August 2017

Weechi'ittewin Celebrates 30 years.

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 09:37 AM

Weechi'ittewin Family Services is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

It's doing so with a gathering at the La Place Rendez-Vous.

Director Shannon Blight says they've brought in some high profile guest speakers to address those attending.

The two-day event includes a variety of workshops and entertainment with part of the activities focusing on youth.

Weechi'ittewin Family Services provides services to 10 First Nation communities across the Rainy River district from Big Island to Lac La Croix.

Deal Reach For Some College Employees

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 09:34 AM

Support staff at Ontario's 24 colleges, including those at Confederation College, have voted to accept the latest offer from the Ontario Employer Council which handles contract negotiations for the Colleges.

75 per cent of Ontario Public Service Employee Union members who voted agreed to the new four year deal.

It includes wage hikes totalling 7.75 per cent over the length of the term, along with improvements to drug coverage, leave provisions, and contracting-out language.

Meantime, efforts to strike a new deal with the colleges' academic staff continue.

EQAO Test Results Remain Mostly Unchanged

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 09:29 AM

Some mixed results to the latest testing of Ontario's elementary students.

The agency responsible for administring those tests says 50 per cent of grade 6 students who wrote the math portion met or exceeded provincial guidelines, same as last year.

62 per cent achieved the same level in the Grade 3 test, a one per cent decrease.

In reading, 74 per cent of grade 3s reached the standard, up two per cent, while grade 6 results held steady at 81 per cent.

Former Atikokan CAO Heading To MPAC

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 09:26 AM

A former administrator with the town of Atikokan has a new role with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

Andre Morin will become a regional manager later in September.

He's currently the director of corporate services with the city of Stratford where he's been for the past five years.

Morin was Atikokan's C-A-O for eight years before moving to southwestern Ontario community.
 

Avoid Collared Bears In Minnesota

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 09:19 AM

THe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters in the state to avoid shooting bears wearing radio-collars.

The DNR says the collars provide researchers will a lot of data used in bear management.

About 30 bears across the state are being monitored.

They also wear colourful ear tags for identification.

Bear hunting season in Minnesota open Friday.
 

Smoke Gets In Our Eyes....and Noses

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 15:46 PM

If you think you smell smoke in the air - you probably do!

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry advises the public that smoke is drifting into our area from large fires burning in northern and western Canada and the United States.

Smoky conditions will likely exist until weather patterns change.

People with health concerns from smoke should call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

If you think there is a fire in your immediate area you can call 310-FIRE (3473).

New Displays For Historical Centre

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 09:11 AM

Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre is getting some upgrades.

The Rainy River First Nation owned centre plans to introduce new historical displays to the theatre area.

It using $100-thousand in federal funding to design and develop the program content for high-tech interactive displays.

Some improvements to the centre will be made to accommodate them.

PM Shuffles The Cabinet

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 09:08 AM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his cabinet.

It includes splitting the Indigenous Affairs portfolio.

Minister responsible, Carolyn Bennett now takes on the freshly minted Ministry of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.

Former Health minister Jane Philpott will move into the newly created portfolio of Indigenous Services.

Other changes includes New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas-Taylor taking over the Health portfolio from Philpott.

Path Of The Paddle Officially Open

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 09:04 AM

The 12-hundred kilometre Path of the Paddle is now officially open.

A ceremony was held on the weekend in Kenora.

General Manager Pam Cain says the Path of the Paddle connects a number of bodies of water.

"Canoes are obviously historically how we got around so we built a trail that goes from Thunder Bay to Atikokan, up to Dryden and over here to Kenora."

The trail goes all the way to Jessica Lake in White Shell Provincial Park.

It's also a part of the Trans Canada trail.