December 2017

Major Class Action Lawsuit Launched Against Province

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 08:04 AM

A $600-million class action lawsuit against the provincial government is being handled by a group of lawyers that includes Chris Watkins from Thunder Bay.

Watkins says it's on behalf of the thousands of young people from who he claims were abused in provincial reform schools from the 1930's to 1984.

Watkins says a number of youth from our region were sent to juvenile detention facilities that were meant to rehabilitate young people.

Watkins says children were sent to these centres for a better life, but instead were sexually or physically abused.

Dryden Hospital CEO Receives Major Award

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 08:02 AM

The Chief Executive Officer at the Dryden Regional Health Centre has been recognized by the Northwest Local Health Integration Network.

Wade Petranik has received the Distinguished Contribution Award for exceptional leadership and commitment to the health system over the past 20-years.

A humble Petranik says he's not one for individual awards.

Petranik says the award is a tribute to front-line staff, support staff, the leadership team, medical professionals, volunteers and the board of directors.

Meteorite Report In Thunder Bay

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 07:57 AM

A retired Lakehead University Geology Professor says all of the evidence is there to confirm that a meteorite touched down in Thunder Bay.

Steven Kissen says the incident was reported Wednesday night.

Kissen calls it a "one time event" for northern Ontario, indicating there has never been an investigated meteorite fall in the north.

The only problem is the rock is missing and officials at the University are hoping anyone who has it brings it to them so it can be studied and authenticate it.

Province Confirms Funding To Clean-Up English-Wabigoon River System

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 07:49 AM

The Wynne government has confirmed $85-million in funding to clean-up mercury from the English-Wabigoon River system.

Legislation has been passed at Queen's Park.

Environment Minister Chris Ballard says the government is committed to working with the Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations on a remediation action plan.

The funding will cover costs associated with preventing or reducing the discharge of contaminants into the river, reducing the presence of mercury, and carry out monitoring once the clean-up is complete.

Influenza A Case Confirmed In Kenora District Community

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 07:45 AM

The flu bug has officially hit our area.

The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting the first case of Influenza A, stressing having one case identified by the laboratory indicates there are other, non-lab test cases in the region as well.

Officials are urging the public to get a flu shot, noting its free of charge.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young-Hoon suggests that if you do get the virus, you should stay home from work or school and avoid public places until you are feeling better.

New Program Introduced At Confederation College

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 07:42 AM

Confederation College has introduced a new Digital Media Production course.

Last year, the school put its Broadcast and TV Production program on hold.

Michelle McManus is the Coordinator of the new course and says they are just trying to keep up with the changing media landscape.

The program will focus on storytelling, social journalism, marketing, ethics and the latest technology.

McManus says they really want their students to develop the skills to be those ones who are populating the website's with relevant content.

Northern First Nations Sharing Funding

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:17 PM

Four remote communities in northwestern Ontario are getting provincial funding for education programs and to help improve access to safe, nutritious food.

The Pikangikum and the Kasabonika First Nations will share over $1.4-million to evaluate their Indigenous food security initiatives, and promote the harvesting of traditional foods.

Another $600,000 will go to the Fort Severn First Nation for an education program.

It's aimed at helping over 300 mothers and their children return to school so they can graduate.

Local MPP Addressing High Hydro Costs At Dryden Hospital

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 15:01 PM

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says the provincial government is hindering, rather than helping local health care facilities save money on electricity.

Campbell says the Dryden Regional Health Center has been looking at alternatives to save on their sky-high hydro costs.

However, Campbell is accusing the Liberals of failing to help the hospital with its plan to go "off-grid".

She claims the government is refusing to give them funding to implement their plan.

OPP Officer Assaulted In Kenora

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 11:59 AM

Provincial Police in Kenora say a 28-year-old man faces charges after an attack on a police officer.

Wednesday morning following an ongoing investigation police arrested a man on a warrant.

During the arrest a fight ensued and a police officer was assaulted.

The officer sustained minor injuries.

OPP say Merrill Land of Kenora faces counts of Resisting a Peace Officer and Assaulting a Peace Officer.

He is being held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Hydro One To Take Back Call Centres

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:40 AM

Hydro One is taking back control of its call centres,

The centres are currently being operated by a third party on a contract that expires at the end of February.

Hydro One says the take back is being done to better serve customers.

An agreement has also been worked out with the Power Workers Union and The Society of Energy Professionals for the more than 400 workers at the centres in Markham and London, Ontario.