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Electrical Transmission Project Holds Open House

Article by Barb Fisher   Northwestern Ontario is an expansive region with substantial resource development and other growth potential. New and expanded industrial activities are expected to drive electricity demand in the region in the coming decades. Recent changes to the electricity supply, including the transition away from coal-fired generation means that there is a need to ensure reliable and adequate electricity supply for decades to come. The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is responsible for longterm electricity planning in the province and it currently forecasts a need for around 150 megawatts of new supply in northwestern Ontario by 2020, with additional supply needed over the subsequent decade. To meet this need the IESO has recommended development of the EastWest Tie Expansion Project. NextBridge Infrastructure with their partners are responsible for the project development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the Project which, when completed, will be owned and operated by


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NextBridge.   An Open House was held last Wednesday at our Legion hall whereby representatives of NextBridge were there to guide interested folk in a very clear and thorough overview of the project progress. I spoke with Chris Lupaschuk who gently guided me through the many informational posters and simplified the project considerably to enable me to pass on the important highlights. The Project will reinforce the link between northwestern Ontario and the rest of the province, providing reliable and cost-effective electricity supply to support the future growth and development expected in the mining industry, revitalization in the forestry industry and pipeline conversions, and connection to remote communities.   The Project is an approximately 446 km, double-circuit, 230 kilovolt transmission line connecting the Wawa Transformer Station to the Lakehead Transformer Station in the Municipality of Shuniah near Thunder Bay, with a connection at the Marathon Transformer Station. Hydro One Networks Inc will be responsible for modifying each transformer station to accommodate the new line. Construction is anticipated to commence in 2018 and take two years to complete, with an expected in-service target of 2020.   An important part of the planning process identifies potential effects and benefits of the Project on the environment, identifies direct, indirect and cumulative effects, and identifies how to avoid or minimize potential effects or enhance benefits in promoting responsible environmental decision making. As an example of encompassing community input through open house forums, changes to some contentious areas were encorporated into the construction route. As a result of public input, the preferred route will trace the existing East-West Tie with two main exceptions: around Pukaskwa National Park, and around Loon Lake and Dorion to the west of Ouimet Canyon.

NextBridge continues to consider local route refinements to avoid environmentally sensitive features and address technical considerations.   As always in projects affecting the environment a comprehensive Environmental Assessment has been conducted and negligible effects have been determined in respect to the physical environment of terrain and soils, surface and ground water, air quality, greenhouse gases and acoustic environment. Biological environmental effects to vegetation and wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat have also been studied and deemed not to be insignificantly affected, as was the study on the socioeconomic issues of archaeological resources, indigenous use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, cultural heritage resources, nontraditional land and resource use, visual environment and human health preservation.   The present draft Environmental Assessment review period ends February 28th with the final report to be filed with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in May 2017. NextBridge is planning additional fieldwork and completion of other studies in support of environmental permitting with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) giving final approval. The OEB will review the material, provide an opportunity for interested parties to provide input relevant to their jurisdiction, will consider the impact that the Project may have on consumers with respect to prices, reliability and quality of electricity service, and approve projects they consider to be in the public interest.   NextBridge is much appreciative of the interest and input given at this open house in Wawa. Public opinion is important and always welcome, and further questions or concerns will be addressed by contacting: Jennifer Tidmarsh, Project Director, NextBridge, email: info@, Tel: 1-888767-3006. Ongoing progress can be accessed at the Project website

Music Night At The Library Gathers Momentum Article & photo by Barb Fisher   This is the third opportunity to sit back and enjoy a break at our local Library listening to the mellow story telling in song by our much loved Charbonneau family Don and Dawn. The word is getting out that there is never a dull moment in Wawa and the expanding audience in last week's presentation encompassed every age group, from infant quietly sleeping in folk song dreamland, to a guitarmesmerized toddler, to adult residents who can relate to the musical descriptions of their own beautiful northern landscape favourites. Don, drawing from selections from his own CD compilations, accompanied by daughter Dawn treated us to two hours of reminiscing on the paintings and history in folk song illustrating the encounters of the artists known as the Group of Seven as they captured on canvas the magic of our beautiful northern wild-

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Ontario Expanding Beer And Cider Karin Grundt Writes Another Book In The Sales To 80 More Grocery Stores Series, "My Life In The Shadow Of The Goose" LCBO Issues Request for Bids for Grocers   Ontario is moving forward on its commitment to improve convenience and choice for people across the province by expanding sale of beer and cider to 80 more grocery stores.   Currently 130 grocery stores across Ontario are authorized to sell beer and cider, of which 70 stores can also sell wine. Starting today, grocers can bid for 80 additional authorizations to sell beer and cider.   This would bring the total to up to 210 grocery stores that would be authorized to sell beer and cider. Authorized grocery store locations will be announced in May, with sales expected to start this summer.   Ontario maintains a strong commitment to social responsibility. By law, grocers selling beer or wine must have designated sales areas and operate within standard hours of sale, abide by limitations on package size and alcohol content, and follow staffing and social responsibility training requirements.   Giving consumers more choice and convenience, while creating a more dynamic and competitive business environment for beer and cider producers, is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. QUICK FACTS • Grocers are invited to register via Biddingo to submit their bid to the LCBO. Once successful bidders receive an authorization from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, grocers will then be permitted to purchase beer and cider from the LCBO for resale at the authorized grocery store locations. • Ultimately, beer and cider will be available in up to

450 grocery stores, including up to 300 that will also sell wine. This is in addition to more than 450 Beer Stores and 650 LCBO stores across Ontario. • For a map and list of the currently authorized grocery stores that sell wine, beer or cider, visit ontario. ca/morechoice. • Allowing beer and wine in grocery stores across the province follows the final recommendations made by the Premier's Advisory Council on Government Assets. Changes to beverage alcohol retailing in Ontario include the sale of beer in grocery stores, the sale of cider in grocery stores, online shopping at and the sale of wine in grocery stores. • All grocery stores that sell wine, beer and cider must abide by the requirements for the responsible sale of alcohol overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. QUOTES • "This is another step in getting beer and cider into 80 new grocery stores and helping to increase convenience and choice for shoppers across the province. We’re continuing to move forward on our commitment to make the biggest changes to alcohol retailing in 90 years – and we’re well on our way. Selling alcohol is a public trust, one that I know our current authorized grocers take very seriously. I encourage all grocers who are interested in taking on this responsibility to consider this opportunity for their business." — Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance

Proceeds Go To Wawa Goose Fund   Local author, Garbologist, seamstress, and photographer Karin Grundt has chronicled her tales and experiences immigrating from Germany to live in the shadow of the Wawa Goose. Karin has written another edition to feature her most current tales. Her colourful and true stories feature a little something for every reader.   For $10.00, the books can be purchased for at The Algoma News and Printing Corp., The Wawa Motor Inn, Northern Chiropractic, The Bristol Motel, Fenlon's Pharmacy, and Young's General Store in the summer months. Every penny from the sales of her books will be donated to the Wawa Goose Memorial Fund to help keep her beloved Goose which she grew up beside standing tall. Here is a story from her recent book called:   It was the Sunday after Remembrance Day; a cold, crisp, sunny but windy weekend. It looked inviting from a viewpoint of a cozy couch, but I knew the wind would be mercilessly biting through my clothes, especially my woolen mitts. I knew I had to take my dog for a walk and already dreaded the thought. Maybe he would forget his daily routine and have mercy on me... fat chance! He has a built-in clock and after lunch, he was ready... Hypnotic stare and restless walks, back and forth to the door. His expression asked, "What's the matter with you?"   Alright! I gave myself a push, and out we went. The wind was brutal and I planned only a short walk, along the power station, around the arena and back over the ballfield.   It is an ingrained habit of mine, I always carry bags with me, one for poop to scoop, and one for the mess that litterers throw away, such as cigarette packs, Timmy cups, and wrappings of all sorts. On

my way back in the far distance, actually in the middle of the sports field, I noticed a white piece of paper. It stuck out like a "sore thumb". Mickey and I walked over to pick it up and I automatically was going to stuff it in my garbage bag, when I realized it was a small sealed envelope. Maybe a child's birthday card?   My interest was alerted. Let's see what kids these days write. My fingers were numb from the cold and I stuffed it in my coat pocket. In the warmth of my home, making a cup of tea, I inspected this little damp envelope. It even had a name, 'Nate' it said. As I opened it, a pretty card with forty dollars fell out. Wow!   My immediate reaction when I find money is always to send a deepfelt thank you from the bottom of my heart to whoever let me find it. In my life as a 'garbologist' I have found money from $100USD, 5 Scottish pounds, 10's, 20's and 5's, to coins of all kinds of countries and denominations; in curbs, ditches, gutters and grass, even a Japanese coin with a tiny square hole in the middle.   My thankful rejoicing came to a sudden stop when I read the short note on the inside of the card,   "Nate, Thank you for taking such good care of Spot. Angela, Mike, Ava, and Ella."   Who in the world are those people? My mission now became to find the mysterious writer and donor, or Nate (remember my dad was a criminal investigator, an expert in dactyloscopy to be precise). But there were no fingerprints on the card... at least not to the naked eye. For days I asked everybody I met, "Do you know a family with these names?" Teachers, principals, neighbours... By Thursday, my last attempt was to call hockey coaches and a dance instructor at the Community Centre, somehow there must be a connec-

tion.   I started by calling Samatha, our "Prima Ballerina" who teaches dance classes. Maybe she would know Ava and Ella amongst her 'munchkins'. Unfortunately, I could only talk to her answering machine, but left the question about the two names and my telephone number.   A few hours later, her husband called back and said, "Yes, we have an Ella, but no Ava. But I will ask Sam when she comes home." And so it was. Friday, he called back and said that after talking to Sam, and explaining the situation; at first she shook her head, but then almost like a lightbulb switched on, she said, "I know those people, they are from Chapleau. They come every Saturday with their daughters, Ava and Ella. I will give them Karin's number."   Sure enough on Saturday morning, my phone rang, and a friendly female voice introduced herself as Angela, and yes, she lost the envelope, but only missed it yesterday. She had put it on top of a Kleenex box and it wasn't there anymore. She said she was at the dance lessons and asked for my address, but since I live right behind the facility, I volunteered to drop it off there.   We met between the doors where everybody has to take off their shoes, and since we represented a 'doorstopper' our greetings and conversation were kept short. My burning questions "Who was Spot? Cat or dog? And who is Nate?" Angela laughed and said, "Spot is our guinea pig, and Nate is our 14-year-old neighbour. He was so good! We went away for a week and he looked after Spot, he even cleaned his cage..."   We would have talked for hours over a cup of tea, but important for me was that I finally found the rightful owner, well-deserved, after almost a week of searching.

  The EDC of Wawa is pleased to welcome Nick Dunham to our organization in 2017. Nick has been hired as our Special Events Coordinator for this year in order to assist with the planning, organization and execution of our many events held in Wawa.   Nick is coming to us from Sault Ste. Marie and is a recent graduate from Laurentian University with a degree in Sport Psychology. While attending Laurentian, Nick was a part of his student council as a coordinator of their annual Battle of the Best tournament and he was responsible for planning and marketing their annual curling bonspiel. He also assisted in the planning with any events that

were put on by the Laurentian Kinesiology Games team as a member of the team for two years. With this previous experience, Nick is very eager to assist with the Canada Day celebrations, Wawa Drag Races, Fall Fair and Winter Carnival.   In regards to the Canada Day celebrations, Nick is very excited to be a part of planning the weekend event that includes the unveiling of the new Wawa Goose, Wawa Music Festival activities. There is an event planning session being held on February 22nd at 3 Maple Street (NITGC building) from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. concerning the Canada Day celebrations and local groups and businesses are invited to attend in order to find

a role that they can play in the event.   With 2017 being Canada’s 150th birthday, Nick will also be working on completing a booklet about Wawa’s history and their impact on Canada and Ontario over the past 150 years. He will be working with the Heritage Committee in completing research for the booklet throughout the year.   If you would like to speak to Nick about any events or volunteer opportunities throughout the year, feel free to drop in to the EDC office at 96 Broadway Avenue or call (705) 856-4419. He is also available to be contacted by e-mail at ndunham@


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Michipicoten Chronicles by Johanna Rowe, CAHP

“Carrying the message of Love” with Joan Brooks

Expressing Generosity… Wawa’s Iconic Miners

  "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart   “How do you express your generosity in your everyday life?” asks blogger Ted Murray. “Too often we think of generosity as how much money you donate to charities or to people less fortunate than you. Although this visible type of generosity is laudable and important there are many more ways to give to others that has nothing to do with money. The most important act of generosity you can give is the gift of your own light. You are a radiant beacon of hope for people, many of whom have lost hope in the future.” Yay!   It is Sunday evening and when I sat down to write this weekly column, I had no clue on what to write about. I drew a complete blank. Then I read Murray’s take on generosity and it touched my heart. I remember years ago – decades ago when I lived in Halifax and was working in a department store. I was 18 years old, and was struggling to stretch my meager pay to meet my basic needs. Now those needs had been previously met by my parents, my home in Sydney. Yikes, the memories of trying to meet the expectations of my parents. My Dad, a businessman, and my stepmother, a nurturing woman who so totally gave of her wisdom and the deep love of four children she accepted when she married my father. Wow! She was the greatest gift we have ever received and she taught us through her actions what love really all about.   When you move among others with an open heart, with a bright smile and with eyes eager to make contact, your light will permeate the atmosphere. Our mother did just that. As I grow in faith and love and light, I so fully understand and know how totally generous she really was. She spread her love not just among her children, but with her neighbors and friends. She took on this awesome labor of love by moving to a new farming community with a new husband and four siblings and making a

home for us all.   When we are open and allow others to open up and expose their inner desire for love and acceptance we are giving them the greatest gift. Love and joy are worth much more to people than any amount of money. Why not share our essence freely and see how being completely generous with our illuminated being can transform your life as well as so many others.   Now, I’ve written often about my earlier years, marriage, children, major illnesses, divorce and the extremely difficult years of trying to make a living. However through it all were the lessons of love I learned from my mother and the lessons I learned through following Jesus’ gospel. Perhaps one of the most difficult tenets of that love was learning to love myself - all of the self that I was born with, but had buried deep within my soul. Jesus’ greatest commandment says and I quote, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”   Wow! I am so very grateful for this amazing love. During this chaos currently wreaking havoc within the universe it is critically important we discover this love hidden within our hearts and share it with all sentinel beings. Is it easy? I found myself saying to a friend how tough I found life it during these dark days of February. She reminded me that Life is Good! And isn’t that what I’ve tried to share over the past many years. Even in the darkest days Life is Great!   I love this quote by the late Steve Jobs – “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.” I’ve found it and I AM grateful! ‘til next time…this is Joan

Are Wedding Bells In Your Future? Consider a charitable wedding donation to the Lady Dunn Health Centre Foundation   Charitable donations have become a popular alternative wedding gift. More and more couples are replacing once-traditional favours with a meaningful message that lets guests know that a donation was made to the Lady Dunn Health Centre Foundation. Donations can be made in honour of someone special, in memory of a loved one, or the couple can begin working towards reaching a giving level on the Generous Hearts donor boards. The donation can support the current capital equipment fund, Cancer Care or Long Term Care. It's sim-

ple, affordable and has a lasting impact. For more information on the Wedding Day Donation program or making a donation in general to the Lady Dunn Health Centre Foundation, please contact the Foundation office at 705-856-2335 ext. 3147. Generous hearts ~ the key to a health future

  Northern Ontario has just as many colourful characters and legendary stories as the Wild West and the Klondike Gold Rush. Tom Surluga and Aime Breton are just a couple of the historical figures that have contributed to Algoma’s unique character and rich mining culture.   Thomas Surluga was born in Krizisce, Croatia in 1907. As a teenager he found himself bound for Northern Ontario and quickly mastered English and the use of a pick and shovel. Tom first came to the Wawa region to work on the completion of the new power plant at Michipicoten High Falls in 1930. In 1931 Tom took up prospecting with Cliff Miller for $2.50/ day along the Catfish Creek and Black Trout Lake north of Wawa. Supplies were loaded in a canoe, poled up the currents of the Magpie River and portaged over a mile and a half. Though nothing substantial developed in this area, Tom had caught the prospecting bug.   From 1950 to 1960 Tom was drawn to the abandoned Michipicoten gold mines south of Wawa Lake. He staked and re-staked mining claims in the vicinity of the old Cora and Jubilee mine sites. On a hunch Tom re-staked his abandoned claim in September 1960 and 3 days later was negotiating its sale to Pango Gold. Surluga Gold Mine was formed in 1962. In 1966 at the age of 73, Tom drilled the first hole and helped celebrate in the excitement of the development of one of many gold mine operations in Wawa’s long mining history.   Between 1968 and 1969, over thirty thousand tonnes of rock were removed from the mine workings producing 2,300 oz of silver and 9,000 ounces of gold. The original Surluga Gold Mine operated as the Pango Gold Mines and Pursides Gold Mines Ltd from 1973 to 1980. It was last operated by Citadel Gold Mines Inc. from 1980 to 1999. The towering head frame was a constant site for Wawa residents scanning the forest topography along the south shore of Wawa Lake.   A gravel access road from Hwy 101 to the Surluga property was once a popular route called the Surluga Road. For Wawa residents, the name Surluga instantly conjures images of a meandering gravel road, abandoned headframes, rusted mining equipment and forgotten ghost towns. It was regularly travelled by local history buffs, grouse hunters, snowmobilers and those residents searching for any familiar sign of the numerous deserted mines and abandoned town sites that were once a part of the lucrative boom and bust mining economy of the 1900’s.   Unlike Tom, Joseph Ernest Aime Breton was a local boy

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life on Lake Superior after his small fishing boat drifted off shore. As a result of this tragic incident, Ontario’s search and rescue protocol’s and policies were revamped and readjusted to provide local communities with stronger and more efficient channels of communication with various emergency response teams.   Aime Breton and Tom Surluga are just two of Wawa’s many colourful pioneers whose hard work, perseverance and dedication to family and community were the cornerstone of life in this unique corner of Northern Ontario.

to the core. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in August 1907, Aime was raised in a large family whose parents were involved in the hotel industry. Aime loved the wilderness and people. He could run a hotel just as easily as he could trap, prospect, and entertain with his boxing prowess and famous one-man wrestling match.   During the Depression years, Aime found work at the Grace Gold Mine and the Wawa Gold Fields on the south shore of Wawa Lake. In 1935 he moved his wife Bea and family from Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa after purchasing the town’s only hotel, the Lakeview. When the hotel burned on Easter Weekend in 1944, the Breton’s rebuilt the current Lakeview, sold it to the Perkovich family and returned to Sault Ste. Marie to run the Central Hotel on Queen Street East.   Aime was always interested in mining and recognized the potential value of Northern Ontario’s vast Aime Breton Heritage Door on undiscovered Broadway Avenue. mineral resources. He is celebrated as playing a significant role in the initial discovery of the substantial uranium deposits between Blind River and Sudbury. The claims he staked in 1948 were later transformed into 12 uranium mines, 10,000 employees and the prosperous town of Elliot Lake in 1954. Aime’s prospecting ventures also resulted in the 1959 discovery of copper in a creek bed along Hwy 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie near Batchawana Bay which later became a mine operated by Tribag Mining Company.   In the spring of 1973 Wawa residents mourned Tom Surluga Heritage Door on the passing of Broadway Avenue. Aime who lost his

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and enthusiasm was so high Mrs. Bernath quickly formed the club and is so happy to see how enthusiastic the young builders are.   Other clubs that have been formed as a result of these letters have been Rainbow Loom Club and Art Club. If students have a great idea, the staff is always willing to try and accommodate their interests. SJD is the place to be!

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Library Update New books   New on the seven day fiction shelf this week: “The Woman In Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware, “The Wolves” by Alex Berenson, “A Gentleman In Moscow” by Amor Towles, and “Precious And Grace” by Alexander McCall Smith. Youth Intern Program   Natasha Bucknell is our new Youth Intern. Natasha is available to help with any computer needs, whether it is an iPad, a phone, or a laptop computer. Call the Library at 705-856-2244 ext 290 to set up an appointment with Natasha.   “Afterschool Programs” are in full swing Tuesday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Come on down to the Wawa Public Library and join in the afterschool fun! For the month of February, every Thursday will be “Coding Cyercamp” instead of drawing club. Please call or drop in to sign up as there are limited spaces. Used Battery Collection   You can now drop off old batteries at the Wawa Public Library. We are a collection site for single use batteries.   The library is closed Sundays, Mondays and all holidays. We are open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Friday 11:30 – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from noon until 2 p.m.   Telephone – 705-856-2244 ext. 290 for the circulation desk or ext. 291 to reach the librarian’s office, or email us at Public Access Computers, iPads & WiFi   WiFi is available at the library – please register at the circulation desk if you are accessing our library wifi. We need to track the usage for statistical purposes. Thank you! We have 2 public computers as well as 3 iPads available for public use. Please inquire at the circulation desk.   Check out the Wawa History page as well as The Wawa Public Library on Facebook. Our Wawa History website is www.   Remember – library membership is FREE to residents of the Municipality of Wawa and contracting communities.



Carol Hughes, M.P. Algoma-ManitoulinKapuskasing

First Nations Children Still Aren’t A Priority

  In 2007, parliament unanimously supported a childfirst NDP Private Members Motion that called on the federal government to pay medical bills first, and then determine what jurisdiction is responsible later. It was called Jordan’s Principle and was based on the bureaucratic battle that surrounded the late, Jordan River Anderson from Norway House First Nation in Manitoba. Jordan was born with complex medical needs, but bureaucratic in-fighting kept him from ever going home even though doctors said he could. He spent needless years in the hospital while the provincial and federal government fought over who should pay for his home care. When he passed away at the age of four, Jordan had never spent a day in his family home.   The only good that came out of this tragedy was the negative publicity it brought to the standard of health and social services Canada provides First Nations youth and what seemed like the political will to change this. Sadly, political will requires a financial commitment and this is where Canada has failed these children time and time again. We saw this with the battles fought between the previous government and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society which culminated in a landmark ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal last year.   The current government was elected after promising a lot to First Nations and especially the youth in those communities. They fully supported Jordan’s Principle when they were in opposition and just last summer they earmarked a substantial amount of money that could address

these shortfalls. When they announced the spending, to the tune of to $382 million over three years it seemed there was hope to implement Jordan’s Principle and reduce inequities in the system.   All that sounded very good, but documents introduced into a court this week painted a more somber picture and show that the government is still being tight-fisted with First Nations youth. So far this year only $11.4 million of $127 million has been spent. Need is not dissipating at a rapid pace in many communities, so why isn’t the money rolling out?   Among the departmental reasoning for this is the notion that the money is only spent on kids when a claim has been made. In other words, it is not being spent proactively. We saw the need for proactive work just last month when a suicide pact ripped through Wapekeka First Nation. The terrible truth is that officials in that community applied for help with suicide prevention last summer and were turned down.   When I was first elected in 2008, parliament was still seized with details of Jordan’s Principle. Despite the allparty support it received, the government still required a healthy push to start addressing the profoundly unfair level of health care and social services being afforded to First Nations youth. It is astonishing that all these years later, the government still needs to be called out for not meeting its commitment. We must stop applauding announcements and only give praise when a government gets results and right now that just isn’t happening.

Algoma-Manitoulin Mpp Michael Mantha Grand Opening Of New Constituency Office

  Elliot Lake: MPP Michael Mantha is pleased to announce the grand opening of his new constituency office in Elliot Lake at 18 Mary Walk in the Lower Plaza.   Formerly located in the Civic Centre, the new office is conveniently located in the downtown area within close proximity to transit routes, offices and retail stores and services. The office has plenty of free parking and is handicap accessible.   The official grand opening and open house will be held on Thursday February 16th, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is wel-


QUOTES   “I am very excited to announce that we have relocated to a site that offers improved accessibility and convenience for constituents. Having my office centrally located in Downtown Elliot Lake in the Lower Plaza close to so many other offices, banks and stores will make accessing information and services more convenient. My staff and I look forward to continue serving the people of Algoma-Manitoulin - Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin

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headlight can shine ahead. A rigid tow-bar must be used when towing a sled or similar device behind a snowmobile. • Drive within your ability.   The OPP and OFSC remind the snowmobile community that family members can positively influence those who take unnecessary risks on a snowmobile. If you suspect that a loved one’s snowmobiling behaviour is placing them at risk, speak up and remind them how important it is to you and your family that they make it home safely after every ride.

Superior East (Wawa) Snowmobile Safety Top Concern For Opp

  (WAWA, ON) – Six recent snowmobile deaths have led the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) to strongly urge snowmobilers to stop taking unnecessary risks while riding.   The latest series of incidents brings to 13 the number of snowmobile fatalities this winter, compared to eight deaths at this point last season. OPP investigators are linking the fatalities to riding on unsafe ice, speeding, loss of control, alcohol use and driver inattention, confirming that driver behaviours continue to cause otherwise preventable snowmobile deaths.   The Superior East Wawa Detachment of the OPP would like to remind snowmobile enthusiasts of their responsibilities and due diligence when venturing out.   Remember: • Check the weather before heading out. • Everyone requires a helmet that meets the standards. • Obey speed limits and the road and trail signs. • Snowmobiles may not be operated at a greater rate of speed than: • 50 km/h - on snowmobile trails • 50 km/h - on roads where the speed limit is over 50 km/h • 20 km/h - on roads where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less • 20 km/h - in any public park or exhibition grounds • Avoid driving on frozen water. If you must, please check the ice conditions prior. • Many fatalities involve snowmobiles breaking through the ice or driving into open water. • Anytime you travel on ice, you put yourself and your passengers at risk. • Wear a buoyant snowmobile suit, carry ice picks and make sure they are available to you. • Exposure to extreme cold can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. • Always tell someone where you are going, your exact route and your expected time of return. • You should never travel alone and always be prepared for the unexpected. • Use caution at railway and road crossings. • Always remain on the righthand side of the trail. • At night, drive at a reduced speed and avoid travelling faster than the beam your

Highway 17 in the Town of Blind River.   Shortly after 10:00 a.m., police observed a westbound vehicle with an expired validation sticker on its plate. A traffic stop was initiated. Investigation also determined the vehicle was not insured.   As a result, Sheila BOYER, 37 years of age, from Mississauga First Nation, Ontario was charged with: • Owner Operate Motor Vehicle on a Highway No Insurance, contrary to section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act; • Drive Motor Vehicle, No Currently Validated Permit, contrary to section 7(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act.   The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on March 29, 2017.

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  Students enjoyed the action dent from Sault Ste. Marie last Thursday when the MHS who played the bagpipes! Vikings took to the basketball What a grand entry! It was court and dominated the play also great to see our two over the Chapleau Raiders. former students, Ellen and With a final score of 53-39. Courtney, who were in attenThe senior boys team is now dance to share stories of their in first place as they start experiences with the Rotary the NWOSSA play downs exchange program.   this week. Good luck to our   This week's hot lunch prejunior and senior boys’ teams pared by the Lead class is as they are in Manitouwadge Turkey Chili. Every Thursday, on Thursday!  the Lead class prepares a lun  Badminton season has cheon for staff and students begun and practices have for the minimal cost of $4.00. started after school. The The orders for having this hot teams will be formed soon, so lunch are due at the beginSpeeder Failed To Stop students who are interested in ning of each week.   Driver Charged being on the team should be   The Art Department is   (BLIND RIVER, ON)- On out to every practice.  looking for newspapers for a January 31, 2017, members   Mrs. Pinder held another few projects they are workof the East Algoma Ontario great contest in the library ing on. If you have old newsProvincial Police (OPP) were on to celebrate Valentine’s Day. papers that are ready to be regular patrol duties on Causley Students were invited to enter recycled, please either give Street in the Town of Blind the “How Many Hearts in the us a call for pick up, or drop River. Jar" contest. The student with them off at the high school's   Shortly after 9:00 a.m., police Driver Charged With No the closest guess won the main office.   Insurance Card observed a vehicle travelling at prize: a stuffed animal a high rate of speed. Police acti-   (BLIND RIVER, ON) On and chocolates. The vated its emergency lights and February 2, 2017, members winner was announced the vehicle would not pull over. of the East Algoma Ontario yesterday. Also, sweet Police followed the vehicle onto Provincial Police (OPP) were treats for your 'sweetWoodward Avenue where it on regular patrol duties on ie'  were on sale last Highway 17 in the Town of week. This is an annufinally stopped for police.   As a result Xiao PENG, 30 Blind River. al event brought to us years of age from Woodbridge,   Shortly after 10:00 a.m., by Student Council.  police observed a vehicle and Ontario was charged with: enjoyed host• Fail to Stop when sig- initiated a stop. Police asked the  ingWethe group of nalled or requested to do driver for his insurance card. Rotary Inbound and so by a police officer, con- The driver could not produce Outbound students trary to section 216(2) of one. for our region. MHS the Highway Traffic Act   As a result, Carl SAARELA, students were treat(HTA); and 43 years of age from Blind River ed to an assembly to • Disobey sign, contrary to was issued a provincial offence learn about Rotary section 182(2) of the HTA. notice and charged with: exchange and what   The accused is scheduled • Fail to Surrender Insurance countries students Card, contrary to section were from as well as to appear before the Ontario 3(1) of the Compulsory where the Canadian Court of Justice in Blind River Automobile Insurance Act. and American stuon March 29, 2017 15 Year Old Male Historical Sexual Assault dents were heading to Charged For Uttering – Male Charged this year. The Rotary   (BLIND RIVER, ON) – On students were lead in Threats   (TOWNSHIP OF THE December 1, 2017, members by an Outbound stuNORTH SHORE, ON) – On of the East Algoma Ontario February 1, 2017, members Provincial Police (OPP), and the of the East Algoma Ontario East Algoma Crime Unit began Provincial Police (OPP) an investigation of a sexual responded to a threats com- assault that occurred approxiplaint at a residence in the mately 30 years ago. At the Township of the North Shore. time, the sexual assault involved   Police learned that a male a 17 year old male and a 7 year Health Check™ food choices had been contacting his ex-girl- old female in the Town of Blind friend for the past two months River. through social media and   As a result of the investigaand reducing trans fats. tion a 48 year old male from threatened to harm her.   As a result of the investiga- Blind River, Ontario was tion, a 15 year old male, from charged with: Iron Bridge, Ontario, was • Sexual Assault, contrary to section 246.1 of the charged with: Criminal Code. • Uttering Threats-Cause   The accused is scheduled Death or Harm (Spousal) THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN to appear before the Ontario contrary to section 264.1(1) YOU PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT.™ (a) of the Criminal Code Court of Justice in Blind River on March 2, 2017. (CC).   The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on February 23, 2017.


  (BLIND RIVER, ON) – On February 1, 2017, members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on regular patrol duties on

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  Following the resignation of Councillor Matthew Morrison Council passed a resolution to fill the vacant position through an appointment process requiring candidates to participate in a public interview process. At the Corporate Planning meeting of January 17th Council unanimously agreed to select the runner-up candidate who participated in the 2015 Council Vacancy appointment process to be appointed to replace Councillor Morrison. Council contacted Ms. Sandra Weitzel to determine her continued interest in the position and she confirmed her commitment. Council appointed Ms. Weitzel as a Member of Council for the term ending November 30th, 2018 and the oath and signing of the Declaration of Office was administered before taking her seat with the other members.   Council authorized the donation of a Public Skating Family Season Pass valued at $135.95 to be awarded as a prize at the Winter Carnival Scavenger Hunt, the Carnival to be held February 17-20. Council also authorized the donation of a Building Permit, a Dog Licence, 2 Fitness Passes, a Transit Pass and a Family Skating Season Pass for a total value of $368.95 to the Rotary Club's Annual Radio Auction to be held April 22nd.   Council appointed Ms. Jayne Griffith to serve on the Police Services Board as the "Community Representative" effective September 6th, 2017.   Council approved the request from the Ice Fishing Derby for snow removal services around the Beach House to facilitate its use as the main access point to Wawa Lake and an area at William Teddy Park for off-road parking for the derby participants.   The Municipality wishes to celebrate and commemorate the unveiling of the refurbished Goose Monument and Tourist Information Centre coinciding with the Canada 150th Celebrations. A $35,000 committment was allocated toward the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation's application for this project with any and all over-run costs for the event covered by the Municipality.   Council approved the payment of the list of accounts for January in a total amount of $586,253.93.   Council and board member remuneration is set in accordance with municipal bylaws. Council accepted the 2016 Statement of Remuneration and Expenses of Council and Board Members.   Bylaws given three readings and passed: - 3004-17 - to enter into a

Tenancy Agreement with Ms. Vicki Imbeault respecting the lease of a Residential Apartment at 96 Broadway, Upper Floor. - 3005-17 - to confirm the proceedings of Council at its meeting of February 7th. - 3006-17 - to repeal Bylaws 2634-13 and 2801-14 being bylaws to enter into an agreement with Great Lakes Power Ltd. doing business as Brookfield, Wawa Hydro Operations, granting Brookfield a licence to construct and maintain a bridge over Catfish Creek on Steephill Dam Road, and to use and maintain the Steephill Dam Road. - 3007-17 - to permit on and off-street parking for disabled persons. - 3008-17 - to establish and appoint the Northern Nationals Drag Race Committee for the Municipality of Wawa. - 3009-17 - to fill a vacancy in the office of a member of Council. - 3010-17 - to authorize the Municipality to enter into an agreement with Luskville Dragway Co. Ltd. for facilitation and provision of services for the drag racing event to be held at the Municipal Airport. - 3011-17 - to authorize the Municipality to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Wawa Volunteer Firefighters Association for assisting and hosting the Northern National Drag Race event to be held at the Municipal Airport. - 3012-17 - to enter into an Ontario Community Env ironment Fund Agreement with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the Sandy Beach Boardwalk Project. - 3013-17 - to establish and appoint a Community Development Committee for the Municipality.   Upcoming meetings: Strategic Plan Implementation Committee Wed., Feb. 15th at 1:30 p.m. - 3 Maple St. - Heritage Committee - Wed., Feb. 15th at 7:00 p.m. - 3 Boyer St. - Community Development Committee - Mon., Feb. 27th at 6:30 p.m. - MMCC Meeting Rm - Regional Mayors Group Mon., Mar. 6th at 11:00 a.m. - 3 Maple St. - Regular Council Meeting - Tue., Mar. 7th a 6:00 p.m. Council Chambers - Community Well-Being Fund Committee - Wed., Mar. 8th at 7:00 p.m. - Council Chambers - Police Services Board Wed., Apr. 12th at 2:00 p.m. - Council Chambers - Wawa Energy Plan Implementation Committee - TBA

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A word from the mayor of Bruce Mines With Lory Patteri School Closure?   Within the past couple of weeks, two meetings have been held with regards to the possible closure of Arthur Henderson Public School in Bruce Mines.   The school has been noted as being “prohibitive to repair” since 2011 and is on it’s second Accommodation Review, with this one being a modified version. Currently, only JK to Grade 3 remain at AHPS; Grades 4-8 are already getting their education at CAES.   Marcy Bell, Superintendent at the Algoma District School Board, gave a presentation which included declining enrolment numbers throughout the region, data which indicated that there would be triple grades at AHPS if it remained open, plans for the addition to CAES, etc.   Of the parents and community members in attendance, most have come to the realization that closure of our school is imminent but they were more concerned about the timing of the transition to the new school and additional travel time.   The Superintendents will bring their findings and reports to the Board of Trustees at the meeting in March. The Board will review this information and make the final decision, either for or against school closure.   If the decision is closure, the School Board would then have to request the capital funding for the addition to CAES, go to tender and build the addition prior to the children moving. It was suggested that at the very earliest it would be January 2018; however, the parents were all in agreement that they would much prefer it to be September 2018 to make it easier on their very young children.

  If you were unable to attend either of the meetings and would like more information, a copy of the minutes and the board report is listed on the ADSB website. Family Day in Bruce Mines   I hope you have all marked your calendars for Monday, February 20th. There’s a bunch of stuff to do here in town and I don’t want you to miss it!   Outdoor activities are planned on and around the rink for those of you who enjoy being outside in the cold. For those that don’t, or who just want to warm up for a bit, visit us in the Community Hall where there will be games of chance, crafts, hot chocolate and cookies and of course the Chili Cook Off.   For more information, check out the posters around town and Facebook or speak to any one of our Recreation Committee members. See you then! Brad Paisley   On February 1st, Brad Paisley came to town for the second time and gave another great performance.   His opening acts were Lindsay Ell, a Canadian girl from Alberta, and Chase Bryant of Texas. Both are up and coming artists and have a couple of hits under their belts.   This time, we were “in the pit” so were up close and personal for most of the show. Great vantage point but hard on these old legs to stand for that long! He played a lot of his hits and had the audience singing along with him. He definitely does his job well and is an all-round entertainer.   Well worth the price of admission and I highly recommend you go see him if you can. It’s nice to see some of the bigger acts coming to our area.

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Wawa Bowling Association Scores Wednesday Ladies League

February 8th, 2017 Points Team Standings 42.00 Ball Busting Belles 40.50 Rocking Bad Moms 35.50 Dolls With Balls 34.00 The Pink Ladies 31.00 Split Ends 28.00 Alley Catz 28.00 Wes Dome Highballers 27.00 The Pin Up Girls 22.50 Gutter Girls Pin Dropping Bowlerinas 17.00 10.50 Moms On Strike Avg. High Series 3368 Ball Busting Belles 3320 The Pin Up Girls 3181 Gutter Girls Avg. High Single 1197 Ball Busting Belles 1195 Alley Catz 1159 The Pin Up Girls Avg. Ladies Series Flat 708 Shauna Berthiaume 690 Louise Gratton 640 Sylvie Pinard Avg. Ladies Single Flat 281 Vanessa Moynihan 278 Shauna Berthiaume 261 Sylvie Pinard

Youth Bowling

Every Thursday & Saturday High Games Smurfs Boys Ronnie Sedrick Joel Girls Chanelle BANTAMS Boys Marek Carson Holden Girls Hanna JUNIORS Boys Jordan Donavan Dylan James Jacob Girls Cora SENIORS Boys Dalton Spencer

Points 55 51 44 51 143 108 103 84 212 177 116 107 74 146 128 100

Thursday Men's League

February 16th, 2017 Points Team Standings 42.50 Wawa Shenanigans 33.00 Davidson Fuels 33.00 Roxy Rebels 26.50 Pauls Custom Glass 23.00 CDI 21.00 GW Enterprise Avg. High Series 3946 Davidson Fuels 3892 Wawa Shenanigans 3866 Pauls Custom Glass Avg. High Single 1413 Davidson Fuels 1387 Pauls Custom Glass 1377 Wawa Shenanigans Avg. Men's Series Flat 748 Art Turmelle 735 Andre Bedard 709 Lynn Lethbridge Avg. Men's Single Flat 341 Art Turmelle 325 Dominic Casavant 307 Breton MacDonnell

Wawa Mixed Curling News

Tuesday Mixed League

February 7th, 2017 Team Standings Points Mafia 31.00 Roxy Rollers 29.00 The Bowlievers 24.00 Rowdies 12.00 Kingpins 7.00 High Series Avg. Roxy Rollers 3808 Mafia 3781 The Bowlievers 3742 High Single Avg. Mafia 1417 Kingpins 1413 Roxy Rollers 1336 Men's Series Flat Avg. Rick Gennaro 645 Wayne Smitham 633 Stevo Therrian 611 Men's Single Flat Avg. Wayne Smitham 272 Thomas Thayer 254 Stevo Therrian 251 Ladies Series Flat Avg. Anita Tovarello 613 Jessica Webb 569 Wendy Leclair 529 Ladies Single Flat Avg. Jessica Webb 254 Anita Trovarello 226 Wendy Leclair 212

Friday Mixed League

February 17th, 2017 Team Standings Points Pine Portage Lodge 38.00 Northern Lights Ford 36.00 North of 17 34.50 WTF 33.00 Fireballers 29.00 Friends 27.50 The Incredibowls 27.00 B 25.00 The Incrediballz 23.00 The Criminals 23.00 Black Thunder 21.00 High Series Avg. Northern Lights Ford 3912 Pine Portage Lodge 3869 North of 17 3861 High Single Avg. North of 17 1459 Friends 1414 The Criminals 1395 Men's Series Flat Avg. Andre Bedard 721 Sandy Bernath 696 Joey McCoy 689 Men's Single Flat Avg. Joey McCoy 302 Rob Sanderson 281 Andre Bedard 279 Ladies Series Flat Avg. Maury O'Neill 725 Sylvie Pinard 698 Mary-Ellen Douchami 676 Ladies Single Flat Avg. Mary-Ellen Douchami 275 Maury O'Neill 271 Debbie MacDonnell 267

Thursday Night - Mixed

Standings as of Feb. 10th, 2017 Team TERRIS, Tom 13 SPENCER, Reg 9 BESNER, Yvan 8 HOFFMAN, Jim 7 LESCHISHIN, Mark 7 McCOY, Joe 5 BOYD, Katherine 2 SZEKELY, Marc 1

Wawa Men’s Curling News Monday Night - Men’s

Standings as of Feb. 7th, 2017 Team Points TERRIS, Tom 9 MOORE, Bruce 8 YOUNG, Paul 7 LESCHISHIN, Mark 6 McHARDY, Jim 6 HOFFMAN, Jim 4 DERESKI, Louis 4 ECOLE ST. JOSEPH 4 RODY, Ron 3

Wawa Ladies Curling News Tuesday Night - Ladies

Standings as of Feb. 1st, 2017 Team Points 10 Spencer, Diane 10 Tavella, Debbie 8 Bonitzke, Wendy 8 Rainville, Heather 7 Lalonde, Patricia 7 McHardy, Val 5 Mathias, Danette 5 Smith-Morin, Glynis 4 Klockars, Anna-Lisa 3 Amos, Tracy 2 Parsons, Rochelle 1 Chuipka, Lorna

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had talked to them that morning before they left. She insisted they were planning to go straight to the resort, and then hung up in annoyance. Then she called With Jim White the airline, and was most fortunate that she got through to one of the last clerks to leave. She told Mrs. Snow that yes, indeed, they had boarded the plane, and assumed they must have gotten off in Vancouver. That was all the   Professor John Grey from checked in too. They in turn ran to help she could give her. Mystery Stories Club of Canada the boarding area, which of course   Mrs. Snow became alarmed at here with a new case for you. was way down at the other end of this news. She was frantic as to Thank you for coming out this the terminal. They made pretty what to do next. She tried the Wednesday on such a cold snowy good time getting to the flight local police department, who were night for your monthly meeting. attendant, who was waiting to take no help. The nearest OPP station I don't know where the time has their tickets. It was 11:30 by then. told her that she would have to gone. I understand your winter As it was, they sat on the tar- contact the RCMP out in B.C. No, carnival is this weekend as well as mac until after one that afternoon. he did not have the phone numFamily Day on Monday. I hope They did finally get off the ground, ber. Her frustration was growing everything goes well, and every- much to their relief. They all set- by the minute. When Mr. Snow one has a good time, and a safe tled down for the flight out west, got home from his curling game, weekend. So now down to busi- thinking the worst was over. But she pounced on him, getting hysoh, no! That was just the begin- terical. He finally figured out what ness.   I will outline my story, and you ning. she was telling him. He advised can critique it, before you begin   They were in the air about her to just wait. It was only 8:00 on your own stories. I worked half an hour when the captain's p.m. out there, he reminded her. on a case about a missing family voice came on over the intercom, They likely did some shopping, over a Family Day weekend last to inform them that they had a and he was sure they would show year. This happened in Oakville. mechanical malfunction, and they up at Whistler later that night. He First, let's start at the beginning. were going to have to make an concluded by telling her to call – The Snow family had talked emergency landing at Boston's the resort again first thing in the since Christmas about going on Logan airport. morning. She reluctantly agreed. a quick ski vacation to Whistler,   Wendy and Patrick perked So they went to bed. She did not B.C. for the Family Day Weekend. up their ears as they heard this get much sleep though. She had Jerrod Snow was a Grade 11 stu- announcement. They moaned all these horrible thoughts of what dent, and his sister, Evelyn, was in about this unexpected delay. They might have happened to them. Grade 9. They had made arrange- also were a bit puzzled why this   Friday morning brought no calls ments with their school to take the airport, considering they were from them. She called the resort Thursday and Friday off, in order heading out west. But they never again, and received the dreaded to give themselves those extra two got too concerned about that – news that they never did check in days to enjoy their holiday. Their just the delay. last night. She knew something parents, Wendy and Patrick, had   They landed without incident, was wrong for sure. She decided also booked vacation time at their and waited on the tarmac for two to call the police to begin the missplaces of employment. Working hours. Then to their displeasure, ing persons alert. They advised with their longtime travel agent, as well as the other passengers, it her that they would get on it right their flights were booked and con- was announced that they would away. They took down her phone firmed by early February. Their have to wait another 2 hours until number, and got the pertinent chalet was booked at Whistler. a replacement plane could come information to get the ball rolling. Their tickets to Vancouver were in, so that they could continue   That is where I came in. The confirmed. Shuttle service to and their flight to Stockholm, Sweden. detective who was assigned the from Whistler was also booked,   Wendy and Patrick missed the case, Chase Hampton, knew me as it was to and from Pearson significance of the last part of the from working with him on other Airport. So everything was ready. announcement. The pilot's mes- cases. He told me that he was They had left the phone number sage was muffled, so they were busy with a terrorist threat invesof the resort with his parents, who not really paying attention. It was tigation, and didn't have the time also lived in Oakville, with the Jerrod who pointed out to this to take this one on. Since I had promise that they would call as parents that they were going to special clearances in all provinces soon as they got settled in at their Sweden, not Whistler. It suddenly in Canada, and status in New York chalet. They were scheduled to dawned on them that they must and the Northeastern States, he fly out of Pearson at 11:00 a.m. on have gotten on the wrong plane. knew I would be perfect for this Thursday. The limousine picked Obviously the flight attendant one. them up at seven. But they were hadn't paid much attention to their   So I began by reviewing the late leaving Oakville, as there was tickets either, due to the rushed information. I called Mrs. Snow one couple that they had to pick up circumstances of getting on board. and got some more details. Then who were late. Then they ran into   This became the last straw for I called the resort out at Whistler road construction. Add to that Patrick. He started screaming to get their version of what had an accident on the 401 got them at all the passengers around him happened, or in this case, not hapheld up in traffic for a half hour. It that this was the most incompe- pened. Next I called the travel just seemed to be one thing after tent airline, and stupidest crew he agent, and finally the airline office another. Consequently they didn't had ever encountered. The flight at the airport. That was the most attendant tried to calm him down, challenging part. I finally talked arrive at the airport until 10:30.   They made a mad dash to the and find out what the problem to a live person. She said that she check-in counter, only to discover was. By then he had worked him- would check out the ticket inforthat they had no reservations for self up into such a state that even mation, and any video surveillance that day. The clerk checked the Wendy or the kids couldn't help. tape they had, and get back to ticket, and pointed out that their   The upshot all this was that me. While waiting for that, I put flight was for the next day, Friday. the four of them were escorted the rest of the bits of information The travel agent had punched in off the plane, and held in the together with sticky notes up on the wrong numbers. The clerk terminal in the security officer's my study wall. pointed out that they still had five office for a while. Two Homeland   Meanwhile, back in Boston, the seats left, but it would cost an Security guards eventually came, family was still locked up on that extra $400.00 to get on this flight. and escorted them to the jail in Friday morning. A guard came in Patrick was furious, and insisted downtown Boston, where they with some donuts and coffee for that it was not his fault that the were charged with causing a dis- breakfast. He explained to them agent had put in the wrong date. turbance, and coming into the that they were waiting word from But the clerk would not budge. USA illegally. By then it was 7:00 the Homeland Security division So in a fury, he told her that he p.m. As it turned out, they were chief as how to proceed with their would have to get to an ATM to kept there all night too. case. Until then, they were to be get that amount of cash out in   In the meantime, Patrick's par- held there. order to cover this added cost, but ents did not get a call as expected   Patrick demanded to speak to please save those seats. Why he from Whistler that Thursday night, to someone at the Canadian didn't just use his credit card his as promised. Mrs. Snow called the Embassy, or anybody else that wife and the clerk did not under- resort, and were informed that could expedite this incident of his stand. It became clear later. He they had not checked in that day, unfortunate outburst. The guard didn't wait for a reply, but stormed but did say that others on the just shrugged and said that all he away down the corridor to the same flight had been picked up was doing was delivering the mesnearest machine. He got back and brought back. It was sug- sage. He concluded, as he locked with just minutes to spare. While gested that they may have decided the cell, that he was sure someone getting their tickets updated, the to stay over in Vancouver instead would be along soon. Just enjoy clerk called ahead to the plane to of coming straight there. Mrs. breakfast were the last words as hold it over while the family made Snow declared that they were he closed the door of the holding their way there. Their bags got not planning such a thing, as she

The Family Day & Winter Carnival Weekend Mystery

area. Patrick rattled the bars to get his attention, to no avail. They realized they were incognito here in the U.S. Hunger took over, and they ate the unappealing breakfast – not quite what they had been planning to be eating while they got ready to go skiing this very morning.   Unfortunately for them nobody came on Friday, and of course, all the people that they needed to clear up this mess all left for the weekend.   Consequently it was Monday morning, Family Day in Ontario, before anything happened. Of course in the States it was a normal working day. A Homeland Security investigator came to see them about ten that morning. Patrick explained what happened, backed up by the rest of the family. The investigator was sympathetic, and agreed that the airline staff had reacted too hastily. He advised them that as soon as they produced their passports, they would be free to go, and get another flight booked to wherever they were planning to go. Wendy explained that they were supposed to be going to ski out in B.C. It was not their fault that the flight had been diverted to Boston, or that they had gotten on the wrong plane. So they did not have their passports with them, she told him. He frowned, and told her that put an extra wrinkle into the situation. They would have to contact the Canadian Embassy in New York to issue a temporary visa for them. Patrick had another outburst, so exasperated at the bungling and red tape this was becoming. Wendy took over, realizing he was only making matters worse. She asked him to call the Embassy. He advised her that he could not do that. She would have to phone herself. He escorted her to the nearest phone. Then came the commotion of getting the phone number. When she finally got through, it was to a voice mail, of course. She left a frantic message, begging for someone to call the police station, or come to them for help. The US investigator sympathized with her on this predicament that they were in, but told them that he had other cases to work on. He would come back later to see how things were going. They were allowed no more phone calls, so they were stuck in that prison cell until help came. Without being able to make any more phone calls, his parents were unaware of where they were.   It was Wednesday before the 4 temporary visas came. Then getting a flight back to Toronto was a snap, compared to everything else they had gone through. They finally flew out at three that afternoon. They got home about seven that night. There was a joyous family reunion.   And I was too late. By the time I had figured it out, and tracked them down to Boston, they were already home. When I called them about 8:00 that night, Mrs. Snow thanked me for calling, and solving their mysterious disappearance. Then she abruptly hung up on me.   One little thing that I did not get a chance to tell them during that phone call was that I got that clip of the video surveillance at the bank machine where Patrick was getting out that money to cover the extra cost of the tickets. I watched him get our the $400.00 for the tickets, but then did a second transaction of $5,000.00, and it showed him putting it an envelope, and immediately handing it over to a man standing a few feet away, apparently trying to use the ATM next to his. Thankfully there was audio with this tape.


It had quite a bit of static, and other typical airport background noise, but the exchange was clear enough to understand the implication. Patrick told him to ensure 'it' was done by Sunday afternoon. The other man nodded and said it would be, before they parted company.   I have also seen the tape of the passengers boarding, and I watched him get on the right plane to Vancouver, while the Snow family headed in the wrong direction, and fatefully getting on the wrong one.   With these two pieces of evidence, I felt there would be cause to charge him with conspiracy to commit a crime, at least. Fortunately the crime never took place, thanks to the mix up at the airport.   The only thing left to figure out was who this mystery 'hit man' was that got the $5,000.00, and ended up getting a 'freebie' for services not performed. Obviously it didn't happen as there they were back at home in Oakville. I hoped that Patrick would tell me that when I interviewed him. I planned to do that the following day.   I got there early the next morning before Patrick and the rest of the family had a chance to leave. I showed him the evidence I had and asked him to explain himself. He acknowledged the money hand over, and gave the man's name as Charles Fuller. He was an interior decorator who was to redo the living room and kitchen and master bedroom with new carpet and repainting of the walls. He wanted it done while they were away, as it was to be a surprise for his wife as a belated Valentine's Day gift. He showed me the rooms, and sure enough I could tell these rooms were indeed newly decorated. He also had an explanation for seeing Mr. Fuller getting on the plane – he wanted to give me a receipt for the money that I had handed over. When he couldn't find us on the plane, he left. He then tersely reminded me “As you know, we ended up on the wrong plane, heading in the wrong direction!”   I ran the video a few minutes longer, and sure enough, I saw him getting off, just as Patrick had explained. Boy, did I feel foolish. This was one time that I really messed up. Yes, us detectives to get things wrong sometimes. It's not like on TV.   I asked why did he wait until the last minute at the airport for the payoff? Again it was a simple reason that Mr. Fuller had not received his cheque in the mail to begin work, so in that mad dash he got the money out of the ATM and asked him to meet him at the airport, which he did. He didn't have his cheque book with him, so had to pay Fuller in cash. All very innocent.   So it was no hit job out west. I sheepishly thanked him for his co-operation, and I quickly left, fuming inside. I was just thankful that I had not gone to Detective Hampton with my faulty evidence. He would have never let me forget my mistake, as well as wasting valuable police and court time. But then I began to wonder if I was actually right after all, as last week, I heard on the news that the Snow family had died in a house fire at their residence. Mr. Snow was the only survivor. Hmmm. I will be following up on this story. But for now, that's where it stands. Any questions, suggestions? Do you want to use this case as your framework for your own story, or do you have your own ideas all ready to be written? The floor is all yours... “

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Legion News

  Our Membership meeting last Thursday was well attended and we installed a new member. Comrade Noreen Fellinger was welcomed by the members present. For our Comrade President Larry Harvey this was a good way to practice the installation ceremony and he is looking for more.   The tone of the meeting was 150 Years of Confederation so we welcome any suggestions for

a good year of celebrations. The Branch is ready to participate in any events to remember and also to support our town. There will be several events pertaining to the battles in Europe from the first and second world wars to honor and remember our veterans. Soon the Canada 150 thtulips will bloom all over and I hope they will add color to our cemetery and cenotaph.   First we will have our Winter Carnival with celebrations and the Legion is planning a Wing Ding on February 18th. We will have the Annual Student Legion Public Speaking contest at the Branch on February 22nd and it will be nice to see what the subjects are this year. We will not forget the upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebrations and our Band Master Keith Killins is already practicing.   Our Saturday afternoon cribbage was well attended and

with the cold weather it is a nice way to spend any afternoon. So stop by and join the fun. Also the OLG is promoting break open tickets so when you are on Broadway Avenue, stop in when the lounge is open and spend a toonie and help us, help others.   Grandpa was visiting his granddaughter and her family and when they were relaxing after dinner he said, "Mary, please can I have your newspaper."   So Mary replied, "Grandpa, we do not read newspapers anymore because we get all our news from the Internet on our phones and here," while she handed him her $1,200.00 iPad.   So Grandpa said, "OKAY," and took the tablet in both hands, raised it up and slammed it on the table and killed that pesky fly.   To all our Comrades sick at Home, in the hospital, or nursing homes, you are in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you well. Nick Veldt


bus load of students and Rotarians were housed in the St. Ann gymnasium and library overnight.   St. Ann students and staff welcomed the group during the day with hot chocolate. Later, Rotarians provided supper for the group, which included exchange students from all over the world and outgoing Sault Ste Marie students.   “As a Rotarian, I was proud to help our fellow Rotarians and students. I am also grateful to the St. Ann staff and students which welcomed the group in true Bulldog hospitality,” said St. Ann Principal, Donna Carricato.   The group was also assisted in connecting to conference participants in Wawa by setting up a Facetime link.   “I was happy that our Board could be a Good Samaritan for these folks in need and could allow Rotary to continue its mission of ‘service above self’ on behalf of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, which promotes goodwill, peace and understanding,” added Carricato.   Following their impromptu stop, the group left early Friday morning for Wawa.

  Sault Ste. Marie: St. Ann Catholic School in Sault Ste. Marie opened its doors to a group in need Thursday.   The school served as an overnight shelter for a busload of over 40 adults and youth heading to a Rotary Winter Conference in Wawa after Highway 17 North was closed due to adverse weather.   When the road was open to traffic, it was discovered that, due to the poor visibility, the bus driver could not complete the trip to Wawa as it would exceed his allowed driving hours. As a result, ‘Plan B’ was put into effect and the

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The ALGOMA NEWS Review           PUBLIC NOTICES TOPS - WEEKLY MEETING ON Tuesdays from 12:00 till 1:00 p.m. downstairs at LDHC. Call 705-856-2781. ALGOMA FAMILY SERVICES IS A confidential child, adolescent and family counselling service that is available to residents of Wawa, Missanabie, Dubreuilville and White River on a voluntary basis and free of charge. The counsellors offer individual, family and group counselling to children, teens and their families who may be experiencing difficulties with discipline, feelings and behaviour. The counsellors travel weekly to White River and Dubreuilville and as needed to Missanabie. For more information, please call collect at 1-705-856-2252 or drop into the Wawa office at 26 Ste. Marie Street (behind Mariette’s). SCARED? FEELING ALONE? DO YOU need help? Sault Area Hospital offers a free and confidential crisis hotline 1-800721-0077, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. This service is provided for those 16 years and older and consists of a team of crisis intervention workers and a mobile crisis response team. They provide assistance for those in crisis and their family members. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Meeting will be held Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. downstairs at the Pentecostal Church on 12 Government Rd. THE INFANT DEVELOPMENT program is a home-based program for parents with infants from birth to three years of age sponsored by the Algoma Health Unit. There is no fee for this service. Assessments, programming and activities designed to help infants reach their potential are offered in confidence. For more information, please call (705) 856-7208 or drop into our office at 18 Ganley Street in Wawa. CHADWIC Home offers emergency shelter, support, advocacy, information and referral for women 16 years of age and over and their children, who are in abusive or crisis situations. Women can Drop-In to the shelter, or call our Toll Free Crisis Line for support at 1-800-461-2242 anytime. Toll Free TTY is 1-855-856-4342. Workers travel regularly to Hornepayne, White River and Chapleau and will travel to Dubreuilville and Missanabie as needed. Emergency Transportation to the shelter can be arranged. For more information please call 705-856-2848 or visit our website at

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WEEKLY HOROSCOPE by Georgia Nicols

Aries (March 21-April 19) This month, you are strong and aggressive. This strident energy will soften with diplomacy and charm. Shop for wardrobe items this month. Conversations with younger people, especially in groups, are likely. This is a wonderful year for Aries to marry or explore new partnerships. It is also your year to get performance ready for big things awaiting you in 2018. Taurus (April 20-May 20) You're entering a popular four weeks! This window of time is the perfect time to talk to bosses, employers and anyone who can help you advance in your job. Consider what is working and what is not. Your major luck this year is that you can improve your job and how you earn your money to pay your bills. Work-related travel will increase. Jump on any chance to improve your job because meanwhile, back at the bank, support from others has diminished. Gemini (May 21-June 20) 2017 is your year for a vacation! It's the best year in over a decade for Geminis to party, explore the arts, enjoy romance, sports events and playful times with children. Geminis who work in the hospitality industry and the entertainment world will shine! You have been busting your buns since 2012. Since 2015, you took the bit in your mouth and started to call your own shots. Yes, you felt empowered. The problem with this is that existing partnerships are challenged by your new approach. This year you will either commit or cut bait. Cancer (June 21-July 22) In the next four weeks, you want to travel because you need a change of scenery. You want to do anything to expand your world or acquire more knowledge. You're hungry to learn! Relationships with bosses and parents are excellent even though you are ambitious. The biggest opportunity you have in 2017 is your chance to create your dream home. Fix up where you are or buy or rent something better. It's your luckiest year for real estate in over a decade. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You want to talk to close friends and partners now. Your current focus is on shared property, inheritances, taxes and debt. Make big plans. It's appropriate to be

involved more than usual with children. Although you're optimistic this year - you are not frivolous. Travel for pleasure appeals in the next four weeks, so get out of town! Explore romance with someone different. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You will need more sleep this week. You will see money and goodies from others. Good time to ask for a loan or a mortgage. Disputes about shared property might occur. Continue to look for ways to boost your income or get a better paying job this year because they exist. Figure out where you are going to live. You want a home base that is safe and secure for your future. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) In the next four weeks, you will focus on your health and ways to improve your job. Some might even find a better job. But the bottom line is you want to improve every aspect of your life and get better organized. Relations with others are smooth as honey; but you may be annoyed with someone. It's been a new scene since 2010, but now you are in a two-year window where many will change jobs, change homes or both. You want to establish a firm anchor for yourself in the world. Something nice. No more shabby chic. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Lucky you! You are entering into a four-week window full of parties, vacations, romance, love affairs, sports events and playful times with children. Accept invitations to party. This four-week window is also very creative for you. In many ways, this year is a time of preparation for you. You must get ready! "Shops must be visited. Money must be spent!" Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) After giving up so much is 2012, you are now on your new journey. The next four weeks create a strong focus on home, family and dealing with a parent. You might cocoon at home more than usual because it feels good. Nevertheless, you may want to party! You attract romance and social outings. This is not surprising because the theme for Sagittarians this year is popularity. What is most important to know is that not only will you enjoy schmoozing with others, all your interactions with others will benefit you as well. This month makes

you chatty, busy and eager to take short trips. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) So much is happening. Around 2010-2011 you were on top of your game. This year, once again, despite the fact that circumstances have changed, you are again on top of your game because this year you can put your name up in lights! What I mean by this is that whatever you do this year will bring you applause, kudos, praise, promotions and prizes. Yes, you win! While all this good stuff is going on, ironically, you are downsizing and letting go of much in your life because you are planning on a new direction in 2018. The next four weeks are busy with short trips, errands, reading, writing and studying. Plus you have home redecorating plans. So much to do - so little money. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This is a powerful month for you; and it's a powerful year. Ironically, it's even going to be an even better year next year! In the next four weeks, your focus is on money, cash flow, earnings as well as major expenditures and dealing with the stuff you own. Take an inventory. Be in control of your wealth, assets and possessions. Continue to look for opportunities to travel because this will be your theme for 2017. Who feels more at home in an airport than you? (You wanted to be an astronaut as a kid. Or fly a helicopter.) In the next few weeks, you will make money from your words. This is good news for those who write, sell, teach, act and market your ideas. All your communications will be succinct, to the point and successful! Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) For the next four weeks, it's all about you, giving you a chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. You will replenish and restore yourself. You will also magically attract favourable situations and people to you. Look for ways to boost your earnings because you can. Remember that throughout the year, you have the advantage when it comes to dividing something or dealing with shared property or inheritances. Yes, finally, for the first time in over a decade, the world owes you a favour! This is your time of harvest.

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Head Outside to Catch Some Family Fun   Families and fishing enthusiasts across Ontario can fish licence-free from Saturday, February 18th through Monday, February 20th.   This Family Day weekend, anglers can go ice fishing without a licence, so head out to one of Ontario's provincial parks that are open during the winter to give it a try. Learn the ropes of ice fishing at one of the many events happening across the province, including: • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Family Ice Fishing Day on February 18th, 2017 at BEL Rotary Park, Ennismore • Conservation Sudbury's Friends and Family Ice Fishing Day on February 19th, 2017 at Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in Sudbury • Wellington Street Sportsmens Club Annual Family Ice Fishing Event on February 20th, 2017 at Wellington Street Sportsmen Club in Thames.   Remember to follow the rules for ice fishing in Ontario and stick to the daily fishing limits to help protect our province's fish populations.   Recent mild weather may have made ice on many bodies of water unsafe, so be sure to check with local ice hut operators before venturing out and make safety a priority. QUICK FACTS • Anglers buy approximately 1 million licenses to fish in Ontario each year. • This summer, Canadian residents can fish without a licence in Ontario from


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July 1-9, 2017. • New anglers can borrow fishing gear for free through the Tackleshare program. Anglers Encouraged to Stay Safe on the Ice   No matter what the winter weather, ice conditions can be deceptive and unpredictable. Ontario is reminding anglers to check local ice conditions before heading onto the ice to fish. Remember: • Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness across most lakes and rivers, and can be hazardous at the start of the winter season when near-shore ice is often much thicker. • Check thickness regularly with a spud bar or auger as you move further out on the ice. • Ice that has formed over flowing water, springs, pressure cracks, old ice holes or around the mouths of rivers and streams can be weaker than surrounding ice. • Clear blue ice is the strongest, white or opaque ice is much weaker. • Ice that has a honeycombed look, common during thaws or in the spring, should be avoided. • Heavy snow on a frozen lake or river can insulate the ice below and slow the freezing process. • Travelling on frozen lakes or rivers with snowmobiles or vehicles can be dangerous and precautions must be taken. At least 20 centimetres (eight inches) of clear blue ice is required for snowmobiles and 30 centimetres (12 inches) or more is needed

for most light vehicles. This thickness should be doubled if the ice is white or opaque. Before Heading Out: • Check ice conditions with local ice hut operators or other anglers. • Let others know where you're planning to fish and when you plan to return. • Appropriate clothing and equipment are critical to safety and comfort. Many anglers wear floatation suits and carry a set of ice picks. Register your ice hut where required: • Ice huts used in Fisheries Management Zones (FMZ) 9-12 and 14-20 must be registered. • Huts in FMZs 1-8 and 13 do not need to be registered. • It is not necessary to register tents that are made of fabric covering seven square metres (75.4 ft2) or less when erected. • Learn about ice fishing and ice hut removal and register your ice fishing hut at • Check the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary or contact your local ministry office for registration requirements. • If you're heading out on a snowmobile, make sure you're being safe and responsible.

First United Church

  The Congregation welcomes everyone to worship at First United Church. Services are held on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. If anyone has a question or concern, please leave a message on the answering at the Church – 705-856-2926.   The Annual Meeting of First United Church was held last Sunday, February 12th. The past year with the help of many people added a lot to the foundation laid by the faithful who opened First United. Let us promise to spread the

good news of Jesus to those in need and to create a place where people can say, “Surely the Spirit of God lives there.” Copies of the Annual Report are available in the Narthex.   Thurs. Feb. 16th - The Worship Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m.   Sun. Feb. 19th - The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated as part of Morning Worship.   May God’s love dwell in us throughout every day.

How Fresh Is Your Breath? Make the Effort to Love Your Mouth, All Year Round   TORONTO, ON - How much love and attention do you show your mouth? If you're not making the effort to practice good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and going to the dentist for regular check-ups, then you're falling short of being a good partner in your mouth's fight against tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.   We all know fresh breath and a healthy smile are important, so the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is passing along some helpful hints. • Regularly brushing your teeth, gums and tongue along with daily flossing will cut down on the bacteria that causes bad breath. • Stay hydrated throughout the day and evening and be aware that dry mouth is a common side effect of alcohol consumption and taking certain medications, like antibiotics. • Garlic, onions, dairy and meat may taste great but they're also known to cause smelly breath. Try ending your meal with some sugarfree gum or mints to keep

fresh. Not only is smoking terrible for your health, it's also brutal for your breath. Your dentist has helpful ideas on how you can quit smoking so don't be afraid to ask!   ODA President Dr. Jack McLister, says, "While persistent bad breath can be a sign of a more serious health condition, most of the time it's due to poor oral health-care routines. Show your mouth that you care by brushing and flossing every day." About the Ontario Dental Association   The ODA has been the voluntary professional association for dentists in Ontario since 1867. Today, we represent more than 9,000, or nine in 10, dentists across the province. The ODA is Ontario's primary source of information on oral health and the dental profession. We advocate for accessible and sustainable optimal oral health for all Ontarians by working with health-care professionals, governments, the private sector and the public. For more information on this and other helpful dental care tips, visit •


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