March 2017

Sioux Lookout Hospital Now Smoke Free

Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2017 08:31 AM

You are no longer allowed to light up anywhere at the Meno Ya Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout.

A 100% smoke free ban takes effect Saturday and smoking is prohibited anywhere on hospital grounds as well as in vehicles parked on the property.

This includes electronic cigarettes, pipes, and any processed or unprocessed form of tobacco and snuff.

Staff and security will be policing the new rules and anyone caught could be asked to leave or even fined.

Starting January 1st, 2018, all hospitals in Ontario will have to go smoke free.


Local Screening Rates Need To Improve

Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017 08:01 AM

Officials with the Screen for Life Coach say screening rates need to improve in northwestern Ontario.

A recent Ontario Cancer Screening Performance Report showed that only 62.6% of local women are up-to-date with breast cancer screening and 60.5% are up-to-date on their cervical cancer screening.

The report also found that 44% of adults in the region, between the ages of 50 and 74 years, are overdue for colon cancer screening.

The statistics come right before a regional tour of the cancer screening bus, scheduled to begin April 8th in Dryden.

NOSM Working On Academic Training Program

Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017 08:01 AM

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine continues to work on implementing recommendations contained in its ten year strategic plan.

An update was provided to Board of Directors last week.

Dean Dr. Roger Strasser says they are in the process of introducing a masters program that will provide an opportunity for students in this area to take academic training.

Strasser says research is the centre piece of the program, noting they have a better chance to identify health gaps in the region by doing more research in the north.

Fraser Institute Report Looks At Provincial Budget

Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017 07:31 AM

There is still no indication when the provincial government will bring down its budget.

However, the Fraser Institute says it won't necessarily be balanced as is being promised by the Finance Minister.

Ben Eisen is the author of a new report saying the Ontario Debt will still grow by another $9-billion this year.

Eisen says a balanced budget just means we are raising enough money to cover our day-to-day expenses.

He notes nothing is coming in to cover capital spending.

Northern Campaign To Plant More Trees

Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017 07:31 AM

A program to help re-forest property across the province is expanding its presence in northwestern Ontario.

Forest Ontario's 50-Million Tree campaign was started about a decade ago with most of the focus on southern Ontario.

Northern Ontario Field Advisor Peter Gagnon says they are targeting private lands, municipal areas and parks.

Gagnon says about 2.5 million trees are being planted each year, and hopes northern Ontario can add half-million a year towards the goal.

Agreement Pledges To Look At Relocating Kaschechewan

Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017 07:10 AM

A new deal has been reached to improve the well-being of community members in Kashechewan First Nation.

The remote northern community of 2,300 has signed a Framework Agreement with the Governments of Canada and Ontario to provide a more sustainable future.

The feature point in the deal is the consideration of options for the relocation of the community that is prone to flooding.

Kenora MP Promising Tough Stance On Softwood Lumber

Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2017 07:31 AM

The federal government says it's ready for tough negotiations with the U.S. government over softwood lumber.

Kenora MP Bob Nault says he met recently with local industry representatives and they expressed concern about the impact talks could have on the forest sector.

Nault stresses forest companies have the full support of the Trudeau Liberals.

He says if they don't take a tough stance, they will start losing sawmills.

Advocate Pleased With Government Support For Social Housing

Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2017 07:10 AM

A federal commitment to invest more money in social housing is being supported by Joe Roberts of the Push For Change campaign.

Roberts says the Trudeau government promised $11.2-billion in the recent budget.

He suggests the funding will create new spaces for youth once they leave shelters.

Roberts believes his walk across Canada is starting the conversation of a youth homelessness problem at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal level.

To hear more from Joe Roberts, tune into Northwest Monitor after the 9:00am Sunday News.

Influx Of Local Residents Seeking Advice To Pay Hydro Bills

Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2017 07:01 AM

The impact of record high hydro bills continues to be enormously burdensome for many families in northwestern Ontario.

That's the belief of Daniel Maksymchak, a Licensed Insolvency Trustee with Grant Thornton.

He says a provincial direction focusing on Green Energy, home retrofits and conservation really doesn't help the average consumer.

Maksymchak says people with lower income don't have the money to pay for those kind of things, so they are forced to pay the rate.

Dryden Fire Service Hires New Officer

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 14:17 PM

A new addition for the Dryden Fire Service.

Captain Cora MacRae has been hired as the new Fire Prevention Officer.

MacRae will be responsible for education and enforcement.

She was former Chief of the Machin Fire Service.

The position was created by Council earlier this year following a recommendation from the Office of the Fire Marshal and another outside audit.