February 2018

Fishing Free On Family Day Weekend

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 15:51 PM

You can fish for free today. 

The province is providing licence-free ice fishing during the Family day long weekend. 

They ask that you follow the conservation licence catch limits for fish, meaning only two walleyes. 

You're also asked to obey size limits and sanctuaries. (File Photo)

Mixed Feelings On Proposed Truck Restrictions

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 15:50 PM

Mixed feelings at a recent public meeting about restricting transport trucks to Highway 11-17. 

Thunder Bay City Council is exploring the idea of keeping trucks off of Highway 102, which Rosslyn resident Bailey Ray says won't necessarily make our highways any safer. 

She feels Highway 11-17 is busy enough, and doesn't understand how city lawmakers could think increasing traffic won't lead to "the same or more accidents," compared to current figures. 

Local Teachers Learn About Reconciliation

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 15:36 PM

Local members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation are now better versed in the healing process for Canada and its Indigenous population.  

They recently attended a presentation by Lakehead University's Truth and Reconciliation Chair Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux. 

It focused on the 94 calls to action from the national commission. 

Wesley-Esquimaux spoke about the isues that are standing in the way of our mutual understanding and acceptance. (File Photo)

University Hosting Dragons' Den Auditions

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 15:33 PM

Start practicing your presentations now for Dragons' Den. 

Executive Producer Molly Middleton will be here on February 28th at Lakehead University to decide whether your business or product idea will make it onto the television show. 

She recommends keeping your business pitch short, and bringing any relevant props or product samples. 

"The idea is to sell the producers on you and your business, just like you would for the Dragons."

Show-runners will decide by early April who will be chosen to come to Toronto to film this fall's season of Dragons' Den. 

Historical Park Winter Carnival Returns

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 15:29 PM

The annual Voyageur Winter Carnival at Fort William Historical Park takes place today, tomorrow and Monday.  

Spokesperson Emily Carr says they've added a new feature for this year's event, a Snow Machine Stunt Show to be held three times each day. 

They expect thousands of people will attend the three days worth of activities.

She says it includes a world-record sized Snow Maze, skating on the Kam River, tubing and sliding hills, contests, and both indoor and outdoor entertainment. 

National Bird Count Underway

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 14:57 PM

Canadians will be looking to the sky this weekend.

In fact, across North America, people will be looking out their windows and taking to parks as part of the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count. 

Each year citizen-scientists count the number of birds they see for at least 15 minutes before submitting the results online. 

Bird Studies Canada spokesperson Kerri Wilcox says the data is useful in their research. 

Chili Cook Off To Support Food Banks

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 14:52 PM

You can help out a good cause and eat some chili. 

As part of the City's Snow Day festivities Monday, the Regional Food Distribution Association is helping run the annual Chili Cook Off. 

It runs from 12 to 4 o'clock. 

Organizer Kelsey Agnew says there will be a mix of new and old contestants, including Peppered Bear, ExCuria, and In Common. 

In the past, this event raised $4,000 for the RFDA and Agnew says if they get anywhere close to that she'll be over the moon. 

Sexual Assault Trial Wraps Up

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:46 AM

The judge in the sexual assault trial of two former Ottawa Gee Gee hockey players will make her decision known in the summer. 

Guillaume Donovan and David Foucher will hear her decision on June 25th at two o’clock. 

The charge stems from an alleged incident in 2014.

Most of the witnesses testified in English however the remaining days of the trial were in full French.

Two weeks of trial wrapped up on Friday. 

UPDATE: Highway 11-17 Re-Opened

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:45 AM

UPDATE: Traffic is once again moving on Highway 11-17 after a collision at Sistonen's Corners. 

OPP were called to the intersection of 11-17 and Highway 102 earlier today, but they say it's now been cleared up. 

Traffic was blocked in both directions.

There's no word on whether anyone was injured. (Submitted Photo)

BREAKING: Brown Enters Leadership Race

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 16:58 PM

Don't rule out Patrick Brown just yet. 

Brown has officially registered to get his his old job back as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. 

His name is listed in the Elections Ontario website as a candidate. 

However, that's not sitting well with two of the current candidates, with Caroline Mulroney and Doug Ford calling the move a distraction the party doesn't need.

A statement from the Ontario PC Party confirms that Brown has been removed from the Ontario PC Caucus. (File Photo)