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FRont pAge_FRont pAge 10/1/13 10:12 AM page 1 Founded in 1897 Year 116 no. 40 - dRYden, ontARio - WedneSdAY, octobeR 2, 2013 Fall colours on display InSIdE Mountain biker Meghan Winters and her canine sidekick Naya blast through a colourful section of the Ghost Hollow Trail near Ghost/Mavis Lake over the weekend. With fall colours peaking it is a wonderful time to put on some ‘hunter orange’ and explore wilderness trail systems in the area. Dryden mill celebrates 100 years See pgs. 6-7 SPORTS Photo by Chris Marchand Frustration with snail’s pace City rushing of Ring of Fire development By Jon Thompson Ice Dogs spilt with Lakers See pg. 9 A&E Cockburn kicks off Entertainment Series See pg. 13 HOLIDAY DEADLINE NOTICE THAnkSgiving DAY Advertising for wednesdAy, OctOber 16 issue Display ads & garage Sale ads DEADLINE WED., OCT. 9 12:00 NOON Classified & Happy ads DEADLINE WED., OCT. 9 5:00 P.M. 58151 01234 ed to all parts of that discussion, some of which we aren’t able to speak about publicly until they come to complete fruition and there are challenges in the project.” Kenora MP and Minister Responsible for FedNor, Greg Rickford met with Cliffs Natural Resources and Noront Resources last week to evaluate the market conditions that have cooled interest in the project. While the province is handling First Nations consultation, he said the federal Environmental Assessment is moving ahead, energy projects in some First Nations are underway and skills training for Matawa communities through Confederation College are preparing the local workforce for a development that will change everything. Municipalities will play their part in time, Rickford said. “There are certain things that take X amount of time to do as a matter of law or as a process governed by good faith negotiations, as we’re seeing with (Frank) Iacobucci and Bob Rae and that they’re taking place to tick off some of the bigger structural things that have to occur. Moving forward, I don’t think it’s too far off in the future that municipalities will have a meaningful and important contribution to some of the more strategic developments that their towns and cities can play a role in.” to assign AMP contract By Jon Thompson The consultants leading Dryden’s Service and Operational Review will also conduct the city’s Asset Management Plan. At its Sept. 20 meeting, City Council elected to exercise an exemption to its procurement bylaw and grant a $24,826.12 contract to KPMG as a single source, rather than conduct a formal Request For Proposals (RFP). Acting city manager, Debra Kincaid argued KPMG is familiar with Dryden’s financial data and that time is of the essence. “There are other firms that do that, yes and if we go to an RFP for it, we’ll be under the gun to meet the Dec. 31, 2013 deadline. Because that company is currently here, there may be some savings for the city.” The Asset Management Plan will assess existing and planned local roads, bridges, sewer, water and storm sewer as well as needs for assets. It will be the first assessment of its kind since 2005 when the city underwent a land implementation study, including the Inflow and Infiltration study that led to the sewage treatment plant that is still under construction. That study was also responsible for developing the Centennial Business Park plan and contingency strategies, should the province choose to re-route the highway around Dryden. Public Works manager, Blake Poole confirmed the city’s assets inventory needs to be updated. “This plan will give us the replacement value of our assets and also what we should be doing to continued on pg. 3 Duo fined for harassing moose Dryden Observer Staff Our office will be cLOsed mOndAy, Oct. 14 0 Northwestern Ontario’s municipalities see smoke but no flame yet on the Ring Of Fire and at the Northwestern Ontario Regional Conference, they held their elected representatives’ feet to the heat. From disagreements over the chromite deposit’s energy appetite to local education, business attraction and development, the region’s municipal leaders expressed respectful impatience toward Thunder Bay Superior MPP and Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle over what they saw as a slow-moving process with few inroads for input. “I think it’s frustration,” said Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) president and Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield. “The future of Ontario and the future of Canada is in rural and northern Ontario and in rural and northern Canada. When you listen to the people in the know – the huge business people who kind of drive the economy in this country, they’ve made that statement many times over. We understand that as municipal representatives but you have to have the infrastructure in place to make these things happen.” Coun. Shayne MacKinnon was the only representative of Dryden at the Thunder Bay meetings. While he expressed disappointment with his colleagues’ absence, he praised both NOMA and Gravelle for looking out for the region. “Minister Gravelle’s comments were positive and optimistic regarding the establishment of sustainability of large industry, the addition of large industry in the region and the government supporting that,” he said. “For a municipality like Dryden, there’s a lot of economic spinoff that can happen, even from a large industry that happens in the region, rather than locally.” At the request of Northern Ontario’s large urban mayors, Gravelle announced he would hold a summit to determine next steps on the Northern Growth Plan to assess successes and determine next steps. NOMA past president, Ron Nelson publicly urged attendees to boycott that summit on the conference’s second day. “We know there’s very significant progress in terms of benefits to First Nations,” Gravelle said of the Ring of Fire. “We’re trying to pull all the pieces together and indeed, I heard the frustration from so many of the municipal leaders about wanting to see the project move forward more quickly. We’d all like to see that happen but what I tried to emphasize as much as possible is, this project does need to be done right or else the project won’t happen. There are some very positive things that are taking place relat- 2 A local man who drove a boat while another leaped from it in an attempt to ride a moose has been fined $2,500. On Sept. 17, Dryden’s Andrew Weiers and Alberta’s Matthew Weiers pled guilty to harassing a cow moose on Eagle Lake and were fined jointly. Andrew’s boat has been seized by an Ontario Court of Justice order until fines are paid. Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) conservation officers pressed charges in July in response to public complaints over $1.00 a copy a video showing a boat coming across a swimming moose then gathering three adult passengers from shore. Andrew tightly circled the animal, preventing her from escape. Matthew is then seen jumping from the boat onto the moose’s back. “As prey animals, moose are biologically programmed to fear and will attempt to escape from predators, including humans,” the MNR expressed in a release. “Inability to escape a predator attack can cause moose extreme physical exhaustion and stress, including death.” Giant Pumpkins A young Drydenite is impressed by the entries in Bob Nelson’s annual giant pumpkin weigh-in, held this past weekend on Nymark Rd. For more, see story on page 14. 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