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What's Your Opinion?
Do you think an electronic billboard is a good idea on the harbourfront?

No, it will cause too many accidents
No, there is a bylaw prohibiting it
No, it's bright and ugly
No, they belong in Las Vegas
No, CP should have to take all the old signs down
Rules are rules...variances are for hypocrites.
Yes, I think it would benefit Kenora
Yes, I enjoy watching people hit head on
Yes, Kenora needs to look more like a brothel


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Resorts have good summer despite high water, cold weather
Ash RapidsA fisherman holds up a muskie he pulled out of Lake of the Woods. (PHOTO COURTESY ASH RAPIDS LODGE)

It's been a summer filled with ups and downs. However, many resort owners are happy with how business went over the past three months.

Terry Kluke from Merkel's Resorts spoke about how the summer went on Wabigoon Lake.

"Well the season this year was better than last year and the previous years. We had fairly decent weather, fishing was excellent and everyone seemed to do well and were real happy. We had a lot of guests from the United State and Canada. We seem to be getting more Canadian visitors in this area now too," he said.

Kluke said they lucked out and weren't as affected by the high water levels on many of the other bodies of water in the region. He also said the colder weather played only a minor factor over the summer.

Back on Lake of the Woods, Andrew Clinton says they weren't too affected by the high water levels at his resort Ash Rapids Lodge.

"Umm no, I think personally for the fisherman it didn't make any difference. I think for the restaurant goers though it slowed it down. A lot of guys couldn't get their big boats in the water or had nowhere to tie their boats on their own personal property," he said.

Clinton, agreed that the colder weather played only a minor role in business. He said the restaurant at Ash Rapids will close down for the season after this weekend, but the resort will remain open for fall anglers.

Merkel's Resort will also remain open, as it stays open all year round.

For more information:
Eco-tourism resort on Mink Bay one step closer
Willard Lake resort recovers slowly from fire

Restaurant owner reflects on damage

west hawk - aWest Hawk Inn fire claims popular night spot and gathering place.

It'll take a while to sort out the mess at the West Hawk Inn. Yesterday's fire gutted the building, including the West Wok Restaurant.

Stephen Dare describes what happened.

"I was at my cabin sleeping. Somebody just knocked on my door and said, 'Get out of there, before you're barbecue,'" Dare said.

west hawk - bVisitors to the campground next door got evacuated around 9 o'clock in the morning. They included RV owners, tenters and cabin renters next to the Inn.

By afternoon, the area had been swarmed by fire crews, as they tried to contain the damage and what was left of the flames.

"I was upset. I got all the orders prepared for the long weekend. All that work gone down the drain. Took a long time to build the business. Now go up in flame," Dare said, as he watched the firecrews.

For more information:
Fire at West Hawk Inn

Justice minister defends government's decision not to hold inquiry
mackay - aug 29Justice Minister Peter MacKay defends his government's position on calls for an inquiry.
(Courtesy Government of Canada)

Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay continues to defend his government's position. When it comes to missing or murdered aboriginal women, McKay says RCMP records show the vast majority of the cases have been solved.

In a prepared statement, he noted there have already been more than 40 studies on the issue. McKay adds his government is taking action, with more than 30 public safety initiatives since they took office.

Statement from the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms Fontaine's family, friends and loved ones.  This was a horrible and violent crime against a completely innocent person.

What is clear, is that continued action and sustained effort and investment is required.

What we don't need, is yet another study on top of the some 40 studies and reports that have already been done, that made specific recommendations which are being pursued, to delay ongoing action.   We need police to catch the killer and ensure the perpetrator or perpetrators are punished and face the full force of the law.

The RCMP's own study, demonstrated that the vast majority of these cases are addressed and are solved through police investigations at the same rate as in the non aboriginal community.

Our Government continues to take direct action to address the tragedy that is missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Since coming to office, we have passed more than 30 criminal justice and public safety initiatives, including tougher sentences for murder, sexual assault, and kidnapping, and mandatory prison sentences for the most serious crimes. The Opposition chose to vote against these bills.

We are also funding community projects specifically geared towards reducing violence against aboriginal women and our Government also passed legislation that gives women living on First Nations reserves the same matrimonial rights as all Canadians, including access to emergency protection orders in violent situations.

Furthermore, in our Government's last Budget, we committed an additional $25 million over five years to continue our efforts to directly address the issue, as well as committed $8 million to support a national DNA missing person's index.

Now is the time to take action, not to continue to study the issue."

For more information:
Vigil held for missing, murdered aboriginal women

Divers searching for missing American

The OPP is searching for the body of a 56 year-old Nebraska man. He was reported missing near Sioux Narrows last night.

Members of the OPP and OPP Marine Unit  attended at the scene and were assisted by Sioux Narrows Fire, Search and Rescue, Paramedics and Treaty Three Police.

An investigation revealed that a male had fallen into the lake from shore and could not be located. The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) have been contacted and are expected to arrive later today to begin a search for the missing man.

The man has been identified as Roger HABERER, age 56 from Nebraska USA.

New rubberized track finishing up in Dryden
Rubberized trackA fresh layer of rubber shines red on the new track at Dryden High School. (PHOTO COURTESY MIKE WOOD)

There's a tide of red steadily taking over the track at Dryden District High School. A brand new rubberized track is just putting on the finishing touches.

President of Dryden Athletics, Mike Wood, spoke about finally getting to this stage.

"I don't know that it's really sunk in yet. The Keewatin Patricia District School Board has been phenomenal. They've led a big push to get this done and they've led it the entire way. They've got a huge amount of work going on at the same time in the parking lot, putting in a basketball court. So, it's a pretty busy place last year," he said.

Wood offered an update from the parking lot of the school yesterday.

track drydenThe red rubber is laid onto the track in sections.

"We are happy to say that we've got two of the three skim coats of rubber down that are involved in laying the track. We'll start laying the final coat in about an hour or so. It takes a little while but if all goes as planned and the weather cooperates, we'll certainly be done by the first day of school," he said.

The new track will not only be used by the Dryden Athletics club, but also the high school itself and the public.

"It's not just a high school track. It's there for the elementary kids, after hours it's open to the public. So, it's a huge resource for the community. Nice healthy exercise and people are excited. We had a deer come out, a little cat, all kidding aside people are really excited," he said.

Wood said the new rubberized track is also staying on budget and they are very close to their fundraising goal.

For more information:
Dryden track close to completion and fundraising goal
Dryden track becoming a reality

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

Fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Stay indoors when a thunderstorm strikes. There isn't a place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. Stay away from all windows, skylights and doors. In Canada, lightning kills up to 10 people every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.

Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.

Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required, so stay tuned to your local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to or tweet with the hashtag #ONStorm.

For more information:<br>Expires: 2014-08-30T07:02:00-00:00<br>Originated from CAP Alert: Environment Canada, 2014-08-29T19:02:00-00:00,<br>Area: Kenora - Grassy Narrows - Whitedog, Sioux Narrows - Nestor Falls - Morson

Fire at West Hawk Inn
West Hawk fire goodSmoke billows out of the West Hawk Inn early this afternoon. (Courtesy Ashton Friesen)

Firefighters continue to monitor a blaze at the West Hawk Inn Bar and Grill. Crews were callled to the scene around 8 o'clock this morning.

(Courtesy Donna Harlos, Stephen Dare, and Jaime Lynn)

Allan Currie was camping at the West Hawk Lake Campground, located behind the hotel, and described what he saw.

"Got up at about 9:30 and shortly after the park rangers came around and said we had to clear out, because of a fire at a building. So, I came out and there was the West Hawk Inn -- which has been here forever and ever -- in flames," he said.

Ralph Tait was watching the fire and said it's incredibly sad to see.

"Spent a lot of time in there 30 years ago. Another landmark goes down. It seems like all the oldest burnings are burning first in all the little towns. This is one of those where people met, got married from a meeting there and now it's gone. I feel sorry for the young kids, because that was there place. Now they don't have anything here," he said.

West Hawk fire 2People watch from the road as smoke rises up in the distance.

Falcon Beach RCMP are reporting that nobody was in the hotel at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Fire thirdThe fire started earlier this morning. (Courtesy Allan Currie)

For more information:
Four new fires in northwest region
Small fire part of routine maintenance

Kenora OPP charge St. Catherines man with multiple offences
OPPKenora OPP have charged a St. Catherines man after reports of cars being broken into on Wednesday.

A St. Catherines mans is facing charges in Kenora for multiple criminal offences.

On Wednesday, right before 3:30 in the morning, police received a call about a male entering vehicles on Ninth Street North. Police attended and located a man fitting the description of the suspect. The police investigation determined the man had broken into and damaged several vehicles.

The 42-year-old has been charged with Possession of Break In Instruments, Trespass at Night, Mischief Under $5000 2 counts, Obstruct Peace Officer, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 and Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to a Prohibition Order.  

He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 2, 2014.

For more information:
Police investigate collision on Highway 105
Sioux Lookout OPP looking for help to identify suspect

Advice for students heading off to college and university
McMaster studentsFirst year students enjoy a football game at McMaster University. (PHOTO COURTESY HELEN PROTOPAPAS)

This is a big weekend for students across Canada. Many Grade 12 grads will be moving into their residences, before starting college or university next week. The supervisor of student life at Confederation College, Matt Lawrence, offered a few tips for those going into first year.

"Be prepared. Make sure you purchase your books at the book store early. Attending your classes is always the biggest part. If you're not there it's tough to learn. Always make sure you participate in activities happening around the college, and become part of the community. The most important thing, identify who the student success people are at your campus and make connections with them early. Don't be afraid to ask for help," he said.

Lawrence also encouraged students to become involved in intramural teams, clubs and activities.

"Getting involved in clubs and activities and sports in the school helps students coming from out of town develop that community in the college and a sense of belonging. We find it's that holistic approach that helps students succeed and get through their first year at school," said Lawrence.

However, Lawrence is also cautioning students coming into first year about spending too much time partying and socializing. He said it's important to find a good balance.

"It's a tough balance for sure, and I think that's what students really struggle with: finding that happy medium between your social life and your education. The best advice that we can give to students is put school first and the rest will fall into place," he said.

Overall, Lawrence said college and university is about trying new things and learning about yourself. The end goal is to find a career path that makes you happy.

For more information:
Kenora welcomes new medical students
Drivers reminded to stop for school buses

Four new fires in northwest region

MNR fire helicopterThe MNR continues to monitor fires throughout the northwest region. (PHOTO COURTESY MNR)

The forest fire hazard remains low throughout the Northwest Region despite four news fires.

According to the MNR, Ft. Frances Fire#15 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Marmion Lake. The ministry is also fighting Ft. Frances Fire #16, but it is not under control at 0.1 hectares. It's located on an island on Marmion Lake.

Nipigon Fire #20 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Brace Lake. Thunder Bay Fire #15 has been declared out at 0.1 hectares and was located near Shabaqua.

There are now eight fires that are being monitored in the northwest region.

Even with the new fires, the MNR says they're continuing to lend our personnel and equipment throughout Canada.  As of Aug. 28, there are 255 personnel on assignment out of Ontario, including 45 in the Northwest Territories and 210 in British Columbia. The personnel include Incident Management Teams, Ontario Fire Rangers and overhead staff

In addition, the ministry has provided 430 power pumps, two values protection units, 41 portable relay tanks and 10,000 lengths of hose to British Columbia.

This map shows the general location of Ontario resources on out-of-province assignments.

View a map of active fires at

For FireSmart tips visit

A link to the Ontario Fire Danger Map can be found at This map shows the forest fire hazard for the province and is updated daily.

Report forest fires in the Northwest Region and the Northeast Region (for areas north of the French and Mattawa Rivers) by dialing 310-FIRE (3473). Southern region forest fires can be reported by calling the local fire department.

For more information:
MNR firefighters helping through deployments
Ontario MNR still sending forest fire crews to BC

Longbow Lake fire hall garage sale this Saturday
Longbow LakeThe Longbow Lake Fire Department garage sale is taking place this Saturday.

Garage sale hunters rejoice! The Holy Grail of garage sales is taking place this Saturday.

The annual Longbow Lake Fire Firehall Sale begins at 9 a.m. and finishes up around 1 o'clock.

All of the items up for sale will be on display at the firehall. All money raised from the event will go towards the fire department.

Every year cars line the highway for miles. So, any interested buyers are encouraged to get to the department early for the best items.

For more information:
Longbow Lake fire hall sale
Longbow Lake garage sale today

Tania Cameron runs for trustee
Tania Cameron (2)Tania Cameron has thrown her name into the hat for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.

The list of candidates for a seat on the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is now at three. Tania Cameron has announced that she is running for election.

She explains why she decided to run.

"Well, actually, it was last municipal election that I had been very much concerned about education. My children were small, and I had been living over on Dalles First Nation. I soon learned that I wasn't eligible. So, since I've moved to Kenora in the last few months I thought, 'You know what, this time around I'd like to give it a shot,'" she said.

Cameron said her biggest concern is the Ojibway language program in the school system. She said the lack of First Nation students graduating from high school should be a red flag.

"I have a huge concern for the Ojibway language program. There's not a lot of aboriginal students that are graduating. So, I would like to see what I can do as a school board trustee to improve the number of aboriginal graduates," she said.

Cameron explains what she would focus on in order to make that happen.

"I want to address some of the concerns I have as a parent. The Aboriginal language, curriculum, what is out there on aboriginal studies. Kenora has a very high aboriginal population. We have a very righ local history, and I would like to see our curriculum reflect that," she said.

Cameron said she would be a good trustee because of her diverse background. Cameron was formerly the federal NDP candidate for the Kenora riding. She finished third in 2008 and second in the race in 2011.

Cameron is also known for her leadership during the Idle No More movement. She's been living in the area since the mid-90s and has three children in the school system.

There are still three vacancies for anyone interested in running to become a part of the school board. Deadline to apply is September 12th.

For more information:
Local Idle No More web session
March marks 40 years since uprising

Reynard runs for seat on Kenora council

reynard - dan 2 aug 28Dan Reynard is running for council this fall, after decades of volunteer work in the community.

Kenora has a new candidate for a seat on council. Dan Reynard has filed his nomination papers for the fall election.

"I'm excited about where we're going. I see a lot of positive aspects lately. I see people wanting to invest in the community," he said.

Reynard has been active in the community through the hospital board, as well as minor soccer and hockey.

"My concerns are infrastructure. We need to continue finding other sources, because with the bridges, sewer and water... We can't be putting that money on the taxpayer," he continued.

Reynard has served for more than 30 years with minor hockey in Kenora, and he was chosen as a local leader for the RBC program back in 2007.

At this point, the other names on the ballot for council this fall will be Kelvin Chicago-Boucher, Greg Potvin, Jeff Van Walleghem and Brent Scott.

For the mayor's chair, Lydia Harlos has joined incumbent Dave Canfield in the race. Voting day is Oct. 27 and the deadline for nominations is Sept. 12 at 2 o'clock.

For more information:
2014 Election Information

Shandis Duguay announced as new General Manager at Q104
Shandis DuguayShandis Duguay stands in front of the Q104 station in Kenora.

Today is a special day for Q104 as Shandis Duguay has been announced as the new General Manager of the radio station. Golden West Vice President Richard Kroeker was in Kenora this morning to make the announcement.

"We are proud to announce that Shandis Duguay will be the station manager for Q104. She is from the northwestern Ontario region, raises a family here and we're excited that she can take on this new challenge and lead this radio station to new heights," he said.

Shandis has lived in Northwestern Ontario for the last 19 years and most recently has been Sales Manager of the station.

"We've seen explosive growth due to hiring local people and focusing on local information and we believe that Shandis will be able to continue that and bring it to new heights as we move forward," said Kroeker.

For more information:
Golden West Radio

Kenora Hydro fixing downed lamp post
Hydro PoleA lamp post lies across the sidewalk on Main Street after it was hit this morning.

Pedestrians are asked to use the sidewalk in front of city hall today, while crews work to repair a lamp post.

The post, which now lies in front of the professional building across from city hall on Main Street, was knocked down by a semi-truck early this morning.

Kenora Hydro crews were on scene right away to fix the damage.

Police have charged a 56 year-old Winnipeg man with failure to report an accident, in connection with the incident around 5:30 this morning.

For more information:
Telephone pole takes some damage
Impaired woman charged after hitting pole

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