October 2017

Search Is On for Person Who Abandoned Moose Carcass

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 13:43 PM

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking public help to identify the person responsible for shooting and abandoning a bull moose northwest of Sioux Lookout.

Last Friday, Conservation Officers discovered the dead animal on the Vermillion River Road, near Kilometre marker 145.

The nose and tongue were removed while the rest of the carcass was left behind.

The body was covered in brush it an attempt to prevent it from being found.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the MNRF or Crime Stoppers. 1-877-847-7667, 807-727-2253, 1-800-222-TIPS

Wanted Man May Be Travelling Through Our Area

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 11:28 AM

Police are warning of a federal offender who may be in northwestern Ontario.

Provincial Police say 23-year-old Dallas Solomon is wanted on a Canada wide warrant as a result of his breach of parole.

Solomon is described as an Indigenous male, 5-foot-6, 164-pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

He has tattoos on his neck, upper torso, abdomen and several other tattoos including "Native", "Pride" and a skull on his left forearm.

Solomon is known to frequent Thunder Bay and other parts of the region.

Mudmen Set To Entertain In Support Of Rotary Project

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 09:03 AM

A great mix of Celtic and Rock music and all in support of an important cause.

The Dryden Rotary Club is hosting a fundraising concert next Saturday featuring Canadian Celtic Rock Warriors the 'Mudmen'.

In 2008, the Mudmen were asked to perform the new Hockey Night in Canada theme song.

Jeannie McMaster and Mardie Plomp were guests on the CKDR Morning Show Friday to announce that all proceeds will support their 'Shelter Box' program.

The Rotary project provides shelter to hurricane, flood and earthquake victims.

Bacterial Illness Spreading In Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 08:51 AM

The Northwestern Health Unit says it has seen an increase in the number of cases of Invasive Group A streptococcus infections and those numbers are expected to rise this Winter.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young-Hoon says it's a bacteria that is commonly found in the throat or on the skin.

She says for most people the bacteria isn't severe, with symptoms of strep throat or mild skin infection.

Hydro Rates Once Again In Spotlight

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 08:45 AM

Ontario's Auditor General suggests the government has come up with a complex financing structure to keep the true costs of the 25% hydro rate reduction off the province's books.

At Queen's Park, Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault didn't speak directly about the report, but is defending the measures taken by government.

Thibeault says since 2003, nearly $70-billion has been invested in the electricity system, including more than $37-billion in electricity generation.

He notes the investments have been made to ensure a clean and reliable energy system.

October Brings Forest Fires

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 08:38 AM

It may be hard to believe given it's the middle of October but forest fires are a concern for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

19-new fires sparked this week, a majority caused by trees falling on power lines to the high winds.

Crews were able to extinguish or control the fires, however one is still not under control.

It's a 120-hectare blaze burning in the northwest corner of Wabakimi Park in the Sioux Lookout district.

The fire is now being observed.

Capital Upgrades Continue To Move Forward For Public School Board

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 08:33 AM

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board says it's up to date on all infrastructure projects at area schools.

Spokesperson Steve Parker says construction of the Sioux North High School is on schedule.

The school is scheduled to open in time for the 2018 school year.

Parker says renovations at area schools to accommodate new child care spaces have also taken place.

He adds the board has been able to conduct significant roofing upgrades at three schools in the Kenora area.

Unifor And Brinks's Reach Tenative Contract

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:53 AM

Unifor and Brink's Canada have reached a tentative agreement.

The deal will likely avert a strike by some 800 armoured car drivers and other unionized Brink's staff in Ontario.

The workers provide services to local banks, ATM's and other retail outlets and they were scheduled to walk off the job Thursday.

Terms won't be released until ratification votes are held, but Unifor is recommending approval.