Friday, February 10, 2012
The federal government announced today, it’s changing its strict customs policy. The Travelling Action Plan now allows Americans with minor criminal offences a one- time waiver into the country.
Kenora MP Greg Rickford says the safety of all Canadians is still the government’s number one priority. Individuals will still have to comply with CIC and CBSA approval before crossing the border into Canada.
“We do feel that this is an important first step, temporary in nature, as the long-term solutions I think we'll take on from the industry itself,"
Kenora MP Greg Rickford along with Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism made the announcement with a firm belief that this will increase tourism numbers in the Kenora District.
Smith Camps owner/operator Al Smith agrees adding that millions of dollars in revenue has been lost affecting everybody not only those in the tourism industry.
Some members of the Opposition have come out saying the government needs to allow private companies to operate the air ambulance service.
MPP Bill Mauro disagrees.
“At this point we’re all very happy with what the Minister has done to try and rectify some of the problems that have excited at ORNGE for some time. In terms of that suggestion again not being clear, I’m not sure our government is interested in privatizing health care.”
The Province recently put a not-for-profit air ambulance co-ordinator in place after firing former CEO Chris Mazza.
A building on Wellington Street engulfed in flames early yesterday morning.
The Sioux Lookout Fire Department was able to contain and extinguish the blaze.
No one was injured and the cost of damage is unknown.
Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP or Crime Stoppers.
Australian based Coventry Resources has started a drilling program at its gold project.
It's the first work the company has done on the 120-square kilometers of property, located adjacent to Rainy River Resource's project, north of Barwick.
The company is also doing exploration work at Cameron Lake near Nestor Falls.
The final vote is expected to come down on Wednesday.
Rafferty feels there are more important issues the Federal Government should be focusing on instead of the gun registry.
Parliamentary Assistant for Aboriginal Affairs Greg Rickford says the report contains some useful information.
The panel traveled across the country last year and held a day of hearings on
the Rat Portage First Nation.
The tiny community south of Kenora had the largest population growth in Northwestern Ontario in the last five years.
Bill Thompson says they have been trying to be pro-active to attract more people.
The population of Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls grew by 7 percent in the last five years, while the rest of the Kenora District saw a 10 percent drop.
Sergeant Shelley Garr says they have hired a consultant to conduct a Community Satisfaction Survey.
Garr says the telephone survey is confidential and will be used to help develop OPP business plans for each of the detachments in northwestern Ontario.
Council has approved a modest increase in rates for the Castle of Learning and Discovery Center.
Before and after school rates will be rising by a dollar a day starting March 1st.
Pre-school day care and toddler rates are also going up by a dollar a day.
Recreational Services manager Colleen Neil says the programs continue to be very popular and are full with a long waiting list.
City Council promised to establish the Youth Council last year after receiving a couple of deputations from local high school students.
No date has been set for the first meeting of the Youth Council, but councilor Rory McMillan says they will be gathering input from city staff about some of the issues they'd like to discuss.
The term of the youth council is a short one.
Its scheduled to expire this June.
A 70-year-old woman was fatally injured when a 21-year-old mentally ill man grabbed the steering wheel and sent the bus into the ditch on Highway 17.
The judge says there was no negligence on the part of police, Greyhound, or the bus driver.