October 2017

New Playground Equipment In Place

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 07:49 AM

New playground equipment is in place at an International Falls park.

It was put in place at Green Acres Park through a campaign organized by Backus Community Centre called Pennies at Play.

Event Coordinator Robin Bjorkquist says they ended up with over $60-thousand to work with.

About $12-thousand came from donations from local residents with the rest from a Super Bowl Legacy Grant.

It's the second such park improvement in recent years with the first occuring at Kerry Park in 2011.

Lots of Magic And Dollars For Local Health Care

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 07:27 AM

A little magic has been made for health care in the Rainy River District District.

Rverside Foundation for Health Care's annual Gala over the weekend, called 'Making Magic for Health Care,' raised almost $36-thousand.

The money is going toward the purchase of new ergonomically and therapeutically designed beds and mattresses for long term care residents at Rainycrest as well as at the Emo and Rainy River Health Centres.


(Photo supplied by Riverside Foundation for Health Care.

Local Curler Home With A Silver

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 11:39 AM

Jackie McCormick is back home with a silver medal from the World Mixed Curling Championship in Switzerland.

She earned it with her brother, Trevor Bonot, after a tough loss to Scotland in an extra end Saturday.

McCormick says its was a little disappointing at the time.

"But when you stop and have some time to reflect you think, no, it's silver. We're the second best team in the entire world. That's a pretty big accomplishment.

The run started 18 months ago when she and her brother entered a team in the provincial event in Fort Frances.

Ontario Auditor Questions Financial Practice

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 08:56 AM

Ontario's Auditor General says the Liberal government has created an unnecessary, complex, financing structure aimed at keeping the true impact of a 25 per cent cut in hydro rates off the province's books.

In a special report released, Bonnie Lysyk says that would make the province's budgets and future consolidated financial statements unreliable.

Lysyk adds the government's method doesn't even follow its own policies set by the Canadian Public Sector Accounting Standards.

She says there's still time to correct it and is urging the province to do so.

US Court Rules Against Resolute

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:40 AM

Greenpeace is calling it positive news.

A federal court judge in California has dismissed a racketeering case brought upon the environmental group, and others, by Resolute Forest Products.

In his ruling, District Judge Jon Tigar stated their speech constituted the expression of opinion and that different viewpoints are a vital part of democracy.

Resolute filed the lawsuit in 2016 in response to a Greenpeace campaign.

A separate defamation case against Greenpeace Canada filed three years earlier is still ongoing in an Ontario court.

Sears Gets Court Approval To Liquidate

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:39 AM

Sears Canada has received court approval to begin the liquidation process and sales at its remaining stores.

It will begin Thursday.

Customers should note that the retailer is not honouring product protection agreements after today.

Sears Canada says most products come with a one-year manufacturer's warranty and those are available directly from the manufacturer.

Gord Downie Has Died

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:37 AM

A man who has been hailed a Canadian hero has died.

Gord Downie passed away quietly last night with his children and family by his side.

He was 53 years old.

A statement was released from the family,

"Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by.

Gord knew this day was coming - his response was to spend this precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.

Missing Man Sought In Sioux Lookout

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:37 AM

Ontario Provincial Police in Sioux Lookout are looking for a missing person in the area.

His name isn't being revealed.

Police say the man is around 6'1", 180 pounds, Caucasian and is wearing a green hoodie, shorts and sandals.

He was last seen on Highway 516 near A. Bois Road.

Anyone with any information on the missing person's whereabouts is asked to contact OPP or Crimestoppers.


Watch For Flashing Green Lights

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:12 AM

An area fire department is working to educate motorists about flashing green lights.

They are used primarily by volunteer firefighters who use their own personal vehicle to respond to an emergency.

Fire Chief with the Chapple, Emo, LaVallee and Alberton Fire and Emergency Service Joshua Collins says they don't give them any special privileges, but asks motorists to pull over if approaching such a vehicle as you would any other emergency vehicle.