November 2017

Kenora MP Celebrates Opening For New Housing Units

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 00:52 AM

New housing units are in place in Frenchman's Head.

The Federal government has helped open three new triplexes, now giving nine families a place to stay.

The Trudeau Liberals invested over $1.45-million for lot servicing and construction costs, while Lac Seul First Nation contributed $250,000 to the project.

Kenora MP Bob Nault says Lac Seul has a growing population with more than 3,400 people and immediately addressing urgent housing needs is necessary.

Greg Rickford Named PC Candidate For Kenora-Rainy River

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 00:48 AM

It's official.

Greg Rickford has received the nomination as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Kenora-Rainy River for the upcoming provincial election.

The former Federal Minister of Natural Resources and FedNor was uncontested in voting held in Dryden Saturday.

PC leader Patrick Brown says Rickford brings exceptional experience to their modern, inclusive and pragmatic team.

Brown adds Rickford also brings a deep knowledge of health and Indigenous issues in the north and is champion of the Ring of Fire mining project.

Forest Fire Season Financial Recap

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 00:45 AM

The final numbers are still being crunched but preliminary figures released by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry indicate it was an average year financially to fight forest fires in Ontario.

At the end of October, the Ministry spent more than $118-million on firefighting activity within the province.

In previous years, costs have ranged from $75-million to $231-million.

The totals include money directly related to fire suppression, crews, aircraft as well as planning and preparedness.

Dryden Police Help In Fight Against Fraudsters

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017 00:43 AM

Reports of scams and fraud continue to pour in, with more and more cases emerging on a daily basis.

Denise Szachury is the Community Services Officer with the Dryden Police Service and she says unfortunately they have seen too many people fall for fraudulent phone calls or e-mails.

Szachury is trying to help protect potential victims by providing tips and information.

Back To Work Debate To Resume Sunday

Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 16:43 PM

College classes could resume Tuesday now that legislation to get college faculty back to work has passed second reading. 

Speaking in the Legislature today, Conservative Post-Secondary Education Critic Lorne Coe urges fellow legislators to pass the bill in its final reading on Sunday to end the 5-week-long faculty strike. 

"We want to see the 500,000 students impacted by this disptue back in the classroom," Coe argues. 

Labour Minister Kevin Flynn arguing the Legislature shouldn't allow colleges to remain closed any longer. 

Greg Rickford Named Conservative Kenora-Rainy River Candidate

Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 15:51 PM

It's official, former Kenora MP Greg Rickford is the provincial Conservative candidate for the Kenora-Rainy River riding. 

The nomination was announced following the party's provincial Annual Riding Association meeting this afternoon. 

The leader of the Ontario Conservative party is congratulating Rickford, as Patrick Brown says he believes Rickford will be a passionate voice for the north at Queen's Park.

Rickford served as the federal representative for Kenora from 2008 to 2015. (File Photo)

Celebrate Dryden Photo Contest In Full Swing

Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 13:33 PM

Dryden staff are now looking for your photos showing what Dryden has to offer.

The "Celebrate Dryden" Photo Contest is aimed at visually promoting the community in a bid to attract tourism and new business.

Strategic Initiatives and Communications Coordinator Stephanie Egelton says pictures will be accepted in a number of areas.

Egelton provides some examples including sporting events, First Nations events, cultural events as well as seasonal pictures.

All photos will be used on the new City of Dryden website that will launch on December 18th.

AC/DC Founder Dies

Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 08:06 AM

The co-founder of one of the greatest rock bands of all time has passed away.

Malcolm Young, who had been suffering from dementia for several years, founded legendary Australian rock band AC/DC back in 1973 with his younger brother Angus.

According to a facebook post on the band's page, Malcolm passed away peacefully in his sleep with his family by his side. He is described as a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary when it came to what he wanted to achieve in his life with AC/DC.

Young, age 64, had retired from the band in 2014


MPPs Working For The Weekend

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 14:59 PM

It's going to be a working weekend for the Ontario government.

Legislators will be at Queen's Park throughout the weekend debating the government's back to work bill for College teachers.

MPP Arthur Potts called out the NDP's decision yesterday to block it. 

"We know why we are here. The only reason we are here is because the NDP party is blocking students from going back to school. This is a shameful display Speaker because they are playing politics with students." 

Dryden Fire Service Responds To Chimney Fire At Thunder Lake

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 13:13 PM

Dryden Fire Service say they responded to a chimney fire on Thursday at a house on Thunder Lake.

Firefighters say they were dispatched around noon after a 911 call came from a resident who could see smoke and hear flames above the main floor fireplace insert.

Once crews arrived they determined heavy smoke from the fire place and started working on opening the ceiling area to extinguish the fire around the chimney.

The three residents were outside when crews arrived and firefighters had troubles during this incident due to a very slick driveway.