June 2016

Massive Power Outage Hits Dryden Area

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:50 AM

The power is back on in Dryden.

More than 5,000 Hydro One customers were left in the dark when the lights went out around 10:30.

Hydro One blames equipment failure for the outage.

Crews sprung into action to get the lights back on as power was restored around 11:15.

The initial time was pegged around 2:00.

The outage was wide reaching as Wabigoon Lake First Nation was also impacted.

 

CARP Calling For More Protection For Seniors

Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2016 07:31 AM

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons believes governments need to support immunization options that help adults over 65-years of age stay healthy.

Director of Operations Anthony Quinn says keeping seniors protected against the flu needs to be a priority.

Quinn notes a new flu vaccine has demonstrated improved protection for seniors, however the cost is not yet covered by the provinces.

A new survey found over a third of Canadian seniors believe they could face hospitalization if they get sick with the flu.

Kiwanis Club Enjoying Early Success And New Home

Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2016 07:31 AM

The honeymoon isn't close to over for the Kiwanis Club in Dryden.

The group was formed this Summer and has already been fully active in the community.

Local Club President Suzanne Joly Cesiunas says they have had a great working relationship with the City on positioning their clubhouse and activity tent.

Cesiunas calls their clubhouse near Government Dock the ideal location.

She says it's spacious, close to the water and allows them to be close to the community.

Cesiunas adds it's a great location to host community events.

Report Shows Major Gaps In Palliative Care Services

Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2016 07:01 AM

A new report reveals gaps in Ontario's palliative care services.

The report was produced by Health Quality Ontario and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Joshua Tepper stresses just over half of those who die receive palliative care.

Tepper stresses all terminally ill patients should receive services where and when they need it, as early as the time of diagnoses, no matter where they live.

He says palliative care programs make patients and family members feel supported and comfortable.

Hydro One Wants To Hear From You As It Sets Future Rates

Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2016 07:01 AM

Local residents are being encouraged to participate in a new survey that will determine new hydro rates.

The survey will likely come as welcome news to northerners frustrated with soaring rates and not being able to make ends meet because of their hydro bill.

Hydro One Spokesperson Tiziana Baccega Rosa says customer feedback is a crucial component when it comes to developing their new five-year plan.

Rosa notes input will help them identify how they can improve Hydro One services.

Free Fishing As Part Of Ontario Family Fishing Week

Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2016 07:01 AM

Hoping to hit the lake to catch some fish, but don't want to shell out money for a fishing licence?

Well don't threat, because Saturday marks the start of Ontario Family Fishing Week, where you can cast a line without a fishing licence.

Spokesperson Sarah McMichael says the purpose is to get adults, kids and families out of the home and away from the TV and enjoy what we have to offer in northwestern Ontario.

McMichael adds the campaign was also developed to attract new anglers.

Dryden Mayor "Canada Day Brings Communities Together"

Posted on Friday, July 1, 2016 07:01 AM

It's time to celebrate Canada's 149th Birthday.

Activities are being held Friday across northwestern Ontario.

Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson says an event like this is what makes a community.

Wilson says it showcases partnerships between organizations, clubs, city departments and individuals.

He is thanking the Kiwanis Club and Dryden Fire Service for their work in organizing festivities and the fireworks.

There will be fireworks at dusk in Dryden, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout.

OPP Urging You To Stay Safe This Boating Season

Posted on Friday, July 1, 2016 07:01 AM

Boating season is underway in the Northwest.

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Ronni Grosenick wants everyone to be safe on the water.

Grosenick adds it's important to inspect your boat before heading out and ensure it's in proper working condition and has all needed safety supplies.

She says the number on priority for anyone on a boat is to be wearing a properly fitted life jacket at all times and to ensure you aren't operating the vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Softwood Lumber Talks Continue

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 17:01 PM

Talks to come up with a new softwood lumber deal between Canada and the U.S. continue.

In a joint statement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Obama says important progress has been made, but there remains significant differences yet to resolved.

They've instructed their representatives to explore all options and report back on the key features needed to reach a deal.

The Prime Minister's Office is hoping for a settlement by the fall.