Friday, May 10, 2013

Research To Continue

A new life for the Experimental Research area.

A deal between the federal government and the International Institute for Sustainable Development will allow research at the Kenora area site to continue this summer.

Kenora MP Greg Rickford says the agreement was months in the making.

Rickford says the province will also continue talks with the Institute.

MPP Seeks WSIB Changes

A northwestern Ontario claims injured workers are being treated like criminals.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell makes that assertion in calling for reforms to the Workers Compensation Board.

Campbell says is disappointing that too many workers often have to fight for years to receive even the basic benefits from a system that is supposed to help them.

Parts Of Hotel Shut Down

A portion of a hotel in International Falls has been temporarily shutdown.

This after a person was found unresponsive in a room at the AmericaInn Monday  and had to be airlifted to hospital in Duluth.

City officials says the person's condition may be been the result of carbon monoxide entering the room.

The pool and the room the person was in have been closed while local officials determined no other parts of the hotel were impacted.

The exact cause for the incident is still being determined.

NTAB Looking At The Trades

The Northwest Training and Adjustment Board wants to know what employment demands are in the region.

It's focusing primarily on the trades.

Executive Director Sonja Wainio says the trades have become high-profile positions.

Wainio says they want to start going into schools and talking to students about the endless opportunities.

New Budget Demand Expected

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is set to unveil yet another demand today in exchange for supporting the minority Liberal government's budget.

The New Democrats are seeking a firm five-day guarantee for seniors needing homecare services.

Last week's budget includes 185-million dollars this year to reduce wait times for seniors who need
home care.

Gay Marriage Bill Passes

Minnesota's House has given approval to a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the State.

The vote resulted in four Republicans breaking party ranks to pass the bill, while two Democrats voting against it.

The Senate will hold its vote Monday before it's handed to Governor Mark Dayton for his signature.

Fishing License Sales Slow

A cool spring has slowed the sale of fishing licenses heading into this weekend's fishing opener in Minnesota.

The Department of Natural Resources says sales are down by about a third.

The DNR expects license sales will pick up after all of the ice melts off northern Minnesota lakes.

Minnesota Mussel Dogs

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be sniffing out zebra mussels this weekend.

For the first time, it's using canine teams in the effort to combat the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Conservation Officer Travis Muyres (Meyers) says three dogs have been trained to search out the mussels, much like dogs used in drug investigations.

Minnesota's mussel dogs will also be trained in tracking, firearms and wildlife detection.

Fire Kills Three

Three people, including two young children, are dead following a house fire in a remote First Nations community.

Officials in the Wunnumin Lake First Nation say the two children, aged one and six and a 21-year old woman were killed in yesterday's blaze.

The cause of the fire is not immediately known.

Crisis teams have been sent to the community, 360 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout, where officials say residents are devastated by the tragedy.

Red Lake Contamination

Residents of Red Lake are being advised about possible heavy metal contamination in area soil and well water.

The Northwestern Health Unit says since the 1920's, waste products from gold mines deposited throughout the Red Lake area may contain elevated levels of arsenic, antimony or cadmium.

Parents are being advised to not let children play in areas where so-called mine tailings may have been deposited.

Residents with wells are being urged to have their water tested.

Manitou Continues Exploration

Manitou Gold continues its exploration north of Fort Frances.

It's released the latest results of drilling in its Elora property.

President Todd Keast says the exploration continues to demonstrate indications of a potentially large gold bearing deposit.

More drilling is expected once ice from lakes is gone.

Accountability Office "Interesting"

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the NDP's call for a financial accountability office for the province is an "interesting idea.''

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath made the pitch Wednesday - the latest in a list of changes the New Democrats want made to the minority Liberals' budget.

Wynne says the budget is not a starting point for negotiations and she's not afraid of facing an election.

New Treatment Program In District

Some help closer to home for those suffering from addictions or mental health issues.

Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services is out with a new treatment program that includes pre-treatment, out-patient and after care programs.

Director of Behavioral Health Services Lori Flinders says it avoids having to go out of town.

The Health Services will begin the program next week.