July 2017

Hail Hits The Red Lake Area

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:20 PM

Severe Thunderstorm watches are still in effect for Ear Falls, Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Sioux Lookout and Kenora.

Meanwhile the Red Lake area has Severe Thunderstorm WARNING.


Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 14:22 PM

Towns across our area are all under weather watches and warnings, as of 2:20 pm Monday July 31.

A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING is in effect for Red Lake and area.

Severe Thunderstorm WATCHES are in effect for Ear Falls, Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Sioux Lookout and Kenora.

Heat Warnings remain in effect across virtually all of Northwestern Ontario.

At 2:20 pm, Doppler radar shows a line of severe thunderstorms moving W - E across the Red Lake Area.

Environment Canada says: 

Federal Funding For New Water Treatment Plant In Neskantaga First Nation

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:01 PM

Kenora MP Bob Nault says the federal government has made a major investment to end the longest standing boil water advisory in Canada.

Nault is pledging $8.8-million to help upgrade the water treatment plant in Neskantaga First Nation, about 180-kilometres northeast of Pickle Lake.

He notes for 22-years, residents of the remote northern community have had to worry about the water they bathe in and the water they drink.

Nault stresses the funding will put an end to that stress.

The project is expected to be completed by next Spring.

New Gold Mine Still On Schedule

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:01 PM

New Gold is close to having its gold mine north of Barwick up and running.

All of the key structural components are in place and testing is underway at its process facilities.

The company's outgoing Interim Chief Operating Officer, Raymond Threlkeld notes there is still plenty of testing yet to do.

Threlkeld expects to see ore going through the mill with the first pour of gold occurring in September.

New Gold is now awaiting for approval to establish a small tailings site near two small creeks.

Large Garage Destroyed By Fire

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 10:49 AM

A large, two storey garage has been destroyed following an early Monday fire in Dryden.

Crews were called to the blaze on Zealand Road, just off Airport Road around 6:30am.

The Dryden Fire Service says 26-volunteer firefighters managed to save an adjoining garage and home as well as stop the spread of the flames to nearby trees.

Oxdrift and Wabigoon firefighters, Dryden Police, Union Gas, Hydro One and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry provided support.

No one was injured.

Glen Murray Leaving Politics

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 10:45 AM

The man at the centre of the on-going mercury contamination saga in the English-Wabigoon River System is leaving politics.

Glen Murray is stepping down as Ontario Environment and Climate Change Minister.

Murray had been tasked with working with scientists and Grassy Narrows First Nation to identify mercury contamination and has been very vocal with Domtar and demands to take action.

He will take over as Executive Director for the Pembina Institute in September.

The Institute is a think tank with a focus on Energy.

Triple Fatality Names Released By OPP

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 10:10 AM

Provincial Police have released the names of the victims of a July 15th crash on Highway 17, about 20-kilometres west of Ignace.

OPP say 27-year-old Mitchell Bisson, 3-year-old Connor Bisson and 1-year-old Kyle Bisson, were the occupants of an eastbound pick-up truck that collided with a westbound environmental waste collection truck around 2 o'clock that afternoon.

Police say all three are from Ignace.

The Airdrie Echo reports the Bisson family recently moved from the southern Alberta community to northwestern Ontario.

OPP say they are still investigating.

Mining Company Set To Drill Near Fort Frances

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 08:27 AM

An Australian mineral exploration company will begin some initial drilling this week on a property, about 80-kilometres east of Fort Frances.

Ardiden Limited says the drilling will help identify the extent of lithium at its Wisa Lake project.

The company says it has also established a working relationship with nearby Lac la Croix First Nation, who's assisting with exploration activities.

Ardiden took over the site from Alset Minerals last December.

Red Lake Artist Finalist For National Award

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 08:18 AM

For the second time, Artist Cheryl Wilson-Smith of Red Lake is a finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize.

Her piece titled "Granite and Lichen" uses glass and cement and depicts strong hints of the Boreal Forest.

Wilson-Smith she got the inspiration from a piece of granite she walks by everyday that has orange lichen growing on the side.

She says she was stunned, honoured and excited by the news.

Wilson-Smith is one of 50 finalists and is eligible to win one of eight awards totaling $30,000.