February 2017

Hydro Costs Dominate New Session Of Queen's Park

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:48 AM

The verbal battles over high hydro costs in Ontario resumed at Queen's Park.

The opposition parties pressed the Wynne govermment to do something for people who have been hit with high electricity bills.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath didn't hold back saying no one should have to face between paying the hydro bill or buying groceries.

Premier Kathleen Wynne agrees the delivery costs for elecrity are out of whack and that something needs to be done to help people with those bills.

She promises help will be announced before the next budget.


Halt To Winter Disconnections Rejected

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:44 AM

An effort by the NDP to prevent further hydro disconnections this winter has failed to get a footing at Queen's Park.

Leader Andrea Horwath's suggestion was voted down by the majority Liberals.

Horwath says the Liberals simply want to play politics by holding measures around winter disconnects as a bargaining chip in efforts to pass a much greater omnibus bill.

Horwath says there is a section of Bill 27 pertaining to hydro disconnects, but wanted it pulled and deal with as a separate issue.

Transmitters Stay On

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:42 AM

TV Ontario has reversed a decision to silence some of its over-the-air transmitters.

TVO says it's keeping the eight transmitters, including one in Thunder Bay, operating, after receiving feedback from viewers, donors and supporters.

The transmitters help provide the signal to viewers not on cable or satellite.

TVO says the government has agreed to flow an additional one million dollars to keep the transmitters going.

The Rain In....February?

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:38 AM

It was one of the rainiest days we've seen in February every.

A total of 20.4 millimetres fell Monday in Fort Frances with Atikokan receiving 25.2 millimetres.

Rainfall records were also set in Dryden, Kenora and Ear Falls.

Local Sports Wrap for Tuesday, February 21

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:37 AM

Brett Pickler's power play goal with 56 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Fort Frances Lakers a 3-2 win over the visiting Thunder Bay North Stars during a Family Day match-up at Ice for Kids Arena.

Saturday, the Lakers won the Hockey Day in Canada contest in Kenora, beating English River 5-3 before a capacity crowd of over 2-thousand.


Dryden GM Ice Dogs goaltender Ben Dennis has been named player of the week in the SIJHL.

Brett Pickler, who recorded a hat-trick in Saturday's win and notched the overtime winner in Monday's game, was the Lakers nominee.

Data Center Proposed For International Falls

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:22 AM

Koochiching County Board of Commissioners will discuss later this month a proposal to establish a data centre in International Falls.

Granite Digital Realty wants to purchase a former military training centre from the County and acquire a tax abatement for the ten years.

A recent Koochiching Development Authority meeting, Company founder Joe Merchon says the data center will bring high paying jobs to the community.

Merchon says he's travelling to New York in March to promote the project, noting interest already from Hewlett Packett Enterprise.

Garbage Collection Changes Sought

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:19 AM

The company responsible for picking up residential garbage in Fort Frances wants the practice of having garbage cans and bags placed in back lanes eliminated.

Asselin Transportation and Storage has written the town asking that all homeowners be required to place them on the front curb.

The company's Eldon Mose says this avoids problems their trucks have in snowy conditions and with vehicles restricting access.

The proposal been sent to the council committee level for a recommendation.

Mining Claims Purchased

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:16 AM

Vancouver-based Vanity Capital is taking over nine mining claims near New Gold's project from a pair of private prospectors.

The claims are located in Phillips township and cover about 44-hundred acres.

They are within a area formerly known as the Combined Gold Prospect.

The company says it's looking at doing some initial field work on site this summer.

Vanity also owns seven claims around the Cameron Lake area near Nestor Falls.

Lotto Winner Sought

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:09 AM

If you were in Thunder Bay last week and purchased a Lotto 649 ticket, check it closely.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission says a $100-thousand winning ticket from last Wednesday's draw was sold in the city.

It was one of six sold in the province.  

The others were in southern Ontario.