December 2016

Former MASH Star Dead at 85

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 22:20 PM

William Christopher, best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, has died after battling lung cancer. He was 84 years old.

Christopher played the roll for the entire eleven years of M*A*S*H.

He passed away this morning at his home in Pasadena. (Dec 31)

RCMP Warn About The Danger Of Driving The 'Morning After'

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 14:19 PM

Everyone knows that driving while drunk is a bad idea and illegal, but many don't think about the morning after.

With only a few hours left in 2016 police are asking people to think about what they'll do once the party is over.

Corp. Jennifer Clarke with the RCMP says people often think they're okay to drive once they've had a few hours of sleep.

"If you've been celebrating the night before, take a good hard look at your self in the mirror and ask 'should I be on the road.' There isn't any definitive self-test. We're asking people to be responsible."

Man Barricades Himself Inside Residence In Sioux Lookout

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 13:14 PM

Ontario Provincial Police in Sioux Lookout have successfully resolved a situation involving a man barricading himself in a Seventh Street residence.

On Thursday at 5:30 pm, Police say they were called to the residence to check on the well being of someone who lived there and found the man barricading himself inside.

Officers were informed that there were weapons inside and proceeded to safely contain the area.

OPP say that they created a perimeter and in that time evacuated residents in area for safety.

NAPS Welcoming New Officers

Posted on Monday, January 2, 2017 08:31 AM

The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service has new officers patrolling the streets this year.

Eight recruits are now working for the police force.

They include Christian Kim, Melanie Holley, Brendan Chilton, Taylor Auger, Shannon Jacob, Alex Lewis, Kevin Roy and Marshall Sparks.

They are being stationed in several northern First Nations including Fort Hope, Moose Factory, Sandy Lake, Constance Lake, Kashechewan, Fort Severn and Poplar Hill.

Premier Says Infrastructure Funding Coming Soon

Posted on Monday, January 2, 2017 07:31 AM

Infrastructure dollars will soon flow to local communities according to Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Wynne says the money from the federal government is going to be formally announced sometime this year.

She says the money will go towards a number of different projects, include water and wastewater projects as well as transportation upgrades.

Wynne adds the second round of funding from the feds has yet to be finalized.

Sean Monteith Calls 2016 A Huge Success

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017 11:31 AM

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board believes it has momentum heading into the new year.

Director of Education Sean Monteith says they enter 2017 in strong financial shape.

Monteith says they ended 2016 with a small surplus thanks to an increase in enrolment across the board.

On the academic side, Monteith believes a number of programs, including the Graduation Coach model, is levelling the playing field for students.

Dryden Mayor Impresses In Pre-Budget Meeting

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017 09:01 AM

It appears Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson has a major ally at Queen's Park. PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli says a pre-budget presentation last month by Wilson to an all-party committee really highlighted the unique needs of the City and other municipalities in northwestern Ontario. Fedeli says Wilson was able to strongly communicate the major concerns facing the community. Fedeli says Wilson stressed that provincial funding for Dryden went down 4% last year and that there is a significant gap in infrastructure funding that was "promised" compared to what has actually "shown up".

New Year Brings Change At Dryden Museum

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017 08:01 AM

The Dryden District Museum enters a new journey starting Sunday.

Curator Leah Gardner has taken a back seat and is now starting retirement after 30-years at the helm.

Gardner says she has been able to leave with fond memories.

She says the main highlight was erecting the Gazebo at the side of the building.

Another highlight for her was the installation of an accessible walkway.

Gardner says she will remain active with museum volunteers to see one project through.

That's to make the facility fully accessible, with automatic doors and a veranda.

Province Promoting New Energy Rebates

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017 08:01 AM

The Wynne government is banking that new energy rebates will help revive the premier's popularity.

Starting Sunday, the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax will be coming off your hydro bill.

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault adds there are also other initiatives to help larger electrical users.

He says for businesses who use more than 1-megawatt of power, they could see anywhere from a 14%-34% reduction in their electricity bills.

Bob Nault Reflects Back On 2016

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 08:01 AM

Kenora MP Bob Nault believes improved relations between the federal government and First Nations is one of the major success stories of 2016.

Nault says advancements have been made to ensure Indigenous communities play an important role in the national economy.

He notes the Trudeau Liberals have made a commitment to have First Nations become a major player in our society.

Nault says one major milestone was a commitment to build the all-weather Freedom Road to Shoal Lake #40.