July 2016

2016 Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival Begins

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 09:12 AM

The Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival kicks off today!

There are many events and activities taking place today and throughout the week as well!

The Opening Ceremonies will be taking place at 4pm to 6pm at the Town Beach.

The ceremony includes face-painting, speeches a barbecue and a ribbon and cake cutting.

Other events include a Steak BBQ at the legion, Bannock bake off and activities with the Sioux Lookout Fire Rangers.

Construction Continues On New Gold Rainy River Project

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 09:03 AM

Construction of New Gold's Rainy River open pit mine is now 40 per cent complete.

The company says it's now spent half-a-billion dollars on the project, still slated to begin production in 2017.

A total of 225 employees are now working on site with 70 per cent of the hires coming from local communities.

30 per cent of that workforce is from area Indigenous communities.

Unclaimed Lotto 649 Prizes In The Region

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 08:15 AM

There's a couple of winners from Northwestern Ontario from the last LOTTO 6/49 draw.

The Ontario Lottery Corporation says the second prize was a ticket purchased in Thunder Bay.

There's also a one-thousand dollar prize ticket from the Thunder Bay area.

The million dollar winning ticket was purchased on-line, but the exact location isn't known.

More Canadians Investing In Retirement

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 08:06 AM

More Canadians are thinking about their retirement.

Statistics Canada says at the end of 2014, more than 6-point-2 million Canadians were enrolled in a registered pension plan.

That's a 1.2 per cent increase over the year before.

The market value of those plans is identified at 1.7 trillion dollars, despite fewer contributions being made both by employers and employees.

OPP Says Slow Down And Move Over

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:58 AM

Make sure if you hear the sirens behind you to pull over.

OPP are reporting that 2015 marked one of the highest number of tickets handed out due to failure to slow down and move over for an emergency vehicle.

In 2015 alone the OPP laid 2031 charges which is the largest amount since 2008.

The charge can carry a hefty fine of 200 to 4000 dollars and 3 demerit points.

This weekend the OPP will be doing an education campaign called Slow Down and Move Over.

Harbourfest's Friday Night Concert Sold Out

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 08:39 AM

Harbourfest in Kenora is still a couple of days away, but it's already a box office success.

Friday night's concert featuring Big Sugar and Our Lady Peace is already sold out.

Dave Blake is the director of entertainment and admits he is a bit surprised how well the ticket sales have been going mentioning that they probably could have sold more tickets than what the event is capped at.

Blake says tickets for both Saturday and Sunday night have been picking up steam as Harbourfest gets closer.

Car Crash East Of Upsala

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 08:29 AM

An 18 year old Hamilton man faces charges following a single vehicle accident east of Upsala.

The OPP say an eastbound Subaru Outback left the Trans-Canada Monday afternoon and swerved into the south ditch and rolled several times.

Two people were taken by air ambulance to hospital in Thunder Bay, while two others were transported to hospital by land.

None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

The driver of the vehicle has been charged with changing lanes in an unsafe manner.

Lower Earnings For CN Rail

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 08:26 AM

CN is reporting a drop in earnings.

The railway says net income for the past three months reached 858-million dollars, a drop of 30 million over the same period last year.

Shipments of forest products were on the increase, but CN says it saw decreases in oil, steel products and grain.