September 2017

Open House At The Kenora Armories This Weekend

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 12:04 PM

Your opportunity to meet some local soldiers and see if enlisting is right for you.

The Canadian Army Reserve is holding an open house in Kenora this weekend.

Master Bombardier Lynn Danielson says they hope this is a way to reach out to people who maybe want to become involved in the Canadian Armed Forces.

It will happen on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Northwest Ontario Army Reserve in Kenora.

Doctor Supply Growing In Canada

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:40 AM

A new report on doctor numbers in Canada.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information says there were more than 84-thousand doctors in Canada last year, an average of 230 for every 100-thousand people.

CIHI says the doctor supply is the highest its ever been and is growing faster than our population.

31-thousand of them work in Ontario, an average of 220 for every 100-thousand.

14-hundred are working in rural parts of the province.

Production Receives Financial Bost

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 09:13 AM

A little Canadiana coming to International Falls.

A local group has received funding from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to help in the production of Anne of Green Gables next March

It will be part of the Borealis Bard's season and feature an all-youth cast.

The Arts Council is contributing $5-thousand to the Citizen of Backus toward the production.

Local Sports Wrap for Friday, September 29

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:48 AM

Fort Frances Muskies football team was victorious in their homecoming game.

They beat Tec Voc 39-32.


Members of the Fort Frances Muskies Cross Country Run team was in Kenora where Alexia Gate won the Grade 7 and 8 girls event with Emma Toriseva was a second back in second place.

Caden McGinnes was second in the Grade 7 and 8 boys race.

The team also finished in a tie with Dryden for the overall championship.

Here's the top five finishers in each of the races.

Health Unit Seeking Public Input On Marijuana

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:41 AM

The Northwestern Health Unit wants to hear your thoughts and opinions on the legalization of cannabis.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young-Hoon says they have some obvious concerns.

"We know that there are potential health harms from cannabis such as the impacts on brain development.  There's also the potential for motor vehicle accidents."

The Health Unit has established an online survey and an online panel discussion as a way of gathering comment.

Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Underway

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:36 AM

Buckle Up.

OPP are conducting their annual Fall Seat Belt Enforcement campaign for the next week.

Sergeant Shelley Garr says despite all of the warnings and a provincial law being in place for decades, some still don't get the message.

OPP charged 124 people for not wearing their seat belts last year.

Garr says in three fatal vehicle accidents in northwestern Ontario this year, improper seatbelt use was identified.



Rainy River Man Nabbed For Stunt Driving

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:14 AM

A man from the town of Rainy River is facing a charge of stunt driving.

OPP say the 24-year-old in a vehicle that was clocked doing 143 kilometres an hour in a 90 km/h zone in the Marathon area earlier this month.

He was one of 10 drivers nabbed for doing similar speeds in the same area over the past four months.

The charge comes with a mandatory seven day licence suspension and, if convicted, fines of up to $10-thousand and 6 demerit points on the license.

City Councillors Could Revisit Lynn Beyak Resignation Motion Next Month

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:12 AM

Thunder Bay City councillors may have another shot at voting for a motion calling for northwestern Ontario Senator Lynn Beyak to resign because of her comments on Indigenous people.

The motion was defeated Monday in a a six-six vote.

City Clerk John Hannam says since the motion was defeated at the committee level, the results of that meeting still require a final vote.

He says the minutes that meeting will come up for a vote during a City Council meeting next month.