February 2019

Opposition Preps For Queen's Park

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 14:31 PM

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has her eyes set on the next session at Queen's Park.

She says Doug Ford has continuously served the interests of wealthy insiders instead of the people of Ontario.

In a release, she lists "backroom deals and painful cuts," from the past eight weeks.

She references cuts to autism funding, the uncertain future of full-day kindergarten and the health care system.

Horwath says when "someone's trying to drag you backwards, you don't slam the brakes, you jam on the gas [...] and that's just what New Democrats are going to do."

Coldest Night Of The Year Arrives Next Saturday

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 14:14 PM

A major fundraiser for the homeless in Kenora.

The annual Coldest Night of the Year walk takes place this coming Saturday evening.

Frank Kowel is pastor at Jubilee Church and says any funds raised will help out with with their programs.

"Last year we did about 19-thousand dollars. That gets broken up between the Fellowship Center and Jubilee Church and also any expenses that come along with that."

There will also be a chili dinner at the Jubilee Church at the end of the walk.

Rickford Chastises Hydro One Board

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 14:09 PM

Energy Minister Greg Rickford isn't pulling his punches when it comes to executive compensation at Hydro One.

In a strongly worded letter, Rickford says cabinet is disappointed with the compensation package drafted by the board of Hydro One.

It had set a maximum limit for it's next CEO of 2.77-million dollars.

He says that's over a million dollars higher than the governments suggested maximum cap of 1.5-million dollars.

Team Ontario Roster Released

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 14:03 PM

The final rosters for Team Ontario at the upcoming Canada Winter Games has been released.

Ontario will be led by Professor in the Sport Management & Sport Business Management Programs at Humber College Jennifer Bennett.

Bennett says she's confident her team will have "many standout performances, personal bests and podium finishes."

The Winter Games are currently being hosted in Red Deer, Alberta until March 3.

Bachinsky To Ski At World Para Nordic Championships

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 12:21 PM

Visually impaired cross country skier Jesse Bachinsky is making his first appearance at a world championship this weekend.

Bachinsky, who is a member of the Kenora Nordic Trails Ski Club, was selected to join the National team in Prince George, BC. 

Bachinsky will ski his first race at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships on Sunday.

(Photo supplied)

We've Got Ourselves A Convoy

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 11:03 AM

A convoy of supporters for pipelines are making its way to Ottawa.

Convoy For Canada expects to pass through northwestern Ontario this weekend, reaching Kenora as early as today and Thunder Bay by Saturday.

According to their itiniery, the convoy left Regina this morning and is scheduled to arrive in town around 7:00 this evening.

Spokesperson Glenn Carritt says they trying to counter the opposition to pipelines.

Violent Crime in The City Decreases In 2018

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 09:52 AM

A bit of a drop in the amount of violent crime in the City of Kenora last year.

The OPP have compiled all their stats for 2018 and it shows about a nine percent drop in assaults, sexual assaults and robberies.

Detachment commander Jeff Duggan says it is a bit of a turn around from the year before.

"We know that 2017 was our most violent year since 2009 when the OPP took over policing services in Kenora. We expect that number to go down slightly, and it is going down slightly so hopefully we'll see that progression over the next number of years."

City Budget Talks Stalled

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 09:48 AM

Not a lot of progress on the city's budget in recent weeks.

Councillors and city staff are taking some time to re-group after their last round of talks in January.

Mayor Dan Reynard says he doesn't want to move forward with the budget until they know how much they will be getting from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund.

"The big concern I have is with the unknown with the government funding. Hopefully by then we'll have a better idea of what they projected originally or if there is going to be changes with the new government."

Rickford Supporting Fort Frances Over Mill Battle

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 09:44 AM

Ontario's Northern Development Minister says the province is willing to look at all of the options regarding the future of the idled Resolute Forest Products mill.

Resolute is indicating it now has an agreement with an unnamed community redeveloper who could tear it down and redevelop the site.

It's also willing to accept other offers.

Greg Rickford says he's behind the town wanting to see it reopen.

Old School Board Office To Become Apartment Building

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 09:41 AM

A new lease on life for the former board offices of the Kenora Catholic District School Board.

Owners Wayne and Lea Degagne are seeking a zoning change to develop six apartment units beside the Health Unit's City View Office on 1st Street North.

Wayne Degagne says the building has actually been empty for the past eight years.

"It's been vacant since 2011 and we attempted to rent it as a commercial space with no success. So we have been thinking for about a year and decided to go to apartments."