April 2017

Maxime Bernier Has Been Courting Kevin O'Leary For A Couple Of Weeks

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 12:56 PM

Maxime Bernier says he asked Kevin O'Leary to help him and to campaign with him for the past couple of weeks to ensure he had O'Leary supporter votes.

That's according to Bernier, who has strengthened his quest to become the next leader of the Federal Conservatives, with O'Leary bowing out this week.

Speaking to CKDR News, Bernier stresses he now has a strong ally in his eventual bid to unseat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Bernier says the Liberal government has abandoned our youth and future generation with high unemployment, big deficits and mounting debt.

Northern Ministries Take A Hit

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 16:01 PM

Some key ministries to northwestern Ontario will have less money to work with over the next year.

The budget for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is being shaved by $70-million to $767-million.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will have $824-million, $40-million less compared to 2016.

Much of the MNRF's reduction comes in funding for emergency forest firefighting.

NDP Leader Says Budget Doesn't Address Northern Needs Or Health Care Needs

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 16:01 PM

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the Liberal budget doesn't do a single thing for Northern Ontario.

Horwath claims the government took out its $1-billion commitment for the Ring of Fire and did nothing to address Rural and Northern school closures.

She notes the government is making some small strides to fix the Northern Travel Grant, but stresses it's not close to fixing the inequities of health care in our region.

She adds Premier Kathleen Wynne completely ignored the voices of Ontarians.

Becoming More Costly To Smoke

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 10:58 AM

Smokers in Ontario are paying more to light up.

Thursday's budget included a $2 increase to a carton of cigarettes which went into effect Friday.

The price will increase another $10 by 2020.

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association is worried that will send more people to the underground tobacco market.

The Association says it was hoping for a stronger plan to deal with the growing rate of illegal tobacco sales.

Sioux Lookout Woman Charged With Public Mischief

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 10:40 AM

A false alarm in Sioux Lookout has landed a 22-year-old woman in hot water with the law.

Provincial Police received a call for assistance from a local resident on Monday.

The individual alleged that she was a victim of a series of criminal offences.

OPP conducted a thorough investigation and determined it wasn't true.

Police say Ashley Webster of Sioux Lookout has been charged with three counts of public mischief.

Person Dies After Being Struck By CP Train

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 09:02 AM

Foul play is not suspected in a fatal incident involving a Canadian Pacific Railway train and an unknown individual.

Provincial Police responded to a report Thursday afternoon just after 4:00 of a person being struck by a train.

The incident occurred about 20-kilometres west of Ignace.

A post mortem exam will be held in Toronto to confirm the identity of the victim.

Police continue to investigate.

Regional Lobby Group Elects New President

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 08:29 AM

A changing of the guard at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.

The regional lobby group has elected Shuniah Mayor Wendy Landry as its new President.

Landry defeated Red Lake Mayor Phil Vinet in an election Thursday.

She replaces Dave Canfield of Kenora.

Sioux Lookout Mayor Doug Lawrence has been named Vice-President.

Canfield says as much as he loves politics, he was growing tired of all of those trips to Toronto.

Political Science Professor Reacts To Trump Softwood Tariff

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 08:23 AM

Lakehead University Political Science Professor Laure Paquette says President Trump's tariffs on Canadian Softwood Lumber is his way of thinking he's keeping "America First".

Paquette says that's not the case, calling him an ineffective leader who is desperately trying to show that he is accomplishing something.

She notes America can afford to drag their feet on this agenda.

Resolute Says Tariff Will Impact Regional Operations

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 08:18 AM

There is plenty of concern in the Canadian forest industry about the American tax on our softwood lumber exports.

An official with Resolute Forest Products says his company is disappointed but not surprised by the roughly 20% tariff.

Roger Barber admits it will definitely hurt their lumber operations in Ignace, Thunder Bay and Atikokan.

Barber says they're still assessing what the impacts will be.

He says being in northwestern Ontario, the U.S. market is their key market and they rely on them.

PC Leader Says He Can't Support Budget

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 08:15 AM

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says the Liberals aren't telling the truth by saying its budget is balanced.

Brown claims the province is actually facing a more than $5-billion deficit.

He accuses Finance Minister Charles Sousa of using "every trick in the book to hide this huge deficit".

Brown says the reality is that we aren't getting value for our money on health care, education, hydro or housing.

He adds the budget presents no plan to get Ontario's debt under control.