January 2018

Three Railway Employees Acquitted In Lac-Mégantic Disaster Trial

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 07:22 AM

After nine days of deliberations, a jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty acquitting three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway for role in the fatal explosion in Lac-Mégantic five years ago.

Locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaitre, 53, were charged with criminal negligence in the disaster that killed 47 people after tankers carrying crude oil exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic.

Dryden Mayor Calling For MMWIG Hearings In Kenora District

Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2018 07:31 AM

The Mayor of Dryden believes the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls doesn't go far enough.

Greg Wilson says the reason the Commission is struggling, again, is because far away distant governments do poorly when it comes to engaging with local people in meaningful ways.

Wilson says the result of fractured engagement and involvement in the decision making process leads to frustration, disengagement and cynicism with those involved.

Dryden Deer Committee Planning To Present Recommendations

Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2018 07:31 AM

The Dryden Deer Committee is continuing its work.

Chief Administrative Officer Ernie Remillard is confirming that the volunteer committee is nearing the end of its mandate.

Remillard says a list of recommendations to deal with the urban deer population will be presented to Council likely in March.

He stresses they have received great input from the public, police and the province.

Remillard adds the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has pledged to work with Council to provide stats and research on the local deer population, as well as advice.

Province Setting Up Species At Risk Panel

Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2018 07:31 AM

The provincial government is setting up an expert panel to deal with the issue of species at risk.

The panel will provide advice for a long-term solution for species like woodland caribou living on crown lands in the north.

Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro says the goal is to have some recommendations in the next two years.

Mauro says the panel will be made up of northern municipal representatives, Indigenous leaders, scientists and forestry representatives. (File Photo)

Kenora MP Talks Trade In Taiwan

Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2018 07:01 AM

Kenora MP Bob Nault is calling it a successful mission.

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee led a delegation to Taiwan where government officials met with the countries President and other diplomatic leaders.

Nault says trade was the predominant topic throughout the conversations as Taiwan turns to Canada for support in becoming a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

He notes Taiwan is looking to reach a deal with Canada to increase foreign investments.

KDSB Promising Big Changes In 2018

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 07:31 AM

The Kenora District Services Board says it has very aggressive plans for 2018.

The Board has an extra $13-million to work with.

Henry Wall is the Chief Administrative Officer and says they are committed to building more social housing and developing more child care spaces.

Wall says there could be more than 150 extra child care spaces in 2018, and more than 100 new social housing units.

He stresses they need to take drastic action, stressing they can't sustain the current path that communities are on.

Sioux Lookout Introducing ICemetery App

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 07:01 AM

The Municipality of Sioux Lookout is introducing an app to the community called "iCemetery".

The app allows people to conduct genealogy research from the people who rest there as well as a mapping feature which can help people find loved ones.

Municipal Clerk Brian MacKinnon says the app is free for download from the Apple App store as well as Google Play.

MacKinnon says the app is one of the outcomes of their push to digitalize cemetery records.