August 2017

Dryden Police Service Investigating Theft On Government Street

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:44 PM

The Dryden Police Service are reporting a theft at a business off of the highway.

Dryden Police say four tires were stolen in the early morning hours on Wednesday from a local business in the 400 block of Government Street.

Officers say anyone with information is asked to call the Dryden Police Service at 223-1137 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

New Program Encourages Women In Politics

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:34 AM

More women are going to be encouraged to get into politics as part of a new national project. 

The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise is launching its Women's Leadership project, which will look at how to remove barriers keeping women from running for office. 

It's being supported with an investment of over $368,000 from the federal government, announced in Thunder Bay on Thursday morning.

Executive Director Rosalind Lockyer says they'll be working together with the regional group Women In Politics on the three-year project. 

Kenora Woman Found Dead On Bruin Lake

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:17 AM

A 57-year-old Kenora woman is dead after a kayak capsized on an area lake.

Provincial Police were dispatched to a possible drowning on Bruin Lake, between Vermilion Bay and Kenora,

Wednesday afternoon around 3:30. A man in the kayak managed to survive the ordeal, however the woman passed away.

The victim has been identified as Johanna Bertram.

Busters BBQ Reopening

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:49 AM

It's news barbeque lovers have been waiting to hear.

The owners of Busters Barbeque are planning a Summer, 2018 reopening.

The news has been confirmed on the Busters BBQ Facebook page, with signage posted at the old location on Highway 17 in Vermilion Bay.

The popular restaurant was destroyed by a late night fire last Halloween.

An electrical failure was to blame.

The owners were in Toronto at the time attending the Royal Agricultural Fair.

Anthony Leek Not Seeking Liberal Nomination

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:01 AM

There will be a new face for the Kenora-Rainy River Liberals when the provincial election campaign begins.

Anthony Leek has announced on his Facebook page that he won't seek the nomination. Leek represented the party in the last two Ontario elections.

The former Emo councillor, who's now living in Kenora, has been focusing much of his attention recently on construction of a new race track in Kenora.

Sandy Lake Lawyer Speaks At Tribunal

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 07:59 AM

Sandy Lake First Nation is getting its chance to tell its side of the story.

It's all part of a human rights tribunal looking into a woman's claim she was unfairly kicked out of the community.

Asha James is the lawyer for Sandy Lake and says the community has the right to follow their own traditional laws dealing with guests in their community.

"Sandy Lake First Nation is a sovereign nation and they have traditional and customary laws which they are entitled to implement, follow and have community members adhere to."

Two More Chiefs Apply Brakes To All-Weather Road Announcement

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 07:53 AM

Two more northern First Nations are stepping up to oppose the Premier's commitment of an All-Weather Road into the Ring Of Fire.

The Chief of Webequie First Nation says the only agreement in place is for a study to connect his community and Nibinamik First Nations to the highway and not the Ring of Fire.

However, Cornelius Wabasse is optimistic that the Matawa First Nations communities can work together on a plan going forward.

Wabasse says communities aren't opposed to development, but need to see that the proper steps are taken before any major work is done.

Health Unit Stresses Help Is Available For Opioid Overdoses

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 07:47 AM

Thursday is 'International Overdose Awareness Day'.

The Northwestern Health Unit is taking the opportunity to promote its Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.

Spokesperson Gillian Lunny says the program provides Naloxone to people who are at risk of an opioid overdose.

Lunny says anyone with a family member, friend or loved one who misuses opioid's can contact their local health unit office.

She notes a Public Health Nurse is available to conduct a 30-minute, confidential training session on using potentially life-saving medication.

Gas Price Increases Expected To Continue

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 07:35 AM

Northwestern Ontario is starting to feel the pinch of Hurricane Harvey.

Dan McTeague, Senior Petroleum Analyst with, says we're not alone, all of North America is starting to see gas prices go up.

McTeague says 31% of the entire U.S. oil output is now shuttered because of Harvey.

He notes the situation is historical and unprecedented.

McTeague notes the price of gas will be unstable until we get a better understanding of the severity of the damage on oil refineries.

He notes we may see prices climb between three and eight cents a litre.

Dryden Focused On Becoming 'Sports-Tournament Hub'

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 07:26 AM

Dryden's Chief Administrative Officer believes it's full steam ahead after a shuffling of the deck on the economic side of operations.

The City has hired Tyler Peacock as Economic Development Manager, freeing up time for Dryden Development Corporation Office Manager Nicole Gale.

Ernie Remillard says Gales' role has been adjusted to reflect their new vision.

Remillard says Gale will assist community groups and organizations to establish Dryden as a 'Sports, Recreation and Tournament Hub'.

He notes the ultimate goal is bringing major events to the community.