Friday, August 20, 2010
Construction has begun on a new group home on Brinkman Road.
The facility will replace the aging Birchcliff Group Home on the Coker Road.
Bill Leonard is the executive director of Kenora Patricia Child and Family Services and expects construction will be complete before the end of next March.
The 2.2 million dollar project is located on the site of the playground of the old Our Lady of the Valley School.
The deadline to run in the municipal elections is jut three weeks from today.
So far only six people have signed up to run for one of six seats on city council.
Veteran Councillor Rory McMillan is the latest person to file his nomination papers.
He suggests the four year term of office may be too big a committment for some people.
There are also two people entered in the race for three trustee positions on the public
school board and two people running for one of five seats on the Kenora Catholic District
The deadline for nominations is September 10th.
The OPP says foul play is not suspected in the death of a person found in the bush near Ignace earlier this week.
Some people picking blueberries about 25 kilometers east of Ignace on Tuesday
discovered the human remains.
More information is expected to be released next week after a post-mortem exam is conducted in Toronto.
In the meatime, the OPP's NorthWest Region Forensic Identification Unit, the OPP Crime Unit and a forensic anthropoligist are continuing to investigate the incident.
The Alzheimer's Society for Kenora-Rainy River district is looking for more participants for this year's Ride for Memories.
It will take place on August 28th.
Executive director Lynn Moffitt says it's an important fundraiser for the society.
Registration can be done on-line or calling the Society's office in Kenora.
That's an increase of over 6-million from the last fiscal year.
Most of the money will be spent at its gold-bearing properties north of Barwick.
Three million will be used to explore of an area, 470 kilometres north of Pickle Lake, a project with Sudbury-based Northern Superior Resources
The Northwestern Health Health unit has re-opened Rabbit Lake Beach after shutting it down earlier this month due to high bacterial levels.
Earlier this week, Anicinabe and Garrow Park Beaches were also re-opened after water tests showed acceptible levels of e-coli bacteria.
The Ministry of Natural Resources says it will be sending another 222 firefighters and support personnel to B-C in the coming days.
A 19-person Incident Management team and three helicopter coordinators will leave tomorrow.
The rest will depart August 26th.
There are currentlt 334 MNR personnel working in B-C.
Minister for Northern Developmen, Mines and Forestry is happy to be keeping his portfolio.
Michael Gravelle says he thinks this week's cabinet shuffle was well planned.
Gravelle also says he's thrilled to be sitting on the Priorities and Planning committee of cabinet.
Gravelle says his ministry has a lot of issues to tackle over the next while and looks forward to continuing his work.
The OPP are investigating the discovery of some human remains near Ignace.
The body was found earlier this week in an area just off Highway 17, about 25 kilometers
east of Ignace.
The Northwest Regional Forensic Identification Unit, the Crime unit and a forensic
anthropologist have been brought in to help identify the body.
The OPP say no other details are being released at this time.