October 2017

UPDATE: Victims Identified In Highway 102 Collision

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 15:06 PM

Two people are dead and five are injured, following a tragic three vehicle collision.

Police say it happened last night at around 9 o'clock on Highway 102 at the Kam River Bridge.

They say that a west bound pickup truck and an SUV collided in the initial crash, and then an east bound car also became involved.

They say the man who was driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene while the man driving the SUV died at the Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Sioux Lookout Walleye Participant Found Not Guilty Of Fish Violation

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:01 AM

Vindication for a local angler who was charged during the 2016 Sioux Lookout Walleye Tournament.

The 23-year-old was charged with possessing a fish of a prohibited size after the Ministry of Natural Resources at the time stated that the tails of the fish had been cut to shorten the overall length, in an attempt to possess it as a legal-sized fish.

A day long special trial for the man has been held and Justice Donio heard evidence that the length of the fish fell within the prohibited size limits.

Kenora OPP Looking For Assault Suspect

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 09:56 AM

The Kenora OPP are searching for a suspect involved in an assault.

Around 9 o'clock this morning police received a report of an injured male following a serious assault.

The suspect fled on foot in the Minto area.

The K9 unit has been called into assist in the search.

He is described as an Indigenous male, around 5 foot 11, 180 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes.

The man was last seen without a shirt, wearing black pants and he has a tattoo on the upper right side of his face.

Tragic Crash In Thunder Bay District

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 08:37 AM

Two people are dead and five are injured, following a tragic three vehicle collision on Highway 102 near Thunder Bay

Police say it happened Monday night around 9 o'clock at the Kam River Bridge.

Police say a west bound pickup truck and an SUV collided in the initial crash, and then an east bound car also became involved.

They say the man who was driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene while the man driving the SUV died at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

No names have been released.

Northern MP Believes Recovery Programs Critical In Opioid Crisis

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 07:49 AM

According to the MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, the growing opioid problem in Canada is a health care crisis of addiction, and shouldn't be made criminal.

Don Rusnak says the focus should be more on recovery, instead of past governments putting people in jail, an approach he says needs to change.

Rusnak says they have to do a better job providing housing, support services, employment and counselling to recovering addicts.

He says the answers are multi-faceted, including making sure people don't fall into addiction.

300 Customers In Kenora Area Still Without Power

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 07:43 AM

Hydro crews are making significant progress in restoring electricity to homes and businesses in and around Kenora.

Monday, over 1,200 Hydro One customers had their power restored.

Spokesperson Nancy Clark says they hope to have everyone back on-line by Wednesday night at the latest.

There are still about 300 customers without power, five days after a snow storm knocked out electricity to more than 9,000 Hydro One customers in northwestern Ontario.

Clark says they have been focusing on areas with the largest number of homes.

Municipal Government Expert Calling For End To Property Tax System

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 07:30 AM

One of Canada's leading experts on municipal government says the property tax system must go, and be replaced with a much fairer consumption tax system.

Gord Hume maintains if the switch was made, property taxes would be reduced or even eliminated.

Hume notes northern municipalities should receive guaranteed portions of consumption tax, something the feds and provinces take too much of.

He adds federal and provincial governments have room to manoeuvre with taxes, while local municipal councils don't.

Dryden Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 07:26 AM

Happy Halloween!

Trick and treaters will be making the rounds Tuesday night and the Dryden Police Service wants to make sure everyone stays safe.

Community Services Officer Denise Szachury says for motorists, you are asked to slow down or even adjust your travel plans.

Szachury says motorists should know that kids may be darting out in the middle of the road with all of the excitement of Halloween.

For trick-or-treaters, Szachury asks that you wear bright colours, reflective tape and use a flashlight or glow stick so that you can easily be seen.