Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NDP To Support Throne Speech

The New Democrats say they'll give the minority Liberal government a pass on the throne speech, but want to see some of their measures addressed in the budget.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says yesterday's throne speech was designed to include ideas that would appeal to both opposition parties.

Tory Leader Tim Hudak says his party will vote against the speech.

Northwestern Ontario MPP's Support Speech

The Throne Speech has the support of northwestern Ontario's Liberals.

Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle says it includes something for everyone.

Mauro sees is containing good news for northwestern Ontario.

The speech gave reference to giving northern Ontario residents a stronger voice at Queen's Park and addressing "the special transportation needs" of the region.

Beef Pattie Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling some frozen beef burgers sold by Canada Safeway, due to possible E. coli contamination.

They include the Gourmet Meat Shoppe Big and Juicy Burger and the Prime Rib Burger, and Butcher's Cut Pure Beef Patties -- all with a best before date of August 14th.

Campbell Ready To Work

Kenora-Rainy River M.P.P. Sarah Campbell is eager to get back to work at Queen's Park.

Campbell says she has a long list of issues that she wants to bring up in legislature that she hasn't been able bring since it was prorogued last October.

Campbell adds she also has mixed feelings about our new premier and her agenda for northern Ontario.

Busy Weekend For OPP

A busy weekend for provincial police in our area.

OPP report 24 motor vehicle accidents across northwestern Ontario.

Most were considered minor in nature.

OPP ask that you take it easy when traveling, as high winds will make it challenging to get around the next couple of days.

Award Nominees Named

A total of 55 nominees in nine separate categories have been made for tomorrow's Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce business awards night.

The winners will be announced during the banquet.

Here's are all of the nominees.

Business of the Year – Award Sponsored by 93.1 The Border

·         Taggs Source for Sports
·         Rainy Lake Tribal Contracting
·         Tompkins Hardware
·         Nickle Lake Lumber
·         Norwest Animal Clinic
·         Harris Hill Resort
·         Angler’s Pro Shop
·         Rainy Lake Family Dental

Business Woman of the Year – Award Sponsored by the Professional Women’s Network

·         Heather Johnson, RBC Royal Bank
·         Grace Cridland, Gillons’ Insurance Brokers
·         Melanie Kozik, Living Art Emporium
·         Tonia Dolph, Northland Kitchen & Design Consulting
·         Sylvie Matthews, Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach

Customer Service – Business – Award Sponsored by TD Canada Trust

·         The Bargain Shop
·         North Auto
·         Greensides General Store
·         Fort Frances Times
·         Royal Bank
·         Sunset Country Ford
·         Rainy Lake Family Dental
·         Drs. Wu & Kennedy
·         Lowes Furniture & Appliances
·         J.D. Junction
·         Rocky Brown Auto Repair

Customer Service Award – Individual - – Award Sponsored by Good Impressions Printing

·         Andrea Whittle, Taggs Source for Sports
·         Jordan Marsh, Canadian Tire
·         Joleen Pettis, Canadian Tire
·         Peter Winik, West End Motors
·         Krista Kellar, Citifinancial
·         Kyle Glowasky, KG contracting
·         Pamela Bujold, Greensides General Store
·         Jay McFarlane, Taggs Source for Sports
·         Marjory Boileau, TD Canada Trust
·         Deb Emes, B93.1 The Border

Employee of the Year – Award Sponsored by the West End Weekly

·         Rebecca Webb, CIBC
·         Jay Caldwell, La Place Rendez Vous
·         Rosanne Farmer, Fort Frances Times

Entrepreneur of the Year – Award Sponsored by the Rainy River Futures Development Corporation

·         Chad Jackson, Pro Shine
·         Kevin Webb, Webb’s Power Shack
·         Inga Friesen, Inga Design
·         Jacquie Lampi Hughes, Energy Fitness
·         Just for Fun Power Sports

Home Based Business Award – Award Sponsored by M.L. Caron Electric

·         Kirsty Sinclair, K.I.D.S.
·         Lisa Jodoin, Scentsy
·         Jay Caldwell, Snicklefritz Custom T-shirts
·         Tonia Dolph, Northland Kitchen & Design
·         Patty Jorgenson, Sole Sister Reflexology
·         Travis Glowasky, Studio Gibbous

Small Business Trainer of the Year – Award Sponsored by NCDS

·         Steve MacNeil, Rainy Lake Tribal Contracting
·         Adam Jewell, ACO Electric
·         Andy Peters, Peters Plumbing & Heating

The Tony Beyak Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award – Award Sponsored by the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce

·         Robert Schulz
·         Jan Judson
·         Leslie Danielson
·         Monica Armour

Town Hunkers Down On Budget

A settlement in the Resolute Forest Products assessment appeal will give Fort Frances town council a better idea of what the 2013 budget may be.

The settlement, announced last week, means the town will have to rebate about $1.7 million back to the company in taxes.

Mayor Roy Avis says it means taking a real close look at all expenditures to mitigate the impact on taxpayers.

Avis says the goal will be be to maintain services as much as possible.

Lots Of Snow

Family day turned into a snow day for many in the Borderland.

As much as 20 centimeters of snow fell in a 24 hours period from Sunday afternoon to Monday.

That snow has now given away to cold air and strong winds that are combining to generate low wind chills.

Groups Fears Electricity Crisis For NWO

A regional group says northwestern Ontario is on the verge of an electricity crisis.

The Common Voice Energy Task Force says the region will be short of electricity if Ontario Power Generation's station in Thunder Bay is allowed to go down at the end of next year.

Iain Angus says it's up to the Ontario Power Authority and province to act.

Angus also warns of rolling blackouts in 2015 and possible delays of new mining projects.

Interim Minister Calls Residential Schools Horrible

Interim Aboriginal Affairs Minister James Moore admits Canada has a horrible record on native residential schools.

The Missing Children Project says at least three-thousand First Nations children died while attending the schools -- many of disease.

 Moore acknowledges the report reveals horrific details about the system.