April 2017

Cuts Coming To Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 15:47 PM

Some key ministries to northwestern Ontario will have less money to work with over the next year.  

The budget for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is being shaved by $70-million to $767-million.

The Ministry of Natural Resources will have $824-million, $40-million less.

Much of the MNR's reduction is from a funding for Emergency Forest Firefighting.


Liberals And NDP Argue Over Hydro

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 15:28 PM

The provincial NDP claims the government is not doing enough to reduce hydro rates.    

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault fired back at that comment by saying Andrea Horwath's party has a plan that doesn't reduce rates by one penny.

Speaking at the NOMA convention in Thunder Bay this week, he says the government's plan focuses on low income families.

He claims a pamphlet by the NDP puts care for low income families on the back page.

Thibeault says the NDP plan has nothing about how it'll pay for infrastructure.  


Opposition Wants Action On Crisis

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 13:11 PM

Ontario's PC's are calling on the provincial government to address what it calls a growing opioid fentanyl crisis.  

Leader Patrick Brown says a private members bill will be introduced at Queen's Park in the coming weeks that calls for funding of an opioid awareness campaign.

Brown says the number of drug overdoses should also be made public.

He says the information is important for health care providers and first responders to take action.

LU Prof Surprised At O'Leary Decision

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 13:05 PM

Kevin O'Leary's decision to pull out of the Conservative leadership race is still causing reaction.

A political science professor at Lakehead University is still scratching her head.

Laure Paquette says the move definitely took her by surprise.

She says she was preparing to watch what she calls a snoozefest with the latest debate, when she saw the news.

Paquette believes O'Leary let his supporters down at the last minute. 


Confederation College Given Thumbs Up

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 06:51 AM

Confederation College is glowing over the latest satisfaction ratings offered up by students and employers.  

A large number state being satisfied or very satisfied with the College in the report that measures Key Performance Indicators.

President Jim Madder says he's pleased, but there's always room for improvement.

He points to the graduation rate, which last year came in at 65%, is one area he'd like to improve upon.

He also says the school does better than many large, urban institutions.



Tart Shell And Pie Lid Recall Expanded

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 06:38 AM

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is expanding a recall relating to pie and tart shells.

Mom's Pantry is recalling tart shells and pie lids because of possible E Coli contamination, that's an expansion of a recall issued last week.

Food contaminated with E Coli may not look or smell spoiled but it can still make you sick.

Symptoms range from nausea and vomiting to seizures, strokes and even death.

New Canadians At Swearing-In Ceremony

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 12:39 PM

An American woman, who has been living in Fort Frances for almost three decades, is now one of northwestern Ontario's newest Canadians.  

Tonia Dolph was one of 43 people officially sworn-in as Canadian citizens in a ceremony recently in Thunder Bay.

Dolph, who came to Canada in 1990 as a landed immigrant, says she really gave no thought to become a Canadian until recently.

She says she was busy raising her kids, until realizing she wasn't leaving the country, so she might as well officially join.