• Olympic gold returning to hometown, Radford visit scheduled

    Published: February 28, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS       
    Red Laker will be getting a fresh taste of gold next month, in Olympic form.
    Sources in the community confirmed this week Olympian, and former Balmertown resident, Eric Radford will be in the district mid-March, bringing with him his new hardware.
    Golden Learning Centre Principal and former coach to Radford Debra Geary said this week the Olympian will be making a tour of area schools, skating with members of his former s
  • Gov’t not discouraged by delayed pot passing

    Published: February 28, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    As the chamber of sober second thought gets ready to review legislation that will make recreational cannabis a legal to possess substance, Kenora MP Bob Nault says the government is optimistic everything will be completed and in the hands of the province by the fall.
    “As we have said before we are trying to get this done right, not get it done fast,” said Nault on Feb. 21 discussing the Senate review process that is not expected to wra
  • “Experiment” key to increasing participation; Heritage Centre

    Published: February 28, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Attendance records at a local facility continue to be broken thanks to experimentation and flexibility.
    Red Lake Regional Heritage Center Director Trevor Osmond says for a second year in a row the facility has smashed its all time attendance count prior to 2016.
    Osmond says the building received more than 9,000 visitors in 2017 beating the previous year’s record of over 7,000 visitors and posting the highest turn out in the building’s
  • Premier Gold continues exploration on Hasaga property

    Published Feb 21, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Drills will continue to turn this summer behind Westerlund and across Highway 618 as Premier Gold works to understand the ore body of the Hasaga property.
    Providing an update to residents on the exploration activities on Feb. 13 Hasaga Project Manager Jim Rogers noted there would be drills set up on either side of the local highway as the company moves forwards on plans for 20,000 plus kilometres of diamond drilling.
    “This year we are planning to
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  • PCs nominate Lac Seul Chief for new riding

    Published: February 21, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull has been named the Progressive Conservative (PC) candidate looking to represent Red Lake and surrounding communities in the upcoming provincial election.
    Chief Bull was confirmed as nominee for the new riding of Kiwetinoong at the party’s nomination meeting in on Feb. 15 in Sioux Lookout. He has been Chief of Lac Seul since 2006.
    “Obviously, I’m very elated. I’m very humbled by being asked and j
  • Pot won’t be legal soon

    Published : February 21, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The legalization of cannabis in Canada will be delayed past the anticipated July 1 implementation date.
    The Liberal government had initially planned to legalize the drug by this summer, however Health Minister Ginette Petipas Taylor says the Senate vote on the draft bill has been scheduled for the beginning of June.
    “If you do the math, you can certainly see that it certainly won’t be July 2018,” Petitpas Taylor told reporters l
  • Goldcorp releases fourth quarter earnings

    Published: February 21, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines hit their highest rates of mining and milling tonnage in the last quarter of 2017 since 2012 say company officials.
    Providing an update to investors on the fourth quarter results last week Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Todd White said rates at the local site reached approximately 2,300 tons per day, the highest rates Red Lake has achieved since the end of 2012.
    “The investment to optimize t
  • Lack of candidates disconcerting: Mayors

    Published: February 14, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    With the next provincial election just under four months away it is still unclear who will be representing the three major political parties in the riding of Kiiwetingoong.
    The new riding, which now encompasses Red Lake, Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout, and over 20 First Nation communities, spans more than 294,000 square kilometres and was created this summer alongside three other ridings in an effort to better represent Northern Ontario in the provincia
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  • Rubicon management provide update on Phoenix Gold project

    Published: February 14, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The Phoenix Gold Project, located north of Cochenour, is on track for exploration and test mining in 2018 says the company’s top executive.
     
    Presenting to a local crowd on Feb. 7 President and Chief Executive Officer George Ogilvie called the year past “successful” and outlined plans for the company and the local project for the next 12 months. 
    Ogilvie says all suspension orders were satisfied and removed over a year
  • Municipal reserves reviewed, operating budget moved forward to vote

    Published: February 14, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Municipal leaders are moving the 2018 proposed operating budget forward for vote after a second review last week.
    The budget allocates more than $19.2 million in operating funds to programs, facilities and services across the district and includes a 0.29 per cent increase over the previous year’s budget projections.
    Councilors advanced the budget with little discussion, turning their attention a reserve statement requested by the group durin
  • KPDSB housing in crisis

    Published February 14, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Northwestern Ontario is still in crisis mode when it comes to housing. That was the message delivered to municipal leaders earlier last week during a review of the Kenora District Services Board mandate and regional programs.
    “It is not an exaggeration – we are in a housing crisis situation,” declared KDSB’s Chief Administrative Officer Henry Wall noting in 2017 the organization had 817 approved applications for housing. In
  • CRA scam targeting the vulnerable, resident offers warning

    Published: Feb 7, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSON
    If it seems to good to be true, it is. If something seems off it probably is – too old adages that continue to grow in importance says a local resident who was nearly scared and bullied into paying a fake Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tax bill.
    “They had an answer for everything,” said Debbie Fretz this week while describing a phone call her and her husband experienced recently informing them of a past due balance on their income tax bill
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  • Operations budget review, smaller than average tax increase coming to residents

    Published: February 7, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Taxpayers in the Red Lake district could see a 1.2 per cent net tax increase in 2018 when the municipal operating budget gets approval later this month. Over the last five years the net increase to taxpayers has averaged 2.2 per cent.
    Reviewing the proposed document at a Special Council meeting on Jan. 31 leaders were presented with a budget that CAO Mark Vermette says injects more money into reserves and includes the latest collective bargaining r
  • Pot or Not?

    Published: February 7, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    With the legalization of marijuana just around the corner, municipal and regional leaders say they have continuing concerns over how the federal and provincial governments plan to keep the substance out of the hands of young people and keep residents safe.
    Bill C-45, legislation that will allow adults to possess and use small amounts of recreational marijuana legally is currently in front of the Senate of Canada with the federal government expectin
  • KPDSB Career Fair

    Published January 17, 2018
    Photo by Jennifer Parsons
    Denise Ouellette (left) takes a test drive of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board’s new on-line application process from Superintendent of Education Joan Kantola on Jan. 9. Offering an interactive job fair for those seeking casual and permanent employment in the field of Education, Kantola and others set up shop in the Red Lake District High School cafeteria last week to greet prospective applicants and assist in setting up appli
  • Block G Housing

    Published January 17, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS) is seeking public input into plans to develop “Block G” after the purchase of the land parcel was finalized at the end of November.
    Acting Director Justin Marchand confirmed in an interview last week his organization is working with the Municipality to rezone more than five kilometres located to the west of Pine Crescent.
    “OAHS has been in discussions with the Municipality of Red Lake for
  • SIU says charges not warranted in Pikangikum incident

    Published January 17, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    A civilian law enforcement agency has deemed criminal charges are not warranted against an Ontario Provincial Police officer for an October 2016 incident in Pikangikum.
    On Oct. 18 officers were dispatched to Dump Road at approximately 2:10 p.m. in response to a report of an impaired driver. A 43-year old man who was arrested in the incident was later diagnosed with a dislocated elbow and possible hand injuries.
    In a report filed with the Attorney Ge
  • Michèle Alderton honored by North Western Ontario

     
    Published January 10, 2017
    BY NSN STAFF
    Resident Michèle Alderton says it took a village to launch an initiative geared to bringing together francophone residents in the community. 
    In 2014, Alderton created the Association Francophone de Red Lake (AFRL) and it is this effort that earned her the 2017 North Western Ontario Francophone Personality Award, presented last month in Thunder Bay.
    “It is truly an honor for me to receive such a prestigious award,”
  • Grant positions Norseman Festival for a 2018 return

    Published January 3, 2018
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The Norseman Festival received a boost in paying their 2017 bills and getting a head start on a 2018 event last week after receiving a provincial government grant.
    On Dec. 28 committee representatives confirmed that $15,000 had been secured from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to assist with the cost of the Canadian Harvard Areobatic Team visit in July.
    “We are very grateful to receive this money as our reserves were totally depleted with th
  • Knox Lake extension granted

    Published: January 3, 2018  
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Snowmobilers in the area will continue to have access to a popular fishing spot located in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, after an Ontario Parks decision to extend temporary access to the zone.
    The Knox Lake access zone was set to close at the end of 2017 as part of a 10 year phase-out of recreational snowmobiling within the park that was approved in 2007.
    Park Superintendent Anne Young says the decision to issue the extension was based on
  • Chilly welcome to 2018 for residents

    January 3, 2018
     
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Residents of the district woke up to cold floors and water uncertainty on Jan. 1 after a downed tree caused a power outage that lasted for several hours.
    Hydro One reported on Monday 2,125 customers lost power at 10:35 a.m for which a crew was dispatched from Dryden to assess and correct the cause. Crews discovered a tree had fallen across a main line and power was restored to all customers around 1:30 p.m.
    Balmertown residents also reported losing wate
  • Cochenour Parade

    Published December 20, 2017
    Dillon St. Jean waves from aboard a hockey themed float as the “Cochenour Parade of Awesomeness” makes its way up and down streets on Dec. 17. The event, organized by residents, drew neighbours from their houses with lights and holiday cheer as it passed through the town and ended on Lakeview Cres.
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  • Winter Carnival set to return in 2018

    Published: December 20, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    As the calendar turns over to 2018 one group of citizens is looking to brighten up the dreary month of February.
    Earlier this month organizers for the Red Lake Winter Carnival announced the event would be returning for its third run, encouraging residents to mark their calendars and plan for fun.
    “The Winter Carnival brings the community together and promotes health and wellness for all ages,” said Fred Mota this week, while discussing
  • Changes coming to donation approval for local government

    Published: December 20, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Municipal officials will have a new process for doling out donation funds in the New Year after approving amendments to the Municipal Donation Policy at their Regular Council Meeting this week. 
    On Dec. 18 municipal leaders approved a policy change that they say will streamline the approach to reviewing and approving “non-traditional” donation requests by authorizing the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) or delegate to approve re
  • Hamper donations set to bring joy to Ear Falls families

    Published December 13, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Families in the Ear Falls district will be benefitting from the continued generosity of residents say organizers of the hamper bag sale at Wilsons’ Fine Foods.
    As of Dec. 8 Amy Richardson said 249 bags had been purchased and donated to the Chukuni Christmas Cheerboard in Ear Falls, surpassing last year’s donated amount in just a week.
    “It is amazing to see the donations pouring in so quickly,” said Richardson last week.
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  • Council takes stand against public health merger proposal

    Published – December 6, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Municipal leaders are taking a stand against a proposed merger of public health services that would align programs and services with local health integrated networks.
    Passing a resolution on Nov. 27 at a Special Meeting leaders expressed their support for opposition and concerns expressed by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies and the Northwestern Health Unit.
    Ministry of Health and L
  • Draft capital budget gets review

    Published – December 13, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    More than $2.8 million is expected to be approved next week in capital expenditures as a portion of the 2018 municipal budget moves forward.
    Reviewing the capital investment portion of the budget, separate from operating expenses is unique to this budget cycle, said CAO Mark Vermette, noting it is necessary to meet project deadlines in the upcoming construction season.
    “We found in years past when we are looking at the budget in March
  • Sounds of Holiday Cheer

    Published December 13, 2017
    Photo by Lisa Johnston
    A group of carollers offer up some holiday cheer during a visit to Northwoods Lodge Home for the Aged on Dec 10.
  • Yuletide Shaker

    Published – December 6, 2017
    Photo Submitted
    Sam Renelli (left) accepts his winnings of a Gold Bar from Melissa Holiday at the Yuletide Shaker on Nov. 25. More than 200 attended the seasonal event hosted by the Red Lake Chamber of Commerce. Gail McNeil was also a winner taking home a $100 Bonus Chamber Bucks.
  • 16 Days of Activism

    Photo by Lisa Johnston
    Published December 6, 2017
    Red Lake Lions Club member Linda Grunewald (right) shops the 16 days of activism against gender violence booth staffed by Celeste Desserre from New Starts for Women at the English River Miners home game on Dec. 1. The organization kicked off the two-week awareness campaign last week by encouraging residents to done Purple in support of the national campaign.
  • Local artist nominated for Premier’s Award

    Published November 29, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Freelance artist and graphic designer Patrick Hunter was one of more than 100 distinguished college graduates to be nominated for a Premier’s Award in 2017. The awards first launched in the early 1990s to honour “important social and economic contributions” that college students were making post graduations.
    This year 118 distinguished college graduates were nominated to categories including business, community services, health sc
  • Missing person search leads to sad discovery

    Published: November 29, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Red Lake OPP is warning residents to be cautious on area waterways after locating a missing ice fisherman on Pakwash Lake last week.
    On Nov. 20 64 year old Pat Wagner was reported missing after friends located his snowmachine, helmet and jacket near a hole in the ice. The following day the OPP announced Wagner had been found deceased with the aid of the OPP North West Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), Lake of the Woods Search and Rescue (LOWSA
  • Home-grown innovation will lead to improved health in Northern Ontario communities

    Published: November 29, 2017
    BY NSN STAFF
    Northern Ontario families will benefit from improved detection of disease-causing bacteria in local lakes and waterways as a result of a Government of Canada investment of $1 million. The FedNor funding will enable the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and its industry partner, Discover Air Fire Services, to develop innovative camera technology to quickly and accurately identify toxic blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria), one of Northe
  • Red Lake Coffee House

    Published November 29, 2017
    Musicians gather for a jam session at the Thirsty Moose on Nov. 25 for the 7th Coffee House. More than 14 musicians of all ages took to the stage for the evening of free entertainment. (from left) Tim Weber, Danielle Weber, Derek Yutzy and Richard Hill.
    Credit: Photo by Jada Siwak
  • Local Art Celebrated at Heritage Centre

    Published: November 22, 2017
    BY BECCA LETKEMAN
    On Nov. 16 a large crowd gathered at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre for the opening night of the Red Lake Art Show.  The exhibition is sponsored by the Red Lake Arts Council (RLAC) and hosts pieces created by local artists.  This is the 3rd annual show, and this year’s exhibit reflects a blossoming art scene.
    “People are gaining more confidence in their art,” commented Janet Hagar, director of RLAC.  “Th
  • Park replacement remains unclear

    Published: November 22, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    McKenzie Island residents are no closer to finding out if their neighbourhood play structure will be replaced this spring after Councillors defeated a motion related to identifying capital funding, calling it redundant to the budgetary process.
    At the Regular Council Meeting on Nov. 21, councillors reviewed a Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee recommendation related to the replacement of the playground equipment that is the oldest in the dist
  • Downtown parking examined, paid parking rejected

    Published: November 22, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Parking fines and restrictions along Howey Street will remain unchanged after a thorough examination by municipal leaders this month.
    At the Nov. 13 Committee of the Whole meeting leaders spent over a half hour discussing parking fees and options for the stretch of road between the streetlights and the Government Docks after being presented with an option paper from the by-law enforcement department.
    The Supplementary Parking Analysis, completed b
  • ROUTINE STOP LEADS TO IMPAIRED DRIVER AND DRUG CHARGE

    Published: November 22, 2017
    (RED  LAKE) Officers of the Red Lake Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged an adult male driver with impaired driving.
    On Nov. 18 at 1:31 a.m. Red Lake OPP stopped a 2011 motor vehicle on Hammel Road in Red Lake. Following an investigation, officers determined the male driver was impaired. Officers also located a quantity of Cannabis Marijuana.
    The 22 year old driver, of Red Lake, is charged with Impaired Operation of a motor Vehicl
  • McDowell Lake introduces operation to district

    Published : November 15, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    It was a day of celebration for the community members of McDowell Lake First Nation this week as they hosted service leaders and guests for a Grand Opening at their Howey Street location.
    “Today we are celebrating the grand opening of the building we have recently purchased and the beginning of the formation of several partnerships,” said Chief Vontane Keno in her welcome to visitors on Nov. 13.  “This day marks a mile
  • Keep on the Sunny Side: Renewable Energy in Red Lake

    Published: November 15, 2017
    BY BECCA LETKEMAN
    Each hour enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface to power the world for a year.  This grand energy source is renewable and available, but remains largely untapped by humans.  It is this potential that motivates Todd Gallagher, owner and manager of Northern Gas Installers Inc. (NGI) in Red Lake. 
    On Nov. 9 Gallagher delivered a presentation to an engaged crowd on renewable energy sources.  The speech was part of the 201
  • Rickford likely to be named provincial PC candidate

    November 22, 2017
    By Dryden Observer/NSN Staff
    It appears though a familiar face is returning to regional politics, but this time Greg Rickford will be trying to earn himself a seat in the provincial legislature.
    The news came via a Nov. 10 letter from Fort Frances lawyer and PC nomination candidate Douglas Judson who in announcing his withdrawal from the nomination race, announced regional Progressive Conservatives members would acclaim Rickford as the PC candidate in a meeting in Dryden, Satur
  • Candlelight vigil held in Park

    Published: November 8, 2017 
    Friends and family gather at Norseman Park for a candlelight vigil in honour of JoJo MacDougall who was found dead in the park on Oct. 29. Last week the Red Lake OPP confirmed the death was a result of a homicide and that the investigation was continuing under the direction of Detective Inspector Darryl Sigouin of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). – Photo Courtesy of Julie Roy
  • “Heinous act” of abandoning moose under review, leads to increased enforcement

    Published: November 8, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The Ministry of Natural Resources continues to look into the circumstances of three abandoned moose found in identical and “unusual” contexts.
    “There is an open moose hunt and unfortunately every year we do investigate incidents of shot and abandoned moose,” said Conservation Officer Michael Evers on Nov. 2. “These circumstances, to have three of these abandoned moose show up without a nose and a tongue, in itself, are
  • Donation leads to wheelchair scale

    Published: November 8, 2017
    Patients in wheelchairs will now be able to remain in their chairs when being weighed thanks to a “unexpected donation”. The Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital confirmed last week $10,000 received from the John Andrews Foundation in Thunder Bay back in December 2016 was used to purchase both a wheelchair scale and CO2 insufflator. The scale has a 1000lb weigh capacity.  The C02 insufflator provides intra-luminal insufflation using carbon di
  • Cookies lead to cash for Hospital Foundation

    Published: November 8, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    For a week in September each year Tim Hortons patrons have an opportunity to purchase smile cookies for just a buck. The full dollar spent goes to support a local charity, which for the past two years has been the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital Foundation.
    This year, the campaign sold 2,686 cookies raising the matching amount that Foundation members say kicks off their newest fundraising goal.
    “We have a big goal because the [h
  • Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation donates equipment to local operation

    Published: November 8, 2017 
    Chief Nursing Executive Rebecca Ross (left) and Nurse Manager Janine Maxwell are all smiles as they pose for a photo of a newly acquired Transport Incubator. The purchase made possible by a donation form the Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation. The organization donated $17,900 towards the “essential piece of equipment at a small, rural hospital,” said CEO Angie Bishop last week. “The Transport Incubator is used in the event that an infant needs to
  • Census shows immigration, Indigenous pop. on the rise

    Published: November 1, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS 
    Statistics Canada released another instalment of Census data last week, this time focused on Indigenous populations and immigration.
    The number of Indigenous people in Canada is on the rise making up almost 5 per cent of Canada’s total population at the end of 2016. Measuring at 1.67 million, the growth rate registered 42.5 per cent over the last 10 years and four times the rate of the non-Indigenous population.
    Across the country the a
  • Investigation underway after body found in park

    Published: November 1, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Barricades remained around Norseman Park earlier this week preventing pedestrian traffic after a body was found within its borders on Sunday morning.
    Red Lake OPP confirmed Monday morning that officers were called to the Park at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 29 regarding a “deceased male.”
    “Officers of the Red Lake Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), North West Region Forensic Identification Unit, in conjunction
  • Northern Ontario to have two new ridings in next year’s election

    Published: November 1, 2017 By Dryden Observer Staff
    The Government of Ontario has passed the Representation Statute Law Amendment Act meant to improve representation for those living in the province’s northern communities.
    The legislation will add two additional ridings in Northern Ontario one of which includes the new riding of Kiiwetinoong, which will encompass the communities of Sioux Lookout, Pickle Lake, Ear Falls and Red Lake in addition to a large number of Indigenous communit
  • Goldcorp Q3 earnings “steady and on target”

    Published: November 1, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The district’s largest employer says it has delivered on a fifth consecutive quarter of “steady and on target production at low cost.” 
    Goldcorp Inc. released its third quarter results last week with the company noting “fairly consistent” gold production in the range of 625,000 ounces to 650,000 ounces this year.
    “Our expectation for the fourth quarter remains unchanged,” said President and Chief Execu
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