October 2016

Kenora Forest Products Mill Now At Full Production

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 12:39 PM

Good news in the forest sector as the Kenora Forest Products mill is now up at full production.

Unifor says a second shift has now been added at both the planer plant and the sawmill operations.

Local National Union representative Stephen Boon says that now brings their numbers up to about 110 employees.

Boon adds about 50% of the workforce is now made up of aboriginal employees, which exceeds their initial start-up target.

Province Helping Homeowners With Hydro Bills

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 11:01 AM

The Ontario government is offering up some cash to homeowners looking to make some changes to lower their energy bills.

The Liberals are setting aside $100-million through its Green Investment Fund over the next three years for home energy audits and retrofits.

Homeowners can apply for rebates of $500 to $2,000 when installing new energy-efficient furnaces, windows and insulation.

The province says such improvements can help natural gas users save a $1.50 to $4 on annual bills.

Some Relief For University And College Students

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 09:28 AM

The federal government has announced changes to the student loans program.

Beginning November 1st, post-secondary students won't have to repay their loans until they are making more than $25,000.

That's an increase of $5,000 over the previous threshold.

The government says its trying to ensure students can complete their studies without financially crippling themselves as they enter the workforce.

Native Friendship Centre Welcoming OTF Funding

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 09:20 AM

The Dryden Native Friendship Centre is welcoming $73,000 in Ontario Trillium Foundation funding to offer a program that helps single, aboriginal mothers obtain sustainable careers and child care.

The initiative is known as the "Homeward Bound Project".

Executive Director Sally Ledger says the overall goal is to break the cycle of dependency on social services and help women lead independent lives.

Ledger says the program helps provide child care, housing, peer support, academic upgrading and on-the-job training for employment.

"Operation Pumpkin" Back For Another Year In Dryden

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 09:13 AM

Halloween is here and that means kids will be darting in and around our streets trick or treating.

Dryden Police are out with some common sense safety tips for both parents, kids and drivers.

Community Service Officer Denis Szachury suggests wearing bright colours, reflective tape and use a flashlight or glow stick.

Szachury also recommends avoiding costumes with baggy sleeves and long hems and wear make-up instead of a mask.

Promoting A Healthy Halloween

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 09:06 AM

The Northwestern Health Unit is promoting a healthy Halloween for local residents.

Randi Casey suggests alternatives to candy include crackers, pretzels and even non-food items like school supplies, stickers, pencils or erasers.

Casey urges parents to go through their kids treats and ensure there are no open packages or damaged goods.

She notes Halloween is a good day to promote healthy choices.

Sioux Lookout Grocery Store Receives Permission To Sell Alcohol

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 08:58 AM

If you want to buy wine from a grocery store, you will have to travel to Sioux Lookout.

The Wynne government has approved the sale of wine, beer and cider at Fresh Market Foods in Sioux Lookout.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa says they plan to more than quadruple the number of stores eligible for win sales in the near future.

A grocery store in Hearst is among the 67 other locations approved in the first wave of the provincial plan.

Two Cancer Organizations Set To Become One

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 08:36 AM

Two cancer organizations in Canada have announced merger plans.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society are joining forces to have a greater impact on cancer research and support programs across the country.

The two charities will unite under the Canadian Cancer Society banner, while key programs and activities from the CBCF will carry over and continue.

Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society Board of Directors Robert Lawrie says bringing both organizations together will improve performance, increase opportunities and reduce costs.

FedNor Once Again Involved In Major Toronto Expo

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 05:09 AM

The federal government is once again helping northern Ontario businesses branch out.

FedNor is once again sponsoring an exhibit at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto from November 4th to 13th.

The 7,000 square foot exhibit will be the largest pavilion at Canada's premier indoor agricultural expo.

It will provide some 50 northern exhibitors with numerous opportunities to network, expand their markets and increase sales.

There will be food sampling, cooking demonstrations, as well as opportunities to showcase local beer, wine and spirits.