June 2017

Province Halts New School Reviews

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 09:15 AM

The Ontario government is putting a temporary halt to any new reviews of school closures in the province.

It first wants to conduct a review of the process school board must follow.

Education Minister Mitzi Hunter says she heard too many concerns with the current rules that it was too quick and didn't allow boards to consider alternative uses for the empty space.

School reviews will only be permitted for the time being if they lead to joint-use facilities or it's being done for the safety of students.

NDP Seeks Review Of Senior Facilities

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:47 AM

Provincial NDP are calling for a public inquiry into how seniors are cared for in Ontario's long term care facilities.

Leader Andrea Horwath wants it to look at staffing levels, funding and safety conditions.

The province announced plans eaerlier this week for an inquiry after the sentencing of former nurse Elizabeth Wettlauer for the deaths of eight people living in southern Ontario homes.

Horwath says any probe should go beyond looking at just those deaths.

Lake Of The Woods Is Number One

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:45 AM

The Lake of the Woods area has topped a contest to find Canada's best cottage country as part of a USA Reader Poll.

A panel of experts selected 20 regions and asked the public to vote.

Lake of the Woods came out ahead of the Haliburton Highlands and Bras D'or Lake in Nova Scotia.

Ontario had four of the top five cottage destinations with the Kawarthas coming in fourth and Muskoka fifth.


Local Sports Wrap for Thursday, June 29

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:39 AM

Three goals from Jeremy Nussbaumer helped Pharmasave up end Manitou Forest Products 4-1 last night in the Borderland Soccer League's men's division.

It's Manitou's first loss of the year

Brett Allan added the other goal for the Pharmacy team while Nick Hahkala replied for Manitou.

Tuesday, Manitou had extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-2 win over CJ Contracting.

Marlon Douglas, Carter Chorney and Josh Nussbaumer scored for Manitou in that game.

Connor Bujold and Kevin Metke replied for the Contractors.

Natural Gas Rates To Drop In NWO

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:37 AM

A small decrease on your natural gas bill coming from Union Gas.

The Ontario Energy Board has given approval to the gas company lowering rates for its northwestern Ontario customers by 14 cents a month effective Saturday.

Rates elsewhere will go up $3.00 a month.

The OEB says the decrease for northwestern Ontario homeowners will bring their average yearly bill to about $992.

New Money For Mercury Clean Up

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:35 AM

The Ontario government committing $85-million to clean up the English-Wabigoon River system.

The government says they will also continue to try to locate any contaminated sites that might still be leaking mercury.

So far, $2.5 million has already been spent for on-going testing of the river system.

Environment Minister Glen Murray says another $2.7 million has been promised to continue sampling and analysis of the river bed.

Concern With WISB Decisions

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:32 AM

Some criticism is being levelled against the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in Ontario.

A Toronto area Legal clinic has released its review of cases that went before the WSIB's appeals tribunal last year.

It claims WSIB decisions are unreasonable and ignore the medical opinions of doctors thus putting workers at "medical risk."

The clinic says in 110 cases appealed,  the Tribunal ruled the WSIB failed to respect medical advice provided.

In 175 cases, it ruled the WSIB decision went contrary to the medical advice offered up.


Another Government Workers Deal Sealed

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:17 AM

A new deal for government workers represented by the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario.

They've ratified a four-year contract extension with the province that includes wages increasing by 7.5 per cent over the course of the agreement.

AMAPCEO is the second largest bargaining union within the Ontario Public Service, representing about 12-thousand workers.

The unified bargaining unit of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union agreed to a similiar extension earlier this month.

Judge Reviewing Governor's Veto Decision

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:15 AM

A Minnesota court judge is now mulling over the constitutionality of a veto used by Governor Mark Dayton to deny funding meant for the Legislature.

Dayton has said he used his legal authority in an effort to get lawmakers back together to iron out concerns he had with the budget bill.

Lawyers for both sides presented their cases Monday.

Friday, they asked for a 90-day injunction to allow funding to continue until the case is resolved.