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Highway 594 closed
SouthMinnitakiSouth Minnitaki is no stranger to flooding and was closed numerous times in the spring.

Highway 594 is closed from South Minnitaki to Ojibway Drive.

According to the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, the road is closed due to flooding.

It is unclear when the issue will be resolved but crews are on hand to repair the damage.

The South Minnitaki road area is no stranger to flooding. During the spring South Minnitaki was constantly flooded with numerous closures taking place.

For more information:
Dryden facing numerous wash outs
Flood waters slowly subsiding

Dryden candidates talk transparency
Candidates smallCandidates spoke about transparency on council last night.

Candidates in Dryden were given an opportunity to speak last night about transparency. One resident asked the candidates how important they think it should be on council.
Candidate Bill Latham was asked to respond first.

"Transparency is one of the things that's causing so much confusion in the community. What is our debt what isn't our debt. I think if everyone was more open people would have a better understanding of where we're going and how we're going to get there. Again, it comes down to a strategic plan. What are our goals, what are our objectives and how are we going to achieve them," he said.

Ken Moss and Bryan Crawford were also given the opportunity to answer the question.

"Transparency is very important. People generally think the town is trying to pull one over on them. So the more information that people can get the better. Obviously there are some things you can't talk about with the public, but the more transparency that we have the better," said Bryan Crawford.

Ken Moss spoke about what council has already done to ensure transparency.

"It's very important. Before this council I'm not sure people were aware of the financial status. Our finance reports, everything is open. They are public knowledge and we post our financial status. It's very important and we are open," said Moss.

Later that evening the mayoral candidates were asked how they can make city council more transparent in order to ensure accountability.

"I think it boils down to communication. We need to communicate between the office of mayor and council, between staff anjd council and certainly between everyone and the community, you folks that we serve. We can't have closed-door meetings on council. You need to know what we're doing and we need to know what you think about what we're doing," said Shayne MacKinnon.

MacKinnon said he would set aside at least one hour each month for every councillor to discuss plans and achievements. He also said he'd like to hold forums like the all-candidates meeting more often to get the public's opinion on how they think council is doing.

Incumbent Craig Nuttall said it's not just the mayor's job but councillors as well.

"The Mayor is only a leader. Each councillor is on a committee or part of a department and they're responsible for meeting with the managers and setting budgets. I don't set budgets. They're involved in the operational part. So I feel that my councillors are quite capable of being there and looking after those departments," he said.

Finally, Greg Wilson was also given the chance to answer.

"It's a tough one because you can only control yourself and not other people. But you can create the right environment where people feel they are free to express their views. Whatever council commit to, they have to follow through and have benchmarks to see if they are failing or succeeding," he said.

The Dryden District Chamber of Comerce's All Candidates Forum took place yesterday at The Centre.

For more information:
Business big theme at Dryden All Candidates Forum
Dryden mayoral candidates talk debt and business


Missing man may be headed to Kenora
Brian HurstPolice are asking for the public's assistance in locating Brian Hurst (COURTESY WINNIPEG POLICE)

Winnipeg Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a man who went missing over the weekend.

Brian Hurst, 61, was last seen on Saturday and was believed to be headed to Kenora. He was last seen driving a black and chrome 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport, Manitoba license plate GLA 603.

He is described as Caucasian, 5'6" and 130 pounds. He has short brown/grey hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a long-sleeved yellow sweater, t-shirt, khaki shorts and runners.

Hurst also wears a hearing aid.

If you have any information on Hurst, please contact the missing person’s unit at (204) 986-6250.

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Missing woman located
Divers search for missing American

St. Louis goes old school
st louis sept 30St. Louis students posted stories about the one-room school house they've created, using their portable classroom, and these stories are available for others to read.

Chores and learning about the old ways are part of learning at Saint Louis. That's because they're portable has been turned into a one-room school house. Teacher Kerri Favreau explains.

"When we realized we were going to be in a portable this year, we decided to have some fun with it and make the connection between portables nowadays and school houses years ago. They might also have more than one grade. We don't have plumbing. They didn't have plumbing, which also made it fun," she said, noting the added chore of fetching water.

The Grade 4/5 split has also reached out to the community, as they looked for a better sense of history.


letter - sept 30A letter written by a Grade 4/5 student about their one-room school house experience.

"We brought in some special guests to talk about school 70 years ago, and I think the students were so intrigued by that that it made this space more exciting," she said.

Favreau also got her students to write about their experiences, based on the old-school approach to education.


st louis - 2 sept 30Grade 4/5 teacher Kerri Favreau talks with visitors, during last night's open house.

Kenora woman dies, after motorcycle accident near Reddit
fatal - 4Police have released the name of the deceased, after yesterday's fatal accident.

A 54 year-old Kenora woman is dead, after the motorcycle she was driving crashed on Hwy. 658 near Birch Lake, north of Kenora. Police received a report of a single motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on Tuesday at around 3:30 in the afternoon. 

The female driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the male passenger was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The deceased has been identified as Ivy Camire of Kenora.  A post-mortem examination will be conducted in the next few days.

The investigation is continuing.

For more information:
Fatal accident claims motorcyclist north of Kenora


Dryden mayoral candidates talk debt and business
All candidates mayorThe three Dryden mayoralty candidates listen to a question, during the all-candidates forum.

The three Dryden mayoralty candidates had a chance to duke it out last night at the all-candidates forum.

The two big topics of the night were the city's debt and attracting new businesses, while still retaining current businesses. Dryden resident Gary Bates asked the candidates what put Dryden in its financial crisis, and what steps should be taken to get the city out of its debt crisis. Craig Nuttall spoke about some of the steps.

"We now have financial statements at the end of the month that we know exactly how much each department is spending. We've never had that before. Our city management crew are the best city management team I've ever seen. They know we're 28 per cent in our budget or 50 per cent in our budget. They know except for one item, snow removal, and we have no control over that. The Guy Upstairs does. I pray every night that we don't have snow," he said.

Greg Wilson spoke about some of the causes that put Dryden into debt.

"I think it was lack of accountability and lack of unity. So, when you have people in a bad relationship, it's hard to get things done. From an outsider's perspective, there wasn't a desire to get things done. It was more about being right than finding the right course of action," he said.

Shayne MacKinnon agreed it was a number of issues that caused the crisis.

"We had a number of issues including the assessment, (and) the issue with the telephone. They all had a resonance in our finances, but what can we do about it? What I would like to see is this be the first item on our strategic plan. Taxation and finances are the first items. The next thing is a community finance advisory committee. Three members of the community and our finance committee are working together. They would report back to council. It would give you a voice. We could have businesses and residents like you at the same table giving us advice," he said.

All three candidates also spoke about hiring an economic development officer, in order to attract new business to Dryden, while also strengthening current businesses.

"I am always hesitant to say, 'Let's just hire this person, and they'll solve it with the magic bullet and bring in business.' It doesn't work that way. I don't know why we can't do something like the town of Ft. Frances does. They contract out their economic development services. When they need them, they hire someone. If we find someone in the process, who is really good, maybe then consider hiring them. But we don't just throw money at the problem," said Wilson.

MacKinnon said it's a matter of looking at the current Dryden Development Corporation and determining what action to take next.

"We need to determine the value and structure of that organization, and if we'll continue with that organization any longer. If the answer is to discontinue, then I will ask council to form an economic division in the city. Then, we can start helping out with the community. We need someone, though, in that office, who has the requisite skills, and we need a budget to allow them to actively pursue economic development, and not just to react," he said.

Finally, incumbent Craig Nuttall believes they already have a working plan in place.

"We have an independent committee with two councillors on there, who really represent the council and mayor. We have two major businesses looking at property, and (they) have actually given us a deposit. I can't tell you who they are until they give me permission, but they are two major industries. The mayor has always worked close with the economic development team. I have met with them, and I think we are successful in getting some money for Treasury Metals. I sell Dryden that's my goal," he said.

The election is on Oct. 27th.

For more information:
2014 Dryden municipal election candidates list
All candidates forums coming up in Kenora, Sioux Lookout



Business big theme at Dryden all-candidates forum
All candidates councilThe council candidates sit on stage at The Centre in Dryden, during last night's forum.

Whether it was supporting current businesses, attracting new ones, trying to retain youth or even adjusting taxes, a lot of the topics at the Dryden All-Candidates forum were centered around business.

The Dryden District Chamber of Commerce held their debate last night. Members of the chamber asked candidates prepared questions, as well as opening the floor to residents. When asked whether he would support existing businesses in Dryden, or encourage new businesses to come to town, Martin MacKinnon said it's about balance.

"I believe economic development is designed to handle both situations. We have to have healthy businesses in the community, in order to attract new businesses in the community. They go hand-in-hand. That's why an economic development person, or committee, is essential to our community," he said.

John Carlucci, Ken Moss and Norm Bush were also given the chance to respond to that question. All said they would support both existing and future businesses.

"I'm in favour of supporting and attracting new business. First of all, we need to stabilize our tax burden. This will help the business, residents and economy by attracting private investment and making existing businesses more competitive," he said.

Norm Bush also spoke about his plan to retain youth in the community.

"The way to retain youth, in my mind, is jobs. Without jobs, I just don't see that is going to happen. I think there are several things we can do to make that happen, as a council. We can support responsible development in new business, such as mining. We need to have low taxes to attract new businesses, and we need to have low taxes to retain current businesses," he said.

Ken Moss said it's about talking to the youth to find out what they want.

"We would have to have those people come to us and tell us what they want and what they expect from us. Then, we can give them support. We need the input of the youth. They need to tell us what they want. then we can work with that," he said.

Candidate Roger Valley believes creating new business and retaining youth is all about creating the right environment.

"It goes back to what I said. They need to have confidence that we know what we are doing with our tax dollars. We have to get our act together. We have to let the world know we are open for business. We need to build the confidence back up, and once we do that, we can attract start to attract business," he said.

Candidates Bill Latham, Robert Bruyere and Bryan Crawford were asked what they would do to attract new businesses to the community.

"I think the first thing we need is somewhere for them to locate. From what I understand, the new subdivision in north Dryden is partially finished, but it won't be done with our current financial situation. (Also) we need to get that sewage treatment plant up and operating. If this mine goes in we need lots of lots and infrastructure to look after all the people coming into Dryden. So, I think just to make sure there's property available for them," he said.

Bruyere said it is everyone's responsibility to promote Dryden, and therefore attract new business.

"It would be nice, if we could afford an economic development officer, but I think it's our responsibility, as citizens of Dryden, to promote our city. There is the opportunity to purchase everything they need in this city. When people ask, 'Is Dryden open for business?' 'Yes, it is!' I do that now, and I'm not being paid for it," he said.

Latham said he believes creating housing for both seniors and young people coming to Dryden is important to creating new business. He also thinks hiring an economic development officer would help the situation.

"The first thing that has to happen is -- we have to get in place an economic development officer -- to get the word out there that the city of Dryden is open for business," he said.

However, Coun. Mary Trist doesn't think hiring just one person can solve all of Dryden's problems.

"We expect one person to come and say, "I'm going to fix everything' and I think that's highly unrealistic. But, I think in the long-term, we want to measure that against what sort of successes are we seeing. Yes, it is very important for us to reach out and attract businesses, but we still need to support those businesses we have," she said.

While neither Darryl Skinner or Michelle Levesque were given the opportunity to answer the above questions, Skinner was asked how to involve other communities and upper levels of government to improve Dryden.

"I think the key is communication. We need to be, not only involved in what's happening within the city, but what's happening around it. Communicating with the surrounding communities would be key to understanding that," he said.

Finally, Michelle Levesque said she believes the first step to solving any of the city's problems is fixing council.

"I think -- first and foremost -- that the main focus should be on council. Get a good council set in place and have good communication and get along properly," she said.

Following the council candidates' debate, the mayoral candidates took to the stage. The election is on Oct. 27th.

For more information:
2014 Dryden municipal election candidates list
All Candidates Forums coming up in Kenora, Sioux Lookout

Sioux Lookout All-Candidates venue changed
Sioux Lookout bridgeThe Sioux Lookout All-Candidates Forum will now be held at the Recreation Centre.

The venue for the All-Candidates forum in Sioux Lookout has changed. The meeting will now be held at the Sioux Lookout Recreation Centre.

The decision was made by the Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce, in order to seat the high number of anticipated guests.

The debate will still be held on Thursday, October 9th, from 7 until 10 in the evening.

For more information:
All-Candidates Forums coming up in Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout
2014 Sioux Lookout municipal election candidates list

Pair face drug charges after investigation
LIGHTS FROM REARPolice stop local pair in Kenora, following an investigation.

Members of the Organized Crime and Enforcement Bureau Kenora drug unit have charged a 31 year-old female with drug-related offences. Police have charged the female following an ongoing investigation of drug trafficking in the City of Kenora. 

During the investigation, police conducted a vehicle stop in the downtown area of Kenora around 2 p.m. on Monday.  The stop resulted in the arrest and search of two males and two females.  A small quantity of hydromorphone was seized as well as drug trafficking paraphernalia.

As a result of this investigation, Patricia Skead of Wauzhushk Onigum (Rat Portage) has been charged with:

- Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA),
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC), Obstruct Peace Officer section 129(a) CC and Fail to Comply with Probation Order 733.1(1) CC. 
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She is to appear in Kenora Court on October 30, 2014 to answer to the charge.

One of the male passengers, 26 year-old Harvey Smith of Washagamis Bay has been charged with Fail to Comply with Undertaking section 145(3) CC.  He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

For more information:
Drug bust results in odour
Police take down drug ring


Fatal accident claims motorcyclist north of Kenora
fatal - 1Officers from the Kenora OPP detachment are investigating a fatal accident near Redditt.

A fatal accident near Reddit claimed the life of a motorcyclist earlier this afternoon. There were two people on board, when the accident happened between Ena Road and the community of Reddit along Hwy. 658.

Officers from the Kenora OPP responded, and they're still investigating. The name of the deceased has not been released, pending notification of the next of kin.

For more information:
Fatal accident has bikers checking twice
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fatal - 4Two passengers were on the motorcycle at the time, and one of them was fatally injured.

Susan Barclay looks for seat on Sioux Lookout council
Susan BarclaySusan Barclay is running for city council in Sioux Lookout.

With all-candidate meetings set across the district, voters are starting to focus more on their candidates for the municipal elections.

Susan Barclay is running for a seat on council in Sioux Lookout, and earlier today she talked about one of her main reasons for campaigning.

"I think iot's important that council reflect the diversity of the community and the people who live here. I would say that I have experience and knowledge that would be useful and helpful and I feel it's a good fit for me with my background in various political venues," she said.

Barclay currently manages the community's out of the cold shelter. She has also served in a number of roles, including: church minister, minor hockey volunteer, Rotarian and member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Barclay spoke about some of the issues she believes should be focused on.

"I definitely have a passion for housing issues. The people that I work with day to day are desperate for adequate affordable housing. So there's no doubt that is important to me but I don't think anyone should be a one-issue person. There are things around this community we need to be looking at like deficit around their infrastructure from the cutbacks in the late 90s and early 200s, we just never caught up. There are many issues that are important to me," she said.

Barclay has previously served as the federal NDP candidate, as well as on the party's provincial executive.

For more information:
2014 Sioux Lookout municipal elections candidates list
All candidates forums coming up in Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout


End in sight for Second Street construction
second street - 2 sept 30Crews are slowly making their way up Second Street in Kenora, as the end is in sight.

Contractors in Kenora are putting in curbs along Second Street today. They're also adding more gravel, as they prepare for paving.

Carlos Cantera is overseeing the project, and he offers an update.

"Well, we're just finishing up the curb. We're going up to Fifth and Knox United Church. Then, granular A and paving in a week or two. It's coming together," he said.

If the weather holds, Cantera hopes to be done in mid-October.

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Antique bottles date back to 1869

Antique bottles date back to 1869
bottle - 2An antique bottle found at the corner of Second and Matheson is dated 1869.

Backhoe operator Ward Maryniuk had an interesting discovery. He found a bunch of antique bottles, while digging along Second Street earlier this summer.

Carlos Cantera is the project supervisor, and he describes the find.

bottle - 1The bottles were placed on their side during shipping, so the cork wouldn't dry out.

"We looked it up in the computer, and Dr. Cattrell of Dublin, Belfast started shipping soda water all over the world. They believed that good water is healthy. I guess in the early days, they just drank bad water," he said.

Cantera noted the bottles were found at the corner of Matheson and Second, where the old spur line for the railway was located. The collection also included old beer bottles, which were green in colour with long necks. Another was a brandy bottle made by Benedictine.

bottles - antique sept 30Second Street project supervisor Carlos Cantera shows the collection of antique bottles found by backhoe operator Ward Maryniuk earlier this summer, during excavation work.




Northwest Catholic School Board reacts to EQAO results
back to school - 4The EQAO results were released for students in Grades 3 and 6 for reading, writing and math.

The Northwest Catholic School Board is happy with their Grade 3 and 6 EQAO results. Superintendent of Education, Joanne Querel spoke about the results.

"The Northwest Catholic board is very thrilled with the results of our provincial data from our students EQAO results. Overall we've shown increases in both our primary and junior divisions, especially in the area of primary reading and junior reading and writing," she said.

In both reading and writing the board sits right behind the provincial average for both Grade 3 and 6. In math Grade 3 students are behind by 12 per cent whereas they are ahead of the provincial province by 13 per cent in Grade 6.

Querel spoke more about the math results.

"Our achievement levels in our mathematics is a professional area of growth for our system and we are addressing it. We understand that in order for our students to be competitive in today's global environment they require a high degree of knowledge and numeracy skills and we take this very seriously," she said.

She also explained how the board will use the results to move forward with their education plans.

"We're going to continue to build capacity in mathematics at all levels of our organization and we'll have an intentional focus for the 2014-2015 school year in developing our capacity in mathematics, pedagogy and assessment and instruction. The EQAO results provide our system with a type of assessment data in which to base our improvement efforts on," she said.

Northwest Catholic School Board results:

Grade 3:    Board        Province

Reading     65             70

Writing       71             78

Math          55             67

Grade 6:    Board        Pronvince

Reading      78             79

Writing        73             78

Math           67             54

For more information:
Kenora Catholic School Board releases EQAO math and literacy results
Still work to do on scores for Grade 9 math, literacy
Standardized test results released by EQAO

    
 
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