October 2018

Early Start To Flu Season In Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:37 PM

The flu bug has hit our area early.

The Northwestern Health Unit has confirmed the first case of Influenza.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young-Hoon says cases this early in the season are rare, so it's extra important right now to get your flu shot.

The shots are free and most pharmacies can give the vaccine to anyone over the age of 5, with no appointment needed.

Young-Hoon says anyone can get the shot at any Health Unit office or at their Primary Care provider.

For appointment information, visit www.nwhu.on.ca

Federal Minister Outlines Plans With Departure Of Greyhound

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:00 PM

The federal government is outlining a multi-pronged approach to deal with the loss of Greyhound Bus service in northern Ontario and western Canada.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says where private companies haven't come in to fill the void, they will work with the provinces to find transportation solutions.

Garneau says if provinces come forward and identify gaps, the feds would be willing to cost share to provide some funding to ensure that those routes would be covered.

Disheartening Story In Vermilion Bay Turns Into One Of Giving

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:41 AM

A heartbreaking and devastating event in Vermilion Bay has turned into an incredible story of giving.

On the morning of October 26th, a brand new ATV being raffled off by the Lions Club, was stolen in front of Bobby's Corner.

Club member Crystal Mann says the package was chained and locked and someone came with a portable grinder and took off the chains, wheeled the four-wheeler off the trailer, loaded it on a vehicle and took it away.

Mann says they were hoping to make $30,000 for community projects and organizations.

Ontario Shipping Wolves To Michigan

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 09:26 AM

A number of wolves from northern Ontario are going to be transported to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior.

Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Jeff Yurek says the state of Michigan made the request to control a growing moose population.

Yurek says there are very few wolves remaining in the American park and a natural population recovery program is unlikely, so that's why the government decided to provide assistance.

Sioux Lookout Hosting LGBTQ+ Conference

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 09:21 AM

The LGBTQ+ community will come together for two days in Sioux Lookout starting on Friday.

A 'Be Free Be Me' Conference featuring keynote speakers, interactive workshops and fun activities is being held at the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship and Sioux North High School.

Organizer Kelly Harbour was a guest on the CKDR Morning Show Wednesday to promote the free event.

Harbour says there will be breakout sessions for youth, educators, health care professionals and community members.

Mental Health Training For Area Bus Drivers

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 09:11 AM

Giving area bus drivers the tools they need to help improve mental health wellness among students.

That was the focus last week at a professional development gathering in Dryden hosted by the North Western Ontario Student Services Consortium.

Larae Harbour is the Mental Health Co-Lead with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board and they provided some tips to drivers.

Harbour says part of the training was noticing the signs of mental health struggles and using breathing and grounding techniques to bring a sense of calm.

Dryden Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 09:06 AM

Happy Halloween!

Trick and treaters will be making the rounds Wednesday night and the Dryden Police Service wants to make sure everyone stays safe.

Community Services Officer Denise Szachury says for motorists, you are asked to slow down or even adjust your travel plans.

Szachury says motorists should know that kids may be darting out in the middle of the road with all of the excitement of Halloween.

For trick-or-treaters, Szachury asks that you wear bright colours, reflective tape and use a flashlight or glow stick so that you can easily be seen.

Greyhound Bus Service Ends Today In Northwestern Ontario

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 09:01 AM

It's the end of the road Wednesday for Greyhound Canada.

Northwestern Ontario and most parts of Canada will say good-bye to the long-time bus carrier.

The company made the decision back in July, citing a 41% drop in ridership, increased competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger services, the new entry of ultra-low-cost carriers, regulatory constraints and increased car travel.

Greyhound has been mum on the issue since the original announcement.

Forestry Lesson For Area Teachers

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 09:00 AM

A learning session for area teachers on best forestry practices in northwestern Ontario.

24-instructors recently took part in a two day professional development session in Kenora, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

The classroom and field sessions focused on forest management planning, the science of forestry, legislation, as well as forest certification and operations.

Teachers toured the Weyerhaeuser mill and had a hands-on experience on harvest operations.

Mail Delivery Back In Kenora/Fort Frances; No Job Action Yet In Dryden

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 08:55 AM

Canada Post workers in Kenora and Fort Frances are back to work Wednesday after spending Tuesday on the picket line.

The two area communities were hit by on-going rotating strikes, so there was no mail delivery.

Kenora local union president Chuck Cadger says the job action will continue until they can get a fair deal.

Cadger says Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers remain at the bargaining table with a mediator, so that's encouraging.

However, he stresses workers remain in limbo and no one knows day-to-day what's happening.