• Helipad construction on hold till spring, leaders review construction tenders

    Published: September 13, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The Township of Ear Falls will not be breaking ground on its emergency helicopter-landing pad until 2018 after leaders rejected their only construction bid last week.
    Gathering for their Regular Council Meeting on Sept. 6, Mayor and Council unanimously voted to reject a tender received from English River Home Improvements to construct a helipad on municipal land to the tune of over $117,000, approximately $30,000 over the fundraised amount at the
  • Re-Zoning amendment challenged for Howey Island

    Published: September 13, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    A proposal to rezone a Howey Bay landmass passed an administrative hurdle this week, despite opposition based in historical injustices.
    On Sept. 11 the Planning Advisory Committee reviewed an application for a zoning by-law amendment that would change Howey Island, an 8.1 acre landmass also commonly known as Cameron Island, from Natural Resources to Recreational Residential. The change would allow the owner of the landmass to construct a “s
  • Norseman committee reviews finances, looks to 2018

    Published: September 6, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Planning for the 26th annual Norseman Festival started last week with organizers examining this year’s efforts for best practices and non-starters.
    Meeting for more than two hours on Aug. 31 the planning committee reported record gate sales and beer garden sales bringing in much needed revenue to support the $100,000 price tag of this year’s activities.
    “Really we held this festival on a wing and a prayer because that was probabl
  • Business award nominees announced

    Published: September 6, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    This year’s nominees for the Chukuni Business Awards were made public last week with more than 25 businesses and individuals up for the six awards.
    CCDC lead Cathy Quesnel-Loessl said last week nominees were notified prior to the list being made public and the committee is now tasked with determining the winners.
    “Once all nominations have been confirmed, the committee members will review all submissions and evaluate the nominations ba
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  • Mixed messages emerging from Ring of Fire road announcement

    Published: September 6, 2017
    By Chris Marchand
    In the time since Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province’s endorsement of an East-West route to the far north ‘Ring Of Fire’ mining area, regional municipal leaders are split over how to interpret the situation
    Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson says that he’s encouraged by talk of the proposed road to the mining area running through Pickle Lake and Hwy. 599, though he’s wary that the province has jumped the gun fo
  • Double the money for CIP launch, Goldcorp matches funding

    Published: August 30, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Local beautification efforts received a boost last week with a financial contribution from Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines.
    On Aug. 24 representatives of the local gold employer and the municipality met for an update on community subjects and exchanged congratulatory handshakes on a $15,000 donation to the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).
    “We are very happy to donate to the Community Improvement Plan and the revitalization of the town,” Mi
  • New purpose for an old building;

    Plan tabled to turn Cochenour Hall performing arts centre
    Published: August 30, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Usage and revenue streams were the centre of a discussion earlier this month that suggested turning the Cochenour Hall into a performing arts centre.
    On Aug. 8 members of the Patricia Players presented to municipal leaders a proposal to rent the facility monthly, allowing the group the opportunity to leave their equipment assembled year-round and utilize the space for expanded youth and adult
  • Vigil to Celebrate the Life of Barbara Kentner

    Published: August 30, 2017
    Margorie McCrea addresses those gathered at the Vigil to Celebrate the Life of Barbara Kentner at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre on Aug. 21. The event, originally scheduled for Centennial Park but was moved inside due to weater, attracted around 20 individuals.
    Speakers included McCrea who told those gathered the purpose of the event was to honour Barbara and address racism.
    “When I first heard about the incident I was just overwhelmed by anger. I couldn&r
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  • Sharing the gift of music in the far north

    Published: August 30, 2017
    By Michael Christianson
    Tim Cofield is no stranger to the north. Although the musician lives in Tennessee his roots are planted here. So when the opportunity arose to share the gift of music with those living in some of the most remote communities, Cofield and company answered the call.
    Through the Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement (TCCLE) Cofield received Fender guitars as an educational donation because, as Cofield will attest, children who study mus
  • Smoke lingering in district, warnings for vulnerable persons

    September 6, 2017
    BY NSN STAFF
    Health officials were warning residents to minimize their exposure to forest fire smoke as it began arriving in the district last week as the forest fire total throughout northern and western Canada rose.
    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry confirmed on Aug. 30 conditions were a result of large fires burning in to the north as well as in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the United States, causing heavy smoke to drift through Kenora, Fort Frances and Dryden
  • OPP working to address mental health occurrences with partnerships; Q2 report

    Published: August 23, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Red Lake’s OPP detachment is attempting to work with community partners in an effort to address the growing number of mental health occurrences in the district.
    Making a report to municipal representatives during this week’s Regular Council meeting, Staff Sargent Shaun Crabbe noted a draft protocol was being worked on to “streamline connections and access resources by persons in crisis.”
    “Quite often as the police we fi
  • Pikangikum power grid receives federal investment

    Published: August 23, 2017
    BY NSN STAFF
    Pikangikum First Nation will soon be connected to Ontario’s power grid, thanks to a $60 million investment from the federal government.
    “This is a historic time for the residents of Pikangikum First Nation to see this project finally begin as it will do more than just provide reliable electricity to the community,” said Kenora MP Bob Nault on Aug. 17.
    “It will reduce reliance on diesel, open up new economic development opportunities
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  • WEST RED LAKE MUSEUM HAS RECORD ATTENDANCE

    Published: August 23, 2017
    ARTICLE AND PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY JOHN RICHTHAMMER
    The West Red Lake Museum, located about 20 miles by boat from Red Lake, reports a record number of visitors, with the tally expected to increase in late summer and early fall.
    According to a count in the guest register, the displays of themed photographs and early mining equipment have been viewed by at least 350 people.
    This season’s visual displays commemorate the lives of Sam Yee, pioneer Red Lake area merchant,
  • Commission outlines new far north ridings

    Published: August 16, 2017 
    BY CHRIS MARCHAND
    Commission outlines new far north ridings By Chris Marchand A final report from The Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission recommends the formation of two additional far north provincial electoral districts in an effort to make political representation more manageable for both elected officials and their constituents.
    Three months of consultations and information meeting transpired in communities across the north from May through July wherein
  • Bench dedicated to Jean Robinson

    Published: August 16, 2017 
    BY SARAH DESFORGES
    On Aug. 6, 27 members of the Ear Falls community gathered at the beach pavilion to unveil a park bench dedicated in honor of Jean Robinson’s memory.
    Robinson was an active member of the Ear Falls community before her passing early last year after losing her fight with cancer. She spent a great deal of her life sharing her love of music with all those around her. She had taught piano, guitar, and harp as well as gave voice lessons to
  • Local artist two-time finalist in national competition

    Published: August 9, 2017 
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Local artist Cheryl Wilson-Smith is one of 50 artists selected as finalists for the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) for the second time in the program’s history. 
    The national visual arts competition, which has been operating since 2015, offers finalists the chance to take home one of eight awards totalling $30,000 or the Salt Spring Prize (Joan McConnell Award) of $17,000 as chosen by an independent jury. 
    “Being a
  • The Bloodvein River, Miskweyaabiziibee, Celebrated

    Published: August 9, 2017 
    BY BECCA LETKEMAN
    The sun shone brightly on Friday as upwards of 50 people gathered to commemorate the Bloodvein River at Centennial Park, an event co-sponsored by Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, Lac Seul First Nation, and the Red Lake Regional Heritage Center.
    The celebration was designed to acknowledge the community’s connection to the river, including speeches, lunch, a time for storytelling, a children’s portaging game, and a display showcasing a
  • Red Lake celebrates 1st Pride event

    Published: August 2, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Centennial Park was awash with colours this past Saturday as residents of all ages gathered to celebrate the diversity of love in the Red Lake District.
    More than 70 people gathered on July 29 for morning march that was organized as part of the two-day Red Lake Pride event, the first of its kind in the district.
    “You are making history being here,” Activist and Educator Terry Syrette told the crowd prior to the walk that circled the park
  • Goldcorp second quarter earnings lower cost forecast for 2017

    Published: August 2, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Goldcorp Inc. released its second quarter results last week, posting net earnings of $135 million, or $0.16 per share, while lowering its forecast for costs this year.
    “Since the reorganization of the company in the second quarter 2016 we have delivered four consecutive quarters of steady, on target, and increasingly profitable gold production,” President and CEO David Garofalo told investors on July 27. “During the second quarter w
  • Kahooters celebrates 25 years

    Published: August 2, 2017
    BY SARAH DESFORGES
    On July 29, the Ear Falls community came out to Kahooters Pit Stop for a day of free family activities to celebrate the Kahoot’s 25th year of owning the store. The festivities were set up at the pavilion just behind the Pit Stop along with a tent in the parking lot for musicians to perform.
    More than 400 people came out to partake in the day’s activities that included a community pig roast, a long, lost tradition that the Kahoot’s st
  • New Route for upcoming Triathlon

    Published: August 2, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Organizers of the 2017 Red Lake Triathlon have more than weather conditions to contend with this year as they prepare for the upcoming event.
    Committee member Jennifer Szaflik confirmed last week drainage and resurfacing work on the Madsen highway has forced a change to the usual route with all age groups now being redirected down Highway 105, instead of Highway 618.
    “Creating a new route is tricky. We want to get as close to the require distan
  • 2016 financial statements available

    Published: July 19, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The Municipality of Red Lake has made their audited statements available to the public for 2016 after a leadership review of the document earlier this month. 
    On July 17 BDO Canada LLP’s Claudine Cordeiro made a presentation of the 2016 Financial Statements that shows the local government finished 2016 with an accumulated surplus of more than $42.24 million.
    “That doesn’t mean you have money to spend. That means you have money i
  • Changes to electoral boundaries released

    Published: July 26, 2017
    BY NSN STAFF
    A preliminary report from the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission, released earlier this month, recommends joining Red Lake, Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout, Pickle Lake and 30 First Nation communities to form one of two new electoral districts, expected to be in place during next year’s provincial government election.
    On July 10 the Commission began a second round of consultations to discuss the preliminary recommendations visiting communities in the a
  • Leaders review strategic plan priorities

    Published: July 19, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Municipal leaders feel the local government is “on track” when it comes to meeting its strategic plan goals and objectives.
    On Monday night Councillors received a report card on the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan detailing planning and infrastructure initiatives undertaken by the Municipality in the last 18 months in support of the strategic vision.
    “A strategic plan progress report is an opportunity to review the plan to ensure it remains
  • Re-zoning approved for emergency shelter’s new location

    Published: July 19, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS      
    Municipal leaders approved a plan this week to move the Red Lake Area Emergency Shelter (RLAES) onto Howey Street.
    Meeting for their monthly Regular Council Meeting on July 17 Councillors passed a resolution in support of a Planning Advisory Committee motion to rezone 220 Howey Street to an Industrial classification, making way for renovations to begin on the property later this month.
    “I feel this is a very p
  • First Red Lake Pride event set for end of Month

     
    Published: July 19, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Red Lake will join other Northwestern Ontario towns in making local history next weekend by hosting its first Red Lake Pride LGBTQ2 Two-Spirit Celebration.
    Set to kick off on July 28 with a meet and greet with advocates Ma Nee Chacaby and Teddy Syrette, Red Lake Pride will include a March in Centennial Park and family-centric activities at Keesic (Kinsman) Beach on July 29.
    “It is not just for LGBTQ2 but everybody together,” said Wa
  • Norseman Festival gets ready for takeoff

    Published: July 12, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    As the 25th anniversary Norseman Festival approaches organizing committee Chair Duane Riddell says there is only one way to describe this year’s efforts to mark the quarter century.
    “We are going broke,” laughed Riddell in an interview this week calling festival planning “revenue critical.”
    “Two of our grants that we were hoping to get were denied. One we are appealing and one came in at about one third of what we w
  • Increased Fines for Starting a Forest Fire

    Published: July 12, 2017
    BY NSN STAFF
    With forest fire season well underway in Ontario, the province has increased the maximum fines for individuals and corporations for starting forest fires. 
    If found responsible, individuals can now be fined up to $25,000 for starting a forest fire, with fines for corporations that start a forest fire going up to $500,000. These increased maximum fines will help deter human-started fires.
    “We all have a role in preventing wildland fires, and with t
  • Hospital provides year-in-review, reports surplus

    Published: July 5, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital (RLMCMH) exceeded budget projections for the 2016-17 fiscal year, resulting in a $179,000 surplus. This was the financial picture presented to the Board of Governors at the organization’s Annual General Meeting held on June 13.
    President and CEO Angela Bishop said last week the surplus would be used to help finance next year’s capital plan.
    Bishop noted that over the last fiscal year the reg
  • Regional efforts support Pikangikum Prom

    Published: July 5, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Students at Eenchokay Birchstick School (EBS) had a helping hand from the Red Lake District in getting ready for a semi-formal dance last week.
    On June 27 the Pikangikum school hosted its first Prom event. More than 100 students attended the evening dance that celebrated the end of the school year and the 2017 graduating class.
    However, with one hairdresser in town and no dress shops, getting ready for the event was going to be a challenge for many stu
  • Ear Falls Public School Jazzes Up Wheels

    Published: July 5, 2017
    BY SARAH DESFORGES
    Throughout the month of June members of the Ear Falls Public School’s grade two and three class took on the project of making decorative pictures to put on the wheels of one of their classroom support worker’s wheelchair. Thirteen unique wheelchair covers were made by the kids in Jennifer Harrison’s class.
    Harrison says the idea was inspired by a video that she had seen on Facebook earlier in the year. The video was of a business calle
  • Financial incentives coming for business owners for beautification

    Published: June 28, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The Municipality of Red Lake is moving forward with a plan to provide financial incentives to revitalize and beautify private property.
    Councillors met last week to review the proposed Community Improvement Plan (CIP), a land use planning tool, legislated under the Planning Act. The plan provides a framework for revitalizing, beautifying and promoting economic development within designated areas of the community.
    “This meeting tonight represents
  • Services board taking a stand on “slum” property owners

    Published: June 28, 2017
    By Chris Marchand, The Dryden Observer
    The Kenora District Services Board says it’s going to crack down on landlords who are renting unsafe units to their affordable housing clients.
    The issue was raised at a KDSB meeting, June 15.
    Services Board CAO Henry Wall says if helping people is indeed a concern of KDSB programming, then it can no longer directly or indirectly support property owners whose units are unsafe, have become hubs for criminal activity, or who are
  • Foundation golf tourney nets big bucks for equipment

    Published: June 28, 2017
    The Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital (RLMCMH) Foundation charity golf tournament brought more than $65,000 into the organization’s coffers. Chair Audrey Blazek told those gathered for the Wine and Cheese and live auction on June 23 the group is working towards raising a total of $600,000 to purchase diagnostic equipment for the local hospital. Business and community leaders showed up to the event Friday night armed with big cheques adding $20,000 in co
  • Security of food examined in consultation process

    Published: June 28, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Food charter consultations continued in the district last week as representatives for the Cloverbelt Food Coop hosted a public input session.
    “The discussion today will go toward creating a food charter,” explained Northwestern Health Unit’s Jaclyn Shewchuk who chaired the meeting. “The food charter becomes a document which will be used for decision making policies and/or programs when things are becoming implemented in the reg
  • Record number of students graduate from Keewaytinook Internet High School

    Published: June 28, 2017
    BY JILL WOOLLEY
    A record seventeen students from nine First Nation communities across northern Ontario were recognized for their accomplishments at the Keewaytinook Internet High School (KiHS) graduation on May 23.
    Students in the 11 communities served by KiHS connected via video conference for the celebrations. Surrounded by their family members, school staff, elders and local chiefs and councils, the graduates received their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and
  • Recreation report card falls short

    Published: June 21, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The 2017 Recreational Master Plan Report Card was accepted by Council earlier this week amid complaints by one Councilor that the report is incomplete.
    “If these here report cards were being given out in schools now days it is no wonder that people are coming out functionally illiterate,” stated Councilor Sandy Middleton at the Regular Council meeting on June 19.
    “It is a whole bunch of puffs of smoke but no fire.”
    Middleton so
  • Businesses lobby for equitable tax rates

    Published: June 21, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Local business owners are urging municipal councilors to overturn a decision that has allowed a hobby shop to operate on residential property in Red Lake.
    Appearing before municipal leaders at their Regular Council Meeting on June 19, Lakeside Marina Ltd. owner Mike Smith told those gathered the decision to grant an Application for Temporary Use Provision to 79 Howey Bay Road in May is counter to the interest of businesses in the community.  
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  • Shelter finds new home, working on zoning

    Published: June 21, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The Red Lake Area Emergency Shelter (RLAES) has found a new home.
    Executive Director Janalee Jodouin confirmed this week the organization has purchased a building on Howey Street and is looking to start renovations over the summer.
    “We have quite an extensive renovation being done which is part of the funding that came in was to buy the building and renovate.”
    In April RLAES received approval from the United Way’s Homelessness Partne
  • Far north election boundaries under review

    Published: June 21, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Electoral boundaries in the north are being reviewed in advance of the 2018 provincial election.
    Members of the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission were in Red Lake on June 14 in an effort to gather feedback and submissions on proposed changes to the riding structure in Ontario.
    “You are small in number but that doesn’t really matter. What we hear from you is what is really important,” said Chair Joyce Pelletier while introduci
  • Musselwhite Mine tops Ontario Mine Rescue Competition

    Published: June 14, 2017
    SUBMITTED
    Mine rescue volunteers from Goldcorp Canada Musselwhite Mine earned more than gold hard hats from Ontario Mine Rescue, a part of Workplace Safety North (WSN), as the overall winners of the 68th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in Goderich last week.
    Goldcorp Musselwhite Mine, a fly-in/fly-out mine approximately 480 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, also won the Firefighting Award and the Special Equipment Award during the closing banquet Friday, Jun
  • Mining MN130 concludes at Confederation College

    Published: June 14, 2017
    SUBMITTED BY ROMAN SHEREMETA
    The Mining industry is alive and well in the Red Lake District.
    It was an exciting semester as the Confederation College Campus in Red Lake delivered the mining MN130 course in the Red Lake District High School.
    The students were taught the basics in mining both in the underground and open pit concepts. Participants were given the opportunity to do some panning, where they learned how to find treasures in pay dirt.  The students were tau
  • POLICE INVESTIGATING BREAK AND ENTER INTO FIRE HALL

    Published: June 7, 2017
    (RED LAKE, ON) – The Red Lake OPP are investigating a Break and Enter into the Madsen Fire Hall that occurred sometime between the afternoon on Monday May 29th and the afternoon on Wednesday May 31st.    
    Unknown person(s) entered the Fire hall and spray painted the fire truck and other equipment within the building.  Also the unknown person(s) used screw drivers and an axe to damage interior doors.         
    At
  • Travel grant program needs “significant overhaul”

    Published: June 7, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is calling for better access to health care for northerners.
    Presenting a motion before the Ontario Legislature last week, the northern MPP called for “a significant overhaul” of the Northern Health Travel Grant.
    “Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government have ignored the needs of northerners for too long,” Campbell told the Legislature on June 1. “I’m proud to stand up for peopl
  • 2017 Business award nominations launch

    Published: June 7, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Have you received excellent service in a local establishment or have something positive to say about a local employer? The Chukuni Communities Development Corporation (CCDC) is encouraging you to take time to nominate them for a 2017 Chukuni Business Award.
    “We’re looking to receive numerous nominations again this year and hoping that the decisions will be just as difficult to make as they were in the previous year,” said Manager Cath
  • Hobby shop receives temporary approval

    Published: May 24, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Municipal council has granted a “Temporary Use Provision” for a small automotive shop on Howey Bay Road, overturning a planning committee recommendation made earlier this month.
    During their Regular Council Meeting this month leaders defeated a Planning Advisory Committee resolution, which recommended not approving a proposal by a local resident to expand an established home based business that focused on repairing boats and snowmobiles to
  • Giveaway Weekend makes its comeback in 2017

    Published: May 24, 2017
    BY JILL WOOLLEY
    Do you have items sitting around your house that are in good condition, but you just don’t need any more? Do you think your neighbours would like to have them for their home?
    Through June 3 and 4, Red Lake District residents are encouraged to participate in the Giveaway Weekend.
    Place your unwanted items at the edge of your property with signs or stickers clearly labelling each item as ‘free’. It’s like a garage sale at every house,
  • Trafficking charges laid

    Published: May 17, 2017
    SUBMITTED
    Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime and Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), with assistance of the Treaty Three Police Service, Kenora OPP Street Crime Unit and members of the Kenora OPP Detachment have charged three people with drug related charges following an investigation into drug trafficking in the Northwest Region.
    On May 12 shortly after 1:00 pm, OCEB members stopped two vehicles in a parking lot in the east end of Kenora. As a res
  • Mine rescue tech heading south

    Published: May 17, 2017
    BY NSN STAFF
    Local mine rescue technician Dave Hay will represent the Red Lake District at the 68th annual Ontario Mine Rescue Provincial Competition next month.
    The rescuer, who is a member of Red Lake Gold Mines Team 2, won the award for top technician during the 2017 Red Lake District Mine Rescue Competition in Cochenour, May 11 to 12. The competition included team and individual events.
    During the two-day event four mine rescue teams from Goldcorp Musselwhite Mine and
  • Slow start to fire season

    Published: May 17, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The 2017 forest fire season has started out slowly in the Red Lake district with only one fire on the books six weeks in.
    Ministry of Natural Resources officials confirmed earlier this week RED 001 was recorded after a human caused fire was located on Apr. 22 approximately three kilometres from Pikangikum. The fire was confirmed out as of May 4 after snow blanketed the region at the end of April. The fire only reached three hectares in size.
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