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DRHC Gains a Small Surplus, But Tight Times Ahead

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 3:21pm

PhotoSeveral Ontario hospitals have trouble balancing their budget.
But Dryden Regional Health Centre came out on top.
Chief Executive Officer, Wade Petranik says the hospital saw a small surplus of $40,000.
Petranik says this year the hospital had a number of one time pressures, such as additional cost of snow removal and utility costs.
He says they were offset by other revenues.
Petranik does recognize that it's going to a tight situation going forward with little, if no additional funding from the Ministry and Local Health Integration Network for hospital services.
He adds the hospital isn't receiving regular increases because of the financial pressures the province currently has.

Heart of the Continent Seeks Public Help For Map

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 2:17pm

PhotoAn effort is underway to promote local attractions within parts of northwestern Ontario and northeastern Minnesota as part of an international tourism marketing initiative.
The Heart of the Continent is seeking nominees to be a part of a web map for its Geotourism project with National Geographic.
Committee member Eric Johnson says they're looking for things that fall within the geotourism guidelines.
Things that fall within the guidelines include businesses that have historical, cultural and authentic experiences.
Johnson says they are also looking for public spaces, groups and festivals.
The public is being asked to offer its suggestions to by June 15th.
Johnson adds the group will sort through what's nominated and make sure everything fits in the category of geotourism.
National Geographic does have the final say on what gets put on the website.
Johnson hopes to have the map in place later this fall.

A New Voice For NOTO

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 1:59pm

PhotoAn organization representing hundreds of tourist outfitters in northern Ontario has a new leader.
Laurie Marcil has been appointed executive director of Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario.
She has been in that position in an acting capacity for the past year and is pleased to be taking on the job on a full-time basis.
Marcil has been with NOTO since 1991 and says she is happy to take on an excellent opportunity to do more for the industry.
She suggests the long, cold winter could have an impact on the start of the tourist season in the Northwest because the ice isn't out on most lakes yet.
But says NOTO is expecting U.S. visitor numbers to start rebounding.

Mayor Nuttall Raises Concern Over MPAC

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 1:24pm

PhotoThe agency responsible for determining property values in Ontario is promising to do better.
Officials with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation outlined to municipal reps at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association conference in Fort Frances to improve communication and consultations.
Dryden Mayor Craig Nuttall says MPAC claims they are talking to us, but it's not true.
Some municipalities also complain of drastic changes in their property values without reason.
Nuttal adds that MPAC already devalued the Tim Hortons and they are doing the same with the pipeline.
He did get a personal commitment after the presentation to address that concern.

Optimistic Report On Forestry

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 10:47am

PhotoAnother sign of a possible rebound in the forest industry.
Investment bank Dundee Capital Markets is suggesting now might be a good time to invest in the sector.
A research report names Domtar and Resolute Forest Products as preferred investments due to inexpensive stocks and a forecast of growth in earnings.
The reason for optimism is an increase in U.S. housing starts and a lower Canadian dollar to the American greenback.

Domtar First Quarter Earnings

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 10:45am

PhotoA number of factors came into play as earnings dropped for Domtar in the first quarter of the year.
The company is reporting $39-million in earnings or $1.20 per share.
President and Chief Executive Officer John Williams says that's down from $65-million or $2 per share.
Williams says the decline is due to the severe weather as well as higher fibre and energy costs.
He says compared to the fourth quarter, paper pricing improved and their volumes outperformed the industry.
Williams says pulp profits were weaker.
However, he notes they benefited from higher pulp and paper prices with the successful implementation of price increases.

Sales for the first quarter of 2014 were nearly $1.4-million.

Snow And Rain Forecast For Area

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 7:19am

PhotoIt will be a wet one across northwestern Ontario today.
The rain is expected to fall continuously in the Dryden area, with 2-5 centimetres of snow tonight.
It's going to be a lot worse in Thunder Bay with up to 20-centimetres expected to fall.
If you are headed the east, the snow is expected to fall this afternoon around 4 o'clock eastern.

Dryden Delegates Ready For NOMA

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 7:17am

After a social evening last night, it's down to business today for municipal leaders.
Over 140-people are in Fort Frances for the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference.
Dryden Councillor Shayne MacKinnon is there and he says the main highlight is a speech tonight from Premier Kathleen Wynne.
MacKinnon says one main concern at the conference will be the condition of roads in the area.
MacKinnon stresses he would like to see that resolved in some fashion.
Infrastructure and energy will also be hot-button issues.

House Furnace Cause Of CO Poisoning Deaths

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 7:14am

PhotoThe death of two people in Nipigon is once again renewing a reminder to install a carbon monoxide detector.
Investigators have determined a faulty house furnace is to blame for the death of a 60-year-old man and his 45-year-old wife.
They were found dead from CO poisoning Monday afternoon in their First Street home.
The couple's 8-year old son survived and was treated at hospital and released.
The investigation was conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police, Union Gas and safety inspectors.
Carbon monoxide detectors are now mandatory for all homes in Ontario.

Dryden Welcomes New Deputy Treasurer

By CKDR News - April 24th, 2014 - 7:12am

PhotoDryden is welcoming a new member to its senior management team.
Alvin Allim is the new Deputy Treasurer.
Allim comes to Dryden from Bruce County, where he worked at Wellington North Power Inc., a southern Ontario hydro-electric distribution company.
He has 22-years experience in the hydro industry and is a Certified General Accountant.
He is working closely with Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie on the 2014 budget.

Highway 17 Now Open

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 5:38pm

Highway 17 between Vermilion Bay and Winnipeg now fully open.

Sunset Country Responds To Tag Reductions

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 1:40pm

PhotoMoose tag reductions will hit the area hard in the tourism industry.
Hunting is a high yield tourist activity, attracting many people to northwestern Ontario.
Executive Director at Sunset Country Travel Association, Gerry Cariou says it's a major blow to tourist camp outfitters.
Cariou says outfitters and their visitors spend a lot of money in the area and reducing tags will result in the loss of revenue.
Cariou adds its unclear how many tags are out there right now.
He says the Ministry of Natural Resources needs to do a better job communicating with outfitters and hunters on its plans for the season.

Province Taking Action On Hydro Rates

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 12:26pm

PhotoA bit of a break for us dealing with sky-high hydro bills.
The province is taking the Debt Retirement Charge off residential electricity bills.
The move will save the typical homeowner $5.60 per month, after December 31st, 2015.
The charge will remain for other customers like large industrial users until the debt is retired, sometime in 2018.
The government is also working with the Ontario Energy Board to develop a new Ontario Electricity Support Program to help make electricity more affordable for low-income families.

Gas Prices Shoot Up

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 11:26am

PhotoOf course now that winter is over for the most part, gas prices get jacked up.
Gas prices in Dryden have gone up 11 cents in some locations.
The prices in the city range from 1.34 to 1.46.
Residents in Sioux Lookout are paying 152.9 for a litre of gas, while prices in Red Lake are around the 149.9 level.
Analysts say spring is a time of fluctuating gas prices because refineries move from making a blend of gasoline made for cold weather, into a new blend targeted at summer driving.

NOMA Conference Begins Tonight

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 10:58am

Partnerships is its theme, but other hot button topics are likely to take centre stage as the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference gets underway in Fort Frances.
NOMA's board meets today in advance of tomorrow's conference.
President Dave Canfield expects the debate to be lively.
Winter road maintenance and property assessments will likely dominate discussions.
Canfield says he's also pleased to have Premier Kathleen Wynne attend.

Missing Man May Be In Northwestern Ontario

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 10:56am

Local residents are being asked to be on the lookout for a missing Windsor man.
It's believed that 30-year-old Brandon Wheeler may be in the Dryden-Kenora area as reports say he may be travelling west to Alberta.
Windsor Police say Wheeler may be under distress and they are concerned about his safety.
Wheeler is driving a green 2010 Jeep Wrangler, with Ontario plates ALPD512.
The Jeep has a soft top and very large tires with a customized bumper.
He's described as 6-foot-4, skinny and muscular and usually wears a leather jacket, t-shirt and jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.

Deadline To Chime In On Mine Safety Today

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 10:49am

PhotoThe Provincial Government is starting public meetings on its review of mining safety regulations.
The only local session is next Wednesday at the Cochenour Hall in Red Lake.
Information sessions are planned for 2:30 and 6 o'clock.
The Ministry of Labour says today's the deadline if you want to comment on the review and possible changes at the Red Lake meeting.
The government is looking at a number of areas including emergency preparedness, mine rescue, health and safety hazards in the mining sector, technology, as well as training, skills and labour issues.
For more information and to register visit

Dryden Now Looking At Animal Control Options

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 9:51am

PhotoThe Dryden Police Services Board is pleased the City is making a move to take over animal control duties.
Chair Peter Andrusco says two attempts to find someone to handle the program failed to produce an interested body.
Andrusco says they don't want strays to run the streets for a lengthy period of time and that's why they decided to turn to the City.
Andrusco adds it's not their role to do the day to day managing of pet control, stressing police are busy enough.
Officers will still respond to calls of dangerous animals, animal abuse, noise complaints and animals that are in distress or suffering.
City staff plan to look at what other communities are doing and will report back to Council with a recommendation.
Shayne MacKinnon says it may be time to revisit the animal control bylaw pertaining to enforcement and administering tags.

Quebec Man Charged Following Police Pursuit

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 8:16am

A Quebec man faces charges following a police chase in the Ignace area.
Provincial Police tried to stop a speeding eastbound driver on Highway 17 last Friday.
The driver refused to stop but his trip eventually ended about 40-kilometres east of Upsala when officers from Thunder Bay and Upsala deployed a spike belt.
38-year-old Jean Guy Bergeron has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and flight from police.

Nipigon Couple Killed By CO Poisoning

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 8:03am

PhotoTragedy in northwestern Ontario.
A Nipigon couple is dead from what police say is carbon monoxide poisoning.
Ontario Provincial Police say the 60-year-old man and his 45-year-old wife were found in their home Monday afternoon.
Sergeant Randy Bye says the two were long time residents of the community.
Bye notes that their 8-year-old son survived and was taken to hospital for treatment.
The scene has been secured until the coroner's examination is complete and then police will try to find the source of the deadly gas.
The deceased have been identified as Yvan Gaujean and Claire Limag-Gaujean.

Budget Concerns Continue In Dryden

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 7:56am

PhotoSome on Dryden Council are growing inpatient on the 2014 municipal budget process.
Sid Wintle and Mary Trist are both asking to see a draft budget.
Wintle says he understands that the Chief Administrative Officer is working hard to balance the books but notes Council should be kept up to speed on how they are cutting costs.
Wintle says people are asking questions and they have little answers.
He's also concerned that staff are looking at debentures and loans and stresses they shouldn't be passing along the problem to the next council.
CAO Andre Larabie says he's still meeting with bankers to find a solution to the City's financial woes and he can't introduce a draft plan until he has answers.
He's still promising a balanced budget.

Alcohol Major Cause Of Cancer

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 7:48am

PhotoA new study shows that excess consumption of alcohol can cause cancer.
Dr. Mark Henderson of the Northwest Region Cancer Program says although the risk is real it's smaller than other health factors.
That includes bad diet, smoking and a lack of exercise.
Dr. Henderson says the trouble area with alcohol begins after the daily recommended limit.
That limit is 2 drinks for men and 1 for women.
Dr. Henderson believes that accessibility and abuse of alcohol in the region could be leading to a spike in cancer numbers.
He notes alcohol can cause mouth, liver, and even breast cancer.

Fire On Highway 17 Near Kenora

By CKDR News - April 23rd, 2014 - 6:35am

PhotoHighway 17 is now open to one lane of traffic after a fire to a tractor-trailer unit.
The fire broke out around midnight near the west end of the Kenora by-pass.
While no injuries are reported, the trailer unit was destroyed by the blaze.
The cab also caught fire and crews were able to successfully disconnect the trailer and move it to off the roadway.
It's believed the rig was hauling a load of paint.
Traffic was being re-routed through Kenora all morning.

OFAH Say MNR Avoiding Real Issues In Moose Tags

By CKDR News - April 22nd, 2014 - 4:56pm

PhotoThe Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters says the Ministry of Natural Resources is avoiding the real issues impacting moose by reducing the number of tags for hunters.
The province says its because the animals are in decline.
But OFAH's senior wildlife Biologist Mark Ryckman says the MNR hasn't really explored all of the reasons why.
Ryckman says if hunting isn't the sole reason, the cut in moose tags isn't going to have much of an impact if other factors continue to be ignored.
The province is cutting the moose tag allocation by 11 per cent, with some areas seeking a much high decrease.
Moose tags for the Dryden area will be cut by as much as 88% this fall.
Ryckman says the MNR doesn't address the issues impacting moose such as predation, disease and the effects of climate change.
He goes on to say the MNR are only looking at license hunters as the first and primary means of shortening the moose population.

Northwest Region Succeeds At Driven To Quit

By CKDR News - April 22nd, 2014 - 4:02pm

PhotoIn the northwest region, 513 people joined the Driven to Quit Challenge.
Senior Coordinator for Smokers' Helpline, Naomi McNeill says that group was the largest in the province to take part in the contest.
McNeill notes in this years challenge there was extra money in the region from Tobacco-Free Thunder Bay, so additional prizes were given out.
Such as a $50 pre-paid Visa card that Dryden resident Melissa Donovan took home.
McNeill says the extra prizes was another great motivator for northwestern residents to register for the contest.
There were also three regional winners from Emo, Rainy River and Sioux Lookout.
McNeill says this years contest was very successful and since the first challenge over 202,500 people have been inspired to quit smoking.

Dryden Resident Marking Earth Day

By CKDR News - April 22nd, 2014 - 10:55am

PhotoToday is Earth Day!
Dryden's Michelle Arsenault has been leading environmental efforts here at home and at the provincial stage.
Arsenault notes main issues include an increase in the global population and increases in green house gases being released into the atmosphere.
She says we can make these issues manageable by picking one and making an individual effort to change.
Arsenault adds Canada can do a lot more to raise awareness of climate change.
She says technological measures and behavioural changes can be used to limit the impacts of climate change.

Jury Rolls Issue Returns In Northwestern Ontario

By CKDR News - April 22nd, 2014 - 10:16am

PhotoJury rolls and aboriginal representation has once again become an issue in northwestern Ontario.
22-year old Sheldon Wabason was supposed to go on trial in Thunder Bay for second degree murder.
Wabason's lawyer Delmar Doucette says the judge in the case has stayed proceedings for one year.
Doucette says there aren't enough First Nations people represented on the local jury roll.
Wabason is charged in the March 2011 death of 54-year-old Robert Topping.

NOMA Boss Urging Caution On Highway Idea

By CKDR News - April 22nd, 2014 - 10:13am

PhotoThe President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is urging caution about any plan to hand winter road maintenance over to municipalities in northwestern Ontario.
Dave Canfield says it's an idea he's heard before, but thinks most councils would be hesitant to enter into such an agreement with the province.
Canfield says municipalities know all too well the impact of provincial downloading.
Canfield notes money given by the province often diminishes, forcing local taxpayers to pick up the tab to maintain the service.
Ontario's Transportation Glen Murray says it's one idea he wants to discuss further when he attends NOMA's meeting in Fort Frances.

Impressive Line-Up For NOMA

By CKDR News - April 22nd, 2014 - 8:51am

The Premier and four members of her cabinet are now confirmed for the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference in Fort Frances.
Transportation Minister Glenn Murray, Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro, Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle and Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer wil answer questions from the region's municipal leaders during Friday's so-called Bearpit session.
Premier Kathleen Wynne will speak to delegates during a Thursday evening dinner.
Several officials from Dryden will be in attendance including Mayor Craig Nuttall, Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie and Councillor Shayne MacKinnon.

Goldcorp Gives Up On Bid For Osisko

By CKDR News - April 22nd, 2014 - 8:50am

PhotoGoldcorp is giving up on its bid for Osisko Mining.
The mining company says it will not raise its offer of $3.6-billion that expires tonight.
Its decision comes on the heels of last week's announcement that Yamana Gold and Angico Eagle Mines are joining forces to acquire Osisko for $3.9-billion, creating a new company called New Osisko.

Council Code Of Conduct Thrown Out

By CKDR News - April 22nd, 2014 - 8:49am

PhotoShayne MacKinnon has been forced to withdraw his code of conduct motion due to procedural rules.
MacKinnon was hoping to introduce new rules regarding councillors dealings with staff, one another, media and others.
A similar motion was defeated in an earlier vote in 2012 and rules state that it can't be reintroduced unless someone on the prevailing side agrees to have it heard again.
Craig Nuttall, Ken Moss and Martin MacKinnon opted not to reopen debate.
Shayne MacKinnon says he's disappointed that no one had the courage to allow debate on the motion.
MacKinnon says every Council should be held to a standard and believes a comprehensive and thoughtful code of conduct is in order.
He stresses a code of conduct protects Councillors, the media and the public.
The issue can be raised again when the next Council is sworn in and MacKinnon is hopeful that will happen.

Local Union Rep Warning Of Layoffs

By CKDR News - April 22nd, 2014 - 8:12am

PhotoThe local President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is warning of layoffs due to restructuring at Canada Post.
Mary Aitken presented two petitions to Dryden Council Monday night urging them to get involved.
Aitken says the elimination of door-to-door delivery will result in over 7,000 jobs across Canada.
She notes the restructuring could end up costing 4-local jobs.
Aitken adds several questions remained unanswered.
She says it's unclear who will be responsible for snow clearing and garbage pick-up around proposed community mail boxes.
Aitken also expressed concern on mail availability for seniors and disabled residents.

Whitefish Bay To Participate In Env. Assessment

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 4:52pm

PhotoWhitefish Bay has received $45,000 from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to participate in the environmental assessment of Treasury Metals' proposed Goliath Gold Mine near Dryden.
The money will help the area First Nation community provide input on the draft plan as well as consult with mining and government officials.
Treasury Metals continues preliminary work on an open-pit and underground gold mine about 20-kilometres east of Dryden.
Once operational it could have ore production capacity of 2,500 tonnes per day with an anticipated life of 10 to 12 years.

Nuttall Weighs In On Murray's Winter Road Plan

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 4:39pm

PhotoNo one can deny how bad the roads were this winter in Dryden.
To combat the complaints Ontario's Transportation Minister Glenn Murray is suggesting municipalities could be paid to do the work.
Mayor Craig Nuttall weighs in on the subject saying he thinks it is a good idea.
However, Nuttall wants to know all the details before jumping into something like this.
He wants to know how much funding is, how much work is there to be done and what part of the highway Murray wants.
Nuttall says he can see the city doing the main highway through Dryden and getting funding towards that.
If the city was to go further in winter road maintenance, it would depend on the geography and cost.
Nuttall says that the city already clears the main road that goes through Dryden and that's a concern for him because that's a highway and the city should be paid extra for that.
CKDR will know more on the matter once Nuttall returns from the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference, happening this week in Fort Frances.

Ontario Making Daily Court Info Available Online

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 4:22pm

PhotoNeed to know where and when you need to go to court?
A new online service now makes it easier for people to find out.
The website allows court users to search for basic information about next-day court appearances, including the case number, names of the parties involved, and the time, location and reason for that appearance.
Before this new online service, information could only be accessed by calling or visiting the courthouse in person.

More Reaction To Moose Tag Allocations

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 12:14pm

PhotoThe province continues to defend its decision to reduce moose tags in Ontario from about 10,000 to 8,300.
The direct impact is being felt across northwestern Ontario, with an 88% reduction in bull and cow tags in the Dryden area.
The Ministry of Natural Resources says tag allocations are based on their moose inventory surveys and note moose populations have gone down a total of 17%, including 60% in WMU #8.
In northwestern Ontario, aerial surveys were flown in 14 of the 30-wildlife management units.
Officials say moose populations were stable in 5, stable-to-decreasing in 3 and decreasing in 5.
The MNR says the current moose population is about 41,000 in northwestern Ontario.
Dryden Wildlife Management Unit #8 will only receive a total of 24-tags this year; 205 were issued last year.
Dryden Wildlife Management Unit #5 is going to see a drop of 413 tags to 128.
Other local figures for 2014:
Dryden #6 21 (40 in 2013), Red Lake #3 311, Sioux Lookout #4 186

Changes At NOACC

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 9:02am

PhotoThere's a new person at the helm of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce.
Nathan Lawrence has been elected as the organization's new president.
Lawrence says he wants to make sure all the chambers are working together on future projects.
He notes there's too much overlap right now.
Lawrence says the first step is identifying priorities across the region in resource development and infrastructure.
He believes all the chambers should be allowed to voice their concerns and opinions on issues critical to them.
Dryden's Richard Jonasson has been elected Vice-President.

NWMO Doing Everything Right Says Expert

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 8:59am

PhotoThe Nuclear Waste Management Organization continues aerial surveys in the Ignace area as part of a study to determine if the area is suitable to host an underground nuclear waste site.
Tom Issacs was the Lead Advisor of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future and he was in Dryden to overlook the start of the survey.
Issacs says the NWMO has taken lessons learned from around the world and applied them to a strong and engaging program.
He notes so far they are doing everything right and are working closely with all involved.
Issacs says the key is finding a site that is deep underground rock and is supported by the local community.
He stresses northwestern Ontario is ahead of the game because of the amount of rock in the area.
Issacs adds the process takes several years.

Public Works Getting More Cash For Snow Removal

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 8:54am

PhotoThe winter weather has not only exhausted clean up crews but the City of Dryden's snow removal budget as well.
90% of the budget has been used up and we still have eight months to go in the year.
Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie says he's allocating an additional $120,000 to help get the city through until the end of December.
The extra funds will be released once the municipal budget is approved.
Larabie notes no one was expecting this much snow when they were looking over the original budget last December.

Local Municipalities Responsible For Roads?

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 8:29am

PhotoOntario's Transportation Minister says he has some new ideas for improving winter road maintenance in northwestern Ontario.
Glenn Murray is suggesting municipalities could be paid to do the work in areas like Dryden, Kenora and Thunder Bay.
Murray says those were some of the areas that saw the most complaints this past winter.
He notes the model has worked well in Minnesota as well as other American states.
Murray says he will be discussing some of his winter road maintenance ideas during the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference this week in Fort Frances.
Meantime, a motion presented by Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell to have a committee review highway maintenance contracts has passed at Queen's Park.

Man Arrested A Second Time In Two Weeks

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 8:27am

Some people just don't learn!
A 55-year-old man is facing charges of impaired driving and failing to stop at the scene of a crash after his second brush with the law in under two weeks in Thunder Bay.
Police responded to a hit and run on Victoria Avenue on Saturday, when the man drove back to the scene to speak with officers.
Officers determined that the man was impaired, and was involved in the collision.
Earlier this month, police found the same man passed out in his car in a fast food drive thru.
He will appear in court on Tuesday.

SIU Contacted Following Disturbance

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 8:26am

PhotoInvestigators from the Special Investigations Unit will be looking into an Good Friday incident on the Weagamow Lake First Nation.
Ontario Provincial Police officers from Sioux Lookout and the North Caribou Lake Police Service were called shortly before 11:00 at night about a disturbance.
When they arrived, a man was located outside the home, but he fled inside when approached by the officers.
Police say they heard sounds of children crying inside, so they went in to make sure everyone was safe.
They instead found the man suffering from a self-inflicted wound.
He was transported to hospital with injuries.
No charges have been laid but the SIU is called in anytime a member of the public is injured during an interaction with police.

Local Winner in Northern Raffle

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 8:23am

PhotoThey say good things come to good people.
Jean Allan of Dryden is the grand prize winner of the Canadian Red Cross 19th annual Northern Raffle.
Allan has selected the $25,000 cash prize rather than a new car.
Jean was in a bad car crash about 3-years ago and was unable to work.
Her husband says that winning the prize was a "blessing from god" and will help them renovate their kitchen and help them recover financially after the set back.
Proceeds from the raffle support programs such as disaster relief efforts, seniors’ transportation and housing support.

Confederation College Enjoying Latest Indicators

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 8:05am

PhotoConfederation College is celebrating the latest results from the Key Performance Indicators for Ontario Colleges.
The report ranks the schools in a variety of areas including student satisfaction, employment and graduation rates.
The report ranks Con College number 1 in Ontario for grad employment rates.
President Jim Madder says they finished at 89%.
The provincial average was 83%.
Madder says they were in the top 3 in most other indicators.
The report also identified a decline in student completion rates from last year but Madder notes that's because students are getting hired in their field before graduating.

NOMA Excited About New Fund

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 7:57am

PhotoSearching for answers.
Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association President Dave Canfield says he's looking forward to finding out about the newly announced $29-billion Move Ontario Forward fund.
Canfield says they don't know a lot about the program and the application process but he's hoping things will be cleared up at the annual NOMA conference this week in Fort Frances.
The fund will be dolled out over the next 10 years.

Full Agenda For Dryden Council

By CKDR News - April 21st, 2014 - 7:39am

PhotoMost government offices aren't open today but that's not stopping Dryden Council from meeting tonight.
The open session starts at 7 o'clock at City Hall.
It will begin with a delegation from Mary Aitken, the local President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Canada Post is in the midst of major restructuring which includes higher stamp prices and phasing out home delivery.
Shayne MacKinnon will present his Council Code of Conduct policy.
Council will also receive a request from George's Taxi to increase meter rates.

Two Animal Activists Against Spring Bear Hunt

By CKDR News - April 17th, 2014 - 1:34pm

PhotoTwo animal activists are seeking legal action to stop the Ontario spring bear hunt.
Animal Alliance of Canada and Zoocheck Canada served the Minister of Natural Resources and Attorney General with an application for a judicial review.
Three judges are scheduled to hear the application April 29, 2014 in Toronto.

Horwath Disappointed In Special Ed Funding

By CKDR News - April 17th, 2014 - 10:50am

PhotoThe New Democrats say the provincial government needs to review the way it funds
special education.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath says it's disappointing funding is being cut back at a time
when there is an increasing demand.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board says it could lose more than a million
dollars in special ed funding over the next couple of years.

Dryden Moose Tags to be Cut by over 80 Per Cent as

By CKDR News - April 17th, 2014 - 7:27am

PhotoThe province is reducing the number of moose tags available for the 2014 hunting season. The major impact will be felt in Dryden and Thunder Bay Districts.

The 18 percent reduction province wide comes after recent aerial surveys showed less than hardy populations.
The survey showed notable decreases in Dryden, Thunder Bay and Fort Frances districts. In Dryden and Thunder Bay, adults tags will be cut by as much as 88%, according to quoted press releases. For more, see

NDP Raises Energy Needs In Northwestern Ontario

By CKDR News - April 17th, 2014 - 7:25am

PhotoNDP Leader Andrea Horwath is asking the Premier to reveal her government's plan to meet Northwestern Ontario's energy needs.
The new comes after Thunder Bay Generating Station burned its last piece of coal.
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli answered Horwath in question period yesterday.
Chiarelli and Horwath argued over whether the current conversion of the local power plant will be able to supply the region's energy needs.

SaveONenergy Program Targets 17 First Nations

By CKDR News - April 17th, 2014 - 7:06am

PhotoThe Ontario Power Generation is offering its saveONenergy program to area First Nations.
Thirty communities applied and only seventeen made the cut for this year's program.
Fort Severn, Webequie and Eagle Lake First Nations are just some that are taking part.
The OPG initiative helps residents reduce their electricity consumption and build a conservation culture.

CanStar Resources Aquires Kenora Gold Project

By CKDR News - April 17th, 2014 - 7:01am

PhotoAn old gold mining site east of Kenora is being revived.
CanStar Resources says it has acquired the rights to several properties
in an area known as the Kenora Gold Project.
CanStar suggests the area has outstanding exploration opportunities.
The area was last mined in the late 1800's and early 1900's but hasn't seen much
activity since.

Want To Quit Smoking?

By CKDR News - April 16th, 2014 - 9:31am

Stop and put that butt out.
That's the message of the Stop program to quit smoking.
Health Promoter at The Northwestern Health Unit Christine McLeod has more.
McLeod says a workshop in Dryden will be going on tonight for those who are eligible for the program.
To find out if you are eligible for the program, anyone over the age of 18 can call the Northwestern Health Unit at 1-888-404-4231.
McLeod says be prepared to answer a couple health questions and if you have took part in the Stop program before you may not be able to participate this time, depending on when you stopped.
If you are eligible, expect a quick educational presentation on how to quit smoking and then you will receive a 5-week course of nicotine patches sent to you by mail.

No Charges Against Nigel Wright

By CKDR News - April 16th, 2014 - 7:46am

PhotoPrime Minister Stephen Harper's former Chief of Staff Nigel Wright will not be charged over his involvement in the Senate expense scandal.
Wright was being investigated for bribery, fraud and breach of trust over a $90,000 cheque he cut for Mike Duffy, who was suspended from the Senate without pay in November for filing ineligible expenses.
Wright has released a statement saying he believed his actions were in the public interest because he was trying to get taxpayer money repaid.
The RCMP investigation of Duffy continues.

Ontario's Budget To Be Released Come May

By CKDR News - April 16th, 2014 - 7:36am

PhotoThe Ontario budget will be released on May first.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa will be presenting what could be the document that sends the province into an election.
The Liberals have been making a flurry of announcements this month as a prelude to the budget.
If both the NDP and Progressive Conservatives refuse to vote in favour of the fiscal plan, that will likely trigger a June vote.

Future Look Of The DDC May Become More Clear

By CKDR News - April 16th, 2014 - 7:34am

PhotoA key meeting today between the Dryden Development Corporation and Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie.
Larabie is presenting his DDC restructuring plan to the board of directors this afternoon.
He hopes to have some answers for council shortly after.
Larabie notes he is looking DDC support on certain proposals as the City continues its financial restructuring plan.

Ontario Has Eliminated Coal-Fired Generation

By CKDR News - April 15th, 2014 - 4:47pm

PhotoOntario is now coal free.
The last remaining load of coal has burned at the Thunder Bay Generating Station, Ontario's last remaining coal-fired plant.
The plant is being converted to burn biomass.
Meantime, the conversion of Ontario Power Generation's Atikokan plant continues and is expected to be complete by August.

KPDSB Budget Pros And Woes

By CKDR News - April 15th, 2014 - 4:40pm

PhotoA good news, bad news situation for the Keewatin Patricia District School Board.
The Ministry of Education will be increasing the budget of the public school board by about
1.9 million dollars next year.
But Director of Education with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, Sean Monteith
says they are looking at a continued erosion of their special education budget.
Monteith says the school board is already talking directly to ministry officials about the situation and it will be a priority to fix.
talking directly with ministry officials so it will be a priority for us
Monteith suggests their budget for special education could decrease by more than a million
dollars over the next couple of years without any changes to the funding formula.

NDP Raises Concern Over Cost Of Natural Gas

By CKDR News - April 15th, 2014 - 3:51pm

PhotoThe NDP are asking the provincial government to do something about the increasing cost of natural gas.
NDP critic Gilles Bisson says Union Gas rates are going up 28 percent.
The government says natural gas prices are regulated by the Ontario Energy Board and it's not their policy to interfere with an independent regulatory body.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

By CKDR News - April 15th, 2014 - 3:43pm

PhotoAre you on list to cast your vote in upcoming elections in Dryden?
Your voice won't be heard if you're not on the list that verifies you are a registered voter.
You can find the list by going to
Electors only need their basic information-name, address, city/town/village name and date of birth, or their assessment roll number to confirm their eligibility for the upcoming elections.
If you're not on the list, Acting Clerk Debra Kincaid says the site will help you register to be on it, or anyone can call city hall at 223-2225.
Kincaid says it's important to be on the list because whoever people vote for represent them during that governance process.
All information on the site is kept safe and secure.

Report Suggests Bright Future In North

By CKDR News - April 15th, 2014 - 11:42am

PhotoAnother promising report on the economic future of northwestern Ontario.
This one is from BuildForce Canada and was commissioned by the North Superior Workforce Planning Board.
Board spokesperson Madge Richardson says the report predicts there will be about $7-billion of investment in the construction labour market in the next 5 years.
Richardson says industries such as mining, forestry and road building are identified in the report.

City Looking For Help To Finalize Budget

By CKDR News - April 15th, 2014 - 8:14am

PhotoFour parties stand in the way of Dryden balancing its 2014 municipal budget.
Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie says he's taking his financial plan to their three lenders and the provincial government for approval.
Larabie says the transition team has done everything in their power to balance the budget.
Larabie notes his first meeting is Monday with one of the key bankers.
He also has plans to speak with the Ministry of Finance.
Larabie says after that the draft budget will be presented to council in a closed session first and then to the public.
That will likely be in early May.
Larabie adds the transition team has been working on a minimal tax hike since day 1 and he believes the draft budget will reflect that.

Craig Nuttall Resuming Duties As Mayor

By CKDR News - April 15th, 2014 - 7:57am

PhotoThe Mayor of Dryden is returning to work.
Craig Nuttall is expected to return to City Hall this morning at 9 o'clock after taking a leave of absence.
Nuttall has been off since the start of the month.
Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie says he has spoken with Nuttall and he's anxious to return to work.
He adds he's looking forward to his return.

New Police Detachment For Fort Hope

By CKDR News - April 15th, 2014 - 7:51am

PhotoA new police station is being built in the remote northern community of Fort Hope.
Kenora MP Greg Rickford made the announcement Monday.
Rickford says the government has committed $1.82-million for the project, while the province is on board with $1.68-million.
He notes since 2009, the Conservative Government has invested in new police stations for 8 First Nations communities in the Kenora riding alone.

Referral Centre Workers Joining Unifor

By CKDR News - April 15th, 2014 - 7:49am

PhotoUnifor continues to grow in northwestern Ontario.
The Dryden Volunteer Recruitment and Referral Centre has voted in favour of joining the union.
There are 8-workers at the Centre and 5-voted in favour of joining Unifor.
The workers provide support services to those with disabilities in the community.
They also handle the income tax support program.
National Representative Stephen Boon says the next step is sitting down with members to develop a plan for the start of negotiations.
Boon notes the union now has close to 800 health care and forestry members in Dryden alone.

Ontario Commits To Building More Bicycle Routes

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 5:15pm

PhotoThe Liberal government wants to build more bicycle routes in the province.
It's making a commitment to spent 10-million dollars over the next 3 years to help municipalities improve their cycling infrastructure.
An extra 15-million over three years would be spent to improve the cycling infrastructure on provincial highways, such as paved road shoulders.

Wynne Announces Moving Ontario Forward Plan

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 4:00pm

PhotoPremier Kathleen Wynne announced a plan today, Moving Ontario Forward, to create jobs, boost productivity and help Ontario grow.
The plan would make nearly $29 billion available over the next 10 years for investments in priority infrastructure projects across the province such as public transit, roads, bridges and highways.
Funding sources for Moving Ontario Forward would include new revenue measures, repurposed revenues and a responsible level of debt financing.

Increasing Aboriginal Participating In The Workfor

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 2:18pm

PhotoMinister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt gave a speech today highlighting recent action to increase Aboriginal participation in the workforce.
Valcourt spoke of new approaches to education and skills development in Canada that are expected to lead to further jobs and prosperity for individuals and communities across the country.
The on-reserve Income Assistance Program and proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act advance Government of Canada commitments to help ensure First Nations youth receive the education and skills training they need to participate in Canada's economic prosperity.
The speech was held in Toronto.

First Nations Elections Act Receives Royal Assent

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 2:10pm

PhotoMinister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt welcomed royal assent of the First Nations Elections Act.
The Act will provide a robust election framework, improve the capacity of First Nations to select leadership, build prosperous communities, and improve economic development in their communities.
The legislation is optional for area First Nation communities.

New Fire Base In Sioux Lookout

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 11:49am

PhotoThe Ministry of Natural Resources is celebrating a new fire base in Sioux Lookout.
The province spent $13.7-million on the facility as well as $5.7-million to upgrade living accommodations for staff.
Construction of the fire management headquarters also created about 25-local jobs during construction.
The government says the energy-efficient building includes modern firefighting equipment and is strategically located so that water bombers, supplies, and firefighters can get to forest fires quickly.
The province says the new fire base replaces the more than 50-year-old structure.

NOSM Looking At Strategic Plan

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 11:34am

PhotoThe Northern Ontario School of Medicine is continuing to work towards creating a 5-year strategic plan.
They've created a 28 person group that will oversee the planning process.
They'll start to form their plan this year and implement it from 2015 to 2020.

Calgary Man Caught With Cocaine And A Weapon

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 11:32am

PhotoAn Alberta man faces charges following a traffic stop on Highway 17A near Kenora.
Provincial Police stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and officers recovered a quantity of cocaine and methadone.
Police say 44-year-old Owen Czech of Calgary faces 3-charges including possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Funding To Help Renovate Red Lake Shelter

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 10:29am

PhotoOntario Trillium Foundation funding is helping the Red Lake Emergency Shelter.
The shelter is receiving $13,000 to convert the existing heating system to natural gas.
The move will help reduce utility costs and help keep the homeless shelter operating.

Funding For Sioux Lookout Library

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 10:27am

PhotoSioux Lookout is welcoming nearly $15,000 in funding to upgrade the library.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation money will be used to purchase new furniture and equipment for a multi-media and training room in the library.
The investment will also provide training for community members to use new technology at the facility.

Fall Out From "Heartbleed" Bug

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 9:07am

PhotoRevenue Canada has extended the tax deadline to May 5th.
The Canada Revenue Agency has reopened the services section of its website after security concerns with the "Heartbleed" bug prompted a four day long shutdown.
You can also make payments and access all other e-services that are available which include E-FILE.
Meantime, the Canada Revenue Agency adds 900 Canadians have had their social insurance numbers stolen from its website because of the "Heartbleed" security bug.
The agency says it became aware of the breach while repairing the bug, and that the theft happened over a six-hour period.
The agency says those affected will be contacted via registered letters, and that any attempts to contact a taxpayer via email or telephone are fraudulent.

Sarah Trach Appointed To Ontario Court Of Justice

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 9:03am

A managing partner at McAuley and Partners in Dryden has been appointed judge to the Ontario Court of Justice.
Sarah Trach has been assigned to preside in Kenora.
Trach has been working at McAuley & Partners for the past 10-years, focusing on family law.
She has also practised general litigation, including small claims court matters, employment, criminal and civil litigation in both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.


New Gold Named Developer Of The Year

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 9:00am

PhotoNew Gold has been named Developer of the Year by the Ontario Prospectors Association.
It was selected for its Rainy River gold project, near Barwick.
The project, acquired in a buy-out of Rainy River Resources, is in the environmental assessment stage with construction projected to start next year.

King's Bay Gold Selling Off Interests

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 8:59am

PhotoA junior mining company is selling off some of its interests in northwestern Ontario.
King's Bay Gold says it's handing over its 20% stake in two properties in the Nestor Falls area to Cameron Gold Operations, a subsidiary of Australia's Chalice Gold Mines.
King's Bay earns $100,000 Canadian in the deal.
The sites remaining interests were owned by Coventry Resources which was bought out by Chalice in February.

Committee Of Whole Preview

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 8:52am

PhotoDetails of restructuring at the Dryden Development Corporation will be unveiled tonight as Council meets for its first meeting of April.
Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie is also expected to provide an update on the budget deficit recovery plan.
Council code of conduct and media communications are also expected to be discussed during the open and closed portion of the meeting.

Provincial Funding For Northern Reserve

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 8:50am

PhotoA remote aboriginal community, located about 450-kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout, has received $125,000.
The money comes from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and will be used to renovate a recreation and cultural facility in Wapekeka.
The cash will also go towards the purchase of new equipment.
The centre and equipment will be used by community groups to offer traditional land-based recreation, culture and healing programs.

Busy Season Scheduled At ELA

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 8:47am

PhotoA number of projects are planned this spring and summer at the Experimental Lakes Area.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development is out with its research priorities for the area facility.
Matt McCandless says a major project involves so-called so-called nano-silver particles and their impact on the environment.
The research will be a partnership with Trent University.
Another project is simulating the impacts of climate change on lake trout.

Training Being Held For Operators

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 8:41am

PhotoCritical marine courses are being held in northern Ontario this Spring.
Former Dryden resident Mitch Miller is returning home from B.C. to offer the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course and the Small Non-Pleasure Vessel Basic Safety program.
Miller says the five day course is required for small commercial vessel operators.
The only College in Ontario that offers the program is in Barrie and that's why Miller decided to return to offer the training.
Miller will be offering the course in Thunder Bay and Marathon as well as other locations.
Miller is a Transport Canada accredited instructor.

Hydro Rates Concerns For Local MPP

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 8:38am

PhotoKenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says rising hydro rates are getting out of hand.
Campbell says for some, it comes down to making some difficult choices over how to pay their electricity costs.
The NDP member says some people aren't eating properly or paying rent because of sky high hydro bills.
Campbell says hydro rates could come down if the government subsidized electricity exports, capped executive pay and had the Auditor General review contracts of private power company's.

MPP Calling For Change In Highway Classification

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 8:33am

PhotoThe MPP for Kenora-Rainy River is demanding change.
Sarah Campbell has presented a motion in the Legislature calling for a review of highway maintenance contracts.
Campbell says most highways in the north need to be re-classed.
She stresses Northwestern Ontario doesn't have a Class 1 highway.
Campbell also stated that Highway 105 and 502 have both been listed as in need for upgrades.

Safe Needle Awareness

By CKDR News - April 14th, 2014 - 8:18am

PhotoThe Northwestern Health Unit is offering tips to safely dispose of discarded needles.
Public Health Nurse Brittni Trudgen says needles pose a lots of risk.
Some tips to remember when disposing of needles include wearing gloves, place them in a hard sided container, and washing your hands immediately after.
The Health Unit is advising people of needle safety as they are often found in larger numbers as the snow melts.
Trudgen notes the health unit does provide free pick up kits.

Ontario Improving Key Government Businesses

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 3:10pm

PhotoThe province is looking to boost value and service at key government enterprises.
A council will look to improve the LCBO, Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One.
Ed Clark, Group President and CEO of TD Bank Group, will chair the council.
As part of its review, the council will consider various options to generate better returns and revenues to maximize the value of these government businesses.

Ontario Investing In Technology

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 3:03pm

PhotoTechnology in the classroom is booming more than ever.
Ontario is investing more than $150 million over three years in technology and learning with such tools as new digital tablets, netbooks, cameras, software and professional development for teachers.
This fund will speed up the way in which students learn and prepare them for good jobs in the global economy.

Ontario Helping Youth Find Work, Build Skills

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 2:59pm

PhotoOntario is helping over 100,000 students find jobs and launch their own businesses this summer.
Through an easy to use tool on the web, students can strengthen their resume writing skills and apply for funding to start this own summer companies.
The province is also once again offering employers a $2 per hour hiring incentive for summer students.
Students can visit for more information.

Important Renovations Planned For Red Lake High

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 10:44am

PhotoA joint project with Confederation College and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is moving forward at Red Lake District High School.
Collage programs will be offered at the west end of the building once renovations are completed.
Public School Board Superintendent of Business Dean Carrie says they are providing some start-up funding to the tune of $400,000.
Carrie stresses it's a lease agreement and notes the college may not need the entire allocation.
The renovations will provide a separate entrance for the college's students, however there will be opportunities for students of the high school to access college programs and equipment.

Award For Northern Medical School

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 10:41am

PhotoThe Northern Ontario School of Medicine is receiving a Rural Medical Education Award.
The school is getting the award because it excelled at matching the most graduates to rural family medicine programs.
In 2013, 64% of NOSM’s graduating MD class landed on to a rural family medicine residency program.

Serious Need For Workers In Mining Sector

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 10:40am

PhotoA local think tank is looking into its crystal ball and forecasting future job demands in mining.
The North Superior Workforce Planning Board has released its ten year outlook for ten area mining projects and next year they feel the companies will need to fill almost 5,000 positions.
The report goes onto say the highest demand in the mining sector includes haul truck operators, heavy duty mechanics, and mechanics.
To view the report go to

Goldcorp Raising The Stakes

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 10:37am

PhotoGoldcorp has upped the ante for Osisko Mining.
Its put forward a new proposal valued at $3.6-billion.
Osisko has been trying to stave off Goldcorp's advances with a deal with Yamana Gold that would see it earn a 50-50 stake in Osisko's mining and exploration projects.

Union Still Optimistic Following Bearskin Changes

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 10:20am

PhotoThe union representing maintenance workers at Bearskin Airlines is optimistic the company will overcome recent restructuring at regional operations.
Michael Corrado predicts the company will be in a better position to hire back its 11 temporarily laid off workers in Sioux Lookout as soon as late summer.
He adds the company's decision to re-shuffle regional services means scheduled aircraft maintenance will be offered out of its Thunder Bay hangar.
Corrado believes the moves will help the company come out stronger.

Province Supporting Those With Disabilities

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 10:17am

PhotoOntario’s Liberal government plans to spend $810-million over the next 3-years to shorten the huge waiting lists to help people with developmental disabilities.
There are 21,000 people with developmental disabilities in the province waiting for direct funding that allows them and their families to customize services and supports to meet individual needs.
The government says the largest ever funding increase for the sector will help eliminate the waiting lists for children in two years and for adults in four years.
The money will also fund what the government calls urgent residential needs for about 1,400 people, and support young adults through key life transitions such as going to school or getting a job.
The province currently spends about $1.7-billion a year on developmental services.

More Snow!

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 9:12am

PhotoHere we go again!
The calendar might say it's spring, but Mother Nature still thinks it's winter.
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says we can expect a big dump of snow Saturday.
Laidlaw says we could see anywhere from 5-10 centimetres of snow.
He says it will be heavy snow and the system will bring with it unseasonably cold weather to start next week.

John Rafferty Remembering Jim Flaherty

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 9:10am

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty is remembering former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
Flaherty passed away suddenly Thursday at the age of 64 from a heart attack.
Rafferty says although they didn't always see eye to eye politically, they always maintained a high level of respect for one another.
The NDP member says it's a sad day and adds they've lost a great friend.

NOACC Conference Underway In Geraldton

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 9:04am

PhotoThe Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce is meeting in Geraldton for the next two days.
Featured speakers this year include reps from the North Superior Workforce Board, the Heritage Fund Corporation, Premier Gold Mines, the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation and Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell.
NOACC members will also vote on a number of resolutions, that if passed will become NOACC policy for the next two years.

NAN Turning Down First Nations Education Act

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 9:01am

It's a big thumbs down by the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation to the Harper government's new First Nations education legislation.
NAN says it's rejecting the new act for several reasons.
They oppose giving the Aboriginal Affairs Minister control over their education, while forcing First Nations to assume the ultimate liability.
They also say the legislation doesn't respect their treaty rights and doesn't recognize their jurisdiction over education.

Opposition To College Of Trades

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 8:33am

There's a growing up-heaving building to the Wynne government's year old College of Trades.
The college charges a yearly fee of $120 in order for a trade in the province to be certified.
Frank Notte of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association calls it a job killer and says it must be dismantled.
He also believes the college opens the door to a new government business tax.
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says the college is nothing more than a money grab for the Wynne government.
Hudak claims it creates more red tape for companies and stands in the way of creating jobs for young people and must go.

Winter Road Maintenance Once Again Hot Topic

By CKDR News - April 11th, 2014 - 8:30am

PhotoKenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is continuing her fight over winter road maintenance.
Campbell says contractors did not meet ministry standards this year.
She has introduced a motion in Queen's park calling for a committee to review the contracts in place for private winter road maintenance companies.
The motion will be debated next Thursday.
Campbell says a group outside the Ministry of Transportation is needed to conduct the review.

Rickford Remembers Jim Flaherty

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 5:51pm

PhotoHeavy hearts across the country as we mourn the loss of former finance minister Jim Flaherty.
Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford says Flaherty always paid attention in what local communities needed in moving forward.
Rickford says Flaherty reflected an understanding and support for the challenges northwestern Ontario faces, and on visits to communities in the area he was always well received.
The death was unexpected and Rickford states that Flaherty was dealing with health issues, but it didn't affect his ability to do his job.
Rickford adds he was a personal mentor to him, he was always approachable and had an ear and an eye for what good would make a difference.
One thing he will be remembered for is how he led Canada through one of the worst recessions that most people can remember.
Flaherty put Canada on top of the list in every regard in terms of overall economic performance.
Rickford states that he has a special place in his heart and always looked out for those in need, including the disabled.
Flaherty was a husband and a father to three boys.

Concerns Over ORNGE Air Ambulance

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 2:50pm

PhotoPilots at the ORNGE air ambulance base in Moosenee are raising questions about
a helicopter that's being deployed.
Conservative MPP Frank Klees saying the ORNGE employees are concerned about the safety of the Sikorski S-76.
Almost a year ago, four people were killed on an ORGNE flight from Moosenee en route
to Attawapiskatt.

Feds Introduces First Nations Education Act

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 11:06am

PhotoThe Harper government is moving forward with the First Nations Education Act.
Bill C-33 has been introduced in the House of Commons.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt says the proposed legislation will give First Nations students high quality education and support services.
It will require First Nations schools teach a core curriculum that ensures students have a smooth transition between schools on and off reserve.
The legislation would require certified teachers, a core curriculum and minimum attendance requirements from students.
The Government of Canada has committed stable funding that increases annually at a rate of 4.5%.
Valcourt says the legislation follows years of unprecedented consultation, however several aboriginal groups have been critical of Bill C-33.

Key Gathering On Ring Of Fire

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 9:02am

A variety of people associated with the Ring of Fire will be discussing the massive mining project at a special meeting tonight.
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business is hosting a panel discussion that will include the President of Noront Resources, Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, Bob Rae with the Matawa Tribal Council and Frank Iacoubucci representing the Province.
Council CEO JP Gladu says the project has been a roller-coaster of emotions and he hopes this gathering will help everyone re-set the conversation that has to happen.
Gladu says the panel will discuss concerns, challenges and the recent framework that has been signed with the province.
The discussion is taking place in Thunder Bay.

"Heartbleed Bug" Continues To Cause Havoc

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 7:48am

Tax filing procrastinators now have a legitimate excuse.
Canada Revenue Agency still has its e-file system shut down over security concerns.
The precautionary move is related to the "Heartbleed Bug", a newly discovered software that can swipe passwords and your personal information.
In a message posted online, the agency states it has temporarily closed its services site "to protect the security of taxpayer information."
Officials hope to have the website back up and running by the weekend.
Meantime, Canada Revenue Agency says Canadians will not face penalties if they’re late in filing their 2013 tax returns as a result of the bug.
Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay says that the fees will not be applied to individuals who file their returns after April 30th, for a period equal to the length of the service interruption.

OPP Find Pot During RIDE Check

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 7:46am

PhotoAnother drug seizure in northwestern Ontario.
Provincial Police in Pickle Lake conducted a RIDE check on Highway 599 at Pickle Lake Road.
Officers found a quantity of marihuana in a vehicle.
A 19-year-old Pickle Lake man has been charged with possession.

NDP Calling For Mine Safety Inquiry

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 7:39am

PhotoThe NDP is asking the provincial government for an inquiry into mining safety.
The call comes after a miner was killed in a Sudbury area mine last weekend.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath says a legislative committee is doing a review, but hardly anyone knows about its consultations.
Horwath believes an inquiry would dig deeper into the issues surrounding mining safety than a review would.
The liberals say a public consultation session will be taking place in Marathon in May.

Energy East Consultations Continue

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 7:35am

PhotoMore opposition to the Energy East Pipeline in northwestern Ontario.
Public consultations were held this week in Kenora and Thunder Bay by the Council of Canadians.
Chair Maude Barlow believes sustained opposition will help put an end to the project.
Barlow says that most of the oil being transported will be exported, and that it won't directly benefit Canadians.
She adds they are hoping to make the Energy East Pipeline an election issue.
Public consultations will end in Cornwall April 16th.

Leading Psychiatrist Meets With Public Board

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 7:33am

A renowned psychiatrist is singing the praises of the Keewatin Patricia District School Board.
Dr. Jean Clinton addressed students, parents and school board staff across the area on Wednesday.
She says the board is doing great work on child development, has strong programs in place and has amazing staff working with youth.
Dr. Clinton answered questions about brain development from pregnancy up to the age of 24.
She says it's important for parents to form strong relationships with their kids.

Public School Board Approves Capital Work

By CKDR News - April 10th, 2014 - 7:10am

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board will be busy in the coming months with capital work.
$2.6-million in various upgrades are planned.
$590,000 is going towards the development of the new track at Dryden High School as well as landscaping and parking improvements.
A new playground will be constructed at Upsala Public school.
Whiteboards will also be installed at schools in Savant Lake, Pickle Lake, Ignace, Red Lake and Ear Falls.
The Board says all capital work should be completed by the end of August.

NWMO Conducting Aerial Surveys In Ignace

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 2:42pm

PhotoExpect to see planes flying out from Dryden going into Ignace everyday.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization will be conducting aerial surveys in Ignace, to look at possible sites to bury nuclear fuel.
Ignace is one three northwestern Ontario communities still in the running as a potential site.
Pilot Andre LaFontaine tells CKDR that two planes will be flying everyday, for 6-8 hours a day.
LaFontaine says the surveys are a month long process, but could go on a bit longer depending on the weather.
He adds that in order to keep down the disturbance in the community, planes are not going to try to fly over the same spot.
The aircraft will be flying approximately 100 metres above the surface, capturing potentially suitable areas.

No One Injured In Fire

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 12:09pm

PhotoNo one is hurt after a tractor trailer loaded with automobiles caught on fire on the Trans Canada Highway west of Upsala Tuesday afternoon.
Highway 17 had to be closed for at least an hour so emergency personnel could deal with the blaze.

Drug Seizure On Highway 17

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 12:08pm

PhotoA Thunder Bay woman is being charged following a drug seizure on Highway 17 Tuesday night.
Provincial Police in Upsala say 42-year-old Sherri Lynn Mcqueen was arrested during a traffic stop around 9 o'clock.
The arrest led to a vehicle search, where police found small amounts of prescription opiates and ritalin pills.
The woman faces multiple charges and was held in custody for a video court appearance.

Support To Maintain Hospital Services

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 9:13am

PhotoFolks from Dryden, Balmertown, Red Lake, Madsen and Sioux Lookout took part in a province-wide referendum in support of keeping health services in Ontario hospitals.
The Ontario Health Coalition says it attracted more than 56,000 people to a voluntary referendum on the weekend.
The referendum was in support of local hospitals and stopping private clinics from being set up to take over their services.

L-U Professor Questioning Seniors Testing

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 9:12am

PhotoA Lakehead University professor believes we may be heading the wrong way when it comes to the testing of senior drivers.
Michel Bedard says he has concerns about the methods used by some provinces to see which drivers are safe and which ones are not.
Bedard says before we take away drivers licences, more should be done to make drivers as safe as they can possibly be.
He stresses the problem is not senior drivers, but with bad drivers in general.

Funding Sought For Water Quality Study

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 9:08am

The deadline is looming for the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board.
It's trying to pull together a draft Water Quality Plan of Study.
Kelly Saunders says they will be presenting the draft at the end of this week to the International Joint Commission in the hopes of securing funding for the study.
Saunders says they held a workshop last month and a number of key issues were identified including invasive species, climate change as well as algae blooms.
She hopes to have a more concrete plan available this summer.

New Track Will Be Built At Dryden High School

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:49am

They did it!
Eagles on Track has raised enough money to construct a rubberized track at Dryden High School.
Fundraising started January 31st, 2013 and Mike Wood says support has been phenomenal.
Wood stresses the community sees the value of the project.
The dream was realized with a $95,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Wood notes fundraising will continue.
He says they are still trying to raise another $15,000 to improve the quality of the rubberized track.
Wood notes they have enough to go with a basic surface.
No matter what, Wood says the rubberized track should be in place by the end of August.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has approved funding for the project.

Canada Revenue Agency Shuts Down Site

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:23am

Bad news if you're planning to file your taxes.
The Canada Revenue Agency says it has temporarily cut off public access to its electronic services over security concerns.
It says it's working to restore safe and secure access as soon as possible.
The agency offered no other information beyond a terse statement on its website.
This is a busy time of year for the tax agency, as people file returns electronically and track the progress of refunds online.
As of the end of March, the agency had received 6.7 million returns, with 84% filed electronically.

Vimy Ridge Ceremony Tonight At Dryden Legion

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:18am

PhotoIt's a day that will be forever etched in Canada's great history.
At this time in 1917, four divisions of the Canadian Corps battled three divisions of the German Sixth Army, an event that changed the course of the First World War.
Leanne Dowswell is with the Royal Canadian Legion in Dryden and she says they are hosting a Vimy Ridge banquet tonight.
Social hour starts at 5, while the dinner will be held at 6.
A 30-piece orchestra from Dryden High School will be playing.
Dowswell says the ceremony is in honour of our veterans.

Trillium Funding To Keep Ear Falls Arena Open

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:14am

PhotoThe Ice Box will soon be a lot warmer!
Ear Falls has plans to install insulation at the arena thanks to $125,000 in funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Mayor Kevin Kahoot says they also plan to upgrade the windows in the upstairs lounge.
Kahoot says the money also off-sets the cost of fixing a leaky roof earlier this winter.
He notes they are trying to make the arena a good place for all residents to attend.
Kahoot says it's doubtful that they would have been able to open the arena this year without the funding.

Foundation Warning Of Regional Scam

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:09am

PhotoA regional scam is being reported.
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation says someone is calling on their behalf asking for donations.
Calls have been reported across the region.
The Foundation says they aren't asking for money on behalf of the Health Sciences Centre.
Officials are asking local residents to report such calls to local police.

Red Lake Woman Facing 3 Charges

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:05am

PhotoA traffic stop in Ear Falls has resulted in charges against a 21-year-old Red Lake woman.
Officers found 1-pound of marijuana and a prohibited knife in a vehicle.
The accused faces drug trafficking and possession charges as well as unauthorized possession of a weapon.

DHS Decision Deferred

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:04am

PhotoIt will be next month when trustees discuss a proposed change at Dryden High School to switch to a grade 7 to 12 model.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board put the issue off Tuesday night as some Dryden area trustees were unable to attend the monthly meeting.
A staff report has indicated most people want to keep the status quo.
The next meeting is May 13th.

Police Still Waiting For Commission Approval

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:02am

PhotoThe Dryden Police Service is still waiting for Ontario Civilian Police Commission approval to transfer dispatch service to Owen Sound.
A final hearing has been held and Chief Rob Davis says it's now time to play the waiting game.
He believes it could be roughly 2-weeks before the Commission makes a ruling.
If it's approved it will likely be a few weeks before the transition is completed.

Government Passes Bill 122

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:01am

PhotoThere's a new model in place when dealing with future negotiations with the province and teachers.
Bill 122 has passed at Queen's Park thanks to NDP support.
The Liberals say it allows for associations representing school boards to be at the bargaining table with government and unions reps on province-wide issues.
Local bargaining will still continue on all other issues.
Almost all existing collective agreements are to expire at the end of this August.

Regional Chief Calling For More Funding

By CKDR News - April 9th, 2014 - 8:00am

The Federal and Provincial Government's are being asked to restore funding to area First Nations organizations.
The call comes from Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy who claims funding has been cut in recent years.
Beardy believes the move is an attempt to silence the voices of First Nations.

New Millionaire In Dryden

By CKDR News - April 8th, 2014 - 10:42am

PhotoThe buzz around town is Dryden has a new millionaire.
Mary Martin, 71, has been playing the lottery for 40 years and it finally paid off.
Martin tells CKDR that no lucky numbers were involved.
“I just bought a ticket in Thunder Bay and I came home, forgot all about it, had it in my purse for a month and when I checked them out yesterday I won.”
Martin shares her initial reaction when she found out she won.
“I was so shocked, it was very overwhelming, you know you don't expect it. When the computer said mega winner I thought he hit the wrong button.”
Martin checked her lottery ticket yesterday afternoon at Pharmasave.
She says she plans on banking her winnings and taking a trip out to B.C. with her family in the summer.

Dog Owner Charged In Dryden

By CKDR News - April 8th, 2014 - 9:34am

PhotoA local dog owner has been charged after he let his pooch run wild.
Provincial Police in Dryden received a report of a dog that was running loose and had attacked a deer, injuring the animal.
Officers say the deer was put down by witnesses.
A 23-year-old man has been charged under the Fish and Wildlife Act and he was served a provincial offence notice.

Former Co-Manager Facing Fraud Charges

By CKDR News - April 8th, 2014 - 9:10am

PhotoThe former co-manager of Attawapiskat First Nation has been charged with fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000.
Nishnawbe-Aski Police Sergeant Jackie George says the fraud and theft complaint came from the Attawapiskat First Nation in August, 2012.
George says a police investigation started in February, 2013.
62-year-old Clayton Kennedy was co-manager of the northern Ontario band's finances from July 2010 until the end of the summer of 2012.
Kennedy will appear in court on May 28th.
In his private life, Kennedy is also the partner of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.

Public Board Could Turn Down New Model Tonight

By CKDR News - April 8th, 2014 - 8:43am

PhotoThe Keewatin-Patricia District School Board may decide tonight (Tuesday) whether or not to abandon plans to switch Dryden High School to a grade 7 to 12 model.
Trustees will hear the final report from staff about public consultations and concerns.
A staff report indicates that 77% of over 900-people who completed an on-line survey didn't believe that the model would enhance learning opportunities.
The report adds that parents clearly stated that they love their elementary schools and don't want change.
In an earlier interview with CKDR News, Director of Education Sean Monteith said that if the consensus was that Dryden doesn't want the model, then at the end of the day staff and trustees will honour that.
The meeting starts at 6 o'clock in Savant Lake

NDP Critic Addressing Youth Needs In Region

By CKDR News - April 8th, 2014 - 8:37am

PhotoOntario's NDP Children's Services Critic says northwestern Ontario has unique issues when it comes to helping disadvantaged young people.
Monique Taylor says while wait lists for services and funding issues are the same across the province, she says our challenges are different because of our size.
Taylor says she plans to bring local concerns back to Queen's Park.
She was in Thunder Bay Monday to meet with parents and children's advocates.

Seven Generations Ready To Launch Mining Course

By CKDR News - April 8th, 2014 - 8:35am

PhotoThe Seven Generations Education Institute says it's all ready to launch its mining preparedness courses.
Last week the federal government announced $5.2-million for the program.
Chief Executive Officer Delbert Horton says they will be working with Cambrian College to offer seven trades courses out of mobile trailers, which will be operating in Kenora and Fort Frances.
Horton notes the trailers can be moved at any time to different locations.
Horton says the funding allowed them to hire staff, purchase computers and smart boards as well as add resources.

Mines And Minerals Symposium Hits Region

By CKDR News - April 8th, 2014 - 7:34am

PhotoThe Ontario Mines and Minerals symposium is being held in Thunder Bay Tuesday and Wednesday.
Reps from government, junior mining companies, prospectors and industry insiders will discuss the latest in the mining sector.
Roughly 400-people are expected to attend.
Prospectors Association Executive Director Garry Clark says it's a great chance for those involved to mingle.
Clark says the symposium has been running since 1996.

Provincial Liberals Accused Of Contempt

By CKDR News - April 8th, 2014 - 7:32am

PhotoThe NDP is supporting a Conservative motion accusing the Liberal government of contempt.
New Democrat house leader Gilles Bisson and PC critic Vic Fedeli both say it's clear the government is trying to subvert the legislature by announcing budget details, before the document is even passed.
Fedeli claims the government plans to announce $5.7-billion in spending in the next few days leading up to the release of the provincial budget on May 1st.

Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 4:51pm

PhotoExpanding and enhancing its Student Nutrition Program.
That's exactly what Ontario is doing, by giving 56,000 more children and youth the nutritional boost they need to succeed at school.
The province is making an initial investment of $32 million over the next three years as part of its five year plan to enhance the program.
Under the new plan, 340 new breakfast programs will be established in elementary and secondary schools that need it most across Ontario.
The program will also be expanded to on-reserve First Nations schools, beginning in northern Ontario.

Precautions Against Measles

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 3:51pm

PhotoMeasles is on the rise in Canada.
Donna Stanley is the manager of infectious diseases with the Northwestern Health Unit and says it's easy to contract the airbone virus.
"Let's say a 24-year-old was travelling to Mexico and was sitting at a table with people they met from Europe and some of them have the virus. Just by sitting near people they can pick up the virus," she says.
Stanley notes the virus has some tell-tale signs.
“People will often have their eyes get sore when they look at the light, they have a high fever and then they have a rash that comes up. Many people get over it, but a fair percentage of people end up with meningitis.”
Stanley says that no cases have been reported in the region, but Manitoba has seen four cases this year.
People should get vaccinated to help prevent against contracting the virus.
Stanley says the vaccination rate is 95 per cent.

Dryden's CAO Talks 2014 Budget

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 3:05pm

PhotoEven though Dryden Mayor Craig Nuttall is on a 3 week leave of absence, Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie says it's not affecting the 2014 budget.
“We've got the same directive that's driven by me, not driven by Council. So there's no change whatsoever and we're going to submit it when we are ready and when we have all our answers,” Larabie says.
There were talks the 2014 budget was supposed to be presented this week, however, that's not the case.
Larabie says, “No it was not, we are looking at the draft to be discussed with Council and we already have that, they already had it last week, so they know where we going and we are just pursuing what we need to pursue right now.”
Larabie says four million dollars is not an easy task to work with.
There is also no timeline on when the budget will be out.
“Every time that we've given a timeline everybody keeps saying you've missed your deadline, there was really no deadline. There is no deadline in the municipal affairs to submit a budget,” Larabie says.
The budget is currently being worked on and Mary Trist is sitting in as acting mayor while Nuttall is away.

OPP Community Policing Committee Being Formed

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 11:39am

PhotoA new Community Policing Committee is being formed by Provincial Police in Dryden.
The group is looking for volunteers to sit on the committee.
Officials say it's a great opportunity for individuals to be involved in the community and make a difference.
A public meeting is being held Tuesday night at 7 o'clock at the Dryden OPP Detachment.
Additional information is available by e-mailing or by joining the Facebook group "Dryden OPP Community Policing Committee.

Ken Moss Speaks Out On Staffing Vote

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 10:20am

PhotoCouncillor Ken Moss believes the City of Dryden may be slapped with a lawsuit over its handling of a new staff position.
It's reported that Council voted against a motion to hire an Economic Development Manager by a vote of 4-3, even though the position was already offered to the individual.
Moss says hypothetically if a person was offered a job in writing and it was then revoked, obviously there will be legal repercussions.
Moss says any punitive damages would be substantial.
He believes Council followed its existing by-law with the Dryden Development Corporation to a tee.
Moss says he has tried to reopen debate at the Council level but his requests for another meeting have been turned down.

Federal Funding To Establish Mining Course

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 9:49am

PhotoThe federal government is committing $5.2-million to the Seven Generations Education Institute.
The money is to help develop a mining workforce preparation program.
Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says there is a real need for a skilled workforce in the mining sector in this region.
Seven Generations is working with a number of partners, including Cambrian College to offer the new mining program.

CAA Looking For More Local Nominations

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 9:25am

The Canadian Automobile Association is looking for more northern votes in the Ontario Worst Roads campaign.
The yearly initiative is well underway and local roads haven't made the top 20 in four years.
Amy Orfanakos says 90% of the roads that make the top 10 actually do get fixed.
To vote go to

Terrace Bay Pulp Fined

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 9:14am

Terrace Bay Pulp has been slapped with a $275,000 fine following the death of a worker.
The fatal incident happened on October 31st, 2011.
An investigation determined that welding repairs to a steel tank had been allowed to proceed before the tank had been cleared of hazardous material.
The probe also found that reasonable precautions to the planning and co-ordination of activities in preparing for the work on the tank were not taken by the mill.
The explosion created a 30-foot hole in the roof of the mill and a debris field of about 300-feet.

New MOH At Northwestern Health Unit

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 9:13am

PhotoThe Northwestern Health Unit has a new medical officer of health.
Dr. Kit Young-Hoon has taken over the job from Dr. Jim Arthurs, who retired at the end of last month.
Young-Hoon says she brings lots of experience into her new role.
She has specialized in public health in Toronto, Hamilton and Waterloo.
Young-Hoon also taught at Lakehead University.
She notes her first priorities are to keep focus on the health unit's strategic plan and build on partnerships with local service providers.

Dryden Library Increasing Non-Resident User Fees

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 9:10am

City departments and organizations continue to look at cost saving measures as the pain-staking task of balancing the 2014 budget continues.
The Dryden Public Library says they've been proactive to help the city.
Chair Kim Vares says staff and board members always look at ways to save money.
The library has already reduced salaries and introduced new fees for non-resident users.
The fee for a family is now $95 and $68 for an individual.
The latest preliminary financial report for the library showed nearly $40,000 in revenues and $36,000 in expenses.
Vares says the key is not impacting services.

Bearskin Increasing Service In Dryden

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 8:57am

Bearskin Airlines has expanded service in Dryden.
Marketing Director Ron Hell says the company has changed up some of the departure and arrival times at the regional airport.
It has also added an additional flight to Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.

TransCanada Working With First Nations

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 8:38am

PhotoConcerns over treaty rights are being downplayed by TransCanada Pipeline.
The issue has been resonating loud and clear during consultations on the proposed Energy East Pipeline.
TransCanada Spokesperson Philippe Cannon says they have been engaged with over 150-aboriginal communities.
Cannon stresses they will continue to work with area First Nations to ensure their concerns are being met.
He adds several letters of agreement have been reached.

Another Call For Inquiry

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 8:31am

There are renewed calls for the federal government to launch a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
The demand comes from a member of the Grand Council Treaty #3 Women's Executive Council.
Karen Kejick says the Council is upset with the federal government and its lack of support in a national inquiry.
On top of a public inquiry, Kejick is also asking the government to increase awareness and funding to combat social determents.

Goldcorp Expanding Operations At Musselwhite

By CKDR News - April 7th, 2014 - 8:02am

PhotoGoldcorp is expanding its operations while creating eight new jobs through the province's Industrial Electricity Incentive.
The Musselwhite Mine has another projected decade worth of mine life.
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle says that the incentive is a big part of supporting investment in the north.

Investing In Job-Skills Programs for First Nations

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 4:55pm

PhotoThe province is investing in training programs that will support jobs and improve the quality of life for First Nations communities near the Ring of Fire.
In conjunction with a graduation ceremony for 45 Matawa First Nations participants involved in the Aboriginal Skills Advancement Pilot Program, Ontario announced a new investment of $565,000 to support more skills and training opportunities through Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services.
The investment is in addition to $2.7 million Ontario has already provided KKETS for this training program.

Dryden Fire Respond To Calls At Central Hotel

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 4:06pm

PhotoDryden Fire and Police received calls from the Central Hotel and Restaurant earlier today.
On arrival crews found smoke coming from the basement stairwell.
Electrical fans and furnaces were shut down and the smoke was cleared from the building.
Dryden Police closed a portion of Earl Ave. during the incident.
A service electrician was called by staff to attend and investigate the cause and origin of the smoke with Fire officials.
The scene was cleared after 45 minutes and crews managed to clear the smoke from the building.

Dryden Residents Stand Up Against Hydro Rates

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 2:59pm

PhotoDryden residents joined the fight across Ontario today against hydro rates.
Organizer Becky Fediuk tells CKDR how she got involved.
“I had friends that were getting their hydro shut off and they had three young kids and I didn't think it was right that they couldn't afford their hydro.”
Feduik goes on to talk about what she hopes the protests accomplish today.
“People have had enough and hopefully we can make a difference with the government and they will do something about it. With the election hopefully around the corner this is the time for us to be heard and for them to make the changes.”
Feduik says the government needs to see that people shouldn't have to make choices between buying food or paying for Hydro.
“The whole idea of the protests are to empower people to get them to know that we can stand up for our rights and we don't have to sit back and take it,” Feduik says,
If anyone wants to participate in any way, you can visit the Facebook page called Join the fight against Hydro rates.

Social For Dryden Regional Health Centre

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 11:04am

PhotoA local resident best known for his long locks and community involvement is getting a haircut for a great cause.
Dave Lyle of the Kinsmen Club is hosting a social next weekend in support of the Dryden Regional Health Centre.
Proceeds from the event will go towards room renovations at the Dryden Regional Health Centre.
His hair will go towards cancer wigs for the 'Still Me' program.
There will be prizes and music and tickets are only $5 at the door.
The fundraiser is being held downstairs at the Riverview Lodge.
To make a donation prior to the event go to
Make a note under the donation for Dave's Big Boy Haircut.

Bear Interaction Tips

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 10:48am

The public is being reminded by the Ontario Provincial Police that simple precautions can go a long way in reducing interactions with bears as they come out of hibernation.
Cleaning barbecue grills after each use and picking fruits and berries off the ground before rotting are just a few of the recommendations.
Residents should put away their bird feeders and only put garbage out the morning of pick up.

Be Careful On The Ice

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 10:45am

Anglers across northwestern Ontario are being advised to be aware of ice conditions before fishing on the ice.
Uneven thickness, holes and cracks, and flowing water can make for weakened ice.
Anglers should check conditions and carry protective equipment as a precaution.

Regional Chief Addressing Contamination

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 10:41am

PhotoOntario Regional Chief Stan Beardy is calling on the Government and Industry to help clean up environmental contamination found on or near area First Nations.
Beardy feels it only makes sense for industry to help pay for the clean up since they made the mess in the first place.
His comments come from a news release released Thursday.

Hydro Rate Peaceful Protest

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 10:37am

PhotoProtests are taking place across ontario today against soaring hydro rates.
Events are being held from 12 until 1 in Dryden and Red Lake.
The Dryden event is in front of the Government building on Highway 17 and the Red Lake one is on Highway 105 in front of McTaggerts.
Citizens and business owners are gathering to lobby for lower rates.
Previous protests have fallen on deaf ears with the provincial Government.

Snow Removal Still On Budget Right Now

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 9:00am

PhotoIt may seem hard to believe but the City of Dryden is not over budget on snow removal this year.
The winter has forced crews to work overtime in an effort to clear city streets and sidewalks.
Manager of Public Works and Engineering Blake Poole says right now they are at about 85% of their budget.
Poole says they still be taking another close look at the financial picture but admits they may have to re-jig the 2014 numbers.

Path Of The Paddle Moving Ahead

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 8:50am

PhotoWork continues on a trail to connect communities throughout the region.
Melissa Pomeroy is the manager at Trans Canada Trail Ontario and says the Path of the Paddle is moving along nicely.
The water route has received $330,000 to hire staff to manage the project.
The organization has been all volunteer based to date.
Pomeroy says they are now receiving money to build the trails, put up signage and clear portages.
She notes over half of the trails are competed or under development in northwestern Ontario.
The 900-kilometre trail will connect communities in the region like Dryden, Kenora and Thunder Bay.
She notes they hope to have the trail open for Canada's 150th birthday.

Dryden Mayor Taking Leave Of Absence

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 8:36am

PhotoCKDR News has learned that Dryden Mayor Craig Nuttall has taken a leave of absence.
Reports say Nuttall is taking 3-weeks off due to recent events.
The move comes after a close vote on staffing held earlier this week following a closed door meeting.
Council held an open vote to hire a new staff member, a vote that was defeated 4-3.
Nuttall, Ken Moss and Martin MacKinnon voted for the position.
CKDR has also learned that the vote centred around a previously advertised Economic Development Manager position.
Mary Trist will take over Acting Mayor duties.

Goldcorp Extending Offer

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 8:23am

PhotoGoldcorp is continuing its take-over bid of Osisko Mining.
The company's $2.9-billion offer was to expire today, but it's now setting April 15th as an expiration date.
The move comes two days after Osisko announced that Yamana Gold is acquiring a 50% stake in the company's mining and exploration assets which includes the Hammond Reef Gold project near Atikokan.

NAN Calling For Northern Fire Strategy

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 8:20am

The Nishnawbe-Aski First Nation is calling for a better approach to fire safety and prevention in First Nation communities.
Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler wants governments, and emergency service providers to begin putting more emphasis on prevention.
Fiddler says a chronic lack of firefighting services and substandard housing, many without smoke detectors or fire extinguishers, is becoming a deadly combination that is claiming too many live.
The call comes after a deadly house fire in Fort Severn First Nation.
Monday's fire comes just weeks after four perished in a house fire in New Osnaburgh near Pickle Lake.

Maintenance Layoffs Confirmed At Bearskin

By CKDR News - April 4th, 2014 - 8:18am

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers says its grieving a decision and will do everything in its power to preserve jobs at Bearskin Airlines.
The union has confirmed that Bearskin has provided its entire 11-unionized aircraft maintenance staff at Sioux Lookout with a temporary layoff notice.
All maintenance will now be performed at the Thunder Bay maintenance base.
Permanent layoffs were also issued for four workers at the Kitchener-Waterloo airport and six at the Winnipeg airport.
Union Spokesperson Michael Corrado says the company has also announced they will be closing down their Engine Overhaul facility in Thunder Bay, contracting out that work, resulting in the loss of four jobs.

Ontario's Deficit

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 1:30pm

PhotoOntario's new deficit for 2013-14 is estimated to be $11.3 billion.
That's a $400 million improvement compared with the 2013 budget.
This marks the fifth year in a row that the province is on track for a deficit lower than forecast.

Greener Diesel, Cleaner Air

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 1:27pm

PhotoThe province's new greener diesel rules are stepping up the fight against climate change and improving air quality.
New rules, which went into effect April 1, are being phased in over three years.
By 2017, the amount of biofuel blended into regular diesel will need to average at least four per cent.
Greenhouse gases must be reduced by at least 30 per cent this year, and 70 per cent by 2017, for the biofuel portion of the new blend.
Ontario's greener diesel approach is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 600,000 tonnes a year, which is equivalent to taking 140,000 cars off the road.

Weebigee Project

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 1:17pm

PhotoGoldeye has completed the winter drilling program on its Weebigee Project near Sandy Lake, Northwestern Ontario.
Twenty-three holes were drilled, for a total of 2217 metres.
The drill has now been shut down and Goldeye anticipates that drilling will recommence in May.
The mining company continues to compile results and project data and will soon be realeased on their website at

Layoffs In Sioux Lookout

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 12:12pm

PhotoReports of Bearskin Airlines layoffs in Sioux Lookout have been confirmed by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Union Rep Michael Corrado says 11 unionized mechanics have been issued temporary layoff notices.
Corrado says the workers are all seasoned mechanics, one of whom has close to 33 years experience.
That’s correct and is confirmed. Its all part of the Company’s restructuring plan.

Local Resident Wins $5,000 In Calendar Draw

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 12:06pm

PhotoA local winner in the Heart and Stroke Foundation calendar draw.
Susan Durance of Dryden was picked in the $5,000 draw.
Five other Dryden residents have won smaller prizes.
Support for the calendar provides critical funding for the work of top researchers, enabling discoveries that prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery from heart disease and stroke.

Fraser Institute Releases Mining Report

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 12:05pm

PhotoA study released by the Fraser Institute is showing that Canada's attractiveness to mining investments could be improved by extending mineral rights to the First Nations.
Mineral rights are privately owned in the US, while belonging to individual provnces in Canada.
The study shows that by introducing private ownership, particularly to the First nations people, miners could more easily develop and invest in minerals.

Teachers' Federation Issues Report

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 12:03pm

PhotoOntario's elementary teachers have released a plan it says will result in a better learning environment for students.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario wants such things as smaller class sizes in the intermediate grades, more meaningful assessment of student success and more resources for special needs students.
President Sam Hammond says their proposals come directly from education professionals and are priorities for parents.

Harbourfest Going Country For Friday Show

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 12:01pm

One of the summer's most popular festivals is going country.
The feature acts for the Friday show at Harbourfest in Kenora have been named.
Assistant Entertainment Director Sandra Ivanowich says the show will have a Winnipeg connection.
Juno award winner Doc Walker will headline the show.
The Brothers Landreth, also from Winnipeg, will be opening the show.
Also co-headlining is Dallas Smith.
Tickets go on sale Saturday.

One Person Confirmed Dead In House Fire

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 8:55am

PhotoNishnawbe Aski Police confirm that one person has died in a house fire in Fort Severn First Nation.
Several people managed to escape the blaze.
A post mortem exam is scheduled for today in Kenora.

Kenora MP Pleased With ELA Deal

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 8:35am

PhotoThe Minister of Natural Resources says its a great day for northwestern Ontario and the world now that the International Institute for Sustainable Development is in charge of the Experimental Lakes Area.
Agreements between all parties have been finalized and Greg Rickford says the federal government has been working with the Government of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development since September 2012, in order to secure a new operator for the research facility.
Rickford says he's always believed that the ELA was an important place for freshwater research.
The feds weren't mentioned in a provincial government media release announcing the new deal but were recognized by the IISD for their involvement from the start.
The Kenora MP believes there's now an opportunity to look at fresh water research close to home with more local bodies involved.
As part of the federal agreement, IISD will receive surplus assets and operational funding of $1-million over 4-years to help with the transition.
The province is providing $2-million a year to help off-set operating costs.

Funding For Path Of The Paddle

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 8:31am

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is doling out cash to help establish an all water route in northwestern Ontario.
The Path of the Paddle Association is using $333,000 over two years to hire staff to get the project up and running by Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.
The canoe path is 900-kilometres of waterway and land trails from Manitoba via Kenora, Dryden, Atikokan, a variety of First Nation communities and Thunder Bay.

OPP Representation On Sunshine List

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 8:29am

15-members of the Provincial Police in Dryden made the Sunshine List for those making over $100,000.
The Ministry of Finance has released the 2013 Public Sector Salary Disclosure List.
The top wage earner for OPP in Dryden made roughly $136,000.

Work Underway On New High School

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 8:26am

The real work now begins for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.
The Board announced Wednesday plans to construct a new High School in Sioux Lookout.
Director of Education Sean Monteith says the first step is forming a committee to look at designs and consultations.
Monteith says the committee will likely be formed in the next week.
Monteith adds there's no set time-line for the project but notes he's hoping grade 9-students at Queen Elizabeth will get to experience the state-of-the-art school.

King's Bay Work Continues Work In Area

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 8:22am

PhotoKing's Bay Gold continues its work in northwestern Ontario.
The junior mining company has signed multiple confidentiality agreements with unnamed third parties relating to its work on property near Nestor Falls as well as other properties.
King's Bay Gold says its also received a 3-year exploration permit from the province to continue work.

Municipal Finances Released

By CKDR News - April 3rd, 2014 - 8:11am

PhotoMore than $111,000 was paid out in salaries and expenses for members of Dryden Council last year.
In comparison, Fort Frances total expenses came in at more than $116,000.
Mayor Craig Nuttall was the top wage earner at just over $24,000 for serving on council as well as the Police Services Board.
He also recorded more than $11,000 in travel and expenses to attend a variety of meetings.
Brian Collins was the top Councillor at over $17,000 in salary, travel and expenses.
Collins sits on the District Services Board and was also a member of the Police Services Board.

NOSM Responds To High Suicide Rates

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 4:54pm

PhotoThe Northern Ontario School of Medicine is incorporating suicide awareness training into its MD curriculum.
Scott Chisholm is founder of the Collateral Damage Project and says he has been working on having schools include training like this for five-years.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says its an important addition to the curriculum with suicide rates as high as they are in the area.
“It's an issue that is very real in our community and we're hopeful that the training the students will receive will help them in their work,” Fiddler says.
Students will spend the first two years of training in class.
Third year students will train in a community in Northern Ontario for a nine month period.
NOSM is one of the first school's in North America to have such a program in place.

Reopening Of Caliper Park Announced

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 4:01pm

PhotoA new three year agreement between the town of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls and the province is being announced today.
The deal will see the reopening of Caliper Lake Provincial Park just south of the community.
The province will operate the park until the end of the 2016 season, the community will be responsible for costs associated with staffing and operations.
Any financial losses will also be covered by the community.

Natural Gas Prices On The Rise

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 3:40pm

PhotoNatural gas prices in North America are seeing an increase this winter.
The Conference Board of Canada says this will help recover Canadian production rates.
Michael Burt is Director of Industrial Economic Trends and says natural gas prices reached record highs in the beginning of 2014.
The report goes on to add that a full production rate recovery in Canada will most likely not happen in the near future.

Fire Under Investigation In Fort Severn

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 3:34pm

PhotoNishnawbe Aski Police are investigating a fire in Fort Severn First Nation.
At this time police can confirm that several people escaped from the residential fire and one person in not accounted for.
They cannot confirm any deaths in relation to the fire at this time.

Restructuring At Bearskin Airlines

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 2:56pm

PhotoChanges at Bearskin Airlines.
Marketing Director for Bearskin Airlines, Ron Hell, has more.
“Bearskin has announced some restructuring over a week ago, where the airline has terminated services in Ottawa and the Region of Waterloo. We have also restructured much of our other service from Winnipeg right through to Ottawa.”
Hell says the restructuring had some impact on employees throughout the Bearskin Airlines system.
However, he would not disclose how many jobs have been lost.
There has also been talks that the airlines maintenance hangar in Sioux Lookout is closing down.
Hell comments,“We are not prepared to comment on actual numbers of people, or where those impacts have taken place. Suffice to say there has been an impact throughout our system.”
The airline has terminated services to Ottawa and Waterloo because it wasn't profitable enough.

New School Being Built In Sioux Lookout

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 11:21am

PhotoIt's a long time coming in Sioux Lookout.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has announced plans to construct a new High School to replace Queen Elizabeth.
Director of Education Sean Monteith says building a new school in symbolizes a new beginning for so many people.
Monteith says the school will be state-of-the art.
Monteith notes the facility will include spaces for several partners including FIREFLY, the Meno Ya-Win Health Centre, Confederation College, Lakehead University and the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.
The new school is expected to cost more than $30-million.
The province is on board with $24-million.
Monteith says they are in healthy financial shape as $4-million had been put aside from successive boards.
He says the new facility is badly needed.
Monteith says Queen Elizabeth is 62-years-old and past its due date.
He notes they've had to put some money into the facility to keep it running and notes technology in 2014 is a lot different now.
Monteith says the new school will be built with students in mind.

Save ELA Thrilled With ELA Being Saved

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 10:16am

PhotoSave ELA says an agreement to keep the Experimental Lakes Area open is a long time coming.
The announcement comes 2 years after the federal government decided they would stop funding the facility.
The group's founder Diane Orihel says they can now focus on what the facility is all about and that's science.
Orihel says several important experiments have been put on hold and they can now resume their work.
She adds the latest development couldn't have happened without the constant support from local residents.

Cell Phone Users Now Protected

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 10:12am

PhotoNew protection for cell phone users is now in place in Ontario.
New legislation is now in effect that forces companies to have their contracts written in plain language and clearly identify which services are included as part of the basic fee and which come with extra charges.
It also limits the amount companies can charge if users cancel their contract before it expires.

New Developments In Mining Take-Over Bid

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 10:10am

PhotoThe ongoing saga between Osisko Mining and Goldcorp continues.
Osisko has found an ally and has entered into a partnership with Yamana Gold.
The deal will see the Toronto-based company acquire 50% interest in Osisko and become an equal partner in its mining and exploration projects.
The agreement is valued at nearly $930-million.
Goldcorp is offering $2.9-billion for Osisko.

Mining Report Being Released Thursday

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 10:08am

PhotoThe Fraser Institute is releasing a report tomorrow called the Divergent Mineral Rights Regimes.
The report says that the country could boost future mining investments by allowing private ownership over mineral rights.
That includes mineral rights for First Nations.

OEB Talking About Local Concerns

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 8:20am

PhotoThe Ontario Energy Board says several local concerns emerged following recent hearings into the Energy East Pipeline project.
Spokesperson Karen Cormier says a draft report on the meetings shows that concerns centred around pipeline safety, the environment and the economy.
Cormier says the public wants to know what kind of emergency management plans are in place as well as first responder plans.
Cormier adds that those in attendance wanted to know if the economic benefits would be long-term or only short-term.

Man Caught With Pot Outside DHS

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 8:15am

PhotoA teen is awaiting a court appearance this month after he was caught outside Dryden High School with a number of small packages of marijuana.
City Police charged 19-year-old Kyle Pelletier with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
In addition, he was charged with trespassing.

Bus Changes For Wednesday

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 6:53am

PhotoFrom the Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium

Buses are running in the following areas:

Sioux Lookout
Red Lake/Ear Falls
Vermilion Bay
Kenora – KN14 cancelled, KN31 will do the Minto portion but rural portion is cancelled

Dryden and Wabigoon – Due to excessive snowfall and limited clearing in some areas we have had to make the following adjustments:

-DR2 will not go down Harris Cres
-DR4 will not go down Henderson Rd
-DR5 will not get to the North end of Richan Rd and will not go down Henderson Loop Rd
-DR19 will not go down East Thunder Lake Rd
-DR39 will not make the stop at the Metis Centre, if possible use the stop at the Wabigoon Hall
-DR98 will not go down Maggrah Rd and East Thunder Lake Rd
-DR45 will not go down Ingall Dr, Thunder Dr and St Charles St. If you road is not plowed, we ask that parents get bus students to the main road.
DR93 will not go down Henderson Loop Rd
-DR25 & VB16 will not go down Airport Rd in Eagle River.

We are expecting delays in all Areas.

Major Education Announcement Today

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 6:32am

PhotoThe excitement is building in Sioux Lookout today.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has planned a special assembly at 11 o'clock at Queen Elizabeth High School.
The Board will be making a major announcement.
The announcement will be live online.

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Schools And Roads Open; Buses Running

By CKDR News - April 2nd, 2014 - 5:11am

PhotoLife is slowly getting back to normal across northwestern Ontario even though we are still suffering from sore backs and aching arms.
There are no highway closures in the region today.
Roads are still slippery and municipal streets are narrow so motorists are urged to take it easy.
Schools are open and buses are running.
However, there are some route changes in Dryden and Wabigoon due to excessive snow and snow clearing.
A complete list of impacted buses is available on the CKDR main page, CKDR News page or CKDR Facebook page.
Wabigoon Lake school is dealing with a power outage and expects to be open around 1 o'clock this afternoon.

Reaction To ELA Agreement

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 4:08pm

Scientific research will soon resume at the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario.
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle says they are investing $2-million a year to ensure research and innovation will continue at the facility.
The agreement with the International Institute for Sustainable Development is a five year one and the money will help off-set operating costs.
Gravelle says the IISD has been working on water management issues for the past couple of decades and they put forward a strong feasibility plan.
He calls it the perfect marriage.
Gravelle says the province worked hard to secure a deal before the 2014 season.
The IISA will operate the world renowned research facility and Matt McCandless says they are ready to resume operations this year.
He says the first step is to hire a full compliment of staff and he's hoping that current scientists agree to come back to work with them.
McCandless says they also have to familiarize themselves with the site and the equipment and prepare to begin research.
McCandless says the ELA has helped research nutrients, acid rain and mercury emissions in fresh bodies of water.
He notes previous studies at the facility have resulted in new global protections for humans and the environment.
The agreement comes after over a year of negotiations and includes a previous agreement by the former owners, the Federal Government.

Motorists Asked To Stay Off To The Side

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 4:01pm

PhotoThe City of Dryden is asking for the public's assistance as snow clearing efforts continue.
Manager of Public Works and Engineering Blake Poole is asking motorists to not park vehicles on residential streets.
Poole says a clear path will help crews clear the streets more expediently and efficiently.
Poole is asking motorists to be careful while driving on area roads.
He says it will take a couple of more days to get all of the streets and sidewalks cleared.

Most Highways Now Open

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 1:53pm

PhotoMost highways are now open in northwestern Ontario.
The Provincial Police have just reopened Highway 502 between Dryden and Fort Frances.
Highway 17 between Ignace and Thunder Bay is open after a 17-hour closure.
It's clear sailing on the TransCanada across northwestern Ontario.
Highway 71 between Kenora and Fort Frances has also reopened.
Highway 11 from Atikokan to Shabaqua has also reopened.
Highway 11 from Highway 600 to Highway 71 is closed.
Police are reporting no major problems on area roads.
There have been several minor motor vehicle collisions.

Winter Storm Warning Ended In Dryden

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 12:51pm

A Winter storm warning has ended for Dryden.
A Winter storm warning is still in effect for Ignace- English River.

Winter Storm Aftermath

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 11:15am

PhotoA winter storm warning remains in place in Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Ignace and English River.
The storm has forced the closure of numerous businesses and the cancellation of several services across the region.
The Northwestern Health Unit was forced to close all of their offices.
Anyone with an emergency is asked to call 1-866-475-6505.
In Dryden, the Dingwall Clinic closed this morning and the physio-therapy department at the Hospital shut down.
Child care centres and Best Start Hubs were also closed in Dryden and Sioux Lookout.
Garbage pick-up in Dryden is also questionable due to snow clearing efforts.
For a complete list of closures visit the CKDR main page.

ELA Will Stay Open

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 10:33am

PhotoThe Experimental Lakes Area between Vermilion Bay and Kenora has been saved.
The Province, the Canadian Government and International Institute for Sustainable Development have signed an agreement to continue vital freshwater research.
The deal means scientists and researchers can begin important work in time for the 2014 field season.
Scientists at the world-renowned research facility plan 2-major projects this year.
One is exploring the ecological risks associated with the release of tiny particles.
The other is monitoring lake recovery from mercury, commonly found in coal-plan emissions.
Ontario Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti says "the government has stepped up to provide the financial support necessary to keep this world-class facility operational, while ensuring the environment is protected."
Ontario is committing $2-million a year to the ELA.
Negotiations to give the IISD full control of the facility have been a year in the making when the federal government cut funding to the facility.

Clean-Up Begins In Dryden

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 10:27am

Snow clearing efforts in Dryden are well underway.
Manager of Public Works and Engineering Blake Poole says priority 1, 2 and 3 roads were hit overnight and most have been cleared.
Poole notes they will be working on residential routes and east Dryden the next couple of days.
Poole adds they have their sidewalk machine up and running and notes it could still be a few more days until they are all cleared.
He says they have had some equipment breakdowns but notes they have rental equipment as a back-up.
Poole admits things have been slow going because of the accumulation of snow on the ground before the storm hit.

Warmer Weather On The Way

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 10:20am

PhotoThe worst is over.
CKDR Meteorologist Bill Laidlaw says the weather is taking a serious turn for the better following the recent snow storm.
Laidlaw says the sun will likely come out tomorrow with highs on the plus side for the rest of the week.
He adds we may even see some rain next Monday.
Laidlaw says we won't get hit by any new snow today but we will still see blowing snow causing some issues.

TransCanada Pleased With Public Feedback

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 9:59am

PhotoAn official with TransCanada Pipeline says local response to the proposed Energy East Pipeline has been positive.
Philippe Cannon says as they release more information, more people are getting behind the project.
Cannon says they are still in the preliminary stages on plans to transport Alberta oil to the east coast.
Cannon notes they are still doing environmental and land assessments.
He says the plan is to convert one of the main lines in northwestern Ontario as well as build pump stations.
Cannon says that will create jobs in northwestern Ontario.
He notes they will continue to gather input until they feel they have enough information to submit a strong regulatory report to the Ontario Energy Board.

35-47 Centimetres Of Snow Hits Area

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 7:37am

PhotoThere is actually some good news on the weather front.
The main system is off to northeastern Ontario and northern Quebec.
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says we will still see some flakes today, but the worse is over.
Laidlaw says the main problem today will be blowing snow and poor visibility.
The area got hit with 35-45 centimetres of snow.
Sioux Lookout was on top of the snow heap with 47.2-centimetres of white stuff.

Child Care Centres Closed

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 6:41am

PhotoSchools aren't the only ones closed in an unprecedented move.
Most child care programs in the district are shut down today due to the weather.
The City of Dryden Childcare Centre will be closed as well as all best start centres at area public and catholic schools.
The Best Start Hub will also be closed today.
The Sioux Mountain Children's Centre has also been closed for today.
All municipal child care centres in Sioux Lookout are also closed.

Winter Storm Hammers Area

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 5:27am

PhotoA winter storm warning remains in effect in Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Ignace.
The storm has forced several closures.
All public school board and French board schools are confirmed closed as well as Kenora catholic schools.
The Northwest District Catholic School Board has closed schools in Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Fort Frances.
Confederation College has cancelled classes in Dryden, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout.
No buses are running and now several businesses have opted to shutdown.
As for travel...police are still not recommending it.
Highway 17 between the Manitoba boundary and Ignace is now open after being closed overnight.
Highway 17 between Ignace and Thunder Bay remains closed.
Highway 502 from Dryden to Fort Frances is closed.
Highway 71 from Kenora to Fort Frances is closed.
Highway 11 from Highway 600 to Highway 71 closed.
All other highways are open but travel is not recommended.
Roads in the Thunder Bay area are dealing with freezing rain.
Police responded to several fender benders and helped push motorists out of snow drifts yesterday.
None of the collisions are considered serious at this time.
In Dryden, several motorists got stuck on both the underpass and overpass, forcing periodic closures.

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