August 2017

MNR Offers Opinion On Trees In Fort Frances

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 09:56 AM

The Ministry of Natural Resources is offering further explanation on the removal of trees in downwtown Fort Frances.

The town has said those trees were the reason for damage caused to infrastructure in the area.

Speaking to council this week, the MNR's Partnership Specialist, Diane Magee puts the blame on the type of tree planted.

"If you every look up anything about tree roots getting into sewer, what they are going to tell you is don't plant silver maples," says Magee.

NDP Raising Concerns About Health Care

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 09:42 AM

Ontario's NDP leader is ringing alarm bells about the health care system in northwestern Ontario.

Andrea Horwath says the government is starving the system of funding.

Horwath says cuts and under funding have resulted in huge recruitment and retention challenges for communities across northern Ontario.

She says there's a lack of psychiatrics, anesthathists, pediatricians, surgeons and family doctors across the region. 

Dryden Physician Concerned About Proposed Tax Changes

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 09:36 AM

A Dryden physician is speaking out against proposed federal tax changes.

Dr. Adam Moir says the government is looking at taxing money earned by so-called "Corporations" by as much as 54%, essentially handcuffing doctors and small business owners from saving money for pensions and retirements.

Moir notes the tax changes may discourage physicians from taking on work or picking up overtime hours.

Residents Return Home

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 08:55 AM

Some good news from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in its quest to get the forest fire situation under control across the northwest.

The Ministry says residents of Nibiminak are in the process of returning home.

They had been living temporarily in Kapuskasing while MNR crews battled forest fires near their home.

Body Of Canoeist Recovered

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 08:46 AM

OPP have recovered the body of a man who ended up in the water after the canoe he was in capsized Sunday night.

27-year-old Luc Baron of Kenora was paddling with two other women on the Winnipeg River at the time.

The women managed to make it to shore.

An OPP dive team recovered Baron's body Monday.

Police say no one was wearing a life jacket at the time.

Drunk Driving Crackdown In Minnesota

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 08:43 AM

Law enforcement in Minnesota are out in force to crack down on impaired driving.

It's part of a state-wide campaign that ends after the labour day weekend.

While the state has seen a decline in the number of DWI arrests, there were still over 23-thousand motorists charged in all of last year.

There were also 73 drunk driving-related fatalities in 2016.

Nearly 266-thousand drivers in Minnesota have more than one DWI on their record.


(Photo courtesy Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety)

Local Sports Wrap for Wednesday, August 23

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 07:31 AM

Another member of the Fort Frances Lakers from last season is back.

Julian Uhryniuk was limited to 39 games because of injuries but still managed 8 goals and 20 points.

Coach Wayne Strachan says he'll be looking to the East St. Paul, Manitoba native for leadership this coming season.


Meantime, another member of the Lakers from last season will continue his career at the college level.

Matt Tustin has committed to playing for Williston State College in North Dakota.

He was third in team scoring with 22 goals and 55 points.

Council Defeats Subdivision Proposal

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 07:16 AM

Fort Frances councillors have narrowly voted down plans to go to tender on components of a proposed subdivision in the town's east end.

Administration said tendering would help identify some costs and potential lot prices associated with the Erin Cres. subdivision.

Mayor Roy Avis worried the wording committed the town to the project.

An amendment to the resolution eliminating specific dates was also defeated.

New Owners For Former Bingo Hall

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 07:09 AM

New owners for the bingo hall in Fort Frances.

The Evangelical Fellowship Church is in the process of completing a purchase deal with the hall's former owners.

The building has sat empty for more than a decade.

The Church's Treasurer Cheryl Rogoza says it will address a number of issues they have with their current facility on Webster Avenue, including space and parking.

Rogoza says they are currently finalizing zoning amendments with the town that will allow a place of worship at the McIrvine Rd location.

Ownership Change For Hotel Chain

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 07:01 AM

New owners of the AmericINN in International Falls.

The Wyndham Hotel Group has acquired the Minnesota-based hotel brand and its management company, Three Rivers Hospitality, from Northcott Hospitality for $170 million.

The deal was initially announced last month.

There are more than 200 AmericINNs located in 21 states.