August 2017

Man Injured In Fall

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 17:00 PM

A man is being treated for head injuries after falling into McVicar Creek. 

The incident happened this afternoon around 2:30. 

District Fire Chief Joe Rucchin says they were the first to arrive on the scene after being alerted by some passing by.

Rucchin says they helped get the man secured until paramedics arrived.

The victim's condition isn't known after sustaining what Rucchin calls mid- to significant head trauma after falling directly on to the rocks.(Staff photo)

Councillors Concerned Over Firefighter's Contract

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 15:43 PM

Two city councillors are upset the latest contract awarded to city firefighters by an arbitrator, now means they make more than city police.   

The comments from Rebecca Johnson and Linda Rydholm come after the city manager blasted the arbitration process and wants changes from the province. 

In an apparent contradiction, Rydholm doesn't like aribtration and disagrees with their right to strike conceeding, she's more upset the decision making is out of the city's hands.

She says unless it changes we will be saddled with decisions from Toronto. 

Tribunal Continues With Chief Testimony

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 14:35 PM

Examination of the Chief of Sandy Lake First Nation continued Thursday.

Bart Meekis spoke at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal examining the community's decision to remove a guest from their reserve.

He told the hearing that there was no record or minutes from the band council's meeting to discuss asking guest Angele Kamalatisit to leave.

The letter that was sent to her says the council continues to get reliable information that she was making comments publicly that were causing social unrest.

New Indigenous Program At Con College

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 13:22 PM

To help support a growing need for education focused on working with First Nation communities, Confederation College has established a new Indigenous Governance and Public Administration program.

Don Bernosky is the Vice President of Workforce Development and he says the one-year course will provide opportunities in education and training, ultimately leading to employment.

He says it will help prepare graduates for future leadership opportunities and help them build relationships and support economic development in their communities.  

New Program Encourages Women In Politics

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:34 PM

More women are going to be encouraged to get into politics as part of a new national project. 

The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise is launching its Women's Leadership project, which will look at how to remove barriers keeping women from running for office. 

It's being supported with an investment of over $368,000 from the federal government, announced in Thunder Bay on Thursday morning.

Executive Director Rosalind Lockyer says they'll be working together with the regional group Women In Politics on the three-year project. 

Kenora Woman Found Dead On Bruin Lake

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:17 PM

A 57-year-old Kenora woman is dead after a kayak capsized on an area lake.

Provincial Police were dispatched to a possible drowning on Bruin Lake, between Vermilion Bay and Kenora,

Wednesday afternoon around 3:30. A man in the kayak managed to survive the ordeal, however the woman passed away.

The victim has been identified as Johanna Bertram.

Man Fined For Killing Bear

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:13 AM

A Longlac man is forking over $6,000 for offences he racked up while hunting a bear.

Michael A. Gauthier was convicted for hunting a 760 pound black bear within 400 metres of a garbage dump. 

He was also fined for possessing wildlife illegally taken. 

Gauthier is suspended from hunting for four years and he didn't get to keep his kill. 

Anthony Leek Not Seeking Liberal Nomination

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:01 PM

There will be a new face for the Kenora-Rainy River Liberals when the provincial election campaign begins.

Anthony Leek has announced on his Facebook page that he won't seek the nomination. Leek represented the party in the last two Ontario elections.

The former Emo councillor, who's now living in Kenora, has been focusing much of his attention recently on construction of a new race track in Kenora.

Out Of Town Students Converge On LU

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 06:15 AM

Students from outside of the city will start moving into their residences at Lakehead University today.  

An LU spokesperson says they'll be getting an orientation as well.

Shannon Foster says many new students will be matched with a mentor. 

He says it helps to pair students with those that have experience with new surroundings.

About 1,100 out-of-town students will be living on campus this school year.