May 2018

Sioux Mountain Public School Receives Funding For Child Care Expansions

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 13:45 PM

Sioux Mountain Public School will be seeing around 2 million dollars in upgrades to their child care spaces.

The contract was awarded to Finn Way and they will begin construction soon which should be complete before the next school year.

Superintendent of Education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board Caryl Hron says some of the upgrades include expansions to the current area with a toddler room and enhancing the playground.

Hron also says some retrofitting will be done in other parts of the school as well including the staff room and kitchen.

Canada Retaliates Against American Penalties With Tariffs On US Steel, Aluminium

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 13:21 PM

The Prime Minister has announced Canada will be imposing tariffs on US steel, aluminium, and other products.

This is in retaliation for US President Donald Trump's tariffs on the same Canadian products announced earlier this morning.

Justin Trudeau said the federal government will impose dollar for dollar tariffs for every dollar levied against Canadians by the US.

The Americans will charge a 25 percent levy on steel and 10 percent on aluminium.

Other products will include: yogurt, coffee and prepared meals among others.

New CT Scan Unit To Be At Dryden Hospital Soon

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:50 PM

The Dryden Regional Health Centre is learning some good news about their CT Scan plans.

Chief Executive Officer Wade Petranik says a permanent system should be in place by the end of June.

Petranik also says the portable system will remain at the hospital for a couple weeks after just in case.

He also adds that they continue to raise funds for the unit and should hopefully be providing an update at their Annual General Meeting.

OPP Showcasing DAIRS Program To Dryden Rotary Club

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:47 PM

Dryden OPP members are showing off some of their tools to help educate students about impaired driving.

They showed off both their simulation and go-cart to the Dryden Rotary Club at their last meeting.

Sergeant Michelle Teeple says they have been using these tools at schools in the area including Ignace Public School and they plan to host something similar at Dryden High School.

Teeple says the Rotary Club provided the funds to purchase the trailer which they use to transport their equipment.

Rainbow Flag Raising Tomorrow In Dryden

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:10 PM

On Friday, the rainbow flag will be raised at noon outside Dryden City Hall.

The ceremony is to kick-off Pride Month festivities throughout the city.

Volunteer Catherine Kiewning says people can expect a lot of fun events throughout the month, many of which are different from last year.

She says there will also be a speech outside city hall during the ceremony.

Moose Decoy Gets Hunter In Trouble

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:44 AM

A Northeastern Ontario man is going to have to pay off $4,000 dollars in hunting fines.

The man plead guilty recently and was fined for discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and carelessly discharging a firearm down a highway.

He's also suspended from hunting for one year.

The charges stem from an incident last fall that saw the man shoot at a moose decoy.

McKinnon Faces Fraud Charges

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:36 AM

A former employee with the Kenora Catholic District School Board is facing fraud charges.

57 year old Mary Alexa McKinnon and her husband 55 year old Rodney McKinnon face a couple of
charges in connection to an investigation at the Superior North Catholic School Board.

The board contacted the OPP in February about a possible fraud by two staff members.

Alexa McKinnon was a former Superintendant with the Kenora Catholic Board and was hired a couple of
years ago as the director of Education with the Superior North Board.

CP Rail Strike Over

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 15:28 PM

CP Rail workers have a new contract ending a very short half a day strike.

Teamsters Union official John Strapac notes it's a relief to get a deal.

"No one really wants to be on the picket line. We are all looking for a fair and equal contract and we are happy it came this quickly we thought we would be out on the picket line longer. Once we take a look at it hopefully it's got everything we are looking for."

The tentative four year deal still needs to be ratified, work will resume at six am Thursday across Canada.

Sioux Lookout Town Councillor Seeking Seat On FCM

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 15:07 PM

Northwestern Ontario could have a higher profile on the Federation of Canadian Municialities.

Sioux Lookout town councillor Yolaine Kirlew says she is seeking a seat on the board of directors as the third vice-president.

Kirlew says she wants to bring a northern perspective to the FCM.

Kirlew is running against a municipal politician from Ottawa.

The FCM elections are taking place this weekend in Halifax.