• 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.
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  • 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
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    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.
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  • 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
  • Local teacher receives recognition

    Published: October 25, 2017
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     As part of the festivities organized for their 20th anniversary, Ontario’s eight French-language Catholic school boards are joining forces to recognize the work and exceptional commitment of members of their school communities.
     Throughout October, the Recognition Tour has been travelling across the province to pay tribute to community leaders who, through their professionalism, their dedication and their generosity on a daily basis, a
  • OPP Sgt honoured

    Published: October 25, 2017 
    Red Lake OPP Sgt Chris Amell (right) was recently honoured at the OPP convention in Thunder Bay for his outstanding contribution to Pikangikum First Nation youth programs. Jim and Marjorie Dawson of Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise have worked with Sgt Amell on outdoor programs such as the Project Journey and canoeing programs at EBS school in Pikangikum for over four years. Jim says that Sgt Amell is widely respected for his great work in youth leadership program
  • Services Board frustrated by Act review

    Published: October 25, 2017
    BY CHRIS MARCHAND
    The Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) says an ongoing review of the legislation governing District Social Services Administrations Boards across the province may not be asking the right questions if it’s seeking to improve and streamline the way services are delivered in Ontario.
    Members of the board expressed their frustrations during last week’s monthly meeting in Dryden about how the challenges they often face in delivering service
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  • Fall Clean Up

    Published: October 25, 2017 
    Jillian Campbell (middle) offers instructions to the crew that assembled for morning clean up on Oct. 21. Approximately 15 community members spent an hour Saturday morning picking up garbage around Red Lake before returning to Red Lake-Madsen Public School for activities organized by the 12 year old. The crew collected trash from target areas identified by Campbell including Howey Street and Young Street. Campbell says she wanted to organize the cleanup to remov
  • Hire for Talent initiative set to connect employers with new talent

    Published: October 25, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    One local organization is looking to assist employers connect with new talent. Last week Chukuni Communities Development Corporation (CCDC) participated in the launch of a pan-Canadian employer awareness campaign to increase employers’ confidence in hiring persons with disabilities.
    “CCDC is assisting with increasing the awareness of the initiative in our service area and we are a resource for helping employers find assistance that they
  • BREAK AND ENTER OCCURRENCES IN RED LAKE

    Published: October 18, 2017 
    (RED LAKE, ON) – Red Lake OPP investigated multiple break and enter occurrences over the weekend that occurred at Antonio’s restaurant in Red Lake. Three individuals have been identified and spoken to by police.
    As a result a 38 year old male of Red Lake, has been charged with break and enter contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the criminal code, possession of property obtained by crime contrary to section 355(b) of the criminal code and possession
  • Reclaim reopening continues to be theoretical, residents look for commitment

    Published: October 18, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    The future of the Reclaim Room at the Municipality’s new waste transfer station was the topic of conversation earlier this week as members of the public looked for a commitment from leaders on the fate of the community service.
    “I am here to ask for a genuine commitment from the Municipality in the reopening of the Reclaim Room at the Transfer Station,” Rhonda Beckman told those gathered for the Regular Council Meeting on Oct. 16.
  • Dog owner accountability necessary, says resident

    Published: October 18, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    One local resident is looking for greater accountability when it comes to animal vaccinations after a summer incident left a close family member with a compromised immune system.
    Appearing before municipal representatives during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 10, Denise Spence told those gathered her grandson had to be treated for rabies exposure after a bite from an unvaccinated dog.
    “Ignorance about what to do is why my grandson
  • Red Dress project honours missing and murdered women

    Published: October 4, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Red dresses have been blowing in the wind throughout downtown Red Lake this week as a reminder of an estimated 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, say organizers.
    Earlier this week 38 red articles of clothing were hung up on street signs and poles in solidarity of the REDress Project, first started by Winnipeg-based artist Jamie Black.
    Coordinator Mollie Isaac says along with Angela McLaren and Margorie McCrea, the 38 items includ
  • Franco-Ontarion Flag raising

    Published: September 27, 2017
    Photo by Jennifer Parsons
    Mayor Phil Vinet (left) and Madelaine Oakes work to raise the franco-Ontarian flag while surrounded by Francophone youth on Sept. 25. More than 50 school-aged students and members of the Association francophone de Red Lake gathered for the flag raising in Centennial Park in honour of Franco-Ontarian Day. This is the second year the flag has been flown in the Red Lake location to mark the September event.
    “One point four million people
  • Arts centre proposal goes forward, Patricia Players secure home

    Published: September 27, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Municipal officials have approved a new partnership arrangement aimed at generating greater supports for arts and drama in the community.
    At the Regular Council Meeting on Sept. 25 council approved a lease agreement between the Municipality and Patricia Players allowing the local drama troupe to rent the facility on a monthly basis. The agreement grants “exclusive” use of the hall to the group allowing them to expand its stage perform
  • Council rejects telecommuting for its members

    Published: September 27, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Mayor and Council will have to continue to attend meetings in person after the group considered and dismissed a by-law amendment that would allow electronic participation in monthly council meetings.
    On Sept. 25 the group accepted a Committee of the Whole recommendation regarding amendments to the Procedural By-Law put in place to align with upcoming changes to the Municipal Act.
    The amendments include a change in the definition of meeting, new g
  • Take back the night

    Published: September 27, 2017
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    On Sept. 20 over 20 individuals joined together to celebrate Take Back the Night. This event began in the early 1960s in Belgium and England where women were feeling unsafe walking on the streets at night. The movement spread into the United States in the 1970s when campus students were starting to experience high rates of sexual assaults. Events are now planned across the world to bring awareness to sexual violence that women and girls are experiencing.&n
  • Ear Falls School renovations fast-tracked

    Published: September 20, 2017
    BY JENNIFER PARSONS
    Upgrades for a regional public school are being fast-tracked after members of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board voted to approve the Ear Falls Public School Renovation Project.
    Meeting via teleconference on Sept. 12 members reviewed a report on the infrastructure project that originally indicated the completion date of the renovation was slated for 2021 under the Board’s Long-term Capital Plan 2015-2025. The plan notes the $4.36 m
  • Rubicon updates on 2017 exploration activities

    Published: September 20, 2017
    BY NSN STAFF
    After a summer of drilling and re-logging historical core, Rubicon Minerals Corporation released an updated statement on drill results and preliminary observations of its Phoenix Gold Project this week.
    On Sept. 18 the company reported the completion of planned 3,500 m of structural oriented core drilling, 10,000 m of historical core re-logging and underground mapping activities, as part of its 2017 Exploration Program.
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  • 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
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