February 2018

Rally For Tina Fontaine Held In Kenora

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 17:18 PM

It was an emotional day in Kenora. 

There has been outrage across the country following a not guilty verdict in the death of Tina Fontaine

Fontaine was only 15 when her body was found wrapped in a duvet, weighed down with rocks in the Red River in Winnipeg in 2014.

Community members gathered together for a walk in Kenora today to honour her memory and seek justice for what happened to her.

At the meeting place in Market Square an Indigenous doll with long dark hair and a blue skirt was found.

CIty Says Fire Protection in Place - Talks With Fire Fighters Continue

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 13:53 PM

The City of Dryden says fire protection is in place while it attempts to solve a dispute with members of the Dryden Volunteer Firefightes Association.

Late Thursday evening, the Executive of the Firefighters Association notified area media that they were suspending all services, citing the 'termination' of three of their members.  The Association is blaming the Mayor, City CAO, Council and says it has lost all confidence in Chief Ryan Murrell.

Later in the morning, volunteer fire fighters operating from the Barclay Hall advised they would respond to fires within Dryden.

TransCanada Highway Open to Single Lane West of Vermilion Bay

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 13:28 PM

Highway 17 is now open to single-lane traffic west of  Vermilion Bay after a deadly collision earlier today.

OPP confirm the driver of a pick up truck is dead after colliding with a tractor-trailer unit at about 8:30 this morning.

Police closed the highway just before 10 and opened it to single-lane traffic at 3:15 this afternoon.

The driver and passenger in the transport sustained minor injuries.

The investigation into the collision is continuing at the scene and Police ask motorists to drive cautiously while backed up traffic clears.

Barclay Fire Hall Ready And Willing To Cover Dryden Fire Calls

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 09:47 AM

The impact of a Dryden Volunteer Fire Fighters Association decision to suspend operations is still not clear.

In a late night press release to area media, the Executive of the Association says that they are no longer providing fire services due to the "wrongful dismissal of three volunteer fire fighters, one a captain of 18-years, and two fire fighters with a combined 46-years of service."

However, officials at the Barclay Fire Hall say they are ready to respond to any fire call in Dryden, noting District 2 is prepared to cover any potential void.

Walk For Tina Fontaine Today

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 09:24 AM

For the second time this month, there will be rally against a not guilty verdict in a high profile murder case involving an aboriginal person.

A walk for Tina Fontaine will be taking place this afternoon in Kenora starting at Market Square.

Raymond Cormier was found not guilty yesterday in the death of the 15 year old girl.

Her body was eventually found in the Red River in Winnipeg in August of 2014.

Just over a week ago, a similar march was held to protest the not guilty verdict in the Colton Bushie murder case in Saskatchewan.

Solomon And Sons Marking Five Year Anniversary Of Fire

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 09:08 AM

George Solomon and Sons Machining and Manufacturing hasn't missed a beat since losing its Dryden business to fire five years ago this week.

General Manager Roger Gould says the incident allowed them to rebuild and expand at their new location on Highway 17 in Oxdrift.

Gould stresses they wouldn't have been able to rebuild without the support from the community.

He says they now have a staff of 31-employees, with a full machining and welding shop.

He adds they have also been able to bring on four apprentices from the Dryden area.

Regional Reaction To Not Guilty Verdict In Death Of Tina Fontaine

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 09:03 AM

The not guilty verdict of second degree murder in the Raymond Cormier trial is being called a profound disappointment for First Nations across Canada.

The body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was found in the Red River in Winnipeg in August of 2014.

Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde says the verdict is a shock and a severe setback for justice and reconciliation in Canada.

Deputy Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation calls the Thursday verdict disturbing.

Details On Non-Compliance Order Released

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 09:01 AM

More details are being released on an order of non-compliance at the Rainycrest Long Term Care Home in Fort Frances.

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care says the facility is not meeting standards in several areas including infection prevention and control, staffing and the use of restraints.

In some cases there were repeat occurrences.

The home is no longer allowed to admit new residents until further notice.

The operator, Riverside Health Care, says its working to address the issues.

Canada Won't Be Playing For Gold Despite CKDR Listener Prediction

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 08:51 AM

Team Canada will be playing for a Men's Hockey bronze medal at the Olympic Games.

Canada was upset by Germany 4-3 Friday morning in the Semi-Final.

In a CKDR News poll, we asked for your prediction, and 52% were confident that we would bring home Gold, while 21% believed a Silver medal was in our future.

19% predicted Bronze.

PC Candidate Christine Elliott Stops In Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 08:46 AM

Christine Elliott will get action moving on the Ring of Fire, contrary to the lip service she accuses the Liberals of.

The Progressive Conservative leadership candidate was in Thunder Bay Thursday in a bid to gain support.

Elliott says she wants Indigenous leaders, developers and municipalities at the table.

She notes it's a $60-billion project, creating 5,500 jobs, and $2-billion annually for government revenues.

Elliott stresses the province needs to get everyone together to start building the roads.