August 2017

Drug Bust In Kenora

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:10 AM

A drug bust in the north end of Kenora.

Provincial Police have arrested two women as a result of an ongoing investigation.

Officers seized about four grams of Methamphetamine, just over 1-gram of Crack Cocaine, a small amount of marihuana, Canadian currency and other items associated with the drug trafficking trade.

OPP say the street value of the drugs is around $1,400.

Police say 63-year-old Linda King of Kenora and 33-year-old Vanessa Wirch of no fixed address both face possession and trafficking charges.

OPP Locate Body Of Kenora Man In Winnipeg River

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:44 AM

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit has located the body of a missing Kenora man in the Winnipeg River.

Provincial Police say Luc Baron was found in the water Monday, one day after he fell into the river when the canoe he was in capsized.

Two women managed to swim to shore safely.

A post mortem is being held in Kenora.

Police say all three people in the canoe weren't wearing a life jacket.

NDP React To Ring Of Fire Announcement

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:31 AM

The leader of the New Democrats admits she's cynical about the provincial government's announcement they will finally be building a road into the Ring Of Fire.

Andrea Horwath says they have been waiting for more than a decade for some sort of movement on the issue.

Horwath says the government has made numerous announcements about the mining project over the years but they've seen little action.

She says the 2017 budget passed without a single dime allocated for the Ring of Fire.

Police Costing And Infrastructure Concerns Raised By Red Lake Mayor

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 09:14 AM

The Mayor of Red Lake believes some positive headway was made at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference.

Phil Vinet met with a handful of provincial Ministers as well as opposition members last week in Ottawa.

Vinet says he raised concerns surrounding police costs as well as the need to replace aging infrastructure.

In terms of policing, Vinet says the rate is going down, but stresses they are still paying too much.

Vinet says northern leaders all expressed a need for more input on provincial decisions.

Nick Beyak New Dryden Councillor

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 09:10 AM

Dryden Council has decided to appoint a community member to fill an open Council seat.

Chief Administrative Officer Ernie Remillard says local businessman Nick Beyak will fill the void for the remainder of the term.

Remillard calls Beyak a great asset from a governance perspective and calls his appointment a great move by Council.

He notes Beyak knows well the inner workings of municipal politics as he briefly served as Interim CAO last Summer.

Remillard stresses Beyak has a strong business background and understands the needs of the community.

First Hurdle Cleared In Pinewood School Redevelopment

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 09:01 AM

Dryden Council has accepted an application to re-zone the former Pinewood School site to establish a 15-unit multi-residential residence for single Indigenous mothers and their children.

The four year pilot project gives eligible women an opportunity to obtain a College diploma and get them off social assistance.

The Kenora District Services Board is one of the partners and Chief Administrative Officer Henry Wall says the goal is to have eligible women staying in Dryden and working in a career that they can be proud of and be self-sufficient.

NDP Raising Concerns Over Local Health Care System

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 08:34 AM

Ontario's NDP leader is ringing alarm bells about the health care system in northwestern Ontario.

Andrea Horwath held a round table discussion with several doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in Kenora Monday.

She says the government is starving the local health care system of funding.

Horwath says cuts and under-funding have resulted in huge recruitment and retention challenges in northern communities.

She says the area is short of anaesthetists, psychiatrists, surgeons, pediatricians and family doctors.

Small Fire On Abram Lake Island

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 08:30 AM

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is being credited with quick response to extinguish a small fire in the Sioux Lookout area.

The blaze sparked on an island on Abram Lake across from Boy Scout Point on the weekend.

A nearby home owner spotted smoke and reported the blaze and fire crews quickly responded.

No one was injured and no property was damaged.

There are currently 151-forest fires burning across northwestern Ontario

PC's Not Optimistic With Ring Of Fire Announcement

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 08:28 AM

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown calls a provincial commitment to build an All-Weather Access Road to the Ring of Fire nothing but "window dressing".

Brown says Premier Kathleen Wynne has a horrible track record on following through with the project over the last decade.

He says let's not be tricked that this "Groundhog Day" movie will change this time around.

Brown says the Liberals have promised action on the massive mining project time and time again, but they can't be trusted.