February 2018

Encouraging Meeting Between Firefighters And City

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:58 AM

The City of Dryden says talks continue with the Fire Fighters' Association.

The two sides met for three hours Tuesday night to listen to each other, share information and discuss issues of concern and possible solutions.

In a release, the City and the Association state they are committed to building relationships of mutual respect.

Dryden officials say they continue to ensure that public safety and emergency response capabilities are being met and are thanking volunteer firefighters at Fire Hall #2 for their ongoing coverage.

CPA On The Fence With Budget

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:31 AM

Not a lot of bells and whistles in the Liberal government's third budget.

That's according to Bruce Ball who is with Canada's Professional Accountants.

Ball says it's the lull before the election season next year.

He notes the only room for improvement would be tightening the purse strings.

Ball adds there was no path to a balanced budget and he would have liked to see more discipline around expenditures.

NAN Calls Budget A Good First Step

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:27 AM

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation feels the federal budget will be a first step in helping children in the welfare system.

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler points to the $1.4-billion for child welfare that will help keep families together and focus on prevention of taking children away.

Fiddler is also encouraged by $235-million that's been set aside for health transformation in Indigenous communities, and more mental health and emotional support for families who were impacted by the Indian Residential School system.

Kindergarten Parents Information Night At St. Joe's

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:15 AM

It's Kindergarten Parent Information Night at St. Joseph's School in Dryden.

Parents, with kids beginning school in September, are encouraged to attend the open house.

French Immersion Kindergarten teacher Tiffany Goulet says they want to showcase their innovative programs.

Goulet says they want to showcase their French Immersion program, school-wide mindfulness program as well as sports and clubs.

She is also hoping to focus on their new and unique Kindergarten Transition plan that they are working on for new registrants.

Ice Dogs "Survivor" Night

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:06 AM

Outwit, Outplay, Outlast.

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs are hosting a fundraising "Survivor" night at the Agricultural Centre on March 9th.

Sheri Lang and Shawna Fadden were guests on the CKDR Morning Show Wednesday to talk about the age of majority event.

There will be draw prizes and food.

Tickets are available at the Royal Bank and Casually Hip.

Players will be at both locations today from 2:00-4:00pm to sell tickets and at Lotto One on Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm.

To hear more, visit the Audio link below.

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New Health Minister Trying To Get Settled

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:00 AM

Ontario's new Minister of Health has hit the ground running.

Helena Jaczek says the province is promising 5,000 new long term care beds and they are now accepting applications.

Jaczek says she plans to keep an open-door policy in her new portfolio.

The opposition hammered Jaczek in her first day on the job Tuesday, with PC critic Jim Wilson offering his condolences on taking on the challenging portfolio.

She is already facing questions on a shortage of long term care beds and care for seniors.

Groundbreaking Indigenous Child Care Program

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 09:55 AM

The Kenora District Services Board has received $10.2-million over two years to help create new child care spaces for Indigenous families.

Chief Administrative Officer Henry Wall says six programs will be launched in Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Kenora.

Wall says the investment will result in roughly 150-new full day child care spaces across the district as well as 3 new child and family centres.

He notes the spaces will be geared towards infants and toddlers as well as before and after school programming.

Mixed Reaction To Federal Budget

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 09:52 AM

A spokesperson with the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce is offering a lukewarm response to the federal budget.

Charla Robinson does appreciate more money to support women entrepreneurs as well as FedNor.

However, Robinson stresses it doesn't focus on items that will actually row the economy and has no contingency plans if NAFTA talks fail.

Robinson feels our area won't see a lot of benefits from the budget.

Budget Contains More Money For FedNor

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 09:48 AM

The MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River is pleased with a federal commitment to boost funding for FedNor.

Don Rusnak says an additional $10-million is being invested in the northern economic development program.

Rusnak says the money will help students and young entrepreneurs.

He is also pleased with a $5-billion commitment to help First Nations, including nearly $1.5-billion for child services.

The Tuesday budget also includes investments for high-speed Internet in rural communities.