July 2017

Australian Company To Begin Drilling

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:38 AM

An Australian mineral exploration company will begin some initial drilling this week on property near Fort Frances.

Ardiden Limited says the drilling will help identify the extent of lithium at its Wisa Lake project, located 80 kilometres east of town.

The company says it's also established a working relationship with nearby Lac la Croix First Nation who's assisting with the exploration activities.

Ardiden took over the site from Alset Minerals last December.

Another Day Of Very Hot Weather

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:35 AM

Heat warnings remain in effects for much of northwestern Ontario today.

Environment Canada says the hot and humid conditions experienced over the weekend will continue at least for another day.

It advises to watch for signs of heat illness such as cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion or the worsening of some health conditions.

A cold front will likely bring an end to the heat tonight.  

Busy Weekend For MNR

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:33 AM

A busy weekend for the Ministry of Natural Resources.

More than 30 new forest fires popped up, including 18 by mid-afternoon yesterday.

Most are small in size and burning within the MNR's  Red Lake, Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout and Dryden fire districts.

The MNR says it has been able to keep them under control.

A few are being monitored as they are in remote areas and posing no threat to the public.

Best Start Hubs Under Review

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:30 AM

The needs of families with young children being explored by the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board.

It's gathering input to assist the Ministry of Education with its transformation of four existing programs as one next year.

Manager of Integrated Services Tanis Fretter says for our district, that primilarily impacts the Best Start Hubs.

"We are working with our communities to try and understand what works really well with our hubs currently," says Fretter. "As well, we are also out there to understand the needs of families.

Gravelle Returns To Political Spotlight

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:11 AM

Thunder Bay MPP and Northern Development and Mines Minister, Michael Gravelle, is back after a lengthy absence.

The long-time Liberal MPP took time off earlier this year to deal with depression.

He's making his first public appearance at a news conference this morning.

While Gravelle was away, his cabinet duties were handed off to Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro.

New Training Required By Hockey Coaches

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:07 AM

Some additional training for hockey coaches across northwestern Ontario this year.

They're now required to complete gender identification training.

Hockey Northwestern Ontario's Trevor Hosanna says coaches in all levels of hockey, as well as trainers and managers must complete it.
It comes in two parts, one with a broad look at the gender issue with the other focusing on specific policies and rights of players who identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender, queer or two-spirit.

Local Sports Wrap For Monday, July 31

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:00 AM

At Emo Speedway Saturday, Brody Strachan added to his points lead in the modifed division by taking the the evening's feature, his second win this season.

Jason Williamson captured the mid-west mod feature.

Tylar Wilson won the street stock feature for a fifth time this year.


At dirt tracks elsewhere, Tanner Williamson of Fort Frances was 9th in the mid-west mod feature at Granite City Speedway at Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, Saturday.

He then finished 6th at Proctor yesterday.

UPDATE: 15-Year Old Girl Found Safe

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 12:13 PM

UPDATE:  OPP say the 15-year old girl has been found safe in the Upsula area last (Saturday) night.

Posted: July 30th 

The search is on for a missing 15-year old southern Ontario girl who may be travelling to the west coast.  

OPP say Katrina Demore is from Cambridge, and was last seen yesterday walking on Peninsula Road in Marathon. 

She is described as Indigenous, about 5'2" and 100lbs, with shoulder length hair and walks with a limp.

She was last seen wearing a charcoal coloured shirt, blue shorts and flip flops.

Heat Warning Continues Across the Northwest

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 09:31 AM

Another scorcher forecast for today - and it could continue tomorrow.

Environment Canada predicts continued Hot and humid conditions are expected From Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border

Most communities will see 30 degrees but it will feel like 35.

There is a risk of thunderstorms for Dryden and the area this evening.

The hot and humid conditions will persist into Monday for some areas. Cooler conditions are expected on Tuesday following the passage of a cold front.

MNR On Top Of Forest Fire Risk

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 07:51 AM

While you may be enjoying this weekend weather, the Ministry of Natural Resources is hard at work making sure forest fires don't become a problem.  

The MNR is reporting five new blazes as of yesterday, adding to the 15 reported by the end of the week in the northwest.

They're spread over the Nipigon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay districts.

Fire crews say they've got a handle on them, adding the fires are either human or lightening caused.