December 2017

Price Hike At Pumps Predicted

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 07:02 AM

A senior petroleum analyst believes drivers will be paying up more at the pumps in 2018.

Dan McTeague with says the year may start off with price dips which is traditional in mid-winter, but demand for gas remains high while will drive prices.

McTeague adds strong US demand, government policies on carbon taxes and the prospect of greater weakness in the Canadian dollar will all be factors for gas prices in 2018.


Local Sports Wrap for Friday, December 29

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 06:57 AM

Hailey Beaudry's Thunder Bay rink has sole possession of first place in the women's division of the Northern Ontario Curling Association's under 21 playdown at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Beaudry went 2 and 1 yesterday, beating her young sister Victoria, 7-3, losing to Sudbury's Kira Brunton 7-6 before getting by Camille Daly, also of Sudbury, 9-8 in the evening game.

Victoria Beaudry is holding down second spot at 2-2, with losses to her sister and Brunton sandwiched by a 9-8 win over Daly in the afternoon.

Cold Air Continues In The Borderland

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 08:48 AM

No advisory from Environment Canada, but the National Weather Service continues to post wind chill warnings for the Borderland region.

While not as cold as yesterday, wind chills are still expected this morning to reach near minus 32 C  or 29 below F.

Cold wind chills can cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

After a brief warming, another round of Arctic air is expected to bring dangerously cold wind chills to our area this weekend.

There were some weather records set yesterday on both sides of the border.

Area Consultations Continue On Possible Nuclear Waste Storage Facility

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 07:43 AM

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization says is making sure all of its community partners are being consulted as they continue to search for a long term storage facility.

Spokesperson Pat Dolcetti says to assist in the process, it's established an Indigenous Knowledge Policy.

"Indigenous Knowledge will now help inform all of our decision making processes for adaptive phase management," says Dolcetti. "We have entire Indigenous Engagement Team. We meet with local First Nation leaders. We worked at the Treaty level, the national level."

Early Years Programming Expansion

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 07:37 AM

The provincial government is expanding early years programming into some First Nation Communities across Ontario.

Culturally relevant child and family programs will be established in over 40 locations.

The province is spending $7.5 million to support the expansion.

It says this will benefit as many as 18-hundred children.

Boil Water Advisory Finally Lifted

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 07:34 AM

Residents of Mishkeegogamang First Nation, near Pickle Lake, no longer have to boil their water before drinking it.

Two drinking water advisories, one issued in October of last year and the other put in place in this past July, were lifted just before Christmas.

It came after long-awaiting repairs to the community water treatment plant were completed.

The federal government provided 388-thousand dollars for that work.


(Photo courtesy Wikipedia)


Fort Frances Continues To Lobby For Connecting Link Dollars

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 07:28 AM

Road upgrades are still a priority for the town of Fort Frances.

This year, work was completed on a sections of Second Street East and Nelson Street.

Mayor Roy Avis says a lot has has been accomplished since he's been mayor.

"We have a plan in place where we're able to construct and do the roads that as the worst shape in the community, especially," says Avis. "What gauges where we do the work is the infrastructure under the roads."

Some of those water and sewer pipes are over 100 years old.

The Wrong Kind Of Coke For This Rum

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 07:20 AM

A border agent at the Ottawa Airport had his spidey senses working full time recently.

The Canada Border Services Agency says a couple of people tried to smuggle in some suspected liquid cocaine.

They tell us it was hidden in ten one-litre bottles of rum.

Two people, both from Ottawa, were arrested and turned over to the RCMP.