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Red Lake Team Wins Fall Classic

By BGW - August 31st, 2014 - 11:24pm

PhotoTwo days of intense fishing – one in sunshine and the second in rain – resulted in first place prize money of $12,000 for Terry Feriancek and Pat Wagner in this weekend’s Red Lake Fall Classic Walleye Tournament. A pair of big fish – both over 7 pounds – on the first day proved to be the difference and no one else in the field was able to catch their total of 33.54 pounds. Coming in second was the team of Darren Wrolstad and Harold Price, the only other team to break the 30 pound mark with 30.36. Third place went to Mark and Austin Hennesey, fourth to Bill Spence and Brian Harding while John Butts and Larry Meadows rounded out the top five. Total prize money for the two-day tournament was over 40 thousand dollars.

First Day Results from Fall Classic

By BGW - August 30th, 2014 - 7:29pm

PhotoDay One of the Annual Red Lake Fall Classic is done - here are the top five (unofficially)

Team 48 - Terry Feriancek and Pat Wagner (Red Lake) – 19.77 pounds

Team 144 - Ralf Fischer and daughter Andrea Fischer (Red Lake) – 15.87 pounds

Team 17 - Harold Price and Darren Wrolstad (Dryden) – 15.57 pounds

Team 5 - Darryl Hazelwood (Grand Marail MB) Corey Hell (Minaki, ON) – 15.4 pounds

Team 2 – John Butts and Larry Meadows (Dryden) - 15.30 pounds

140 teams are taking part in the annual tournament.

Law Students Returning To Class

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 2:50pm

Photo120 law students return to class after the Labour Day long weekend at Lakehead University's law school in Thunder Bay.
It's the second year of operation and Dean Lee Stuesser says it's exciting.
Steusser says they have retained all of their students from last year.
He notes they are also welcoming new professors to teach the new second year classes.

Drew Myers Comments On Run For Mayors Seat

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 2:40pm

PhotoMachin resident Drew Myers is stepping off the sidelines.
Myers has filed his papers to run for Mayor.
His main priorities is helping diversify the local economy.
Myers says he's already seeing people moving to Machin to retire, but those people doing so need services.
He adds the municipality isn't ready to provide those services and suggests a strategic plan is needed to combat the problem.
Myers would also push for more education for local entrepreneurs to help them grow their business.
He is running against Garry Parkes and incumbent Gord Dingman.

Federal Funding For Mining Industry

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 2:35pm

PhotoA big financial boost for the mining industry in northern Ontario.
Natural Resources and FedNor Minister Greg Rickford says the funding will support innovation, create jobs and diversify the northern economy.
The Kenora MP says $1.25-million will help the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology renovate and expand its facilities.
An additional $681,000 will be used by the City of Sudbury to deliver a mining supply and service program to help mining companies do their work across the north.

Canadian Premiers Calling For National Energy Plan

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 2:33pm

A Northwestern Ontario MP is supporting provincial calls for a National Energy Strategy.
Thunder Bay-Superior North member Bruce Hyer says a national plan is an important step forward and notes Canada is the only developed country in the world that has no energy strategy.
The Green Party MP says a policy would support the sustainable development of Canadian resources with an eye to conservation.
Hyer says any plan should include a price on carbon that would see every penny returned directly to Canadian citizens.
He notes a strategy is key to ensuring that our non-renewable sources are used wisely, while at the same time taking climate disruption seriously.
Hyer adds it makes no sense that we send our oil overseas for discounted prices and pay through our teeth for oil from other countries.

Contract Talks Expected To Resume On Tuesday

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 1:51pm

PhotoUnifor is saying that contract talks will be resuming with Bombardier workers in Thunder Bay next week.
900 workers have been on the picket line for close to 7 weeks.
Union spokesperson Dominic Pasqualino says bargaining is expected to resume on Tuesday.
The major stumbling block has been the company's plan to introduce a pension system for all new hires.

Studded Tires Can Start Being Used On Monday

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 1:02pm

PhotoThe province is giving drivers in northern Ontario the edge on winter.
Beginning Monday, motorists can put studded tires on their vehicle.
The province is extending the period when studs can be used, going now from September 1st to May 31th.
Previously, they could be used between October and April.
Vehicles licensed outside the province may also use studded tires, as long as the vehicles are used for less than a month at a time.

Stranded Man Found Safe And Sound

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 12:57pm

A Duluth, Minnesota man has been rescued after getting stranded in Quetico Provincial Park.
Provincial Police responded to an emergency distress beacon Thursday afternoon.
OPP responded to the area by a chartered float plane.
Police say the 60-year-old man had a broken leg and was in need of medical attention.
Officers flew the man to Eva Lake where he was transported to hospital by ambulance.

OPP Searching For Missing Man

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 12:56pm

PhotoThe Ontario Provincial Police Underwater Search and Recovery Unit is looking for a missing man on Lake of the Woods.
OPP were notified of a missing person Thursday night near Sioux Narrows.
Police say the man fell into the lake from shore and couldn't be located.
The man has been identified as 56-year-old Roger Haberer from Nebraska.

Fire Destroys West Hawk Inn

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 12:41pm

PhotoA fire has destroyed the West Hawk Inn just west of the Ontario-Manitoba boundary.
Falcon Beach RCMP say nobody was in the hotel when the blaze began this morning.
Smoke from the fire forced the evacuation of the West Hawk Campground.
One camper was treated for smoke inhalation.
The Office of the Fire Commissioner is investigating the blaze.

Report Finds Most Jobs Out West

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 11:36am

PhotoGo West!
At least that is where an employment agency finds the hottest jobs markets in Canada are right now.
Fort McMurray, Grand Prairie and Regina top the list according to a study by Express Employment Professionals.
No community is northwestern Ontario is listed, but the agency says the service sector and child care are where most of the available openings are in the province.

Speed Debate Wages On

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 11:35am

The speed of Ontario highways is up for debate.
In, B.C, the speed limits are going up on about 1,300 kilometres of highway this summer and in a few cases up to 120 km/h.
Quebec is also exploring the idea of variable speed limits, as high as 120 km/h, but only when the weather's good, as part of a pilot project on two highways this fall.
Now Ontario motorists have started a campaign that would allow vehicles to be able to roll along at up to 130 km/h on some of the province's better highways.
However, there is no interest from the provincial Ministry of Transportation in seeing that happen, and in fact some provinces are even trying to slow things down.

Fort Frances To Host Elder Abuse Conference

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 11:25am

PhotoElder abuse and family violence are the focus of a conference planned next month in Fort Frances.
The Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Behavioural Health Service unit is hosting the event during the week of September 15.
Director Lori Flinders says there will a number of speakers and sessions involving native elders.
Among speakers will be well-known Canadian actor Adam Beach.

Ron Bergman Running For Mayor of Ear Falls

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 11:14am

PhotoA challenge between the old and new when it comes to mayoral race in Ear Falls.
Past mayor Ron Bergman is challenging incumbent Kevin Kahoot.
Bergman says during his term from 2006-2010 the town built a brand new 8.2 million dollar multiplex facility, that encompasses all the departments within the municipality,
He also says the town was able to get 100 per cent funding for a new medical center, that cost over 3 million dollars.
Bergman says his vision for Ear Falls is a prosperous growing community that creates a situation of sustainability that's always looking for other sources of economic development.
He believes the town should retain an efficiency expert, to identify areas where the town could save money.
Bergman also wants to clear the air when it comes to rumours.
He says there are people in town saying that if he's elected, he will drive the English River Miners out of town and close the arena.
Bergman says that he has never suggested doing either of those things.
He adds that all aspects of recreation are very important to the well-being of the community.

OPP On The Lookout For Distracted Drivers

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 7:32am

PhotoKeep the cell phone down while driving this weekend.
The OPP are making it a priority to watch for distracted drivers.
Constable Anne McCoy says young drivers are among the big offenders.
McCoy says it's an easy distraction, but when we're behind the wheel we have to focus on the task at hand, which is driving.
She adds the OPP will be working with their committees to educate the youth on the importance of putting the cell phone away and concentrate on driving.
The fine for using an electronic device while driving is $500.
Police will be also on the watch this weekend for aggressive drivers, speeders and those not wearing their seat belts.
The OPP say more than 10,000 distracted driving charges have been laid across the province so far this year.

OPG Atikokan Faced $40,000 Fine

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 7:06am

PhotoThe Ontario Power Generation is facing a fine of $40,000 dollars.
It comes after an Ontario Court of Justice found them guilty of failing to test a gasket at its Atikokan power plant for asbestos.
Between October 29th and November 1st of 2012, two workers attempted to scrape and grind gasket material off a pipe in the plant.
The OPG had not tested the gasket to ensure it wasn't made with asbestos.

Machin Fire Chief Gears Up For Tour 4 Cure Ride

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 7:02am

PhotoThe 3rd Annual Tour 4 Cure Fire Fighters Bike Ride is just around the corner.
Machin Fire Chief Reagan Breeze along with fellow fire fighters Tylor Marusyk, Corey Hayes and Graham Warburton will be taking part in the ride.
Their 4 day ride will cover over 700 kilometres, beginning on September 8th in Winnipeg and finishing in Thunder Bay on September 11th for the opening day of FireCon.
The ride is to raise money for those with muscular dystrophy and the goal is $10,000.

Forest Fire Hazard Low Across The Region

By CKDR News - August 29th, 2014 - 6:57am

PhotoThere are four new forest fires confirmed in the Northwest Region.
Two are in Fort Frances, 1 in Nipigon and 1 in Thunder Bay that has been put out.
Fort Frances Fire Number 15 is not under control at 0.1 hectares and is located near Marmion Lake.
The forest fire hazard is low throughout the entire region.
As of today, there are 255 MNR personnel on assignment, including 45 in the Northwest Territories and 210 in British Columbia.

Gravelle Announces Good News For Ring of Fire

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 3:56pm

PhotoThe provincial government is keeping it's July 3rd promise to establish a Ring of Fire development corporation within 60 days.
The not-for-profit corporation's interim board now is made up of four public servants.
Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle says they'll work with key partners including First Nations, industry and the federal government.
Gravelle calls it a significant step to drive progress in the giant mining project.

Thunder Bay Police Chief Supports Inquiry

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 3:35pm

PhotoThe Police Chiefs Association in Canada is refusing to join the call for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
The Association turned down endorsing the idea at a conference this week.
However, that's not a position Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque agrees with because he believes it's necessary.
Levesque says he supports any kind of action that will examine the problem.
He adds the issue is something the local police will always continue to support.

Fort Frances Man Identified In Murder

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 10:45am

A 64-year-old man from Fort Frances is the victim of a murder in Thunder Bay last weekend.
The identity of Leslie Perrault was identified through a post mortem exam.
Police Spokesperson Chris Adams says it's too soon to say if the two people charged with his murder knew each other.
Reports say 44-year-old's Chauncy Grover and Alyssa Jourdain were one time Fort Frances area residents and recently both lived in the home where the body of Perrault was found.

Province Investing In Treatment Centres

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 9:49am

PhotoThe provincial government says it wants to reduce wait times at Ontario's children's treatment centres.
It's providing $5-million annually, plus an extra $1.25-million in one time funding to the province's 20 facilities.
Children's Services Minister Tracy MacCharles says ongoing concerns about access helped lead to the extra money.
MacCharles says the funding will help centres make plans and improve services.
About half a million dollars is being earmarked to three centres in the north.

Matawa Looking To Improve Technology

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 9:44am

PhotoMatawa First Nations is wrapping up initial work on an extensive broadband project.
Spokesperson Jason Rasevych says they want to install 500-kilometres of fibre optic cable between area aboriginal communities.
Rasevych says the network will improve access to education, tele-medicine as well as economic opportunities.
He notes the network will link 700-households and 100-facilities.
The main stumbling block right now is how to pay for the upgrades.

Water Levels Starting To Go Down

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 9:00am

Water levels are starting to go down in the area.
The Lake of the Woods Control Board notes levels are on the decline on Lac Seul as well as the English River system.
Officials say the levels on Lac Seul have been going down 8-10 centimetres a week.
However, the Board says the English River system is still experiencing record highs.
Matt DeWolfe says they are anticipating additional declines next month.

Hospital Lab Receives Re-Accreditation

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 8:31am

PhotoA major accomplishment for the Dryden Regional Health Centre.
The hospital lab has survived a lengthy and strict accreditation assessment.
Brian Patterson is the Director of Clinical Laboratory Services and Infection Control and he says the re-accreditation reaffirms they have great strategies in place.
Patterson notes there is room for improvement but it shows that they are delivering high quality and safe laboratory services.
The hospital lab team scored an impressive 97.2% in the accreditation.
They had to meet 500-standards.

Youth Nabbed With Stolen Property

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 8:20am

PhotoA young person has been caught red handed by Dryden Police.
Police received a call about a suspicious person in the Beer Store parking lot.
The youth admitted to officers to have been looking in the vehicles parked there.
An investigation revealed that he was in possession of property from one of the vehicles and he was charged with theft.

Drunk Man Arrested Following Home Invasion

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 8:19am

A 32-year-old man faces several charges following an investigation.
Dryden Police were called to an Orvis Street home to deal with a drunk and unwanted person.
The accused was out on conditions not to consume alcohol and Police say he started to fight with officers inside the home.
Police say Curtis Lawson faces 2-counts of uttering threats, forcible entry, resisting arrest, mischief and failing to comply with conditions.

Math Difficulties For Ontario Students

By CKDR News - August 28th, 2014 - 8:17am

Math continues to be a problem for some of Ontario's elementary students with school set to open next week.
Results released from provincial testing done in the spring show the number of students meeting or exceeding the standard for math is down 7% over last year.
The results for individual school boards will be released September 17th.

Highway 105 Collision

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 8:01pm

PhotoTwo people are in hospital following a collision on Highway 105.
Provincial Police in Dryden say the crash took place yesterday afternoon near Camp Robinson Road, about 35 kilometres north of Highway 17.
The driver of a northbound car was airlifted to Thunder Bay Hospital with life threatening injuries.
The driver of the southbound car was also sent to hospital in stable condition.
The highway has since been re-opened and police are continuing their investigation.

Mayor of Machin Running For Second Term

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 5:01pm

PhotoMayor Gord Dingman isn't walking away until the job gets done.
The Machin mayor has filed his papers for re-election for a second term.
Dingman says things that need to get done in the municipality include road work and getting the cost down of water for those living in Vermilion Bay.
He says the municipality has been trying for 4 years to get the cost of water down.
Dingman says since being mayor he has put new LED street lights in all the municipalities.
He also expects to be hearing from the federal government about getting the dock in Vermilion Bay repaired and turned over to the municipality.
Dingman is being challenged by Garry Parkes and Drew Myers.
Councillors Joe Ruete, Gord Griffiths and Dennis Peterson have filed nomination papers for Council.

Household Hazardous Waste Day Approaching

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 4:55pm

PhotoGood news if your wanting to clean your garage out for all your winter toys.
The City of Dryden is hosting Household Hazardous Waste Day September 13.
Manager of Public Works Blake Poole says it's for residents
only and the city won't accept commercial products.
The City and Dryden Rotary will be collecting flammable, corrosive, explosive and poisonous items for free.
Poole adds please don't mix all the chemicals together, bring them in their identifiable containers.
The drop off will be held at the Public Works Yard from 8:30 till 4:00 p.m.

Ontario Exploring Idea of Buying More Energy

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 4:54pm

PhotoOntario is hinting at the possibility of buying more power from other provinces.
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says he held a private meeting with his counterparts both in Quebec and Manitoba during a conference this week in Sudbury.
But Chiarelli says there are issues around price, transmission and peak periods, especially with Quebec, that would need to be worked out before any deals were in place.

Mayor Hobbs Responds To Bombardier Criticism

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 4:43pm

PhotoThunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs isn't apologizing for his comments of support to Bombardier workers at Monday's Unifor rally.
Following Tuesday's contract vote Hobbs says it's time for the two sides to get back to the bargaining table and not worry about what he said.
Hobbs says his comments were meant to point out that he doesn't want to see jobs going to Mexico and that we need to keep the provincial contracts in Thunder Bay.
He is encouraging the company and the union to get back to the bargaining table.
Hobbs adds he only wants what's best for the city.

Duke Street Improvements Now Set

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 9:50am

PhotoWork is starting shortly on rehabilitating Duke Street.
Dryden Public Works is confirming construction will start September 8th and is expected to end October 31st.
The work will consist of watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer repairs as well as curb, sidewalk and asphalt repairs.
Duke Street will be closed from Casimir Avenue to Colonization Avenue during the work.
The main detour route will be Princess Street.

Long Weekend Forecast

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 9:49am

A decent 5 day forecast for the Dryden area.
CKDR Meteorologist Bill Laidlaw says Friday is the only blip on the radar.
Rain showers will be the talk of the town that day but Laidlaw says the weather is expected to approve for the weekend.
Laidlaw adds we can expect sun for today and tomorrow.
The wind is expected to pick up Thursday afternoon.

Provincial Police Looking For Suspect

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 9:47am

PhotoProvincial Police in Sioux Lookout are investigating a break and enter.
Someone entered a Robert Street home early Saturday morning.
The occupants were home at the time but nothing was stolen.
An investigation found that the suspect was at a local convenience store right before the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dryden Police or Crime Stoppers.

Chainsaws Stolen From KDSB Property

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 9:19am

PhotoA theft at the Kenora District Services Board has sparked a Dryden Police investigation.
Sometime on Monday morning, a trailer parked in the KDSB property was broken into.
Four Stihl chainsaws were taken and all of the saws were in orange plastic carrying cases.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dryden Police or Crime Stoppers.

Stolen Purse At Pool And Fitness Centre

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 9:18am

PhotoA Dryden woman is without a purse following a theft at the Pool and Fitness Centre.
Someone stole the purse from the vehicle outside the Rec. Centre on Monday morning.
Anyone with informatiom is asked to contact Dryden Police or Crime Stoppers.

Damage Reported At Philip Street Home

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 9:18am

A Dryden resident has returned home to some damage.
The Philip Street resident was gone for a week and returned home to find their living room window damaged.
Dryden Police found a ball bearing inside the window pane.
Anyone who may have noticed anything is asked to contact Dryden Police or Crime Stoppers.

Bombardier Focus Changes Following Strike Vote

By CKDR News - August 27th, 2014 - 9:16am

PhotoBombardier says fighting to get its Thunder Bay employees back to work is no longer a main priority.
The company released a statement Tuesday night saying they are disappointed they lost their bid to break the standoff with Unifor .
Bombardier says they will now shift their focus to ensuring all commitments with customers are fully met.
Spokesperson Stephanie Ash was not available for comment.
The Thunder Bay plant has been idle for six weeks because of the strike.

Striking Bombardier Workers Reject Company's Offer

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 5:36pm

PhotoStriking Bombardier workers are rejecting the company's latest and reported last contract offer.
About 80 per cent of members voted against the deal with the final vote coming in at 613 to 139.
Unifor Spokesperson Dominic Pasqualino accuses the head of the company of not bargaining in good faith.
Pasqualino says there are rumours that the head of the company is trying to work without the committee and it seems that he's avoiding the committee.
Meanwhile, Bombardier has released a statement saying they'll now shift their focus from fighting to get the Thunder Bay work force back to work, to ensuring that Bombardier's customer contracts and commitments are fully met.

Wet Weather Keeps Fire Hazard Low

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 5:01pm

PhotoRecent rain is keeping the fire hazard low to moderate across the region.
There are currently 9 active fires, all of which are being monitored and pose no problems.
The Ministry of Natural Resources continues to send personnel to help fight fire in the Northwest Territories and B.C.
In B.C. there are 214 personnel and in the Northwest Territories there are 66.

Police Investigate 7th Murder In Thunder Bay

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 4:22pm

PhotoPolice in Thunder Bay are holding the scene of a suspicious death in the area of Blucher Avenue and Walkover Street.
Spokesperson Chris Adams says a passerby discovered the injured man around 8 p.m. Monday night.
The immediate area where the man was found is being held by police.
A post mortem exam is pending.

Machin Council Appoint New Fire Chief

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 4:18pm

PhotoThe Municipality of Machin is no longer without a Fire Chief.
Dryden resident Reagan Breeze has been appointed as Machin's new Volunteer Fire Chief.
Breeze says his top priority is education people about fire safety.
He says he also wants to focus on emergency services training within the Machin Fire Department.
Cora MacRae was appointed as the new Volunteer Deputy Fire Chief.

NWHU Weighs In On Banning E-Cigarettes

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 4:13pm

PhotoBanning E-Cigarettes is a balancing act.
That reaction from Jennifer McKibbon with the Northwestern Health Unit.
McKibbon feels more research needs to be done to weigh the pro and cons.
She says the decision to ban E-cigarettes comes down to the community level.
This week the World Health Organization suggested that E-cigarettes be banned from sale to minors along with their use indoors.
McKibbon adds the only Health Canada regulations on E-cigarettes is the sale with nicotine cartridges and those claiming health benefits.

Sioux Lookout Holding Vigil For Tina Fontaine

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 4:08pm

PhotoResidents of Sioux Lookout will gather tomorrow to show support for all missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Organizer Garnet Angeconeb says they will hold a vigil at the Town Beach that will also honour 15-year-old Tina Fontaine.
Angeconeb says he hopes the vigil will raise awareness of the seriousness of the issue.
For more information about the vigil contact Garnet at 737-3169 or Brenda at 737-1903.
The vigil will be held at 7 p.m.

Busy Fall Fair For Dryden Police

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 10:37am

Dryden Police were busy over the Fall Fair weekend.
Officers arrested 25-people for liquor related offences.
In addition, two youth, who were breaching the conditions of a previous release order were arrested and charged.

Man In Custody Following Sexual Assault

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 10:35am

PhotoAn 18-year-old man is in custody following a sexual assault investigation.
Dryden Police arrested the man on the weekend.
The victim in the assault wasn't seriously injured.
The accused is due in court Wednesday.

Three Alberta Men Caught With Drugs Near Kenora

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 10:34am

PhotoThree men face charges following a traffic stop on Highway 17A near Kenora.
Provincial Police stopped an eastbound motorhome and immediately smelled marijuana in the vehicle.
An investigation resulted in the seizure of 500-Percocet pills, 30-Oxycondone pills, over 20-grams of pot and a large amount of cash.
The value of the drugs is around $5,700.
The accused are all from Calgary and they each face 3-charges.

OPP Supporting Propsed Legislation

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 9:26am

PhotoProvincial Police in northwestern Ontario are fully behind a renewed plan to toughen penalties and add demerit points for distracted driving.
The Ontario Liberals are planning to bring back legislation this fall that would clamp down on distracted driving.
The province is expected to impose three demerit points in addition to increasing the maximum fine for distracted driving to $1,000.
The previous bill died when the June 12th election was called.
In 2009, Ontario banned the use of handheld devices to text, email or talk while driving, except for 911 calls.

School Bus Safety Initiative Launched

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 9:19am

PhotoThe Ontario Provincial Police say there's no excuse to not stop for a school bus.
A new province-wide study reports a majority of drivers keep on driving when bus lights are flashing and their 'Stop' sign is out.
The Independent School Bus Operators Association says approximately 150-incidents occur each day.
The OPP say drivers can ensure kids get to and from school safely, by monitoring speeds and avoiding distractions.

Bombardier Workers Hold Key Vote Today

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 9:16am

PhotoIt's a key day in the on-going strike by Bombardier workers in Thunder Bay.
Striking workers will vote on the final contract offer from the company.
Bombardier spokesperson Stephanie Ash is hoping employees take the time to review the proposal and not bow down to the wishes of the union.
Ash says the strike benefits no one.

Ride For Memories Brings In Over $38,000

By CKDR News - August 26th, 2014 - 9:13am

PhotoAnother successful Ride For Memories in support of the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River.
The 12th annual ride which took place over this past weekend raised nearly $38,000.
The Red Lake Legion donated $3,500 in cash and gifts.
Topping the pledge list was Bob Gordon and Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield both at over $2,800 raised.

MPP Mauro Speaks Out About Bombardier Strike

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 4:43pm

PhotoThunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro says the Bombardier strike has a ripple effect on the community.
Striking workers rallied outside City Hall and marched to Mauro's office this afternoon, in hopes to have their voices heard.
Mauro says the province feels strongly about what the government has done to create employment at the Bombardier plant.
He says there is a commitment for a go-forward basis over the course of the next 10 years, more massive infrastructure spending, some of which will directly benefit the Bombardier plant and their employees.
Mauro adds it is completely out of the province's realm to directly involve itself in labour negotiations.
A forced last offer vote, ordered by the Ministry of Labour, will happen tomorrow.

Dennis Leney Seeking Re-Election In Sioux Lookout

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 3:40pm

PhotoMayor Dennis Leney is looking to continue to tackle the communities needs in Sioux Lookout.
Leney has filed his papers and is seeking re-election.
He says one of his top priorities if re-elected is getting funding for long-term care.
Since being elected mayor, Leney has accomplished getting a new welcome sign for the municipality, completed a sewer and water site as well as road projects and has officially opened the Centennial Centre and train station.
He also notes the Friendship Accord is working well, which started in 2012.
7 people are right now running for Councillor, with there only being 5 spots available.
Those who are seeking re-election as Councillors are John Bath, Steven Forbes, Cal Southall and Doug Squires.
Three new people who are looking to be elected as Councillors are Yolaine Kirlew, Sandra Quinn and Phyllis Wills.

Thunder Bay Police Investigating Suspicious Death

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 3:11pm

PhotoThunder Bay police say they have a suspicious death on their hands.
Spokesperson Chris Adams says a body was discovered at a home on Sunday night.
He says there is very little else they can say about the incident right now.
No other details are being released, including the sex of the victim, until a post mortem examination is complete.

Success For NWOSSC First Rider Program

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 3:01pm

PhotoA great bus run for the Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium and their First Rider Program in Dryden.
The program teaches bus safety to Junior Kindergarten students and their parents.
Consortium Staff provide practical training by showing the kids how to get on and off the bus and crossing the road with the light system and driver.
A partnership with the OPP also has an Officer in attendance to re-enforce the safety messages.
Other communities such as Red Lake, Ear Falls and Ignace also deliver the program with the help of volunteers and school staff.
There were 52 students in Dryden who signed up for the program that started on Friday.

Man Wanted For Attempted Murder Arrested

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 11:55am

PhotoA man wanted by Calgary Police for attempted murder has surfaced in northwestern Ontario.
Provincial Police say they received a tip on Sunday night that the man was possibly in the Kenora area.
Officers found his vehicle early this morning on Highway 17 and 51-year-old Ulises Quintero was arrested.
OPP say he will be returned to Calgary to answer the charges.

Three Dryden Residents Involved In Fatal Crash

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 11:17am

PhotoProvincial Police say three Dryden residents were involved in a single vehicle crash near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
The RCMP say one person died and two others were sent to hospital following the Friday morning crash on the Trans-Canada highway.
RCMP say the westbound vehicle lost control, entered the centre median and rolled over.
The 23-year-old driver was ejected and died on scene.
A 19-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl were injured.
OPP say the girl was reported missing from Dryden and the vehicle they were in was reported stolen.
No other details have been released.
RCMP say the name of the deceased isn't being released at the request of the family.

OPP Looking Into Two Reports Of Theft

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 11:16am

PhotoProvincial Police are seeking the public's help to solve the theft of copper wire from the Hydro One station in Dryden.
OPP say the incident happened on two occasions; the first on July 28th and the second on August 8th.
Someone entered the property and stole more than $15,000 worth of copper wire.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dryden OPP or Crime Stoppers.

Phil Vinet Running For Re-Election In Red Lake

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 9:02am

PhotoPhil Vinet is not done handling the needs of Red Lake.
He has filed his papers for Mayor for the October election, the only one to do so at this point.
Vinet says his job has been made easy thanks to a great team of Councillors and staff.
He notes they have accomplished a lot over the past 4 years including road, water and sewer upgrades, a new skateboard park, a new clinic as well as a new Airport terminal building.
Vinet adds they have also made major strides in recycling.
Vinet notes there remains unfinished business.
He says he wants to address housing issues, commercial availability and securing a new events centre.
Incumbent Carol Baron is the only person to file papers for Councillor.
Red Lake is moving away from a 6-member Council and is instead switching to a 4-member Council.

March Planned Today For Striking Workers

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:58am

PhotoStriking Bombardier workers in Thunder Bay are going to take their message to the province this morning.
Unifor spokesperson Dominic Pasqualino says they will be marching to the office of MPP Bill Mauro.
He says it's to protest Mauro's lack of involvement in the labour dispute since it began 7-weeks ago.
Pasqualino says the Liberal government hasn't addressed the labour dispute.
Also on hand will be national Unifor President Jerry Dias.

Nominations Being Accepted For Major Award

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:55am

PhotoTime is running out to nominate someone for the Mary Carpenter award in Sioux Lookout.
The 'People Making Changes' award goes to individuals who work to promote equality and dignity of all people and someone who has inspired change.
The deadline to nominate someone is August 31st.
Past recipients include Terry Lynne Jewell, the Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre, Mark Gaudet, Jackie Craig, Florence Woolner, Peggy Sanders, Garnet Angeconeb and Laurel Wood..
The award is open to anyone in the Sioux Lookout, Hudson and Lac Seul area.
The award recipient will be announced September 16th.
For more information call 737-1501 or e-mail

MNR Firefighters Remain Active Out West

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:51am

PhotoAlthough there is still over a month to go in the forest fire season, things are starting to wind down.
There were no new fires in the region on the weekend.
There are 10-active fires but none are considered serious.
Meantime, the Ministry of Natural Resources is continuing to provide fire fighting assistance out west.
Currently 300 personnel are in British Columbia, while 66 are in the Northwest Territories.
A rotation of new workers will be arriving in B.C. later this week.

Provincial Funding For Business Survey

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:40am

Full steam ahead for the Regional Business Retention and Expansion project.
The Dryden District Chamber of Commerce has secured $37,000 of funding to help businesses grow.
Project Coordinator Gwen Kurz says they are surveying business leaders in Dryden, Machin and Ignace.
The funding is from the province's Northern Ontario Fund Corporation.

Last Week For Gas Service At Fas Gas

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:38am

There will be no more gas being offered at Fas Gas in Dryden.
The station will stop offering gas service on August 30th.
Owner Dana Smoter says the current landlord of the building has ended their contract with Parkland Fuel.
Smoter says she is unsure how long it will be before the building finds a new fuel provider.
She adds Tony's Bait and Tackle Shop will still be open for business.

Mayor Speaks On Cost Saving Measures

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:34am

PhotoDryden's debt has gone down from $40-million to $25-million.
Mayor Craig Nuttall says once the city eliminated the telephone and call centre, a big chunk of money was saved.
Nuttall says they are taking further action by re-financing their debentures.
He notes it took 2-years to get the debt down to where it is now.
Nuttall adds the province is on board with their cost saving measures.

Xplornet Looking At Internet Expansion

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:30am

PhotoAnother choice for Internet service could be coming to northwestern Ontario.
New Brunswick-based Xplornet intends to bring high speed Internet to rural parts of Canada by 2017.
Vice-president Chris Johnson says they'll begin by setting up a wireless network next month and will be launching two satellites in two years.
Johnson says once up and running there is the potential to increasing speeds to 100 megabytes per second at a later date.

Personal Mobile Devices Taking Over In Classroom

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:17am

According to a recent Intel Canada study, approximately one third of post-secondary school activities are taking place online, with indications that this will only increase with time.
Many post-secondary students equip themselves with devices to effectively manage their time and make the most of their education.
Spokesperson Thierry Karsenti says personal mobile devices are no longer a distraction in the classroom.
Karsenti notes they actually have a major impact on engagement, empowerment and collaboration.
He notes with the right technology, students can build their own classroom-network and control when, where and how they learn.

Northern Ontario Heritage Funding Announced

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:09am

PhotoFirst Nations communities are among the big winners in the province's most recent funding announcement.
The government is supporting 5 regional projects under the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.
North Caribou Lake First Nation is receiving almost $25,000 for a feasibility study and preliminary design of a community business centre.
The Neskantaga Economic Development Corporation is welcoming nearly $45,000 to investigate economic opportunities associated with the Ring of Fire project.
Fort Hope is receiving the same financial support to explore mining opportunities.
The Whitefeather Forest Community Resource Management Authority is receiving $50,000 to help them identify and market forest products from the timber associated with the Whitefeather Forest initiative.

KDSB Pleased With Additional Housing Funding

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:07am

PhotoThe province is investing more money in housing initiatives.
The Kenora District Services Board has learned there will be a province-wide contribution to the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative of $42-million annually.
The joint provincial-federal Investment in Affordable Housing program will see an additional $800-million over the next 6-years.
The KDSB says the funding will help increase their ability to provide safe and affordable homes within the district.

MNR Trying To Track Rare Bird Numbers

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 8:03am

The Ministry of Natural Resources Office embarked on a survey this summer to try and track the range and numbers of the elusive Eastern Whip Poor Will bird in the region.
The MNR says the bird can be found in the Kenora and Red Lake area, but its numbers are hard to calculate because they mostly come out at night.
The Easter Whip Poor Will is also considered a species at risk as its habitat is slowly disappearing.
Staff went out in the evening to count the number of bird calls to get a better idea of their range roosts.
The MNR is asking the public to help out by reporting any sightings to the Kenora District office.

NOMA Looking For Greater Say In Planning

By CKDR News - August 25th, 2014 - 7:59am

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is pushing it's case for more autonomy.
President Dave Canfield says he had a good exchange with premier Kathleen Wynne at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference.
Canfield says he'd rather see northwestern Ontario residents make decisions on natural resource planning, than some bureaucrat in Toronto.
He says the north can't continue to business the way we have.
Canfield notes a strong working relationship between the north and government will help move the province forward.

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