October 2017

Ontario Auditor Questions Financial Practice

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 08:56 AM

Ontario's Auditor General says the Liberal government has created an unnecessary, complex, financing structure aimed at keeping the true impact of a 25 per cent cut in hydro rates off the province's books.

In a special report released, Bonnie Lysyk says that would make the province's budgets and future consolidated financial statements unreliable.

Lysyk adds the government's method doesn't even follow its own policies set by the Canadian Public Sector Accounting Standards.

She says there's still time to correct it and is urging the province to do so.

US Court Rules Against Resolute

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:40 AM

Greenpeace is calling it positive news.

A federal court judge in California has dismissed a racketeering case brought upon the environmental group, and others, by Resolute Forest Products.

In his ruling, District Judge Jon Tigar stated their speech constituted the expression of opinion and that different viewpoints are a vital part of democracy.

Resolute filed the lawsuit in 2016 in response to a Greenpeace campaign.

A separate defamation case against Greenpeace Canada filed three years earlier is still ongoing in an Ontario court.

Sears Gets Court Approval To Liquidate

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:39 AM

Sears Canada has received court approval to begin the liquidation process and sales at its remaining stores.

It will begin Thursday.

Customers should note that the retailer is not honouring product protection agreements after today.

Sears Canada says most products come with a one-year manufacturer's warranty and those are available directly from the manufacturer.

BREAKING NEWS: Gord Downie has Died

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:37 AM

A man who has been hailed a Canadian hero has died.

Gord Downie passed away quietly last night with his children and family by his side.

He was 53 years old.

A statement was released from the family,

"Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by.

Gord knew this day was coming - his response was to spend this precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.

Missing Man Sought In Sioux Lookout

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:37 AM

Ontario Provincial Police in Sioux Lookout are looking for a missing person in the area.

His name isn't being revealed.

Police say the man is around 6'1", 180 pounds, Caucasian and is wearing a green hoodie, shorts and sandals.

He was last seen on Highway 516 near A. Bois Road.

Anyone with any information on the missing person's whereabouts is asked to contact OPP or Crimestoppers.


Watch For Flashing Green Lights

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 07:12 AM

An area fire department is working to educate motorists about flashing green lights.

They are used primarily by volunteer firefighters who use their own personal vehicle to respond to an emergency.

Fire Chief with the Chapple, Emo, LaVallee and Alberton Fire and Emergency Service Joshua Collins says they don't give them any special privileges, but asks motorists to pull over if approaching such a vehicle as you would any other emergency vehicle.

Health Unit Prepares For Flu Season

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 06:58 AM

The Northwestern Health Unit is preparing for the flu season.

It will be offering free flu shots beginning November 1 through to December 29.

You are ask to book an appointment through its website or calling the Health Unit's toll free number.

Pharmacies and other health care providers across the region are also now offering flu shots.

Check Those Docks, Boat...

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 06:57 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking property owners to check those boats, docks and lifts before pulling them out of the water for the season.

It says it's often the end of the season when new zebra mussel infestations are usually identified.

And if your transportating a dock or lift from one shoreline property to another for storage or repair, a permit is required.


(Photo courtesy Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Help Wanted For Trunk Or Treat

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 07:45 AM

Trunk or Treat is returning for another Hallowe'en.

It will again be held in the parking lot of the Fort Frances Public Library.

Chief Executive Officer Caroline Goulding says people wanting to hand out treats that day can now register through the Library.

Goulding says they are also accepting donations of candy or money to help participants meet demand for the event which has be very popular for young ghouls and goblins who come out.