August 2016

Dryden Mayor Issues Statement On August 12th Flooding

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:01 AM

The City of Dryden is out with a statement regarding the August 12th rainstorm and subsequent flooding.

CKDR News has received a copy of the letter from Mayor Greg Wilson.

It mainly centres around the question of why a "State of Emergency" wasn't declared.

Wilson says the designation was considered, however after consultation with local and other municipal and provincial government authorities, the City determined there would be no benefit to the community.

CUPW Comments On Tentative Contract

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 08:55 AM

A tentative agreement has been reached between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Union president Mike Palecek says the new contract maintains the current pension plan, protects members against wage rollbacks and establishes a process to resolve pay equity for the mostly female rural and suburban mail carriers.

Palecek says the federal mediator helped both sides see a different perspective and found ways to accomplish what they were looking for.

He notes the union didn't make any concessions, calling it a massive accomplishment for their members.

Premier Pledges To Fix Relationship With Aboriginals

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 07:11 AM

Premier Kathleen Wynne admits a disturbing gap exists between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population.

Wynne says the gap was created by a country that abused and betrayed its Indigenous people.

She stresses she's committed to a healing journey with Ontario's First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.

Wynne says there's still a lot of work to do to build a strong and trusting relationship.

She is apologizing for the policies and practices supported by past Ontario governments and the harm that they caused.

Energy East Hearings Put On Hold; Kenora Group Hoping To Still Comment

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 07:06 AM

All future National Energy Board hearings into the Energy East pipeline project will be suspended until the board rules on motions demanding two panel members resign.

The board received the motions after a news report revealed the two members met in early 2015 with ex-Quebec premier Jean Charest, who was at the time a paid lobbyist for TransCanada, the company behind the project.

This comes on the heels of a Kenora-based environmental group being granted intervener status for the hearings.

Ontario Works "Better Safe Than Sorry!"

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 07:03 AM

Ontario Works says it didn't want to take any chances and that's why disability support program cheque's weren't sent out in the mail.

Around 700 month end cheque's were not mailed out to people around the region due to the threat of a Canada Post strike.

Local Ontario Works spokesperson Haley Pentek says even though right now there is no interruption in service, they'd rather be safe than sorry.

Pentek stresses they didn't want to hold up any payments.

MNR Adjusting Local Staffing Levels

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 06:59 AM

The Ministry of Natural Resources has reduced fire crew levels by about 35% across the province.

Information Officer Debbie MacLean says they have reached the transition stage in fire response due to seasonal staff contracts ending and most of their staff returning to school.

MacLean stresses they still have an adequate amount of personnel, aircraft and equipment to respond to any new forest fire.

Kenora MP Visiting Guatemala And Columbia

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 06:51 AM

Kenora MP Bob Nault is in Guatemala and Columbia for a fact-finding mission.

He is holding meetings and field visits in both countries to evaluate the effectiveness of Canada's aid relationship with Central America.

Nault is the Chair of the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee and says the trip will also support their studies on women, peace, security and bilateral development assistance.

He says the visit will allow the all-party committee to determine what is working and what improvements are needed in our countries aid program.

Canada Post, CUPW Reach Tentative Deals Averting Job Action

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 03:19 AM

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post have reached tentative agreements, averting any possible job action.

Federal Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says, in a statement, that these deals were reached voluntarily by both sides.

CUPW was set to begin job actions earlier this week until a couple of 24-hour extensions were announced to allow the negotiations to continue.