Council Approves 15% Tax Increase
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 10:40am
The tax rate for Domtar is going up.
Dryden Council has approved a 15% tax increase for the large industrial sector.
The hike has been signed off by the Ontario Ministry of Finance.
Treasurer Adrienne Bodnarchuk says the decision comes from the recent Municipal Property Assessment Corporation ruling on the Domtar Mill.
MPAC reduced the value of the Domtar mill this year to $14-million from $50-million.
Bodnarchuk says the ruling has resulted in serious financial hardship for the community.
Bodnarchuk says the decision is one of many paths the Municipality is unveiling itself in terms of exploring possible mitigation towards the hardships the City is currently under.
Sheepdogs And Three Days Grace Booked
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 9:12am
One third of the entertainment for Harborfest 2014 in Kenora has already been booked.
The Sheepdogs and Three Days Grace have been signed to play next year's Saturday night concert.
Dave Blake is the director of entertainment and says they hope to have more acts booked before Christmas.
Blake says they are looking at a country night on the Sunday and more details could be released as early as next week.
Blake says they are trying to book as many acts before Christmas as possible so people can give the tickets as stocking-stuffers.
Tickets for the Sheepdogs and Three Days Grace go on sale today.
New Duties For Treaty Three Grand Chief
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 9:10am
The Grand Chief of Treaty Three is taking on some new duties.
Warren White has been appointed as one of the co-chairs of a new Aboriginal Justice Advisory Group set up by the province.
The committee was recommended by Justice Frank Iacobucci, who wrote a report on Aboriginal Representation on Ontario Juries.
The new committee will look at some of the broader issues affecting aboriginals in the justice system.
White and Murray Segal from the Chiefs of Ontario will initially advise the Attorney General on the make up of their committee and some of the issues they want to tackle.
Impressive Fundraiser For Typhoon Victims
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 8:44am
The Filipino community in Dryden has rallied together.
A group has concluded a very successful fundraiser for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Over $4,000 was raised from the selling of lumpias (spring rolls) and a supper at the Ukrainian Hall.
The money will go to the registered charity, Global Medic.
'Stuff A Cruiser' Saturday In Sioux Lookout
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 8:35am
It's time to 'Stuff a Cruiser' in Sioux Lookout.
Provincial Police are hosting the 5th annual event Saturday.
Police will be collecting kids toys and non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations.
Constable John Duguay says all donations go to the Adopt the Family program at the First Step Women's Shelter.
'Stuff a Cruiser' is being held at the Red Apple from 10 until 1 and Johnny's Food Market from 1 until 4.
Health Unit Joining Police This Holiday Season
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 8:33am
The Dryden Police Service and the Northwestern Health Unit are working together at RIDE programs this holiday season.
The Health Unit will join officers at roadside stops this month to hand out information on Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.
Public Health Nurse Brittni Trudgen says they want people to know the health risks associated with alcohol abuse.
Trudgen notes impaired driving is a significant concern for public health.
This is the first year of the program.
The Health Unit says that if Canadians who drink alcohol followed the guidelines, alcohol related deaths would be reduced by about 46-hundred every year.
For more information call the Health Unit at 223-3301.
Highway Protest Set For Tomorrow In Vermilion Bay
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 8:28am
A protest over the state of area highways and winter road maintenance is taking place Saturday.
Organizer Steve Smith says the rally is being held at the Highway 17 and Highway 105 intersection in Vermilion Bay.
Smith says the protest will start at 10 o'clock and last roughly two hours.
Smith is hoping to gain the attention of Transportation Minister Glen Murray who defended the Province's road maintenance record earlier this week.
Mayor Calling For The Return Of Mail Sorting
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 8:25am
Dryden Mayor Craig Nuttall is urging Canada Post to reverse a decision to move mail sorting services to Thunder Bay.
The move was made in October in what officials stated was a bid to make the system more efficient.
Nuttall says the new way of sorting is far from efficient.
Nuttall notes he received a letter from in-town and it arrived three days after it was mailed.
The Mayor has sent a letter to Canada Post asking the agency to reconsider its decision.
He says the City relies on prompt movement of mail to ensure the delivery and receipt of important documentation.
Nuttall says the City spent roughly 55-thousand dollars on postage with Canada Post last year and the sorting service should remain in Dryden.
Nuttall adds the business community is also suffering with the change of service.
He's also asking Kenora MP Greg Rickford to lobby for the change.
Northern Growth Plan Under The Microscope
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 8:16am
The Northern Growth Plan is going to be the focus of attention at a meeting today in Timmins.
The Northern Leaders' Forum will bring together cabinet ministers, municipal, business and aboriginal leaders.
Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association President Dave Canfield says they are curious to see what the government has to say about the Growth Plan.
Canfield admits they are a little disappointed at how long its taken to get the plan off the ground.
He says he'd like to see more focus on forestry, because he sees that as the big growth industry in the next year or two.
Christmas Parade Day In Dryden
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 8:12am
Itís parade day in the City of Dryden!
Some 25 floats will join Santa Claus in the holiday tradition.
The Dryden Kinsmen 'Cartoon Christmas' parade starts at the Moose Hall at 6:30.
The parade will go down Duke Street, to Van Horne, over to Queen, to Earl before making its way to King and the front of the Arena.
As always CKDR will be on the route collecting new toys, non-perishable food items and cash for Christmas Cheer.
Canada Post will also be on the route collecting letters to Santa.
Local officials will take your letters and deliver them promptly to the North Pole.
OSSTF Looking To Revamp Education System
By CKDR News - December 6th, 2013 - 8:08am
Catholic education may become a thing of the past.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers federation is looking to reinvest in education by creating two new education systems.
President Paul Elliot says streamlining services will create more funding.
Elliot says there are studies showing that up to $2-billion can be saved and put back into education.
The new platform calls for an English and a French system.
Elliot says the change would eliminate duplication between the current four systems.
The OSSTF is following the model used in Quebec.
Bob Rae Staying Positive On Ring Of Fire
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 2:28pm
According to the First Nations negotiator for the Ring of Fire, the giant mining development will live on.
Speaking in Thunder Bay this morning Bob Rae said despite the decision by Cliffs Natural Resources to halt all work on the project, the valuable minerals aren't going away.
Meantime, Rae says negotiations are continuing on getting the best deal possible for First Nations from the development.
He says the mistakes of past mining deals cannot be repeated.
CCAC Launches Telehomecare Program
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 2:24pm
People living with chronic heart disease and other health related conditions can now get health care services from their home.
It's part of the Northwest Community Care Access Centre's Telehomecare program.
Spokesperson Marg Milani says people will enter their vitals into a Telehomecare program installed in their residence.
A nurse will be checking to see if the patient is doing ok and if not, action will take action.
Milani says they're looking for interested patients.
Interested parties can contact the CCAC or they can be referred to by a physician or a hospital.
The program was made possible through funding from the local health authority.
Legal Aid Lawyers Looking For Help
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 9:06am
Legal Aid lawyers across Ontario are looking for help from Premier Kathleen Wynne.
They're looking for the right to collectively bargain with Legal Aid Ontario.
Lawyer Gillian Rogin says a need for a stronger say into the policies effecting their clients is the main reason.
Rogin says 80% of lawyers across the province have signed a petition asking the agency to voluntarily accept its wishes.
Rogin says Legal Aid Ontario has so far denied its request to accept their wishes.
Legal Aid Ontario says there's no precedent for lawyers to be represented by what they call a trade-union, a claim disputed by Rogin.
Get Ready To Put On Extra Layers
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 9:02am
Good bye snow...hello frigid cold conditions!
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says the area won't see any real new snow over the next few days.
However, Laidlaw says cold air is sliding in and it's going to be chilly for a bit.
He notes the temperature will over around -25 with the brisk northerly winds.
Laidlaw says Dryden residents should bundle up tomorrow for the annual Dryden Kinsmen Christmas Parade.
Region Hit With 15-20 Centimetres Of Snow
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 7:32am
It was another major dump of snow in northwestern Ontario.
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says we saw 15-to-20 centimetres of snow, with the higher accumulations east of Ignace.
Laidlaw says blowing snow is making it difficult to measure the exact amount.
We can expect more light snow today.
The storm forced several cancellations including the Junior hockey game and Girls High School hockey game in Dryden.
(Photo: B. Borton. Take 5:45 Thursday morning)
Dryden CAO Defending Snow Clearing Efforts
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 7:28am
The complaints are piling up as high as the snow but the City of Dryden says it's doing everything it can to clear the streets in a timely fashion.
Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie says staff and council hear the concerns of residents and businesses loud and clear.
Larabie says we haven't seen a dump of snow like this in years and crews are doing their best to keep up with it and clear area streets.
He notes snow removal has to occur during set times due to the current collective bargaining agreement with unionized employees.
Larabie notes that's why snow clearing isn't done overnight and says that clause will be revisited with the union at an "appropriate time".
Larabie says the downtown core is on top of the priority list and Public Works has been instructed to ensure snow is removed from the area.
He says they want to ensure that the roads will be cleared in time for the annual Dryden Kinsmen Christmas Parade.
Secondary roads will be addressed once clearing efforts end on the primary roads.
(Photo: R. Gessie-Ladouceur)
Legal Win For Local Gunsmith
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 7:19am
Dryden gunsmith Bob MacGillivray has had charges of possession of prohibited weapons discharged by a court Justice in Brandon, Manitoba.
MacGillivray claimed he wasn't aware that the spring-loaded knives he sold to an under cover police officer were prohibited in Canada.
The 74-year-old was arrested three years ago at a Gun Show in Brandon.
Property seized from his gunsmith operation at home and other items will be returned to MacGillivray.
He is still prohibited from having guns and other weapons for 10-years.
MacGillivray pleaded guilty to one count of storage of firearms in a careless manner last November in Dryden Court.
10-other weapons charges were dropped by the Crown at that time and MacGillivray received a conditional discharge.
Prime Minister And Premier Addressing Ring Of Fire
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 7:15am
After weeks of playing the blame game Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Kathleen Wynne are scheduled to sit down this afternoon to discuss the Ring of Fire.
The two sides are at an impasse over who is responsible for the massive mining development.
Wynne has stated that she was surprised to hear the prime minister dismiss the development of the Ring of Fire as a provincial issue.
Bob Rae, the chief negotiator and counsel for the Matawa First Nations, has called on both levels of government to stop squabbling over jurisdiction and create some level of certainty for businesses and First Nations.
Energy Minister Discusses Northern Prices
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 7:12am
Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli is ruling out a separate electricity rate for northern Ontario.
In a conference call with media on Wednesday, Chiarelli bluntly said "no" and stated there will still be one grid and one price in Ontario.
However, Chiarelli says the new provincial energy plan creates programs, including the northern Ontario credit program, to help local residents.
We face a 33% hike in our electricity rates over the next 3-years according to the new plan.
Meantime, Chiarelli believes the new plan will help the Ring of Fire move forward.
Chiarelli says they may have sweetened the electricity price deal for companies like Cliffs Natural Resources.
He notes they are negotiating a price deal with Cliffs.
Cliffs had said they walked away from the mining project because of several reasons, one being the high price of electricity.
No Highway Closures In Our Region
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 5:09am
Despite all of the snow, there are no road closures in northwestern Ontario.
Roads are still snow packed and motorists are asked to allow for more time when travelling.
Motorists may also encounter poor visibility with blowing snow.
The storm forced the closure of sections of Highway 17 and Highway 11 east of Thunder Bay overnight, but Provincial Police have reopened all roads in that area.
School Buses Not Running; Two Schools Closed
By CKDR News - December 5th, 2013 - 4:52am
It doesn't come as much of a surprise this morning that school buses are cancelled across our listening area.
Buses have been grounded in Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Eagle Lake, Red Lake, Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout, Ignace, Kenora, Sioux Narrows and Upsala.
Snow plows are just starting to hit the road to clear up the mess left by yesterday's storm.
Schools in Eagle Lake First Nation and Wabigoon Lake First Nation are both closed today due to the weather.
All other schools are open.
Handi-Transit bus service is also cancelled in Dryden.
Local Man Arrested Following Assault And Robbery
By CKDR News - December 4th, 2013 - 3:05pm
A 26-year-old Dryden man has been arrested following a robbery at the Royal Bank around 11 o'clock this morning.
City Police say an elderly woman had withdrawn a significant amount of cash from an ATM.
The accused attempted to grab the money from her hands but the woman put up a fight.
Police say the man assaulted her and ran off with the money.
With help from witnesses, officers were able to locate the man, and place him under arrest.
Robert Chrest faces 1-count of robbery and he will appear in court tomorrow.
First Nations Protest Proposed Education Act
By CKDR News - December 4th, 2013 - 12:16pm
Aboriginals across northwestern Ontario continue to speak out against the Federal Government's proposed Education Act.
At a rally held earlier today at Fort William First Nation, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic stated the government should not be making key decisions when it comes to first nations education.
Kakegamic says the Act falls short in addressing pre-school and post-secondary education needs,
He stresses that youth are concerned about their future.
He notes aboriginals are in the best position to decide what they want in terms of education.
Kakegamic says that rallies are also being held today in Toronto, Ottawa and Sudbury.
Snowfall Warning Now Covers Entire Region
By CKDR News - December 4th, 2013 - 11:34am
A snowfall warning has been issued for all of northwestern Ontario.
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says a Colorado low is to blame.
The Dryden area can expect 15-centimetres of snow between now and tomorrow morning.
The Thunder Bay area could receive between 15-25 centimetres by the time the system moves through by tomorrow.
Bruce Hyer Supporting Reform Act
By CKDR News - December 4th, 2013 - 10:29am
An Independent MP from Northwestern Ontario is supporting a Conservative private member's bill.
Michael Chong's proposed bill would give more power to party caucuses, including the ability to oust their leaders.
Thunder Bay-Superior North's Bruce Hyer is calling for a free vote on the legislation.
Hyer says the Parliamentary Secretary is ducking the issue and he's asking the Prime Minister if he will whip the Conservative vote on the Reform Act.
A number of Conservative members are said to be supporting the bill.
Chong says the legislation will rebalance power between the legislative and executive branches of government and restore Canadiansí faith in their Parliament.
Minister Defends Winter Road Maintenance
By CKDR News - December 4th, 2013 - 8:21am
The provincial government is defending its road safety record, despite a recent rash of highway fatalities in northern Ontario.
There have been at least seven deaths reported in the past week.
Transportation Minister Glen Murray says the MTO is working on stronger reviews of highway maintenance and working with municipal leaders on improving road conditions.
Murray also reaffirmed that 50 more highway maintenance crews will be on the road this winter and he'll be monitoring how they are being deployed.
Murray adds his Ministry will be monitoring how the new MTO crews are deployed and how well they're performing.
He claims Ontario has the safest roads in North America.
Car Damaged At Dryden Hospital
By CKDR News - December 4th, 2013 - 8:14am
Dryden Police are looking for assistance to solve a case of mischief reported last Thursday afternoon.
Police say a vehicle parked at the Dryden Regional Health Centre was keyed sometime between 2:00 and 3:30.
The culprit left a single scratch through the paint to the undercoat that ran from the driver's door to the rear quarter panel.
No other vehicles were damaged.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dryden Police.
Mixed Reviews On Energy Plan
By CKDR News - December 4th, 2013 - 8:04am
Northwestern Ontario will see some benefits from the Province's new long-term energy plan.
The Northwest Energy Task Force says the government has indicated that Hydro One is expected to begin planning for the new northwest bulk transmission line.
Co-Chair Iain Angus says the line will run between Thunder Bay and Dryden.
Angus also points to the creation of an aboriginal transmission fund starting next year.
He feels the plan will go a long way in allowing remote First Nations communities to receive new, clean energy.
Angus is less keen on some of the energy conservation ideas contained in the plan and says they are targeted more at southern Ontario rather than the north.
Angus says once the mines are up and running they will be responsible for roughly 80% of our output.
He says the average homeowner can conserve all they want, but in the grand scheme of things it won't make much of a difference.
Winter Weather Consuming Northwest-Manitoba
By CKDR News - December 4th, 2013 - 7:37am
The Dryden Ski Hill and snowmobile enthusiasts must be living the high life right now!
More snow is expected today thanks to a Colorado low moving in.
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says the Dryden area could see 15-centimetres of snow by Thursday morning.
Laidlaw notes the accumulation may be more if the system shifts north.
It doesn't get any better if you head east or west.
Thunder Bay and the Winnipeg area are both expecting 15 to 25 centimetres of snow today and into tomorrow morning.
Road conditions and visibility is already fair to poor in eastern Manitoba and a snowfall warning is in effect.
A similar warning is in place in Thunder Bay.
Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when travelling and to allow for extra time and expect delays.
Council And Staff Receive Final KPMG Report
By CKDR News - December 4th, 2013 - 7:03am
It looks like the Barclay Fire Hall will stay open and Aaron Park won't be transferred to the Province.
Dryden Mayor Craig Nuttall confirmed those two items are the only ones that won't be looked at following the release of the operational and service level review Tuesday night.
A suggestion to close the Fire Hall in November drew considerable backlash from area homeowners, firefighters and the public.
Council was cool on the idea of losing the Park after a record breaking year.
Aaron Park posted a $5,000 surplus this year.
Nuttall says Council is looking at all other options and stresses the work done by KPMG will result in a balanced budget.
The consulting firm says the final report doesn't contain any major service cuts, but City departments may be feeling the pinch.
Nuttall says Council and staff will now work on drafting a final plan and hopes to have everything in place by late January or early February.
Child Care Crackdown Proposed
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 2:06pm
The provincial government is proposing greater oversight of unlicensed child care facilities.
Proposed legislation would give authorities greater ability to shut down a child care provider when a child's safety is considered to be at risk.
It also increases the maximum penalty for illegal offences from $2,000 to $250,000 and allows the province to issue administrative penalties of up to $100,000 per infraction.
Resolute Shuts Down Machine At Fort Frances Mill
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 2:04pm
More layoffs at the Resolute Mill in Fort Frances.
The company has shut down the #7 paper machine and there are no plans for a restart.
The move impacts about 50 to 60 workers.
The workers were called back to work after the machine started up again this summer.
Company spokesperson Xavier Van Chau says the closure was not unexpected.
Chau says when the machine came back online, there was an understanding it would only operate temporarily and cease production before mid-December.
Arrests Made Following Fight At Local Bar
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 1:47pm
It was a hectic weekend for Dryden Police.
Officers were called to assist bouncers with a disturbance at a local bar on Friday night.
Police say a fight broke out between a number of patrons and two people were arrested and held overnight.
Over the course of the weekend, officers responded to 11 liquor-related calls, 9-people were locked up and 7-tickets were handed out for Highway Traffic Act violations.
Two Separate Disturbances Result In Charges
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 1:46pm
Two people were arrested over the weekend for separate disturbances in Dryden.
City Police say 53-year-old Wesley Fleury was arrested on Sunday night and officers found that he was breaching conditions of a previous release order.
In the second incident, Police charged an unidentified woman with assaulting her male partner on Saturday evening.
Traffic Violation Leads To Drug Bust
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 1:43pm
A B.C. man has been charged after he was caught transporting more than his scheduled load on Highway 17 west of Kenora.
Provincial Police stopped an eastbound tractor trailer unit for a traffic violation Monday afternoon.
Officers found 180-pounds of marihuana in the vehicle, worth an estimated $450,000.
Police seized the transport truck and $1,000 cash as part of the investigation.
43-year-old Nicusor Cioanca of Mission faces counts of trafficking marihuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.
He remains in custody.
Police ID Crash Victims
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 12:23pm
Provincial Police have released the names of two people killed in a collision on Highway 11 Monday afternoon.
Police say a westbound PT Cruiser struck an unloaded logging truck travelling eastbound.
The crash occurred around 4:40, roughly 15-kilometres east of Fort Frances.
The driver of the car has been identified as 82-year-old David Chambers and the passenger has been identified as 75-year-old Louise Chambers.
Both of the victims were from Fort Frances.
The driver of the logging truck wasn't injured.
Police continue to investigate.
Business Development Class Hosts Shopping Night
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 11:01am
Dryden High School continues to promote business development.
DHS Marketing student Trenton Gauthier was a guest on the CKDR Morning Show today and he stated one of their main ventures will be held tomorrow night.
It's Parent Shopping Night at Dryden High School from 6:00-9:00pm.
The Business Development program is hosting an opportunity for folks to do their holiday shopping at the Eagle's Nest.
Eagles clothing and other items will be on sale as well as gift certificates.
Gauthier says it's a chance to promote their program and help parents with their Christmas shopping.
Sudden Death In Machin
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 10:44am
The death of a Machin man is being investigated by Provincial Police.
OPP were contacted Monday afternoon around 4:50 after a body was found off Heilman Road.
Police say the body was found in a remote location.
The deceased has been identified as 44-year-old Randal Lichty of Machin.
A post mortem examination is being held in Kenora and anyone with information on this case is asked to contact OPP.
Northern Power Company Supports Energy Plan
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 9:27am
The Province has made a commitment to establish a transmission line in northern Ontario.
The pledge was made Monday during the unveiling of the Liberal long-term energy plan.
The strategy calls for the connection of remote First Nations communities currently serviced by diesel generation.
The First Nations owned Wataynikaneyap Power group says it looks forward to working with the government to connect aboriginal communities to the power grid.
The group is a partnership between 18 First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario and Goldcorp.
Final KPMG Report Unveiled Tonight
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 9:23am
The long awaited operational and service level review will be presented to Dryden Council tonight.
KPMG will unveil its final recommendations.
City officials say they don't expect a lot of change from the draft report which was presented on November 13th.
The report called for several cost cutting measures including implementing non-resident user fees for the rec centre, reducing the snow removal budget and pursuing solar opportunities, moving the provincial offences office to City Hall, turning the Barclay Landfill to a transfer facility, creating a standardized payment system for child care services and transferring Aaron Park to the provincial Government.
It also suggested closing the Barclay Fire Hall.
KPMG was tasked with finding solutions to Dryden's current financial woes, but Council isn't required to act on the suggestions.
The public meeting is 6:30 at the Aboriginal Housing building.
Personal and Labour relations suggestions will be presented during a closed meeting following the open session.
Motorsits Fed Up With Winter Road Conditions
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 9:20am
They're mad as Hell and they're not going to take it anymore.
A rally is scheduled to take place Saturday to protest the condition of area highways.
Ear Falls resident Steve Smith is leading the charge.
The 'Rally for Safer Roads' will be taking place in Vermillion Bay near the intersection of Highway 17 and 105 at 10:00am.
Smith is encouraging motorists from across the northwest to attend in a bid to convince the province to take action.
Highway closures across the region were almost a weekly occurance last month, including several closures of Highway 105.
Smith has started a Facebook page called 'Highway 105, Residents for Better Roads'.
Smith says people can go online and share horror stories and pictures as well as update road conditions.
He notes a recent trip from Ear Falls to Dryden inspiried the page as the highway was glare ice.
More than 1,500 have already joined his page in just over a week.
(Photo Credit: A.Pronger)
Two Vehicle Crash Kills Two Near Fort Frances
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 9:08am
The cause of a fatal two vehicle collision on Highway 11 is under investigation.
A man and a woman died when their westbound Chrysler struck an eastbound transport about 15-kilometres east of Fort Frances Monday afternoon around 4:45.
The driver of the tractor-trailer unit wasn't injured.
No names have been released.
The crash closed the highway for about 3-hours.
Support For Conservation Component Of Plan
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 9:06am
The first Chief Energy Conservation Officer in Ontario says the province's long-term electricity plan is a step in the right direction.
The strategy focuses on energy conservation, with a number of programs to encourage folks to cut down on electricity use.
Peter Love is now the President of Energy Services Association of Canada and he says this is the right way to go.
Love says energy conservation is the least expensive, fastest and the most reliable way to address our energy needs.
He adds there's little opposition.
Love says conservation should have been the focus from day one and then we could have looked at how we can generate the necessary power.
Love says he was hoping for more detail on provincial targets as well as the responsibilities of the commercial and private sector and the everyday consumer.
The plan does come with a hike in hydro rates of roughly 33%.
The Province claims rates will level out in the long-term.
Christmas Parade Floats Still Accepted
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 8:38am
There is still time to enter a float in the Dryden Kinsmen Christmas Parade.
The parade is Friday at 6:30 and the theme is "A Cartoon Christmas".
Dave Lyle and Ryan Graham were guests on the CKDR Morning Show today.
They put out the call to community groups, businesses and individuals to enter a float.
Lyle says support has been strong, but they are always looking for more.
Lyle notes they need more floats to make the parade "bigger and better."
He says registration forms will be accepted until the end of the day Wednesday.
Graham says a number of new groups are on board and they are amazed with the response given that some of the traditional participants have had to bow out due to prior commitments.
Registration information is available by visiting the CKDR main page.
Snow In Northwestern Ontario; Snow In Calgary
By CKDR News - December 3rd, 2013 - 6:59am
The snow continues to fall in the Dryden area.
All highways are open and school buses are operating right now.
We can expect another 5-centimetres of snow today, with higher accumulations near the Canada-U.S. border
The situation is a little more severe out west.
Hazardous driving conditions are expected to remain for much of southern Alberta this morning, forcing many school closures and bus cancellations in Calgary and around the province.
An intense winter storm pounded central and southern Alberta Monday prompting Environment Canada to issue blizzard and winter storm warnings for many locales.
Snow accumulation of 15 to 25 centimetres is expected in most areas by this morning.
The storm forced the cancellation or delay of 100 flights in Calgary.
Chris Mazza Under Attack
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 3:10pm
The opposition at Queen's Park says it wants the governing Liberals to take a look at the Public Salary Disclosure system.
This after it was reported that former ORNGE CEO Chris Mazza earned more than $9.3-million in his last six years on the job.
Tory MPP Frank Klees says his salary wasn't even declared on the so-called Sunshine List.
Klees believes other salaries are being hidden.
The Conservatives say the governing Liberals should get back every dollar that was paid to the ousted CEO.
PC Leader Tim Hudak says he can't fathom why Health Minister Deb Matthews should keep her job after so much public money went to the former head of Ontarioís troubled air ambulance service.
Province Unveils Long Term Energy Plan
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 3:07pm
Put away some more money to pay your hydro bill.
The Provincial government has unveiled its long-term energy strategy and you can expect to pay up to 33% more.
By 2016, the average monthly bill is expected to jump to $167 per month.
The average monthly bill right now is roughly $125 a month
Critics say within 20-years, the average bill will skyrocket to $210 per month.
The Wynne government is instead introducing programs aimed an encouraging ratepayers to use less power.
Their plans include a new program to offer loans for renovations to boost energy efficiency with the payback cost added to the monthly hydro bill.
There are also plans for a program to allow each ratepayer to view their electricity usage rates compared and contrasted with their neighbours.
The government says though rates are going up, they are not as high as predicted in the last energy plan released three years ago.
That's thanks in part to the billions the government will save by deciding not to build two nuclear plants.
Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli is defending the energy plan.
Chiarelli says the strategy forecasts $70 billion in savings by 2030.
Holiday Train Thrills Area Residents
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 1:34pm
Spirits were high in Dryden this afternoon as the CP Holiday Train entertained hundreds of kids of all ages.
Juno Award winners Melanie Doane and Crystal Shawanda put on a great show but the big winner was the Dryden Food Bank.
CP Rail made a surprising $6,000 donation to the Food Bank.
Manager Doug Robertson says they are doing well this year for donations but stresses they are always in need of more.
Robertson adds any time they can get attention, it helps their clients.
He notes help is always needed during the Christmas season.
Robertson says they service 80-120 clients a week.
The festive locomotive also made stops in Ignace and will also be making a stop in Vermilion Bay.
Fort Frances Staring At Increased OPP Costs
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 10:59am
Policing costs once again at the forefront in northwestern Ontario.
Fort Frances is reporting increased policing costs in 2014.
Estimates from the Ontario Provincial Police peg the cost at more than $2.8-million.
That's over $200,000 more than what was estimated for this year, and $300,000 more than what the town actually paid in 2012.
An 8.5% raise for officers that kicks in next year is identified as the main reason for the hike.
Chamber Of Commerce Pleased With 2013
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 10:23am
Interest in the Dryden Chamber of Commerce is picking up.
The Chamber is celebrating a rise in membership and board of directors.
The Chamber is welcoming 5 new people to its Board of Directors.
Chair Stefanie Armstrong notes they are seeing growth in the community and new businesses being started.
The Chamber is also sitting pretty financially with a $2,000 surplus.
Armstrong says they are looking to build on the success of 2013 with the launching of a business retention and expansion survey.
She notes it's a great opportunity for the business community and the Chamber to set goals to move forward.
Regional Program Needs Your Vote
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 10:13am
A regional self esteem and empowerment retreat for young women has made the semi-finals in the Aviva Community Fund Competition.
Voting starts on December 2nd and you can vote once a day.
Renee Martin-Brown is the Coordinator of "I Am Awesome! (And I Know It) and says they are trying to secure long-term funding to continue the program.
The retreat addresses a number of issues including peer pressure, positive body image, confidence building and bullying.
19-women participated in the first ever retreat last year, including three from Red Lake and one from Dryden.
The retreat provides confidence in young women aged 10 to 14.
To vote for the regional program go to www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf17336
More information is also available at www.i-am-awesome.ca or on Facebook at I Am Awesome And I Know It Self Esteem Retreat for Young Women.
KPMG Set To Release Final Report
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 10:07am
Major changes may be on the horizon in Dryden.
Dryden City Council will hear Tuesday the final report from KPMG.
The Sudbury-based consulting group has been dissecting City operations and services for the past couple of months in a bid to get the municipality back on track financially.
The firm has warned of major changes but Council isn't required to implement the suggestions of KPMG.
KPMG has identified $5.6-million in reductions but admits that reaching that target is unrealistic.
The firm has found $2.65-million in operating efficiencies and $200,000 in service level reductions
The final suggestions will be made during an open meeting at 6:30.
Personal and labour relations recommendations will be presented at a closed door meeting the same night.
'Stuff A Cruiser' Being Held Saturday In S.L.
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 9:04am
Provincial Police in Sioux Lookout are hosting the 5th Annual 'Stuff a Cruiser' campaign on Saturday.
Police will be collecting kids toys and non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations.
Constable John Duguay says all donations go to the Adopt the Family program at the First Step Women's Shelter.
'Stuff a Cruiser' is being held at the Red Apple from 10 until 1 and Johnny's Food Market from 1 until 4.
Donations can be dropped off at both locations prior to the event.
You can also drop off items at the OPP Detachment.
Daring Rescue On Mount McKay In Thunder Bay
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 8:33am
Fire crews in Thunder Bay were put to the test on the weekend after a man got stuck on Mount McKay.
Firefighters spent more than 8-hours fighting dark and slippery conditions and wicked terrain to rescue the 24-year-old.
Officials say the man was attempting a speed-wing parachute jump when something went wrong and he crashed.
He is now in hospital with multiple injuries.
Thunder Bay Fire Chief John Hay says the man will not have to pay the costs for his rescue.
Hay says even though the effort lasted 8 hours, and was one of the most complex they've ever done, charging someone isn't normal practice.
Hay adds the extra costs for the risky rescue were minimal, amounting to overtime for some off duty technicians
Province Touting Highway And Bridge Upgrades
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 8:31am
The Ontario government is boasting about its work on northern Ontario roads this year.
The government says 5,500 construction jobs were created and several projects were completed.
Some of the major work included the resurfacing of Highway 72 and 516 in Sioux Lookout.
The government also replaced several bridges in the Dryden area including the Little Wabigoon River bridge, Melgund River bridge and the Nugget Creek bridge.
Officials say the upgrades will improve the safety of motorists.
Cold November With No End In Sight
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 8:27am
It was a chilly November in Dryden.
The average temperature last month was minus 7.7, the coldest so far this century.
The coldest November on record was in 1995 when the average temperature for the month was minus 11.1.
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw warns it's not going to get a lot better.
Laidlaw says you can expect overnight lows of minus 25 and daytime highs of minus 18 late this week.
Holiday Train Arrives Today
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 8:23am
The CP Holiday Train makes its annual stop in northwestern Ontario today.
The festive locomotive raises funds and donations for area Food Banks.
Dryden Food Bank Manager Doug Robertson is encouraging everyone to come out and enjoy the music and entertainment.
The feature performers for the trip are Juno Award winners Melanie Doane and Crystal Shawanda.
Santa will also be on board.
The Holiday Train stops in Ignace at 9:45, Dryden at noon, Vermilion Bay at 1:45 and Kenora at 3:45.
Standoff In Lac Seul Ends Peacefully
By CKDR News - December 2nd, 2013 - 8:20am
A 28-year-old man has been arrested following a 14-hour standoff at a home in Frenchman's Head.
Lac Seul Police were notified of a domestic dispute shortly after midnight Sunday and Provincial Police in Sioux Lookout provided support.
OPP say the man barricaded himself inside his home and wasn't responding to police requests to exit the residence.
Police say there were also fears that the man had firearms in the residence.
Roadblocks were set up within the community and nine area homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Crisis negotiators were brought in and the man was arrested around 3:20 Sunday afternoon without incident.
The unidentified man is in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
Residents that were evacuated were allowed back in their homes and the roadblocks have been taken down.
Heart To Heart Talk Between Gravelle And Cliffs
By CKDR News - November 29th, 2013 - 11:37am
The Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle says recent talks with Cliffs Natural Resources went well.
Gravelle says they talked about the future of the company and their plans for the Ring of Fire.
Gravelle says the company still has great interest in the project, even though they have suspended operations.
He says he looks forward to future conversations with Cliffs President Bill Boor.
Major Achievement For Dryden Resident
By CKDR News - November 29th, 2013 - 11:35am
There's a new player on the local financial scene.
Dryden's Allison Church has passed one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations and is now a chartered accounted.
Church completed her 30-month Uniform Evaluation with flying colours.
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario President Rod Barr says qualifying to become a Chartered Professional Accountant is a very challenging process and the resulting career is rich in rewards and opportunities.
Barr says the designation is known for superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership.
'Safe Welcome Program' Introduced In Area Schools
By CKDR News - November 29th, 2013 - 10:12am
Changes are coming to elementary schools across the Keewatin-Patricia School District.
Visitors will be required to buzz in starting on December 2nd.
The video intercom systems allows school officials in the main office to see who is at the front door.
They will be also be able to communicate with the visitor.
Some schools have already been using the video intercom system this year.
The initiative is being funded by the Ministry of Education.
The Public School Board says the move will improve the safety of students and staff.
Crashes Continue On Highway 17 And Other Roads
By CKDR News - November 29th, 2013 - 10:03am
Motorists are still not getting the message to slow down and adjust to the changing road conditions.
Minor injuries are being reported in an early morning crash on Highway 17, near Basic Machining.
A car left the highway and flipped over in the ditch around 8 o'clock.
The Dryden Fire Service and Police are reporting several collisions the past couple of days due to the weather.
Some of the injuries were considered serious.
Machin Fire has also been dealing with several crashes with injuries, most involving transports.
Big Promotion For Former Northwestern Ont. Cop
By CKDR News - November 29th, 2013 - 8:30am
An Ontario Provincial Police officer, who started his policing career in northwestern Ontario, is now the Service's new Deputy Commissioner.
Brad Blair has been promoted from the rank of Chief Superintendent.
The 27-year-veteran with the OPP first worked in Red Lake and Sioux Lookout.
WSIB Confirms Resolute Facing Discipline
By CKDR News - November 29th, 2013 - 8:24am
The troubles continue for the Resolute Forest Products sawmill in Thunder Bay.
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board confirms that Resolute is facing four counts of failing to report work related incidents within three days.
Officials aren't confirming the exact safety issues that are involved, saying they are now before the provincial offences court.
Resolute in Thunder Bay shut down for a couple of days last week due to safety issues.
P-SAC Ready To Represent NAPS Officers
By CKDR News - November 29th, 2013 - 8:20am
It's being called a precedent setting decision.
The Canadian Labour Relations Board has ruled that officers with the Nishnawbe Aski Police can be represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
P-SAC spokesperson Sharon DeSousa says they can now move forward with negotiations on a new contract.
DeSousa says they've been waiting to negotiate for a year and a half and officers have been frustrated with a lack of progress on several issues.
Nishnawbe-Aski Police officers are currently going through arbitration.
DeSousa says P-SAC can also begin working on outstanding grievances and issues with NAPS.
She adds that the ruling will affect other aboriginal police services across the province, including the Treaty Three Police.
Winnipeg Man Arrested In Sioux Lookout
By CKDR News - November 29th, 2013 - 8:12am
A 37-year-old man has been arrested in a drug investigation in Sioux Lookout.
Provincial Police executed a search warrant at the Sunset Inn Thursday.
As a result of the investigation, police charged Osama Zeid of Winnipeg with 3-counts of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.
Zeid remains in custody.
Highway 17 Now Open
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 4:12pm
Highway 17 is now open to both lanes of traffic between Vermilion Bay and the Highway 17-71 junction.
Highway has been closed for most of the day due to a string of motor vehicle collisions.
Young Woman Charged In Death Of Elderly Man
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 4:11pm
A fatality on Shoal Lake #40 First Nation has resulted in second degree murder charges against a 23-year-old woman.
Provincial Police assisted Treaty 3 Police in the investigation into the Tuesday afternoon death.
Emergency personnel arrived to a home and found a deceased male.
He has been identified as 83-year-old James Redsky.
The cause of death hasn't been released.
Police say Katelyn Skead is in custody and due in court on Friday.
Both the victim and accused are from Shoal Lake #40.
Police continue to investigate.
Dryden Fire Services Supporting New Rules
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 3:57pm
The Dryden Fire Service is fully supportive of a new law requiring carbon monoxide alarms in all Ontario homes.
A private members bill put forward four years ago by Tory MPP Ernie Hardeman has gained final approval in the legislature.
Fire Chief Ken Kurz says it's an important step in keeping residents safe.
Kurz says most local homeowners already have a working alarm.
He notes carbon monoxide calls are very common for the Dryden Fire Service and probably surpass fire alarm calls.
Kurz warns that the life of a carbon monoxide detector is only about 7-years.
He admits enforcing the new rule will be difficult and notes they will be embarking on a public awareness campaign.
Carbon monoxide detectors are currently only required in homes constructed after 2001.
National Chief Addresses First Nations Education
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 3:46pm
National Chief Shawn Atleo is addressing First Nations issues with aboriginal leaders.
Atleo says he has felt widespread support from communities wanting to have more of an influence on education.
He says they must achieve First Nations control of aboriginal education and must reject the current federal proposal.
Atleo notes the current plan is what they had in the residential school era and stresses that's unacceptable.
Atleo stresses there's no financial guarantee for children and no guarantee of First Nations culture and language.
He adds there's a shortage of schools across the northwest and says kids in Pikangikum are being turned away because there's no room for them.
Manitoba Man Dies In Three Transport Crash
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 11:50am
A 57-year-old Manitoba man has been identified as the victim of a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 17 between Vermilion Bay and Kenora.
Provincial Police say three tractor trailer units collided near Percy Lake, about 20-kilometres east of the Highway 71 junction just before midnight Wednesday.
Police say an eastbound transport collided with a westbound tractor trailer unit, while a third westbound transport hit the north ditch in an effort to avoid the crash.
OPP say Benjamin Bueckert of Gladstone was a passenger in the eastbound vehicle and he died from his injuries.
The driver of the same transport is in hospital with serious injuries.
No one else was injured and the investigation continues.
Highway 17 was closed for several hours as a result of the crash.
Province Looking At Long-Term Care Needs
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 11:25am
Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews says she plans to meet with the Chiefs of Ontario in the new year to discuss long-term care needs in remote aboriginal communities.
Matthews tells CBC News that she wants to find a model that meets the needs of seniors and first nations.
She says the plan must be tailored to the specific northern communities.
These new discussions come six years after the province first launched its Aging At Home strategy, a program that aims to provide home care and support services for seniors who want to remain in their communities.
The province supports four long-term care homes in First Nation communities in southern Ontario, but there are no such facilities in remote northern Ontario communities.
Matthews admits that providing long-term care in remote northern areas is not the same as providing care in the south.
Kenora MP Not Impressed With Province
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 9:25am
The federal minister responsible for the Ring of Fire says he's not amused by some of the rhetoric coming out of Queen's Park this week.
Greg Rickford is responding to premier Wynne's invitation to come to the table to discuss the massive mining development.
Rickford says they've been a willing participant all along.
The Kenora MP says he's always had a good working relationship with Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle, and is accusing the premier of politicizing the Ring of Fire.
Rickford notes the provincial government hasn't really consulted anyone on the project.
Rickford claims the federal government, Cliffs, and NorOnt were not consulted prior to the province announcing the creation of the development corporation for the Ring of Fire.
Police Asking Motorists To Take It Easy Out There
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 9:19am
The Dryden Police Service is asking motorists to take it easy on the roads.
Several minor collisions have been reported in recent days and things aren't getting any better.
Chief Rob Davis says motorists should use common sense and drive according to the conditions.
Davis says the roads look snow packed but stresses it's glaring ice under the blanket of white stuff.
Man Charged More Than One Year After Death
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 9:13am
A 26-year-old Seine River First Nation man has been charged with second degree murder in connection with last year's death of 45-year-old Leo Whitecrow.
The charges come more than a year after Whitecrow's body was discovered inside a room at the Mid-Town Motel in Fort Frances.
Provincial Police Sergeant Shelly Garr says a one year investigation resulting in charges isn't unusual.
Garr says Peter Deafy will appear in court today.
The cause of Whitecrow's death has not yet been revealed.
Lac Seul First Nation Showcases New Arena
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 9:10am
The Chief of Lac Seul First Nation says the new state-of-the-art arena in their community will help keep youth active, healthy and doing positive things.
Clifford Bull showcased the spectacular facility Wednesday night during the first ever junior hockey game to be played in Lac Seul.
Bull says the game was a perfect way to motivate kids and allow them to dream about a possible future in hockey.
He hopes that it helped encourage more kids to lace up the skates.
The English River Miners and Dryden Ice Dogs both have one member on their team from Lac Seul First Nation.
Barry King is the Events Centre Manager and he says the facility has been a huge hit.
King says the Ice Dogs-Miners game was the first major event in the building and he was pleased with the response from the community.
The arena and conference centre opened in April and already more than 80-kids are enrolled in the first ever Lac Seul Minor Hockey program.
Provincial Funding For Two Projects
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 8:59am
The provincial government is shelling out over $1.2-million to a couple of first nations in northwestern Ontario.
Bearskin Lake will receive $750,000 to help expand its community centre.
The $1.4-million project is scheduled to be completed next year.
Meanwhile, the Big Island First Nation on Lake of the Woods near Morson has been promised just over $500,000 for a new 7,000 square foot business centre.
The $1.5-million facility will include a grocery store, a gift shop, a gas bar and post office.
Regional Chief Reject Education Act
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 8:56am
The Assembly of First Nation's Chief Shawn Atleo is speaking at a chiefs conference on the Fort William First Nation this morning.
Wednesday, Regional Chiefs rejected the Federal Government's Education Act.
They plan to implement their own education plan on a community level.
High Honours For Bearskin Executives
By CKDR News - November 28th, 2013 - 8:54am
Bearskin Airlines top executives are being honoured for their charity work.
President Harvey Friesen and Vice President Cliff Friesen have won the Jim Glass Humanitarian Award.
The award is presented by the Air Transport Association of Canada and Trans-west Air.
NOMA Holds Key Meeting With Premier
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 11:17am
The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is pleased with their recent meetings with the Premier and Natural Resources Minister.
President Dave Canfield says they spoke about energy needs in the north and the property reassessments on large industrial properties.
Canfield says the Premier agreed to work more closely with NOMA to move these concerns forward.
Canfield says talks with the MNR's David Orazietti went ok and notes there are still some struggling points with the forest industry.
NOMA also met with the leaders of the NDP and the Progressive Conservatives.
Bayfield Taking Winter Break
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 11:14am
Bayfield Ventures has stopped its drills for this season.
The company has been conducting an extensive exploration program on its Burns Block project, south of Kenora and adjacent to New Gold's gold project.
It says drilling has confirmed the widespread distribution of gold and silver in high grade shoots with the potential of further discoveries.
L-U Signs Aboriginal Agreement
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 11:05am
Lakehead University is signing an agreement with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation as well as several other First Nation groups.
The agreement is meant to set up a respectful working relationship regarding the Faculty of Law.
Aboriginal leaders will meet on a semi-annual basis to discuss issues relating to aboriginal perspectives of the law.
McIntosh Residential School Ceremony In Kenora
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 11:03am
It's a day of remembering in Kenora.
A commemoration ceremony is taking place today for residential school survivors.
The McIntosh Residential School operated north of Vermillion Bay from 1924 to 1965.
The building burned down in March of 1965 and students were dispersed to other schools.
The ceremony features a number of speakers who were students at the school.
The event wraps up tonight with entertainment.
Get Those Shovels Ready Once Again!
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 11:01am
Don't even think about putting the snow shovels away!
More snow is expected the next couple of days.
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says the winds will come from the north tonight and that will result in more snow.
Laidlaw says the cold weather will also blow in and we can expect another 2-5 centimetres of snow before we wake up tomorrow.
The snow is expected to continue off and on throughout Thursday.
There's a chance of flurries or snow over the next six days.
NOMA Asked To Help Vets Save Regional Office
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 9:30am
Veterans and members of the Public Service Alliance will be speaking to the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association today.
They're pushing for support to help keep the Federal Government from closing the regional Veterans Affairs Office.
World War II Veteran Roy Lamore says the move is going to mean hardships for veterans.
Lamore says the next office is 500-miles away and veterans can't afford to make that trip.
He adds vets would rather speak to someone in person, rather then deal with someone on the phone.
Lamore calls the move "disrespectful" and notes the government is "picking on veterans."
NOMA is considering a motion opposing the office closure in Thunder Bay and another eight across Canada.
Track Upgrades Receive $95,000 Boost
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 9:23am
Persistence has paid off for the Eagles on Track campaign.
After a couple of failed attempts, the organization has secured $95,000 in funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The money will help officials complete a rubberized track at Dryden High School.
Mike Wood says they managed to convince Trillium that an upgraded track is important for the community.
Wood says Dryden's response to the Kraft-TSN challenge this past summer was the clincher.
Dryden finished second in all of Canada in online votes during the one day blitz.
Wood says they are now $50,000 short of their fundraising goal and vows that the project will be completed by August.
He says the support has been amazing and notes they still have a couple of funding applications in with the federal government.
Looking At Strengthening Partnership
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 9:06am
Two of the largest educators in the region are looking at a closer working relationship.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board says its been in talks with Confederation College about partnering on some projects.
Director of Education Sean Monteith says they are looking at opportunities in both Sioux Lookout and Red Lake.
Monteith adds that Con College could be a potential partner when they eventually move ahead with the construction of a new high school in Sioux Lookout.
The province has indicated that forming partnerships will improve the likelihood of funding.
Monteith says they've talked about leasing classroom space at their schools in Pickle Lake and Ignace, which not only benefits the college, but potentially opens up more course opportunities for high school
After Hours Changes At Sioux Lookout Hospital
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 9:03am
The Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre is out with some changes to after hours and weekend access.
All access to the hospital after 6pm on weekdays and weekends will be through the emergency entrance only.
The change takes effect December 1st.
Officials say an emergency department clerk is on hand 24-hours a day, seven days a week to assist anyone who is accessing the building.
Officials say the changes are to address the accessibility and safety of their patients.
Ring Of Fire Continues To Dominate Discussions
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 9:00am
The Progressive Conservatives are continuing to blame the Liberal government for stalling the Ring of Fire mining development in northern Ontario.
PC MPP Norm Miller says the government should assign one minister to handle the project.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says it's impossible for one government department to cover all aspects of the project.
Miller adds the government has set up too much red tape to make any progress.
Auditor Looks At First Nations Emergencies
By CKDR News - November 27th, 2013 - 8:55am
Canada's auditor suggests the federal government should be spending more money to prevent emergencies on first nations.
In his annual fall report, Michael Ferguson says the government tends to spend money targeted for capital projects to fund emergency assistance.
Ferguson says the department of Aboriginal Affairs is in a cycle of reacting to emergencies and isn't focusing on what can be done to prevent them.
He notes 99% of the $450-million spent on emergencies over the past four years has been spent on response, and just 1% on prevention.
Ferguson's report also suggests that outdated or missing emergency plans are putting first nation communities at risk.
Police Asking Folks To Leave Car On The Driveway
By CKDR News - November 26th, 2013 - 1:58pm
Expect to get a ticket if you park on the street overnight this winter.
Dryden Police Chief Rob Davis says they are beefing up enforcement.
Several people have been leaving their vehicle on the street and that has hindered snow clearing operations.
Davis says they have been inundated with calls from folks complaining about the practice.
Davis says they want to ensure the roads stay clear so motorists and pedestrians stay safe.
He notes that this has become a hot button issue.
NDP Addressing By-Election Results
By CKDR News - November 26th, 2013 - 12:19pm
Thunder Bay Rainy River MPP John Rafferty is weighing in on the results of last night's federal by-elections.
The Liberals retook Toronto Centre and the Montreal riding of Bourassa while the Conservatives reclaimed two Manitoba ridings.
Rafferty says the NDP have no regrets.
Rafferty notes it's too soon to say if last night's election results will be an indicator of how the next Federal Election will go.
Opposition Mounts Over Decision To Hire Mazza
By CKDR News - November 26th, 2013 - 12:17pm
The Wynne government is getting hammered over the decision by the Health Science's Centre in Thunder Bay to hire former Ornge CEO Chris Mazza for work in the emergency room.
Progressive Conservative Frank Klees is especially critical of the move since Mazza had such a tainted past with the provincial air ambulance service.
Klees calls the hiring of Mazza a complete disrespect for the taxpayers of the province.
Health Minister Deb Matthews says the decision to hire Mazza was a local one.
(Picture: Frank Klees)
Hospital Gridlock Hits Queen's Park
By CKDR News - November 26th, 2013 - 12:15pm
The gridlock at the Thunder Bay Health Sciences Centre is garnering attention at Queen's Park.
NDP Health Critic France Gelinas says she wants the Health Minister to take a closer look at where the medical system is failing.
Gelinas says the province needs to provide additional long-term care beds and expand home care coverage.
Gelinas feels if there were more community supports available, people wouldn't have to rely so heavily on the hospital's emergency department.
Grits Discuss Issues In Thunder Bay
By CKDR News - November 26th, 2013 - 9:02am
Provincial Liberals gathered in Thunder Bay on the weekend to share ideas.
A number of northern Ontario issues were discussed and ideas included strengthening tele-health services and creating a Far North Advisory council.
Other issues of concern were electricity and education.
Regional Vice-President Anthony Leek says party membership is on the rise.
The Liberals are giving members an extra week to submit ideas and vote for suggestions.
MPP Taking Highway Concerns To Toronto
By CKDR News - November 26th, 2013 - 8:54am
Local residents are being urged to speak up about the state of road conditions in northwestern Ontario.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is taking to social media to bring our concerns to Queens Park.
Campbell has put out a Facebook message asking constituents to share their stories about the state of local highways.
Campbell is asking residents to message her, contact her constituency office or e-mail her directly.
She's responding to Transportation Minister Glen Murray's promise to come to northwestern Ontario and talk to local road maintenance contractors if the situation
Crash Victims Officially Identified
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 2:28pm
Provincial Police in Red Lake have officially released the names of the 5 victims in the Bearskin Airlines crash.
Police confirm 25-year-old Aniruddh Sawant, 34-year-old Peter Traczuk, 53-year-old Anna Johannesson, 53-year old Peter Struk, and 64-year-old Sharron Taylor died when the plane crashed short of the runway in Red Lake.
2 other passengers survived the crash.
The Transportation Safety Board is continuing their investigation into what caused the accident.
RIDE Check Results In No Charges
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 1:33pm
A good start to the festive ride season.
Dryden Police and Provincial Police conducted a one day RIDE program on Saturday.
Police say no infractions were noted and no warnings were issued.
Motorists are reminded to plan ahead this holiday season and leave your vehicle at home if you think you will be drinking.
Police did charge one motorist on the weekend.
38-year-old Dino Tate faces three charges, including driving while disqualified.
PC Leader Attacking Liberals On Job Plan
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 12:59pm
Ontario's Progressive Conservatives say they've lost all trust in the Liberals and Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Tim Hudak says his party agreed to allow a number of bills to move forward in hopes of seeing a jobs plan for the province.
And Hudak says the recent decision by Cliffs Natural Resources to suspend operations in the Ring of Fire is the cap to his disgust.
Hudak notes development of the Ring of Fire could be as important as the oilsands in Alberta and potash in Saskatchewan.
Winnipeg Hunter Slapped With Hefty Fine
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 12:13pm
A Winnipeg man has been fined $1,500 for illegally exporting deer from northwestern Ontario.
Leonard Rivers pleaded guilty to the charge as well as providing false information to a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer.
Court heard that Rivers told officers he had not hunted during the fall of 2012.
However, an investigation found that Rivers obtained a non-resident deer hunting licence and harvested an antlered white-tailed deer north of Kenora.
Court heard that Rivers butchered the deer and transported the meat to Manitoba by train, even though he didn't have a permit to do so.
Stabbing In Sioux Lookout
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 12:11pm
A 37-year-old woman has been charged in relation to a stabbing in Sioux Lookout.
Provincial Police responded to a disturbance at the Out of the Cold Shelter on Saturday night.
Police say two residents of the shelter started to argue, and one of the residents stabbed the other several times.
The victim was treated and released from hospital with injuries.
OPP say Ruby Capay of Sioux Lookout remains in custody and will appear in court on Wednesday.
Minister Asking Feds To Get On Board
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 12:10pm
Kenora MP Greg Rickford is being asked to take part in a one-on-one meeting to discuss the future of the Ring of Fire development in the Far North.
Ontario's Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle has made the request in an open letter to Rickford.
Gravelle states in the letter that the Ontario Government has asked the Federal Government to step to the plate with support but notes the call has gone unanswered.
Gravelle says the province is prepared to make substantial investment in the project but says they need the federal government to come to the table with matching funds.
The project has stalled with the temporary departure of one of the main players, Cliffs Natural Resources.
Mental Health Nurses In Sioux Lookout/Red Lake
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 12:06pm
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is addressing mental health and addictions needs in Sioux Lookout and Red Lake.
The Board has placed a nurse in Queen Elizabeth High School and Red Lake District High School to help students.
Director of Education Sean Monteith says the nurses will provide short-term assessment.
Monteith notes the position will evolve in scope and the nurses will act as a front-line defence for support and intervention.
Monteith says Red Lake and Sioux Lookout were selected because the Board felt they had the greatest need.
He adds mental health and addictions issues are often linked and are particularly prevalent in the northwest.
The nurses are funded by the provincial government.
Changes Made Following 2012 Crash
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 11:59am
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says Keystone Air Service has addressed several of their concerns.
The TSB has wrapped up its investigation into a fatal plane crash at North Spirit Lake in 2012.
A build-up of ice was a main factor in the fiery crash and Peter Hildebrand says the operator has made changes to address the issue.
Hildebrand says an icing policy has been implemented to help pilots make better decisions during adverse weather conditions.
Hildebrand adds Keystone Air has revised its operational manuals and amended its flight training record-keeping procedures.
As well the North Spirit airport now has an approved instrument approach procedure which was missing at the time of the crash.
Agreement Reached With Lac Des Milles Lac
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 11:56am
An area First Nation is giving its blessing to a gold project in the Atikokan area.
Lac Des Milles Lac First Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bold Ventures.
Executive Vice-President David Graham says it pertains to its Wilcorp project, which is still in its infancy.
Graham says the deal allows for job and business development opportunities.
He adds the main goal is that the First Nation is involved in the consultation process as well as the development stage.
There is no word on when drilling will start.
Hospital Gridlock Forces Cancellation Of Surgery
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 11:05am
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has cancelled some elective surgeries due to gridlock.
The cancellations took place last week, after three weeks of ongoing gridlock, a situation where there are no beds for patients waiting for admission.
The hospital is funded for only 386 beds but is now using 440.
Three elective surgeries had to be cancelled last week because there were no beds for patients waiting admission.
Public Board Monitoring Cyberbullying
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 10:17am
The Federal government has an ally in its recent crackdown on cyberbullying.
Keewatin-Patricia District School Board Director of Education Sean Monteith says the Board is more then ready to enact its powers to end the damaging practise.
Monteith says the Board has disciplinary powers to act if a student is bullied on-line after school hours.
The Conservative government introduced measures to curb cyber-bullying attacks this week on Parliament Hill.
Monteith says they have been working community partners to address the issue and find possible solutions.
He notes on-line bullying needs constant attention and vigilance 24-hours a day.
Monteith notes the Board hasn't seen an increase in complaints since students were handed an I-pad or netbook at school.
Feds Out With Gas Tax Plan For First Nations
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 10:14am
First Nations communities will have more access to infrastructure funding under a new Federal program.
Funding of $155-million over 10-years will be allocated under the First Nation Infrastructure Fund starting in 2014-2105.
It's part of the $2-billion Canadian Gas Tax Fund.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt says the money will go to five main areas including energy, solid waste, planning and skills development, roads and bridges and connectivity.
Valcourt notes the goal is to ensure both on and off reserve communities become stronger.
Common Voice Reacts To Regional Energy Plan
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 10:12am
The Co-Chair of the Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force says the provincial announcement to convert the Thunder Bay generating station is "like half a loaf of bread".
Iain Angus says the government will only operate half of the plant for 5-years using advanced biomass.
Angus says in the short term, the station will remain operating and retain existing staff, however notes the long term still is cloudy.
He notes the province is only keeping 15,000 tonnes of fuel, or enough for 2% of their capacity.
Angus stresses the north still doesn't have the power it needs and it won't be enough to operate the mines the north wants in production in 2016.
He stresses the period between 2016 and 2020 is crucial when it comes to an increased level of supply in the region and without the full output of the generating station we won't be able to support new growth.
Angus says they will continue lobby efforts.
Health Unit Survery Underway
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 10:09am
The Northwestern Health Unit is reaching out to its partners to ensure they are delivering the proper health care services to local residents.
More than 100 organizations and agencies across the district will start receiving phone calls starting on Monday in a short, confidential survey.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Perrault says they will be contacting their partners from health, education, social services and other agencies.
Perrault says the goal is building ideas and developing strategies to make area communities healthier.
The survey will also be used to measure the success of the 2013-2016 strategic plan.
To view the strategic plan visit www.nwhu.on.ca
Red Lake Crash Still Under Investigation
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 10:05am
Not much is new in the Bearskin Airlines Flight 311 investigation.
The aircraft was en route from Sioux Lookout to Red Lake when it crashed just before reaching the Red Lake Airport on November 10th.
Transportation Safety Board Spokesperson Peter Hildebrand says investigators are still examining the engine and propeller parts in Winnipeg.
They will then be shipped out for analysis.
Hildebrand says there were snow showers in the area, but a special weather observation taken right after the crash showed conditions weren't unusual.
'Flavour Gone' Bulking Up To Battle Smoking
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 10:03am
The 'Flavour Gone' campaign is hoping there's strength in numbers.
The group has merged with the southern Ontario based 'Freeze the Industry' campaign.
Catherine Kiewning is the Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Northwestern Health Unit and she they are holding a rally at Parliament Hill on Monday.
Kiewning says they want to bring their message to a national level and will be lobbying for the ban of all flavoured tobacco as well as a moratorium on all new and existing tobacco products in Canada.
'Flavour Gone' has had a good relationship with key politicians and Kiewning hopes the new group will continue to draw the support of MPP's and MP's.
KDSB Almost Set To Release Homelessness Plan
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 9:57am
The Kenora District Services Board says it will meet its deadline to submit a homelessness plan to the province.
The Board has been hard at work on the plan for over a year.
KDSB Chair Barry Baltesson says the report is pretty much complete.
Baltesson says they've seen the executive summary and are pleased with the recommendations.
He says the 10-year homelessness plan will be presented to the Board of Directors on December 12th.
The plan will then be submitted to the province in January.
Baltesson says what they've been doing hasn't worked and the report reflects needed changes.
Ministry Of Education Looking At Changes
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 9:52am
The Ministry of Education is once again asking local school boards to find cost savings.
A letter has been sent out to school boards in the region advising of a new consultation process to find efficiencies and save money.
About a year and a half ago, the Ministry of Education indicated it was going to look at possible school board amalgamations in the region in a cost-savings measure.
That initiative was eventually scrapped after the Liberals began looking for a new leader for their party.
This time around the Ministry has not indicated its looking at board amalgamations.
Instead technology has been listed as one of the ways of trying to save money, using things such as e-books instead of textbooks.
The Ministry began holding meetings on November 18th, but so far local trustees have not been asked to attend any of the sessions.
Bravery Awards Handed To Three Dryden Officers
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 9:47am
Three members of the Dryden Police Service have been recognized at a provincial level.
Constable Terry Menard, Constable Denise Szachury and Constable Jonathon Allen receiced the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery award at a ceremony in Toronto on the weekend.
The award is the province's highest honour for police officers who demonstrate outstanding courage on duty.
The three were recognized for saving the life of a drowning victim.
TSB Out With List Of Recommendations
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 9:22am
Transport Canada is being asked to implement three recommendations stemming from an investigation into a fatal plane crash in North Spirit Lake in 2012.
Transportation Safety Board of Canada Spokesperson Peter Hildebrand says they are asking for crew management training for all commuter pilots as well as implementing a strategy to reduce the risk of major fires following a crash.
Hildebrand is also calling for the installation of flight recording systems on board all small commercial aircraft.
Four people died in the crash.
Nuclear Repository Sites Narrowed Down
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 9:18am
The Township of Ignace has moved on to the second phase of a study to establish a host site for used nuclear fuel.
Nuclear Waste Management Organization Spokesperson Michael Krizanc says the next step is a more intensive public review.
He says the review will involve outside communities and First Nations.
Krizanc notes they will be conducting aerial surveys, field work and drilling.
He says they have to ensure everything meets safety and technical requirements.
Krizanc says there's no timeline attached to the second phase as they want to make sure everything is done right.
Schreiber is the only other northern community to advance to the second phase.
Ear Falls didn't advance to the next round
Krizanc notes the decision was based on a number of assessments done on a social, safety and technical level.
New Committee Looking At FASD
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 9:07am
Service providers throughout the region are tackling Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Creight Youth Services Director Jack Martin says area providers are forming a new committee aimed at helping everyone affected by the disorder.
Martin says FASD has a huge impact in northwestern Ontario and it's not managed properly.
He says there's a wealth of knowledge in this region and they need everyone to pull together to find a solution to the problem.
Martin says the committee will have reach throughout the Kenora and Rainy River districts, along with Treaty 3 and Nishnawbe-Aski Nation territory.
Martin stresses FASD is a lifelong illness and that early detection can prevent people from falling into substance abuse and mental health issues.
He notes only recently was FASD recognized provincially and they had to go to Western Canada for expertise on the subject.
Supreme Court Looking At Ruling
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 9:02am
The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to review the case of the Crown versus Kokopenace.
Clifford Kokopenace had his manslaughter conviction overturned back in 2008 because of a lack of aboriginal jurors at his trial.
The provincial government has appealed the decision all the way to the Supreme Court, but has also been working to address the problem of first nation representation on jury rolls.
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says it has asked for intervener status in the landmark case.
Private Members Bill On Energy Retailers Presented
By CKDR News - November 25th, 2013 - 9:01am
Fixed electricity contracts could be a thing of the past if the NDP has its way.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell has introduced a private members bill targeting energy retailers.
Campbell says the sales tactics of energy retailers are one of the most common complaints received by her office.
She says seniors and those on fixed incomes are being "roped" into signing these agreements and are being convinced that they will save money in the long run.
Campbell suggests that retailers are bullying local residents.
A recent report by Ontario's Auditor General found that about 15% of homeowners have signed energy contracts, but are paying anywhere from 35-65% more for their electricity.