August 2018

Trafficking Charges In Dryden

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 14:51 PM

Dryden Police are reporting Trafficking charges from a local traffic stop.

Police say on Monday just after midnight they stopped a vehicle outside a residence on Colonization Avenue for a traffic violation.

Police then say during the stop they detained the male passenger who was immediately arrested for having a can of pepper spray which is prohibited by the Criminal Code.

Dryden Police then say the female driver began to interfere and obstruct police in their duties so she was also arrested for Obstructing Police and Assaulting a Police Officer.

Ford Speaks At AMO Conference

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 13:36 PM

A yearly meeting of municipal leaders got a visit from Premier Doug Ford this morning. 

In Ottawa, Ford emphasizes he'll continue working with municipalities and repeated his campaign promises to serve the people of Ontario. 

"We're going to continue to listen to the people," Ford promises, "We will work hard with you, because you are the closest to everyday needs of the people, and together we will make this province better than it has ever been before."

Ride For Memories A Huge Success

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 11:39 AM

It was a perfect weekend for a ride and it ended up being a perfect weekend for the Alzheimer's Society of Kenora/Rainy River.

Executive Director Rossana Tomashowski says more than $30,000 was raised at the Annual Ride for Memories and Poker Derby.

She notes that amount will be higher as they are still counting.

Tomashowski says they had about 80 bikes taking part and around 100 people at their steak dinner in Sioux Lookout.

The top pledge earners were Robert Gordon, Jim Harty Jr. and Kevin JJ Kennedy raising over $18,000 collectively.

Major Work On Thunder Lake Road

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 15:01 PM

Major upgrades are coming to Thunder Lake Road.

Dryden Public Works says work will start Tuesday and will continue until mid-September.

During that time, residents may experience abnormal amounts of dust and noise.

Motorists can expect temporary delays, lane diversions and flagging,

Most of the underground infrastructure and reconstruction work will be completed by early September, with paving starting shortly after.

Road Closure In Dryden

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 15:01 PM

Dryden Public Works is warning the public of a road closure Tuesday.

The south bound lane of Colonization Avenue from Arthur Street to St. Charles Street will be off-limits from 7:00am until 7:00pm.

It's due curb and sidewalk restorations.

Highway 17 Closed At Wawa

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 08:41 AM

A fatal collision has closed the TransCanada in both directions near Wawa.

Provincial Police responded to a crash around 10:00 Sunday night.

No details have been released and it's not known when Highway 17 will re-open.

Federal Funding To Support French Culture In Red Lake

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 08:25 AM

The Red Lake Francophone Association is on the receiving end of nearly $50,000 from the federal government.

The money comes from FedNor and will be used to promote the local Francophone community and the many events, activities and services the Association offers.

It is also aimed at attracting more French-speaking families and newcomers to Red Lake.

Calgary Man Finally Arrested In Schreiber

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 08:23 AM

A nearly nine hour search for a wanted Calgary man came to a peaceful end in Schreiber.

Provincial Police say 21-year-old Kyle Wescott was found hiding in a sandpit Saturday night.

OPP were first notified of a theft of gas in Thunder Bay during the noon hour.

His vehicle was spotted on Highway 17 but he failed to stop for police.

OPP say Wescott abandoned his vehicle on the side of the road, prompting an air, ground and K9 Unit search.

The accused faces a total of five charges.

Municipal Leaders In Ottawa For Week Of Meetings

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 08:22 AM

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association will be highlighting regional issues and concerns this week in Ottawa.

President Wendy Landry has set-up a meeting with Premier Doug Ford at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference.

Landry says this is their first meeting and the goal is to establish a strong relationship with the new government.

One item on the agenda is the planned closure of the Thunder Bay Generating Station and the need to keep it open.

Restricted Fire Zone Remains In Place; More Smoke Expected

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 08:19 AM

A Restricted Fire Zone remains in affect across much of northwestern Ontario, with the exception of the City of Thunder Bay and several surrounding organized townships.

That means outdoor burning and campfires aren't allowed. The RFZ appears to have made an impact as there were only four new starts on the weekend.

There are now 60 active fires in the region, four considered not under control.

Several large fires in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park near Red Lake have resulted in some restrictions on area trails and canoe routes.