August 2018

Suspicious Death In Rainy River District Under Investigation

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 17:22 PM

Provincial Police and Treaty Three Police are investigating a suspicious death on the Big Island First Nation.

Police say they are in the very early stages of the probe. 

No information has been released on the victim. 

OPP say 26-year-old Stacy Comegan of Big Grassy River First Nation has been charged with one count of indignity to a dead body. 

He remains in custody and will appear in court on Tuesday. (File Photo)

Energy Minister Addresses Climate Change Plan

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2018 07:31 AM

"Climate change is real".

That's the admission of Ontario's new Energy Minister.

Greg Rickford is defending the government's decision to scrap the Carbon Tax, saying the PC government has a different philosophy on how they deal with the issue.

The Kenora-Rainy River MPP says they are joined by Saskatchewan on their stance on climate change.

He says they both have an interest in making sure resource projects thrive and they create economic opportunities.

Sunday A Very Busy Day In Dryden

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2018 07:31 AM

There will be plenty to do and lot's to see in Dryden on Sunday.

The Dryden Road Runners are hosting the 4th Annual Taylor Gardiner Memorial Bike/Car/Truck Show.

It's being held along Government Street on the north side of Highway 17.

Anyone can drop by the registration tent near Canadian Tire and register and showcase their ride.

It's being held from 10:00am until 3:00pm, with prizes at 2:00pm.

Meantime, the Dryden GM Ice Dogs are hosting their Intrasquad game with warm-up at 11:00am at the Memorial Arena.

Dryden Fire Continues Smoke Alarm Campaign

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2018 07:10 AM

The Dryden Fire Service is continuing a pro-active home smoke and carbon monoxide alarm awareness campaign.

Volunteer firefighters have been going door-to-door ensuring everyone has a working alarm.

Fire Chief Ryan Murrell says this is the first such prevention campaign since 2014.

Murrell says it is the law in Ontario to have a working smoke alarm on each storey of your home and notes most stop working after ten years of use.

He says there was some resistance at the beginning but states most people are now aware that it's all about public safety.

Dryden's History On Display In Toronto

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2018 07:01 AM

Pieces of Dryden's history are on display at the Ontario Legislature.

The Dryden and District Museum's exhibit titled "Gold Rush, Gold Rock, Ghost Town" is currently being showcased in Toronto.

Cultural and Tourism Coordinator Bethany Waite says the exhibit shows the impacts of the local gold rush in the 1890's.

Waite says it brought people to the area and helped develop the forestry industry as logs were needed to build structures for the mines as well as homes and a school.

Labour Day Weekend Enforcement Blitz

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 15:31 PM

Provincial Police are stepping up their enforcement on distracted driving this long weekend.

It has been the main cause of highway fatalities in Ontario over the past seven years.

Superintendent Tony Cristilli says it's not just about drivers talking on their cellphones, but includes texting and even reading while driving.

Last year, 83 people died in crashes related to inattentive drivers.

It's blamed for 31 highway deaths across Ontario this year.

Regional MP Leaves Parliamentary Role

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 15:31 PM

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak is stepping down from his role as Parliamentary Secretary of Indigenous Services.

In a post to his social media, he says the intense travel schedule associated with the position has prevented him from spending as much time as he would like with his young family.

The Liberal member was appointed to the position one year ago and he notes it was an incredible honour.

Dan Vandal, a Liberal MP from Winnipeg, is taking over.

Mixed Results In Latest EQAO Testing

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 15:01 PM

Ontario's elementary students are getting better at reading, but they continue to struggle at math.

The latest test results from the Education Quality Accountability Office show the number of grade 3 and grade 6 students meeting the standards for reading has improved since 2014.

Of students who wrote tests back in the spring, 75% of grade 3 students met the standard, a 4% increase.

There was a 3% improvement among grade 6 students with 82% meeting the standards in the 2018 testing.

In math, 61% of grade 3's met the standard this year, a 6% decrease from 2014.

Inquest Launched In Mining Death

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 14:31 PM

A regional coroner will hear an inquest into the 2014 death of a Lac Des Iles Mine worker.

38-year-old Pascal Goulet died on July 10th of that year after he was hit by a piece of broken ore 825 metres below the surface.

The September 12th probe will look into the circumstances surrounding his death and a jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar fatalities.

It's expected to last three days and hear from approximately 10 witnesses.

Defence Minister Visiting Regional Reservists

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 14:01 PM

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is on a fact finding mission meeting with reservists across northwestern Ontario.

He was in Thunder Bay on Thursday.

Sajjan says he's going to take back their concerns to Ottawa.

He says he wants to see first hand on what kind of training is needed, the issues they are dealing with, and learning what kind of adjustments are required to ensure a strong Canadian military presence in our area.

Sajjan says reserves play a big role in emergency situations in the communities they serve.