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Lawsuit over Indigenous hunting and fishing rights argues treaty should go in the trash

Suit wants Robinson-Huron Treaty declared invalid and Algonquin territory recognized A lawsuit filed on behalf of 40 Indigenous hunters and fishermen in the North Bay area could have wide reaching implications. It claims the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850, which covers much of northeastern Ontario, is invalid, because the people who …

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Former West Nipissing official pleads guilty to uttering forged documents

A former senior official with the Municipality of West Nipissing will serve a six-month conditional sentence after pleading guilty in North Bay court Friday to a charge of uttering forged documents Other charges against Marc Gagnon, including fraud over $5,000, breach of trust, fraud on government and conspiracy to commit …

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Champlain Motel ruled uninhabitable, 10 to 12 people displaced

As many as a dozen people in West Nipissing have been displaced after municipal officials ordered the Champlain Motel be vacated. Jay Barbeau, West Nipissing’s chief administrative officer, said the building was order vacated due to its condition after officials conducted an onsite investigation Wednesday. He said social services agencies, …

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The Ontario Provincial Police will take over policing of West Nipissing

West Nipissing council voted 6-3 Tuesday night to accept the OPP proposal that will see the West Nipissing Police Service disbanded. Three members of council had sought a referendum on the issue, but were overruled by the majority. Mayor Joanne Savage, at Tuesday night’s meeting, pushed for more time to …

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COMMUNITY POLICING SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED!!

PRESS RELEASE The West Nipissing Police Services Board engaged a research group, Oraclepoll Research to poll the residents of West Nipissing with respect to the police costing process. The report was  presented to Municipal Council on December 5th 2017. In summary, survey results reveal mixed opinions from residents. While a …

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Cannabis Taxation – Letter to the Editor

As you are aware, our Government has developed an approach to legalizing, taxing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis that aims to keep it out of the hands of kids and keep profits out of the hands of criminals. That is why, after extensive consultation with the provinces and territories, …

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MURDER CHARGE LAID IN DEATH INVESTIGATION

STURGEON FALLS, ONTARIO – The West Nipissing Police Service has charged a 52- year-old Sturgeon Falls man with one count of first degree murder. Marc Pierre Gauthier made a brief court appearance late yesterday afternoon in North Bay and the case has been put over to November 28th 2017. He …

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WEST NIPISSING POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH

STURGEON FALLS, ONTARIO – The West Nipissing Police Service is currently investigating the death of a 39-year-old woman. The investigation is criminal in nature and the death is being treated as suspicious. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on November 14th 2017, officers from the WNPS responded to a disturbance call at …

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Cash and $20,000 of Drugs Seized

Drug Seizure At approximately 12:15am, October 28th , officers from the West Nipissing Police Service executed a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act search warrant at a Third Street residence in Sturgeon Falls. During a search of the residence police located and seized in excess of 200 grams of suspected cocaine, …

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The many perspectives of the Lake Nipissing pickerel dispute

Hunters and Gatherers is series looking at hunting and fishing in northern Ontario, how Indigenous rights can divide people, how some northerners find ways to share the resources and what sharing the land means for reconciliation. No matter which of its shores you live by and whether or not your …

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