July 2017

James Begg Found Safe

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2017 12:14 PM

Good news in the search for a missing man in Kenora.  

OPP confirm that 39-year old James Begg has been found safe, and in good health.

He had been missing for about two weeks, and was found in the Kenora area.


Justin Trudeau Addresses A Number Of Issues While In Kenora

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 13:32 PM

The prime minister is proving to be a popular draw in downtown Kenora.

Hundreds have turned out for Justin Trudeau's visit to Lake of the Woods.

Speaking to a media scrum, Trudeau did address the serious issue of youth suicide on first nation communities in northern Ontario.

"We recognize there is two levels we have to take action on. One is the immediate support we can provide whether it is extra aid workers and psychologists and extra health workers. Whether it's improving infrastructure and improving education in the immediate."

National Seniors Strategy Discussed

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 07:44 AM

A federal government committee is meeting to discuss how the Liberals will provide affordable housing for seniors.

It's part of the development of a national senior's strategy.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos says they want seniors who want to stay at home to be able.

Conservative MP Mark Warawa says he'd like to see a stand alone minister for seniors.

Helping Students Transition To College/Workforce

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 07:29 AM

Confederation College is bringing in a program that's been offered at its campus in Thunder Bay with success to its regional one in Fort Frances.

The Community Integration through Co-operative Education program aims to help students transition into college or the workforce.

Rainy River District campus manager Sandra Turner says students receive a mix of work experience, post-secondary and personal skill building courses.

Turner says only three spots available for the program are available to ensure students get the quality experience they need.

Fort Frances Presence To Canada Summer Games

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 07:14 AM

The Canada Summer Games will kick off this evening in Winnipeg with opening ceremonies.

There will be a Fort Frances presence to those games later on.

Amy Wilson Hand is an apprentice coach with Ontario's women's volleyball team.

She says the emphasis on doing well is high.

Ontario's women's team has won gold only once at the Games, that being in 2005.

The team is currently training in St. Catherines and will participate in a mini exhibition tournament before heading to Winnipeg later next week.

Local Sports Wrap for Friday, July 28

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 07:05 AM

Max Williams scored twice in helping Centra Pipelines to a 4-3 win over Pharmasave in the Borderland Soccer League's men's division.

Jeff Hyatt and Jace Dittaro added Centra's other goals.

Jeremy Nussbaumer with a pair and Jeff Campbell replied for Pharmasave.


On the race track, Emo's Christopher Leek, who now lives in Manitoba, was third in the mid-west modifed feature at Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg.

Fort Frances Woman Charged

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 07:03 AM

A Fort Frances woman will make a court appearance in September on an impaired driving related charge.

The 32-year-old was arrested Tuesday evening around 10:30 p.m. after failing a roadside test.

OPP had stopped her vehicle on Highway 11-17 west of Fort Frances after witnessing an infraction under the Highway Traffic Act.

Harsh 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.