August 2017

Province Vows Help For First Nation Students

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 09:17 AM

Ontario's Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation says they are working with the City to help improve the lives of First Nation students.

David Zimmer says they are working with the municipal government to keep the remote students safe while they attend high school in our city. 

"On all fronts, to do the right thing as I'm in conversations regularly with both Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle who are the respective MPPs up here. We are going to come up with some solutions to these challenges."

City Working On Welcoming Students

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 09:10 AM

The City is trying to make it safer for First Nation students.  

They are going to be handing out discounted school year bus passes for Dennis Franklin Cromarty and Matawa Learning Centre students.  

Spokesperson Karen Lewis says they are also working on providing more supports.

"They are discounted passes and they expect to be at the two schools early in September to distribute passes."  

It means the schools will no longer have to buy passes each month they can buy a pass for the semester. 

Number Of Forest Fires In Northwest Dwindling

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 06:44 AM

Ministry of Natural Resources is making progress in its efforts to cut back on the number of forest fires in the northwest.  

As of yesterday, there were no new blazes to report, with the total count of fires now down to 143.  

There were about 151 over the last few weeks.

One of the more stubborn fires of late has been Nipigon district fire 99, but crews have been diligent and successful in getting that under control, with about 20 hotspots being monitored and attacked.

Camp 81 road remains under a travel advisory.


Tbaytel For Good Community Fund Returns

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 18:03 PM

Tbaytel wants to continue to provide money to local organizations. 

They've brought back their Good Community Fund for another year.  

Spokeserson Laura Foulds says they've decided to offer $5,000 each for two new or existing community initiatives. 

Foulds explains the Good Schools program is also returning, and will support five projects.

Suspected Antifreeze Spill Discovered At Dog Park

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 17:43 PM

Local dog owners got a scare when what appeared to be antifreeze was discovered at a city dog park. 

One City Councillor says over the weekend, a citizen reached out on social media to report the suspicious liquid in a puddle at the off-leash dog area on Beverly Street. 

Aldo Ruberto says it was quickly cleaned up by city workers. 

"That's a concern for us, as a city, because obviously someone put it in the dog park," Ruberto says. "That's certainly a danger to [dogs at the park]."

Kenora Canoer Found Dead

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 14:44 PM

OPP say they have found the body of a missing man from Kenora.

The 27 year old was in a canoe with two women when it capsized in the Winnipeg River.

OPP found his body yesterday and a post mortem is taking place today.  

The two women made it to shore but none were wearing life jackets.

Tech Nations Conference Underway

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 13:14 PM

Ontario's largest technical conference for First Nations is happening in Thunder Bay.

It wraps up Thursday at the Valhalla Inn and involves over 200 people from 134 First Nations. 

Organizer Mathew Hoppe says they're covering a lot of issues.

"Build infrastructure, build better housing, address issues of climate change, fuel related issues, environmental. Our job is to help First Nations build their capacity, their skills and help them better maintain their assets." 

Grandview Lodge Could Become School

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:10 PM

City Council is considering giving the Grandview Lodge building and property to Matawa First Nations.

It would be used to develop a First Nation high school and residence for students from those communities.

Councillor Iain Angus says this initiative could really help keep young people safe.

"When Grandview Lodge become open and we put it on the market and quite frankly there was a real lack of interest by the private sector, we began to search around for other partners and Matawa was one of the obvious ones."