November 2016

Three Hospitalized In Trans Canada Hwy Crash

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:30 PM

Three men have been sent to hospital following an accident that forced the closure of the Trans Canada Highway between Vermilion Bay and Kenora overnight.

Provincial Police say two transports collided just after 9 pm last night near Little Joe Lake.

OPP say the passenger of one of the rigs suffered what they call life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the same transport sustained serious injuries.

The driver of the other tractor trailer unit received minor injuries.

No names or hometowns have been released.

Federal Auditor Critical Of Justice System.

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:50 AM

Michael Ferguson says the corrections system isn't supporting Indigenous people.  

In his fall 2016 report, the Federal Auditor General says as the number of Indigenous people in the justice system grows, it can't provide them with the supports they need when they need them.  

He says more than 75% of Indigenous offenders were sent to medium or maximum security institutions.

He says their parole was delayed because they weren't given access to rehabilitation programs quickly enough, leaving them less prepared as they re-enter society.  

Market Square Agreements Sorted Out

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:28 AM

Changes to the funding agreements with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and FEDNOR for the Rainy Lake Market Square project have been okayed by Fort Frances town council.

A rewording of the Heritage Fund agreement was necessary after NOHFC expressed some concern with the preliminary design relating to the original agreement.

Because of it, the completion date had to be pushed back to the end of next year, a change that also had to be reflected with both funding agencies.

It's now anticipated the project will go to tender sometime early in the new year.

New Christmas Campaign For Foundation

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:27 AM

Riverside Foundation For Health Care is out with its Christmas Campaign.

It's looking for the public's help for a blood coagulation analyzer for the lab at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.

Among other things, it provides information about a patient's blood clotting status.

Foundation director Samantha Manty says it's a very important piece of equipment for the lab, conducting over 4,000 tests last year, but the current analyzer is close to its end of life.

The Foundation is hoping to raise $70-thousand through its campaign.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 09:59 AM

It's the Best Christmas Pagaent Ever.

That's the name of a new play from Fort Frances Little Theatre.

It's a comedy about a group of children who become involved a church Christmas play.

Originaly written as a book in 1971, it was first adapted for the stage play a decade later.

It later become a made-for-tv movie in 1983 starring Loretta Swit.

Little Theatre spokesperson Christine Denby says for the local theatre group, it ensembles one the largest casts ever for them.

Close to 25 people are involved including 17 young people.

Local Sports Wrap For Wednesday November 30

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 07:47 AM

International Falls Broncos girls hockey team broke open a 4-4 tie with three goals in the third to defeat the Fort Frances Muskies 7-4 at the Ice for Kids Arena.

Amber Tilander scored a hat trick for the Broncos with Lexi Edwards adding a pair.

Lexi Erickson and Gina Auran had the other Bronco goals.

Annalise Hayes scored twice for the Muskies with singles coming from the sticks of Reece McQuaker and Jillian Calder.

Two Nabbed During Enforcement Blitz

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 07:46 AM

The first week of the OPP's Festive RIDE campaign in the Rainy River district has nabbed a pair of drivers for impaired driving.

A 33-year-old resident of Big Grassy First Nation was arrested Saturday morning following a public complaint of a driver in the west end of Fort Frances.

Then while conducting RIDE checks on Colonization Road East in Fort Frances later the same day, OPP charged a 43-year-old man from Stratford.

Both drivers had their licenses immediately suspended and their vehicles impounded for seven days.

NDP Wants A Stop To Hydro Disconnections

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 07:40 AM

NDP want the province to put a halt to hydro disconnection.

A report from the Ontario Association of Food Banks says rising hydro costs are making it difficult for people to put food on the table.

Energy Critic Peter Tabuns notes 60-thousand people were disconnected for non-payment this past summer.

At Queen's Park, he criticized Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault for doing little to help.

Thibeault says there's is a bill before the legislature that will put a moratorium on disconnects during the winter months, he hopes will get full party support..

New Deals For Ontario Firms

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 07:38 AM

A trade mission to Japan has led to 120-million dollars in new business agreements signed between Ontario and Japan.

A total of 15 agreements and partnerships were signed on the first day of the mission led by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.