January 2018

Air Cadet Flights At The Dryden Airport

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:31 AM

The Dryden Airport saw some different kind of flying action over the weekend.

Air Cadets from Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Fort Frances got to experience flights over the Dryden area in two person planes.

Captain Ron Gillespie says the flight adds some practice to all their book work.

Gillespie also says this is the first time they did this in our area, and they hope to do it more in the future.

Kailey Barnes from Sioux Lookout participated in the flight and she said it was a great experience.

KDMA Ready To Discuss Ontario PC Party And New Provincial Ridings

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:20 AM

The upcoming provincial election and the turmoil currently facing the Progressive Conservatives.

Two topics that Kenora District Municipal Association President Kevin Kahoot says will likely come up at their annual conference that starts on Thursday night.

Kahoot predicts that the dynamics will change in Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout, Pickle Lake and Red Lake with the new provincial ridings so he predicts a lot of discussions will be focused on that as well.

He notes the new boundary is kind of an unknown right now.

Confederation College Cutting Three Programs

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:08 AM

The President of Confederation College says they had no choice but to shelve three programs.

Jim Madder says for the Child and Youth Care and Civil Engineering Technology programs, there simply aren't enough students signing up.

He also says the Power Engineering program is a different story as they have enough students signing up, but not enough work placements are out there for students to complete their education.

Madder says students in the first or second year of these programs will be able to finish their studies.

Treaty#3 Attends Emergency Meeting On Aboriginal Child Care

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:01 AM

Grand Council Treaty #3 says it's guardedly optimistic that the federal government will commit to more funding for the aboriginal child welfare system.

Grand Chief Frances Kavanaugh attended an emergency meeting last week in Ottawa with Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott.

He says the government's intent to implement the orders from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is a step in the right direction.

Class Action Filed For Indian Hospital Patients

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:00 AM

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Attorney General of Canada over the operation of Indian Hospitals.

The government operated 29 segregated facilities across Canada from 1945 to 1981.

The class action alleges that patients were left with severe physical, psychological and emotional injuries.

The suit is seeking a billion dollars in damages for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty and $100 million in punitive damages.

School Re-Named In Honor Of Chanie Wenjack

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:56 AM

The Oshki-Pinache-O-Win Education and Training Institute is being rebranded.

They are renaming themselves in memory of Chanie "Charlie" Wenjack who died during his time at the Ceclia Jaffray residential school in Kenora.

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation decided to have the institute rebranded back in October of 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of his tragic death.

The new name reads as Oshki-Pimache-O-Win The Wenjack Education Institute.

Vic Fedeli Won't Run For PC Leadership

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:54 AM

Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Vic Fedeli has announced that he won't run for party leadership.

He released a statement saying he'll remain while the new permanent leader is chosen.

He admits it has been a chaotic time for their party and that it was in much worse shape than they knew.

Fedeli closes saying it's important his party win the next election.

Dryden Area School Buses Cancelled - Others Running

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 06:13 AM

School buses have been cancelled for Wednesday, January 31st for the Dryden/Vermilion Bay area. Due to heavy drifting and accumulation, ploughs will need time to clean up side roads where 95% of students are picked up.

The Student Services Consortium advises other areas are also reporting some accumulation and snow drifts. Buses will be running but expect possible delays.

Local School Boards Release Draft 2018-2019 School Year

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 08:19 AM

For the first time in years, the new school year in northwestern Ontario could begin after Labour Day.

Local school boards have come out with their draft calendar for the 2018/2019 school year.

It shows the first day of school as starting on September 5th.

According to a survey conducted in the Fall, 59-percent of parents, staff and students voted in favour of the later starting date.

According the the draft calendar, the school year wouldn't end until June 28th.