November 2017

College Classes Resume Tuesday

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 15:53 PM

Confederation College faculty are back to work. 

Legislation passed over the weekend means that the strike is over, and college officials say classes will start on Tuesday. 

President Jim Madder says students will resume their coursework where they left off in October, and work until December 22nd.

Students in most programs are expected to finish the Fall semester in mid-January, with the winter semester starting in late January after a short break. 

The Winter semester is expected to finish by May 11th. 

Province Ends College Strike

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 13:19 PM

The nearly 6-week long college faculty strike has come to an end with the passage of back-to-work legislation. 

The Ontario Legislature passed the bill through its third and final reading this afternoon, which is intended to force teachers to return to the classroom.

Classes are expected to resume on Tuesday. 

Some Colleges have said classes will be extended to December 18

(File Photo)

College Calling Students Back To Campus

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 05:19 AM

A heads-up for Confederation College students to get back to campus. 

With the government stepping in to try to end the faculty strike, the college says classes could resume Tuesday morning if the Liberals' back-to-work bill passes today. 

It's recommending students make travel arrangements if they've left town during the strike.

Confederation College officials say they'll issue further updates to students through the college's email system. (File Photo)

Kenora MP Celebrates Opening For New Housing Units

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 00:52 AM

New housing units are in place in Frenchman's Head.

The Federal government has helped open three new triplexes, now giving nine families a place to stay.

The Trudeau Liberals invested over $1.45-million for lot servicing and construction costs, while Lac Seul First Nation contributed $250,000 to the project.

Kenora MP Bob Nault says Lac Seul has a growing population with more than 3,400 people and immediately addressing urgent housing needs is necessary.

Northern Ontario Party Repeats Calls For Stand-Alone Ministry

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 07:31 AM

The Northern Ontario Party is once again demanding the provincial government create a Northern Ministry of Fish and Wildlife ran by Northerners.

Leader Trevor Holliday says fish and wildlife in our region is facing a crisis by years of mismanagement and hidden agendas of politicians who have little or no clue how to manage the resource.

Holliday says the ministry would be mandated to listen to local fish and wildlife groups and implement their conservation recommendations.

Greg Rickford Named PC Candidate For Kenora-Rainy River

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 00:48 AM

It's official.

Greg Rickford has received the nomination as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Kenora-Rainy River for the upcoming provincial election.

The former Federal Minister of Natural Resources and FedNor was uncontested in voting held in Dryden Saturday.

PC leader Patrick Brown says Rickford brings exceptional experience to their modern, inclusive and pragmatic team.

Brown adds Rickford also brings a deep knowledge of health and Indigenous issues in the north and is champion of the Ring of Fire mining project.

Forest Fire Season Financial Recap

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 00:45 AM

The final numbers are still being crunched but preliminary figures released by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry indicate it was an average year financially to fight forest fires in Ontario.

At the end of October, the Ministry spent more than $118-million on firefighting activity within the province.

In previous years, costs have ranged from $75-million to $231-million.

The totals include money directly related to fire suppression, crews, aircraft as well as planning and preparedness.

Dryden Police Help In Fight Against Fraudsters

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 00:43 AM

Reports of scams and fraud continue to pour in, with more and more cases emerging on a daily basis.

Denise Szachury is the Community Services Officer with the Dryden Police Service and she says unfortunately they have seen too many people fall for fraudulent phone calls or e-mails.

Szachury is trying to help protect potential victims by providing tips and information.

Back To Work Debate To Resume Sunday

Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 16:43 PM

College classes could resume Tuesday now that legislation to get college faculty back to work has passed second reading. 

Speaking in the Legislature today, Conservative Post-Secondary Education Critic Lorne Coe urges fellow legislators to pass the bill in its final reading on Sunday to end the 5-week-long faculty strike. 

"We want to see the 500,000 students impacted by this disptue back in the classroom," Coe argues. 

Labour Minister Kevin Flynn arguing the Legislature shouldn't allow colleges to remain closed any longer. 

Greg Rickford Named Conservative Kenora-Rainy River Candidate

Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 15:51 PM

It's official, former Kenora MP Greg Rickford is the provincial Conservative candidate for the Kenora-Rainy River riding. 

The nomination was announced following the party's provincial Annual Riding Association meeting this afternoon. 

The leader of the Ontario Conservative party is congratulating Rickford, as Patrick Brown says he believes Rickford will be a passionate voice for the north at Queen's Park.

Rickford served as the federal representative for Kenora from 2008 to 2015. (File Photo)