April 2018

Award Winning Indigenous Film Maker Alanis Obomsawin To Visit Sioux Lookout

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2018 07:31 AM

An award winning Indigenous filmmaker is making a stop in Sioux Lookout Sunday to showcase Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance.

The film is based on real life events and what Alanis Obomsawin observed in person during the 75-day standoff in Oka, Quebec in 1990.

The historic confrontation propelled Canada into the international spotlight and launched Indigenous issues into the spotlight.

The municipality was attempting to expand a golf course and build condominiums on Mohawk cemetery property.

Kenora MP Says Northern Electrical Grid Funding Is Just The Beginning

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2018 07:31 AM

Kenora MP Bob Nault says a $1.6-billion commitment to open up 17-communities in the Far North is just the beginning.

Nault is referring to recent federal funding to connect the First Nations to the electrical grid.

He points out that work has started on the Pikangikum grid connection, with the project expected to be completed in September or October.

Nault notes next Summer the government will start on the power line from Dinorwic to Pickle Lake and then from Pikangikum to all of the other communities.

Vandals Strike Wright Street Home

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 08:55 AM

Public assistance is needed to help find the person responsible for a senseless act of vandalism in Dryden.

Sometime overnight Wednesday, someone spray painted a derogatory word, with the initials R.H. on the side of a Wright Street home.

The homeowners discovered the writing Thursday morning and reported it to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dryden Police or Crime Stoppers.

A Time For "Self-Reflection" At Medical School

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 08:54 AM

An official with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine calls it a time for self-reflection.

Darrel Matawaby says they have asked a panel of four university teachers to examine the way the school relates with Indigenous people, the same individuals the school was set-up to help.

Matawaby says the panel will provide them with the opportunity to get a sense on what needs to occur, what gaps may exist and how they should move forward.

He notes it's an opportunity to pause and see where they stand in the grand scheme of things.

North West LHIN Introduces New CEO

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 08:49 AM

The North West Local Health Integration Network has a new head honcho.

Dr. Rhonda Crocker-Elliot has been introduced as the as the new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Laura Kokochinski, who officially retired at the beginning of this month.

She is a long time nurse and was the head of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

She was also the CEO of the Nipigon District Memorial Hospital.

The LHIN says overall Crocker-Elliot has 25 years experience in the health care field.

Schreiber Man Banned From Hunting For 2-Years

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 08:47 AM

A hunting trip in the Quibell area has resulted in a hefty fine for a Schreiber man.

Michael Souliere has been ordered to pay $5,000 for trespassing, shooting from a roadway and abandoning a deer and allowing it to spoil.

Conservation officers responded to a complaint on the TIPS line last November about a man shooting from a roadway at a deer on private property.

An investigation found that Souliere fired three shots from Highway 609, killing a deer in an area that was clearly marked with a "no shooting" sign.

Liberal Candidate Vows To Stand-Up For Kenora-Rainy River

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 08:44 AM

The only candidate so far for the Liberal nomination in the Kenora-Rainy River Riding says she wants to be our advocate in the Ontario Legislature.

Karen Kejick says if elected, she doesn't plan to be just a mouth piece for the party.

Kejick says just because she's running for the Grits, doesn't mean she will agree with everything they do.

The Shoal Lake #39 resident says she has shown, through her advocacy, that she's not afraid to stand-up to the government on what's right.

DREAM Remains Alive And Well; Girls Tournament This Weekend

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 08:37 AM

The first phase of the Dryden Recreation Expansion and Modification Committee work has been completed.

Work at the Memorial Arena included the installation of sliding doors, cosmetic upgrades in the main lobby and improvements to the washrooms.

Janice Radburn was a guest on the CKDR Morning Show Friday and she says the community has been very supportive.

Radburn notes they have formed solid partnerships with all user groups.

There will be an official ceremony recognizing the work Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Arena.

Petition Out For A Return Of Volunteer Firefighters

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 05:35 AM

A group of Dryden residents want to see volunteer firefighters back on the job.

Petitions are now out calling for the City to return to the negotiating table with the Dryden Firefighters Association.

Pam Miller believes the stalemate between the two can be corrected, if the parties involved just "park their ego's and start fresh".

Miller says concerned citizens believe the loss of the volunteer fire department has put Dryden residents and their property at risk.

Tractor Trailer In Intersection At Time Of Humboldt Bus Crash, RCMP Say

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 04:43 AM

Saskatchewan RCMP have confirmed that the tractor-trailer involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash was in the intersection at the time of the collision, and police say all of their efforts are dedicated to finding out why.

The crash which claimed 16 lives happened in eastern Saskatchewan on April 6 as the tractor trailer was travelling on Highway 335 and the bus northbound on Highway 35.