January 2017

Vigil Being Held Tonight At Dryden United Church

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 12:03 PM

A vigil is being held in Dryden Tuesday night for the victims and those injured during the attack on the mosque in Quebec City.

It will be held at the First United Church from 7:30 until 8:30.

Organizers say this is an informal gathering for everyone who is concerned with what is happening in our country as well as the current issues surrounding immigration in the United States.

Not A Lot Of Movement On Softwood Lumber Front

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 15:01 PM

Not a lot of early optimism on the softwood lumber front.

In a speech to the Empire Club in Toronto, Canada's Ambassador to the U.S. David McNaughton warned reaching a deal may take some time.

McNaughton stated he's hopeful but stresses it won't be easy and it will be a tough one.

He was hoping to have a deal signed while President Obama was still in office, but thinks U.S. producers, who need to sign off on any agreement, are feeling they'll get a better deal under Trump.

Premier Pledges Hydro Relief To Local Leaders

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 07:45 AM

More relief may be on the way for those still struggling with high hydro bills.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the commitment while speaking to local municipal leaders attending the Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference in Toronto.

Wynne suggests an announcement is expected before this Spring's provincial budget.

Wynne also called for municipal cooperation in helping keep small schools open and fighting climate change.

She says she also wants to hear from municipal leaders to help guide her government's decisions.

Sioux Lookout 'Diverse Voices For Change' Hosting Community Sessions

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 07:30 AM

Four focus groups in Sioux Lookout will try to help more women get their voice heard in local politics.

The 'Diverse Voices for Change' initiative is holding the first focus group Wednesday at the Heritage Railway Station from 3pm to 4:30pm.

Councillor Yolaine Kirlew says they are hoping to attract women who are currently active or want to become active in decision making in the community.

Kirlew says the first session is aimed at a diversity of women, including aboriginal, racialized and recent immigrant and even anyone who doesn't fit that group.

Tentative Deal For Catholic Teachers

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 07:22 AM

While Catholic school teachers in Thunder Bay are engaged in a bitter labour battle, it's a different story here at home and at the provincial level.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association says it has reached a tentative agreement on a contract extension with the Liberal government.

While details haven't been released, it's believed the extension is for another two years, expiring in 2019.

The current agreement was set to expire at the end of August.

Union leadership will be voting on the contract extension this week in Toronto.

Dryden Kinsmen Give Dryden Food Bank $1,000

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 14:36 PM

An act of generosity from a local group to help those in need!

The Dryden Kinsmen presented a cheque to the Dryden Food Bank for $1,000!

Food Bank Manager Keith Grant says this donation is well appreciated for this time of the year since January, February and March are their leanest months in terms of donations.

He says that's since Christmas is the busiest time of the year and by the time the new year rolls around, people just simply have no more to give!

Grant also mentions that with their discounts at local retailers, $1,000 goes a long way.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 10:00 AM

Wednesday marks the beginning of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, with a number of initiatives taking place in Dryden.

Sheri McMenemy is a Mental Health Therapist and Kerry Gagne is a Registered Dietitian and they both work with the Dryden Area Family Health Team.

They were guests on the CKDR Morning Show Monday to talk about the campaign.

McMenemy says the initiative is aimed at educating the public about the disease as well as some of the risk factors.

Gagne notes they are seeing an increase in eating disorder cases in the community.

Provincial-Federal Reaction To U.S. Travel Ban

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 09:39 AM

Ontario is emphasizing its doors are open to receiving immigrants and refugees, in the wake of U.S. President Trump's travel ban.

The ban was imposed specifically on seven predominately Muslim countries.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese says the government is committed to ensuring the province continues to be a safe destination for members of all faiths.

Since December 2015, Ontario has received about 20,000 refugees, most of them fleeing the Syrian crisis.

MP's Back To Work In Ottawa

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 09:34 AM

It should be an interesting start to the first sitting of 2017 in the House of Commons.

MP's return to Parliament Hill Monday after the holiday break, but events south of the border are threatening to overtake the Trudeau government's agenda.

The NDP are asking for an emergency debate on the travel ban imposed by U.S. president Donald Trump against seven Muslim countries.

In the meantime, Kenora MP Bob Nault says he does want to focus on issues important to his constituents.

Nault says that includes infrastructure and health care.

CKDR News Poll Suggests Infrastructure Upgrades Not A Priority Right Now

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 08:58 AM

Infrastructure is expected to be front and centre during the new sitting of Parliament at the House of Commons.

It's back to business in Ottawa Monday.

CKDR News recently asked you to provide input on how we should pay for critical infrastructure upgrades in municipalities across Northwestern Ontario.

27% of respondents to our poll actually indicated that additional infrastructure upgrades aren't a priority right now.

25% suggested raising taxes, while 23% believed the private sector should play a bigger role.