April 2018

Chamber Of Commerce Head Tours Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 10:51 AM

The head of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce feels local chambers are still healthy and important.

Rocco Rossi has completed a tour of northwestern Ontario.

He admits there are some challenges with membership, but overall the organization as a whole is strong.

Rossi says they still represent over 60-thousand businesses, almost a third of the Ontario economy in terms of jobs.

He stresses that's a force to be reckoned with.

Rossi says ensuring their members concerns are heard will be the focus heading into the upcoming provincial election.

New Deal For Hospital Workers

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 10:33 AM

A tentative contract has been reached for Ontario hospital workers.

The deal still needs staff approval, but the union's negotiating with the Ontario Hospital Association say they were able to achieve language aimed at addressing violence in the workplace.

It also includes a wage increase, and no concessions.

The agreement was reached with CUPE, the SEIU and Unifor, forming a first-ever alliance in the talks.

City Of Dryden Preparing For October Vote

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 09:51 AM

The City of Dryden is getting an early jump on this years municipal and school board elections.

Clerk Debra Kincaid says there are a number of changes for the October 22nd vote, including the local introduction of Internet and telephone voting.

Kincaid says they will be providing more information and holding public education sessions in the new future on the new voting method.

She notes the campaign period has been shortened, with the nomination period set for May 1st to July 27th.

Police Seize Oxycodone And Cocaine In Shoal Lake #39

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 09:42 AM

There are growing concerns over illicit drugs in First Nations communities.

That's according to the Treaty Three Police Service, vowing to identify local community drug dealers, investigate their activities and lay charges.

Police have arrested two people following a drug probe in Shoal Lake #39.

Officers from the Street Crime Unit carried out a traffic stop and seized a quantity of oxycodone pills and cocaine.

Police say a 51-year-old and a 29-year-old man have been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Stewart Lake Lodge Suffers Major Damage In Fire

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 09:28 AM

Provincial Police are investigating the cause of a fire that gutted the Stewart Lake lodge and gas station.

The blaze was reported around 9:00 o'clock Sunday night.

Machin Fire Services was initially contacted and the Longbow Lake Volunteer Fire Department was called out for mutual aid.

Crews were on site until about 3:00 Monday morning, but were called out again around 8:00am to deal with some hot spots that had reignited.

The Stewart Lake lodge is 25-kilometres west of Vermilion Bay on Highway 17.

Legion Working With City To Upgrade Cenotaph

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 09:18 AM

The Royal Canadian Legion says it's working with the City of Dryden to upgrade the Cenotaph.

President Doug Miranda says they are securing funding for the make-over, stressing the monument is outdated.

Miranda says the parging is either broken, missing or cracked.

Miranda adds the plaque will be changed to include recognition for those who went to war in Afghanistan.

War Amp Key Tags Are Being Sent Out

Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2018 08:01 AM

If you haven't already received them, War Amps key tags will soon be at your door.

Jamie Lund says when you attach the tag to your keys, it acts as a safeguard if someone manages to find them.

Lund says lost keys can be dropped off at any Canada Post mailbox.

She says each tag comes with a toll-free number that you can call and the keys will be returned at no cost.

It's a free service but you are encouraged to make a donation to help ensure the long-term stability of the program.

DREAM Committee Celebrates Work Done With Grant Money

Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2018 07:31 AM

A $50,000 grant has helped the City of Dryden complete some renovations at the Memorial Arena.

The money was used to install automatic sliding doors, as well as upgrade the main lobby and washrooms.

Manager of Tourism and Community Initiatives Nicole Gale says the work was badly needed.

Gale says the investment brings together partners and communities, gives the City a positive point to talk about the area and celebrate sports in our community.

Gale says she supports everything being done by the Dryden Recreation Expansion and Modification Committee.

Award Winning Indigenous Film Maker Alanis Obomsawin To Visit Sioux Lookout

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2018 07:31 AM

An award winning Indigenous filmmaker is making a stop in Sioux Lookout Sunday to showcase Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance.

The film is based on real life events and what Alanis Obomsawin observed in person during the 75-day standoff in Oka, Quebec in 1990.

The historic confrontation propelled Canada into the international spotlight and launched Indigenous issues into the spotlight.

The municipality was attempting to expand a golf course and build condominiums on Mohawk cemetery property.