Missing Girl: Angelica LaClaire
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 5:20pm
Police and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection urgently needs the Ontario and Manitoba public’s help in their search for a missing Regina girl who is suspected to be hitchhiking toward Toronto.
Fourteen year-old Angelica LaClaire, is described as female, about 5’5 in height, weighing about 122 pounds, with long brown hair and blue eyes.
She has pierced ears, sometimes wears glasses and may be wearing green sweatpants, a black jacket, brown boots and carrying a backpack.
She may appear older than 14 years of age. She is travelling without medication prescribed to her and has been missing since last Sunday. Police are worried that she could come to harm if not found soon. Angelica’s family is desperate to locate her safely.
Anyone who sees or comes into contact with Angelica is urged to call 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477) or Regina Police at 1-306-777-6500 or the local police.
New Program To Address High Cancer Rates
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 10:01am
A new initiative has been launched aimed at combating rising cancer rates in Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is investing more than $10-million to help various health agencies develop strategies specific to aboriginal people.
Officials say cancer rates among some First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have increased at an alarming rate and in some cases surpass those among other Canadians.
Two Dryden Hunters Hoping To Win 'The Search'
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 9:38am
Two Dryden hunters are taking advantage of their knowledge of the bush to steal the spotlight on TV.
Marc McNay and Denise Dubois are going up against seven other teams on the reality show "The Search" on Wild TV starting on March 31st.
Viewers will be asked to vote for their favourite team.
The winning team will receive their own TV series next year.
Marc was a guest on the CKDR Morning Show today and he says everything that was filmed was in the Dryden area.
He says we live in an amazing part of the country and the outdoors industry is second to none.
Marc and Denise will be sharing their excitement at a pre-screening party at the Riverview Lodge Saturday night at 7 o'clock.
Marc says they have hundreds of hours of video and they want to show some of their footage and bloopers.
Take It Easy Heading To Spring Break Destination
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 8:51am
It's a PD day which means many local families are hitting the road for the start of Spring break.
If you are making a trip to a warmer destination you are asked to take it easy today.
All area highways are open but they are snow packed and slippery with poor visibility.
10 to 15-centimetres of snow has already fallen and another 5-centimetres is expected before all is said and done.
On top of that, patches of freezing drizzle will add to the misery of motorists.
Travel within Dryden is being hindered by massive snow banks and drivers are urged to be extra attentive.
KDSB Turning To Premier To Address Problem
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 8:50am
The Kenora District Services Board is growing more and more frustrated with the province on the issue of land ambulance non-emergency patient transfers.
The Board is sending the Premier and the Northwest Local Health Integration Network a strongly worded letter calling on the government to upload the service.
Chair Barry Baltessen says transfers have put a major financial strain on municipalities and the problem has to be rectified.
He calls it an "unfairness that exists in northwestern Ontario that the rest of the province doesn't have to deal with."
Baltessen is calling on the Ministry of Health to pay for the costs.
The KDSB is ramping up efforts on the issue following a meeting with the nine member primary health care consortium and the NW LHIN.
Chief Administrative Officer Dan McNeill says the issue has been studied to death.
McNeill says 5 separate studies have been conducted and all of the recommendations remain the same.
McNeill notes that despite the suggestions, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care hasn't taken any action.
The most recent report on non-emergency patient transfers was completed in October 2013 but it wasn't looked at by the NW LHIN until February 12th.
Frozen Water Lines Causing Headaches
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 8:24am
The City of Dryden is recommending that you run your water a couple of times a day.
Public Works have dealt with roughly 36-frozen lines in recent days and crews were deployed to fix the problem.
Director of Engineering and Public Works Blake Poole says residents who have experienced problems in the past should be the ones who run their water for a couple of minutes.
Poole admits frozen pipes have been an issue across the region this year but notes it happens only once every ten years.
Last year the City only dealt with five frozen water lines.
He notes residents experiencing problems are encouraged to contact Public Works at 223-2367.
Elk Population Stable In Northwestern Ontario
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 8:20am
The elk population remains fairly stable in northwestern Ontario despite a harsh winter.
Murray English is the co-chair of the Lake of the Woods Elk Restoration Committee and says they have between 40 and 50 animals in the Cameron Lake area southeast of Kenora.
English says the elk are pretty well adapted to winter conditions and doesn't think the deep snow and cold will have much impact on their numbers this year.
Elk were released into the Cameron Lake area about 15 years ago.
Time To Spring Forward!
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 8:17am
It's a sure sign spring is eventually coming!
Daylight savings time begins on Sunday.
It means you will have to move your clock ahead an hour when you go to bed Saturday night.
The only exception is New Osnaburgh, Pickle Lake and Atikokan.
Cell phones, laptops, and computers should automatically update.
It's also a perfect opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
Work Continues On 2014 Dryden Budget
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 8:16am
The City of Dryden continues to crunch the numbers and find savings.
Staff are still hoping to present a balanced budget to Council by the end of the month.
Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie says work on finding $4-million in savings continues.
Larabie says the first step is to complete a deficit recovery plan and present it to council.
Larabie notes if there are service level reductions they will be brought forward to Council in the next couple of weeks.
He stresses the budget should be approved before the end of the first quarter.
Closed door meetings were held this week on the status of the Dryden Development Corporation, Dryden Fire operations and other staffing issues.
Boil Water Advisory Still In Effect
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 8:06am
A boil water advisory in parts of Dryden is still in place.
Public Works is hoping to lift the notice shortly and is just waiting for the go-ahead from health officials in Thunder Bay.
The advisory was put in place in the Duke Street area last week after a water main break.
The safety of the drinking water couldn't be guaranteed.
Province Planning Accountability Legislation
By CKDR News - March 7th, 2014 - 8:05am
The Ontario government is promising to bring more accountability, oversight and transparency to government and the broader public sector.
It's planning legislation that gives new powers to Ontario's Ombudsman over municipalities and school boards and the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.
Community and Social Services Minister John Milloy says a new patient ombudsman will also be created to investigate complaints specific to hospitals and long-term care facilities.
If passed, the legislation could also see MPP's expenses and their voting and attendance records at Queen's Park posted on-line.
The legislation would also review the compensation given to senior executives and give powers to Ontario's Integrity Commissioner to review expenses in all provincially-funded agencies including Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says the legislation has been a top priority for her since she took office.
Dryden Council Approves 10% Increase
By CKDR News - March 6th, 2014 - 9:19am
Dryden Council has approved a 10% increase in basic water and sewer rates.
Depending on consumption your monthly bill could be going up anywhere from 8% to 18%.
Chief Administrative Officer Andre Larabie says the City hasn't been putting money aside to pay for badly needed upgrades or a new water treatment plant.
Larabie says this hike will result in an extra $440,000 in water revenue.
Water consumption since the introduction of water meters has gone down 20% and that has left the City with a $400,000 shortfall.
Sid Wintle was the only one to vote against the hike, noting users are already being overcharged $1.8-million.
Wintle calls the increase "ridiculous".
Others point out that money previously raised from water and sewer rates have gone to other projects and that the well is dry when it comes to water and sewer infrastructure.
Participants Wanted For Dryden Police Academy
By CKDR News - March 6th, 2014 - 9:09am
There will be no Tackleberry, Hightower or Commandant Lassard at this Police Academy but Dryden residents will learn the in's and out's of the Dryden Police Service.
Applications for the 7-week Citizen Police Academy are being accepted until Friday.
Community Service Officer Kevin Hildebrand says the free program is entering its second year.
Hildebrand says it was well received last year and he's hoping to grow the program.
He says the goal of the program is creating a better understanding and partnership between citizens and officers.
Hildebrand says the class size will be limited to 12-students.
The interactive classes are held every Wednesday evening and the program is free of charge.
To register visit the Dryden Police Service or call 223-3281.
Application forms are also available at www.drydenpoliceservice.com
(Picture: 2013 Graduating Class)
Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Award Winners
By CKDR News - March 6th, 2014 - 9:05am
A big dinner for a selfless act for Dryden Rotary Members.
Five members received the Paul Harris Fellow Award Last night.
Mardi Plomp was one of the recipients and says they have managed to raise funds to help others in far away countries.
Plomp says the program allows local residents to help those in need.
She notes the reason she wanted to become a Paul Harris Fellow is because she believes so strongly in Rotary and its goals.
Clare Thompson received his fourth award and says the Paul Harris Fellow is the charity of his choice because he knows that every penny goes to a worthwhile cause.
Members contribute $200 a year to become a Paul Harris Fellow.
Other recipients were Joanne Kusnick, Shayne MacKinnon and Susan Reany Iskra.
NDP Release Hydro Plan
By CKDR News - March 6th, 2014 - 9:00am
The provincial NDP are unveiling a plan to help local residents save on Hydro costs.
Leader Andrea Horwath says the plan includes stopping energy subsidies to the U.S, capping pay for executives and a stop to private power giveaways.
Horwath says northernes can no longer afford to pay their hydro bill.
Should the strategy go through, the NDP are promising a $100 hydro rebate to customers.
Manitoba Man Charged In Highway 17 Viral Crash
By CKDR News - March 6th, 2014 - 8:54am
A video gone viral may mean additional charges against a 36-year-old Manitoba man.
The man was seen on camera talking on his cell phone when he pulled out in front of an oncoming vehicle on Highway 17 east of Kenora.
The vehicle, being driven by Sioux Lookout's Ralph Ireland, couldn't stop in time and hit the truck.
Fortunaly no one was seriously injured.
The driver of the truck has already been charged with failing to yield.
PC's Crunching The Numbers
By CKDR News - March 6th, 2014 - 8:39am
The Ontario Conservatives are out with a plan to improve math test scores.
Critic Rob Leone says teaching the time tables and focusing on the fundamentals are essential.
He suggests the Liberal government isn't doing enough to turn around declining EQAO math test results.
OFIA Calling For Changes In Building Code
By CKDR News - March 6th, 2014 - 8:13am
The Ontario Forest Industries Association is again calling on Ontario to change the building code to allow for construction of mid-rise buildings using wood.
President Jamie Lim says making the move would result in 500-new projects over the next 5-years.
She notes every 6-floor project would use 1-million board feet of lumber.
Lim says she doesn't understand the hold-up, noting B.C. changed its building code back in 1999.
OPP Warn Residents Of Bullying Scam
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 4:00pm
Ontario Provincial Police are warning of an area scam that has residents contacted over the phone and asked to donate up to $300 to combat bullying.
March is Fraud Awareness month and OPP are reminding people to be very cautious if contacted by an unfamiliar organization asking for money.
New Prospect School Needs Your Love
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 3:44pm
The Juno's are approaching fast and the band Bachman-Turner Overdrive are being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this year.
The Juno committee has put out a contest to have people cover their song "Taking Care of Business" for a chance to be on the June Awards Show.
Music teacher, Colin Hayashi, helped Mrs. McMillian's Grade 3 class from New Prospect create a video of the song, and the students want as many LOVE It likes as they can get for the Juno's to recognize their video.
To check out the video visit www.junotribute.ca/fan-gallery/ and search for NPSchool to find the students video.
New Gold Moving Ahead With Mine Plans
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 11:20am
More evidence that a gold mine north of Barwick is closer to becoming a reality.
New Gold says they plan to submit purchase orders next month for some needed equipment.
Executive Chair Randall Oliphant says their time table hasn't changed.
New Gold is scheduled to begin construction in 2015 and start mining operations by the end of 2016.
Help Needed For Mishkeegogamang
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 10:29am
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation has declared a state of emergency in New Osnaburgh First Nation.
The move comes as the area community continues to mourn the loss of four people in a fatal house fire.
NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says leadership and front-line workers are simply overwhelmed and require additional support and relief.
Fiddler believes the situation will get worse if the provincial and federal governments don't provide assistance.
He adds there's been an increase in substance abuse, medical and mental health issues due to unresolved grief and trauma.
A mother, her two young daughters and her nephew perished on February 13th after a fire broke out in the family home in the early morning hours.
Commission Preparing For Final Meeting
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 10:28am
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is close to wrapping up consultations across the country.
The Commission has been collecting information on the residential school system.
The final hearing is March 27th to 30th in Edmonton.
The Commission is expected to complete its work by next year.
Explosion Still Being Investigated
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 10:26am
The cause of an explosion at the Resolute Forest Products Mill in Fort Frances is still under investigation.
One worker was seriously injured in the blast at the biomass boiler and he remains in hospital.
Resolute says both the Ministry of Labour and the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service have conducted investigations.
The company is also looking at what corrective measures can be put in place.
Prepare For ANOTHER Alberta Clipper
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 10:23am
It's becoming a weekly tradition.
Yet another Alberta Clipper is heading our way.
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says the snow will start falling before midnight.
He notes we should see about 5-centimetres of snow when we wake up tomorrow.
Laidlaw says the system is expected to dump between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow before it blows through tomorrow afternoon.
He says blowing snow and poor visibility will be an issue.
Ontario Students Demanding Drop In Tuition Fees
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 9:05am
The Provincial Government is going to hear from Ontario students this week.
The Canadian Federation of Students Ontario will be meeting with MPP's about their budget wish list.
Chair Alastiar Woods says they have a number of recommendations.
Woods says they want tuition fees dropped by 30% over 3-years as well as an end to the practice of unpayed internships.
He notes there are between 100,000-300,000 students involved in the practice of working without pay.
The Federation is also calling for more graduate studies opportunities.
Energy East Consultations Hitting The Area
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 9:01am
Two public consultations are being held in northwestern Ontario on the proposed Energy East Pipeline.
The Ontario Energy Board is holding a series of public meetings to discuss the proposed pipeline route.
Sessions are being held in Kenora on March 25th and Thunder Bay on March 26th.
Separate meetings will be held during the same period with First Nation's and Metis communities to seek their views on the project.
The $12-billion project will transport crude oil from Western Canada through Northern Ontario to Quebec and New Brunswick.
Ontario Investing In Nurse Practitioners
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 8:59am
Ontario intends to increase the number of nurse practitioners who work in the province's long term care homes.
Health Minister Deb Matthews says the province will provide $14-million over the next three years for the hiring of 75 new nurse practitioners.
Matthews says that means 93 nurse practitioners will soon be working in Ontario.
The provincial government has also unveiled a new program to help long-term care homes attract nurse practitioners.
The "Grow Your Own" initiative is aimed at homes who have difficulty recruiting and retaining nurse practitioners.
The program will provide support to allow homes to recruit and sponsor a registered nurse to receive additional education to become a nurse practitioner.
The initiative will be launched in 2015-2016.
Province Looking At Hydro Concerns
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 8:56am
Hydro One is continuing to address some of the billing issues affecting some of its residential customers across the province.
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says the utility has hired extra staff to deal with some of the problems that have arisen over the past several months.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says they knew about the billing issues well before Ontario's Ombudsman decided to launch an investigation and had already started working on those
Rickford Says Feds Reviewing Firearm Decision
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 8:54am
Kenora MP Greg Rickford says he's troubled with a decision to ban a recreational rifle that is commonly used in northwestern Ontario.
The RCMP has reclassified the Swiss Arms SG550 and SG551 as prohibited.
Rickford calls it an unacceptable classification.
Rickford says the RCMP hasn't announced what gun owners should do with the rifles after purchasing them in good faith.
He stresses the Minister of Public Safety has ordered an immediate review of the decision.
The Minister of State is confident that a specific policy will be drafted in the very near future.
Rickford says the government is working to ensure that impacted firearm owners won't be punished.
Blogging A Popular Option At New Prospect School
By CKDR News - March 5th, 2014 - 8:36am
New technology in New Prospect's Grade 5 classroom has opened new ways of learning.
Teacher Mary Trist says blogging has helped students and allowed ideas to flow.
Trist says blogging has allowed kids to share their thoughts and feelings.
She adds it has allowed her class to go into different parts of the world that they don't really have access too.
The students have had their own classroom blogs since December.
Trist says the biggest challenge has been getting parents into the habit of accessing the blog on a regular basis.
Province Addressing Insurance Costs
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 11:04am
The provincial government says it's taking more steps to reduce auto insurance premiums.
New legislation is being introduced today to crack down on insurance fraud.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa says that's just one of the things they are doing to reduce insurance rates.
Sousa notes they are eliminating the issues of disputes and accelerate benefits to crash victims.
Sousa suggests the province is on target to reduce auto insurance premiums by 15% over two years.
Major Concerns At Nipigon Hospital
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 11:02am
The Ontario Nurses Association is concerned about staffing levels at the Nipigon District Memorial Hospital.
They feel workloads are unsafe and have compromised patient safety.
ONA Spokesperson Vicki McKenna says nurses are frustrated and worried and believe that proper health care isn't being provided.
An independent panel is holding three days of hearings to listen to concerns.
The panel is expected to come back with its recommendations in about a month and a half.
$8,000 Worth Of Pot Seized By OPP
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 10:52am
Ontario Provincial Police have taken $8,000 worth of drugs off the street.
OPP stopped a vehicle on Highway 17 near Kenora and officers located 750-grams of marihuana.
47-year-old Michael Lambert of Prince George, B.C. has been charged with possession and trafficking.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister On Land Regime
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 8:47am
Nineteen First Nations communities are signing on with a program that will allow them greater control of their land.
That's according to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt.
Valcourt says the First Nation Land Management Regime already has a proven track record with the over 100 communities involved.
Three of the nineteen communities that joined Monday are from Ontario.
L-U Professor Weighs In On Ukraine Conflict
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 8:46am
With the crisis in Ukraine deepening by the day, world leaders, including Prime Minister Harper, are condemning Russia's actions there.
President Vladimir Putin says he has the right to protect Russian interests.
Lakehead University political science professor Laure Paquette believes Putin is in it for long haul.
Paquette believes with Putin now in control of the Crimean territory, that doesn't bode well for the rest of Ukraine
She doesn't think Russia will give back Crimea anytime soon.
Paquette calls Ukraine "ripe for invasion".
She thinks the end result of the crisis will see Putin likely installing a puppet regime in Kiev.
Thunder Bay Police Investigating Sexual Assault
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 8:34am
Thunder Bay Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault involving the University of Ottawa's men's hockey team.
University officials received information from a third party on February 24th regarding an incident involving some members of the team.
Police Spokesperson Chris Adams says the incident occurred on the weekend of February 1st when the Ottawa team was in Thunder Bay to play the Lakehead University Thunderwolves.
Adams says they're working closely with Ottawa police.
Ottawa University is conducting an internal review in conjunction with the police investigation.
The Ottawa men's hockey program has been suspended.
Dryden Mayor Back From Productive Meeting
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 8:29am
Transportation links highlighted conversations at the recent Ontario Good Roads Conference in Toronto.
Dryden Mayor Craig Nuttall addressed a number of issues with Transportation Minister Glen Murray.
Nuttall believes he's close to securing funding to fix Duke Street.
He also called on the province to properly maintain Highway 17 through town as well as improve the rail system across the country in an effort to reduce transport traffic.
Nuttall notes in one day he had 5 meetings with provincial ministers and government officials.
Nuttall says one meeting was with the Minister of Municipal Affairs about the current financial situation in Dryden.
He says the minister was receptive and open to helping out the community.
Nuttall also learned that the Province plans to upload court supervision costs.
Failing Grade For Local High Schools
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 8:20am
It's a poor grade for local high schools.
In the latest report card by the right-wing Fraser Institute, local schools had an average rating of 4.2.
The provincial average is 6.0.
Author Peter Cowley says the worst part is that local schools aren't showing any improvement in student success.
Cowley says schools need to learn that improvement can take place and should take place.
Dryden High School and Red Lake High School both scored a 5 out of 10, which was 559th in the Province.
Queen Elizabeth was near the bottom of the list with a 2.2 rating.
The Public School Board has long dismissed the report.
Settlement Reached Between Osisko And Goldcorp
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 8:16am
It appears tensions have eased a bit between Osisko and Goldcorp.
The two mining companies have settled a lawsuit out of court, just before a scheduled date in front of a Quebec Superior Court judge.
Under the settlement, the offer from Goldcorp has been extended from March 10th to April 15th.
Osisko had argued that Goldcorp misused private information it received last year to make it's $2.6-billion takeover bid.
Report Calls For Improved Emergency Services
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 8:13am
A report from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is recommending local training programs for health care workers in remote first nations communities.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says such programs would improve the health and safety of those living on reserve.
Nearly 30-First Nations communities in Northern Ontario don't have access to 911 services.
Feds Invest In Mining Industry
By CKDR News - March 4th, 2014 - 8:09am
FedNor Minister Greg Rickford is announcing an investment for Northern Ontario firm Penguin Automated Systems.
The investment will help develop robotics technology to be used in underground mines.
During development the firm expects to hire 30-engineers and technical workers.
Rickford announced the investment at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Conference in Toronto.
NDP Targeting Soaring Propane Prices
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 12:00pm
The NDP is calling on the Federal Government to cut the cost of propane.
The request comes during one of the coldest winters in recent memory.
MP Claude Gravelle has raised the issue in the House of Commons.
Gravelle says families in northern Ontario are getting burnt by massive hikes in propane prices and stresses the cost has more than doubled.
Gravelle wants to see an oil and gas ombudsman to ensure fairness for consumers being squeezed by high prices.
Boil Water Advisory In Place In Duke Street Area
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 11:34am
The City of Dryden hopes to lift a boil water advisory in the Duke Street area on Wednesday.
The notice was put in place following water main repairs across from the High School last week.
City officials say final water samples are being sent to Thunder Bay today.
Water should be boiled for at least one minute before consumption.
Young Man Dies In Fatal 3 Vehicle Collision
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 11:15am
Provincial Police are confirming that a 24-year-old man from Thunder Bay is dead after a fatal collision on Highway 11 yesterday between Longlac and Hearst.
A total of three vehicles were involved in the collision.
It appears that an eastbound pickup truck crossed the centre line and sideswiped a westbound transport then collided head on with another westbound tractor trailer unit.
A woman passenger of the pickup truck was transported to hospital with injuries.
The noon hour crash forced the closure of the highway for most of the day.
Firefighters Battle Cold Temperatures In Blaze
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 10:53am
The Dryden Fire Service is once again reminding homeowners to check their wood burning appliances and ensure they are properly cleaned.
The reminder follows a chimney and wood stove fire at a Meadows Road home Friday evening.
Firefighters arrived to flames coming from the chimney and smoke inside the home.
Crews were able to extinguish the fire and damage was limited.
It wasn't an easy fight as the bitter cold temperatures took over.
The cold caused mechanical problems for one of the pumpers and Bert's towing was called in to assist.
Two other responding vehicles required small repairs as well.
Young Drivers Pleased With New Fines
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 10:05am
Cell phones aren't the only distraction on the road.
That's the message Centre Director for Young Drivers in Dryden and Kenora, Maria Bagdonas is delivering following word of new provincial legislation.
Starting March 18th distracted driving fines will increase from $155-$280.
Bagdonas says distracted driving legislation also applies to eating or drinking behind the wheel or even carrying on a conversation.
Bagdonas stresses it's critical that drivers pay full attention to the road, especially during the current conditions.
She adds, If you feel you must be doing business on your mobile while driving, then it's a good idea to invest in hands free technology.
OMA Calling For Speedy Passage Of Bill 131
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 10:00am
The Ontario Medical Association has jumped on board a campaign that started in northwestern Ontario.
The OMA is urging the provincial government to pass Bill 131, legislation that would ban the sale of kid-friendly flavoured tobacco.
Flavour Gone started the campaign years ago at a local level.
OMA President Dr. Scott Wooder says cigarette manufacturers are masking the deadly taste of tobacco with flavours like grape, sour apple and watermelon that obviously appeal to children.
The legislation would also touch on a hot button issue here at home and that's a ban on smoking in restaurant and bar patios, hospital grounds and sports fields used by children.
It would also prohibit the sale of all types of tobacco on government and university properties.
Dr. Wooder is demanding the speedy passage of the bill now that the Legislature has resumed sitting.
The Northwestern Health Unit is also calling for MPP's to move the vote forward.
No Official Entries For 2014 Election In Dryden
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 9:57am
Interest in the 2014 municipal election is expected to be at an all-time high.
Voting day is October 27th and political followers in Dryden have flocked to recent public meetings and council meetings concerned about the future of the City.
Acting Clerk Debra Kincaid says nominations are now being accepted.
Packages are available at City Hall and you have until September 12th to file your nomination papers.
Kincaid says a few people have picked up nomination papers but none have been submitted.
Deer Could Have Trouble Surviving The Winter
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 9:53am
There could be fewer deer making it through the winter in northwestern Ontario this year.
Wildlife officials say deep snow, hard crusts and frigid temperatures are playing a factor.
Senior wildlife biologist with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Mark Ryckman says high mortality is expected.
Ryckman says still there's no need for any human intervention.
He does encourage people to help deer by packing down trails in areas frequented by the animals, and by cutting preferred food sources for easier access.
No Word On Impact Of Energy Deal
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 9:34am
It's unclear what a new agreement on energy needs for Ontario and Manitoba will mean for northwestern Ontario.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been inked by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.
Both provinces are vowing to work together to find new clean, renewable power.
The agreement will allow both to collaborate on growing the energy sector in a number of key areas, including conservation, efficiency, security and reliability.
Hospital Board Happy With Their Work
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 9:31am
The Board of Directors at the Dryden Regional Health Centre has looked in the mirror and members are happy with what they see.
The Board was one of eight in northern Ontario to take a self-assessment survey and encouraging results have come back.
They are at or above the level recorded at the other facilities.
Vice-Chair Bob Stevens says the results show a well-run hospital and a properly functioning board.
He adds it also shows a strong leadership team.
Stevens notes there's still more work to be done, including planning for the future.
Stevens stresses succession planning is critical given the baby-boom generation is set to move on.
He notes the hospital will have to deal with several retirements and filling their positions.
Stevens says communication and meeting provincial standards are other challenges facing the Board.
Board members also felt they weren't doing enough to oversee the development of the annual budget and financial plans for the hospital.
Grade 7 To 12 Model Not Even Close To Done Deal
By CKDR News - March 3rd, 2014 - 9:14am
There are questions whether a grade 7 to 12 model will be implemented at Dryden High School.
Director of Education Sean Monteith says feedback from parents and others has been overwhelming and notes their concerns are being listened too.
Monteith says one thing they are hearing in an unprecedented manner is how parents are satisfied and content with Open Roads School, New Prospect School and Lillian Berg in Vermilion Bay.
He notes parents continue to talk about the individual schools, their teachers and the programs being offered.
Monteith says if the consensus is that Dryden doesn't want the model, then at the end of the day staff and trustees will honour that.
He says they will keep their on-line survey going for a couple of more weeks before staff come back with a report.
Monteith admits he's surprised with the response from the public, noting they've had well over respondents to the survey or people coming out to public consultations.
He stresses they want to ensure they make the right decision.
Sioux Lookout Post Office Not Closing
By CKDR News - February 28th, 2014 - 5:40pm
Kenora MP Greg Rickford says a rumour of the Sioux Lookout Post Office closing is absolutely false!
The Minister of State says he's been in contact with Minister Raitt, who is responsible for Canada Post affairs, and he says the office is safe.
Rickford says he respects the right of a petition being circulated in the community but notes comments of a closure are absolutely false.
He stresses Sioux Lookout will continue to receive the same great service they always have.
Rickford says northwestern Ontario outlets are protected under special Legislation and he stresses he's been following the situation for several months.
By CKDR News - February 28th, 2014 - 4:40pm
A 43 year old man is dead following a snow mobile accident near Ear Falls.
Provincial police say Robert Boucha of Ear Falls died when he struck a hydro guidewire last night.
Boucha was with a group of 3 people travelling down the Hydro trail about 3 kilometers North of the community.
The Ear Falls OPP along with the Technical Collision Investigator are looking into the accident.
Sioux Lookout Post Office Fears Closure
By CKDR News - February 28th, 2014 - 2:51pm
There is a petition going around to save the local post office in Sioux Lookout.
Vice President of Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Karen Boyko, has more details.
"We've been given notice they are looking for a franchise, but on the same hand they won't be filling in any positions as people leave and retire and they have been talking about Saturday closure for quite a while.”
Boyko says employees are wanting to know why they want to have a franchise if there's not enough for a local corporate office.
Boyko let CKDR know that when Canada Post came out with their 5 year plan to get rid of door-to-door services, they didn't say that it can impact smaller communities.
“As a matter of fact, 11 small post offices have been closed down this year,” she says.
Boyko says the Sioux Lookout Post Office doesn't know where they are on the list, but she is sure they are on the list of closure.
She notes that once you're on the list, there is nothing you can about it-the plan is already in effect.
Canadian Union of Postal Workers are trying to be proactive about the situation and they need help from their community.
Boyko says people can help by talking to their MP's, contact Canada Post and ask to receive full postal service and let their voices be heard that they want their local post office to stay open.
A petition signing will be held in Sioux Lookout at the Seniors Centre from 1-3 p.m. tomorrow, to save the post office and keep door-to-door delivery across the country.
Boyko will also be in Sioux Towers tonight to bring the petition to those who can't get out tomorrow.
If anyone can't get down to the Seniors Centre tomorrow, Boyko says she will glady bring the petition to them
She can be reached at 1-807-737-2489 or President Colleen Moore at 1-807-737-1738.
One Confirmed Dead In Crash
By CKDR News - February 28th, 2014 - 10:49am
There has been one confirmed fatality in relation to a snowmobile crash in Ear Falls.
Police are expected to release more details shortly.
Wabigoon Ice Road Is Closed
By CKDR NEWS - February 28th, 2014 - 8:02am
Back and forth stories on whether or not the ice road is open or not, prompted CKDR to get down to the bottom of things.
Chairman of Lake Wabigoon Ice Road Committee, Brian Davidson, shares his story.
“The opening of the ice road was full of slush, the plow man spent all of December trying to open the road and we simply ran out money.”
After that the wind came and drifts filled in the ice road and it had to be closed.
However, it was then re-opened because ice shack owners hired B & M to take a loader out and clear the road.
Davidson says the loader has opened it, but the track he made is unsafe to use, it is wet and bumpy.
Davidson says they are waiting for another machine to continue to widen the road, but right now it's impassable.
As it stands, both the north and south ends of the ice road are closed.
Dryden Police On Schedule For Dispatch Services
By CKDR NEWS - February 28th, 2014 - 7:45am
The Dryden Police Service has received pre-budget approval from Council to upgrade its communication equipment.
Dryden Council has given pre-budget approval for the purchase of new radio equipment at a cost of nearly 46-thousand dollars.
Board Chair Peter Andrusco says, “It's the same type of equipment that Owen Sound uses, so that would make the transition there without any bumps in the road.”
this will help in their transition to the Owen Sound Police department.
Andrusco says, “If and when we need technical support it's a phone call and an hour and a half drive away, so when we do have problem it will be dealt with as quickly as possible.”
The radios are compatible with other emergency service equipment in the area.
Andrusco says this is a one-time purchase to facilitate the move and the department is right on schedule for the end of March.
DHS Decision On New Model Unlikely For 2015
By CKDR NEWS - February 27th, 2014 - 5:37pm
Don't expect a decision to be made on the future of Dryden High School anytime soon.
The Public School Board admits a date of September 2015 to implement the Grade 7 to 12 model at DHS is likely too ambitious.
Superintendent of Education Caryl Hron says too many questions remain unanswered.
“What we are hearing is that parents would like some more time to think about it and want some more information and I think the process will take a little longer. We need to make sure we give parents time to think about it, open it up and give more time to the survey and if we need to have more consultations I think we will do that.”
Hron says she wants to ensure they get everything right and have the best possible model in place.
“I want to hear the voice of everybody including students, staff and parents because it's very important we welcome everyone's voice,” she says.
Hron wants to make sure that when she gives the report back to the board that she has the information from everyone that will be impacted by the decision.
You can still provide feedback by going to the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board website and filling out the survey. (www.kpdsb.on.ca)
Fire And Small Explosion In Fort Frances
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 12:28pm
The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service is currently on scene of an incident at the Resolute Forest Products biomass boiler.
Officials say a dust explosion occurred inside the building this morning leading to a small fire that has been extinguished.
One person has been transfered to hospital in critical condition.
State Of Emergency In Greenstone
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 12:04pm
A state of emergency has been declared in Greenstone as 800 Union Gas customers in Longlac are without heat today.
The company's regulating station failed most likely because of the severe cold weather.
Spokesperson Dave Sword says they're working on fixing the problem but stresses it's going to take a while before heat is restored.
Sword says crews are working to address the problem and is urging residents to help by clearing a path to their meters.
TSB Releases Cause Of Pickle Lake Crash
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 12:02pm
Darkness and low-intensity runway lights are to blame in a deadly plane crash near Pickle Lake.
The small plane arrived in the Pickle Lake Airport area and the pilot set up to land towards the west.
Transportation Safety Board Spokesperson, Peter Hildebrand tells CKDR what happened next.
“The plane was well above the normal altitude for arrivals into that area, a fairly steep descent started to develop, the descent continued and unfortunately the aircraft struck the ground a mile east of the runway.”
The crash killed two pilots and one of two passengers on board.
Hildebrand reveals what investigation reports found.
“We found that the dark environment would have led to a loss of situational awareness on the part of the pilot, relative to the airplanes position from the runway and the rate of descent.”
Hildebrand says that's because there is very little to see at the Pickle Lake Airport and it would be hard to orient yourself by just looking at the ground.
The private plane was travelling from Lac La Biche, Alberta to Trios-Rivieres, Quebec.
Teen Charged With Impaired Driving
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 10:41am
A Sioux Lookout teen is in trouble with the law after he couldn't keep his vehicle on the road.
Provincial Police were alerted of a vehicle in the ditch on Sturgeon River Road.
Police located the driver shortly after receiving the call and officers found that he was heavily under the influence of alcohol.
OPP say a 19-year-old Harrison Hoey faces two charges.
Winter Exploration In Dryden Area
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 10:16am
Some winter exploration is underway south of Dryden.
Manitou Gold says its started a drill program on its Elora and Kenwest projects, both located at the north end of Upper Manitou Lake
The company says it's testing two areas showing signs of gold and two soil gas hydrocarbon geo-chemical anomalies.
Standards Of Behaviour Policy At DRHC
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 9:37am
Expectations will be high at the Dryden Regional Health Centre now that the Board has approved a new Standards of Behaviour policy.
A team was formed to look at Hospital values and develop a document that sets out specific goals and expectations that should be met.
Marcel Penner and Delaine Willet were both involved in the process.
Penner says the policy covers staff, physicians, volunteers and even patients.
He says it focuses on respect, integrity, humility, compassion and accountability.
Willet says there's still plenty of work to do before it's fully implemented.
Willet stresses they want to ensure the goals and expectations are clearly visible in the hospital and even suggests certain statements may be written along the walls.
She adds they also have to continue dialogue with staff and physicians as they role out the policy.
The standards were drafted following lengthy consultations with staff at the hospital.
Hospital officials have suggested staff signing an accountability agreement to help them meet the standards.
Plenty Of Questions And Answers At DHS
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 9:25am
Still more questions but this time more answers on a proposal for Dryden High School switching to a grade 7 to 12 model.
The third of three scheduled public consultations was held Wednesday in front of another large crowd at DHS.
Superintendent of Education Caryl Hron says they are maintaining an open dialogue with the community and they welcome their feedback.
Hron says they want to address all concerns and work with parents, teachers and children.
You can still provide feedback by going to the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board website and filling out the survey. (www.kpdsb.on.ca)
Parents have been asking most of the questions however kids are now starting to speak up.
Hron says it's great to see students getting involved and asking questions.
She says some kids are excited about the opportunity while some still have reservations.
People are still asking questions such as what happens to the grade 6 to 8 Fine Arts program at Open Roads and New Prospect.
Others are worried that two new schools were just built in Dryden, as well as social issues, and that leadership skills may be taken away from students in grade 7 and 8.
To calm some fears the Board stressed a Transition Team will be in place to properly implement the new model and explore parent concerns and find solutions.
Officials stress that DHS has an anonymous bullying reporting portal and students will have access to guidance support.
Hron says the new model could include a separate entrance for grade 7 and 8 students as well as a separate space for breaks, recess and even separate washroom facilities.
She adds the move will allow students to be better informed and prepared to choose their educational and career pathway for grade 9 and will open up many more opportunities.
RN's Converge On Queen's Park
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 9:09am
If MPP's feel under the weather today at Queen's Park, they will be surrounded by good company.
More than 120-registered nurses, nurse practitioners and students will be meeting with over 80 MPP's to call for change.
They want a number of things including a $14 minimum wage increase, more RN's hired, and a policy that would require nurse practitioners in all long-term care homes.
Invasive Species Legislation Introduced
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 9:01am
Ontario is taking some strong action to deal with invasive species.
Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti has introduced legislation that he says will make it easier for Ontario to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to eliminate things like zebra mussels, Asian carp and mountain pine beetles.
Orazietti says if passed, Ontario would become the first province in Canada to have stand-alone invasive species legislation.
Orazietti notes the province currently relies on a patchwork of more than 20 federal and provincial laws that don't have enough teeth.
Closed Signs Being Posted On Ice Road
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 8:59am
The Wabigoon Lake Ice Road will be off-limits for a bit.
The group that has jumped on board to maintain the road says crews need a couple of days to allow for the clearing and freezing process to take place.
Neil McLeod says closed signs will be posted today and he's hopeful that the road will be ready to go for the weekend.
Three ice shack owners are leading an effort to try and raise the necessary funds to keep the road open and maintained for the rest of the winter.
Grader Operator Charged With Impaired Driving
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 8:57am
A community grader operator may have to find other employment after he was caught for impaired driving while on the job.
Police in North Caribou Lake were notified that an operator was the clearing the roads while under the influence of alcohol.
Officers located the grader, administered a road-side screening test, and the driver failed.
Police say 46-year-old Donald Quequish of North Caribou faces charges.
Two Record Temperatures Set; More Falling Today
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 8:55am
It was a record breaking day in two communities Wednesday as new records were set in Dryden and Kenora.
The records were set just before midnight.
Dryden hit -30.4, smashing the old mark set in 1996 of -25.5.
Kenora beat a 50-year-old record by reaching -31.
The old record was -29.4
CKDR Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says new records have already been set today or will be set before the end of the day.
Laidlaw says we are stuck in the middle of the polar vortex that refuses to move.
The bitter cold temperatures will stay with us through the weekend, with warmer temperatures not expected until mid-next week.
Duke Street Closed; DHS Closed
By CKDR News - February 27th, 2014 - 5:34am
It won't be a fun day for Dryden Public Works crews.
They will be braving the bitterly cold temperatures to repair a broken water main on Duke Street.
The street will be closed at 8 this morning between Machin Avenue and Casimir Avenue in order to complete repairs.
Emergency vehicles will be allowed through in the event of an emergency.
The work has also resulted in the cancellation of classes at Dryden High School.
A boil water advisory will be in place once the water is turned back on.
Highway 17A Now Open To Two Lanes
By CKDR NEWS - February 26th, 2014 - 3:41pm
Kenora OPP have opened both lanes at Hwy 17A and Redditt Road.
Police had closed Highway 17A shortly after 2 p.m. when a semi trailer jack-knifed at the intersection.
Ice Road Open; Funds Needed For Maintenance
By CKDR News - February 26th, 2014 - 11:13am
A call is being made to those who use the ice road in Dryden.
The road is open once again after three ice shack owners decided to take the reigns and maintain the area.
Neil McLeod is involved and says they realized that the road is important to the community and must stay open.
Bob Skene came forward with his loader to clear the road.
The issue is maintaining the road financially.
McLeod is asking users to contribute some money to help keep the road maintained and open for the rest of the winter.
He says they are hoping to collect enough to provide weekly maintenance or whatever is needed to keep the loader on the ice.
To donate visit McLeod Chiropractic on Highway 17 or call 223-8833.
Motorists are still urged to use caution on the road as some spots are narrow with slushy areas.
Domestic Incidents On The Rise In Dryden
By CKDR News - February 26th, 2014 - 11:08am
A 48-year-old man faces charges following a domestic dispute.
The accused was arrested for assaulting his spouse, who wasn't seriously injured in the incident.
This has sparked some concern at the Dryden Police Service.
The incident was the 12th domestic assault, threat or verbal attack of the year.
There were only four reported at this time last year.
Mayor Proclaims Friday "Eric Radford Day"
By CKDR News - February 26th, 2014 - 11:07am
The Municipality of Red Lake is joining thousands of people in congratulating Eric Radford for his silver medal performance at the Sochi Olympic Games.
Mayor Phil Vinet has declared Friday, February 28th as Eric Radford Day.
Speaking from the Good Roads Conference in Toronto, Vinet stressed that Radford has inspired the community and everyone is proud of his achievements.
He's also urging the entire community to take part in events Thursday and Friday.
For more on Radford and his trip to Red Lake visit the CKDR Sports section.
Recalled Salads Not Sold In Dryden
By CKDR News - February 26th, 2014 - 11:03am
Canada Safeway shoppers in Dryden don't have to worry much about a recent recall of Caesar salad and chicken Caesar salad products.
The local store says they weren't carrying the affected Signature Cafe and Fresh 'n Delicious salads.
If you shopped at other Safeway stores, here's the information on the recall due to possible Listeria contamination.
The salads have a best-before date of February 28th and March 1st.
There have been no reported illnesses linked to eating these products.
OFAH Asking Residents To Support Spring Hunt
By CKDR News - February 26th, 2014 - 9:26am
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is worried that opponents of the Spring Bear Hunt will try to convince the provincial government to cancel a pilot project this year.
The government has proposed a modified spring hunt in eight wildlife areas in northern Ontario this spring.
Yesterday, former Price Is Right host Bob Barker called the hunt "barbaric" claiming cubs are starved to death after their mothers are lured from their den.
The OFAH is asking northerners to log onto the Environmental bill of rights and register their support for the hunt.
Thunder Bay Man Arrested In Dryden
By CKDR News - February 26th, 2014 - 8:54am
A Thunder Bay man found the wrong place to escape the bitter cold temperatures.
Dryden Police say a local resident awoke Sunday morning to find someone in his home.
Police say 24-year-old Aaron Harper has been charged with 3-counts of breaching conditions of an undertaking and forcible entry.
Winter Road Maintenance Now "Remarkable"
By CKDR News - February 26th, 2014 - 8:50am
The province's transportation minister says municipalities in northwestern Ontario appear satisfied with winter road maintenance now that changes have been made to the service.
Glen Murray says he met with about 17 municipalities Tuesday afternoon and they stated that service in the north is now "remarkable and good".
Murray says the addition of the 50 extra snowplows appears to have improved the situation.
He notes there will be more changes coming next winter to improve highway snow clearing in the region.
Some don't agree 100% with Murray.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is reminding Murray of his promise to visit northwestern Ontario this winter.
Campbell says he promised to take a first hand look at road conditions in the region back in the fall, but so far he has managed to stay away.
She says she's contacted his office numerous times and has heard no response.
Campbell says she's wondering if Murray is nervous to drive our roads or waiting until the Spring when things improve.
Final Meeting For DHS Grade 7-12 Model
By CKDR News - February 26th, 2014 - 8:24am
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is hoping to answer some of the questions concerned residents have had about a proposed switch to a grade 7 to 12 model at Dryden High School.
The third and final public consultation is tonight at 7 o'clock at the DHS Library.
The Board says the public wanted more information and they will be able to provide some answers tonight.
School tours will also be offered at 6:30 for anyone wanting to learn more about the specialized rooms and programs at DHS.
A survey is also up on the school board website for feedback.
It will be up at www.kpdsb.on.ca until the end of the day Friday.
Health Unit Applaudes Proposed Changes
By CKDR News - February 26th, 2014 - 6:04am
Ontario may be the first province in Canada that would be legislating menu labelling.
The Making Healthier Choices Act, if passed, would make the province require restaurants to post calories on menus.
However, the act would only be targeting restaurants that have 20 chains or more.
But Northwestern Health Unit Dietician, Chelsea Socholotuk tells CKDR how it can motivate smaller resaurants in northwestern Ontario.
"Hopefully it will encourage some of the smaller restaurants, in wanting to provide that information because it will be available more in Ontario. It may also prompt restuarants owners to change their recipes to making them healtheir."
She says the act is a great first step on soley focusing on how consumers can understand calorie education.
"A significant amount of the avergae household food budget is spend on food prepared outside the home, so eating out is most often associated with higher calorie intake and weight gain," she says.
The act would require calories for food and beverages, including alcohol, to be posted on menus and menu boards in restaurants, convenience stores and grocery stores.
Water Main Break Forces Thursday Closure Of DHS
By CKDR News - February 25th, 2014 - 3:10pm
Dryden Public Works will be back at it Thursday on Duke Street.
For the second time in as many weeks a water main break is causing grief, including the planned closure of Dryden High School tomorrow.
City crews will be conducting repairs and the water will be shut off at the school.
The work will also result in a boil water advisory.
School officials are working on an alternative plan for the grade 7 and 8 Basketball tournament scheduled for DHS that day.
Fines Up Almost Double For Distracted Driving
By CKDR News - February 25th, 2014 - 11:53am
The Ontario Provincial Police in the Northwest Region call it a step in the right direction.
As of March 18th, fines for distracted driving will go up from $155 to $280.
Sergeant Shelley Garr says drivers aren't getting the message about the dangers of driving while using an electronic device.
Garr says they want people to be safe and she's hoping this will help drive home the message that talking on the phone, texting or using an MP3 player while behind the wheel can be fatal.
Garr notes it's a major problem in northwestern Ontario and it results in a good chunk of collisions on area highways.
The fines will not apply to GPS screens.
Tim Hortons Has Big Expansion Plans
By CKDR News - February 25th, 2014 - 11:24am
It's a staple for a lot of us in northwestern Ontario and now it's going to be available at more corners of the globe.
Tim Hortons is out with an aggressive expansion strategy.
The popular coffee chain has announced plans to add 500-more franchise outlets in Canada and 300 in the United States by 2018.
There could be 160-new shops in our country before the end of the year.
Tim Hortons has also unveiled a plan to move into the Persian Gulf market.
Calendar Girls calendars go on sale
By BGW - February 25th, 2014 - 10:37am
Hot on the heels of their successful production of "Calendar Girls," Dryden's Theatre 17 has released a calendar featuring most of the local cast. With photography by the Dryden Observer's Chris Marchand, the calendar features a full year of unique photos of local women in local scenes - from hunting in the fall to knitting by the fireplace. In all, the women are nude - yet covered by strategically placed props. Calendars are on sale while they last at numerous local outlets including CKDR,Ella Lynns, Wilson's Business Solutions, The Observer, the Flower Forest, Loto One, Timbermax, Boffo Home and Cottage, First Impression, Dryden Pool and Fitness Centre, Novel Ideas and the Centre .
100% of all proceeds go to the Dryden Regional Health Centre Oncology Unit.
LU Professor Reacts To Ukraine Crisis
By CKDR News - February 25th, 2014 - 8:37am
A renown political scientist at Lakehead University says it's anyone's guess on what is going to happen in Ukraine.
The country's ousted president continues to be on the lam.
Laure Paquette says Russian rhetoric is escalating and she believes the unrest will lead to serious political and economic problems.
Paquette says the risk is that the tensions will increase between the Russian speaking and Ukrainian speaking people in that country.
She is calling for peaceful protests but expects more unrest no matter who's in charge.
Paquette doesn't believe there will be an early end to the conflict.
Highway 17 Transport Blitz Continues
By CKDR News - February 25th, 2014 - 8:24am
The Dryden Police crackdown on aggressive transport drivers is entering its second week.
Officers were out and about last week on the Highway 17 corridor in week 1 of the campaign.
Police issued 2-warnings and 6-infraction notices.
Officers also handed out 11-parking tickets to transports parked along the highway.
Chief Rob Davis launched the blitz for a second time after receiving an increase in complaints of transport drivers going through red lights on Highway 17.
Tax Time Scam In Northwestern Ontario
By CKDR News - February 25th, 2014 - 8:23am
A tax time on-line scam is making the rounds in northwestern Ontario.
A poorly written email, claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency, suggests recipients are entitled to a refund that will go directly to their Visa or Mastercard.
The message asks for credit card information to process the transfer.
An agency representative says it doesn't issue refunds in this matter, especially if you haven't filled out your taxes yet.
Conservative MPP Targets Province On Mining
By CKDR News - February 25th, 2014 - 8:20am
The Liberal government is under attack for the way it's handling mining in northern Ontario.
Vic Fedeli of the Progressive Conservatives says Ontario's credibility in mining has been taking a hit over the last decade.
Fedeli says in 2003 Ontario was ranked number one in mining, now we are number 16.
Fedeli also notes that the Far North Act has cut off half of northern Ontario from being explored, causing many companies to move out of the province.
He adds that even companies involved in the Ring of Fire are nervous about the Liberals imposing a new tax on them like they did when the Victor diamond mine opened in Attawapiska
Watch Your Calorie Intake!
By CKDR News - February 25th, 2014 - 8:17am
Legislation has been introduced in Ontario to require places that serve food to post calories on menus or menu boards.
The bill would require calories for food and beverages, including alcohol, to be posted in restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and other food service premises with 20 or more locations in Ontario.
It would also allow public health inspectors to enforce menu labelling requirements.
The government says the proposed legislation was developed following consultations with the food industry, health sector and parents.
A 2011 Ipsos Reid poll found that 95% of Ontarians support a move to require fast food restaurants to list nutritional information on their menus.
First Nations Feather of Hope Report
By CKDR - February 24th, 2014 - 5:42pm
The voices of more than 160 youth from 64 of Ontario's northern First Nation communities released a report today.
The Feather of Hope report was rolled out in Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Toronto.
It urges local, provincial, federal and First Nations leadership to partner with them to create safer and healthier First Nations communities.
Deputy Chief for Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Alvin Fiddler tells CKDR why the Feather of Hope report is unique.
“The fact that the report and the recommendations come directly from the youth, that this is their report, you can tell they put a lot of effort in writing the report.”
Fiddler is in full support of the Feather of Hope and is very committed to working with the youth on the report.
On the third week of March representatives from the Feather of Hope will be gathering in Thunder Bay to present their report to the NAN Chief and leadership.
Dryden Fire Respond To Two Incidents
By CKDR - February 24th, 2014 - 4:59pm
The Dryden Fire Service was busy yesterday evening.
At 7 p.m. Dryden Fire and Police Service crews were called to the east end of Duke Street because power lines were down.
On arrival crews found the cause of the problem, a contract dump truck with the box still extended up, had entangled power lines from homes.
The street was blocked to keep residents away and homes were checked for electrical issues.
Hydro One crews remained on scene restoring power to the residents effected.
The action didn't stop there, a carbon monoxide alarm went off at at St. Charles Street residence at 1:30 a.m.
Dryden Fire Service and Union Gas technicians attended the scene.
They found the furnace wall vent buried in the snow, once the snow was shoveled away, the furnace began to work properly.
A reminder to all residents and businesses to keep snow piles away from structures, natural gas meters, and vents for appliances.
Northern Walkers Reach Parliament Hill
By CKDR News - February 24th, 2014 - 10:52am
A more than 1,700 kilometre walk from the remote northern community of Attawapiskat to Ottawa is over.
The group has arrived on Parliament Hill and is sharing its experience.
The trip, organized in part by Danny Metatawbin, started on January 4th.
Roughly 25 people ended up taking part in the trek when all was said and done.
Metatawbin has stated that they need to have open dialogue with the Provincial and Federal governments.
Walkers raised several issues including poverty, poor housing and high suicide rates.
Other issues are broken treaties, land and water protection and human rights.
Union Gas Winter Warmth Program
By CKDR News - February 24th, 2014 - 9:00am
Union Gas is offering some relief to eligible families struggling to pay their natural gas bills.
The Winter Warmth program allows customers to receive one-time financial assistance of up to $500.
Spokesperson Andrea Stass says they anticipate demand to be high given this year's winter.
Stass says monthly bills have gone up about $18 this year.
Natural gas users in northwestern Ontario may find it comforting that prices in Canada are remaining stable.
Stass says prices now being paid are locked in until March.
And while consumption this year has increased, Stass says it's doubtful we'll see the type of increases being experienced in parts of the U.S.
Roads And Bridges Upgrades Focus Of New Fund
By CKDR News - February 24th, 2014 - 8:56am
Minister of State Greg Rickford says the new infrastructure program for Canadians will be rolled out shortly.
Rickford says the focus this year will be on such things as roads and bridges.
Several communities are looking at other projects including Thunder Bay with a new events centre and arena and Rickford says funding for the those projects is up in the air.
Rickford says they had comprehensive discussions with local leaders and notes other priorities were identified.
He notes the Recreational Infrastructure program was in place a couple of years ago.
ONA Raising Alarm Bells
By CKDR News - February 24th, 2014 - 8:52am
The Ontario Nurses Association says things will steamroll ahead if people don't stand up and speak up about what's important to them in their community.
The ONA says Local Health Integration Networks need to be held accountable for the decisions being made.
Spokesperson Vicki McKenna says she's worried that LHIN's are headed in the direction of moving some services from smaller communities to more central markets.
McKenna says that will make it more difficult for patients to receive care and will tax an already overworked health care system in larger markets.
McKenna says the public needs to be involved in telling LHIN's and other health care providers what they think about the level of care being offered.
Bootlegger Arrested For Second Time
By CKDR News - February 24th, 2014 - 8:47am
For the second time in as many weeks a Sioux Lookout man has been arrested for illegally selling alcohol.
Provincial Police noticed the man purchasing booze from the LCBO in Sioux Lookout Friday afternoon.
He proceeded to sell a bottle to a group of people behind the store.
Officers questioned the man and police say he claimed the group stole the alcohol from him.
39-year-old Armand Cummings faces 2-charges.
The bootlegger sold liquor to a person outside the store 10-days before this incident and was charged.
Dryden Implements Non-Resident User Fees
By CKDR Sports - February 24th, 2014 - 8:47am
Dryden Council has approved non-resident user fees for all recreational facilities.
Non-residents will now have an added 25% fee charged on all rates.
Community and Development Services Manager Bob Cunningham says they are following the same model used in Fort Frances for a number of years.
Cunningham believes it's the most appropriate model for our area.
Non-resident user fees were a key recommendation in the KPMG report.
Cunningham believes the fee will bring in an extra $44,000 annually.
Dryden Mayor In Toronto For Good Roads
By CKDR News - February 24th, 2014 - 8:33am
A full agenda for the Mayor of Dryden at the Ontario Good Roads conference in Toronto.
Craig Nuttall has arranged meetings with a handful of Ministers and Ministry representatives.
He has an invite only meeting with Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Glenn Murray and he plans to lobby for Connecting Link funding to fix Duke Street.
Nuttall calls Duke Street his number one priority and will be pushing for 90% funding for badly needed repairs.
Municipal property assessments of course will be top of mind for Nuttall as well.
He says MPAC is still out of control and is doing things behind the Ministers back.
Nuttall also plans to meet with the Minister of Community Safety about increased court costs and rising policing costs due to arbitration.
The Dryden Police Services Board is concerned about staffing court on a full time level without the proper funding.
It has suggested they have to hand over the service to Provincial Police.
Feathers Of Hope Report Released Today
By CKDR News - February 24th, 2014 - 8:26am
A report is being released today that calls on both the provincial and federal government to help create healthier communities for First Nations youth.
Uko Abara is a youth leader with the provincial advocates office and says the report was written by youth.
Abara says the key of the report is a 5-year action plan.
Some of the themes include identity, culture and residential schools.
Abara says they want to see more services available that relate to their culture.
The report is titled Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan and is being released in Thunder Bay, Toronto and Ottawa.
2014 Election Vote By Mail; Tabulators Gone
By CKDR News - February 24th, 2014 - 8:21am
Dryden Council is not making any major changes to the 2014 municipal election.
The City will implement the traditional vote by mail format this year, but will eliminate the use of tabulators to count the votes.
Acting Clerk Debra Kincaid says the move is being made as a cost saving measure, noting the cost to use tabulators has gone up about $6,000 since the 2010 vote.
Dryden will use volunteers to count the votes by hand and Kincaid isn't anticipaing any problems.
Kincaid says she did explore the option of going to internet and telephone voting, however decided not to proceed due to the current financial situation in Dryden and time constraints.
Kincaid says she will be pursing that option for the 2018 election.
Voter turnout for the 2010 election was just over 61%.