Monday, March 24, 2014

PETA Speaks Out Against Bear Hunt

The animal activist group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is rallying its troops against the upcoming return of the spring bear hunt in Ontario.

It's asking people to write the Premier and the Natural Resources Minister to cancel the hunt.

PETA representative Ashley Byrne says the spring hunt won't help with bear populations or human bear conflicts.

PETA feels Ontario should instead enforce strict wildlife feeding prohibitions and provide residents with more information about how to better coexist peacefully with their wild neighbors.

Residential School Survivors Recognized

Grand Council Treaty 3 is hosting Residential School Commemoration today.

The event is taking place in Kenora.

Organizer Richard Green says the event will focus on all schools in the Treaty 3 territory.

Green hopes people will remember the challenges people faced while attending the schools.

World Tuberculosis Day

The Northwestern Health Unit is promoting World Tuberculosis Day.
Public Health Nurse Chanda McAuley says the disease is more prevalent in Canada than most people think.

McAuley says about 16 hundred people a year in Canada get diagnosed with TB.

McAuley says the health unit has plenty of information about TB and offers treatment for both  active and latent forms of the disease.

Rail Talks Continue

Canadian National Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference continue to talk.

They agreed to resume negotiations on the weekend with the assistance of a federal mediator.

This after members of the Teamsters union narrowly rejected a latest contract offer from the company.

About 3,000 yard and train workers are impacted.

Weather Records Set

Dana Fowler photo
More snow is in the forecast for this week, but not to the amount we received Friday.

The National Weather Service out of Duluth says last week's storm brought over 10 inches or 26 centimetres of the white stuff to International Falls and area.

It's the largest one day dump of snow seen this winter.

From near record snowfalls, to record-setting temperatures.

Fort Frances and International Falls both set new records yesterday.

The thermometer hit - 32.9 C or - 26 F, surpassing the old mark of -31.7 C set in 1974.

Buckle Up In Minnesota

Click It or Ticket.

That's the warning from law enforcement in Minnesota who are in the midst of a seat belt enforcement campaign.

While most Minnesotans buckle up, approximately 150 deaths and 400 serious injuries result annually from motorists who fail to use a seat belt.

The fine in Minnesota for not wearing a seat belt is between $25 and $100.

Stolen Vehicle Found In Nestor Falls

A 34-year-old Winnipeg woman is facing a charge of theft after OPP stopped a vehicle in Nestor Falls last week.

Police had pulled the vehicle over because it didn't have any visible license plates.

It turned out the vehicle had been reported stolen in early February.

Change In 50/50 Raffles Considered

There could be a new way to play those 50-50 raffle draws.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation plans to test model electronic hand-held mobile devices during charitable draw at Maple Leafs, Raptors and Ottawa Senators games next fall.

The OLG says the unit track sales and size of jackpots better.

Following the completion of the tests, the OLG says it will consider expanding the units elsewhere.