February 2019

Sioux Lookout OPP Join MTO In Safety Blitz

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 15:54 PM

The Ministry of Transportation along with the Provincial Police are reporting results from a three day safety blitz in the Sioux Lookout and Pickle Lake areas from Monday to Wednesday.

The Ministry conducted 15 commercial vehicle inspections and a total of 14 charges were laid as well as one plate being removed for unauthorized use.

The charges stem from improper completion of pre-trip inspections, driver hours of work infractions, improper driver qualifications, improper equipment and vehicle registration and unsecured loads.

Dryden's Paul Heayn Adds To Municipal Portfolio

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 16:01 PM

Some additional municipal duties for Dryden's Paul Heayn.

He's been appointed as the new Integrity Commissioner in Fort Frances.

Municipal Clerk Lisa Slomke says he also serve's as the town's closed door investigator.

Slomke says it's a nice fit as there may be times where the two are closely related.

She notes every municipality budgets differently for the Integrity position, stating they have set aside $10,000 as a rough estimate.

Heayn acts as the closed door meeting investigator in Dryden as well.

Surge In Stuck Snowmachines; OPP Offer Safety Tips

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 08:26 AM

Provincial Police have seen a surge in calls from stranded snowmobilers on lakes across northwestern Ontario this winter.

Sergeant Mike Golding says riders need to ensure they are ready to brave the elements in case of an emergency.

Golding says many aren't prepared for an overnight excursion, noting they get stuck in the slush and get stranded because of a sudden drop in temperatures.

The OPP remind you to check ice conditions before heading out on area lakes and ensure you have emergency equipment with you.

Regional Agreement Inked To Support Forestry Training

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 08:18 AM

If you are a student thinking of taking a forestry course, you will have more opportunities thanks to a new agreement between Lakehead University, Confederation College and the Canadian Forest Service.

LU's Vice-President of Research and Innovation Andrew Dean says students will be able to work in six different federal labs and gain hands-on experience in different seams in the sector.

Dean says areas of interest include pest control, forest management and policy.

He notes the training will help participants get adjusted to working in a federal lab.

NDP Upset With Cuts To Indigenous Culture Fund

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 08:08 AM

A regional MPP is urging the Ford government to reconsider a decision to cut $2.25-million from the Indigenous Culture Fund.

Kiiwetinoong representative Sol Mamakwa stresses the fund answered calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Mamakwa says the money provided support for traditional teachings.

He says one example under the program is a project that teaches their members about harvesting and gardening, thus addressing issues of food security.

Sidewalk Plowing Delayed In Dryden

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 05:37 AM

Local residents hoping to venture down a nicely cleared sidewalk are out of luck for at least one day.

Dryden Public Works says due to unexpected mechanical issues with the clearing machine, sidewalk plowing has been delayed.

Repairs are expected to be completed Thursday, with operations resuming Friday.

The City is asking that you use extra caution when traveling to your destination.

Promoting Inclusion And Friendships With Special Olympics Athletes At DHS

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 16:01 PM

It was a chance to come together as one at Dryden High School on Wednesday.

Mainstream and Special Olympic athletes teamed up to take part in a Bocce and Track and Field qualifiying competition for the Invitational World Games in Toronto.

It was a joint venture organized by DHS, Special Olympics Ontario and law enforcement personnel.

Keith Nutley is a Volunteer with Special Olympics Ontario in Thunder Bay and he says this is a big moment for their athletes.

Nutley says the "united" concept builds great friendship and inclusion within the school.

Dryden Hospital Calling For Health Care Support TODAY

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 08:10 AM

The Dryden Regional Health Centre is calling for immediate support for hospitals as part of a provincial overhaul of the health care system.

Officials say Tuesday's announcement by the government sheds some light on how the future of health care may begin to look for Ontario.

In a statement, the hospital says "funding has not kept up with growing need at a time when patient volumes, labour costs, energy, regulatory requirements and other inflation have grown significantly."

It states that staff work hard to find efficiencies without compromising quality of care.

Regional Health Unit Playing Waiting Game On Health Changes

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 08:06 AM

The Northwestern Health Unit is unsure how changes announced to the health care system will affect its operations.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young Hoon says they have received no formal communication related to any changes to the public health system.

Young Hoon says "there is a lot of conversation about the need to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of the health care system".

Pink Shirt Day

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 08:00 AM

Ontario residents are invited to help promote diversity and respect in schools, workplaces and communities by wearing pink on Wednesday.

Pink Shirt Day originated in 2007 after two Canadian teenagers encouraged their fellow students to wear pink t-shirts in support of a peer who was being bullied.

Since then, schools, businesses, communities and governments across Canada have recognized the last Wednesday in February as Pink Shirt Day.