kenora District

Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018 09:11 AM

Another busy weekend for MNR fire crews in the region.

There were a total of 22 new wild fires reported over the last three days, six of those in the Kenora District.

Kenora Fire #110 was reported yesterday near Trout Lake, about 8 kilometers north of Whitedog.

It's currently being held.

Kenora Fire #111 is listed as not under control at 0.4 hectares near George Lake, about 21 kilometers northwest of the city.

The MNR says we can expect to see more smoke drift in from fires burning in western Canada and the United States.