June 2017

Border Cats To Teach Kids Baseball

Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2017 06:58 AM

Kids from the North Caribou Lake First Nation are going to be pointing to the sky like Babe Ruth.   

The Border Cats are putting on a two hour training camp in their fly-in community today.

Manager Dan Grant says they want to instill in them the love of sport.

He says they'll be talking about the importance of nutrition and how sports raises confidence.  

Grant also says they couldn't be doing this without the help of mining company Goldcorp.

 

 

Registrations For Canada 150 Parade Ending Soon In Sioux Lookout

Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2017 07:01 AM

The Canada 150 Kick Off Parade in Sioux Lookout is ending their registrations soon!

Individuals, Businesses and Organizations are being urged to register for the Thursday parade by Monday!

Spokesperson Tiana Korobanik wants people to register as soon as possible since there are only a few groups registered right now and many last minute groups are expected.

She says if people register sooner, it makes the planning process run a lot smoother.

Korobanik also says they are holding the parade on Thursday so they can spread the Canada Day events out a bit.

Traffic Changes Introduced In Dryden

Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2017 07:31 AM

The City of Dryden has taken a step to make some streets a little safer.

Council has approved several changes that will soon impact motorists.

Parking will not be allowed during certain periods of the school year near Open Roads School.

Signs will be erected indicating No Parking Monday to Friday, September 1st to June 30th between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm on the south side of Wood Street between Birch Avenue and Wood Close.

Kenora Lobbying For Lower Police Costs

Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2017 07:01 AM

As Dryden now begins the OPP costing study, the Mayor of Kenora is lobbying for lower police costs.

Their bill for policing is almost $5.7-million this year, a drop of almost $400,000 from 2016.

Dave Canfield says even though their costs have dropped over a million dollars in the last five years, there is still room for improvement.

Canfield notes they still sit in the top six in the province for policing costs.

He says their cost per household for policing is about $700, compared to just $200 for other communties of similar size in southern Ontario.

Indigenous Population Could Have Huge Impact On Future Of Kenora District

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 18:01 PM

The First Nations population will have a major role to play in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Kenora District.

That's one finding in a new report for the Northern Policy Institute on the workforce and economy of the district.

Spokesperson Amandine Martel says the Kenora District needs to respond to the needs of the Indigenous population.

Martel says it's imperative that all communities work together with the First Nations to create employment and education opportunities.

OPSEU Deals Receive Split Results

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 15:01 PM

It's still too early for Premier Kathleen Wynne to claim victory in her government's attempt to extend contract agreements with provincial public servants.

On one hand, the general membership of the Ontario Public Service Union voted to accept the four year extension, but on the other hand, members who work as jail guards in the province, have turned thumbs down to the proposal.

Talks will continue with that group to come to a deal.

York Regional Police Called In To Help Thunder Bay Police

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 11:01 AM

The province's Chief Coroner says his decision to bring in an outside police force to help Thunder Bay Police investigate recent First Nations deaths is about getting the best answers.

Dirk Huyer has ordered the York Regional Police to help look into the deaths of Josiah Begg and Tammy Keeash.

Huyer doesn't see his move as questioning the police force and its credibility.

Huyer says it will bring in a "fresh set of eyes" and different perspective to look at all the facts into the investigations.

Fundraising Bike Ride Stops In Dryden

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 11:01 AM

A couple of Toronto men are almost halfway through their fundraising bike ride for the Sick Kids Hospital.

Sean Squires and Nir Meltzer arrived in Dryden Thursday on their cross-Canada tour for Meagan's Walk.

Meltzer says they are raising money for a little known cause, which is pediatric brain tumour research.

So far the two have raised about $54,000 for the cause.

They hope to complete their bike ride in the next month.

For more information visit www.meaganswalk.com

Dryden Police Will Have Access To Naloxone

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 09:05 AM

Dryden Police officers will soon be equipped with an essential tool in the fight against Fentanyl.

Chief Doug Palson says officers will have access to Naloxone starting next week.

The nasal spray is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose situations and will be used to protect officers and members of the public.

Palson says there are policies in place on its use and notes all members of the force have been trained.