December 2017

Payette Delivers New Year's Message

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 12:43 PM

Canada's Governor General is encouraging people to be active in 2018. 

Julie Payette made her first New Year's message while skating at an outdoor rink at Rideau Hall with her son Laurier. 

Payette says being outside is one of her favourite things to do this time of year.

Beer Glasses Recalled, Injuries Reported

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 10:09 AM

Molson Coors is recalling glasses included in cases of Molson Canadian. 

Health Canada says eight injuries have been reported due to the "Original Six" glasses breaking when washed by hand.

All six NHL glasses are included in the recall.

They were sold between September and December. 

To return or replace the glasses, you're asked to call Molson Coors Canada at 1-800-655-7661 or contact them through their website

Extreme Cold Warning Continues

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 08:12 AM

Environment Canada's extreme cold warning remains in effect as the frigid temperatures continue. 

Meteorologist Mark Schuster tells us the cold snap isn't letting up any time soon, although it's expected to get slightly warmer after New Year's Day. 

"Much-below-normal temperatures are likely to persist right through to next weekend and possibly beyond," Schuster says, "But this extreme cold looks like it's going to last just the next day or so."

Region Under Extreme Cold Warning

Posted on Saturday, December 30, 2017 10:12 AM

Much of the region is once again under an extreme cold warning. 

Environment Canada says most parts of the Northwest can expect it to feel like minus 40 or colder tonight and tomorrow night. 

It's because of a huge Arctic air mass covering the region. 

Temperatures are expected to warm up slightly during the day, but you're warned to bundle up to ward off frostbite and hypothermia. (File Photo)

Fire Destroys Kilns At Kenora Forest Products

Posted on Saturday, December 30, 2017 06:27 AM

An overnight fire has gutted one of the buildings at Kenora Forest Products. 

Kenora Fire Chief Todd Skene says two drying kilns were fully engulfed in flames when they arrived around midnight. 

Nobody was injured. 

Skene explains they're letting the building containing the kilns burn itself out, noting the frigid temperatures make it inadvisable to put water on the flames.

Fire crews remain on scene. (Staff Photo)

Polar Plunge Set To Go

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 07:46 AM

No concerns about ice for this year's Polar Plunge on New Year's Day in Fort Frances.

Members of the Voyageur Lions Club plan to check the thickness today, but are welcoming the recent cold snap.

Organizer Bill Michl is expecting a good number of participants with about 50 people expected.

While temperatures are expected to reach minus 20 C on the day of the jump, Michl says the jumpers have the protection of a heated shack before them make the quick plunge into Rainy Lake.

Michl says the weather will be more a concern for spectators who come to watch.

Minimum Wage Hike Takes Effect Monday

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 07:27 AM

A pay hike for some of Ontario's lowest wage earners takes effect Monday.

The minimum wage  jumps to $14.00 an hour.

Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro says he understands there's concerns about it from small businesses.

"I respect their their investment. I respect their risk taking. I respect greatly no pension plan, no holidays, no sick days. I get it," says Mauro. "I represented their interests as best as I was able as we went down this path.

Mauro says there's still the need to address issues like poorly paid or insecure work.

Wage Hike For Students

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 07:11 AM

The student minimum wage increases Monday.

It goes from $11.40 an hour to $13.15 for those under 18 and their weekly hours do not exceed 28.

Students working for the town of Fort Frances will earn slightly more.

It's adjusted its student wages, which traditionally have been 50 cents to $3.90 an hour higher than the provincial one, depending on the position.

The new wage rates range from $13.40 an hour for student arena attendants to $16.80 for senior lifeguards at the pool.

New OPP Chief Superintendent Looks To Expanded Community Relationships

Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017 07:05 AM

The region's top cop is looking to bring a more proactive approach to policing.

Chief Superintendent Dave Lucas says OPP in Kenora work closely with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force and wants to establish similar relationships in other communities across the region.

"No one agency can accomplish this alone," says Lucas, "so we're really going to have a focus with all of our community partners to address the root causes of crime, crisis and disorder."