April 2017

LU Prof Surprised At O'Leary Decision

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 12:05 PM

Kevin O'Leary's decision to pull out of the Conservative leadership race is still causing reaction.

A political science professor at Lakehead University is still scratching her head.

Laure Paquette says the move definitely took her by surprise.

She says she was preparing to watch what she calls a snoozefest with the latest debate, when she saw the news.

Paquette believes O'Leary let his supporters down at the last minute. 


New Report On Northern Health Released

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 10:01 AM

Many of us take to heart that life is too short, but for those living in northern Ontario, life expectancy is 2 to 3 years shorter than those living in other parts of the province.

That's according to a Health Quality Ontario report, which indicates residents will likely die before the age of 75.

The 'Health in the North' report reveals the main causes of premature death are suicide, circulatory disease and respiratory disease.

Authors of the report say there are stubborn and persistent deficiencies in the care people receive in this region.

GLC Celebrating Canada's Birthday With Musical

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 09:01 AM

A special performance for Canada's special birthday.

The Golden Learning Centre in Balmertown is hosting a school-wide musical 'Canada 150!' Wednesday and Thursday.

Production Director Maureen Reid and School Principal Debra Geary were guests on the CKDR Morning Show Monday to promote the show.

They stressed the 161 students involved are anxious to perform.

Show times are noon and 6:30 both days and there are still some tickets available at the school.

This is the ninth musical for the school.

PACE Looking To Raise Its Profile

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 07:31 AM

The rebranding continues for Patricia Area Community Endeavours.

The agency encourages local community and economic development through small business loans, non-profit funding, counselling and support to entrepreneurs and community groups.

Chair Rob McClendon stresses they have taken a special interest to promote their agency.

McClendon says they want to get their name out there and get PACE seen and heard.

He notes they are out with a new website and are now more active on Facebook.

Special Constable Now Training With Dryden Police

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 07:31 AM

The Dryden Police Service is set to crack down on pets wandering the streets and motorists taking up parking spots for lengthy periods of time.

Chief Doug Palson says a special constable is now training with the police force to fill a long time void of parking enforcement and pet control.

Palson says the individual should be fully trained within a month and will then be out hitting the streets.

Palson says they want the officer to be fully trained in all aspects of policing.

Another Scam Hits Area

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 07:10 AM

A new scam to be aware of in Northwestern Ontario.

This scam however comes in the form of old fashion snail mail.

Reports to the Acadia Newsrooms are saying a letter is going around from a company that is located in London, England.

The letter from Blue Gate Professional INC contains tons of information about a potential cash inheritance.

People receiving the letter are then asked for a name, address, phone number and email.

If you have received the letter do not reply or send any of your information.

Fort Hope First Nation Receives Big Donation

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 07:10 AM

A generous donation for youth in Fort Hope First Nation.

Kenora MP Bob Nault has delivered new inflatable play structures for indoor and outdoor use, a giant kin ball and 20-new pairs of skates and helmets.

The money was raised by Janaki Mehta, a student at Sir John A. McDonald Secondary School in Waterloo,

Mehta was assisted by a group of student volunteers as well as the Canadian Tire JumpStart program.

Fort Hope lost its community centre to a fire last April, resulting in roughly $1-million in repairs.

Local MPP Not Impressed With Provincial Budget

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 07:01 AM

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says the latest budget is not a good one for Northwestern Ontario.

Campbell believes the $11.5-billion in new funding for health care isn't all what it's cracked up to be.

She calls the commitment "woefully inadequate".

Campbell notes all the government is doing is pinning hospital funding to the rate of annual inflation.

She says after nine years of cuts to hospital budgets, the Wynne government still isn't doing anything to fix the problems they created.