Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Infrastructure Proposal Put Forward

Premier Kathleen Wynne has unveiled what she's calling the Moving Ontario Forward plan.
It proposes to make nearly $29 billion available over the next 10 years for improvements to public transit, roads, bridges and highways.
A portion of that money will be dedicated to communities outside the Greater Toronto area.
Wynne says funding will come from new revenue measures, re-purposed revenues and a responsible level of debt financing.

Social Advocates Want Bills Passed At Queen's Park

Social advocacy groups want residents to write their MPPs to support of several bills.

Poverty Free-Thunder Bay's Terri Carter says there are six bills at Queen's Park that if passed, could help the province's most vulnerable workers.

They also want to see the minimum wage in Ontario boasted to $14.00 an hour with subsequent increased indexed to inflation.

Minimum Wage Hike in Minnesota

Minnesota's lowest wage earners will see an pay increase for the first time since 2005.

Governor Mark Dayton has signed off on a bill that will bump the minimum wage up to $9.50 an hour by 2016.

It will go to $8.00 this August.

Dayton, who supports the increase, says Minnesotans who work full time should be able to earn enough money to lift their families out of poverty, and through hard work and training, be able to achieve the  American Dream.

The bill past through the House and Senate last week despite opposition from Republicans.

The current wage of $6.15 is one of the lowest minimum wages in the U.S.

Fiddler Returns To Help Church

A familiar face is returning to Fort Frances to help Knox United Church.

Canadian fiddling champion Scott Woods will perform May 15.

Spokesperson Bill Gushulak says money raised will go toward the Church's renewal project.

Woods will be performing a tribute to Don Messer.

Tickets are now available at Brockies Jewellers, Fort Frances General Supply or by calling Gushulak at 274-3891

New Judge For Kenora Court

A new judge has been assigned to serve the Ontario Court of Justice but will work out of the Kenora court.

Dryden lawyer Sarah Trach has been appointed by the provincial government.

The legal community in the Rainy River district, along with area municipalities, have been lobbying for a resident judge in this area since the province let it be know a couple of years ago that a vacant position would be reassigned to Kenora.

Money For Cycling Made Available

The Liberal government wants to build more bicycle routes in the province.

It's making a commitment to spent $10-million over the next three years to help municipalities improve their cycling infrastructure. 

An extra $15-million over three years would be spent to improve the cycling infrastructure on highways, such as paved shoulders.

Bear Licence Applications Accepted

Applications for bear hunters in Minnesota are now available.

A little more than 37-hundred licenses are being made available in eleven permit areas with some issued through a draw.

The deadline to apply is May 2.

The season opens September 1.

Water Testing To Begin

US Fish & Wildlife photo
Hundreds of volunteers will take to the water this summer to measure the health of Minnesota’s rivers and lakes.

It's part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizen Stream and Lake Monitoring Programs.

Volunteers collect information that helps to protect lakes and streams throughout the state.

MPAC says it's now accepting application for that job.

Festival Results Day 9

Christian Wiedenhoeft with three first place finishes and Callahan Wiedenhoeft and Alexis Latter with two each among the winners in the English Drama competition of the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts yesterday.

The competition continues at the Townshend Theatre beginning at 9 AM.

Here is a list of all winners from Monday.

Serious Monologue, Grade 11 and 12
FIRST: Taylor Shouldice
SECOND: Christian Windego

Choral Reading, Grades 11 and 12
Honorable Mention: FFHS Special Education Class

Dramatic presentation, open
FIRST: Noah Paleczny and Callahan Wiedenhoeft

Serious Solo Poetry, Kindergarten
FIRST: Alexis Latter

Humorous Solo Poetry, Kindergarten
FIRST: Alexis Latter

Humorous Solo Poetry, Grade 1
FIRST: Jaxon Strachan
SECOND: Aubrey Eldridge

Humorous Prose Reading, Grades 3 and 4
FIRST: (Tie) Christian Wiedenhoeft, Olivia Eldridge

Serious Solo Poetry, Grade 4
FIRST: Christian Wiedenhoeft
SECOND: Emma Toriseva

Humorous Solo Poetry, Grade 5
FIRST: Jenaya DeBenetti

Humorous Solo Poetry, Grade 4
FIRST: Christian Wiedenhoeft

Serious Solo Poetry, Grade 6
FIRST: Tori Anne Toriseva

Humorous Prose Reading, Grade 5
FIRST: Jenaya DeBenetti

Serious Prose Reading, Grade 7
FIRST: Callahan Wiedenhoeft