September 2017

NOP Leader Calls For Resignation Of Southern MPP

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2017 00:48 AM

The leader of the Northern Ontario party is calling for the resignation of Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi.

The Liberal member continues to face the heat after he was heard in the Legislature referring to northern Ontario as "No Mans Land".

Trevor Holliday says the comments by Rinaldi are an insult to our residents, but also shows the lack of respect to our First Nations who had many of their traditional lands stripped from them when the province was first being formed.

Safety Tips From Electrical Safety Authority

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2017 00:48 AM

Another friendly reminder to always be safe with your electric devices and appliances.

Dr. Joel Moody from the Electrical Safety Authority says there is no such thing as a "safe shock", noting small shocks can still cause permanent damage.

Moody says 110 kids under the age of 15 go to the emergency room in Ontario every year, more than half of them being under the age of 5.

He says preventative measures should be taken such as installing tamper-resistant outlets and replacing frayed cords.

One More Honour For Chris Pronger

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2017 00:46 AM

It was a special day for Dryden's Chris Pronger.

Pronger was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame at a special ceremony Saturday night in Thunder Bay.

Pronger is one of hockey's most decorated defensive stars.

He played in 1,167 NHL regular season games with five teams, recording 157-goals and 541-assists.

Pronger won the 1999-2000 Hart and Norris trophies and hoisted the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007.

He won gold for Canada at the 1997 World Championships and 2002 and 2010 Olympics.

Time Running Out In Aviva Community Fund

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2017 00:43 AM

The clock is ticking on taking advantage of the Aviva Community Fund.

Project ideas will be accepted until 5 o'clock Monday afternoon.

Julia Oudeh says any municipality, organization, non-profit group as well as others can submit an idea or project that they believe will positively impact their community.

Oudeh notes the fund looks for projects focused on the environment, health, education, skills training, research or community revitalization.

More than $1-million in total funding has been made available.

Wasaya Airways Accepts TSB Findings

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2017 00:42 AM

Wasaya Airways is acknowledging the findings of a Canadian Transportation Safety Board review of a fatal plane crash on December 15th, 2015.

The company says the loss of Captain Nick Little and flight 127 near Pickle Lake can't be undone, however they can learn from the event and take every precaution to make certain that it never happens again.

Officials say they have enhanced and implemented safety procedures based on the findings and stress changes to their flight operations department and aircraft loading and maintenance procedures have been made.

Terry Fox Activities Monday At New Prospect

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:58 AM

New Prospect School in Dryden is preparing for its Terry Fox Run activities.

Vice-Principal Ryan Graham was a guest on the CKDR Morning Show Friday and he says fundraising efforts will reach a fever pitch on Monday.

Graham says their annual walk will begin at 1:30 and there will be a dunk tank to follow.

He says students have been making daily $1 donations to have their favourite teacher nominated for the dunk tank.

The highest pledge owners will be plunged into the icy waters.

Graham says their fundraising goal is $2,000.

TSB Releases Cause Of Fatal Wasaya Crash

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:22 AM

The cause of a fatal Wasaya Airlines crash near Pickle Lake is being attributed to icy conditions

The Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the direct cause of the December 2015 crash, was an ice build up on the Cessna aircraft.

TSB Spokesperson Eric Vermette says another factor, was the airline's practice to allow this type of plane to fly into such weather.

Vermette says the aircraft wasn't certified to fly in icy conditions.

Toys For Tots Ride Tomorrow In Sioux Lookout

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:17 AM

Motorcycle enthusiasts will gather in Sioux Lookout Saturday for the 13th Annual Toys for Tots Ride.

Rick Jaworski is with the Sioux Lookout HOGS Chapter and he says all donations will support the Friendship Centre to help families in need during the Christmas time.

You are asked to bring an unwrapped gift valued at $10 or more.

The toys should cover the ages of 1 to 18.

Jaworski says the Ride starts at 1:00pm at the Tourist Information Centre.

He is hoping for a big turnout, noting anyone with a motorcycle is welcome to join them.

New Trappers Store Opening In Dryden

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:08 AM

Trappers rejoice, a store is coming to Dryden to suit your needs.

"The Palace" will be in operation starting on Saturday, with an open house from 10:00am-4:00pm and a barbecue from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at 123 Queen Street.

Owner Marc McNay says there is a need for a store like this since many people have to drive to Winnipeg to get their trapping supplies.

McNay says there's a lot going on in a tiny space as he is also manufacturing a product called "Bear Balls".

He adds the store has a studio and green screen for his TV show "The Real Deal".

OPP Launch Fall Seat Belt Campaign

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 07:02 AM

Provincial Police will be keeping a close eye on motorists and their passengers for the next week.

The annual Fall Seat Belt Enforcement campaign is underway.

Sergeant Shelley Garr says despite all of the warnings and a provincial law being in place for decades, some still don't get the message.

Garr says in three fatal vehicle crashes in northwestern Ontario this year, improper seatbelt use was identified.

She adds 124 people were charged for not wearing their seatbelts during last years campaign.