November 2018

National Recognition For Keewatin-Patricia District School Board

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 10:21 AM

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has been recognized for its work to improve Indigenous education.

The public board has received the Indspire Nurturing Capacity: Documenting Community Success plaque.

The distinction was awarded to the Board and Dryden High School's Four Directions Graduation Coach approach for demonstrating a positive impact on the success of K-12 First Nations students in the community.

The initiative was highlighted at the 2018 National Gathering for Indigenous Education Conference in Edmonton.

Dryden Comes Together To Recognize Our Veterans

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 09:23 AM

An amazing turnout Sunday for Remembrance Day events in Dryden.

There was no room to move at a morning ceremony and evening banquet at the Royal Canadian Legion, and hundreds braved the cold weather for the noon hour wreath laying at the Cenotaph.

Branch 63 President Doug Miranda says it was a day to honour our soldier's as well as come together as one.

Miranda says the idea of these ceremonies is bonding with veterans, Legion members and the community and ensure everything and everyone remains positive.

Campaign Aims to Cap Alcohol Tax

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 09:13 AM

If you like to take a drink now and again, get ready to be paying more.

An automatic escalating tax on spirits, wine and beer takes effect next April.

Jan Westcott is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Spirits Canada and he says the federal government has quietly imposed the tax hike.

Westcott says the increase will mean bar owners and eventually patrons will be impacted, noting it will be costing us a lot more than "pennies".

He warns bar owners will likely have to cut staff as alcohol consumption will go down.

Kenora MP On Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 09:05 AM

Kenora MP Bob Nault says the end of World War I is where Canada really came out as a nation and showed its strength on the international stage.

This is the 100th Anniversary of the conflict and Nault participated in Remembrance Day ceremonies in Kenora on Sunday.

Nault says they lost a lot of soldiers during the war, but adds Canada had a huge amount of award recipients.

He says yesterday was a day to remember the sacrifices made by our troops, but notes we should be doing that every day.

Nault says he had four uncles who survived World War II.

Youth Health Fair Tomorrow At Dryden Native Friendship Centre

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 09:00 AM

"Wellness Rocks".

That's the theme of a major interactive Youth Health Fair being held Tuesday at the Dryden Native Friendship Centre.

Diabetes Nurse Slyvia Bergman says a number of topics will be addressed including body image, nutrition, physical health, diabetes prevention, self-care, stress reduction, Internet, bullying, smoking, cannabis, vision care and opioids.

Bergman says service providers from the Friendship Centre, Northwestern Health Unit, Dryden Regional Health Centre, Dryden Area Family Health Team, Paawidigong and FireFly will be in attendance.

Dryden Legion Receives $2,500 For Upgrades

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 08:54 AM

The Royal Canadian Legion in Dryden has received a $2,500 donation from the Ladies Legion Auxiliary.

Branch 63 President Doug Miranda says the money will help them with major facility upgrades.

Miranda says he appreciates the financial support, noting it's difficult to raise funds right now.

Miranda notes he was surprised but thankful for the contribution.

He says one area in need of upgrades is the Legion kitchen.

Efforts Continue To Keep Generating Station Open

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 08:52 AM

The future of the Thunder Bay generating station remains in limbo, with one city councillor assuring us they haven't given up.

Larry Hebert admits for now, they're gathering information on ways to keep the plant as an Ontario Power Generation facility, as well as other options.

"We're not really that active in going after other groups, in terms of their interest, or what OPG might do for us."

Dryden Office Closures Today

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 06:24 AM

A number of closures to be aware of in Dryden in recognition of Remembrance Day.

The Dryden Landfill site, City Hall, Library, Museum, Children's Resource Centre and Public Works will be closed.

All federal and provincial offices are also closed.

Dryden Office Closures:

-Administration

-Building and Planning

-Finance Office

-Children's Resource Centre

-Dryden Landfill Site

-Dryden Development Corporation

-Human Resources

-I.T. Department

-Library

-Museum

-Provincial Offences Administration