October 2017

Increase To Health Travel Grant

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 07:00 AM

An increase to a grant used by northern Ontario patients to offset the travel costs for medical purposes.

Beginning November 1, the coverage for lodging will change with patients being eligible for up to 550-dollars, depending on the length of stay.

Currently, the accommodation allowance is 100 dollars per trip.

The travel portion of the grant stays at 41-cents per kilometre after the first 100 kilometres.

Objectives Achieved

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 06:56 AM

New Gold says all of its key objectives for its open pit mine north of Barwick have been achieved.

This included a start-up of production beginning in mid-September and achieving commericial production in October, two weeks ahead of schedule.

President Hannes Portman credits all the people involved.

During the month of October, the mine processing ore at roughtly 18,500 tons per day or 88 per cent capacity.


Municipal Association Slams Energy Plan

Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2017 15:31 PM

A regional lobby group has plenty of complaints about the province's energy plan for the next 20 years. 

Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association President Wendy Landry says there's nothing for our region in the recently-released Long Term Energy Plan. 

She claims the Energy Minister publicly indicated the Thunder Bay and Atikokan generating stations would be a big part of the plan, but they're not mentioned in the document. 

Search Concluded After Wabigoon Traffic Incident

Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2017 13:01 PM

Provincial Police say there's no threat to public safety after a traffic incident on Highway 17 near Wabigoon.

OPP say they're still investigating, and can't reveal any details about the traffic violation that happened yesterday afternoon. 

It's not known whether anyone is in custody in connection to the incident.  Police have confirmed a search is over.

Police say they expect to be able to say more about this case tomorrow. (File Photo)

No Planned Outage In Ignace

Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2017 05:43 AM

A planned power outage in Ignace today has been cancelled. 

Crews were scheduled to conduct equipment repairs. 

Hydro One has spent the past three days trying to restore power to some 8,000 customers across northwestern Ontario. 

The utility says it's stretched to the limit in efforts to get everyone back on-line. 

No make-up date has been announced. (File Photo)

Thibeault Defends Energy Plan

Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2017 13:41 PM

The provincial government is defending its new Long Term Energy Plan. 

The opposition says it will result in a significant increase in hydro rates over the next 20 years. 

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says they will be able to control costs with changes being made to the electrical generation system. 

They plan to save money by not building any new nuclear power plants, and not going ahead with the next phase of the Large Renewable Power Plan.  

No Increases For Time Of Use Hydro Rates

Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2017 09:37 AM

No change to the cost of electricity in Ontario next month. 

The Ontario Energy Board says time-of-Use prices that came into effect in July will stay throughout the winter months. 

That includes 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity used during low demand times, and 13.2 cents during high peak times. 

Those on tiered rates will also pay the same rates as in July. 

However, the higher rate won't kick in for residential customers until they've reached 1,000 kilowatt hours in a month. (File Photo)

More Money For Northern Travel Grant

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 09:30 AM

The provincial government is increasing the Northern Ontario Travel Grant for eligible health care procedures.

The Liberals have announced that starting on November, 1st coverage for lodging expenses will increase from $100 to $550, based on the length of the trip.

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins says improving access to health care for northern residents is a priority for the government.

Hoskins says by bumping up funding for the Grant, the government is making sure patient needs come first, no matter where they live.

Local Sports Wrap for Friday, October 27

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 06:38 AM

Just two teams in the Fort Frances Women's Volleyball League earned a pair of wins in last night's action.

How I Set Your Mother earned straight set wins over Duck and Dive and No Diggity.

Take a Hit scored a 2-1 win over Gillons while sweeping the Bumping Uglies 2-0.

In other games, Gillons defated Scared Hitless 2-0.

The Volley Llamas beat No Diggity 2-0.

Duck and Dive did the same against the Llamas.

The Bumping Uglies shutdown Scared Hitless 2-0.

Lets Talk About Sets beat Safe Sets 2-1.


Fresh Snow For Northwestern Ontario/Northern Minnesota

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 06:07 AM

A fresh fall of snow for northwestern Ontario and Koochiching County

About 5 centimetres is being reported to have fallen in the Fort Frances and International Falls area, though much more can be found in other areas.

Kenora received almost 23 centimetres.

Highways 17 and 71 are now open.

Both were closed early yesterday because of the snow and numerous accidents.

A section of Highway 11 east of Atikokan is down to one lane.

The Ministry of Transportation is reporting at Nym Lake the westbound lane is closed due to downed lines.