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Dryden Motorcyclist Dies Afer Collision

By CKDR News - July 22nd, 2014 - 1:57pm

PhotoA Dryden man has passed away after being injured in a collision Monday morning.
Daniel Beduik, 37, succumbed to his injuries in hospital in Thunder Bay.
Ontario Provincial Police say an SUV was turning westbound onto Highway 17 from Bedworth Road and struck Beduik, who was travelling east on his motorcycle.
The driver of the SUV, Madelaine Areseneaul of Dryden has been charged with failure to yield.

Council Approves Debt Restructuring Plan

By CKDR News - July 22nd, 2014 - 8:48am

One Dryden Councillor isn't pleased with a decision to restructure the debt of the Sewage Treatment Plant and the Wabigoon Lift Station.
Sid Wintle was the only one to vote against the move Monday night, stressing it would put nothing but stress on the next Council in 2016-2017.
The restructuring would require the City to pay roughly $2.6-million in the final two years of the loans and Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie says he's confident they will be able to pay the tab.
Larabie says they will be in a better position due to current restructuring, the closure of the Communications Centre as well as annual Gas Tax funding.
Preliminary numbers presented indicate the City stands to save $1.2-million and $1.9-million in 2015-2016 with the moves.
Larabie stresses they only have $26,000 in reserves in the event of an emergency and states this move will free up $1.43-million dollars over the next two years.
The City will have to pay an additional $143,000 in order to restructure the two debentures.
The term of the loans hasn't changed.

Forest Fire Hazard Expected To Rise

By CKDR News - July 22nd, 2014 - 8:40am

Sunny weather forecast for the rest of the week could see the fire hazard rise across the region.
Ministry of Natural Resources Information Officer Debbie MacLean says they are also tracking storm systems that could spark a blaze.
MacLean says they are anticipating new lightning caused fires.
She says they are ready to act at any time and have the personnel in place.
MacLean is also reminding the public to ensure all fires are put out properly.

NDP Says Province Is Blocking Power Plan

By CKDR News - July 22nd, 2014 - 8:34am

PhotoThe provincial government is refusing to pick up the tab on a new hydro transmission line to the Lac La Croix First Nation in northwestern Ontario.
The band had put a proposal in for a new hydro project.
But Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says it's the First Nation's responsibility for getting the hydro to the grid.
Chiarelli says the contract is very specific and having the province step in would set a dangerous precedent.
The province has put the cost of a new transmission line at $16-million, but the NDP is questioning those figures.
Energy Critic Mike Mantha says the band can't get the hydro to the main grid, without constructing a new transmission line.
Mantha says the project would generate clean power and economic opportunities.
(Picture: Bob Chiarelli)

Cross-Country Bike Ride To Raise Funds For Wells

By CKDR News - July 22nd, 2014 - 8:24am

PhotoDryden residents have rallied behind a cross-country bike trip in support of the Global Aid Network.
The four cyclists were able to raise over $5,000 during stops to the Mission, Full Gospel Church and at the Timber Community Church.
Rob Montgomery says GAIN has a proven track record with more than 850-wells providing clean water to 850,000 people in Africa.
Montgomery says it costs more than $8,000 to build a well and stresses the fundraising drive will go a long way.
Montgomery notes a World Health Organization report stated that a child dies once every 21-seconds from water bourn disease.
He adds GAIN also provides ongoing training to maintain the wells as well as reinvest in poor communities by building clinics and schools.
They started their trip in Victoria, B.C. on July 1st and plan to finish the trek August 23rd in St. John's, Newfoundland.
For more information visit www.cycling4water.ca

Tory Critic Raising Questions On Ring Of Fire

By CKDR News - July 22nd, 2014 - 8:18am

PhotoThe provincial Conservatives are asking for more details on the province's plan for the Ring of Fire.
Critic Norm Miller says no one seems to know what a newly created Development Corporation will be doing.
Miller is also asking the Liberals for clarification on what the government plans to do with a promised $1-billion for the giant mining project.
There's also questions being raised whether the province will move forward on an east-west corridor or a north-sound travel system.
Premier Kathleen Wynne isn't providing any concrete plans for the Ring of Fire, but did say they are still waiting for a commitment from the federal government for some matching dollars.

Government Suggesting Assistance For Airports

By CKDR News - July 22nd, 2014 - 8:16am

Premier Kathleen Wynne admits she's concerned about the potential impact the new aviation fuel tax will have on some of the smaller northern Ontario airports.
Wynne made the comment Monday in the Ontario Legislature.
She says they will be looking at individual situations in the north and will try to help them cope.
The opposition call the new airplane fuel tax a job killer that will see airlines leave Ontario for other jurisdictions, where aviation fuel is cheaper.

Cross-Country Walk For PTSD

By CKDR News - July 22nd, 2014 - 8:10am

PhotoTwo soldiers are marching across Canada in hopes of spreading a positive message about Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder.
Jason McKenzie and Steve Hartwig left Victoria, B.C. in June and are expected in Dryden Wednesday.
Hartwig says they want to change the public perception of the disease.
He says there is a lack of education about PTSD and he wants to help broaden the knowledge of the mental illness.
The ten week march will finish in St. John's, Newfoundland in late September.

Dingwall Ford Donates $4,500 To DRHC

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 1:56pm

PhotoDingwall Ford donated $4,500 to the Dryden Regional Health Centre in support of cancer care.
The money was the final tally from the "Drive One For Your Community" promotion that happened in May.

Concerns Raised On Sharing Bed With Infants

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 12:05pm

PhotoA recent study found that in a total of 8,207 deaths analyzed, the majority of the infants, 69%, were bed-sharing at the time of death.
The risks of adults sleeping with their infants included sudden unexpected death, entrapment, suffocation, falling and over-heating.
Public Health Nurse with the Northwestern Health Unit Twyla Berubay says the risks are higher when the caregiver smokes and drinks.
The recommended best sleep practice for infants is to place them on their backs on a firm mattress.

Health Unit Promoting 'Choose Wise' Initiative

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 12:02pm

Making sure you don't get sick when sitting down somewhere for a meal.
That's the main purpose of the Northwestern Health Unit 'Choose Wise' website.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young Hoon says the results of all inspections are now made public.
Hoon says any restaurant or public facility that serves food is held accountable.

Two Vehicle Collision Injures Motorcycle Driver

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 10:44am

PhotoHighway 17 at Bedworth Road has been fully re-opened.
Provincial Police in Dryden closed it earlier because of a two vehicle collision that occurred around 8 o clock this morning.
The Dryden Fire Service says an SUV was turning westbound and a motorcycle that was travelling eastbound were involved in the crash.
The driver of the bike, 37-year-old, Daniel Beduik of Dryden suffered serious injuries and has been airlifted to Thunder Bay for further treatment.
The driver of the SUV Madelaine Arseneault of Dryden was treated for minor injuries and released from hospital.
The incident is still under investigation.

Local Teen Charged In Serious Crash

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 10:32am

PhotoProvincial Police say alcohol was a factor in a serious crash Saturday morning on Highway 601.
OPP say a truck left the road around 1:30 near the intersection of McArthur Road, and crashed upside down into Johnny Macs.
The jaws of life were needed to rescue the three people trapped inside the vehicle.
OPP say a 19-year-old woman remains in hospital in serious condition.
The two others received minor injuries.
Police say 19-year-old Sawyer Kluke faces numerous charges, including impaired driving causing bodily harm and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm.
He has been released and will appear in court on September 15th.
All three people in the truck were from this area.

Local Hunters Secure Their Own T.V. Show

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 9:54am

PhotoIt truly is the "Real Deal" for local hunters Marc McNay and Denise Spalding.
The two were on the CKDR Morning Show today to announce that they finished second in the reality television show 'The Search.'
McNay says they have been selected to host their own show on Wild T.V. next fall.
He says the show will showcase northwestern Ontario and the opportunities available.
McNay says he has a T.V. concept in his head and notes he's also looking to expand his team.
He notes the show will go above harvesting animals and celebrating.
He adds filming is already underway and he's thankful for the support of local residents.
For more information visit www.therealdealwithmarc.com or visit them on Facebook.

Crash Has Forced Closure Of Highway 17

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 8:11am

PhotoHighway 17 at Bedworth Road remains closed due to a serious collision.
The crash in front of the OPP Detachment in Dryden was reported just before 8:30 this morning.
Police are investigating and traffic is being re-routed.
There are reports that a motorbike was involved.

Hot And Humid Weather Continues

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 8:04am

PhotoA tornado watch came and went Sunday with no major action.
The hot and humid weather did produce a large thunderstorm that dumped nearly 12-millimetres of rain in Ignace in less than an hour.
It will be another scorcher throughout the day with more thunderstorms expected tonight.
Dryden and Ignace could get 15-millimetres of rain with Atikokan and Fort Frances getting more.

Impaired Driving Concerns In Red Lake

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 8:01am

Drinking and driving is becoming an issue in the Red Lake area.
The OPP are reporting three recent cases of impaired driving.
A 36-year-old Sandy Lake man and a 25-year-old Balmertown man were both charged following traffic stops.
In the third case, a 60-year-old Red Lake man who was driving a dump truck on Highway 105 failed to move over for a police car.
Officers discovered he had been drinking.

More Local Help For Western Canada

By CKDR News - July 21st, 2014 - 7:59am

The Ministry of Natural Resources continues to provide support to western Canada.
Another 72 firefighters and 4 overhead staff were sent to Prince George, B.C. on Sunday.
There are now 464-personnel on assignment in the Northwest Territories, Alberta and B.C.
The MNR says additional help has been requested and more fire crews are expected to be heading west later this week.
There are 2-active fires in the Northwest region, both causing no problems in the far north.

Dryden Woman Hospitalized After Crash

By CKDR NEWS - July 19th, 2014 - 5:43pm

PhotoA young Dryden woman has been transported to Thunder Bay Hospital after an early morning crash on Highway 601 North of Dryden.

The unidentified woman was a passenger in a truck that went off the road, rolled and came to rest against a building.

Dryden Firefighters worked with the Oxdrift Fire Team, Northwest EMS and the Ontario Provincial Police for close to two hours to stabilize the scene and assist with patient extrication.

After being transported to Dryden Hospital, the woman was sent to Thunder Bay via Air Ambulance.

Dryden Detachment OPP are continuing the investigation and there is no word at this time on the woman's condition.

One Person Seriously Injured In Crash

By CKDR News - July 19th, 2014 - 12:09pm

A young woman has been airlifted to hospital in Thunder Bay with serious injuries following a single vehicle crash on Highway 601.
Provincial Police say the crash occurred around 3:30 Saturday morning.
No other details are being released at this time.

New Gold Prepares For Start Of Construction

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 12:31pm

PhotoNew Gold is getting ready for the eventual start of construction of its open pit mine north of Barwick.
Any work, though, is still several months away.
Environment Director Kyle Stanfield says they'll likely seek out suppliers for equipment and services very shortly and expects area business to benefit.
Along with the jobs from construction and mining, Stanfield says they foresee two to three thousand new jobs created in businesses related to the mine.

Police Chief Speaks Out About Idle Hands In Dryden

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 12:13pm

PhotoThe Dryden Police Service is asking residents to watch their own property and their neighbour's property.
The reminder comes following an active three weeks of thefts from vehicles, garages and sheds around town.
Chief Rob Davis says a lot of people that have been the victims, don't have any descriptors of the property.
Davis says if you have something with a make, model or serial number, take the time to write it down.
He also suggests activating motion detector lights and to lock all property.
Most of the crimes have occurred when people were away for the weekend.

Inflation Rate In Canada Shoots Up

By CKDR NEWS - July 18th, 2014 - 9:37am

PhotoThe inflation rate in Canada has hit a two year high.
Inflation hit 2.4 percent in June, up a tenth of a percent from
the month before.
Statistics Canada says most things cost more last month.
Gas was up 5.4 percent and food increased an average of 2.9 percent with
meat increasing a whopping 9.4 percent.

LU Professor Speaks Out About Duffy Charges

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 8:54am

PhotoLawyers for Mike Duffy say their client is looking forward to defending himself, now that the RCMP have laid 31 charges against the suspended senator.
Those charges include fraud and bribery in connection with the senate expense scandal.
Lakehead University political science professor Laure Paquette says this won't be good for Prime Minister Stephen Harper a year before we go to the polls.
On the positive side, Paquette says it vindicates the Conservatives somewhat in how swiftly they've acted to throw out Duffy.

168 Fire Fighters Have Been Sent Out Of Province

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 8:49am

PhotoThe Ministry of Natural Resources says 168 fire rangers from northwestern Ontario are fighting wild fires out of province now.
Another 50 MNR fire fighters have been sent up north to help out with a number of blazes that are burning out of control in the Northwest Territories.
Right now, there are 80 fire crews in the north, 75 in British Columbia and 13 in Alberta.
The MNR says it's processing more requests for assistance and more fire rangers could be heading west over the next few days.

Another Malaysian Airliner Crashes

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 8:00am

PhotoOne Canadian was killed in the downing of a Malaysian Airliner in the Ukraine.
Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the crash site east of the Russian border and large pieces of debris could be seen as well.
The plane had almost 300 people on board when it departed Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur.
No one is claiming responsibility.

Bombardier Strike Could End Today

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 7:52am

PhotoThe picket line battle between Unifor and Thunder Bay's Bombardier Plant could be settled today.
The company was going to apply for a court order which would prevent striking workers from preventing access by non-striking employees into the plant.
However company spokesperson Stephanie Ash says that officials from both sides have drawn up a proposed protocol on the issue which Bombardier has accepted.
All that is required now is acceptance by the union's bargaining team, which could come as soon as this morning.
The strike is into it's fifth day with no immediate end in site.

TSB Investigating Plane Incident On Grid Lake

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 7:40am

PhotoTwo occupants of an airplane are safe and sound after developing engine problems in an area between Atikokan and Ignace.
The OPP say they were notified about the incident just before noon yesterday.
Police say pilot of the 185 Cessna Floatplane radioed that they encountered engine problems and they made an emergency landing on Grid Lake.
An OPP helicopter which was doing a search for a missing man in the Thunder Bay area was re-deployed and located the duo a short time later.
They were transported to Ignace and neither suffered any injuries.
The Transportation Safety Board is now investigating.

EMS Chief Speaks Out About 7 Responder Deaths

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 7:32am

PhotoSuperior North EMS Chief Norm Gale is commenting on the sad news that seven Ontario first responders recently took their own lives.
Gale says it's concerning and it's something they are addressing locally.
He says they are working with their paramedics on a workplace mental wellness program, to improve ways of dealing with the stress.
He adds many fire, police and paramedics deal with post traumatic stress disorder.

Great Bannock Bake-Off, Get Your Team In!

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 7:22am

PhotoGet ready, get set and bake!
The great Bannock Bake-Off is coming up, August 1st at the Town Beach in Sioux Lookout.
Program Coordinator from SLARC Rhonda Kurahara says judges will award marks to those for creativity, group effort, appearance and taste.
The bake-off is part of the Blueberry Festival and the competition starts 1 p.m.
There is still time to register, you can pick up forms in Sioux Lookout at the Centennial Centre on the 3rd floor.
For more information call Rhonda at 737-1501 or e-mail her at rhonda@slarc.ca

Grassy Narrows Chief Speaks Out About Election

By CKDR News - July 18th, 2014 - 4:53am

PhotoThe Chief of Grassy Narrows says the Assembly of First Nations needs to be prepared for the next federal election.
The AFN has agreed to elect a new chief in December and Roger Fobister says there's a growing need to ensure first nations issues don't fall off the national agenda.
Fobister says they need a national chief to deal with the current government and to get ready for the October 2015 vote.
He adds they also need to talk to Justin Trudeau to see if he's really a government in waiting.
The Assembly of First Nations has been without a leader since Shawn Atleo unexpectedly stepped down in May.

Nuttall Announces He Is Running For Re-Election

By CKDR News - July 17th, 2014 - 1:46pm

PhotoDryden Mayor Craig Nuttall isn't wasting any time letting the city know he is running for re-election.
Nuttall announced he was running earlier this afternoon at the Holiday Inn Express, which he funded himself.
If he is re-elected he says he wants to tackle a 5 year road program, continue to get the debt down, make sure there are very little service cuts and get rid of the infrastructure loan for the telephone.
Since being mayor, Nuttall says he had accomplished the highway being paved, getting Duke Street funding and lowering the city's debt.
Nuttall adds he is running because he loves the job and Dryden and he has great experience with the government.
The deadline to file nomination papers is September 12th at 2pm.
Councillor Shayne MacKinnon has announced that he also plans to run for mayor.
Voting day is October 27th.

RCMP Lay 31 Charges Against Duffy

By CKDR News - July 17th, 2014 - 12:32pm

PhotoThe RCMP laid 31 charges related to fraud and breach of trust against suspended senator Mike Duffy.
The investigation into the PEI senator mainly focused on his housing-cost claims submitted for what he said was a part-time residence in the capital.
Also at the center of that controversy was a payment of $90,000 former Harper Chief of Staff Nigel Wright made to Duffy in an effort to help him quell the controversy over the housing claims.
Duffy will appear in court on September 16 to answer to those charges.

MNR Sends More Support To Battle Forest Fires

By CKDR News - July 17th, 2014 - 8:29am

PhotoMore personnel from Ontario have been called to western and northern Canada to battle raging forest fires.
117 Ministry of Natural Resources firefighters and support staff are now working in those areas.
75 are in British Columbia, 29 in Northwest Territories and 13 in Alberta.
The MNR says even more support may be provided later this week.

Ex-Senator Duffy To Be Charged

By CKDR News - July 17th, 2014 - 7:26am

PhotoCharges will be laid against suspended Senator Mike Duffy following an RCMP investigation into the Senate expense scandal.
That word coming from Duffy's lawyer, Donald Bayne, who has not specified what the charges will be.
Bayne has released a statement predicting when the full story is told, it will be clear Duffy is innocent of any criminal wrongdoing.
Bayne claims Duffy has not had a fair hearing either in the Senate or in the media. He goes on to say the evidence will show Duffy didn't want to be part of the repayment scheme that Bayne claims was concocted by Nigel Wright and the Prime Minister's Office for purely political reasons.

NWHU Talks Proposed Changes To Nutrition Lables

By CKDR News - July 17th, 2014 - 7:21am

PhotoThe rates of obesity across northwestern, Ontario are rising and pose a concern.
This follows Canada's Health Minister proposing changes for nutrition information on packaged foods.
Registered Dietician from the Northwestern Health Unit, Julie Slack explains what Health Canada wants to change.
Slack says they want to change the look of the actual nutrition facts table, so that foods that Canadians may want to consume more of are at the top of the label.
They also want to group all the different kind of sugars together, so it's more accurate on an ingredient list.
She also applauds them on wanting to make the serving sizes more consistent.
Slack adds that people should be eating more of the foods that don't have labels.

NDP Call For Better Mining Safety Standards

By CKDR News - July 17th, 2014 - 7:09am

PhotoThe NDP are asking the provincial government to hire a special prosecutor to ensure safety standards are being met at mines across the province.
This after a Thunder Bay man was killed last week at the North America Palladium mine at Lac Des Iles.
NDP critic Mike Mantha says there have already been seven deaths in Ontario mines this year.
Mantha says miners and their families have a right to expect that they will come home safe at the end of their shift.
He goes on to question what will the minister do to ensure there are no more mining deaths in the province.
Labour Minister Steve Peters says a Mining Safety Review is currently being carried out and he plans to
act on any recommendations that come out of that document.

Bombardier Workers Still On Strike

By CKDR News - July 17th, 2014 - 6:58am

PhotoThe strike at Thunder Bay's Bombardier plant is entering day four.
Carmen Felice says it may take a while before they reach a deal.
Felice says he can tell from the mood of most of the members at the plant, that they understand the strike could be a long one and they are ready for it.
He adds he's been with the plant for 28 years and he's striking for the future generations that want to work at the facility.

Archie Andrews May Be Dead, But He Will Be Back

By CKDR News - July 17th, 2014 - 6:55am

PhotoArchie Andrews is killed off in the latest issue of "Life with Archie".
In the issue released yesterday, the redhead is shot saving his gay friend Kevin.
Comix Plus Owner Gary Gummeson says the writers let people know they were planning his death several months ago.
Gummeson says people knew this was going to be coming because it was all over the media.
He adds there still will be Archie comics since this version of the character is only in the more mature comic.

Search Back On For Missing Boater

By CKDR News - July 16th, 2014 - 10:17am

PhotoThe search is resuming for a missing 56-year-old Thunder Bay man who disappeared when boating down the Kam River last month.
Provincial Police say that a helicopter is going to be used today and tomorrow to do an aerial search of the river.
It follows unsuccessful surface and underwater searches of the dark and murky river in the days immediately following his June 14th disappearance.

E-Mail Scam Hits Dryden

By CKDR News - July 16th, 2014 - 8:33am

Dryden Police are warning the public about another scam.
A local family received an email from someone who was an actual family member, stating that he was in the Ukraine and misplaced his wallet.
He went on to say that he was unable to retrieve his passport from the hotel safe because he didn't have any identification.
The email asked for a $2,500 loan to sort out hotel bills and get himself home.
Police and the family are confident that the email is a scam.

Perfect Day To Hit The Beach

By CKDR News - July 16th, 2014 - 8:30am

PhotoFinally a chance to get out and enjoy some beautiful weather!
The Northwestern Health Unit is on board and staff will be hitting Agimak Beach in Ignace and Johnson Beach in Dryden today.
They will be out promoting their 'Do One Thing' campaign aimed at increasing healthy eating and physical activity.
Staff will be providing beach pails and shovels to help children of all ages build sand castles.

Increase In Hunting And Fishing Fees On Horizon?

By CKDR News - July 16th, 2014 - 8:19am

PhotoThe Minister of Natural Resources is downplaying rumours that the province plans to introduce hunting and fishing licence fees for seniors.
A posting on the Environmental Bill of Rights confirms the Ministry is looking for ways of increasing revenues.
However, Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro says no decision has been made yet on how to do that.
Mauro confirms they are conducting an internal review and states they need the licensing fees to carry out valuable research in the province.
He says it cost $5-million for the moose aerial wildlife inventory in several wildlife management units in northwestern Ontario and the investment found that moose numbers significantly went down.
Natural Resources Critic for the Conservatives Jeff Yurek says there's been a 31% increase in the amount of money generated by hunting and fishing fees and questions why changes are needed.

Mental Health Concerns In Region And Province

By CKDR News - July 16th, 2014 - 8:09am

An alarming study on the mental health of students has Dryden Mental Health Counsellor Maureen Sullivan speaking out.
Sullivan says it's very concerning that 15% of Ontario youth rated their mental health as fair to poor.
Sullivan notes there are a high number of youth here at home who are struggling with their mental health.
She says poverty, isolation and a lack of resources are factors that impact the mental health of students in the community.
The study also found that 28% of teens reported they don't know where to go for help.
Sullivan says a number of services are available for local youth and adults.
She notes Firefly and the Dryden Regional Mental Health and Addictions Services are two resources available.
Sullivan adds the Crisis Response Service line is open 24/7 to help kids in need at 1-866-888-8988.
She says teens can also contact the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-669-6868.

OPP Investigating 2 Vehicle Collision

By CKDR News - July 16th, 2014 - 7:59am

No major injuries are reported following a 2-vehicle collision on Highway 17.
The crash, 47-kilometres east of Kenora, forced a brief closure of the Trans-Canada Tuesday afternoon.
The cause is under investigation.

Push On To Move Forward On Inquest

By CKDR News - July 16th, 2014 - 7:59am

PhotoThe Children's Advocate for the province is frustrated with the decision to postpone the inquest into 7 aboriginal high school student deaths in Thunder Bay.
Irwin Elman says the issue is too important to keep putting off and the jury roll issue should get resolved sooner rather than later.
Elman says there needs to be a will from the province to proceed and he doesn't see that right now.
The Chief Coroner of Ontario says the inquest needs to be put off until there are enough First Nations represented on the provinces jury rolls.
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is echoing Elman's comments.
Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says the Ontario Attorney General and the Office of the Chief Coroner need to be committed to the process.
Fiddler says they had expectations that the inquest would get underway right away but the government isn't delivering.
(Picture: Irwin Elman)

Boil Water Advisory Lifted In 3 Red Lake Areas

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 2:40pm

PhotoA boil water advisory has been lifted in Cochenour, Mackenzie Island and McMarmac.
The advisory was put in place last week due to a power interruption.

OPP Open Both Lanes On Highway 17

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 1:30pm

PhotoOntario Provincial Police have opened both lanes on Highway 17 at Earngey Lake, east of Kenora.
Both lanes were closed earlier because of a two motor vehicle collision.

Dryden Fire Service Investigating Mill Fire

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 10:00am

PhotoNo one was injured following a fire at the Domtar Mill in Dryden.
Fire crews were contacted around 10 o'clock Monday night about a blaze on the second level operating floor some four stories up.
Mill and City firefighters spent about an hour working on the fire and damage was limited to two small rooms and a wall area.
Officials are focusing their investigation around electrical and mechanical equipment.

Province Promising To Balance Books By 2017-2018

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:46am

PhotoThe Liberal Government is promising to balance the provincial budget by 2017-2018.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa made that promise Monday when presenting the new fiscal document.
Sousa says they will control expenses, eliminate the deficit and continue to cut where they can.
However, Sousa is also promising to continue key investments.
The Liberal plan includes a first-of-its-kind mandatory provincial pension plan and funding for road improvements.
It also includes a billion dollar commitment for transportation infrastructure to the Ring of Fire mining development in northern Ontario.

Dryden Saddle Club Celebrating 50 Years

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:42am

It's a big anniversary this weekend in Dryden.
The Dryden Saddle Club is hosting its 50th annual Horse Show.
Erin Watt was a guest on the CKDR Morning Show today and stated there will be a number of activities Saturday and Sunday.
The show starts at 8:00am both days.
Watt says the Saddle Club continues to evolve.
Watt is encouraging past and present members to attend on Sunday to be part of a group photo.
For more information contact Erin at 216-8724 or drydensaddleclub@gmail.com
(Photo Credit: Dennis Boyd)

Opposition To Provincial Budget

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:18am

PhotoThere's some opposition to the provincial budget.
PC Critic Vic Fedeli says it's reckless and puts Ontario's finances in greater jeopardy.
The NDP call it a Trojan Horse Budget that will sneak in massive public asset sales, leave families paying higher bills, while opening up new loopholes for CEO's.
(Photo: Vic Fedeli)

Investigation Into Fatal Incident Continues

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:17am

Operations have resumed at the Lac des Iles Mine following a fatal incident.
38-year-old Pascal Goulet was outside of a loader he was operating when he was struck by a piece of broken ore last Thursday.
North American Palladium and the union both say they are co-operating with government authorities and have complied with all requests from the Ministry of Labour.

Legal Aid Ontario Introducing New Programs

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:15am

The director general for the Northwest District for Legal Aid Ontario is promoting the benefits of two new pilot programs to help separating couples.
One program will fund 10-hours of legal advice for each member of a couple, so that they can come to a separation agreement.
The other program will give each partner entering into a mediation process a total of 6-hours of independent legal advice.
Andreas Asmus says the programs will make a big difference for low-income families.
The programs are expected to help families who are feeling the impact of a long, drawn-out conflict over things like custody, that could be resolved with the help of a lawyer.
Asmus says the moves should free up more court time and reduce the number of people representing themselves in court.
He adds they will soon be providing advice lawyers for a few hours at court houses in Dryden, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Fort Frances.
For more information call Legal Aid Ontario at 1-800-668-8258.

Inquests Delayed

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:12am

PhotoA lack of a jury roll with aboriginal representation is forcing the province's Chief Coroner to postpone the inquests into the death of 7 aboriginal youth.
The 7 died over a period of several years while attending high school in Thunder Bay.
Dirk Huyer is hoping a new date for the inquest can be announced next year.
Huyer says there is also some red tape in connection with the inquests he hopes to clear up by the fall.

Police Charge Man Following Altercation

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:08am

PhotoA 30-year-old man has been charged following an altercation with Dryden Police.
Officers picked up Conrad Lawson Sunday afternoon around 2:40.
Police say Lawson was intoxicated and he was arrested after he tried to fight with the officers.

Theft Of Items From Vehicles In Dryden

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:07am

Dryden Police are reminding residents to lock it or lose it.
Officers are investigating two reports of thefts from vehicles over the weekend at Sandy Lane and St. Charles Drive.
Police say medication, a GPS system and an iPhone cord all went missing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dryden Police or Crime Stoppers.

Student Group Against Provincial Budget

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:06am

A lack luster provincial budget, that doesn't contain anything in it to address the rising cost of University and College tuition.
Those words from the Chair of the Canadian Federation of Students Ontario.
Alastair Woods says a top priority for students was to see tuition fees drop by 30% in the budget.
Woods adds they also made recommendations that would combat unpaid internships and public transportation.
He says the Ontario Tuition Grant is also highly selective with two out of nine actually receiving any money.
The average debt for a student with public and private loans has increased by 460%.

Bombardier Disappointed With Breakdown In Talks

By CKDR News - July 15th, 2014 - 8:02am

PhotoBombardier officials say they are very disappointed the members of Unifor have decided to pound the pavement in Thunder Bay.
Talks between the company and the union have come to a stand-still and 900-workers are now on strike.
Spokesperson Stephanie Ash says there are no immediate plans for further talks and they will wait for the union to make the first move.
Ash stresses the company remains committed to working out an agreement that is fair and reasonable for everyone.
She notes the company is not apologizing for asking its employees to accept concessions and states Unifor is calling for absolutely no concessions.

Emergeny Warning Test Commences Tommorow

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 4:33pm

PhotoA heads up to residents, the City of Dryden is doing their emergency warning siren system test tomorrow at noon.
All emergency warning test dates will be moved to the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Bombardier Workers On Strike

By CKDR NEWS - July 14th, 2014 - 4:30pm

PhotoClose to 900 Unifor members are on strike at Thunder Bay's Bombardier Plant.
The union set a strike deadline of 2 p.m. today if the union and company couldn't reach a deal.
Local Unifor President Dominic Pasqualino says he's upset that they're striking.
Pasqualino says there is over 3 billion dollars worth of work in the plant right now.
He says he knows that there should be more work coming on board because Kathleen Wynne just signed 29 billion dollars for transit and transportation needs.
He adds he is unsure of how long the strike will last.

Wynne Defends Ontario Job Creation Plan

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 4:25pm

PhotoPremier Kathleen Wynne is defending her government's job creation record in the face of the latest Statistics Canada unemployment figures.
Last month 34,000 jobs were lost in Ontario.
Wynne says she's disappointed in last months job number, but she believes her government is on the right track.
She says today's budget will help create jobs and improve the economic climate in the province.
Conservative Leader Jim Wilson says Wynne is moving ahead with the same field economic plan and 34,000 families can't possibly agree with her plan.
Wilson says the unemployment among youth is the highest it's been in 24 years.
The Conservatives are worried the budget will hurt the province's economy more than it will help it.

NOMA President Pleased With Gas Tax Funding

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 12:02pm

PhotoThe President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is applauding a move by the federal government to continue the gas tax program for municipalities.
Dave Canfield says almost $4-billion will be made available over the next five years.
Canfield says the feds have also promised to ease some of the restrictions that used to be placed on the money.
The money can now be used for different types of infrastructure projects, including sewer and water.
Canfield says the tax is expected to go up 2% next year and he hopes it will remain in place for good.
He says more money is needed for infrastructure as all Canadian municipalities are dealing with a major infrastructure deficit.

Windy Weekend Across The Region

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 8:44am

The clean-up continues in some areas following a major wind storm on Saturday.
Power was knocked out in parts of Kenora as wind speeds topped 80-kilometres an hour.
Red Lake was the hardest hit with winds reaching 87-kilometres an hour.
Sioux Lookout recorded winds of 78-kilometres, while it peaked at 52-kilometres an hour in Dryden.

Environment Canada recordings:
Atikokan: 39 km/h, Dryden 52 km/h, Ear Falls 69 km/h, Fort Frances 59 km/h, Kenora 80 km/h, Sioux Lookout 78 km/h
Other recordings:
Ignace: 47 km/h, Red Lake 87 km/h, Vermilion Bay 69 km/h

Red Lake Resident Trying To Help Homeless

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 8:36am

Red Lake resident Renee Lavoie is asking for the communities help to fight homelessness.
Lavoie has started a Facebook group called Red Lake Hunger Circle, asking for volunteers to help provide food for the homeless.
Lavoie says there are approximately 10-15 homeless people in the community that need food.
Lavoie is asking people to volunteer and make sandwiches to provide 1-meal a day for those in need.
She says the only thing the homeless can get is a warm meal from the Friendship Centre every Friday.
To help Renee you can contact her at 216-6641 or join her Facebook group, which already has 28 members.

Cross Canada Runner Arrested Following Prank

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 8:32am

A cross Canada runner is one of three who have been charged following a bizarre prank in Schreiber.
An individual who was escorting the 34-year-old Quebec man contacted police and stated the runner was abducted by 2-men at gunpoint and forced into a small car just west of the community.
Provincial Police then received a second call informing officers that it was a prank.
Two men assisting the runner had planned the event as a prank and the weapons used weren't real.
Police didn't find it very funny and the three have been charged.
The accused have been identified as 25-year-old Vincent Chabot of McMasterville, Quebec, 24-year-old Sebastien St. Martin of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec and 34-year-old Sebastien Sasseville of Quebec City, Quebec.

MNR Sends Firefighters To B.C.

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 8:29am

PhotoThe forest fire hazard remains low across northwestern Ontario.
There are only 3-active fires being observed right now.
The quiet period has allowed the Ministry of Natural Resources to provide support to Kamloops, B.C.
There are more than 50-active fires burning in that area and 22-firefighters have been sent to help.
An 8-member team is already in Hay River, Northwest Territories and 2-others are in Yellowknife.

Grassy Narrows Prepared To Move Forward

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 8:22am

Grassy Narrows First Nation says it's disappointed with a Supreme Court ruling last week, but is willing to work with the province.
The nations highest court ruled last week that Ontario has the right to allow industrial forest activity on Grassy's traditional lands.
Grassy Chief Roger Fobister says now that they've exhausted their legal avenues, it's time to negotiate.
Fobister notes that the ruling does say the province has to respect the harvesting rights of aboriginals in the area, and that's an important aspect of the ruling for his community.
He admits he doesn't know how the ruling will affect a 10-year blockade of forest access roads in his community.

Strike Looming At Bombardier In Thunder Bay

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 8:07am

PhotoA strike deadline at the Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay has been set for 1 o'clock this afternoon.
Unifor National President Jerry Dias is in the City in a bid to broker a last minute deal.
He says the company doesn't have a long term commitment to protect jobs at the facility.
Bombardier put up a fence around its property Sunday, something Dias says is sending the wrong message.
He says if they have enough money to erect a fence, they should have enough to put more money into their pension plan.
Roughly 900-workers are impacted.

Deja Vu At Queen's Park

By CKDR News - July 14th, 2014 - 8:03am

The Ontario Liberals will reintroduce their budget today.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa will present the document at about 3 o'clock central at Queen's Park.
No surprises are anticipated.
It's expected to be the same document the opposition failed to support in May, leading to the June 12th election call and subsequent Liberal majority win.
The previous budget included $1-billion in funding for the Ring of Fire and $571-million for the Northern Highways Program.
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle says it's an important budget for the North.

Fire Hazard Low To Moderate

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 4:38pm

PhotoThere have been no reports of any news fires across the northwest region.
However, there are currently 5 active fires and all of them are being observed.
The fire hazard is low to moderate for the majority of the region, except north of Geraldton.

Police Charge Male With Assault

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 3:18pm

PhotoDryden Police have a 25-year-old male in custody, following a disturbance last night.
Officers were called about a fight and an investigation revealed the fight was a result of someone attempting to stop a domestic assault.
The male has been charged with assault and appeared in bail court this morning in Sioux Lookout.

1 Dead In Lac Des Iles Mine Accident

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 2:14pm

PhotoTragedy has struck the Lac Des Iles mine north of Thunder Bay.
North American Palladium is reporting that at approximately 2 p.m. yesterday a fatality occurred at the mine.
The Company, Union, Ontario Provincial Police, and Ontario Ministry of Labour are investigating the incident.
The company says no details, such as the name of the
Spokesperson William Lin says inspectors have already issued stop work orders.
Lin says the first one was for the equipment and the other was for the location of the event.
He adds it's too early to say whether the company will be facing charges in connection with the incident, meantime the company is providing grief counselling for the employees.

Grassy Narrows Lawyer Responds To Decision

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 12:05pm

The Grassy Narrows First Nation sees some positives in a Supreme Court Ruling that favours the province.
The high court ruled the Ontario has the right to permit industrial logging activity in Grassy's Traditional Land Use Territory.
Robert Janes is the band's lawyer and says the ruling does put some restrictions on the province.
Janes says the court made it clear that there are some limits on provincial power and calls for better communication between the two.
He says it should lead to more consultations.
Janes admits he's not too shocked by the ruling.

Dryden Mayor Reacts To Gas Fund Agreement

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 11:35am

The federal government has announced that more than $8-billion will flow to Ontario municipalities under a renewed 10-year gas tax fund.
The money will be handled by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
Dryden Mayor Craig Nuttall is pleased with the agreement but believes more should be done to help local communities.
Nuttall is asking the province to establish a 5-year road program that provides annual funding.
The Feds say the gas tax money will go to a wider variety of projects but Nuttall believes it should be solely for road upgrades.
He notes Thunder Lake Road is just one of many that need to be upgraded and notes northern communities don't have the funds to carry out the work.

Health Unit Targeting Healthy Eating And Acitivity

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 11:31am

PhotoThe Northwestern Health Unit will be making a big push on healthy eating and physical activity this year.
That's the main goal of health officials as they have embarked on a major campaign.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young Hoon says they will also be providing information to groups and schools around healthy eating opportunities as well as physical activity programming.
Young Hoon adds they will be urging restaurants to provide information on the menu on the healthy choices available.

Rubicon Minerals Names New Senior VP

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 11:29am

PhotoHoward Bird is the new Vice-President of Exploration for Rubicon Minerals
Bird will oversee a massive gold project in Red Lake.
Gold production is expected to start in the middle of next year with a nearly 1,300 tonne per day operation.
The company says Bird will help them unlock the exploration potential in the area.
He brings more than 25-years of experience to the job, including 15 at the executive management level.
Bird was the senior vice-president of exploration and geology at Brigus Gold where he led a team in the recent discovery of 3-gold deposits at the Grey Fox project.

ONA Announces Break Down In Talks

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 11:26am

PhotoContract talks have broken down between Ontario's 3,000 registered nurses and personal support workers employed at 174 for-profit nursing homes across the province.
The Ontario Nurses' Association says they were met with a number of demands for concessions following 2-weeks of negotiations and mediation.
The ONA stresses the demands would have negatively impacted the quality of resident care.
The union says some of the proposals included the stripping of basic benefits for ONA members.
It also points to a proposal to change nurse-patient ratios and nursing hours.
The ONA says it's hopeful that a deal can be reached but note that they are prepared to go to arbitration this fall.

Feds Improving National Trail System

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 11:24am

The federal Government has launched the $10-million National Recreational Trails program.
Kenora MP and Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says the 2-year funding agreement will expand and improve the snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and non-motorized trail system across the county.
Rickford is encouraging local trail organizations to submit their proposals and notes the deadline is August 15th.
He anticipates between 150 to 200 projects to be supported.
The funding will help build and renew multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicle use and snowmobiling.

Flight School Training Program Being Offered

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 11:22am

PhotoRed Lake Airport will be the home to a summer flight school this year.
Huron Flight Centre will be offering the program to anyone over the age of 16.
Qualified instructors will help people earn their private, commercial, or float plane pilot licence.
Owner Dennis Ryan says the school has a flight permit to start training mid-August.

CNIB Eye Van Making The Rounds

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 11:19am

PhotoIt's become a fixture for many northwestern Ontario communities.
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind Eye Van is again traveling around the region.
Executive Director Monique Pilkington says it's made possible with the tremendous support of the Lions Club, health care providers and volunteers.
Pilkington says they also receive funding from a variety of sponsors and the province.
She says the eye van helps people across the region and detects possible problems.

NDP MP Hoping To Save Monarch Butterflies

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 9:50am

PhotoThunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty is putting on his travelling shoes and heading to Omaha, Nebraska to talk about monarch butterflies.
The NDP member is attending a meeting of politicians hoping to convince the Americans to find ways to save the butterfly from extinction.
Rafferty has already introduced a bill in Ottawa asking for policies to protect the monarchs.

Major Setback For Grassy Narrows First Nation

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 8:53am

PhotoGrassy Narrows has lost its case before the Supreme Court of Canada.
In a ruling this morning, the country's highest court unanimously upheld the province of Ontario's right to allow clear-cut logging activity on the Grassy Traditional Land Use Territory.
Grassy argued that only the federal government has the right to decide what activity can take place on its traditional lands, because that's who they signed Treaty Three with.
But the court made it clear that Ontario and only Ontario has the right to take up lands under Treaty Three.
It goes on to say that the province has the exclusive power to manage and sell those lands as well as make laws in relation to the resources on or under those lands.
The ruling does says the province has to respect the harvesting rights of the Ojibway.

ROF Report Receives Feedback

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 8:36am

PhotoThere's some concern over the Northern Policy Institute's report on the Ring of Fire.
Author Nick Mulder says he recently received a call from Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle.
He says the Minister felt his report was assuming Ontario was considering a crown corporation model which they are not.
Mulder's paper is against the crown corporation model that he feels would see the Province foot the bill for infrastructure in the giant mining development.
The document favours a transportation authority model that would see stakeholders share the infrastructure costs.

Young Girl Hoping For The Return Of Stolen Bike

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 8:33am

PhotoA 7-year-old Ear Falls girl is reaching out to the Dryden community in hopes of bringing her bike home.
Her mother, Savannah O'Connor says the purple baja sports bike was stolen last Saturday night from Chomitsa Trailer Park.
Savannah says her daughter put all of her allowance money into it and she also maintained it.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Savannah at 220-2649 or at 222-3655.

Officials Still Have Eye On Water Levels

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 8:19am

PhotoEmergency officials continue to keep a close eye on the weather and water levels on Rainy Lake and the upper Rainy River.
Levels have been dropping very slowly.
Fort Frances Fire Chief Frank Sheppard says they're still not in a position to remove any of the sandbags placed to stop rising waters.
Sheppard says there's also a concern with debris in the lake.
Large chucks of land, or bogs, are breaking free and floating throughout the lake.
Sheppard says if they get stuck at bridges, they can cause problems.
Lake of the Woods in Kenora is also facing a similar situation.

BOATsmart Campaign Hits Dryden

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 8:02am

PhotoOutdoor enthusiasts across northwestern Ontario are being urged to share their experiences on the water.
BOATsmart is asking people to showcase their favourite boating, lake or cottage moment and picture on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by using #BoatSmartMoment.
Spokesperson Cameron Taylor says in addition to showcasing the region to all of Canada, they are also raising money for a great cause.
Taylor says they will donate $1 to send disadvantaged kids to camp with each posting.
He says their goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000.
BOATsmart also wants to ensure local boaters stay safe on the water this summer.
The group will be at the Canadian Tire in Dryden Saturday from 10 until 2 as part of a nation-wide awareness campaign.
Taylor says they will also be promoting boating safety as well as rules and regulations.
You will also be able to take the mandatory pleasure craft operators exam as boating without the licence will cost you at least $250.

Low Life Expectancy Rate In Northwest

By CKDR News - July 11th, 2014 - 7:16am

PhotoSome concerning stats are being released by the Northwestern Health Unit.
Officials say people in the region are expected to live 4 years less then our Southern Ontario counterparts.
Dr. Kit Young-Hoon is the Medical Officer of Health and she says there's a number of causes behind our lower life expectancy.
She says that includes heart disease, injury and suicide.
At birth men in the region are expected to live almost 76 years while the age for women is just over 79 years.
In general people in the region are expected to live about 77 and a half years compared to 81 and a half years in the rest of province.

Boil Water Advisory In Hudson Lifted

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 5:13pm

PhotoA boil water advisory has been lifted in Hudson.
The notice was put in place last week due to problems at the water treatment plant.
An advisory remains in place in Cochenour, Mackenzie Island and McMarmac until further notice.

2 In Custody For Canada Day Killing In Thunder Bay

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 4:37pm

PhotoThunder Bay Police say they have two people in custody in connection with a Canada Day assault and subsequent the death of 52 year old Christopher Adams.
Police say the two were arrested shortly after the incident but they did not inform the public until now.
The two, a 21 year old woman and 31 year old man, are currently charged with Aggravated Assault.
They say these charges are being reviewed by the Criminal Investigations Branch, the Coroner's Office and the Crown Attorney.
Two other people are still being sought.
A breakdown in communication is being blamed for getting the information out so late.

MNR Providing Support To Northwest Territories

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 12:12pm

PhotoThe Ministry of Natural Resources has sent an 8 member team to the Northwest Territories to help fight several wildfires there.
They will join two other fire fighters in Hay River as the fire situation is getting worse in that area.
Information Officer Debbie MacLean says a quiet season here at home allows them to free up troops.
They are expected to be in the area for two weeks.
MacLean notes they are able to supply additional crews and equipment if asked.
In northwestern Ontario, the MNR is dealing with a handful of fires in the north, Quetico Park and a small fire in Webequie First Nation.
All of the fires are small and under control.
MacLean says the fire hazard is expected to jump to moderate to high in this area, but could be high to extreme in the northeast corner of the region.

Funding For Sioux Lookout Chamber

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 11:17am

PhotoThe Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce has received $63,000 in FedNor money to hire a youth intern for a 2-year period.
Minister Greg Rickford made the announcement this morning.
The intern will develop and implement a customer service training program for area businesses.
That person will contribute to the development of a training manual and work with local businesses to provide customer-service skills development and training.
Rickford says the initiative will enhance the competitiveness of businesses in the Sioux Lookout area.

Shoal Lake 40 Meets With Winnipeg Officials

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 11:11am

PhotoRepresentatives from the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg have heard the concerns of residents of Shoal Lake 40.
The Kenora area First Nation requested the meeting after complaining that the museum was using water from the lake surrounding their community.
Band officials feel their rights have been violated by the fact their water is being used by the City of Winnipeg.
A day long session took place Wednesday, with residents talking about the impact living in the community has had on their lives.

OPP Seize Methamphetamine

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 11:08am

Provincial Police in Kenora have taken a large amount of methamphetamine off the streets.
Police stopped a vehicle on Highway 17A Wednesday evening.
During a search of the vehicle police seized 40-grams of meth, valued at $8,000.
As a result 56-year-old Glendon Loranger of Kenora is now charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
He will answer to the charge in court next month.

Proposed Child Care Changes In Ontario

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 11:07am

PhotoNew rules governing Ontario's child care providers are coming back before MPP's at Queen's Park.
The proposed legislation includes stiffer penalties for those found guilty of an infraction, and increases the number of children a licensed home-based provider can care for.
It's another previously introduced bill that was killed with the election call.
Relatives, babysitters, nannies and camps providing programs for school-aged children are exempt.

Injured Workers Threatening Legal Action

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 8:29am

PhotoSome injured worker advocates in northwestern Ontario are contemplating legal action against the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Local spokesperson Steve Mantis, a long time critic of the board, says he and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers believe current board employees are breaking the law in their practices
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour says they can't comment on information they haven't seen yet.

Texting And Driving Becoming A Major Concern

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 8:27am

PhotoSome alarming stats in a new survey on texting and driving among High School students.
The survey found that 46% of grade 12 students in Ontario text and drive, while one-third of all High School students do so as well.
Sergeant Shelley Garr is with the OPP in northwestern Ontario and she says police are concerned with the statistic.
She says the practice is deeply engrained in today's driving culture and police need to change that.
Garr says they will continue their local distracted driving education campaign and will beef up enforcement.
The fine for using a handheld phone or an entertainment device while driving is $280.
On a more positive note in the study, fewer students are drinking and driving.

Liberal Goverment Mum On Deficit Reduction Plans

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 8:22am

PhotoThe Liberals aren't saying yet if provincial agencies such as the LCBO or the Ontario Power Corporation will be sold to offset their budget commitments.
An advisory council has been set up to look at the asset values.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says no decision has been made.
The NDP worry it will lead to increased hydro rates if OPG is sold and a loss of revenue for the government if the LCBO is let go.

Weather Key To Flooding Fears In Manitoba

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 8:18am

PhotoThe worst may be over in Manitoba, where wide spread flooding has been taking place in the western and central regions, especially near Portage La Prairie.
Infrastructure minister Steve Ashton says all the flood prevention measures taken in recent years is keeping damage to private property to a minimum.
Ashton says it's possible there could be a second crest on the Assiniboine River near Brandon in the next few days, otherwise waters likely peaked in most areas Wednesday night.
He says there have been reports of basement flooding but notes there's been no major damage to private property.
Ashton adds evacuation orders in some areas are in place as a precautionary measure.
He says while flood waters have been high, they still don't match levels seen three years ago.

OPP Charge One Of Their Own

By CKDR News - July 10th, 2014 - 8:13am

PhotoProvincial Police in northwestern Ontario are charging one of their officers with assault and sexual assault.
It comes after an investigation into a domestic incident.
The officer, who is assigned to non-front line duties in the region, has been placed on administrative duty.
The OPP will not be releasing any further information in order to protect the identity of the victim.

New Board Members For Experimental Lakes Area

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 4:25pm

PhotoA great range of expertise is now in charge of the Experimental Lakes Area.
That's how Matt McCandless with the International Institute for Sustainable Development feels about the new board of directors for the facility.
McCandless says the board will ensure the facility is run as a successful non-profit enterprise.
The ELA board won't be involved in day-to-day matters at the Experimental Lakes Area.
The role of the board would primarily be for oversight of operations, providing advice on business directions, research directions, and fundraising.
Some of the members include Phil Fontaine, the longest serving in the history of the Assembly of First Nations, and Glenn Crook, Vice President of Commercial Financial Services with RBC.
Other members on the board include former Auditor General Sheila Fraser and Dr. James Bruce has held various positions within Environment Canada including Director of Environment Canada.
McCandless says all experiments are operational, they have been approved through the new regulations.
Research projects are now underway on Nano Silver, the long standing phosphorus experiment as well ass studying the impact of climate change on lake trout.
(Picture: Phil Fontaine)

Bombardier Plant Facing Monday Strike Deadline

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 3:31pm

PhotoThe possibility of a strike at Thunder Bay's Bombardier plant looms large.
Unifor official Dominic Pasqualino says the union has made its latest move
Pasqualino says a strike deadline is set for 2 p.m. on Monday.
He adds that contract talks will continue right up until the last minute in an effort to reach a new deal for the 1,000 shop workers.
Last week both sides exchanged their financial demands, but there is no indication of exactly what either party was offering.

Encouraging News For Water Logged Residents

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 10:44am

Water levels are starting to slowly drop in the Sioux Lookout area.
Levels on Lac Seul haven't hit record levels but have gone up 5-centimetres in the past week.
The Lake of the Woods Control Board says levels are expected to drop 1 to 3 centimetres in the next 7 days on Lac Seul and Lost Lake.
Officials say the level of Pelican Lake continues a steady decline and that's expected to continue.
Water levels are also going down on Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake.

Scathing Report On Ontario Climate Change Plans

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 10:42am

PhotoEnvironment Commissioner Gord Miller says Ontario needs to get back in the game on climate change.
The Commissioner released his 2014 report Wednesday on the government's progress in reducing greenhouse gases and meeting the reduction target contained in its Climate Change Action plan.
Miller says the pace of climate change is accelerating but stresses the province hasn't even delivered on commitments it made 7-years ago.
The Environment Commissioner points out that transportation, mainly cars and trucks, is the biggest source of emissions in the province.
He notes the 2007 plan said the government would reduce transportation emissions by 19-megatonnes by 2020 and that goal has now been cut by almost 80%
Miller stresses no reason has been given and there's no explanation about what the Ontario government plans to do instead.
Miller says the province has lost the leadership position it once had and won't look at directives to ensure the situation changes.

Police Investigating 4th Homicide In Thunder Bay

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 8:26am

PhotoThunder Bay now has its fourth murder of 2014.
Police say that a man who was seriously hurt in a vicious assault in front of City Hall on Canada Day has died.
52-year-old Christopher Adams was found lying on the street by a passerby in the early morning hours.
Police believe he was the victim of a robbery and they are looking for suspects.

Treasury Metals Moving Forward On Goliath

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 7:42am

The Vice-President of the Treasury Metals Goliath gold project in Wabigoon says they plan to submit their environmental impact study later this month or early August.
The move is a milestone first step in the project according to Norm Bush.
Bush says they are required by the Federal Government to consider several alternatives relating to discharge, plant size and plant location.
He notes they are looking at various options to disperse the effluent created in the mining operation including discharging it into Blackwater Creek or pipe-it directly to Wabigoon Lake through a submerged diffuser.
Bush says other options don't appear to be very viable right now.
He says both options would meet Federal and Ontario environmental standards.
Bush says a pre-feasibility study will also be started in the next month.
Bush notes they should have a clear picture at the end of the year on the viability of the project but notes they don't see any red flags right now.

Canadian Tire Smoker Recall

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 7:35am

PhotoCanadian Tire is voluntarily recalling the Cuisinart Electric Smoker for safety reasons.
The company says that a gas issue affected units which were sold between December 2013 and May 2014.
Customers who have bought this item can return it to any Canadian Tire store and their money will be refunded.

Consultations Set For Rainy-Lake Of Woods Basin

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 7:33am

PhotoIt's your chance to voice concerns over water quality issues in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.
A study team with the International Joint Commission is presenting a draft report during a series of public meetings in the region.
Team member Kelli Saunders says the report focuses on several areas of concern including algae blooms, invasive species, contaminants, climate change and water level regulations.
Saunders hopes to hear some issues at the consultations that they may have over looked.
The final report will be presented to both the Canadian and United States governments.
Canadian stops include Kenora, Onigaming First Nation, Atikokan and Rainy River.

OHC Targeting Government Privatization Plans

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 7:25am

The Ontario Health Care Coalition is continuing to pressure the Wynne Government.
The left leaning lobby group is accusing the province of making cuts to local hospitals, so that more private clinics can be established.
It says that it collected over 80,000 votes in a province wide voluntary referendum denouncing the plan.
The coalition says these clinics want to charge more money to Ontarians when they need health care.

Amateur Float Plane Removed From Dog Lake

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 7:17am

PhotoA hand made amateur float plane has been removed from the bottom of Dog Lake in the Thunder Bay district.
The aircraft hit a submerged log shortly after landing and one of the floats came off sending the plane to the bottom of the lake.
No one was injured and the Transportation Safety Board isn't launching a formal investigation.
The TSB says the pilot likely didn't see the log.

Warm Weather Could Spark Some Activity

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 7:14am

PhotoAs expected the forest fire hazard is low across the entire region.
The only area that hasn't seen significant rain is the northeast sector but fires aren't yet a concern there.
All active fires remain quiet and Red Lake Fire #15 reported Saturday in Sandy Lake is now out at 1.5-hectares.
Things may change in the next couple of days as the nice weather moves in.

Officers Lay Drug Charges In Traffic Stop

By CKDR News - July 9th, 2014 - 7:12am

Two Dryden residents have been charged for drug related offences.
City Police stopped the vehicle initially for speeding, but then smelled pot coming from inside the car.
After searching the car, a 26-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were both charged with 2 counts of possession of controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime.
The two will appear in court on July 28th.

ORNGE Air Ambulance Helipad Vandalized

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 3:24pm

PhotoORNGE Air Ambulance's helipad at Trout Lake, north of Thunder Bay is no longer usable after vandals destroyed several lighting beacons.
The Lappe Services Board is responsible for maintaining the pad and Chair Ralph Bullough says with $4,000 worth in damage that's just too rich for their blood.
He says the damage consists of stolen pylons with lights on them, lights being broken and grounds were damaged by a four-wheel truck.
Bullough says the board carries insurance, but this is always intended to be a revenue neutral operation.
He says it's just too dangerous to operate the helipad at night now that the lighting has been compromised.
He worries how this will impact the health of area residents.
The helipad is now closed during the evenings since the board can't afford to fix the damage.
Bullough adds they will have to evaluate what to do with the pad into the future.

Youth Arrested For Break & Enters From June

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 1:41pm

PhotoDryden Police have arrested a youth in relation to a number of break and entries reported in June.
The youth has been charged with 3 counts of break, enter and theft, 1 count of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

Microsoft Scam In Dryden

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 1:32pm

PhotoBe careful who you let fix your computer.
A local resident received a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft after his computer began to act up.
The caller indicated he could fix the problem and asked for a credit card to make a $10.00 charge.
The victim gave a card number and after he got off the phone he became suspicious.
He contacted the bank to find that charges of $370.00 and $160.00 were made to his credit card.

Dryden Police On Lookout For Vandal Suspect

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 1:28pm

PhotoA senseless act of vandalism has Dryden Police on the lookout for the suspect.
It was learned yesterday that a window was smashed out overnight at a storage shed at the east end of Queen Street.
A neighbour heard the smash during the night, but did not get up and check to see what it was.
Police believe the suspect used a piece of wood to break the window.
The cost of replacing the window is about $300.00
Anyone with information is asked to contact police or crime stoppers.

OPP Turning To World Wide Web

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 10:04am

PhotoThis week the Ontario Provincial Police are launching a citizen self reporting crime program.
It will allow you to report a crime on-line.
It's designed to help free up the OPP to focus on more serious matters.
You can access the reporting page by visiting www.opp.ca/reporting

Friday A Key Day For Grassy Narrows First Nation

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 10:02am

The Supreme Court of Canada is expected to release its ruling on the issue of clear-cut logging activity in the Grassy Narrows First Nation on Friday.
Legal arguments were heard earlier this year in a day long hearing, which included lawyers for not only Grassy Narrows, but also other first nations, the province of Ontario as well as the federal government.
Grassy argues that only the Federal government can give permission for logging and other industrial activity in their traditional land-use territory.
The band says Treaty Three was signed with the feds and not the province.

Flooding Concerns Continue In Manitoba

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 8:34am

PhotoHigh water levels are affecting a number of provincial parks in Manitoba.
In fact, the provincial government says its closed some campsites until further notice.
In eastern Manitoba, Birch Point Provincial Park on Lake of the Woods has some of its campsites closed and the boat launch is under water.
Meanwhile, Big Whiteshell, Nitimik Lake, Otter Falls, Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore and West Hawk Lake all have some sites affected by wet conditions or rising water levels.
Hundreds of soldiers and homeowners are racing to build flood defences higher in the area before flows on the Assiniboine River increase ahead of its expected crest Wednesday morning.
Canadian Forces members at 17 Wing in Winnipeg are heading out to help the flood fight, which has prompted a province-wide state of emergency and 55 local states of emergency.
The flooding has forced more than 500 people out of their homes.

Obesity A Problem In Northwestern Ontario

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 8:19am

PhotoIt's a heavy stat for the Northwestern Health Unit.
63% of people in the region are overweight or obese according to a 2014 report.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young Hoon says eating habits are a leading cause.
She notes the study also shows our fruit and vegetable consumption is lower then the rest of the province, especially among youth.
In contrary to the obesity stat, the report shows that people in the region have more leisure and physical activity time then the rest of the province.
The Health Unit is focusing on tackling obesity through the 'Do One Thing' campaign.

Retirees Continue To Work

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 8:14am

PhotoWorking in retirement is becoming more common among baby boomers.
A new Scotiabank study finds 40% of them are doing so with most employed part time.
39% of those folks are doing so out of financial necessity but Lisa Ritchie, the bank's Senior Vice-President of Customer Knowledge and Insights, says a lot of retirees want to stay mentally active and they enjoy the social interaction work brings.
Also, they may be doing something completely different in retirement than what they worked at before.
39% of baby boomers say your retirement planning should begin when you first start working fulltime but only 9% admit they actually thought about that at the time.
Ritchie says the rule of thumb is that to live comfortably in retirement, your income should be 65% of what it was pre-retirement.

Thunder Bay Threatening Legal Action

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 8:13am

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs says they're still willing to negotiate with CN Rail after the company decided they are unable to make a decision on the latest proposal to reopen the James Street Swing Bridge.
Hobbs says they're not giving up the hope they'll be able to reach a deal.
However, Hobbs is calling CN's lack of action on the key transportation link with the Fort William First Nation irresponsible.
Hobbs says if a decision can't be made soon, Council will have to decide whether to bring the matter to court at their July 21st meeting.
CN has said they can't make a decision yet on an offer because there are still questions they feel need to be answered.

Local MPP Calling For Flood Relief Funding

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 8:07am

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is calling for provincial support to help flood effected communities in northwestern Ontario.
Campbell is asking for immediate relief for the 10-impacted communities and she's also calling for a specific time-line from the government.
She notes Thunder Bay had to wait over a year for assistance when the City was hit with severe flooding a couple of years ago.
Ontario Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro says they are working with local communities on flooding issues.
Mauro says he's been in contact with the Mayor's of Kenora, Fort Frances and Atikokan and notes talks have been going well.
He suggests they've been happy with the level of assistance they've already received from his ministry.
Mauro notes flooding has become a common problem and stresses they are doing what they can to help.

Summer Blood Donor Clinic Planned For Dryden

By CKDR News - July 8th, 2014 - 8:03am

PhotoIt's in you to give.
The Canadian Blood Services will be at Dryden High School on July 28th and 29th for a donor clinic.
Spokesperson Mike Choi says their are plenty of open spots available.
To make an appointment call 1-888-2-DONATE or go to www.blood.ca
Choi says the need for blood is always high during the summer months.
He notes 5-units of blood can help someone with cancer, while up to 50-units can help one car crash victim.

2 New Fires In The Northwest

By CKDR News - July 7th, 2014 - 5:04pm

PhotoThere have been two new fires reported in the northwest region since the weekend.
One was a human-caused fire at Quetico Provincial Park in the Fort Frances district, the other was in the Sandy Lake First Nation community in the Red Lake district.
The 1.0 hectare fire in Quetico Park is being monitored.

Northerners Want Bee-Safe Plants & Seeds

By CKDR News - July 7th, 2014 - 3:33pm

PhotoA poll commissioned by an environmental group shows that most northerners want only bee-safe plants and seeds available in Ontario.
The survey shows that more than seven out of ten respondents are concerned with pesticides that pose a problem for area bee populations.
It goes on to say that 89 per cent of the people they spoke to think farmers should have the option to buy seeds not coated in pesticides.

No Deal Yet For James Street Swing Bridge

By CKDR News - July 7th, 2014 - 2:32pm

PhotoThere won't be a quick fix to the James Street Swing Bridge.
CN Rail doesn't have much to say after talks took place last week between themselves, the Fort William First Nation and the City of Thunder Bay.
They released a statement Monday reacting to the First Nations claims that the company is trespassing on their property.
CN says they are confident in the quality of their land title, and that these complex questions require answers before CN can respond to the city's latest bridge proposal.

Winnipeg Man Drowns In Lake Of The Woods

By CKDR News - July 7th, 2014 - 11:30am

PhotoA drowning on Lake of the Woods in Kenora.
Provincial Police were notified Saturday night of a missing swimmer near Bigelow Island.
The man was last spotted swimming near a cottage.
Police say he dove into the water but didn't come back up.
The OPP Underwater Search and Rescue team recovered his body last night.
The man has been identified as 29-year-old Christopher Silman of Winnipeg.

Three Youth Charged In Threatening Letters Case

By CKDR News - July 7th, 2014 - 10:07am

The Nishnawbe-Aski Police have charged three youth following an extensive investigation into threatening letters in the remote northern community of Lansdowne House.
It's not known about the nature of the two letters and who they were targeting but police say they had to deploy additional officers to investigate.
The three have been charged with 1-count of uttering threats and 1-count of mischief.
There were also reports of shots being fired but that hasn't been verified.

2014 Health Unit Report Card Released

By CKDR News - July 7th, 2014 - 10:05am

PhotoThe Northwestern Health Unit is out with its 2014 Public Health Report Card.
The report outlines highlights of some of the programs and initiatives launched by the Health Unit.
Officials says it also updates their strategic plan and advancements made in improving healthy eating and chronic disease.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young Hoon says some of the achievements include the student nutrition program as kids are able to get healthy food away from home.
She also highlights the Playground Activity Leaders program that trains youth to become leaders and promote physical activity.
Yong Hoon says they want to improve on partnerships with outside organizations and the services they provide to clients.
She says they also want to look at staffing, training and the working environment.

Death Deemed Non-Suspicious

By CKDR News - July 7th, 2014 - 10:01am

Provincial Police say they have found nothing suspicious in the death of a woman in Fort Frances last week.
Police had been called to a Third Street east home last Thursday about a woman in medical distress.
She was taken to hospital where she later died.
She has been identified as 58-year-old June Whalen.

Boil Water Advisories In Place

By CKDR News - July 7th, 2014 - 9:56am

PhotoHudson is the latest community to issue a boil water advisory.
An electrical failure at the water treatment plant has prompted the notice.
A boil water advisory is also in place in Cochenour, Mckenzie Island and McMarmac due to a power interruption.
All water should be boiled for at least 1-minute.
The notices are in place until further notice.

Fire Destroys Thunder Lake Home

By CKDR News - July 5th, 2014 - 2:46pm

PhotoAn early morning fire has destroyed a Thunder Lake Road home and other structures on the property.
The blaze was reported around 1:40 Saturday morning and crews spent about 2 hours fighting the stubborn blaze.
Officials say it started small but quickly spread due of high winds.
The flames spread to the nearby bush and trees.
Three people in the home escaped unharmed.
Firefighters were able to stop the blaze before it spread to other homes and across the road.
The cause is under investigation.

King Street Underpass In Dryden Now Open

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 4:15pm

PhotoThe City of Dryden has opened the King Street underpass.

Rain Expected To Bring Relief To Fire Hazard

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 4:12pm

PhotoWeekend rainfall is expected to bring some relief to the high and extreme forest fire hazard in the Thunder bay, Greenstone and Nipigon areas.
Fort Frances Fire Rangers responded to a report of a fire in Quetico Provincial Park this morning and confirmed a small fire on an island on Argo Lake.
There are 4 active fires in the region, all in the Far North.
All 4 are listed as being observed.
There fires are in remote areas and pose no threat to people or property.

Dryden Fire Respond To Vehicle Fire

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 11:20am

PhotoDryden Fire Service responded to a vehicle fire last night.
On arrival crews found a truck just off Duke Street and Wright Street with fire coming out of the engine and cab area.
It took crews 30 minutes to put out the fire.
The Dryden Police Service assisted with traffic control near the Duke Street overpass.
The cause of the fire was either mechanical or electrical.

Relay For Life Numbers Are In

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 9:45am

PhotoThe preliminary numbers are in and this years Relay for Life in northwestern Ontario was another major success.
More than $550,000 was raised at the 11 regional events.
Maria Cabral is with the Canadian Cancer Society and she says the volunteers, organizing committees and participants once again banded together to help out a great cause.
She says the money raised goes to research, public transportation, volunteer drivers and their wig and turban program.

Phil Vinet Taking Wait And See Approach

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 9:30am

PhotoRed Lake Mayor Phil Vinet says the temporary foreign workers program needed to be changed because of the actions of a few rogue employers.
However, Vinet is concerned the Federal Government may be phasing out the program, one that's essential to his community.
Tim Horton's in Red Lake was forced to reduce hours and is plagued by staffing and hours of operation when the program was suspended.
The Feds made changes last month and a cap is now being placed on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers an employer can hire.
Employers in places with high unemployment won't be allowed to apply and Vinet stresses they should be able to access the program because of their low unemployment rate.
Vinet says it's too early to tell if the changes to the program will help his community.

Award Out For First Nations Forestry Groups

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 9:26am

PhotoNominations are now being accepted for the Aboriginal Business Leadership Award.
The $5,000 award recognizes First Nations entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business.
Officials are looking for business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high-quality products.
The recipient must also demonstrate a strong, long-term commitment to the aboriginal community as well as aboriginal employment.
It's a joint initiative between the Forest Products Association of Canada and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
Officials say there are about 17,000 aboriginal people working in the sector, making the forest products industry the largest employers for First Nations workers.
(Photo: 2013 Winner)

Local MP Preparing For Busy Summer

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 9:24am

PhotoIt's going to be a hectic Summer for the Minister responsible for FedNor.
Greg Rickford says he's ready to move forward with several funding announcements now that the Ontario election is over and done with.
The Kenora MP says another priority is meeting with constituents across the riding.
Rickford adds community round-table sessions will also be held across the riding.

Fish For Free Until July 13th

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 9:21am

PhotoIt's a perfect time to grab the family and hit the lake for some fishing.
From now until July 13th you don't need a licence to fish in Ontario.
This is Ontario Family Fishing Week.
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Spokesperson Robert Pye says the program was created to encourage the younger generation to get interested in fishing.
Pye says it's also a chance to reconnect with your family without the distractions of everyday life.
He adds the week often leads to more opportunities on the water for families.

Fatality In Fort Frances

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 9:14am

PhotoThe Ontario Provincial Police say they are looking into a sudden death in Fort Frances.
Police say they were contacted around 6:30 Thursday morning about a woman in medical distress.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was transported to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
No other details about the incident have been released.

Throne Speech Pledges Support For Ring Of Fire

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 8:48am

PhotoThe provincial Government is promising to act quickly on the Ring of Fire.
Lieutenant-Governor David Onley says the government will establish a Ring of Fire Development Corporation in the next 60-days.
He says it will also immediately begin work with First Nations, communities and the private sector.
The pledge was made in the Thursday Throne Speech.
The Throne Speech also promised not to raise the gas tax, the HST or income taxes on the middle class, but will raise taxes for the top 2% of income earners in Ontario.
Onley says the Wynne Government is also committed to creating a new position, called the president of the Treasury to oversee government spending.

Fire Hazard On The Rise Across District

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 8:34am

PhotoFor the first time this year the forest fire hazard is high to extreme.
Although we aren't impacted yet, the warning is in place for those in the Thunder Bay, Nipigon and Greenstone areas.
There are 5-active fires in the region, all in the Far North.
4-fires are listed as being observed and 1-small fire is listed as under control.
There are no problems with the fires and they pose no threat to people or property.

Information Session Planned For Municipal Votes

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 8:32am

PhotoHave questions about the municipal election process or what it takes to sit on council or school board?
A candidate information session is being held in Dryden on August 14th for anyone interested in running for office in Dryden, Ignace and Machin.
Topics will include the role of Council and staff, the nomination process, financial filing, the campaign period and candidate duties and responsibilities.
The free session will also include a question and answer period.
You must register for the event before August 5th.
No one has officially filed their nomination papers for Council in Dryden, however Councillor Shayne MacKinnon has indicated he plans to run for Mayor.
To register call Debra Kincaid-Dryden 223-1125, Christy McIntomney-Ignace 934-2202, Tammy Rob-Machin 227-2633.

Call For Additional Federal Funding

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 8:27am

PhotoNatural Resources Minister and Kenora MP Greg Rickford is being pressured to provide additional funding for the Ring of Fire.
The call is coming from the Ontario Chambers of Commerce, however 7 others have joined including Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay Chamber President Charla Robinson says the letter is asking Rickford to commit federal infrastructure funding to the giant mining project.
Robinson says the letter asks Rickford to consider using separate funding for the project and not the Build Canada Fund.

Nuisance Bear Problem In Sioux Lookout

By CKDR News - July 4th, 2014 - 8:23am

PhotoThere's an increasing concern of nuisance bears in Sioux Lookout.
Provincial Police say they have received several calls of bears eating garbage and bird feeders in the community.
Police urge people not to approach the animals and to call 9-1-1 if it's an emergency.
If it's not an emergency you are asked to call the Ministry of Natural Resources Nuisance Bear hotline at 1-866-514-2327.

$1,200 Fine For Illegally Trapping Marten

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 4:41pm

PhotoA $1,200 fine for a Vermilion Bay man.
Gary Beardsley was fined for illegally trapping marten in the Taber Creek area, east of Ear Falls.
Court heard that Beardsley caught one marten and all 4 of his traps did not comply with Ontario standards in March, 2014.
Marten can only be trapped from October 25th to the end of February.

No Verdict On James Street Swing Bridge

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 3:28pm

PhotoIt doesn't look like the James Street swing bridge will be open anytime soon.
CN Rail, Thunder Bay, and Fort William First Nation exchanged proposals this morning on how to get the bridge open to vehicle traffic.
CN Spokesperson Olivier Chouc says they'll have more discussions in a few days time.
Chouc says they received counter proposals from the city and Fort William First Nation and will take time to reflect back on them.
He says CN Rail will look over the city and First Nation's proposals, and talk with the two groups again next week.
He adds the proposals will remain confidential, and did not give a timeline as to when the bridge would be re-opened.
Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee Joe Virdiramo says some components of the proposals need to be worked out.
Virdiramo says in-depth discussions of the specifics of the proposals need to be ironed out and brought to council.
Fort William First Nation Chief Georjann Morriseau says she is optimistic that it can be re-opened.

City Issues Warning To Motorists

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 2:26pm

PhotoThe City of Dryden is out with a warning to motorists.
Vehicles of any kind can't be parked on City streets for more than 24-hours.
Dryden Police have received several complaints about large vehicles and vehicles hauling boats parked on the street for an extended period of time and impeding traffic.
The City adds that parking is prohibited for more than 3 hours on certain streets and certain times.
For more information visit www.dryden.ca to view Chapter 150 under City Hall/Administration/By-laws/Municipal Code.

Moncton Shooter Ordered 30 Day Psych Assessment

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 2:00pm

PhotoAfter a brief court appearance in Moncton, accused Mountie killer Justin Bourque has been ordered to undergo a 30 day psychiatric assessment at the Shepody Healing Centre in Dorchester.
He'll be remanded until July 31.

Fraser Institute Study Uncovers Health Care Costs

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 1:54pm

PhotoHow much tax do we pay for health care?
The Fraser Institute is trying to pin down exact numbers while emphasizing that it doesn't come free.
The study estimates if you are single earning $42,000 a year, you will pay more $4300 in taxes for your health care.
It claims a family of 4 with an income of $118,000 will pay more than $11,000 a year for public health care which is at the high end.
The study also says 10 per cent of families with the lowest incomes will pay an average of $523 for public health care this year.
It also says 10 per cent of families with an average income of almost $58,000 will pay more than $5,500 of that this year for their health care.
The cost of health care has increased over the last decade by more than 53 per cent which is one and half times faster than average income, 1.3 times faster than the cost of housing and more than 3 times as fast as the cost of food.
The data was compiled from the Canadian Institute of Health Information and Stats Canada.

Chamber Comments On IGA Closure

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 11:43am

The Dryden District Chamber of Commerce is clarifying its response to the closure of IGA.
Board Chair James Cochrane says IGA has been a leader in the business community and a tremendous supporter of the Chamber for years.
Cochrane says the closure will result in considerable job losses and they will continue to assist displaced workers and potential entrepreneurs to find opportunity in the face of change.

Passerby Saves Man From Bear Attack

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 11:38am

A 29-year-old Muskrat Dam man is lucky to be alive following a bear attack in Sioux Lookout.
OPP Sergeant Kevin Young says the incident happened around 9:20 Wednesday night.
Young the 29-year-old man was lying on a trail near the water tower when a bear grabbed his right hand and dragged him into the bush.
He says fortunately a passerby witnessed the attack and was able to scare the bear off by hitting it in the head with a rock.
Young says they received several calls about problem bears that night but aren't sure if it was the same one causing all of the trouble.
OPP say they weren't able to locate the animal.

MNR Looking Into Discovery Of Dead-Rotting Fish

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 9:23am

PhotoThe discovery of a net full of fish on Eagle Lake has prompted an investigation.
The Ministry of Natural Resources was notified of the discovery late Friday and two investigators were able to remove the net on Sunday.
Enforcement Officer Mike Prepp says the net was full of just under 100 fish of varying species and all were found dead or rotting.
They ranged from muskie, walleye and pike and the net was found near Seagull Island.
Prepp says they have launched an investigation and notes they have no leads yet.

Mayor Hoping For An End To Bridge Saga

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 8:40am

PhotoThe City of Thunder Bay and the Fort William First Nation are hoping for answers today on when the James Street bridge can reopen.
Mayor Keith Hobbs says both sides will be meeting with CN officials who will release their latest engineers report on what it will take to reopen the key bridge that links the two communities.
Hobbs says he's anxious to see an end to the saga.
He says its been dragging on for "too long" and people are getting frustrated.
The bridge has been closed to cars and pedestrians since a fire last October.

Fuel Spill Cleaned Up West Of Atikokan

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 7:19am

PhotoThe Ministry of Environment says there has been no impact to lakes or streams after a fuel truck overturned west of Atikokan last weekend.
It happened on Flanders Road.
About 4,000 litres of fuel spilled.
A Ministry spokesperson says it all was contained and has since been cleaned up, but none made its way into the water system.

Break In Wet Weather Welcome News

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 6:52am

The warm weather has finally provided some relief for rain soaked communities.
Lake levels are now starting to go down or remain stable.
There has been no significant increase in water levels on Lac Seul.
There also appears to have been a turn around in levels on Rainy Lake.
Data from the International Joint Commission shows the level dropping 2 millimetres at Bears Pass and 7 millimetres in Fort Frances.
And it appears as if water levels may finally have peaked on Lake of the Woods.
The Lake of the Woods Control Board says based on its current projections, it doesn't expect water levels to go up in the next week, and in fact they may start to fall.

Neighbourhood Legacy Has Eye On Major Project

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 6:50am

Dryden Neighbourhood Legacy is looking for submissions for a large scale project to fund.
The organization says they want to concentrate on a major project to help raise funds for.
Chair Mike Wood says they are a charitable group and can help levy funds.
Wood notes developing Rotary Park is one example of a so-called legacy project.
He says the long term benefits of such a project would be felt for generations.

Dryden Days Of Summer Is Back

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 6:33am

Dryden Days of Summer is officially back for another year.
The first day of activities is today in the downtown core.
The Dryden Fire Service Junior Firefighter Games highlight activities.
There will also be food vendors, artists and crafters.
The event is being held from 3 until 6 and King Street will be closed off to motorists.
Dryden Days of Summer will be held every Thursday for the next 7-weeks.
Details on how you can get involved are available by e-mailing ddosevents@gmail.com or by visiting DrydenDaysofSummer on Facebook.

MPP Still Has Major Concerns With Budget

By CKDR News - July 3rd, 2014 - 6:31am

PhotoKenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is setting the tone for the new session of the Legislature.
The atmosphere has changed with a new Liberal majority government.
Campbell doesn't expect that to change things.
Campbell says she will continue attempts to work with the government in a bid to improve the way of life in northwestern Ontario.
She calls the upcoming budget a "Trojan Horse" budget that will negatively impact Ontarians in the long run.
A vote on the budget is expected in two weeks.

Supreme Court Will Make Jury Roll Decision

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 12:03pm

The Supreme Court of Canada will make the final decision on First Nations representation on jury lists.
It involves the manslaughter trial of Clifford Kokopenace in Kenora which was halted because there weren't enough First Nations persons on the jury list used.
His lawyer Del Doucette expects the results to be far reaching.
Doucette says it will likely effect jury trials in all Ontario jurisdictions where a significant number of people live on reserve.
He notes the case is tentatively set to be heard on October 6th.

Jim Wilson Named PC Interim Leader

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 11:57am

Veteran MPP Jim Wilson has been named the interim leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative party.
Wilson says the Tories must stop attacking people if they ever hope to form government again.
The Simcoe-Grey MPP and former cabinet minister was elected today replacing Tim Hudak who led the party to defeat in the last two elections.
Wilson says Hudak got some bad advice in the election campaign when he vowed to cut 100,000 public sector jobs.

Some $19,000 Raised In Colours Of Hope

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 11:12am

The future looks bright for the 'Colours of Hope' fundraiser in Dryden.
Organizers plan to make the 5-kilometre walk and run an annual Canada Day event.
Angela Gillis says Tuesday's inaugural event went way beyond expectations.
Gillis says they were hoping for 150-participants and they attracted some 230-people.
Gillis says unofficially they raised over $19,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
She stresses everyone seemed to have a great time despite the damp and cool conditions.
Gillis says next year they are hoping to get more families involved.

Month Of June A Wet One

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 10:34am

PhotoAll-in-all, the month of June was pretty miserable.
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says Dryden received 145.2-millimetres of rain last month.
That's 126% higher than normal.
It may not seem like it but temperatures were actually above normal levels in June.
The average temperature was 16.3-degrees, 0.2-degrees above normal.

Other figures:
Atikokan: June Average Temperature-15.9, Normal-14.7, Total Rain-160.3mm, % of Normal-155%, 2 days with at least 20-mm, Heaviest Day-42.7mm on June 12th
Dryden: June Average Temperature-16.3, Normal-16.1, Total Rain-145.2mm, % of Normal-126%, 3 days with at least 22-mm, Heaviest Day-36.4mm on June 15th
Ear Falls: June Average Temperature-15.3, Normal-15.6, Total Rain-120.2mm, % of Normal-126%, 1 day with at least 20mm, Heaviest Day-39.9mm on June 15th
Fort Frances: June Average Temperature-16.3, Normal-16.1, Total Rain-255mm, % of Normal-189%, 6 days with at least 20mm, Heaviest Day-58mm on June 12th
Ignace: June Average Temperature-15.7, Normal-NA, Total Rain-181.3mm, % of Normal-NA, 4 days with at least 20mm, Heaviest Day-39.6mm on June 2nd
Kenora: June Average Temperature-16.5, Normal-16.7, Total Rain-158.2mm, % of Normal-133%, 2 days with at least 20mm, Heaviest Day-43.4mm on June 15th
Red Lake: June Average Temperature-15.3, Normal-15.2, Total Rain-103.9mm, % of Normal-105%, 3 days with at least 20mm, Heaviest Day-24.9mm on June 22nd
Sioux Lookout: June Average Temperature-15.2, Normal 15.7, Total Rain-206mm, % of Normal-181%, 3 days with at least 20mm, Heaviest Day-32.6mm on June 2nd
Thunder Bay: June Average Temperature-13.7, Normal-14, Total Rain-106.7mm, % of Normal-125%, 1 day with at least 20mm, Heaviest Day-46.3mm on June 2nd
Vermilion Bay: June Average Temperature-15.8, Normal-NA, Total Rain-176.7mm, % of Normal-NA, 4 days with at least 20mm, Heaviest Day-38.3mm on June 15th

FedNor Funding To Help Businesses Grow

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 8:53am

PhotoThe Dryden District Chamber of Commerce is hoping to hear from area businesses about what's needed to help them expand.
The Chamber has received nearly $19,000 in FedNor funding to help them complete their Regional Business Retention and Expansion survey.
Manager Gwen Kurz says their ultimate goal is creating new jobs.
Kurz says volunteers will be touring the area speaking with various business leaders.
Kenora MP and FedNor Minister Greg Rickford says the investment will help stimulate business growth.

Mother Nature Forces Postponement Of Fireworks

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 8:37am

Mother Nature didn't cooperate with Canada Day festivities across the region.
Folks still braved the weather to take part in festivities in several communities including Dryden.
Most events were moved inside but the wet and damp weather forced the postponement of the fireworks show until Saturday.
Fireworks and activities will also take place Saturday in Sioux Lookout.
The Red Lake fireworks show has been rescheduled for Friday night.
The fireworks display in Ignace is scheduled for next Saturday night.

Red Lake Mayor Out With Provincial Wish List

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 8:09am

The Mayor of Red Lake is hoping for a productive summer session in the Ontario Legislature.
Phil Vinet says immediate action is needed on a number of fronts including a new OPP billing model.
Vinet says we need to get policing costs back to an affordable level on a household basis and stresses they aren't there yet.
He adds the government must make a move to protect the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund.
Vinet says provincial uploading is also needed as local communities are paying for things that they shouldn't be.
He does believe that there's a strong desire right now to get the northwest engine moving.

King Street Underpass Closed; Flushing Begins

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 8:05am

PhotoA couple of notices from Dryden Public Works.
The underpass will be closed starting today and it won't reopen until Friday afternoon.
Crews are completing upgrades.
The City is also starting hydrant flushing today.
If you notice your water is murky or brown, you're asked to leave the cold tap running until the water runs clean.
This is a 6-week program.

OPP Recover Body Of Missing Man

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 7:56am

PhotoProvincial Police have recovered the body of a missing canoeist in Quetico Provincial Park.
24-year-old Jason Phillip Prystay was found in Pickerel Lake on Monday afternoon.
The man from Oliver Paipoonage fell out of his canoe on June 27th and failed to resurface.

Rare Sitting Of Summer Session At Queen's Park

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 7:52am

PhotoIt's back to Queen's Park for all of Ontario's MPP's as they prepare for the new session of the Legislature.
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle says the key reason for going back in July is to pass the spring budget.
Gravelle says it's vital that they pass the budget as it contains plenty of good things for northwestern Ontario.
The budget debate is expected to take place all of next week with the vote being held on July 14th.
Today MPP's will be sworn in and then they'll elect a new speaker.
The speech from the Throne will be delivered tomorrow.

Man Charged With Impaired Driving

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 7:40am

The crackdown on impaired drivers continues across the district.
Provincial Police were called to a single vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 on Highway 599 south of Pickle Lake near Eric Lake.
Police say the driver had been drinking.
OPP say a 22-year-old Mishkeegogamang First Nation man faces two charges.

Ten Teams Hit The Water For Dragon Boat Races

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 7:38am

PhotoThe TimberMax Twisters are the champions of the 10th annual Dryden Kinsmen Dragon Boat races.
The Twisters edged out the Teamsters and MNR Smoke on the Water in the final race on a wet and cold Canada Day on the Wabigoon River.
This is the second straight championship for the Twisters.
TimberMax finished with a time of 3 minutes and 4 seconds, just 2 seconds ahead of the second and third place teams.
MNR Breathing Fire came in fourth.
Kinsmen member Ryan Graham was a guest on the CKDR Morning Show today and says more than $10,000 was raised for the Still Me program at the Dryden Hospital.
Graham says well over $110,000 has been brought in over the past 10-years and stresses all of that money stays in the community.

Anti-Spam Legislation Now In Place

By CKDR News - July 2nd, 2014 - 7:35am

The Harper government's new anti-spam legislation is now law.
Suzanne Christie of Thunder Bay's Shout Media says from now on companies have to get your expressed permission to send you their information by e-mail.
Christie says they need written permission to send you information.
Christie notes the e-mail must also contain, among other things, a physical address and an unsubscribe button.

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