May 2017

OFL Supporting Provincial Labour Changes

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 16:01 PM

Years of lobbying has paid off for labour and poverty groups in Ontario.

The provincial government has agreed to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019.

Chris Buckley is the President of the Ontario Federation of Labour and he says many people worked behind the scenes to make this happen.

Buckley stresses it just proves that when people take issues seriously and start having the conversation, positive things can happen across the province.

Today Is Tim Hortons Camp Day

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:40 AM

Your visit Wednesday to Tim Hortons can help send a youngster to camp this summer.

The CKDR Morning Show was at the Tim Hortons store in Dryden this morning to help launch 'Camp Day'.

Proceeds from coffee sales will go to the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation for its camps both in Canada and the U.S.

General Manager of the Whiteshell, Manitoba camp, Justin Dubreuil says their camps are free to eligible youth.

Electoral Boundaries Meeting Tonight In Dryden

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:33 AM

The Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission continues to collect feedback on a proposal to create two new provincial ridings in northern Ontario.

A public consultation session will take place Wednesday night in Dryden.

The proposal calls for a new riding to be created out of Kenora-Rainy River and also Timmins-James Bay.

The idea is to provide better representation at Queen's Park for people in remote and isolated communities.

Tonight's session will take place at the Centre from 7 until 9.

Local Volunteers Recognized By Local Seniors Organization

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:11 AM

Well deserved recognition for some hard-working Dryden area residents.

Patricia Region Senior Services celebrated the work done by volunteers for Patricia Gardens and other seniors programs at an appreciation luncheon at the Ukrainian Hall.

Tammy Rollins and Tracy Rottler says they hold this event every year to show that the Patricia Gardens appreciates the work they do.

They stress volunteers help run various programs including Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visiting, frozen meals, meal deliveries, life enrichment programs and social lunch programs.

Vote Now For Red Lake Food Box Program

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:04 AM

The Red Lake Food Box program is a finalist in the Tbaytel Good Community Fund and now it needs your help.

On-line voting is underway and you can vote as many times as you want.

Voting ends June 8th at 11:59pm

Fund Coordinator Laura Foulds says there are a total of five finalists.

Foulds says they looked at ideas that would improve participating communities for the long-term.

She notes the top two projects will each receive $5,000.

Here is the link for voting:

Dryden Council Gives OK To Start Work On Soccer Complex

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 09:56 AM

It's been a long time coming, but construction can now begin on a new Multi-use Soccer building at Rotary Park in Dryden.

Council has paved the way with the awarding of a contract to J.M.S Northwestern Contracting.

A report indicates, Dryden Youth Soccer has raised roughly $650,000 in funds and about $37,000 of in-kind work.

Staff says the contract allows for construction to begin as well as the hook-up of sewer, water and hydro.

They note a contingency fund will also be available.

Feds Provide Funding In Lyme Disease Battle

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 09:52 AM

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott wants to see an improvement in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease.

The government is now spending $4-million to help achieve that.

Philpott says the number of cases is rising year over year.

Philpott says the most recent data they have is from 2015 when there were roughly 914 cases in Canada.

An estimate from the Public Health Agency warns there could be 10,000 new cases by 2020.

She notes more work is needed to educate health care professionals and members of the public.

Potential Battle Brewing Between Province And Domtar

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 09:46 AM

A dispute has erupted over who is responsible for the investigation of possible mercury contamination at the Dryden Mill site.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change says a Director's Order under the Environmental Protection Act is being proposed to require Domtar to prepare and implement a detailed assessment to determine if the Dryden mill site is an ongoing source of mercury.

A Ministry Spokesperson told CKDR News that the order would require the installation of monitoring wells, an analysis of groundwater and soil samples and a geophysical survey of the site.

Police Board Being Investigated

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 09:42 AM

Frustration over police investigations is growing for First Nation leaders.  

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says Thunder Bay Police aren't an option anymore for dealing with the growing number of river deaths in that city.

Rainy River First Nation Chief Jim Leonard says they've lost faith in the service and they want the RCMP to investigate the 2015 death of Stacy DeBungee.