March 2018

Firefighters Dispute Will Be Front And Centre At Council Monday

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 15:01 PM

A more formal and open discussion surrounding the Dryden firefighter impasse will be held on Monday.

Dryden Fire Fighters Association Negotiating Chair Darren Trist will make a presentation to Council.

Trist says he will be following up on Councillor Roger Valley's suggestion for an open discussion.

He will also outline current problems and possible solutions.

Kenora MP Says Infrastructure Plan Will Help Riding

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 13:43 PM

Kenora MP Bob Nault is praising the latest funding announcement from the Liberal government.

The federal share for infrastructure projects will increase from 50% to 60%.

Nault says this change was necessary for several local municipalities.

For communities under 100,000 in population, municipalities will now be responsible for 17% of the costs, down from 33%.

For those with a population of less than 5,000, the municipal share will be dropped to only 7%.

Doug Ford Addresses Ring Of Fire With Northern Media

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 12:06 PM

The Ring of Fire mining project is top of mind for PC leader Doug Ford.

During a teleconference call with northern Ontario media Friday morning, Ford repeated if he has to get on a bull-dozer himself, he will.

Ford made reference to Kathleen Wynne who he claims only talks of action, stressing he will get the work done.

He says the project is comparable to the oil sands in Alberta, noting we have $60-million worth of chromite up there that's waiting to be mined, but we can't get up there.

Deadline For Writers Competition Fast Approaching

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 08:26 AM

You still have some time to take part in The Northwestern Ontario Writer's Workshop annual competition.

The deadline to enter the contest is March 31st.

This is the 20th year they are hosting their writing contest.

Coordinator Jodene Wyllie says they get entries from all over.

"We receive entries from all over the world but primarily from around our region like Dryden, Kenora, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay and Wawa even. Sometimes we even receive entries from southern Ontario."

New Session Starts Monday At Queen's Park

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 08:24 AM

Premier Kathleen Wynne is hitting the re-start button at Queen's Park.

She's prorogued the Ontario legislature, meaning a new session will begin on Monday with a Speech from the Throne.

That will outline the Liberals plan heading into the June election.

Bills that were before the legislature in the previous session will be re-introduced.

And because the halting of Queen's Park took place during MPP's March break, no actual sitting days will be lost.

Calls To Labour Hotline On The Rise

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 08:20 AM

Premier Kathleen Wynne continues to defend an increase to the minimum wage.

Government reports show that calls to the Ministry of Labour's Employment Standards hotline have doubled since the raise to $14- an hour in January.

Wynne claims the hike is critically important to families.

Wynne says one million people earn a minimum wage today, 60-percent are women.

She adds they are creating a fair society by boosting the minimum wage and bringing in new labour laws.

SIU Investigating Kenora Area Death

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 08:17 AM

The Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to come forward as it investigates the death of a man in Washagamis Bay, southwest of Kenora.

The provincial agency says the 29-year-old was first arrested at a home on February 27th after Provincial Police received a complaint.

He was once again arrested the following day outside the Kenora Fellowship Centre.

On both occasions the man was lodged in a cell for a few hours and then released.

Police and emergency personnel responded to a medical distress call at the man's home on March 5th.

Funding Shortfall For First Nations Housing

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 08:13 AM

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says the Federal government is shortchanging northern First Nations when it comes to funding for housing.

Speaking in Dryden, Day said there is a $2-billion shortfall in housing in the Ontario region alone.

He notes the recent budget only saw an increase of $600-million.

Day stresses that is clearly not where they need to be, noting the outstanding issue is plaguing Indigenous communities.

Province Promoting Cap And Trade Program

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 08:09 AM

The Ontario government is touting its cap and trade program.

Environment Minister Chris Ballard says they have brought in $2.3-billion from five recent auctions.

Ballard says every penny of those proceeds have to be invested in Ontario to improve the way of life for local residents.

He says families, homeowners and businesses are benefiting as a result.

Ballard notes the measure is also reducing our use of fossil fuels.

Spring Time Tease

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 08:03 AM

We will get an early but brief taste of Spring.

Bill Laidlaw of Signal Weather Services says warmer air will move in Friday and Saturday, with no precipitation.

However, Laidlaw calls it a tease, warning that the chilly weather is expected to return Sunday or Monday.

Laidlaw notes that snow banks will also start to gradually go down the next couple of days.