May 2015

Two Fires Out of Control Near Red Lake

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 17:35 PM

Two wild fires are listed as Out of Control in Woodland Caribou Park near Red Lake Red Lake Fire 7, located 50 kilometers northwest of Red Lake in the park has four Type 2 crews working to consolidate the eastern flank of the lightning-caused fire which is currently listed as not under control at 1,256 hectares. Red Lake Fire 10, another lightning-caused fire located on the northeast side of Woodland Caribou has seven crews committed to the fire line, establishing hose lines around the fire. It is listed as not under control at 650 hectares in size.

Domtar Lands Spot In Guinness Book of World Records

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:30 AM

Tree planters working on the Wabigoon Forest now hold the world record for most trees planted in an hour.

Domtar Regional Spokesperson Bonny Skene says they're landing a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for planting over 10,000 trees in only 60 minutes. She says the future of our forests depends on these kinds of initiatives, to ensure they remain healthy and productive for generations to come.

Guinness is expected to confirm the record next month.

NDP Calls For Action On Food Subsidy

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:28 AM

The NDP are calling for action on a federal food subsidy.

A group of five MP's say there are 50-plus First Nations communities who are not included in the Nutrition North program.

They're now urging the Harper government to make changes to the current criteria, which they say isn't fair.

They also want a comprehensive review of the program with northerners as full partners.

Fawning Season Underway

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:23 AM

Fawning season is underway and officials are encouraging folks to leave the baby deer alone.

If you stumble upon a young fawn over the next few weeks, Deer Biologist Joe Kennedy says mom is likely coming back. Kennedy says during the natural feeding cycles, fawns are often left alone for six to eight hours.

He notes deer will likely take up residence in wooded areas and subdivisions. (File photo)

Crown Wards Class-Action Suit Clears First Hurdle

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:21 AM

A class-action suit is being given the green light on claims Ontario failed to protect the legal rights of abused children in its custody.

A recent Superior Court ruling granted the first step in the certification process. The proposed lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of thousands of Crown wards, dating back to 1966.

None of the claims have been tested in court.

Pan Am Games Torch Passes Through City

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:17 AM

The spirit of the Pan Am Games is alive in Thunder Bay today.

The torch made morning stops across the city, with local Olympian Curt Harnett lighting the flame at City Hall.

Harnett says there's no better place than his hometown to build momentum, since this is where Terry Fox was forced to end his run. He says it's a fitting place to carry that story and inspiration towards the July 10 Games. 

The torch relay ends tonight in Wawa, en route to Toronto. (Photo: Victor Krasowski) 

Frost Advisory Continues To Sweep Region

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:14 AM

Best to cover those plants through dipping temperatures.

A frost advisory remains in effect for Thunder Bay and most of northwestern Ontario.

Environment Canada says frost is likely as temperatures have dropped to or just below the freezing mark early this morning, and again tonight.

During the growing season, they warn this can lead to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

TRC Holds Closing Ceremonies

Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 00:30 AM

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada  is holding its closing events starting today in Ottawa.

The Commission has spent 6 years listening to the stories of Aboriginal people who attended residential schools.  

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy says now that the Commission has finished its hearings, it's time for Canadians to face the past.  Beardy says we have a collective responsibility to make sure it's dealt with and that more importantly, that it doesn't happen again.  

First Nations A Priority For Hampton

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:12 AM

Howard Hampton says his hopeful return to politics was urged by First Nations leaders.

Hampton, who's seeking the federal nomination for the NDP in Kenora, says he believes what he calls the "sorry record" of the Harper Conservatives will motivate more Aboriginal people to head to the polls this October.

He says Aboriginal leaders feel as though this federal government is not interested in working with them, and they need a federal partner.