• 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
    President and Chief Executive Off
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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