September 2018

Alarming Report On Deaths Of Children In Care

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 12:16 PM

Ontario's Minister of Children, Community and Social Services is promising immediate action on a coroner's report on the deaths of children in care.

Of the 12 deaths investigated, eight were aboriginal youth from northern communities and eight committed suicide.

The report has five recommendations including improved mental health services.

Minister responsible Lisa McLeod says there also needs to be improved co-ordination of services for youth in care.

Changes Coming To Outdoors Card And Hunting Licenses

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:52 AM

Changes are being made to Ontario's Outdoors card for hunting and fishing.

The whole process will be going on-line at the end of November and Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Jeff Yurek says it will make it easier to get a licence.

However, while the change-over is being done, you won't be able to get a new licence between November 19th and 25th.

As well, licences needing a game seal won't be available from November 19th to December 31st.

Starting on January 1st, game seals will be replaced by game tags.

Dryden Celebrates Franco-Ontarian Day

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 15:01 PM

The Franco-Ontarian community came together as one Tuesday to celebrate its heritage and culture.

A flag raising ceremony was held at Dryden City Hall to mark the start of Franco-Ontarian day.

Claudine Savage is the Principal at Ecole catholique de l'Enfant-Jesus in Dryden.

Savage says the more they expose people to this kind of community event, the more they retain their language and rights as Francophone's in the community.

She adds it's important to recognize the cultural diversity of this community.

B.C. Man Charged Following Red Lake Area Fishing Trip

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 15:01 PM

A fishing trip north of Red Lake has ended up costing a Vancouver, British Columbia man.

Wayne Jensen has been fined more than $3,250 for possessing an over-limit of walleye.

Conservation officers stopped Jensen on the Nungesser River on May 27th and an investigation turned up three large bags of walleye fillets.

Officers found 19-walleye, 15-more than his limit.

New Contract For Child Welfare Agency Workers

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 08:53 AM

A new contract has been secured for some 30 unionized workers at Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.

The Indigenous based child welfare agency serves Anishinaabe residents from ten First Nations across the Kenora and Rainy River districts.

Members of Unifor Local 324 have voted 88% in favour of the four year deal.

The contract includes a 7.25% increase in wages, increased employer pension contributions, 14 annual statutory holidays, 15 annual sick days, expanded paid leave, a generous retirement allowance and improved benefit coverage.

PC's Act On Scrapping Green Energy Act

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 08:50 AM

The PC government has started the process of scrapping the Green Energy Act.

Legislation has been introduced at Queen's Park.

Energy Minister and Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford says the only thing green about the bill was green lining the pockets of Liberal insiders.

Rickford says the legislation also represents the largest transfer of money from the poor and middle class to the rich in Ontario's history, with no regards to the people who actually pay hydro bills.

New Committee Set Up To Look At Massive Deficit

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 08:49 AM

Premier Doug Ford calls it the "worst political scandal in Ontario's history", pledging to get to the bottom of it.

Ford is referring to a new report revealing he is inheriting a $15-billion deficit from the former Liberal government.

He says the first step is forming a parliamentary committee that will have the authority to call witnesses, collect documents and gather evidence.

Ford calls it a bold next step to restore trust in government.

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli calls it an unprecedented scandal in recent Canadian history.

Five Members Of Dryden Council Cleared Of Wrongdoing

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 08:40 AM

Five members of Dryden City Council have been cleared of any wrongdoing over their handling of the fire service remodel.

Two separate complaints were filed against Nick Beyak, John Carlucci, Norm Bush, Martin MacKinnon and Mayor Greg Wilson on April 12th and 18th alleging a pattern of behaviour that amounts to "collusion", "bullying", "intimidation" and "harassment" and failing to act in a transparent or democratic manner when it made changes to fire services in Dryden.

Confederation College Meets With Area Students

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 08:21 AM

Sixteen different Ontario Colleges are out promoting themselves to area high school students.

The annual College Information Program tour stopped in Dryden and Ignace on Monday.

Confederation College's Cheryl-Lyn Lamers says it's aimed at helping students find out about programs they want.

Lamers says if one school doesn't offer a certain course, others are on site to provide additional information.

She notes most of the graduating students tend to stay in the region and that's why they want to target them early.