May 2017

"The Name's Bond, James Bond" Sir Roger Moore, Bond Actor, Dies At 89

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 08:50 AM

An actor who played an iconic role on the big screen has passed away.

Sir Roger Moore, one of seven actors who portrayed James Bond, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer.

In a statement posted on Twitter, his family said the affection the 89-year old felt from the public kept him working until his last performance in 2016.

Tourism Officials Still Seeking Changes To Canada's Border Laws

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 07:37 AM

The federal government is being urged to ease up on travel restrictions imposed on Americans with minor criminal convictions trying to cross the border.

Currently, anyone with an impaired driving charge in the U.S. can be prohibited entry to Canada.

Sunset Country Travel Assocation's Gerry Cariou says tourists can apply to have their record rehabilitated, but it can be a time consuming process.

Cariou suggests lodges have lost millions of dollars over the years as a result.

Searching For Ticks

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 07:20 AM

The hunt is on for ticks that might be carrying Lyme disease.

Health officials plan to comb through areas of high grass and shrubs in search of black-legged ticks.

The Rainy River region is considered one of the high risk areas.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams says they know the ticks are spreading, but they want to better understand the extent.

Williams says even though the ticks are spreading, the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease last year appears to have leveled off.

Special Session For Minnesota Lawmakers

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 07:18 AM

The Minnesota legislature is into overtime.

Just as this session was to close, Governor Mark Dayton and Republican leaders announced they had reached an agreement on a budget, but needed a special session to do finish the job.

Those discussions will take place today.

Leader says they'll be in a position to finish the budget by tomorrow morning.

Metis Youth Kick Off Canoe Trip

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 07:15 AM

Twelve Metis youth will leave Ottawa this morning for a 22-hundred kilometre canoe trek to Kenora.

The trip is expected to take 100 days, and they'll be following the historic fur trade routes taken by their ancestors.

They received extensive training at Fort William Historic Park in advance of their journey.

The expedition is intended to provide learning opportunities for the youth.

 

(Photo supplied by Metis Nation of Ontario)
 

Local Sports Wrap For Tuesday, May 23

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 07:09 AM

The women's teams of the Borderland Soccer League could be sitting on the sidelines this summer.

The league announces on its Facebook page that if it doesn't get more women to sign-up by the end of this week it won't run.

The men's division is also looking for more players.

To entice more players to both divisions, the league has waived its late registration fee until this Sunday.

 

High school track and field teams from across northwestern Ontario gather in Thunder Bay for the next two days.

The city is the site of the NWOSSA championships.

UPDATE: Death Toll Rises In Manchester After Deadly Explosion At Concert

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 19:40 PM

A 23 year old man has been arrested in connection with the explosion at the Manchester Arena last night.

The death toll has risen to 22, and there are 59 who were injured.  Officials now say that children are among the dead.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, of the Greater Manchester Police says This is the most horrific incident they have ever had to face in Greater Manchester, and one they had never hoped to ever see.

Canadian Pilots Sick Of Working Tired

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 11:12 AM

Canadian airlines are allowed to keep pilots in the air for up to 17 hours straight without a nap.

Pilots are now speaking out because they believe that standard is unreasonable.

Captain Matt Hogan says the 'Safer Skies' Campaign is aimed at getting the federal government to change fatigue laws.

Hogan says they haven't been updated since 1996.

"We want this to be implemented sooner rather than later. They're talking about 48 months."

Hogan says they've created a petition in hopes of putting pressure on Ottawa to fast track new regulations.

Missing Boy Found Dead At Rushing River

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 07:59 AM

The Kenora OPP are investigating the death of an 8 year old boy at Rushing River Provincial Park.

Police responded to missing persons report and called in the Emergency Respnse Team and a K-9 unit. members of the Marine and trails unit as well as park staff.

Police discovered the body, but the youth had already passed away.

A post more exam is being conducted to determine the cause of death.

The name of the boy has not been released.

 

Grateful For The Long Weekend? You Can Thank Queen Victoria!

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 07:43 AM

As many people enjoy the Victoria Day long weekend, it's worth pointing out the origins of the holiday.

The May 24 long weekend is named in honour of Queen Victoria, the ruler of the British Empire for more than 60 years until she died in 1901.

May 24th, Victoria's birthday, had been celebrated in Canada since at least 1845, but changes to the holiday came after her death.

Eventually, the government of Canada passed a law stating May 24th would be the official birthday of the ruling monarch of the Commonwealth, no matter what their actual birthdate was.