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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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Dryden gets new Deputy Treasurer
Alvin Allim2Alvin Allim is joining the financial team in Dryden as the new Deputy Treasurer.

A new Deputy Treasurer is joining the financial team in Dryden. City Council welcomed Alvin Allim this week.

Allim brings more than 22 years of experience in the hydro industry after living in Bruce County where he worked at Wellington North Power Inc., a southern Ontario hydro-electric distribution company. Allim will work closely with Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie on the 2014 budget. He is a Certified General Accountant with an Honors Degree in Commerce.

Throughout his career, he has progressed through many management positions in accounting and finance including Accounting Supervisor, Manager of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

He has worked in hydro utilities in Waterloo Region, Norfolk County and Bruce County. Allim began on April 7 and is still in the process of moving his wife and four children to the city of Dryden.

For more information:
Dryden delegation to address changes to postal service
Dogs, cats and other strays at Dryden City Hall

Dryden monitored fire alarms changing dispatch centre
Dryden firefightersAll monitored fire alarms in Dryden will now be dispatched through the Kenora Central Ambulance and Fire Communications Centre.

The City of Dryden Fire Service is advising the public that monitored fire alarms in local homes or businesses will be changing their dispatching centre. Dryden Fire Chief Ken Kurz, explained what is happening.

"After 35 years the Dryden Police Service is no longer dispatching fire departments. So they won't be getting the calls from monitoring companies to page out the fire department in the whole area from Red Lake to Ignace. We'll all be dispatched from the Kenora Central Ambulance and Fire Communications Centre," he said.

Kurz also spoke about what kind of situation that would apply to.

"This is if no one's home when the alarm goes off, or someone is home and the alarm goes off, a monitoring agency could be monitoring it in Toronto or Vancouver. They receive the alarm and have to have the proper phone number to call the dispatch centre to send the fire department," he said.

Kurz said homes and businesses with monitoring systems should ensure that their alarm monitoring provider is aware of the change and have the correct contact information for fire dispatch. He also emphasized that this will not affect service at all and that this is only for monitored systems and anyone with an emergency should still always call 9-1-1.

For further information or if you have any questions please contact the City of Dryden Fire Service at 807-223-1178.

For more information:
Reminder to get carbon monoxide detectors

Curling planning committee gets started tonight
CurlingThe Keewatin Curling Club along with the Kenora Recreation Centre will host the 2015 Northern Ontario Traveler Men's Curling Championships.

After making the announcement yesterday, Keewatin Curling Club President Hayley Smith is very excited about being named the host for the 2015 Northern Ontario Traveler Men's Championships. She spoke about how they focused on hosting the event at the Kenora Recreation Centre in their sales pitch.

"We just thought that it would be a really great place to hold it. All of the national events are held on arena ice. So all of the athletes at this level are very used to playing on arena ice and they really like arena ice. So we thought it would be a really good selling feature for our bid and I guess it worked," she said.

The Northern Ontario Traveler Men's Championships are the finals to determine who will represent Northern Ontario at the Tim Horton's Brier. Smith said that means Kenora will be very likely to see Canadian Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs in action.

"It's a super thing for the city of Kenora. I think it will really boost tourism. February is traditionally a slow month everywhere in Northern Ontario. So with an event like this it will be a real boost to the tourism industry. And that we'll get to see some world-class curlers is amazing. We don't get that opportunity very often and we think it's a fantastic opportunity for our curling club and the city of Kenora," said Smith.

She noted that between now and then there is a lot of planning that needs to take place. A planning committee meeting is scheduled to take place tonight at the Keewatin Curling Club beginning at 7 o'clock.

"We're always looking for volunteers that are interested in putting this event on," she said. "With the variety of sub-committees required to host an event like this we feel there is something for everybody in terms of where you interests lie, your skill sets lie and if anybody wants to come out and help we're more than happy to accept all offers of help we get."

For more information:
Brad Jacobs to curl in Kenora
Keewatin Curling Club

Festival wraps up, prepares for Hi-Lites concert
knox churchThe Hi-Lites concert will be held at 7 o'clock at Knox United this Saturday.

The Kenora District Festival of the Arts is wrapping up tonight before bringing together the best performers for the Hi-Lites concert on Saturday. Festival President Len Mark spoke about the show.

"The Hi-Lites concert will be held at Knox United starting at 7 o'clock on Saturday the 26th. What the concert is, is the adjudicators, who have been here for the last three weeks, have selected a number of performers who they feel should be heard again so that's their opportunity," he said.

Mark said each adjudicator chooses their favourites and an alternative from each discipline so there are a variety of acts.

"Piano, band, strings, choral, solo voices, theatrical productions and choir so there's a real nice variety. Also the choices for visual art will be on display as well," he said.

After the concert there will be a small reception to honour the 70th Kenora District Festival of the Arts.

For more information:
Festival of the Arts continues over Easter weekend
Flashmobs celebrate Festival of the Arts

Reminder to get carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon MonoxideDryden Fire Chief Ken Kurz is reminding people about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors.

After the death of a couple in Nipigon due to carbon monoxide poisoning, Dryden Fire Chief Ken Kurz is reminding people about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors.

"Carbon monoxide is, as we can see just as deadly and just as dangerous and even more so because you don't know what's happening to your home. In a fire situation sometimes you have a warning, smoke or noise. Carbon monoxide is definitely very serious so we're pushing for them," he said.

Nipigon residents Yvan Gaujean, 60, and Claire Limag-Gaujean, 45, were found dead in their home Monday afternoon. Their eight-year-old son was found alive and taken to hospital.

"It's generally and mostly always colourless, odorless and tasteless. It really is the silent killer," said Kurz.

Kurz encourages everyone to get a carbon monoxide detector in their home. He said one a simple solution is to buy a fire alarm that also acts as a carbon monoxide detector.

For more information:
Fire, carbon monoxide safety an assest, firefighters

Survivor Week begins at TA
Survivor week (2)Survivor Week begins today at St. Thomas Aquinas.

Survivor Week begins today at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Organizer and teacher Nicole Lentz explained what Survivor Week is all about.

"Survivor week is a school wide fundraiser that we do every year in honour of one of our former students Richelle Giasson. It's grown into a big fundraiser and a fight against cancer. We've all lost people and been affected by cancer so we like to give the kids a bit of hope and to do something positive," she said.

Giasson was diagnosed with cancer in June of her Grade 9 year and passed away in November of her Grade 10 year. Her close friends began Survivor Week as a way to honour her. All the money raised will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

"Last year we raised over $5,000 and this year our goal is $6,000," said Lentz.

Survivor Week 2014 Schedule:

Thursday, April 24:



30+ of our Saints staff & students will be sold to the highest bidder ~ once bought, the Saints will be expected to volunteer their brains, brawn and humour to the benefit of their purchaser(s) for the day on Friday.  In the past we've seen some hilarious outfits, some awesome "to-do" lists and a whole lot of creativity!


Show Us Your Colours Dance

We will be lighting up the night with a neon, fluorescent and glow dance party!

Friday, April 25

8:45 - 3:30

Teacher Lock Up

Classes will bid to be in the top four for each period... teachers from the top classes will be locked up in the foyer jail cell for the duration of the period while their students enjoy movies, games and sunshine!

11:45 - 12:45

Hair Raiser

Our annual Locks of Love event will see the following staff, students and alumni donating 10+ inches of their hair to the foundation that provides wigs for those undergoing treatment.

Grade 7 Student - Madeline Graham

Senior - Daria Bastone

Teacher/Coach - Michelle Cournoyer

Alumni - Daniella Tsentourous

Monday, April 28

11:45 - 12:45

Scavenger Hunt

Students will work in partners to complete a scavenger hunt in the shortest period of time!

Tuesday, April 29


Biggest Bake Sale Ever

Students, staff and parents are baking up delicious goodies for the bake sale that sells out in under an hour every year!  All goodies are available for 1$ to 2$

Wednesday, April 30



We finish our week of memories, celebration and support with students and staff buying a sidewalk square in front of the school.  Sidewalk chalk is provided and creativity is on display as they chalk a square in memory of those who are gone, in awe of those who have won and in support of those who are fighting.

For more information:
Survivor Week at T.A.

Infrastructure, energy and winter roads important at NOMA, Canfield
Canfield 2Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield along with other Northwestern Ontario mayors is in Fort Frances for the NOMA annual meeting.

After last night's meet and greet everyone will get down to business today at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association's annual meeting. President and Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield spoke about having Premier Kathleen Wynne in attendance.

"To have the Premier come to an event like this is great. We don't always get premiers to come to the NOMA meetings so we're pretty happy about that. It's really hard to say (what she'll speak about). There's nothing leaked about what she's going to talk about. It might be just to meet and greet and find out what our concerns are and what we feel is important but at the same time we'd love to hear a great announcement," he said.

Canfield along with other mayors will get a chance to speak with Premier Kathleen Wynne today as well as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Bill Mauro, Minister of Northern Development & Mines Michael Gravelle and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer. Canfield listed some of the topics they'll be focusing on.

"Infrastructure is big. It's always been big in Northwestern Ontario because of the roads, bridges and a lot of things like that. MPAC is a huge issue across a lot of the communites. Energy is also a big issue, of course around meeting the needs of the increase in the forest industry, mining industry and other opportunities in the next few years. Whether that energy is gonna be there and we want to make sure it is," he said.

Winter road maintenance will also be an issue discussed after Transportation Minister Glen Murray suggested the municipalities in Northwestern Ontario enter into a public and private partnership to deal with keeping the roads safe.

"We'd be a little hesitant on that because of what happened back in the late 90s with the downloading of highways and bridges and stuff but we'll listen to what he says," said Canfield. "I think there is going to be a lot of questions on the highway maintenance. It was a bad year probably the worst we've had right across Northwestern Ontario for cold and snow. The weather plays a major role but if there are requirements the contractors aren't meeting we'll be talking about that and how they hold the contractors to task."

The meeting begins this morning and will continue until Friday afternoon.

For more information:
Transportation Minister will talk winter road maintenance at NOMA

Regional chiefs suggests ways to reduce incarceration rates
beardy - cooRegional Chief Stan Beardy of the Chiefs of Ontario addresses incarceration rates in the northwest.

Regional Chief Stan Beardy of the Chiefs of Ontario offered some remarks on the opening of the new court house in Thunder Bay. Before he became regional chief, Stan Beardy was the grand chief for the remote communities of Nishnawbe Aski Nation. So, he's very familiar with the issues facing northern First Nations.

"It's only when people understand what the issue is that we can come up with solutions," he said. "We're so very hopeful with the new law school in Thunder Bay that, in future generations, we'll be able to understand why there's such a huge gap in terms of who's in jail and who's not in jail."

While First Nations people make up only three or four per cent of the population, they often make up the vast majority of prison populations across the province. In the Kenora District, the situation is even more pronounced. Beardy notes 131 of 139 inmates at the jail last year were from First Nations.

"When you look at those statistics, in terms of people that are in jail, I don't know if it's so much that they committed serious crimes. I think what we need to understand here, is that yes, Canada has an excellent, excellent legal system, but there is no justice system for First Nations people," he said.

At the official opening of the Thunder Bay court house, the regional chief was pleased to see accommodations for cultural ceremonies and practices. However, he'd like to go further. He'd like to see changes in the legal system, so that aboriginal people didn't end up at the court house in the first place.

The regional chief is hopeful the new law school at Lakehead University will help new lawyers to understand and take advantage of alternatives, such as healing circles and diversion strategies for less serious crimes.

For more information:
Kenora connection to new Thunder Bay court house

Golf courses prepare for summer
KenoraGolfThe Kenora Golf and Country Club is preparing for the upcoming golf season.

Although some snow still litters the ground, golf course employees are back at work getting ready for the 2014 season. Head Professional and Facility Manager at the Kenora Golf and Country Club, Jennifer Hollins, spoke about when everyone got back to work.

"In the pro-shop we started out here on April 1. So we've been busy getting new stock out and setting up for the season to come. Our maintenance workers, one started in March and one started at the beginning of April. So we're just getting the course ready," said Hollins.

Unfortunately, she said it's too early to pick an opening date as too much depends on Mother Nature still.

"It's sort of weather pending. We're hoping to get our driving range open first and that depends on when the snow clears from the tee deck. I can't see the course being too much longer after that so hopefully it'll be soon. But Mother Nature, it's left to her," she said.

For more information:
Kenora Golf and Country Club
Beauty Bay Golf Course

Highway 17 down to one lane

A portion of Highway 17 has been shut down once again. OPP are still cleaning up after last night's tractor trailer fire and have closed one lane of traffic. Constable Ronni Grosenick offers an update.

"So our members have been at the scene sionce 11 pm last night cause there was a tractor trailer carrying paint that was on fire. So the fire has been extinguished but right now it's down to one lane while they clean up the mess. There's paint everywhere so it's quite messy," she said.

All vehicles are encouraged to travel through Kenora for the next couple of hours.

Last night the trailer of a tractor trailer caught fire 3 km west of Highway 596, the Minaki Highway. The fire shut down the Trans-Canada for several hours until the fire was extinguished around 7 this morning. Now it has been shut down again in order to clean up.

For more information:
Trans-Canada rerouted due to fire

David Caissy joins Doc Walker
Dave CaissyDavid Caissy is joining Doc Walker as the touring lead guitarist.

Local musician David Caissy is joining Canadian country band Doc Walker as the touring lead guitarist and background vocalist. The audition took place last Sunday and Caissy was invited to join their touring band for the summer of 2014.

"Couple of weeks ago I got a text message from Steve Broadhurst, the drummer, saying 'would you be available to do some dates with Doc?'" said Caissy. "I said 'ok umm sure, maybe.' It was kind of a big deal so I went and auditioned on Sunday and after a couple of songs they said, 'so you're good for all the dates?' and I said yeah and they said 'ok great!' so I guess I'm in."

Caissy is a huge supporter of local music and as owner and chef at The Bijou Steakhouse, is well known for bringing in great live entertainment and local artists. Now Caissy will get to perform at Harbourfest in front of his home town of Kenora.

"That's the big one for me. I mentioned before my kids know me as a cook and now they'll get to see me play guitar which is huge," he said.

Fans of the band and Caissey will get to see Doc Walker on Friday August 1st at the Whitecap Pavilion during Harbourfest 2014.  

For more information:
David Caissy - full interview with Ken O'Neil

Lots of work ahead for Rec Centre, Derouard
finalsLots of work needs to be done before slopitch teams can hit the dugouts.

After a long and snowy winter, athletes are hoping for a warm spring to help keep leagues on schedule. Recreation Programmer for the City of Kenora, Megan Derouard, spoke about when they hope to start the Kenora Slo-pitch leagues.

"Our official opening day will eb on the May 20, but that is all weather permitting," she said. "There's still some residue of snow on the diamonds so once that is gone and the water is starting to move we need to get on the diamonds and do maintenance on the diamonds."

The Days Inn Ladies Slo-pitch league had their spring meeting last night. Derouard said she is hopeful they can start on time but even if the snow melts maintenance still needs to be done.

"If we can get people on there sooner we will try our best. But the number one responsiblility for oursleves and the City of Kenora is the safety to our residents. So we want to make sure we have the time ot get on there and do the maintenance so the diamonds are ready," she said.

Derouard said the tennis courts and beach volleyball courts also need tending to before anyone can begin playing on them.

For more information:
Ladies Slo-pitch meeting tonight

Grade 6 orientation day at Beaver Brae
OrientationGrade 6 students participate in a Foods academy orientation at Beaver Brae.

Students in Grade 6 from King George, Evergreen, Valleyview and Keewatin Public visited Beaver Brae yesterday. Foods academy teacher Janet Hyslop explained what was going on.

"Today is a Grade 6 Transition Day. So we take the four elementary schools from the public board. We've got all the the Grade 6 students up here to get them used to the idea of coming to the high school which is going to be their school next year," she said.

The students were split into groups and rotated through four academy classes during the day including, food, music, gym and shop.

"First we went to the music room which was really cool. Mr. Ott is a really fun teacher. Next we went to the wood shop which was cool cause we got to carve a '7' and paint it purple. Then we went to the gym which was really cool cause we got to try out all the activities there," said Grade 6 student at King George, Keerstin Guinto.

Students were given a sample of each academy class to help them decide which classes to take in Grade 7.

"I think it's important so the kids have a picture of where it is they are going to be. Also to give them an idea of what they are expecting in terms of an experience and to get them excited about it. To know a friendly face, to get familiar with the teachers, the building itself and with the administrators as well," said Hyslop.

For more information:
Grade 7 to 12 model in Dryden?
New tech class popular at Beaver Brae

Kenora schools celebrate Earth Day
EarthDayValleyview students make seed bombs out of mushed up paper and wildflower seeds.

Children celebrated Earth Day yesterday in schools throughout Kenora. From picking up garbage at Beaver Brae to a fun hands-on Earth Fair at Valleyview, everyone got involved to learn about the environment.

One of the organizers of the Earth Fair, Teika Newton, spoke about what was taking place.

"We're having an environmental fair for earth day. This is sponsored by the Valleyview School Council. We got a parents reaching out grant through the Ministry of Education, so the purpose of that grant is to encourage parent engagement in the school. So what we thought what we would do is host a day time lunch and learn and an environmental fair," she said.

Traditional Anishinaabe teacher Kaaren Dannemann spoke at lunch about the natural world. Throughout the day children visited the gym with their classes to take part in numerous stations.

"We have a station where we're making seed bombs, so it's paper pulp with seeds mixed in. You can throw that into a waste lot or whatever and it'll grow flowers. We have a mosaic art project where students are writing how to care for the Earth, how to care for themselves and how to care for the community. We're also making mason jar beehives as well," said Newton.

Other stations included a recycling station where children learned about recycling, a maple syrup making station, a medicinal herbs station where they learned how to use wild plants and a station about aquatic invasive species.

"This is always so much fun to do with kids. Kids are really enthusiastic and are great stewards for the environment. They just get so revved up about caring for the Earth and if you do things that are hands on with them it just gets them so much more engaged," said Newton.

For more information:
City launches Green Leaf Campaign
Clean up, clean up

Trans-Canada rerouted due to fire
photo-17Firefighters try to put out the flames on the Trans-Canada near Kenora Tuesday night.

Police closed the Trans-Canada, as firefighters battled a fuel truck fire last night.

Traffic was stopped in both directions, as flames could be seen above the flashing lights. Despite the chance of an explosion, firetrucks poured in for mutual aid. They were joined for a while by paramedics, who stood by, until the apparent danger seemed to diminish.

photo-18After the departure of the ambulance, the fire continued to burn, and trucks remained stationary in both directions until after midnight.

Traffic finally started moving again around 1:30 in the morning. Police rerouted traffic through Kenora, as the truck trailer continued to burn. Firefighters believe it contained paint.


Businesses encouraged to clean up
LisaLyleLisa Lyle stands in front of the Zen Den which sports a Green Leaf sticker on its door.

Today is Earth Day and Lisa Lyle from Harbourtown Biz as well as the City of Kenora are encouraging businesses downtown to clean up. They launched the Green Leaf campaign last week. Lyle spoke about how easy it is to keep the storefront clean.

"It's easy to do it takes you about five minutes. You don't even have to do it everyday. Every couple days sweep up, clean up and pick up the garbage that's in front of your business," she said.

Lyle said it's important to clean up the city now during the spring thaw.

"This time of the year is overly yucky. Just with the snow melting and everything surfacing from the wintertime. It;'s not the best time but it's fairly easy to clean up if you keep on top of it," she said.

For more information:
City launches Green Leaf campaign

A navy vet remembers...
BillHorneRoyal Canadian Navy vet Bill Horne shares his memories of his war-time service above the escort ship HMCS Merrittonia, during the Battle of the Atlantic in 1944-45.

You can find almost anything on the internet these days. Recently, navy veteran Bill Horne of Kenora found a copy of a documentary featuring his old ship, HMCS Merrittonia. It brought back a lot of memories from his service, during the Second World War.

When he was 18, Horne was actually in the air cadets at the time, but the only jobs they had in the air force were cooks and tail gunners.

"The average lifespan of a tail gunner in combat was eight minutes. So, I didn't really want that," he said.

When he decided to enlist, he went with Bob DeGagne of Norman, but they had to say they were going to join the army, in order to get a free train ticket to Winnipeg.

That didn't quite work out. After they arrived in Winnipeg, there was a storm overnight and they couldn't get any breakfast.

So, they went over to the Navy, instead. Horne says HMCS Chippawa was a much nicer place, with a swimming pool.

"We were the two most anxious people to join up," Horne recalled. "A month later, they came looking for me in Keewatin. My mother said 'You're too late. He's in the navy.' "

After a month in Winnipeg, Horne was shipped to Dow's Lake in Ottawa for basic training, then on to Ste-Hyacinthe in Quebec for eight weeks.

"I was a wireless operator and a decoder," he said, recalling memories from long ago.

On Dec. 31, 1944, he set sail from Halifax. They took off to Bermuda for a maiden voyage.

"We had a green crew on. It was a new boat. Nobody knew their job, but after three months, they got the order to go to sea," he remembered.

"HMCS Lanark was our frigate. That was our senior officer. These are corvettes: were Copper Cliff, Hawkesbury, Merrittonia, Parry Sound, Castle Bay. It was made on the Clyde River in Scotland," he said.

During the Second World War, the Canadian Navy grew to be one of the largest in the world, as the country met the challenges of war.

According to the Canadian War Museum, Canada’s navy in September 1939 included only 3,500 personnel, and six ocean-going warships. By the last months of the war, the navy had grown to a strength of over 95,000 personnel. The fleet committed to the Battle of the Atlantic included some 270 ocean escort warships.

In 1945, Canada possessed the third-largest navy in the world after the fleets of the United States and Britain. The most important measure of its success was the safe passage during the war of over 25,000 merchant ships under Canadian escort. These cargo vessels delivered nearly 165 million tons of supplies to Britain and to the Allied forces that liberated Europe

Horne recalled their first convoy had about 100 ships, most of them carrying supplies, as they went from Newfoundland to Londonderry, Ireland.

"There was only six of us (corvettes) to protect us," he said. "It was absolutely terrible. The sea was our worst enemy. The submarines were next."

Any storm on Lake of the Woods pales by comparison.

"We got into one storm on our second trip over. It lasted for nine days. I'm just estimating the waves were 60 ft. high coming at us. That gives you a 60 ft. gully. So, you're climbing up this huge thing that's 120 ft., and you never quite get to the top. The top breaks off on the front of your ship," he said.

"They weren't very comfortable," he said, referring to the corvettes.

Crew members worked four hours on and four hours off. Then there were two dog watches from 4 'til 6, then another from 6 to 8, he said, adding they didn't work the same hours from one day to the next.

His main job was to relay messages, and it could be tough in rough seas.

"There was just a sliding door, and I could get a look at the guy trying to steer the ship," he recalled. "When that bad storm hit, that I was tellin' you about, there were only two seaman qualified to steer the ship. One of them was Kenny McKellar from Keewatin. The other was old John, he was from the merchant marine. Old John was about 30. We were all so young. I was 19."

Horne actually lived across the street from Kenny, and it was unusual, since they didn't usually put people on the same ship with others they knew.

The escort duties themselves went relatively well. The convoys Horne served with only lost one ship.

"It was near the rear of the convoy. It was torpedoed, and we were detailed off to pick up any survivors. So, we went toward it. We started to circle around it, and it caught on fire and it blew up. There were no survivors at all. Nothing. Just people floating in the water. We couldn't even pick them up, because the submarines always came back to take a few pictures to show what they'd done. We would've been sitting ducks. We figured it must've been carrying aviation gas, because the explosion blew the ship all to pieces," he recalled.

"My exit station was bridge messanger. So, when the communications broke down, the communications were by voice pipe or telephone. All it takes is one shell, and everything's gone. I was to run here and there with the messages. In heavy seas, it was pretty dangerous," he said.

The leather boots they issued were pretty slippery. Once, he was almost swept overboard. So, he switched to running shoes, even in winter time.

The cold and wet was harsh, even on the machinery. They had to switch their winter routes, which used to run up near Iceland.

"It got so bad, the ships couldn't survive in the storms," he recalled.

The southern routes near the Azores were much better.

When the Germans surrendered in 1945, Horne volunteered to serve in the Pacific, because the war against Japan was still going. He was allowed a month off, and he returned for a visit to Kenora, before reporting for more service.

"It was the best summer of my life," he remembered, saying he visited the clubs and the dances.

During that summer, the two atom bombs were dropped on Japan, and the war ended. Horne's service was over by October.

During his years in the navy, he recalled serving with a North Bay resident, who had a real talent for drawing and later became an architect. Another was from northeastern Ontario, and they returned home together, but later lost touch.

"I wouldn't recommend it to anybody, but it had to be done," he said, looking back on it all.


For more information:
Canadian War Museum - Battle of the Atlantic
Veterans Affairs - Battle of the Atlantic
Images - HMCS Merrittonia

Pilots practice for fire season
water bomber - april 22
Pilots from the MNR practice their take offs and landings at Welcome Channel on Lake of the Woods in Kenora Tuesday. They took advantage of the open water, as they get ready for the 2014 fire season.

The 2013 was a relatively quiet fire season, compared with 2012 or 2011, which saw record breaking fires in northwest region. Still, Red Lake 31 was considered the largest in the province last year. It burned 18,556 hectares in the Pikangikum and Whitefeather Forest areas.

Provincially, operational spending for the 2013 fire season was estimated at approximately $112 million. This compares to approximately $172 million that was spent in 2012. The Northwest Region rounded out the season with a total of 357 fires, burning an area of 44,124.2 hectares. This is compared to the 664 fires in 2012 that burnt a total of 97,711.7 hectares.

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Police chase results in charges
OPP - side door

A 38 year-old Quebec man is scheduled to appear in Sioux Lookout court today, after a police chase Friday.

An officer from the Ignace Detachment of the OPP was on patrol on Hwy. 17 Friday, when the officer observed an eastbound motor vehicle travelling in excess of the posted speed limit within the Township of Ignace. The officer activated the police vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens and the suspect vehicle would not stop. 

Ignace officers continued to follow the vehicle. With the assistance of Thunder Bay and Upsala OPP detachment officers, a spike belt was deployed. It brought the suspect vehicle to a stop approximately 40 km east of Upsala on the Trans-Canada. 

The driver is facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight while pursued by a peace officer, contrary to the Criminal Code. If convicted, the decision to flee police could cost the driver up to five years in prison.

For more information:
Criminal Code - Flight while pursued

Soccer fields still snow covered
SoccerFieldsThe Tom Nabb Soccer Complex is still covered in snow.

After a very long and snowy winter, high school soccer seasons may have to be delayed in order to let fields dry. Head coach of Beaver Brae boy's soccer team, Greg Fair, spoke about when the teams are supposed to be begin playing outside.

"Our league season is supposed to start on May 7 but we're in discussions right now about how we proceed with that. Obviously both Dryden and Fort Frances are in a similar situation in terms of the weather and melting snow," he said.

Fair said they may even have to cancel their annual soccer tournament.

"Unfortunately it's looking more and more like our annual Boys and Girls Soccer Tournament I really doubt we're going to be able to do that this year. It's because of a concern for the surface. I don't want to run an event just for the sake of getting games when it could potentially cause a lot more damage than good in the long term," he said.

Players will not be allowed on the soccer fields at the Tom Nabb Soccer Complex until they are dry. Having players on before then could cause serious damage that would not recover over the summer.

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