MNR Conducting Creel Survery on Winnipeg River
By CKDR News - August 20th, 2014 - 10:45am
Fish populations are on the mind of the Ministry of Natural Resources.
April Mitchell is a biologist with the MNR and says they are out speaking to anglers during a Creel survey on the Winnipeg River.
Mitchell says the survey includes some very important data.
She says it helps the MNR manage fisheries and look at the sustainability in terms of harvest catch and release.
The Creel survey will run until the end of September.
Crime Prevention Chair Calls For More Inquiry
By CKDR News - August 20th, 2014 - 10:40am
City Councillors in Thunder Bay are being asked to support a call for a national inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women.
Crime Prevention Chair Tom Walters doesn't believe the organization is overstepping its bounds by getting into the political arena.
Walters says the inspiration came from an RCMP report on the issue.
He says it was clear the number of Aboriginal women who had been murdered or missing was much higher than what the population would suggest.
Walters believes the move coincides with the councils mandate to support the Aboriginal population.
The request will come to city Councillors Monday night.
Red Lake Arts & Culture Scene Receive Funding
By CKDR News - August 20th, 2014 - 7:25am
A new development in the entertainment scene for Red Lake.
Kenora M.P. Greg Rickford announced that the Red Lake Wilderness Entertainment Series will receive $13,000.
Rickford says the funding will create good access to concerts and artists that may not have stopped in Red Lake before.
The announcement was made Monday at Red Lake Centennial Park and the funding is through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.
Grassy Youth Demand Kenora Mill To Close
By CKDR News - August 20th, 2014 - 7:18am
A small demonstration in front of the Weyerhaeuser Timberstrand Mill in Kenora on Jones Road took place yesterday.
Some youth from the Grassy Narrows First Nation are demanding that the mill not use wood from the Whiskey Jack Forest.
Corissa Swain is a member of the Grassy Narrows Youth and says what they'd really like is to see the mill close.
The Grassy Youth presented a letter to mill management asking them to respect their demands.
The group were also joined by a group of activists in their On-To-Ottawa caravan, which started it's journey out in British Columbia.
Rainy Lake Hotel Receives Money For Demolition
By CKDR News - August 20th, 2014 - 7:11am
The demolition of the former Rainy Lake Hotel is one step closer.
Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis says he's been informed the town will receive over $997,000 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund towards the development of the market square on the hotel's site.
Avis calls its great news for the community.
Avis adds they're also hoping for funding from FEDNOR which would allow them to start planning for the tear down of the hotel.
Bombardier Workers Head To Toronto
By CKDR News - August 20th, 2014 - 7:06am
Thunder Bay Bombardier strikers hope the TTC will not accept vehicles assembled by replacement workers.
The union representing strikers gathered in Toronto, to address a TTC board meeting yesterday.
Unifor president Dominic Pasqualino says it's the striking Bombardier workers that ensure no detail is overlooked when building TTC vehicles in Thunder Bay.
More than 900 workers who build TTC vehicles in Thunder Bay, have been on strike since July 14.
Con College Looking To Expand Programming
By CKDR News - August 20th, 2014 - 7:03am
Confederation College is exploring some partnerships in the region in order to expand programming for it's students.
College president Jim Madder says they are working with Lakehead University and Seven Generations to offer courses through distance education technology.
Madder suggests they would be able to offer university level business courses for students who have earned the necessary college credits.
He adds they are looking at new hi-tech equipment which makes distance education much more immediate and interactive.
OPG Preparing For Re-Start of Atikokan Station
By CKDR News - August 20th, 2014 - 7:00am
Ontario Power Generation is preparing for a re-start of its generating station in Atikokan.
The conversion of the plant from coal to biomass is now complete.
Spokesperson Neil Kelly says they just need a final sign-off from the Ontario Power Authority before generating electricity once again.
Kelly says a grand reopening ceremony is scheduled for later next month.
Thunder Bay OPP Sgt. Faces Police Act Hearing
By ckdr news - August 19th, 2014 - 8:20am
It won't be until at least the fall before anyone finds out the future of Thunder Bay OPP Sgt. Darryl Storey.
He was convicted of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the death of 18 year old Jasmine Veneruzzo in 2008.
OPP Sgt. Shelley Garr says the next step is a Police Act hearing.
Garr says Storey remains on suspension without pay.
Big Achievement For Firefly
By CKDR News - August 19th, 2014 - 7:38am
Firefly has accomplished a 3 year goal.
The agency has achieved Accreditation with Accommodation through Accreditation Canada.
Karen Ingebritson says they went through the agency with a fine tooth comb.
Ingebritson says the award recognizes work in safety practices, work environment and client experience.
The award is the second highest level presented by Accreditation Canada.
Weather Puts Damper On Caliper Lake Park
By CKDR News - August 19th, 2014 - 7:35am
A cooler than normal spring and high water levels have put a bit of a damper on the camping season at Caliper Lake Park.
The Town of Sioux Narrow/Nestor Falls re-opened the park this year, after the province closed it last year.
Jeff Port is the town's director of planning and development and says they actually had to close the park for a week back in June due to flooding.
Port says things just started to pick up the last week of July and things have been pretty steady through the first two weeks of August.
MacKinnon Talks Upcoming Municipal Election
By CKDR News - August 19th, 2014 - 7:31am
The upcoming municipal election in Dryden just got a little more exciting.
Councillor Shayne MacKinnon is running against Mayor Craig Nuttall.
MacKinnon says if he's elected for Mayor, one of the main issues he wants to tackle is the taxes in the city.
He says the city needs to keep taxes low in the community and in order to do that, he thinks the city needs to revisit some of the plans that may have been put on the shelf.
MacKinnon says he wants to ensure that the KPMG report doesn't end up on the shelf as previous reports have.
He adds the vision he sees for Dryden is a community recovering and growing to once again become a community that is envied by others in the area.
Bombardier Strikes Remains At A Standstill
By CKDR News - August 19th, 2014 - 7:22am
Bombardier and the union representing striking workers are back to square one.
Both parties met this weekend, with the company making what they called their "best and last" offer.
The proposal was rejected by Unifor officials.
Spokesperson Stephanie Ash says Bombardier's next step is undetermined.
With the strike entering its sixth week, Ash says a new agreement will not be reached through traditional negotiations.
Dryden Police Investigate $30,000 Theft
By CKDR News - August 19th, 2014 - 7:16am
Dryden Police are investigating a theft from a Kennedy Road business.
Police say approximately $30,000 worth of copper wiring was stolen.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dryden Police Service or Crime Stoppers.
NDP Support Municipal Leaders
By CKDR News - August 19th, 2014 - 7:14am
The provincial NDP are making a commitment to municipal leaders that they will be a strong voice for them at Queen's Park.
Speaking to delegates attending the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in London, the party's finance critic Catherine Fife says municipalities are easy targets when the province wants to balance its books.
Fife says municipalities are being forced to take on greater responsibilities for maintaining and expanding services while provincial funding is being reduced.
Purse Snatcher In Kenora
By CKDR News - August 19th, 2014 - 7:08am
Purse-snatching seems to be the crime of choice this summer in Kenora.
In the past couple of weeks, the OPP say they have investigated 13 separate complaints of purses being stolen from shopping carts.
The incidents have taken place at different stores and police are urging shoppers to be mindful of their belongings and always keep valuables in sight.
Ontario Creates New Community Infrastructure Fund
By CKDR News - August 19th, 2014 - 7:02am
The Liberal government is rolling out its new Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund.
It's to provide $100 million annual in funding to small, rural and northern municipalities to help fix up aging roads, bridges, sewer and water infrastructure.
Half the money will be issued based on need, while municipalities will have to apply to access the remaining $50 million.
Vandals Strike Van Horne Parking Lot
By CKDR News - August 19th, 2014 - 6:57am
Vandals have struck again in Dryden.
Officers were called to a Van Horne Avenue parking lot Thursday afternoon regarding damage to a vehicle.
The owner of a 2007 Dodge Caravan found the vehicle with a smashed rear window.
Dryden Police are asking anyone with information to contact them or Crime Stoppers.
Calendar Girls Donate 'Setee' To DRHC
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 4:05pm
The girls that keep on giving.
Theatre Seventeen's Calendar Girls presented a sofa to the Dryden Regional Health Centre's Oncology Unit today.
Director Judith Hamilton says in the play the group of women wanted to raise money to buy a new 'setee' to donate to their local Oncology Unit.
Hamilton says the Calendar Girls thought it would be nice to emulate the women in the play and donate a sofa to DRHC's Oncology Unit.
She adds that the Oncology Unit did not have a sofa for patients to sit on.
In June, Theatre Seventeen donated $20,000 to the DRHC's Oncology Unit from the sales of the calendar.
Big Steps Ahead For Energy East Pipeline
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 12:57pm
TransCanada Pipeline is looking to file an application with the National Energy Board.
During an open house in Kenora spokesperson Grady Semmens said they want to make the application next month.
Semmens says moving onto this phase is a big step in the process.
He adds the application to the NEB will include greater details on the project on a national and local level.
Hydro One Planning Outage For Parts of Rainy River
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 10:10am
A lengthy hydro outage is planned for parts of the Rainy River district this week.
Hydro One says electricity will be cut off for about four hours beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, effecting the areas of Chapple township, Emo, parts of Nestor Falls as well as the unorganized areas of Fleming, Goodson, Kingsford, Richardson, Senn and Sifton.
It says the outage is necessary to perform maintenance and equipment upgrades.
7 New Fires Over The Weekend
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 10:07am
Forest fire activity is starting to pick up as the summer slows down.
There were 7 new blazes reported across the region this past weekend, including 2 yesterday and 5 on Saturday.
There was one new wild fire in the Kenora District.
It grew to 0.3 hectares in size in the Clearwater Bay area, but was extinguished yesterday.
The fire hazard is listed as moderate to high across most of the region.
Lake of The Woods Water Levels Receding
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 10:05am
Starting to see a drop-off in water levels on Lake of the Woods.
The Lake of the Woods Control Board says lake levels are down about 4 inches in the past week and will drop about the same amount this week, barring any major rainstorms.
Water levels on the Winnipeg River are also dropping dramatically, and water levels are expected to drop another 4 to 8 inches over the next few days.
Death of American Deemed Not Suspicious
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 10:03am
The OPP have wrapped up their investigation into the death of a 65-year-old American visitor.
Police were contacted last week by Canada Customs about a fatality on Lower Manitou Lake.
The OPP's Marine Unit, a coroner and a scene of crimes officer were called out.
Police say the cause of death is not suspicious.
The deceased has been identified as Charles Cook from Omaha, Nebraska.
Treasury Metals Responds To Water Concerns
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 7:54am
The Vice-President of the Treasury Metals Goliath gold project in Wabigoon is responding to concerns over water quality.
Norm Bush says they have a very extensive environmental review that's on-going, which outlines all the safety safe guards that would need to be put in place.
Bush says treated water that would be come out of the facility would be controlled and is highly regulated.
He says it also has to meet all the provincial water objectives that the province of Ontario puts in front of them, through the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Bush says they are several weeks away from completing their Environment Impact Statement.
Once completed and sent away, it will take over 300 days for the federal government to go through it.
Inquest Into Young Girls Death To Be Held
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 7:53am
Police in Thunder Bay confirm a coroner's inquest will be held to look into the deaths of 8-year-old Brandi Wingert, and the 38-year-old man police say is responsible for killing her early last week.
They say that the young girl died at her Donald Street home during a domestic dispute between her mother and her mother's ex-boyfriend, who also died after a standoff with police.
Coroner's inquests are held with the aim of preventing similar tragedies from happening in the future.
Funeral services for Brandi Wingert were held this morning at St. Agnes Church.
Webequie & MNR Holding Land Use Plan Meeting
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 7:41am
An open house is being held in Thunder Bay for people to comment on a proposed land use plan for Webequie First Nation.
The joint project is between the First Nation community and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
MNR Spokesperson Steve Winsor says they still have lots of work after the open house is held.
Winsor says they'll be collecting feedback from those who attend.
The open house is being held Wednesday at the Airlane Hotel from two until seven.
Clean Health & Safety Inspection For Bombardier
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 7:35am
A Ministry of Labour Health and Safety inspection of the local Bombardier plant came back clean.
An inspection took place after several complaints claimed members of the plant's management team were operating mobile equipment without the required training.
Company spokesperson Stephanie Ash says no orders were issued by the Ministry and they were satisfied that the site is compliant with necessary training requirements.
Unifor Spokesperson Dominic Pasqualino disagrees with the Ministry's inspection findings.
NCC Preserving Caribou Island
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 7:30am
The Nature Conservancy of Canada wants to preserve a portion of Caribou Island, 32 kilometres east of Thunder Bay.
The organization has acquired approximately 160 acres, and will celebrate this conservation achievement on Lambert Island, Wednesday.
Environment Canada has contributed $275,000 to the conservation of Caribou Island.
Atikokan Mayor Pleased With New OPP Billing
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 7:27am
No one could be more happier with the new OPP billing costing method put forward by the province than Atikokan.
The town now pays more than $1,000 per household to have the OPP patrol its streets.
Mayor Dennis Brown expects a drop even with the costs associated each time police are called.
Atikokan now pays around $1.5 million for the OPP to police the community of about 2,800.
LU Professor Speaks Out About Sona Verdict
By CKDR News - August 18th, 2014 - 7:20am
Former Conservative staffer Michael Sona has been found guilty for directing voters to the wrong polling stations during the federal election in 2011.
The Superior Court ruled at the end of last week that Sona was responsible for the infamous robocalls case three years ago.
Lakehead University Political Science professor Laure Paquette says it will be interesting to see what his sentence will be.
Paquette says the courts and Elections Canada will take this behaviour seriously and the debate will now go to what penalty Sona will receive.
She adds that this adds onto the controversy already surrounding the federal PC's.
Shayne MacKinnon Running For Mayor of Dryden
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 6:49pm
Mayor Craig Nuttall finally has an opponent to run against in the upcoming municipal election in Dryden.
Councillor Shayne MacKinnon officially filed his papers today.
Darryl Skinner and Bill Latham are the only two who have filed their papers to run for Council.
There are three people in the running right now for 2-positions on the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
Al Cesiunas, Robert Van Oort and Kathy Bryck have all filed their paperwork.
No one has come forward for a spot on the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.
The deadline to file nomination papers is September 12th at 2 o'clock.
NOMA Conference Gets Underway Sunday
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 6:43pm
Winter tourism is on the mind of Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association President Dave Canfield.
Canfield says that's one issue he'll be discussing at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference starting on Sunday.
Other topics for discussion include policing costs and infrastructure.
AMO runs from Sunday through Wednesday in London.
27 Graduate From First Nations Natural Resources
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 6:34pm
Twenty-seven students are graduating from Confederation College's First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program.
College President Jim Madder says the six week program allowed students to explore the natural resources sector.
This is the 15th year that the program has been available to First Nation students.
Canfield Against License Fees For Seniors
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 6:15pm
A desperate attempt for money.
That's how Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield feels about about a government idea to charges seniors for fishing licenses.
Canfield says the city is willing to work with government.
One idea put forward is developing crown lands in the region.
Kenora city council passed a resolution against the change this week.
EFTO President Speaks Out About Contract Talks
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 6:13pm
The president of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario doesn't expect upcoming contract talks with the province to be easy.
Preliminary talks begin next month.
President Sam Hammond says while the Premier pledged them to be fair, there's still mistrust among teachers.
Hammond also didn't rule out the possibility of labour disruptions to back contact demands.
Missing Sioux Lookout Girl Found
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 6:03pm
A 13-year-old girl who was the subject of a search in Ear Falls has been found.
OPP says Vanessa Panacheese was located yesterday in Red Lake.
The resident of Sioux Lookout was reported missing after failing to return from the Trout Forest Music Festival last weekend in Ear Falls.
Thunder Bay Resident's March Against Crime
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 6:02pm
Thunder Bay residents are speaking against crime in the City.
Over 200 residents lit up the south side of Thunder Bay last night in memory of Brandi Wingert and other victims of violent crime.
McKellar Ward Councillor Paul Pugh attended and says gathering as a community is a good step towards healing.
Entire families took part in the march saying they wanted to show their respect to Brandi's family.
Thunder Bay Murder Victim's Name Released
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 5:58pm
Thunder Bay City Police are releasing the name of the young girl who was murdered Monday during a domestic assault between her mother and her mother's ex boyfriend.
Officials believe the 38-year-old man who died after being taken into police custody was responsible for the death of 8 year old Brandi Wingert.
Chief JP Levesque says officers are still working in the home.
Levesque says Brandi's cause of death is currently a matter between the family and the coroner.
Police say their thoughts and prayers are with Brandi Wingert's mother and family.
Changes Coming To OPP Billing
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 5:50pm
Lower policing bills are coming to many area communities.
Yasir Nqavi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services has introduced a new OPP billing model.
Naqvi says many communities will see cost go down over the next 5 years.
He adds the new base price per property starting next year will be $203.
With calls for service taken into account the new average will be $355.
EFTO Want Schools Closed When Snow Day
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 5:37pm
Elementary school teachers in Ontario want schools closed when a snow day is declared.
At it's annual convention, the EFTO passed a resolution stating that when boards cancel buses due to poor weather, classes should also be cancelled.
The union says teachers shouldn't have to put their lives at risk going to work.
Currently, only one school board in Ontario closes schools during snow days.
Local boards keep their schools open for students and teachers who can make it to class.
No New Money For Elementary Teachers
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 5:35pm
Ontario's Premier says she has no intention of bargaining through the media when negotiations resume with teachers next month.
Kathleen Wynne, though, told public elementary teachers gathered for meetings in Toronto there is no new money for salary increases.
She says the talks will be fair and respectful.
The two sides will begin talks September 3rd.
Rickford Talks Forest Innovation
By CKDR News - August 15th, 2014 - 5:31pm
Innovation in the forest industry.
Last month the government launched the I-FIT program, which is a grant of up to 50 per cent for companies which has innovative forest products they want to produce and market.
M.P. Greg Rickford says it's all part of the government's goal to diversify the forest sector.
An information session on the I-FIT program was held at the Lake of the Woods Campus of Confederation College to address the program.
Province Provides Funding For First Nations
By CKDR News - August 14th, 2014 - 7:07pm
A number of remote communities in the far north are getting some funding from the province for economic development.
The Whitefeather Forest Management Authority is getting $50,000 to identify and market forest products from the timber they harvest near Pikangikum.
Meanwhile, the Landsdown House First Nation is getting just over $44,000 for a development plan dealing with the impacts of the Ring of Fire.
Nuttall Talks Little Bands Tournament
By CKDR News - August 14th, 2014 - 7:03pm
It's a win-win situation for Dryden.
That's what Mayor Craig Nuttall is calling the city hosting the 2015 L'll Bands Hockey Tournament.
Nuttall says this is great news for Dryden businesses.
He says the tournament is projected to bring in $750,00, plus the city will take in money from renting both ice surfaces.
Nuttall says they are currently taking registration right now.
Contact Stephen Fiddler for more information at 221-4433 or Jethro Tait at 737-1585.
The tournament will start February 8th and go till the 16th.
Rickford Releases Guide On Forestry Operations
By CKDR News - August 14th, 2014 - 6:55pm
Forestry operations in the region are getting federal support.
A new technical guide has been released by the federal government on the construction of tall wood frames buildings.
Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford says that's great news for our economy.
Rickford says there is some catch up needed to change regulations.
In Ontario the government is currently working to allow 6 story wood frame buildings.
Horwath Wants To Keep Small Schools Open
By CKDR News - August 14th, 2014 - 6:53pm
Ontario's NDP leader is vowing to press the government for ways of keeping small schools open.
Speaking to teachers gathered in Toronto, Andrea Horwath says services like health clinics, child care centres and seniors services could take over empty classrooms.
Horwath says schools are key hubs to many communities.
She adds that offering options to school board gives them some flexibility in keeping schools open.
Shy-Anne Leaving the Stage
By BGW - August 14th, 2014 - 1:35pm
One of our area's most accomplished musicians has announced she'll stop performing after this year. Shy-Anne Hvorka says it's time to move on to other things and she is stepping back from the music industry with a positive attitude. Hvorka used her Facebook page to make the announcement yesterday. She's getting married in a couple of weeks and, having earned degrees in Music and Education, plans to teach and mentor youth. Raised and educated in Red Lake, Shy-Anne now lives near Nipigon. She is a multiple award-winner with four albums to her credit. Her most recent effort, "Bones," came out earlier this summer and is available on iTunes.
NOSM Hosting 3 Day Event For Area First Nations
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 12:31pm
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is speaking with 100 aboriginal delegates over the next three days.
The three day gathering in Chapleau Cree First Nation will help the school get feedback on how well they are meeting the needs of area First Nations.
The thoughts the school collects will be used to create policies at the med school.
MNR Reports 6 New Fires Since Monday
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 12:29pm
There are 12 active fires in the region.
Six news fires have been reported since Monday.
There was a fire report being investigated yesterday afternoon in the Dryden District.
Most of the fires have been caused by lightening.
No problems have been reported with the fires and a number of them are being monitored.
6 Year Deal For Kenora Forest Products
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 11:40am
The sawmill hasn't even re-opened yet, but Unifor says it has a new six year deal in placefor Kenora Forest Products.
The union says the agreement calls for a three percent increase each year up to 2020.
The contract will kick in this fall, with the mill set to resume production early in 2015.
Local Union Representative Stephen Boon says a lot of work has gone into the agreement, now all they need is approval of a wood supply by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The union says the deal will also allow Kenora Forest Products to go head with millions of dollars
of capital improvements to modernize the mill.
The agreement will cover over 100 workers once the sawmill is up and running again.
Rickford Visits Key Industrial Sites In N.B.
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 8:11am
Newly-minted Natural Resources Minister and Kenora MP Greg Rickford was in Saint John, New Brunswick touring around the refinery, pulp and paper mill, and other key industrial sites in the Port City.
Rickford says he's impressed by the big industrial players in Saint John, such as the Irving empire.
He says he's especially interested in New Brunswick's role in the forestry industry.
Rickford also visited Quebec City to introduce a new technical guide for building, which is a Canadian-led initiative that is the first of its kind.
Kenora Mayor Still Against Loss of Hydro Funds
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 8:04am
More downloading that municipalities can't afford.
That's how Kenora mayor Dave Canfield describes the provinces decision to cut funding to the Power Dam Special Payment Program.
Canfield has a strong demand for the Liberals.
He says Kenora will be requesting the province maintains the funding or they start allowing us to tax power dams.
Council passed a resolution speaking against the change.
It will be sent to numerous ministers and municipal associations.
Vigil For 8 Year Old Thunder Bay Girl Tomorrow
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 7:54am
A group of concerned citizens is holding a candle light vigil tomorrow night in Thunder Bay.
The vigil will start at 8:30 at the Dease Pool Park and end at Thunder Bay City Hall.
Spokesperson Rebecca Zajac says when they heard that an eight year old girl was murdered they felt they needed to pay their respects.
Zajac says she wants to give the victim of Monday's murder a voice.
T-Bay Crime Prevention Chair Says City Is Safe
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 7:49am
In the light of Monday's tragic death in Thunder Bay of an eight year old girl, the Chair of the Crime Prevention Council is speaking out.
Chair Tom Walters calls the incident a real tragedy.
He adds many people may not feel Thunder Bay is a safe community but he believes the city is a much safer place than residents give it credit for.
A candle light vigil and walk is being held tomorrow night from the Dease Park Pool to City Hall in memory of the slain eight year old.
Talks Continue In Kenora Over Energy East Project
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 7:26am
TransCanada Pipeline is continuing to preach the Energy East project.
During an open house in Kenora Spokesperson Grady Semmens noted they are happy to answer questions about environmental safety.
Semmens says they have received lots of support in the region because of the possible economic benefits, such as jobs for local communities.
Semmens adds that they plan to submit a application on the project to the National Energy Board this fall.
The open house was held at the Best Western Lakeside Inn last night.
1 Dead After Boating Incident In Whiteshell Park
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 7:21am
An 82-year-old Winnipeg man is dead following a boating mishap in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
The RCMP say two men went out fishing yesterday morning around 8:00 near Lamprey Falls.
As they tried to anchor their boat, they both fell out.
Both men were wearing a life-jacket at the time, but the 82 year old man stopped breathing as he tried to make it to shore.
The Mounties say he couldn't be revived.
The name of the deceased is not being released.
Fort Frances Mayor Speaks Out About Hydro Dams
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 7:17am
Fort Frances is among communities wanting a special provincial funding program to be restored.
The money, given to municipalities with hydro dams in lieu of taxes, is being reduced over the next four years.
Mayor Roy Avis says it's just the move by the province that will hurt the town in the long-term.
Avis says Fort Frances will lose about $87,000, which is compounded by reductions in other provincial funding and higher costs for such things as policing.
Concerns Over Treasury Metals Project In Wabigoon
By CKDR News - August 13th, 2014 - 7:04am
Dryden councillors are most concerned about water quality, when it comes to the Treasury Metals Goliath gold project in Wabigoon.
Council heard from Goliath Mines Stakeholders, a group of individuals who are concerned about mining impacts on the community.
Mayor Craig Nuttall says the group is concerned about leakage into the lake and worried about noise levels.
Nuttall says the project needs to be looked at very closely and notes there's a chance for pollution everywhere.
He says that the Domtar Mill had a chlorine leak years ago and the whole city needed to be evacuated.
However, he adds there are differently types of safe guards, so situations like that don't happen.
Nuttall says he looks forward to hearing from Treasury Metals.
Bombardier Workers Take Strike To Toronto
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 12:55pm
With finished Rocket subway cars leaving the Montreal Street Thunder Bay Bombardier plant this week, striking workers are in Toronto to put the pressure on the Toronto Transit Commission.
They want the TTC to not accept the vehicles assembled by replacement workers and to pressure municipal and provincial governments to urge the employer to reconsider the bargaining sticking point over pensions.
They'll be picketing in Toronto for the next three days at a variety of TTC stations.
The strike is now into its fifth week.
Elementary Teachers Prepare For Bargaining Talks
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 12:53pm
Ontario's elementary teachers are preparing for a new round of bargaining with the province and school boards.
President of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario Sam Hammond says it will begin September 3, the day school resumes in most areas.
Hammond says EFTO will meet that day with government and school boards to set the ground work for bargaining.
The teachers current contract expires at the end of this month.
Help Keep Eagle Lake Peninsula Beautiful
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 12:50pm
The North Shore Lodge is hosting an event to help support the Eagle Lake Farabout Peninsula Coalition.
On Sunday, people can take part in a paddle tour of the east side of the peninsula from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. and then there will be a fundraising fish fry and silent auction.
Chairperson Dale Mackenzie says there will also be a brief talk about the world class muskies that are found on the peninsula.
Mackenzie says the money raised will go to establishing an environmental care code for the piece of land in Eagle Lake.
The environmental care code will help care for the lake, help the shorebird population, as well as cleaning and promoting the area.
Tickets are available at the Bulk Zone for $30 cash and will only be sold until Thursday evening.
10 Pound Pot Bust In Kenora
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 12:42pm
A big pot bust in Kenora.
Early this morning provincial police stopped a car on Highway 17 in the Boys Township.
The OPP searched the vehicle and found 10 pounds of marijuana inside, valued at 20 thousand dollars.
As a result 22 year Rajdeep Grewal of Mississauga, and 24 year old Rupinder Sidhu of Brampton were both charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
They are being held for a bail hearing today.
SIU Looking Into Death Of Murder Suspect
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 12:41pm
In Thunder Bay, Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is looking into the death of the 38 year old murder suspect.
Jasbir Brar of the SIU says two investigators and one forensic investigator will be canvassing the Wharton Road area.
Brar says they will be interested in the scene and any information that relates to where the incident took place and where the 38 year old man was located.
She adds it's too soon to say if they'll need to examine the Donald Street home where the domestic assault occurred.
MNR Fines Minaki Man $1,800
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 9:02am
A Minaki man is facing a $1,800 fine after pleading guilty to selling baitfish without a licence.
Duane Hell and his company Paradise Cover Properties Ltd. were each fined $800 for unlawfully selling baitfish for commercial purposes.
Hell was also fined $200 for failing to submit his annual baitfish report.
Hell's bait shop supplies three resorts operated by Paradise Cove Properties Ltd. on Winnipeg River in Minaki.
The court heard the case in Kenora at the end of July.
$527 Million For Northern Ontario Highways
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 7:41am
The provincial government is reiterating its commitment to improving Northern Ontario Highways.
Minister of Northern Development Michael Gravelle says they are spending $527 million in the 2014-2015 construction season.
Gravelle says part of that funding includes the four laning of the highway from Thunder Bay to Nipigon.
Gravelle announced the Northern Highways Program yesterday at the Terry Fox Lookout on Highway 11/17.
Beardy Supports Decision By Superior Court
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 7:35am
Ontario's Regional Chief is supporting a decision by the Ontario Superior Court to allow residential school survivors the choice to keep some of their records of testimony available for future generations.
A decision last week says survivors could spare some of their documents from destruction and would be redacted to protect the privacy of others.
Beardy feels it's vital to preserve the testimonies for future generations so we don't forget this dreadful chapter of our country's history.
2 Dead Following Domestic Assault In Thunder Bay
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 7:29am
In Thunder Bay, an eight year old girl is dead after an early Monday morning domestic assault involving her mother and an ex-boyfriend.
Police Spokesperson Chris Adams says when they arrived on the scene the girl was badly hurt with a critical injury.
The suspect, a 38 year old man was involved in a stand off on Wharton Road.
Adams says the standoff ended around 11:30 a.m. the suspect was transported to hospital after being taken into custody.
He adds the suspect appeared to have injuries that were sustained prior to his arrest.
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is stepping in to look into the 38 year old's death.
Fresh Face At Seven Generations Education
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 7:21am
A new face at the helm of the Seven Generations Education Institute.
Brent Tookenay has taken over as executive director from Delbert Horton, who is retiring.
Tookenay says one of their challenges is ensuring employment opportunities for their graduates, before proposed mines in the region open.
He says there are a lot of issues facing aboriginal learners across the region.
The issues consist of where First Nation communities are located and whether aboriginals have taken the right courses to prepare themselves for opportunities.
Tookenay comes over to Seven Generations from the Rainy River District School Board, where he was the Aboriginal Education Leader.
He took on his new duties at the beginning of July.
NWHU Putting On Picnic In The Park Tomorrow
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 7:06am
If you do one thing, make it a healthy one.
Get active with the Northwestern Health Units Do One Thing campaign on Wednesday at Plumridge Park in Dryden.
Health Educator Calista Livingston says the campaign is about getting people's attention to have active, healthy fun.
Livingston says the NWHU wants to get people eating healthier, more active and encourage people to get together.
The event will feature a picnic in the park, a healthy snack and family activities.
It starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m.
Dryden Fire Respond To 3 Calls Over Weekend
By CKDR News - August 12th, 2014 - 6:56am
It was a busy weekend for Dryden Fire.
On Sunday evening paramedics, police and firefighters responded to a single-vehicle collision roll-over on Highway 17 in East Dryden, near Meadows Road.
One person was transported to hospital by paramedics with injuries, the vehicle sustained serious damage.
Dryden fire also had two calls on Saturday.
Early afternoon firefighters responded to a residential carbon monoxide alarm.
The alarm battery was found to be past the life span and device was placed back into service.
Later that day, around 10 p.m. paramedics, police and firefighters responded to a two vehicle collision on Government Street in front of McDonald's.
No injuries were reported and both cars sustained serious damages.
Little Bands Hockey Coming Back to Dryden
By BGW - August 11th, 2014 - 5:21pm
The L’ll Bands Hockey Tournament in partnership with the City of Dryden, has announced that the 2015 tournament will be hosted in the Dryden Memorial Arena between February 8th and the 16th. This year the organizers are aiming to grow the tournament to accept up to 50 teams representing youth from 4-16 years old. Both arenas will be used for the tournament.
Water Levels Returning To Normal On Rainy Lake
By CKDR News - August 11th, 2014 - 12:16pm
Water levels on Rainy Lake are returning to normal.
The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board says the level is now close to being back within the upper part of the rule curve, the optimal levels for this time of the year.
The Board says as it reaches the middle of that curve, lake outflows will be gradually reduced.
The lake hit the highest its been since 1950 on July 1st following heavy rains in June.
MNR Reports 4 New Fires Over Weekend
By CKDR News - August 11th, 2014 - 12:14pm
Despite drier conditions across northwestern Ontario, still not much in the way of forest fire activity.
Over the weekend, four new wildfires were reported.
Just one in the Kenora District, it was a 0.4 hectare blaze near Long Lake.
The MNR says that fire has since been extinguished.
In the meantime, Ministry Fire officials says they are concerned with the number of people who have been doing daytime burning.
Daytime burning is not allowed between April 1st and October 31st.
Court Orders Residential School Material Destroyed
By CKDR News - August 11th, 2014 - 7:59am
A lawyer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is taking a wait and see approach to a recent judges ruling.
The Ontario justice ordered the destruction of recordings by residential school survivors given during the commission hearings.
When speaking, Commission Lawyer Julian Falconer was cautious about giving his opinion.
Falconer says it's still too early to be either praising or criticizing the judgement.
He says there's still a lot of work to do to contact the survivors who may wish their record be kept.
The judge believed the 15 year period would give survivors the chance to decide on what to do with their records
Gravelle Announces 3 Million For Post-Secondary
By CKDR News - August 11th, 2014 - 7:45am
The provincial government is putting 3 million dollars into promoting post-secondary institutions in northern Ontario.
Confederation College, along with five other northern colleges, will receive the money for the three year marketing initiative, and are trying to attract students from southern Ontario to study in the region.
MPP Michael Gravelle made the announcement on Friday, and says the Liberals want to invest in the north.
Gravelle says sometimes the demand in southern Ontario is high and students aren't able to access the courses they want or able to get in as quickly as they want.
The money will come from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.
Bombardier Strike Continues To Heat Up
By CKDR News - August 11th, 2014 - 7:32am
More tension on the Thunder Bay Bombardier picket line with accusations by the union that the company broke the strike protocol.
Unifor spokesperson Dominic Pasqualino says it happened when the company tried to move a finished rail car out of the plant through a different exit that was legally agreed to.
But the company's Spokesperson Stephanie Ash says the union was given proper notice noting the company is within its right to move the car out.
The move appears to have upset the union because Ash says a planned meeting between the two sides to discuss negotiations was cancelled by Unifor.
Ear Falls Lends Helping Hand To Red Lake
By CKDR News - August 11th, 2014 - 7:26am
The Township of Ear Falls is helping out it's neighbour.
A shared services agreement between Ear Falls and Red Lake has been announced.
Ear Falls Mayor Kevin Kahoot says Red Lake will be sharing their waste disposal site with the municipality.
Kahoot says the benefit will be working with Red Lake and possibly starting up other shared agreements down the road.
Kahoot adds the shared agreement will generate some revenue for Ear Falls.
There is no definite date when the agreement will start, but Kahoot says it will begin this fall.
TSB Rule Out Mechanical Fault in Fatal Plane Crash
By bgw - August 10th, 2014 - 1:46pm
The Transportation Safety Board has ruled out mechanical failure as the cause of a plane crash that killed three visitors to our area on Friday.
OPP say the victims have been identified as 41-year-old Nikolas Rajala, 40-year-old Teresa Rajala, and 36-year-old Lynn Bohanon, all of Grand Rapids, Minn.
The three were attempting to land a Cessna 185 on Chappie Lake, south of Kenora, when their Cessna 182 at about 2 PM. A SARS team found the downed aircraft within two hours of it going down – two were dead at the crash site while the third died shortly after being found.
(File photo of similar Cessna 182)
Tornado Touches Down In Grassy Narrows
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 12:57pm
Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down on the Grassy Narrows First Nation earlier this week.
It was the 13th tornado recorded so far in Ontario this year.
Environment Canada says the twister was spotted Tuesday evening and generated winds of 130 kilometres an hour.
In a statement released yesterday, Canada's weather forecaster says that a weak tornado did indeed affect a section of Grassy Narrows, causing damage to the roof of one house.
Jason Kenney Talks Employment In Kenora
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 12:43pm
Canada's Employment minister is defending his government's crackdown of the temporary
foreign worker program.
Jason Kenney was in Kenora today to talk with aboriginal and business leaders about skills training.
He feels we should be training unemployed people at home instead of bringing in workers
for the hospitality industry.
Kenney says the temporary foreign worker program was recently tightened up, to make sure it's a lasting limited resort for employers.
He says Canada wants to make sure Canadian employers are going to their local unemployed workers first.
Kenney believes aboriginal workers will be key to staffing some of the new mines being started
up across northwestern Ontario in the years ahead.
Municipal Election Candidate Session Coming Up
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 11:42am
Don't miss your chance to be a voice in your community.
A municipal election candidate information session is being held for Dryden, Ignace and Machin on August 14th.
The sessions will be held at the Dryden Fire hall from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m.
Dryden City Clerk Debra Kincaid says the city is looking for people to register beforehand at each of the communities offices.
New Gold Mining Matters Program Approaching
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 11:37am
An education program that teaches people about mining is coming back to the Rainy River district.
New Gold will host Mining Matters for both youth and adults beginning August 19.
Registration to the free event is made by calling New Gold's Emo office or through its website.
Acadia Broadcasting Launches New Station
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 8:04am
A new sound is coming from Acadia Broadcasting.
CKDR's parent company is launching its newest radio station, CKNI 91.9 The Bend, in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Acadia has radio stations across northwestern Ontario as well as New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Bombardier Strike Continues
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:55am
There is no decision in the Thunder Bay Bombardier court dispute with Unifor.
The company was looking to get a court order to limit the amount of picketing in front of its Montreal Street plant by striking workers.
Spokesperson Stephanie Ash says both sides will now wait for Justice Helen Pierce to hand down a ruling.
The company lawyer argued that the injunction is required, in part, because of threats that have been made on the picket line.
Liberals Agree To Help Seconday Education Grow
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:44am
The provincial government is making strides to strengthen post secondary education.
The Liberals have signed agreements with all 45 publicly assisted institutions in Ontario to help them grow programs that they strive in.
The province says they want to ensure students have access to innovative and affordable universities and colleges.
Kam River Body Identified
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:40am
OPP say that the body found in the Kam River this week is the same person who disappeared back in June.
OPP Sgt. Jim Graham says that autopsy results have positively identified the victim as 56 year old Terry Wilen of Thunder Bay.
The post mortem also shows that Wilen died from drowning.
Police say it was Wilen who disappeared June 13 while boating on the Kam River in the area of Forbes River Road and Silver Falls Road.
3 New Fires Reported In The Region
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:34am
There are now about 250 Ministry of Natural Resources personnel on assignment in British Columbia and Northwest Territories to help fight fires.
The province has also provided 430 power pumps and 6-thousand lengths of hose to B.C.
Here in the Northwest, three new fires were reported.
One on Lake of the Woods south of Kenora, one near Nipigon and another in the far north, north of Wabikimi Provincial Park.
Check Your Licence Plate, It May Be Expired
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:29am
Happy belated birthday is in order if you have a birthday after mid-July.
But if you do, you may want to go check your licence plate.
Service Ontario forgot to send out reminder renewal forms to 100,000 residents.
Now up to 50,000 are driving around with expired plates.
You may think you will be off the hook if you get pulled over, but bad news, Service Ontario says it's your responsibility for keeping your information up-to-date.
Fury Over Seniors Paying For Hunting & Fishing Fee
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:26am
The provincial government is being urged to scrap a proposal that could see seniors pay for a hunting and fishing licence.
The idea was put forward in a discussion paper for the Ministry of Natural Resources earlier this year.
Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield is strongly opposed.
Canfield suggests the Ministry of Natural Resources is already charging too much for hunting and fishing licence's and has priced itself out of the market.
Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro insists the government hasn't made any decision yet on whether to implement a fee for seniors to hunt and fish.
Still Space To Enter Sioux Lookout's Rib-Cook-Off
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:17am
Got the skills for the grill?
If you think you do, there is still time to sign up for Sioux Lookout's Fresh Market Foods Rib-Cook-Off.
Owner of Fresh Market Foods Todd Nadon says there is still 2 spots left.
Visit the Fresh Market Foods store to sign up, the cost is $30 and the event starts Sunday from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m.
Fort Frances Resident Concerned About CN Rail Line
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:12am
A Fort Frances resident says CN Rail might be better off constructing its additional rail line in a different location.
Terry Parks is among residents worried about CN's plans to have the line built east of the rail company's Fort Frances yard.
Parks says having it in the west end would alleviate many concerns such as traffic, noise and safety issues.
He is hoping to be among residents CN meets with when officials visit later this month.
Wildlife Fencing Going Up At Dryden Airport
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:08am
Dryden Council has awarded a contract for new wildlife management fencing at the Dryden Regional Airport.
The fencing will improve the safety of air traffic.
Community and Development Services Manager Bob Cunningham says the Winnipeg-based firm should be working quickly to get the fencing up.
The $500,000 project is being fully funded by the federal government.
The Real Deal Duo Hosting Party This Saturday
By CKDR News - August 8th, 2014 - 7:04am
Celebrating for a good reason.
Local hunters Marc McNay and Denise Spalding are throwing a party at the Riverview Lodge Saturday night, in honour of securing themselves a full season hunting show.
The party starts at 7 p.m. and everyone is welcome.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or you can get them through Marc on Facebook at the Real Deal.
McNay says expect there to be some surprises announced at the party.
Sioux Lookout Library Hosts Grand Re-Opening
By CKDR News - August 7th, 2014 - 7:57am
You might not even recognize the Sioux Lookout Public Library!
With the help of two grants, the library was able to make exciting changes and bring in new services.
A grand re-opening is being held today and Librarian Mike Laverty says the computer room has been completely revamped and the library is excited to show it off.
The library will also be showing off their mobile app at the opening.
Laverty says it gets people really engaged with the library, with a single click they can be downloading, checking out books, putting in book reviews and more.
The app is called the Sioux Lookout Library and it's available on the Google play store and Apple store.
He adds just be visiting the library today you can win a Kobo eReader and Chapters gift cards.
Bombardiers Labour Dispute Still In Talks
By CKDR NEWS - August 7th, 2014 - 7:47am
Cooler heads may be prevailing in the Bombardier contract dispute in Thunder Bay.
Company spokesperson Stephanie Ash says that after a meeting between Bombardier and the union, both sides have decided to examine the issues that are causing the stand still in the 4 week old strike.
Ash says it may signal a return to bargaining.
No date has been set for a resumption of the discussions.
Cancer Care Ontario Signs Protocol With Nishnawbe
By CKDR News - August 7th, 2014 - 7:40am
Cancer Care Ontario and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation are now in sync.
They've signed a new protocol agreement that Cancer Care CEO Michael Sherar says is designed to improve cancer programming and services for NAN members.
Sherar says it will always be a work in progress towards becoming a life saving protocol.
The deal was signed on the Fort William First Nation territory on Wednesday.
NOSA Wants Province To Expand Sping Bear Hunt
By CKDR News - August 7th, 2014 - 7:35am
The Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance is urging the province to expand the spring bear hunt.
A pilot program in select wildlife management units this spring worked well, but didn't hit the mark in addressing dangerous bear reports.
John Kaplanis says it would be most prudent of the Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro to consider changes to the pilot project.
He says it did go off relatively successfully in the select units it was applied in, however his organization feels it didn't hit the mark in targeting bear nuisance encounters.
He would also like to see the hunt expanded to the Dryden, Kenora and Fort Frances districts.
Resolute Starting To Hire For Ignace & Atikokan
By CKDR News - August 7th, 2014 - 7:23am
Resolute Forest Products is beginning to hire for its sawmills in Ignace and Atikokan.
It's holding open houses today in Ignace at the Seniors Centre and tomorrow at the Atikokan Economic Development Centre for those wanting more information.
Resolute has said about 90 would be working for its Atikokan sawmill when it's up and running next year.
New Gold Hires New GM
By CKDR News - August 7th, 2014 - 7:22am
New Gold has added to its management teams for its planned open pit gold mine north of Barwick.
Grant Goddard becomes the general manager.
He was recently involved in the construction and start-up of a uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan.
Body Found In Kam River
By CKDR News - August 7th, 2014 - 7:20am
A sad discovery to report.
Provincial Police in Thunder Bay say that on Tuesday afternoon they were called to the Kam River in the vicinity of Highway 102 where they found the body of a man.
Police have not yet connected this discovery to the June search of the Kaminstiquia River for a 57-year-old Thunder Bay man after his empty boat was found 23 kilometres downstream from his camp site.
An autopsy is scheduled for today.
Trio Fined $4,950 For Illegal Moose Hunt
By CKDR News - August 7th, 2014 - 7:15am
Three men from southern Ontario have been fined a total of $4,950 for illegal moose hunting in the Cedar Lake area.
Matthew Hodgkins and Michael Hodgkins pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting without a license.
Jacob Palmer pleaded guilty to unlawfully attaching a game seal to a moose killed by someone else.
The moose was seized and forfeited to the Crown.
Mathew Hodgkins and Michael Hodgkins' rifles were seized.
The fine follows a Ministry of Natural Resources investigation relating to the October 2013 incident.
MNR Reports 5 New Fires In The Region
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 11:57am
The fire hazard is starting to inch up across northwestern Ontario.
Over the past couple of days, there have been five new forest fires reported in the region.
The MNR says four of those have since been extinguished.
The other is located in the Red Lake District and is being held.
The fire hazard is moderate today, but high closer to Red Lake.
Fire Crews In Alberta Are Starting To Return Home
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 8:43am
The Ministry of Natural Resources continues to lend out equipment and support up north.
A couple of water bombers and a bird dog aircraft are heading to the Northwest Territories today to help out with the battle against wild fires there.
In the meantime, all fire crews that have been battling forest fires out in Alberta are now starting to return home.
There are still more than 330 fire rangers out in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
Long Weekend Keeps Dryden Police Busy
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 8:09am
A busy time frame for Dryden Police.
Over the long weekend police responded to half a dozen liquor related occurrences, along with a number of noise complaints.
One charge was laid due to loud music.
Resolute Says 2 Sawmills Should Open Next Year
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 8:01am
Resolute Forest Products says its work on its sawmills in Atikokan and Ignace are progressing according to schedule.
Both are expected to start production in early 2015.
When they're up and running, Resolute says they will boost its total operational capacity by about 265 million board feet.
Sears Issues Recall On Boys Joe Boxer PJ Set
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 7:56am
Sears Canada is voluntarily recalling a children's pajama set.
The company says the Joe Boxer licensed boys 3-piece Eat Sleep Play Pajama Sets purchased between January and July of this year do not meet flammability testing standards for sleepwear.
Sears Canada has received no reports of incidents to date.
Canfield Speaks Out Over Hydro Dam Cuts
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 7:51am
The provincial government is going to get an earful at the upcoming Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference.
Some towns in northern Ontario which have hydro dams could lose hundreds of thousand of dollars in grants.
The Wynne Government says it plans to phase out special payments for communities which have power dams.
Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield says the decision just doesn't make sense.
Canfield says if this continues, people will be moving out of Ontario because the municipal taxes just keep getting higher.
He says the move could cost the city about half a million dollars.
SIU Interviews Dozens of Thunder Bay Police
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 7:37am
The province's civilian police watchdog remains on the case of a 44 year-old man who died in Thunder Bay police custody on the weekend.
The name of the victim or any police officer involved have not been released.
Jasbir Brar of the Special Investigations Unit says the interviews with over a dozen police officers are ongoing.
Brar says a post mortem has been also been conducted.
North Star Air Expands Services
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 7:20am
Neskantaga First Nation is signing a strategic business partnership with North Star Air.
It expands the company's airline service and will mean they can provide the communities they serve more options ranging from charter, passenger to freight service.
North Star Air feels the agreement will benefit Neskantaga's economy and provide residents with more flying options.
Hit & Run, Special Needs T-Bay Teen Loses E-Bike
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 7:15am
Thunder Bay Police are hoping to catch up with the woman whom they say was driving a blue car that hit a 16 year-old boy with special needs riding an e-bike.
Acting police Sergeant Gordon Snyder says the incident took place on Friday morning just after 8 a.m. on Cumming Street.
The family of the boy is trying to raise money to help get their son a new e-bike.
The teen had only minor injuries.
If you wish to help click the link below.
Rafferty Voices Concern Over CN Rail Line Plans
By CKDR News - August 6th, 2014 - 7:09am
Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty is adding his voice to those concerned with CN Rail's plans to construct a third line east of its main yard in Fort Frances.
CN says its needed to help shuffle rail cars around.
Rafferty agrees with nearby residents that the line will be too close to area homes.
He adds if residents get no satisfaction from an upcoming meeting with CN, he's prepared to take the issue directly to the Transport Minister.
Almost A Sellout Weekend For Harbourfest
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 9:57am
Kenora's Harbourfest was a bit shy of a sellout this weekend.
About 3,500 people packed the Whitecap Pavilion over three nights.
Director of Entertainment Dave Blake says it will be a few more days yet before they get their final financial figures in, and can determine how Harbourfest did overall.
Ear Falls Sawmill Running Again
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 9:47am
Good news for the town of Ear Falls.
EACOM Timber has re-opened the community's sawmill after it's been closed for more than 4 and a half years.
Unifor National Representative Stephen Boon says the mill currently employs over 50 unionized employees and over 20 per cent of the new Unifor memebers are from area First Nations.
Boon says he see's the number of employees reaching 100 after a second shift is added.
He says the big focus right now is recruiting a full contingent of licensed trades.
To get this accomplished, EACOM has implemented a new $4.25 recruitment and retention premium that now boosts current certified trades pay to $34 an hour.
Treaty Three Charge 3 On Washagamis First Nation
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 8:33am
Three people have been arrested on drug charges on the Washagamis Bay First Nation.
Treaty Three Police say they launched the investigation as a result of increased concerns by community members about the sale of illegal drugs.
Officers seized some marihuana from one home.
The Treaty Three Street Crimes Unit and a drug enforcement officer conducted the search warrant last week.
Dryden Greyhound Adds Express Service
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 8:28am
A big announcement for Dryden Greyhound!
An express service is available across Canada, from Toronto to Vancouver and back.
Greyhound Agent Dennis Lawrynuik says Dryden is one of the stops.
Lawrynuik says this means Drydenites can catch buses more frequently and at more convenient times.
He says 5 days out of 7, there are buses at 8 a.m. and the return buses come back from 5:30 till 6 p.m.
Lawrynuik says a trip from Dryden to Toronto should save you 8-10 hours, as opposed to a conventional bus ride that makes more stops.
He adds it only has a food stop and a stop for buses to turn around.
For more information on prices call Greyhound at 223-5605 and ask for Nathan.
North Side of Thunder Bay Experience Power Outage
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 7:52am
Some extensive repairs are needed after an explosion at Thunder Bay Hydro's Balsam Street sub-station.
According to Hydro officials, a bird flew into the transformer at the sub station, causing a major power outage yesterday.
Thunder Bay Hydro spokesperson Eileen Dias says nearly 17,000 people were without power at one point.
Dias says the loss of power affected the north side of the city and most residents have since had their power restored.
Quiet Weekend For Fire Crews
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 7:43am
Despite some drier weather, still a relatively quiet weekend for Ministry of Natural Resources fire crews across the region.
Just one new forest fire was reported as of Sunday.
That was a small blaze located on Sydney Lake in the Red Lake District.
The 0.1 hectare blaze is still listed as not under control.
The largest fire burning in the region is located in Woodland Caribou Park and is 152 hectares in
size and is being monitored by MNR fire crews.
New Gold Hoping For Construction Start Date
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 7:40am
Construction is still several months away.
But New Gold president Randall Oliphant says they are already buying up some of the equipment they need for their planned open pit gold mine north of Barwick.
The company has already spent 180 million dollars on equipment in anticipation of construction beginning next year.
That's about 20 per cent of the company projected capital spending.
Oliphant says with limited development activity going on within the industry, New Gold is benefiting in lower costs for equipment and access to highly-qualified personnel.
Pending the outcome of its environmental assessment review in the coming weeks, New Gold hopes to start construction next year.
Sioux Lookout Man Charged After Traffic Stop
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 7:28am
A 39-year-old Sioux Lookout man faces possession for the purpose of trafficking charges following a traffic stop.
Provincial Police stopped the vehicle on Highway 17A and officers located about 5 lbs of marihuana inside the car.
Police say the drugs have an estimated street value of $10,000.
Keewaywin Conference Starts Today
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 7:25am
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is hosting NAN leaderships, elders, and special guests to the Keewaywin Conference on the Fort William First Nation.
A highlight of the conference will include a signing protocol between Cancer Care Ontario and NAN tomorrow.
Keewaywin starts today and runs until Thursday.
No Talks Planned Over James Street Bridge
By CKDR News - August 5th, 2014 - 7:23am
There are still no talks planned between the City of Thunder Bay and CN Rail over the James Street swing bridge.
The situation stands still since the city rejected the railway's offer to fix the structure.
City officials are in the middle of doing a detailed study of the 1906 agreement at the centre of the dispute.
City officials are conducting an internal review of the 1906 agreement that is at the centre of the dispute
Mayor Keith Hobbs expects the review to still take several weeks to complete.
Northern MP Not Sold On Gun Licence Changes
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 4:10pm
A northwestern Ontario MP is questioning the Harper government's motives behind proposed changes to Canada's gun laws.
The proposed bill includes a change in permits gun owners now need to own and purchase firearms.
Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty suspects there's a political reason for why the Conservatives are talking about changes to the laws now.
He says the party is losing support across the country and suggests they are just trying to gain votes.
Rafferty says he has some concerns with the proposed bill, given it will eliminate the need for separate permits to transport restricted or prohibited firearms.
Tourism Northern Ontario Gathering Input
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 4:08pm
Tourism Northern Ontario is creating a report on tourism in region.
A series of meeting were held throughout the Northwest this week to collect data on issues facing the industry.
Consultant Karen Jones says they will be turning the data collected into a tool kit for area agencies.
Jones says the report should be ready by the end of August.
There was a resounding theme at the meetings of a disconnect between the workforce and employers.
OPP Enforcing Move Over Law
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 4:05pm
Over the long weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police is asking drivers to help reinforce the importance of Ontario's Move Over law.
The law requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated.
Sergeant Shelley Garr with the OPP in northwestern Ontario says if the highway has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move over and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle.
Since 1989, 5 OPP officers have been killed as a result of being struck by a vehicle, while doing their job on the roadside.
There were 12 charges in 2010 and then it jumped to 32 charges in 2013.
Garr says failure to move over can result in a fine of $400-$2,000 and 3 demerit points.
Local MP Not Confirming FedNor Applications Down
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 4:02pm
FedNor Minister Greg Rickord is not confirming or refuting a specific conversation with Thunder-Bay Atikokan MP John Rafferty about FedNor funding.
Rafferty is reporting that applications to the regional economic development agency are down.
Rickford says the agency understands the challenges facing local communities.
The Kenora MP says local communities are bouncing back and coming to FedNor for support.
Rickford is encouraging Rafferty to vote in favour of on-going FedNor funding when the issue comes up in the House of Commons, something Rickford says hasn't been done since he's been in Ottawa.
Louie Napish Officially Named Chief
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 4:01pm
The Treaty 3 Police Service officially has a new Chief of Police.
Louie Napish was appointed Chief on Tuesday at a special ceremony in Eagle Lake.
Napish was a former member of the Dryden Police Service and members of the department were in attendance when he was sworn in.
Cat Walk-A-Thon In Sioux Lookout
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:57pm
Don't let your pet miss out on Second Chance Pet-Networks K9 Cat Walk-a-Thon!
The fundraising event is part of Sioux Lookout's Blueberry festival and will support Dryden's two no-kill shelters.
Committee Member Lynda Ducharme says participants must get people to pledge them.
The 1-5 km walk takes place Sunday at 11a.m at the Travel Information Centre in Sioux Lookout.
Province Addressing Jury Rolls
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:48pm
The Liberal Government is defending itself following the halting of a public inquiry into the deaths of 7 aboriginal youth in Thunder Bay.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell called for immediate action last week at Queen's Park.
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer says the Chief Coroner wants to ensure the government covers all concerns.
Zimmer says First Nations should be participating in criminal, civil and coroner jury's.
Zimmer notes he personally met with the victims families during this time last year in Thunder Bay.
Minister of Children and Services Tracy MacCharles adds they are currently developing an aboriginal youth-children strategy to transform how services are designed and delivered.
Northerners Consenting To Organ Donations
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:38pm
Fewer northerners are becoming new organ donors, but we still have some of the highest consent rates in Ontario.
Fort Frances led the way as the community is ranked 14th in the province for consenting to be an organ donor.
Thunder Bay and Kenora are both right behind at 16th and 17th respectively.
Dryden is ranked 20th, while Sioux Lookout is 48th.
Information on how you can become an organ donor is available by visiting www.beadonor.ca
Dryden: 20th ranked. Number of donors 4,178, 43% participation rate
Fort Frances: 14th ranked. Number of donors 4,200, 45% participation rate
Kenora: 17th ranked. Number of donors 5,856, 44% participation rate
Sioux Lookout: 48th ranked. Number of donors 1,580, 36% participation rate
Thunder Bay: 16th ranked. Number of donors 47,429, 45% participation rate
MNR Conducting Aerial Spraying
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:32pm
The Ministry of Natural Resources has initiated aerial herbicide spraying across the area.
The MNR is targeting areas on the English River, Wabigoon and Dryden forests.
It's an effort to regenerate and protect the local forest as well controlling competing vegetation.
The project plan is available by visiting the ontario.ca website.
The work is expected to run until next March.
Have A Safe Long Weekend On The Water
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:29pm
Boating is a favourite past-time for northerners, especially now that another long weekend has arrived.
However, Canada sees about an average of 120 boating fatalities a year.
President of BOATsmart Canada Cameron Taylor says that most of those fatalities are preventable.
Taylor says you need a Boat Smart operator card and failing to do so will carry a minimum $250 fine.
Taylor says two primary factors in boating fatalities is not wearing a life jacket and drinking alcohol.
More than 66% our population hits the water every year.
However, over the past two decades there have been more than 10,000 accidental drowning's in Canada.
Missing Man Located In Northwestern Ontario
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:23pm
A missing Hamilton man has surfaced in the Dryden area.
Provincial Police were contacted Thursday evening by Ignace Emergency Medical Services to attend a site on Highway 17 east of Ignace at the Gulliver River Bridge.
Officers were asked to assist a man who had appeared to have been in the bush for several days.
30-year-old Mark Saloio was reported missing on July 16th by the Hamilton Police Service.
His condition isn't known.
Sarah Campbell Back In Riding For Summer Break
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:14pm
The MPP For Kenora Rainy River is back in the riding following a lively 3 weeks in the legislature.
Sarah Campbell says she raised as many concerns as she could during the rare summer session.
During the session Campbell continued demands for an all party committee to look at winter road maintenance and debate the issue of jury rolls preventing an inquiry on 7 deaths in Thunder Bay.
She also brought up flood relief efforts.
The main feat accomplished during the sitting was the passing of the provincial budget.
New Gold Continues To Move Forward
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:11pm
New Gold says they have now spent $180-million to acquire the necessary equipment for its proposed open pit gold mine north of Barwick.
That's about 20% of the projected capital spending.
President Randall Oliphant says they are seeing some benefits as the project nears a start up next year.
Oliphant says with limited development activity going on within the industry, New Gold is benefiting in lower costs for equipment and access to highly-qualified personnel.
The company is anticipating the province's review of the environment assessment in the coming weeks.
Vic Fideli Pondering a Run At PC Leadership
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:08pm
The Conservatives finance critic has his eye on the party's top job.
While in Kenora for meetings Vic Fideli talked about his interest in replacing Tim Hudak as the leader of the PC party.
Fideli says his first goal is reflecting on the Spring election.
No date has been set for a leadership convention but Fideli plans to make his decision by the end of the summer.
He notes a key concern of his is the amount of MPP's who have ever visited Northern Ontario.
Christine Elliot is the only person to officially enter the race to replace Tim Hudak.
CN Rail Planning To Meet With Residents
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 3:04pm
CN Rail says it plans to meet with residents concerned about its plans to construct a third line at its Fort Frances rail yard.
CN says it needs the line because of the increase in rail traffic through the area.
Spokesperson Jim Feeney says they are planning to add the line to help move rail cars around from trains heading across Canada and in and out of Minnesota.
Feeney says they have made contact with residents who've expressed concern and they plan to meet with them later this month.
Feeney notes they would like to have the line in place in the next several weeks.
Fort Frances Waiting For Financial Assistance
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 10:42am
Little is being said on when Fort Frances might know what financial assistance it will receive from the province to offset the costs of dealing with the recent flooding.
The town says it's waiting for the province to declare Fort Frances a disaster area to get the process moving.
Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro says it's up to the town to make the first move.
Mauro says the municipality needs to declare their emergency and make submissions to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says the province is in a position to be supportive.
Sioux Lookout's Blueberry Festival Gets Underway
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 9:43am
How does one decide what to do at Sioux Lookouts Blueberry festival, when there's tons of options!?
Don't worry, CKDR caught up with Organizer Leah Toppozini to help you narrow it down.
Toppozini says there are new events this year such as the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre putting on a street dance, and the Creative Circle will be hosting a local artist workshop.
She also says favourite events include the Slo-Pitch Tournament, Sioux Lottery Bocce Tournament and the Chamber of Commerce Trade Show.
If you're a parent wondering which event your kids will love, Toppozini says you don't want to miss Blueberry Bert's birthday party.
It will include face-painting, hay rides, bouncy castles and visits from Cinderella and Shrek.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Blueberry Festival Facebook page.
AlterNative Homes Plans To Build Home Plant In Cit
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 9:13am
A new home manufacturing plant will soon call the Norwill Industrial Park in Dryden it's home.
AlterNative Homes Ltd. plans to start construction this fall or spring of 2015 and once completed, it will bring a 2 million dollar investment to Dryden.
Office Manager for the Dryden Development Corporation, Nicole Gale says the company is in the process with the province right now to secure additional funding.
Gale says the company has forecasted that a staff of 12 is needed for start-up purposes and as production increases a max staff of 40 may be needed.
AlterNative aspires to solve the housing crisis on First Nations' land and their houses are a third of a weight of conventional housing.
Gale says because the houses can ship flat, it's a key benefit for transportation costs when shipping them to remote First Nation communities.
The company just competed their first home build in Eagle Lake First Nation.
You can view one of the homes today until August 3rd at 303 Aspen Avenue in Eagle Lake from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.
Bombardiers Injuction Held Off Until Thursday
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 8:53am
Thunder Bay's Bombardier Plant request for a court order to enforce a picket line protocol is being put off for a week.
The judge in the case says the injunction will be heard next Thursday.
Company Spokesperson Stephanie Ash says the judge has ruled in favour with them on a couple of concerns.
She says the judge made it clear that Unifor should be abiding by the original protocol agreement.
The company is filing the injunction over concerns the union isn't allowing vehicles access to the Montreal Street plant in a timely manner.
Kenora's Harbourfest Kicks Off Tonight
By CKDR News - August 1st, 2014 - 8:39am
Northwestern Ontario's biggest music festival is here.
Kenora's Harbourfest is bringing some country, hard rock, and hair metal to all those who attend.
The music festival launches tonight under the Whitecap Pavilion with Country night featuring The Brothers Landreth, Dallas Smith, and Doc Walker.
On Saturday, The Sheepdogs and Three Days Grace play.
The concert ends with a bang on Sunday featuring Slaughter and Bret Michaels.