Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Queen's Park Resumes

Provincial politicians return to the legislature today after a long winter break.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says she's ready to continue the battle over winter road maintenance.

Campbell says another priority is affordability after hearing concerns over Metrolinx expansion plans in southern Ontario and hydro rates.

Police Now Confirm Victims In House Fire

Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service are confirming that four bodies have been located inside of a home at Mishkeegogamang First Nation near Pickle Lake, following a house fire late last week.

No names have been released.

Sergeant Jackie George says several agencies are involved in the investigation that will take time to complete.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted

The water all good again at Riverside Health Care's Emo Health Centre.

The Emo hospital had been under a boil water advisory last week because of a water main break on Front Street close to the facility.

That advisory was lifted Friday.

Hammond Reef Deadline Today

Today is the deadline to comment on the federal environmental assessment of Osisko Mining's Hammond Reef gold project near Atikokan.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is gathering input before making a decision on the project.

New Gold Files Technical Report

Another key document in New Gold's Rainy River project is now complete.

The company has filed a technical report pertaining to its gold project north of Barwick.

The report provides further information on the project's history as well as additional detail on both the technical and financial estimates.

New Gold is targeting construction to begin some time next year with the mine opening a year later.

Resolute Get New Deal For Workers At U.S. Mills

As Resolute Forest Products prepares for contracts talks with Unifor for its mills in Canada, the forest company has completed new deals for workers at four of its U.S. mills.

The five-year agreement covers more than 15-hundred employees at mills in Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.

The deal includes wage improvements, but no details are provided.

New Release From Atikokan Artist

A new release from Atikokan blues artist Sunday Wilde.

Entitled "He Digs Me," the thirteen new songs are a bit of a departure for the artist who has added drums and some electric guitar.

Along with new original songs, Wilde also adds her version of Patsy Cline's "I Falls To Piece."

The album was recorded in Minnesota last fall.