Highway Construction Underway to Make Northern Ontario Better
Friday, 17 May 2013 11:09
A couple of highways in our area are under construction to help travelling in Northern Ontario easier for families and businesses. The expanding of Highway 69 south of Sudbury and the reconstruction of 16 kilometers of Highway 124 near Magnetawan are two of ten projects currently on the go with help from Northern Highways Program. Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure Glen Murray says the Liberal government is committed to improving Ontario's infrastructure across the province and these projects will create jobs, strengthen the economy and help keep goods and people moving for years to come. The 2013 Budget proposes an investment of more than $35 billion over the next three years which would support over 100,000 jobs on average each year.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 11:12
Ottawa Area Earthquake Felt Locally
Friday, 17 May 2013 09:56
An earthquake centered west of Ottawa has been felt in Parry Sound and Muskoka. Earthquakes Canada says it measured 5.1 with aftershocks of 4.2.
Bob from MacTier explains his experience.
A man on Campbells Road in Bracebridge also felt it.
The Moose has received numerous calls from across cottage country with accounts the earthquake and there are even reports of it being felt in Toronto.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 09:57
Festival of the Sound Hosting Community Fundraiser at Stockey Centre
Friday, 17 May 2013 09:55
The Festival of the Sound has made it possible to support a number of local groups all at one event. Festival Director Jennifer McGillvray says they have rented the Stockey Centre tomorrow and invited local community groups to help each raise money for their causes.
Groups include the Biosphere Reserve, Museum on Tower Hill, Tower Hill Gardeners, Harvest Share, Community Living, Lakeland Long Term Care, Parry Sound Beavers and the Parry Sound YMCA. The event gets started tomorrow morning at 9:00 and goes until 4:00 then will finish with the spaghetti dinner.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 09:56
ARC Makes Recommendation to School Board on West Parry Sound Family of Schools
Friday, 17 May 2013 07:26
The Accommodation Review Committee has come to a consensus on what to recommend to the Near North District School Board. At last night's final ARC meeting, the committee narrowed their options down to two with over 75 percent voting in favour of an option brought forth by parent rep Darrin O'Brien.
O'Brien says the recommendation will mean grade seven and eight students will spend time in the high school.
The next step in the process would be the board receiving the recommendation as information on June 25th before making a decision whether to accept the proposal or deny it on September 24th. There will be one final public meeting before September 24th where members of the ARC committee and the public can address the board members to plead their case for this proposal. No date has been set for that meeting yet.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 07:27
LCBO Workers Avoid Strike Ahead of Long Weekend
Friday, 17 May 2013 06:39
You'll be able to buy liquor at LCBO stores in Parry Sound and Muskoka this weekend. A tentative deal has been reached between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the union representing its workers, just hours before the midnight deadline. The potential for a strike had many residents scrambling to buy liquor before the Victoria Day Long Weekend.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 06:41
Parry Sound Terry Fox Run Could Be Cancelled
Friday, 17 May 2013 06:38
The Terry Fox Run in Parry Sound is in danger of being cancelled. The Terry Fox Foundation is looking for someone to oversee the 2013 Parry Sound Terry Fox Run. Ontario Provincial Director for the run Martha McClew says the Parry Sound event has been with us since the early 80's with over $92,000 raised here for innovative cancer research. This year's Terry Fox Run will be Sunday September 15th and anyone interested in organizing the Parry Sound run, please contact Kim Smith at 416 924-8252 or
for more information.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 06:39
Province Spending $18M for Municipalities to Recover From Flooding
Friday, 17 May 2013 06:07
The Province is helping communities like Bracebridge and Huntsville rebuild and recover from the recent flood damage. Support is being provided through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP), which will help people in declared disaster areas clean up and repair their homes and small businesses. The up to $18 million in funding will also be used to rebuild essential municipal infrastructure like bridges and roads. Areas receiving support include: Bancroft, Bracebridge, Huntsville, Lake of Bays, Magnetawan, Minden Hills, Ramara, South Algonquin and Sundridge. The province will continue to work with all affected municipalities to assess the full extent of flood damage and determine eligible costs. Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing says the province will continue to work with municipal partners to recover and rebuild so that communities can return to normal as soon as possible.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 06:09
Conservation Officers Want Boaters to Think Safety This Spring
Friday, 17 May 2013 06:06
The Ontario Conservation Officers Association are joining with the Canadian Safe Boating Council to encourage everyone to think boating safety this spring. North American Safe Boating Awareness Week begins this Saturday and runs through until May 24th. Ontario Conservation Officers will be patrolling Ontario's waterways to both enforce fisheries regulations and to help ensure the safety of recreational boaters and anglers. Drowning claims lives every spring in incidents that could be prevented by preparing yourself and your boat, not drinking and boating, wearing a life jacket, and being aware of the dangers of being in cold water. OCOA President Joe McCambridge encourages anyone who goes on the water this May long weekend to take a few minutes to consider their safety before heading out.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 06:27
Port Carling Nursing Station Hopes to Be Open in 2015
Friday, 17 May 2013 05:28
Now that land's been donated for a new Port Carling Nurse Practitioner Station, organizers are looking ahead towards it's opening. Muskoka Lakes Councillor Allen Edwards who heads up the nursing station committee says it will be called the Brock and Willa Napier Wellness Centre, named after the couple who donated the 13 acres the facilities will sit on. The property will house the Port Carling Nursing Station, Andy's House Hospice Centre and the Port Carling Lions Club Seniors Retirement Home. Edwards gives a timeline they hope to follow to get the station built.
To learn more about fundraising opportunities to make the station a reality, visit muskokalakes.ca