January 2019

Bronco Junior Boys Win KIT Silver

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019 08:56 AM

Beaver Brae's junior boys basketball team came  up just short of winning their own tournament over the weekend.

The Broncos claimed the silver medal after losing to Kildonan East 56-35 in the gold medal game Saturday night.

Sioux North claimed the bronze medal by taking down St. Thomas Aquinas 54-47.

Beaver Brae advanced to the final after beating Atikokan and the Saints.

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Thistles Win Two On Three Game Road Trip

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019 08:55 AM

Two out of three ain't bad.

The Kenora Triple A Midget Thistles won back to back games in Dauphin over the weekend against the Parkland Rangers after losing in Souris Friday night to the Southwest Cougars.

The Thistles topped the Rangers 3-1 yesterday, after beating Parkland 2-1 in overtime Saturday.

Ethan Carlson-Jourdain scored the game winner in that game, one of two goals he scored over the weekend.

On Friday, the Thistles started their three game road trip with a 3-2 loss to the Cougars.

Hackner Blanks Warkentin In Northern Curling Championship

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019 08:53 AM

Al Hackner and Kim Beaudry will represent Northern Ontario at the Canadian Senior curling Championships.

Hackner blanked Tim Warkentin 8-0 yesterday in the final of the Men's champion at the Port Arthur Curling club.

Beaudry from Fort Frances got by Kenora's Peggy Taylor 6-4 in their final game.

Beaudry was undefeated in the playdowns.

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Atikokan OK's Pot Store

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2019 18:11 PM

Atikokan is adding their name to the list of communities willing to host a cannabis retail store.

Town council made their decision to opt-in earlier this week.

Mayor Dennis Brown says they saw no real reason to vote against it.

"It's something that's part of society now so anybody who wants to do that can go ahead. We're not opting out, we're staying in."

Brown says he's already spoke to one entrepreneur interested in setting up shop when they can.

LDWH Board Hosts Public Session

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2019 16:42 PM

On the heels of the All Nations Hospital receiving planning approval, the Lake of the Woods District Hospital is hosting a public information session.

The hospital board will be giving about an hour of presentations followed by a question and answer period.

President and CEO Ray Racette says it's important for the board to be comfortable in front of the public.

Conservative Announcement Angers Students Union

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2019 16:40 PM

More reaction is pouring in after the Ford government's education overhaul announcement.

While some institutions are seeing the positives, the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is not happy.

Chairperson Nour Alideeb says any benefits students might experience from a tuition decrease will be offset by other reckless proposed changes.

Alideeb says, negative proposals include international students not qualifying for the ten per cent tuition reduction and any student loan would be charged interest immediately upon graduation.

New Advisory Role for Kenora Physician

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2019 15:45 PM

A Kenora physician has been given a new job at the top of the ladder.

Dr. Lisa Habermehl has been appointed to the Premier's Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine.

Dr. Habermehl has nearly two decades of experience and will work alongside Dr. Rueben Devlin to advise on important health care decisions.

Dr. Habermehl says she's grateful for the opportunity and is looking forward to improving the health care system with her experience as a rural front-line physician.

Total Lunar Eclipse Takes Place Sunday

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2019 14:15 PM

Local residents might be able to see a total eclipse of the moon Sunday night.

It's being called the Super Wolf Blood Moon and will take place starting around 10:40 in evening Sunday and end about an hour later.

The forecast is even looking promising for Sunday. Environment Canada projecting clear skies for the evening.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the Sun, Earth, and Moon will align tonight, causing a total lunar eclipse, and turning the moon a red color.

MPP Speaks Out Over Death of Sandy Lake Youth

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2019 13:33 PM

The NDP Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation suggests every parent deserves answers, and yet, tragedies happen all too often in First Nations communities.

Sol Mamakwa stresses the Ontario government must do more to stop preventable deaths in the Far North.

The comments from the Kiiwetinoong MPP comes as the Ontario government and coroners are asking a judge to throw out a case launched against them by family members of four-year-old Brody Meekis, who say their grief was amplified by the lack of an adequate investigation into his death.

Red Lake Taking Wait And See Approach To Goldcorp Deal

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2019 13:31 PM

The Mayor of Red Lake is keeping a very close eye on Newmont Mining's 10-billion dollar acquisition of Goldcorp.

The two companies state the combination creates the world's premier gold company.

Fred Mota says they know little details of the merger and its impacts to operations in Red Lake.

Mota admits some initial nervousness within the community but is hopeful that the deal will become and remain positive for his community.