November 2016

Province Provides Update On Clean-up Of Grassy Narrows Mercury

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 16:19 PM

The provincial government has provided a bit more clarity when the clean-up of the
English-Wabigoon River system near Grassy Narrows might begin.

Minister of the the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray says the options should be ready to present to the
community sometime in the spring.

"The agreement is to present these options and the risks of the different types of interventions. That will be finished by June. It will be presented to the community and the community will make the choices of what interventions they want to do".

One Man With Life-Threatening Injuries Following Crash Involving Two Transports

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:28 AM

Three men were injured in a crash that closed the TransCanada Highway between Vermilion Bay and Kenora overnight.

Provincial Police say an east and west bound transport collided just after 9 o'clock Tuesday night near Little Joe Lake.

OPP say the passenger of the west bound vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries, while the driver has serious injuries.

The driver of the east bound transport received minor injuries.

No names or hometowns have been released and the cause is under investigation.

Visa Scam Making The Rounds

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 09:40 AM

The holiday season is here and that means telephone scams are ramping up.

RCMP Constable Jamall Gray says they're receiving reports of callers claiming to be from Visa and asking for people's credit card numbers.

Gray says the caller provides the first four digits of the card to try and seem legitimate.

He says those numbers just identify which bank you deal with and are easily found.

Grey stresses you should never give out personal details over the phone.

No One Injured In Transport Roll Over

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 09:05 AM

Provincial Police are investigating a single vehicle crash on Highway 17, just west of Dryden.

The crash occurred around 8:30 Tuesday night, with Dryden and Oxdrift Fire both responding.

A tractor trailer unit lost control and rolled over.

The Dryden Fire Service says several small containers of hazardous material goods were dumped into the ditch and the area was contained for clean-up.

Paramedics treated the transport drivers who managed to evacuate.

The Fire Service says several collisions were occurring due to icy road conditions at the time.

New Partnership Formed For Local Studies On Human Health

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 07:32 AM

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is teaming up with scientists at the Experimental Lakes Area, west of Vermilion Bay.

The two will partner to conduct several studies focusing on environmental health.

NOSM professor Greg Ross says one area they will look at is Blue-Green Algae and its impact on human health.

Ross says the algae problem is increasing every year due to global warming.

He says both sides can utilize new technology to better conduct their research.

SIU Continues To Investigating Fatal Incident In Nipigon

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 07:27 AM

The community of Nipigon remains in shock following a weekend tragedy.

The Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate the shooting of a man during a confrontation with an OPP officer.

In the latest development, Monica Hudon confirms a stun gun was used by police in the incident.

Hudon says the nature of the interaction between the officer and victim will be part of their investigation.

Officials in the township are keeping tight lipped about the incident, concerned they may somehow interfere in the probe if they speak out of turn.

Adam Capay To Stand Trial In March

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 07:18 AM

A trial date is now set for 24-year-old Adam Capay of Lac Seul First Nation.

He's charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of an inmate at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre in 2012.

His hearing is scheduled to begin March 20th, however, Capay is going to be assessed by a doctor to see if he is mentally fit to stand trial.

Capay has received national attention because he was held in solitary confinement at the Regional District Jail for four years.

Federal Auditor Says Corrections System Is Failing Aboriginals

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 07:17 AM

Federal Auditor General Michael Ferguson is out with a scathing report on the corrections system and how it's not supporting Indigenous people.

Ferguson says the justice system can't provide aboriginal inmates with the supports they need, when they need them.

He notes most Indigenous people in the corrections system don't get timely access to rehabilitation programs, and aren't put on parole as early as they could be.

Ferguson adds two-thirds of First Nations inmates who are released were never put on parole.

Traffic Is Now Moving On Highway 17

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 04:56 AM

Highway 17 between Vermilion Bay and Kenora is now open to one lane of traffic after being closed overnight due to a serious collision.

The crash occurred around 11 o'clock Tuesday night near Little Joe Lake.

Provincial Police say officers are still at the scene of the crash, but traffic is flowing again.

No other details have been released.

Sioux Lookout OPP Ready to "Stuff A Cruiser"

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 15:34 PM

The Ontario Provincial Police in Sioux Lookout are helping families in need, and you can help too!

Officers will be holding their Stuff-a-Cruiser Event around the community this Saturday to collect children's toys and non-perishable food items.

They will be at the Red Apple from 10am to noon, then Giant Tiger from noon to 2pm and Fresh Market Foods from 2 to 4pm.

Items can also be left at the three locations prior to the event or at the Sioux Lookout OPP Detachment.