May 2017

PM Applauded In Asking For Apology

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 09:31 AM

A thumbs up to the Prime Minister from a national aboriginal group.  

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is applauding Justin Trudeau's attempt to get the Catholic Church to apologize for its role in the Indian Residential School system.

The National Chief says an apology from the church would go a long way in helping to heal old wounds.


Opposition Objecting To $200,000 Rubber Duck

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 07:30 AM

The opposition is taking the provincial government to the showers for helping acquire an oversized rubber duck for Ontario 150th anniversary celebrations.

The duck will visit a number of port cities this summer.

Progressive Conservatives are critical of published reports that suggest that provincial grant money is paying for much of the $200-thousand price tag.

Tourism critic Rick Nichols calls it just more "quack" economics from the Liberal party.

Anouncement of the tour and the rubber duck had been officially announced back in March.

Local Sports Wrap For Monday, May 29

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 07:12 AM

Les Morrison and Oliver Gibbons captured the Emo Walleye Classic for a second time, finishing the two day event with over 22 lbs of fish.

Their weekend was aided by a second day bag weighing in at almost 15 lbs that includes a 7 lb whopper.

Their total catch was almost double that caught by runners-up Josh and Dan Pollard.

Morrison and Gibbons also won in 2013.


At Emo Speedway Saturday, Brody Strachan won the feature race in the WISSOTA Modified division to take a 20 point lead in the drivers standings ahead of Matt DePiero who was third.

Scam Aimed Fort Frances Power Corp. Customers

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 07:08 AM

Customers with the Fort Frances Power Corporation are being warned of scam circulating the community.

Some businesses and homeowners have received calls from someone claiming to be from the local utility, and threating disconnnection if the customer doesn't make immediate payment on their bill on the spot with a credit card.

Chief Executive Officer Jorge Ruppenstein says don't pay.

Ruppenstein says it a similar scam that has been hitting other parts of the province and only recently reaching Fort Frances.

Infrastructure Funding For Region Made Official

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 07:03 AM

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak  making official the infrastructure funding announced two days ago.

As CFOB-News reported Wednesday, the town of Fort Frances is receiving $960-thousand in joint funding from the federal and provincial goverment to upgrade a section of 2nd Street East between Mowatt and Portage Avenues.

Mayor Roy Avis says it's a critical road for Fort Frances and the area.

Rusnak also announced infrastructure funding for the townships of Emo and Chapple.


New Catholic Education Director Selected

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 07:38 AM

A long time employee with the Northwest Catholic District School Board has been appointed its new director of education.

Brendan Hyatt will take over September 1 from current director Rick Boisvert who is retiring.

Hyatt has been with the Board for the past sixteen years, holding a number of positions along the way, including principal, student success lead, and most recently Superintendent of Education.

New Programs Aimed At Urban Aboriginals

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 07:36 AM

The federal government is launching a new program aimed at Indigenous people living in urban areas of Canada.

It's spending $118.5 million over five years on the new Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples

It includes core funding for existing organizations as well as specific dollars for programs and services and pilot projects.

More than half of Indigenous people in Canada live in urban centres.

"Sunny Ways Don't Pay The Bills": Newly Installed Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer

Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2017 07:44 AM

After narrowly winning the leadership for the federal Conservative party, Andrew Scheer wasted no time in going on the attack.

Scheer eked out a win in the 13th round of voting, gathering 51% of the votes, just barely edging out rival Maxime Bernier.

Scheer promptly began blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's policies claiming they are punishing successful and hardworking Canadians.

Stop Leaving First Nations Children Behind: Chiefs Of Ontario

Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2017 06:56 AM

There's more criticism for the federal government's treatment of First Nations children. 

The advocacy group Chiefs of Ontario says Canada has only provided $67 million of a promised $155 million investment into child welfare. That promise comes from an NDP motion that passed in the House of Commons in 2016, that called to immediately invest that funding. 

The critique comes after a recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision that says the federal government still isn't providing equal access to services for all children.