March 2018

Michigan Angler Caught With 87 Walleye Over Legal Limit

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 07:31 AM

A huge hit for a Michigan man following a fishing trip near White River.

William Krueger was stopped leaving White Lake Provincial Park, on Highway 17 last September

Conservation officers inspected his vehicle and trailer and discovered a chest freezer with a built-in compartment under a false bottom containing 64-bags of frozen, skinless fish.

Upon further inspection, officers found a total of 95-walleye, 87-over the limit for Krueger and his spouse.

Krueger has been fined more than $13,000 and has been banned from fishing in Ontario for ten years.

Local Group Raising Awareness Of Transgender Day Of Visibility

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 18:10 PM

Saturday is International Transgender Day of Visibility, and Rainbow Alliance Dryden is celebrating the day to launch an awareness campaign.

Spokesperson Tiffany Thompson says they are encouraging local residents to pick-up a ribbon and wear them in support of the area Transgender community.

Thompson believes that in smaller communities such as Dryden, visibility isn't as present as in larger cities.

That's why she says it's important to raise awareness in support of Transgender individuals, in order to help them feel more safe and comfortable being who they are.

Tips To Avoid Financial Fraud

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 07:10 AM

Financial fraud continues to be a concern across northwestern Ontario, with police stating that more and more people are falling victim to scams.

Trevor Gillis is the Associate Vice President of Canadian Credit Cards at TD Bank and he offers some tips on how to protect yourself.

Gillis says it's important to regularly check your bank and credit card statements as well as your online accounts.

He says it's also a good idea to provide your bank with your cell phone number as most banks can now text you if they suspect fraud.

Warning Issued For Cannabis Addiction

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 16:58 PM

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction is raising alarm bells on potential health risks related to the upcoming legalization of marijuana.

Director of Research and Policy Dr. Amy Porath says contrary to popular belief, cannabis can be addictive, and you should be aware of signs of addiction.

Porath says signs include consuming more than intended, inability to cut down on use, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms like craving, irritability and difficulty sleeping.

She warns that as many as half of those you use pot daily, can become addicted to it.

Number Of Charges Laid In MNRF Blitz

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 16:54 PM

A one day aerial enforcement patrol in the Thunder Bay area has resulted in 16-charges and 21-warnings.

Conservation officers conducted the blitz last Saturday by helicopter.

A total of 45-anglers from Ontario and the U.S. were checked.

Offences included entering a provincial park without a permit, fishing without carrying a license, fishing with too many lines, possessing rainbow smelt for use of bait, and being more than 60-metres from a line.

Residential School Survivors Disappointed

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 12:05 PM

Ontario's Regional Chief is expressing dismay at Pope Francis' refusal to apologize to residential school survivors.

Isadore Day calls on Canadian Catholics to ask their priests to tell the Vatican that this long overdue apology must be issued.

In a media release from the Ontario Regional Chief it says the church's influence on Indigenous society and established protocol was quick and harmful, with Indigenous children as their primary target in residential schools.

You Aren't Being Sued - It's a Scam!

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:56 AM

You answer your phone and a disembodied voice advizes you are being sued.

They may even have left a message on your answering machine.

If you don't respond - you WILL be sued, the voice says.

Don't respond.

Don't answer.

Don't call your lawyer.

You aren't being sued - it's yet another telephone scam and they want your cash or even just information about you.

Cost Of Smokes Up Once Again

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 10:20 AM

You now have to shell out more money to light up.

A price increase on a carton of cigarettes took effect Thursday.

Smokers are now being asked to pay $4 more.

The hike was initially announced in the 2017 budget.

The Canadian Cancer Society applauds the move, saying higher prices are the most effective strategy in reducing smoking, especially among young people.

Not Warming Up For Easter

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 10:09 AM

Expect to find a few frozen Easter Eggs this long weekend.

A pool of cold Arctic air has settled in over northwestern Ontario.

Bill Laidlaw from Signal Weather Services says daytime highs will be around -5 right through Easter, with overnight lows late in the minus teens.

Laidlaw says he doesn't expect things to warm up until later in April.

He notes there isn't much in the way of precipitation in the forecast.

Opposition All Over Provincial Budget

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 09:53 AM

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is picking apart the Liberals last provincial budget before the June election.

Horwath feels the Wynne government is promising a dental plan when they don't really have one.

She says they are basically offering a $50 refund for children who go to the dentist, stressing getting a cavity filled costs way more than $50.

Horwath says the problem is that people don't have the money up-front to visit the dentist.

She adds the Liberals slipped in the so-called dental plan after the NDP announced their election platform.