Monday, December 31, 2012

Idle No More Protests Continue

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Idle No More demonstrations continue in Northwestern Ontario.

Yesterday, a number of people stood along side Highway 11 in Couchiching, carrying signs and handing out pamphlets outlining the reasons behind the movement.

A similar action was held at Fort William William First Nation.

While in Kenora, Tania Cameron says on Wednesday First Nations people will boycott some businesses in their opposition towards federal Bill C-45

Cameron says their goal is to send a message to Ottawa to allow debate on the bill, First Nations leaders have said threatens Treaties.

The northern Ontario aboriginal chief, the demonstrations have also been in support of, made a brief appearance outside of her teepee yesterday along the Ottawa River on Day 20 of her hunger strike.

Theresa Spence says she's "deeply humbled'' by the support she's received from aboriginals and non-aboriginals in her appeal for a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Harper and the governor general.

Deadline Looms For Teachers

The deadline for Ontario's teachers to reach agreements with their local school boards is tonight at one minute before midnight.

Education Minister Laurel Broten is urging those school boards and teachers who haven't yet reached deals to do so before tonight's deadline.

Broten has not said if she will move to impose deals tomorrow if they don't.

CUPE Reaches Deal

The province has reached a tentative agreement with the union that represents school support workers.

Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario president Fred Hahn says the union remains opposed to Bill 115 and will continue its campaign to repeal it, which includes a legal challenge.

Lots of Accidents Last Week

Plenty of banged up vehicles in the Rainy River district.

Provincial police say they were called to sixteen motor vehicle collisions over the past week.

Police say many were the result of drivers failing to adjust their driving habits with the weather and road conditions.

Driver Charged In Accident

OPP charged a 56-year-old Atikokan man with impaired driving after a motor vehicle accident last Wednesday on Highway 11, east of Atikokan.

He'll now be making a court appearance in Atikokan in late January.

Party Safe

Many people are preparing to ring in the New Year tonight at celebrations throughout the Rainy River district.

Police are urging everyone to make sure their plans include a sober driver or a safe way to get back home.

OPP will be out in force tonight conducting RIDE spot checks.