October 2014

Fort Frances Mill Talks Break Off

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 14:20 PM
Bad news for Fort Frances. 
The town is confirming that negotiations between US company Expera and Resolute Forest Products for the Fort Kraft Mill fell through. 
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle says he's disappointed.  
Gravelle adds that he's made it clear to Fort Frances' Mayor Roy Avis that his ministry will continue to do what it can to help the community.

Gravelle Defends Ring Of Fire

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 14:16 PM
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle continues to promote the Ring of Fire in a positive way despite critical questions from companies involved in the area.
Gravelle spoke at a Chamber of Commerce event where Noront Resources asked the Minister what the hold up is for their project. 
Noront feels if they wait any longer the project is being lost for generations. 

Legal Aid Changes Welcomed

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 12:37 PM
Legal aid will be easier to get for anyone in trouble with the law but without the means to defend themselves. The provincial government has announced that it's increasing the income eligibility requirements. Trudy McCormick from the Northwest Legal Clinic says this is the first increase they've seen in years and means more people will be eligible.   .McCormick says income eligibility will increase by 6-percent on November 1st, with two further increases at a later date.  She calls it "good news".

Health Unit Closes Down Restaurant

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 11:50 AM

The District Heath Unit is putting down the hammer on a local restaurant.  

It has closed Mr. Perogy in the Victoriaville Mall.  Spokesperson for the Health Unit Lee Sieswerda says the restaurant owner has been charged  with failing to maintain a proper temperature in the hot food that he serves.

He says the owner Nick Giannone has a long history and previous convictions under the same offence, so to protect the public they closed his establishment on October 21st. Attempts to reach Nick Giannone by our newsroom have been unsuccessful. (Photo: Sheri Leviski-Kotyk)

Overnight Fire On North Side

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 07:41 AM

There were no injuries following an overnight fire at 349 Foley Street.  Firefighters responded to the scene just after 4 o'clock this morning and discovered the blaze in the basement and main floor of the home, which was unoccupied.  

The house sustained major damage.  Inspectors are on the scene this morning to try to determine the cause.  (Top Photo: Sheri Leviski-Kotyk) (Photo: Chris Merkley)