May 2017

Police Board Being Investigated

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 09:42 AM

Frustration over police investigations is growing for First Nation leaders.  

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says Thunder Bay Police aren't an option anymore for dealing with the growing number of river deaths in that city.

Rainy River First Nation Chief Jim Leonard says they've lost faith in the service and they want the RCMP to investigate the 2015 death of Stacy DeBungee.  

Kenora OPP Issue Canada-Wide Warrant

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 20:13 PM

Kenora OPP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a male wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of Failing to Comply with a Recognizance.

Daniel SANCHE is described as a heavy-set white male, 35 years of age, 5'11" (180 cm), 224 lbs (101kg). He has long, straight dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black sweatpants with red stripe and a grey muscle shirt. He has numerous tattoos including a Tazmanian Devil on this left forearm, and an eagle surrounded by flames on his right forearm.

Teen Charged After Bomb Threat

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 15:03 PM

A 15-year old boy is facing charges after a bomb threat at the Fort Frances High School.  

OPP were called to the school last Wednesday afternoon.

Charges of uttering threats to cause death, criminal harrassment and assault have been laid against the boy.

Police say he'll appear in Fort Frances court next Tuesday.

No bomb was found or used.


Coroner Talks Alcohol Dangers With Youth

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:51 AM

The real dangers of excess alcohol consumption is being explained to area youth by the regional supervising coroner for Ontario's north region.

Dr. Michael Wilson is using his experiences in presentations to high school students, talking about some of the cases he's investigated.

Wilson says his presentation isn't meant to be a scared straight exercise, but rather one to change young people's attitudes and behaviours toward alcohol.

Of the 175 deaths involving young people in his region over the past five years, 70 were alcohol related.

OPP Investigating Theft At Hudson Lumber Mill

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:48 AM

A different sort of break-in is being investigated by the OPP in Sioux Lookout.

Over the weekend, police say four people entered the compound at the Hudson Lumber Mill
and made off with a number of bundles of 2 by 4's.

It's believed the break and enter took place sometime between 8:00 and 10:00 Saturday evening.

The OPP say a number of low-resolution photos were captured of the culprits.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sioux Lookout OPP or Crimestoppers.  

Judson Gets Early Starts To Campaign

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:47 AM

A provincial election is still several months away, but Doug Judson has hit the ground running.

The 30-year-old lawyer from Emo is seeking to be PC party's candidate in Kenora-Rainy River.

Judson was out travelling the riding last week to meet with area residents.

He says he'll continue his "listening tour" throughout the summer.

The Riding Association has not announced when it will officially select its candidate.


Sheer Not First Favourite In NWO

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:45 AM

Andrew Scheer was not the favourite of many Conservatives across northwestern Ontario who cast ballots in Saturday's leadership vote.

Scheer did come out on top in the Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding though garnered most of his support after other candidates were dropped from the ballot in the late rounds.

Quebec MP Maxime Bernier had garnered most of the support until then.

Bernier finished first in voting in both the ridings of Kenora and Thunder Bay-Superior North, topping the polls in each of the 13 rounds of votings in both ridings.

Minimum Wage Goes Up

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:48 AM


Ontario's minimum wage is going to reach $15 an hour.

The increase will be phased in over the next two years, reaching $14 an hour on January 1st before topping $15 a year later.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says they considered how the increase would affect businesses.

"We made a decision that we would give from now until January for businesses to adjust to the first increase and then bring in the second increase in January.  So really it was in response to business owners saying we can't absorb that change that quickly."

Area First Nation Exporting Fishing Expertise

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 09:39 AM

Rainy River First Nation is exporting it's fishing expertise to other parts of North America.

The community is has been working with a group from Alabama to re-introduce sturgeon into their waterways.

Chief Jim Leonard says they started 22 years ago and has been expanding ever since.

The band has since worked with communities in northern Minnesota and northern Manitoba, and most recently with the Dalles (Dolls) First Nation north of Kenora to grow the sturgeon population.