Saturday, April 7, 2012

Band Still Taking Government to Court

The Attawapiskat First Nation is welcoming the news that Ottawa is removing the third party who has been handling the reserve's finances. They are however pushing ahead with legal action against the Federal Government, launched last year, to try and block the initial appointment. The band wants courts to refute Prime Minister Stephen Harper's allegation that the Northern Ontario band mismanaged federal funds during their housing crisis.

Seniors Want to Save Pensions

They're mad as hell and they aren't going to take it any more. A group of seniors in Northwestern Ontario is organizing to help protect their hard earned pensions. Allan Bedard is spear-heading the move and says the issue started up a couple of years ago surrounding the fate of the pensions of Abitibi workers. Bedard says they are also upset that the Federal Government has decided to increase the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 67 from 65.

New Health Care Network Innitiative Launched

Greater cooperation! That's what the Kenora Chiefs Advisory is hoping to accomplish with a new health care blueprint introduced last week by the North West Local Health Integration Network. Executive Director Joe Barnes says he's excited about the future. Barnes says for too long, heath care groups have been working on their own.

N.W.O. Fire Hazard Grows

The fire hazard is growing in Northwestern Ontario with the recent, warm, dry weather. Ministry of Natural Resources Information officer Debbie McLean says crews will be on alert this Easter Long weekend. She is urging people to use extreme caution with flammable materials in the wilderness. A fire in Lac Lu on the Minaki Highway on Thursday destroyed an old abandoned log home. Its estimated the log cabin was more than 130 years old.

Brush Fire on Mission Island

Thunder Bay's Fire Department spent it's Good Friday dealing with a brush fire on Mission Island last night. 9 crew members were called to the blaze just after 11 o'clock and were able to put it out. A fire spokesperson says the fire was a good size when they arrived and the wind helped to keep it contained.