February 2018

Rainycrest Admissions Freeze "Heartbreaking": Campbell

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 02:31 AM

An admissions freeze at a Fort Frances area long-term care home is raising alarm bells with the NDP. 

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says the order to stop admitting new patients at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home is concerning to families across the region. 

The order came from provincial health officials, who only say that the home hasn't been complying with all regulations. 

Campbell says it's heartbreaking, claiming Rainycrest residents have faced issues like improper infection control. (File Photo)

Work On Community Well Being Plan In Very Early Stages

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 14:59 PM

Creating a Community Well Being Plan to address such issues as addictions, mental health and homelessness in the Dryden area won't happen overnight.

So says Steering Committee Co-Chair Ann Tkachyk

She says they have received great feedback from more than 55-agencies, but stresses they want to branch out.

Tkachyk says they want to reach out to youth, businesses, seniors and people who are vulnerable to get their input on making the community a safer place to live in.

Dryden Winter Festival Is Here

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018 14:56 PM

The Dryden Winter Festival is here with a "Hometown Proud" theme.

The event features delicious food and fun activities including a pancake breakfast, sled rides, skating and a winter shelter building contest.

Event Coordinator Suzanne Joly-Cesuinas says there will be fun for all ages.

She notes the Festival is great for showing the beauty of the area.

One of the features is half-price lift tickets at the Ski Hill on Family Day.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.drydenwinterfestival.com

BREAKING: Brown Enters Leadership Race

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 16:37 PM

Don't rule out Patrick Brown just yet.

Brown has officially registered to get his his old job back as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

His name is listed in the Elections Ontario website as a candidate.

However, that's not sitting well with two of the current candidates, with Caroline Mulroney and Doug Ford calling the move a distraction the party doesn't need. (File Photo)

Vermilion Bay Area Man Fined $2,000

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 16:23 PM

A Vermilion Bay area man has been slapped with a $2,000 fine after pleading guilty to two counts of unlawfully causing the placement of a structure.

Court heard that sometime between May 1st and May 31st, 2016, Robert Wisneski had docks constructed and placed at two locations within Eagle-Dogtooth Provincial Park.

He did so without contacting the local Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry office and applying for the proper permits.

Southern Ontario Men Fined For Hunting Offence Near Ignace

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 11:45 AM

Two men from Burlington have been fined a total of $3,500 for hunting offences northeast of Ignace.

Kevan Johnson has pleaded guilty for careless use of a firearm, while Jeffrey Czuba did the same for possessing an illegally killed moose.

The charges stem from an October, 2017 incident on the travelled portion of Kame Bypass Road.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reminds hunters that it's illegal and unsafe to shoot from, down or across a public road when hunting.

City Of Dryden Planning Highlands Bridge Repairs

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 10:08 AM

The City of Dryden is about to conduct structural repairs to the Highlands Bridge on Palker Road.

The work is expected to start on Monday and last until March 9th.

No closures are anticipated, however travelers may experience short term delays.

The crossing below the bridge may be inaccessible for recreational use.

Motorists are urged to slow down and watch for signs of construction.

Sarah Campbell Welcomes Second Child

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 09:41 AM

A new session of the Ontario Legislature begins next week, but don't expect Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell to be in attendance.

Campbell has announced on Facebook that she has just had her second child.

Blythe Campbell-Jonassen weighs in at a healthy nine pounds, 10 ounces.

Earlier this year, Campbell announced she would not be running in the next provincial election for the NDP to spend more time with her young family.

Lac Seul Chief Selected As PC Candidate For New Northern Riding

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 09:37 AM

Lac Seul First Nation Chief Clifford Bull is looking to make history.

Bull is the first candidate to ever be nominated in the new provincial riding of Kiiwetinoong.

The long time Indigenous leader was confirmed as the Progressive Conservative candidate at a nomination meeting in Sioux Lookout Thursday night.

Bull has been the Chief of Lac Seul since 2006 and Interim PC Leader Vic Fedeli says he is a champion for not only his community, but for all First Nations communities.

Groundbreaking Medical School Program In Northern Ontario

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 08:29 AM

It's being called the first-of-its-kind family medical residency program in Canada.

Fort Hope First Nation is working with Matawa First Nations and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to bring graduating students to the remote community for a two-year placement.

Dr. Claudette Chase is involved in the initiative and she says a liaison will be provided who will introduce the resident to elders and people doing traditional practices.