Thursday, July 25, 2013

Don't Call OPP About Road Closures

OPP are asking the public not to call them if you need information about road closures.

Constable Anne McCoy says you should be calling 511.

McCoy says calls to the OPP Communication Centre only tie up lines and operators for those needing police assistance on other matters.

MPP Supports Expanding Power To Ombudsman

Ontario's Ombudsman has some local support in attempts to have more oversight into municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says it makes sense that he would look after those areas.

Campbell says people are concerned about oversight in those sectors, and feel they've no where to turn when a problem arises.

Campbell believe Andre Marin does as good job and considers him one of the most respected civil servants in the province.

Forest Fire Now Contained

A large forest fire burning near Red Lake is now listed as being held.

The fire, 50 kilometers northwest of the northwestern Ontario town has burned more than 18-thousand hectares.

It started July 3rd by a lightning strike.

Rally Over Experiments Planned

Rallies are planned in several cities across the country today, including in Thunder Bay, to highlight native disgust over nutritional experiments performed decades ago on aboriginals.

Along with an apology, organizers are demanding the federal government release all documents that could reveal other such abuses.

New Police Services Board Appointment

A new executive has been appointed for the Treaty Three Police Services Board.

Eli Mandamin, chief of Shoal Lake #39 First Nation, becomes its chair.

Earl Klyne, chief of Seine River First Nation and Couchiching Chief Chuck McPherson are among those also appointed.

Unemployment Drops In Koochiching

A drop in the unemployment rate for Koochiching County.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says June rate came in at 8.2 per cent, down from 9 per cent in May.

More than two hundred jobs were created during during the month.

Species At Risk Illustrated

Science North photo
An opportunity to learn more about Species at Risk in Ontario.

Science North is visiting libraries in Fort Frances and Atikokan this week with an exhibit allowing people to learn about the species threatened and how we can help them survive.

Spokesperson Emily Kirton says there's some hand-on activities for the entire family and live animals..

The exhibit will be at the Atikokan Library today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.