January 2018

GoFundMe Page Created For Nipigon Family

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 07:28 AM

A GOFUNDME page has been set up for the surviving members of the McLaughlin family of Nipigon who were involved in a fatal collision between their SUV and a transport near Vermillion Bay on Saturday. 

It killed 31-year-old Dustin McLaughlin from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and his 13-year-old daughter Cheyanne from Nipigon.

According to the GOFUNDME site, three other children remain in a Winnipeg hospital with critical and serious injuries.

They were on their way home from Christmas holidays.

Polar Ice Removing Bear From Label

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 07:21 AM

A brand of vodka is re-working its label to bring awareness of a declining polar bear population.

Polar Ice Vodka is removing the image of a polar bear off its label in a re-launch of a limited edition bottle in Canada.

It's maker, Corby Spirit and Wine, is teaming up with Polar Bears International on the campaign as a way for educating the public of the dangers of climate change.


(Photo courtesy CNW/Corby Spirit and Wine Communications)

Local Sports Wrap for Wednesday, January 17

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 07:13 AM

Hailey Beaudry of Fort Frances has earned a spot in the championship round at the World Junior Women's Curling Championship in Shawinigan, Quebec.

Her Thunder Bay-based rink defeated Nuvanet 12-2 last night to clinch the spot and be seeded eighth in the championship round.

Beaudry's foursome will take on Quebec tonight.


At Falls High School, the Broncos boys hockey team lost 6-3 to Eveleth-Gilbert.

The junior squad beat Eveleth-Gilbert 13-4.

Possible Funding In Works For Public School Board

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:33 PM

The Rainy River District School Board appears to be in line for some cash.

Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro's office says an announcement will be made tomorrow at Atikokan High School.

It comes on the heels of the province announcing yesterday to spend $780-million on 39 new schools and renovations to 40 others across the province.

No specifics of the Atikokan announcement are being made public yet, but the school board has plans to consolidate its two schools in that community into a new K-12 school on the site of Atikokan High.


Planning Underway For New Child Care Centres

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:44 AM

The planning for new child care centres in the Rainy River district is underway.

Four proposals involving area school boards and the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board were all approved recently by the province coming with the necessary funding for construction.

All will be attached to schools, including one at Robert Moore School in Fort Frances and another as part of the new catholic school.

Another will be at Donald Young School in Emo with the fourth at the consolidated K-12 school in the works at Rainy River.

Confederation College Urges Province For More Funding

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:48 AM

Confederation College is urging the provincial government to do more to help post-secondary schools. 

Vice President of College Services Ken Adams told a provincial finance standing committee Monday that the school is facing hard financial times ahead with the increase in minimum wage. 

"That impact is approximately $8 million effective April 1, 2018, or 10% of our annual operating budget of an $80.2 million. The magnitude of this impact is overwhelming for a college our size." 

Carillion Announces Liquidation

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:54 AM

The company that clears our highways is shutting its doors. 

In a statement on its website, UK-based Carillion says it will continue providing services as normal while it's in liquidation. 

It's the parent company of Carillion Canada which is contracted to plow highways in some parts of northwestern Ontario.

Our newsroom has reached out to the company for comment.



Ontario Northland Expands

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:02 AM

Ontario Northland is expanding it's bus service to parts of northwestern and northeastern Ontario.

It will now service Wawa and White River as well as Espanola and Sault Ste Marie.

The company says the new routes will make life easier for northerners by connecting passengers to hospitals and college and university campuses.


(Photo supplied)

Tentative Deal Reached For CN Police Officers

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 07:57 AM

The union representing CN Police officers says it's reached a tentative agreement with the rail company on a new labour contract.

Details of the agreement aren't being released pending the outcome of a ratification vote expected to take place February 1.

CN has approximately 65 officers working across Canada, including here in Fort Frances and Thunder Bay.

Their last contract expired at the end of 2017.

Unifor President Pessimistic About NAFTA Negotiations

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 07:50 AM

Some are holding out hope of progress as North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations resume this week in Montreal.

However, Unifor President Jerry Dias is taking an opposite stance.

He says NAFTA has been a disaster for Canada and it can't get worse.

Dias is confident that NAFTA will fall apart and won't be shedding any tears over it.

He says some of the positions that the United States have taken would make the deal ridiculous for both Canada and Mexico.