January 2019

Finance Minister Sues Patrick Brown

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 18:00 PM

After serving Patrick Brown with a warning, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli is taking Brown to court.

Fedeli first threatened a lawsuit last month in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Brown's new memoir.

According to the book, a female staffer left a note on Brown's desk accusing Fedeli of sexually inappropriate behaviour.

Fedeli called the allegations false and demanded they be removed from the book which the publisher declined to do.

Fedeli is suing Brown for 8-million dollars for defamation

Provincial Health Care Draft Leaked

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 17:53 PM

A draft for a new health care plan for our province appears to have leaked.

In a document obtained by the NDP, it appears to show the PC's are considering privatizing health care into what they call a "Super Agency."

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath responded to the news in a press conference earlier today.

"While the Ford government is publically pretending to consult on health care, in the back room legislation designed to privatize our health care system is already being drawn up."

Broncos Cheer Team is Florida Bound

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 17:25 PM

The Beaver Brae Broncos cheerleading team won a paid bid sending them to the World Championships in Orlando.

The Broncos made the same trip two years ago and are one of 10 Canadian teams in the competition.

Grade 12 student Alanna Troilo says her team has been working tirelessly getting ready for the tournament.

"I think our mindset is the biggest thing because we all know we're athletically capable. We need to believe in ourselves, push ourselves and we need to motivate each other," she says.

New Report Frustrates Health Coalition

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 13:59 PM

The Ontario Health Coalition is sounding the alarm after a new report says more hospital beds won't solve hallway medicine.

Special Advisor to ending Hallway Medicine to Premier Ford, Dr. Rueben Devlin, made the claim which the OHC says is politically and factually untrue.

The OHC points to Devlin's past experience as CEO of Humber River Regional Hospital where he closed three hospitals and replaced them with a privatized hospital with too few beds to serve the area.

Blame Extreme Cold On Climate Change

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 13:38 PM

Climate Action Kenora wants you to know that the latest cold snap in northwestern Ontario may have been the result of global warming.

Teika Newton is a spokesperson for the environmental group and says extreme weather is all part of climate change.

"It's actually a fairly complex explanation, but we're not seeing cold air being trapped in the Arctic like it should," explains Newton.

"Instead the jet stream is slipping down allowing that air to slide south on top of us.  So it's unfortunate that we're freezing. Kind of miserable, but it's all part of global warming."

City Lays Off Rec. Center's Personal Trainer

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 13:30 PM

The City of Kenora is starting to make cuts to try and deal with a budget shortfall this year.

The Community Services Department has confirmed Heidi Smith, the personal trainer at the Kenora Rec. Center has been laid off.

Manager Stace Gander says the decision was not an easy one and was made after careful review.

Staff at the Rec. Center is coming up with a list of personal trainers that can offer services in their fitness center.

Ford Government Evasive On Future Of Full-Day Kindergarten

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:55 AM

There is some concern all-day kindergarten could be in jeopardy.

Education Minister Lisa Thompson has confirmed the program will go ahead as scheduled for this September.

Thompson says it's premature to say if will continue into the following years.

"We're consulting with our education partners in terms of what's working and what's not," saysThompson.

"We'll get back in touch with you after our consultation has been concluded and we've worked through the data and have a report to share with you."

KDMA Gets Underway In Red Lake

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 09:49 AM

Kenora MP Bob Nault says he plans to pitch a new federal immigration program to delegates at the Kenora District Municipal Association Conference this week.

Nault says the details were released just last week and believes local communities should take advantage.

"This pilot is intended to test different ways of how we can get people to come to the north to attract them to the north and get small businesses, municipalities and economic development people to work together to find creative solutions."

Nault is one of the keynote speakers on Friday.

Northern Ontario Men's And Women's Curling Championships Underway

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 09:43 AM

Brad Jacobs and Tanner Horgan lead the way after day one at the Northern Ontario men's curling playdowns in Nipigon.

Jacobs and Horgan have perfect 2-0 records.

Trevor Bonot lost his first game to Mike McCarville 7-4, while Dylan Johnson sits at 1-0 after a 7-4 win over Jordan Chandler from Sudbury last night.

In the women's championships, Haily Beaudry lost her first game after getting blanked 9-0 by Krista McCarville while Jenna Engui lost her first game to Kira Brunton  10-8.

(File photo)