September 2018

Ontario SPCA Relocating Stray Dogs

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2018 16:58 PM

59 dogs from northern communities near the Manitoba/Ontario border will soon have new homes.

The Ontario SPCA has been working with a number of groups, including North Star Air, to transfer the dogs down to southern Ontario.

Spokesperson Daryl Vaillencourt says the canines will be adopted out once they are seen by a vet.

Vaillencourt says they will get them through the health checks and will help them get through any challenges.

Sioux North Students Help Build Outdoor Classroom

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2018 16:36 PM

A showcase of authentic learning, developing transferable skills and providing opportunities for older students to be positive role models to younger students.

That's what Sioux North High School teacher Matthew Culham did with his students in an innovative partnership with Kingsway School in Thunder Bay.

Culham says some 45 students in Sioux Lookout were involved in the planning and construction of a timber-framed winterized outdoor classroom, while 15 travelled to Thunder Bay to help erect the structure at Kingsway.

Millions Affected By Facebook Breach

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2018 13:53 PM

A cybersecurity expert is calling the latest Facebook security breach "among the worst kinds out there".

On Friday, Facebook announced it had discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts.

It said hackers exploited a vulnerability affecting its "View As" feature, which lets you see what your profile looks like to someone else.

David Shipley, CEO of Beauceron Security in Fredericton, said the attackers stole "access tokens" — digital keys which keep people logged into Facebook.

GoFundMe Campaign For Bearskin Lake Family

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 11:01 AM

A GoFundMe page has been launched to help the family of a 13-year-old Bearskin Lake First Nation girl who took her own life last week.

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says the impoverished home that the girl lived in didn't have electricity.

Money raised from the campaign is going towards clothing, mattresses and other household items.

To support the cause visit https://www.gofundme.com/helping-aprel-and-her-kids

Regional Support For Crystia Freeland

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 11:01 AM

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu is standing up for Chrystia Freeland after the Foreign Affairs Minister was trashed by U.S. President Trump when he said he didn’t like Canada’s chief negotiator at the trade talks.

Trump also said he doesn’t like the way Canada’s team is negotiating.

Hajdu is joining her cabinet colleagues in supporting the Canada’s negotiators at the trade talks in Washington DC.

Stolen Truck Causes Major Damage In Dryden

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 09:18 AM

Dryden Police need your help to locate the person responsible for crashing a stolen truck through a garage.

Police say around 2:50 Friday morning someone wearing a light grey hoodie entered a home on Pitt Avenue, removed some truck keys, and drove away with a Blue GMC Sierra.

The suspect proceeded to drive the vehicle into the yard and home on Dingwall Parkway.

The individual continued east bound and ended up driving right through a garage at a nearby home on Dingwall.

Police say the suspect fled the scene on foot.

WSIB Rates Set To Go Down

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 08:55 AM

Workplace Safety Insurance Board premium rates are going down by almost 30%.

The decrease in rates are due to start in the New Year.

Charla Robinson is a spokesperson with the Northwestern Ontario Association Chambers of Commerce and she says the move will allow for significant savings for employers.

Robinson says it will help save business owners money in order to re-invest in their business.

It's lower rates are due to the elimination of the WSIB's un-funded liability.

Greg Rickford Announcement Today In Grassy Narrows

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 08:49 AM

Ontario Cabinet Minister and Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford is expected to make an announcement Friday.

Rickford will be in Grassy Narrows First Nation at 12:45pm.

He will be joined by Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle and Chief John Paishk of White Dog First Nation as well as Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnee Archibald.

The contents of the announcement aren't known, however both communities have been battling with the province on the clean-up of mercury from the English-Wabigoon River system.

Canada Post Talks Set To Resume

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 08:46 AM

Unionized postal workers and Canada Post will sit-down this weekend in an effort to settle an on-going labour dispute.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it still hasn't received a response from Canada Post to offers proposed two weeks ago.

It included annual wage increases of 3.5%, the elimination of contracting out of rural routes and proposals to expand services to include banking, postal service for Indigenous communities and broadband Internet.