The new year started off with a bang, as the head of Kenora's hospital -- Mark Balcaen -- announced his resignation, and local Tory Greg Rickford got involved in the provincial party's sudden leadership race.
"We're not taking our eyes off the goal here. It is to get rid of a government that has handled Ontario's affairs irresponsibly," said the once and future cabinet minister.
By June, there would indeed be a new Tory government at Queen's Park under a new leader. As the year progressed, the whiff of scandal would also claim the police chief in Thunder Bay and the chief at Grassy Narrows.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to Pikangikum First Nation the same month a new initiative would begin to connect the remote community to the provincial power grid. Before the end of the year, the long-awaited connection would finally be made. In hopes patience does pay off, Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield would again lobby Queen's Park for new sources of revenue.
"The money has to come from somewhere, and as we've said to the premier, then you'd better tell us where the money's going to come from, because it can't come from property taxes. We're tapped out. So, there has to be a new revenue stream. If that's not the one you want, then tell us the one you want," he said.
Persistence is certainly the key for Randy Linklater, as he was among the many trying to kick the meth habit in the district. The drug would bring an increase in break and enters, as well as violent crime.