July 2017

Harse Criticism Toward MMIWG National Inquiry

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:10 AM

Calls for a re-set to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman and Girls, and the resignation of the remaining four commissioners.

Those requests came as two commissioners listened for over 3 hours to family members at the Assembly of First Nations meeting in Regina shared heart-breaking stories about their love ones while levelling criticism over the work of the Inquiry.

Another Probation Officer Request

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:15 AM

Koochiching County Board of Commissioners is being asked to hire an additional probation officer.

The County currently has four with two assigned to adult offenders.

Chief Probation Officer Wally Kostich says an extra body would help reduce the workload of those two officers which has increased gradually over the last few years.

He adds their case load is also well above national levels.

Commissioner says the request will be looked at further during the budget process.

Changes At The Top For New Gold

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 09:07 AM

New Gold is making changes to its senior management team.

Paula Myson has been appointed the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

She replaces Brian Penny who will remain with the company until the end of October.

Peter Woodhouse joins as vice-president of projects while Barry O'Shea becomes vice-president of business development.

Raymond Threlkeld, who was serving as interim Chief Operating Officer, will end his duties September 1, but will remain on New Gold's board of directors.

Golf Tournament To Promote Project Sunset

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 07:16 AM

Project Sunset will hold its second annual Police Activity League Golf event at Heron Landing today.

It's an opportunity for youth involved to build relationships and connect with trusted adults.

OPP Sgt. Anne McCoy says the program itself teaches them important lessons.

It's being delivered to students in grades 5 to 8 at several schools across the Kenora and Rainy River districts, including at Crossroads School in Devlin.

McCoy says the initiative has yielded positive results so far.

Local Sports Wrap for Thursday, July 27

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 07:12 AM

In the Rainy River District Women's Fastball Playoffs, the Dawson Tigers upset Big Grassy 8-7.

Northwest Bay downed the Mud Dogs 23-13.

Fort Frances Herricanes were 12-5 winners over Emo.

Red Gut got by Couchiching 6-4.

The winners move on to the next round of the A-side while the losers move to the B-side of the double knockout format.


An easy win for CJ Contracting in the Borderland Soccer League's men's division.

It was awarded the win over Manitou Forest Products after Manitou failed to field a full squad.

Ontario Informed A Week Later About Spill

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 05:56 AM

The Ministry of Environment says it was only notified yesterday afternoon of a spill last week at the Packaging Corporation of America's mill in International Falls.

The MOE issued a statement about the spill after inquiries earlier in the day by CFOB-News.

The agency says between 2,000 and 3,000 thousand gallons of sulphuric acid spilled, some leaking into Rainy River last Wednesday.

Minister Concerned With Child Welfare System

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:40 AM

The federal Indigenous Affairs minister suggests its time to dismantle what she calls the child welfare industry in Canada.

She made those comments while speaking at the Assembly of First Nations meeting in Regina Tuesday.

Bennett also support giving First Nations jurisdication over child and family services, noting dollars spent need to go children, families and communities, not lawyers, agencies and non-Indigenous foster parents.

Bennett says they also need to work to prevent children and families from entering the system in the first place.


Land-locked Property Owner Turns To County For Access

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 09:55 AM

A case that had been before the courts the past two years has now landed before Koochiching County Commissioners.

An landowner is seeking requesting a Cartway to access his property currently without road access.

The Daults had been using an trail for many years, but had to cross over another owner's property first before a falling out with that owner brought the issue to court.

After a ruling favouring the other owner, the Daults are now looking to the County for assistance.

No details were given as to where the access would be located.

Tournament Cancelled

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 08:42 AM

Lions clubs in Fort Frances and Emo are cancelling a golf tournament scheduled for this Saturday.

Organizers of the Lions Legacy tournament says they didn't get enough participants to go ahead with the event.

They say they are postpone the event to a later day or may even re-tool it into a something different.