January 20, 2014
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Atikokan-Quetico, Canoeing Capital of Canada
Volume 64, Number 10
WE SHINE BRIGHT North Star Community School has a new logo, courtesy of Damian Harrison. The grade four student said he got the idea for the design from an image of people holding hands around a globe he found on the back of a box of crayons. He adapted that, having tall and short sick figures holding hands around a star, the North Star, and adding the tag lines 'I love North Star' and 'We Shine Bright'. For his efforts, he took home a Lego set and a Chapters gift card, and is looking forward to seeing his design on the next round of North Star t-shirts.
Goldcorp bids to take over Osisko Mining
Jessica Smith Goldcorp launched a hostile takeover bid for Osisko Mining Tuesday. Valued at $2.6 billion, the offer would give Osisko shareholders a 15% premium on Monday's share price, meaning an implied value of $5.95 per share. Osisko's share price increased in response to the offer, and as of Friday, stocks were trading at $6.25, 30 cents above the Goldcorp offer. (Goldcorp stocks dropped slightly early in the week, but recovered to nearly $25, a slightly higher price than prior to its bid announcement). In response, Osisko called the offer “very low value” and “opportunistic” and urged its shareholders to hold off on the offer until the board, which has formed a special committee, including independent members and legal counsel, makes a recommendation. (The deadline to accept the bid is February 19; the offer does not require Goldcorp shareholder approval.) That however, “doesn't mean shareholders will listen to that recommendation,” said Ontario Prospectors Association executive director Garry Clark. The attractiveness of the offer “depends on what the price point was when the shares were purchased.” Osisko shares have taken a hit over the past year and a half, particularly since it purchased Queenston Mining and its
Kirkland Lake properties last year. It was a move that many analysts felt unwise, and overextended the company, which was already struggling to get its first mine in Malartic, Quebec up to full production. (The mine is expected to produce 500,000 to 600,000 ounces of gold per year over 16 years, making it one of the largest precious metal mines in Canada.) Osisko shares have traded as low as $2.98 over the past year, and for shareholders who bought in then, “this might be a good time to diversify stock,” said Clark. The move by Goldcorp is a rarity among gold miners - most are struggling given battered precious metals markets, and gold prices that have plunged nearly 30% over the past year. Yet it is not really surprising, said Clark. The company is in a better financial standing with less debt than many of its contemporaries such as Barrick Gold and Agnico Eagle. “Most companies are waffling right now, but Goldcorp is fairly robust,” given high grade gold mines in Red Lake and Musselwaite which have solid production and “churn out a lot of profit” to fund this type of takeover offer, said Clark. The company also has large land holdings in Timmins and Quebec (where its Eleanore project gold project is slated to go into See Osisko, page 8
Outcry growing over dangerous highway conditions
Jessica Smith Winter road maintenance across the region continues to cause concern for municipal leaders and both MPPs in the Rainy River district. It's an issue Mayor Brown, other mayors in the district, and MPPs Bill Mauro and Sarah Campbell have raised numerous times, and Brown said the outcry from Atikokan residents is getting louder this winter. “Now on social media, a lot of locals are sending messages to Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Minister of Transportation [Glen Murray].” In a letter in this Progress (page 6), Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Mauro said he has witnessed poor road maintenance in this area firsthand on numerous occasions and called the difference between conditions between this patrol area and the one to the east “a stark example” of inadequate service that is “indefensible.” The topic also arose at Tuesday's police services board meeting, after the OPP reported road conditions contri-buted to four of five vehicle collisions in the Atikokan area in December (one of which resulted in a fatality). The report prompted Mayor Dennis Brown and Councillor Bob Gosselin to question if the MTO was adequately monitoring road maintenance standards. Atikokan OPP Sgt. Matt Leblanc was clear that while road conditions were factors, “it was not necessarily” poor road maintenance as the cause. Rather, “generally the driver has not adjusted to conditions,” he said.
“It's not necessarily a maintenance issue, but [often] drivers driving too fast for conditions” or just plain poor weather conditions. (The non-weather related accident involved a collision with a deer.) Still, outrage about winter road maintenance continues to escalate across northern Ontario, and has again prompted the 10 municipalities in the Rainy River District Municipal Assoc. to meet with MTO at its annual meeting in Atikokan. This MTO patrol area runs from Seine River in the west to Huronian in the east, and from Highway 622 north to Highway 17, and has been maintained by Integrated Maintenance and Operations Services (IMOS) since 2011. Mayor Brown and Councillor Gosselin, both municipal reps to the PSB, noted concerns locally about improved road conditions immediately adjacent to the patrol area boundary on the east side of Highway 11, (which is contracted to a different company, Carillion, which took over from TWD Roads Management this year). See Police Board, page 3
Health unit gets more flu vaccine M. McKinnon Although this year's flu season doesn't seem especially severe, it is a little different, thanks to the return of the H1N1 strain of the virus. During one of his last visits to Atikokan as medical officer of health last week, Dr. James Arthurs brought more flu vaccine and discussed the situation with Council. (Dr. Arthurs, 72, will retire at the end of March after a little over five years as the chief public health official with the Northwestern Health Unit.) "Health officials from across the Northwest have been meeting by tele-conference every three days since just before Christmas to discuss the influenza situation," he told Council Monday. He said the chief flu variant affecting most of Canada this year was the H1N1 strain. That virus was behind the 2009 flu pandemic, and presents a greater-than-usual risk to the very young (ages 5 and under), young adults, and the middle-aged. Older adults - those usually most at risk of serious complications from the flu - seem to have a little more natural immunity to the H1N1 strain. “Currently [January 13], there are 81 confirmed cases in Thunder Bay; there were 35 before Christmas. Immunologists believe it has peaked in Thunder Bay.” “We [Atikokan and the rest of the NWHU area] have just 17 cases, which is almost ridiculously low. We may not have peaked yet... Alberta and Saskatchewan are having just a terrible time.” Confirmed cases represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to assessing the spread of the flu. Most who contract influenza don't see a doctor, and only a small percentage of those who get the bug are tested. The good news is “there is still time to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Arthurs. (Call 597-6871.) “To the best of our knowledge, none of those with confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza had been vaccinated. The best scientific estimate is that the vaccine is 65% to 70% effective [in preventing contracting the flu],” he said.
NORTHERN PRIDE Brad Jacobs and his foursome are the pride of Sault Ste. Marie, and all of Northern Ontario, these days. They won the Brier and finished second at the world championships last season, and in less than a month will go for Olympic gold at Sochi, Russia. To help celebrate their achievement, the Northern Ontario Curling Assoc. raffled off an array of autographed Team Jacobs memorabilia, and Atikokan's Jordan Ekstrom was among the lucky winners. Here, NOCA director Leslie Kerr presents him with an E.J. Harnden jersey, autographed by Jacobs, second E.J. Harnden, third Ryan Fry and lead Ryan Harnden. Ekstrom, and teammates Christopher Strom, Josh Palmai and Griffin Garuk, long-time Junior Rockers all, made their debut in open league play at Little Falls after Christmas. Later on Wednesday evening, when we took this picture, they got their first win, a 10-4, six end decision, with Brianna Selman filling in for Garuk.
ATIKOKAN (ONT.) PROGRESS MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
TRAIL-READY Twenty-three Atikokanites completed a snowmobile operators course here December 20, under the guidance of Canada Safety Council certified instructor Lanny Cross. The six-hour training program, which is based on field-tested techniques, provides a fun and orderly way to learn proper snowmobile operation. The riders learned about controls, reading terrain, turning and climbing hills. Participants included Tia Ray Alexiuk, Charlotte Arnold, Carter Chalifoux, Rachel Chambers, Callie DeGagne, Reed Dennis, Jayden Ferguson, Denis Gosselin, Rodney Green, Skyler Gushulak, Kaya Hogan, Destinee Lafond, Joshua Mason, Nicole Mighton, Jesse Morden, Jason Nash, Davin Ojala, John Ribey, Samantha Ribey, Callin Selman, Kira Sulkko, Ally Warren, Kelyn Vos.
Take 15 minutes a day to learn together ABC Life Literacy Canada On January 27, 2014, Family Literacy Day will celebrate 16 years of learning together. The initiative, first celebrated by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, has since been embraced by literacy and learning organizations such as schools and libraries in communities across Canada. This year, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging families to take 15 minutes a day to learn together. "Learning opportunities occur at home every day," says Gillian Mason, president of ABC Life
Literacy Canada. "The benefits of learning as a family outside the classroom are significant - not only are children exposed to a culture of lifelong learning, but the bond between parent and child can grow with each teachable moment." Even time spent doing the dishes, eating dinner or having a bath can have a focus on learning in a fun way. It's important to embrace these teachable moments at home every day. Here are some great ways for families to get
Legion Ladies News Liz Shine Legion ladies, remember to pay your 2014 dues. Legion ladies bingo is held every Monday with doors opening at 5:30 pm. The general meeting is
Te r r y & D o r i s O l s e n o f Thunder Bay and Jean Haney (late Lloyd Haney Sr.) of Atikokan are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Breanne Olsen and Greg Haney. A shag will be held in their honour on February 22 at the Ro y a l C a n a d i a n L e g i o n i n Atikokan. The wedding will take place on July 12, 2014 in Thunder Bay.
scheduled for January 21, starting at 7 pm. The Legion ladies Valentine Tea will be held February 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Legion Hall. Fresh meat and fruit pies will be available. The entrance cost is $3 a person. Come and enjoy a piece of strawberry short cake with your friends and family. Students: If you need volunteer hours for school, please call 597-2190 and leave your name and phone number. If you are interested in joining or volunteering for the Legion Ladies please leave your name at the Legion bar.
started: 1. Write a joke book with your family. 2. Read a bedtime story to the grown-up putting you to bed. 3. Make up a new recipe together and post it online. 4. Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes. 5. Organize a book swap at your school. 6. Make up riddles and tell them to your friends. 7. Create a family book club. 8. Build a drum with your family. 9. Surf the Internet and learn about your favourite animal. 10. Make up a song about your day to sing to your family at dinnertime. 11. Write messages to your family on sticky notes and post them around the house. 12. Create a story about what you'll be doing for Family Literacy Day. 13. Play a board game together. 14. Build an acrostic poem using your hero's name. 15. Make an origami boat and see if it will float. For more great ways to have 15 minutes of fun together, or to find a Family Literacy Day event i n y o u r c o m m u n i t y, v i s i t www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca
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ATIKOKAN (ONT.) PROGRESS MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
POLICE BOARD From page 1 Other concerns they cited were: ploughs seemingly not lowered enough to adequately clear roads resulting in a snow/ice build-up; not enough sand used when temperatures were too cold for salt to be effective (-12° C, which they have been for several weeks during the recent deep freeze); and both delays in clearing, and a lack of adequate care, of Highway 622. MTO designates that highway and 502, east of Fort Frances (it also goes north to link with Highway 17), as class 5 highways, meaning a far lower minimum standard of care is required. According to the MTO website, that means they are expected to be cleared and some sand applied, but to remain snow packed for much of the winter. Highway 11, a class 1 highway, is expected to be pavement bare within 8 hours after a winter storm. Those MTO classifications are based on traffic volumes (where lesser volumes of traffic mean less care) and that's not fair, said Mayor Brown. “How do we handle that in this area? We have to drive here, and it shouldn't just be based on vehicle volume alone.” Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Mauro said local highway conditions “cannot be attributed to weather conditions or different highway classifications. The work is simply not being done to an acceptable standard from the salt shed west to Atikokan". He has spoken directly with the MTO and the Minister's office and has been assured that “noticeable significant improvement will be achieved very soon.” While the OPP did not deem poor maintenance a factor in recent Atikokan area collisions, Rainy River District OPP detachment commander S/Sgt. Steve Shouldice said at Tuesday's meeting that the police in the Northwest Region have also had “a lot of conversations” with MTO this winter about the region's highways. “Especially on Highway 17, our cruisers are getting into collisions just trying to get to collisions - that's when you know the roads are bad.” A lot of the roads controversy in the past two winters has centred on the company which holds the contract west from the Seine River bridge to the US border (which includes Highway 502) and the entire Kenora district. Australia-based Transfield also maintains the Sault Ste Marie and North Bay area highways. Earlier this winter, Iron Range Bus Lines refused to travel 502 with school children, and the Northwestern Health Unit cautioned its employees against using that highway, due to safety concerns.
Council rejects office staff cut; hires new deputy clerk
M. McKinnon The Town hired a new deputy clerk to replace Pat Halwachs, who retired in December. The decision didn't come easily, as Mayor Dennis Brown and Councillor Bob Gosselin pushed hard to have the position combined with the treasurer's, but could not get enough support. They argued that having both positions vacant (treasurer Lonny Maunu resigned in the fall) presented a good opportunity to reduce the size of the office staff, something they felt was needed given the Town's smaller size. “I think it [combining the two positions] would work, with the right person in the position, and would save the taxpayers money,” said Councillor Gosselin. “Opportunities like this don't come very often - we may not have two vacancies at once for another twenty years. We can't afford to pass up the opportunity,” said Mayor Brown.
He said the Town operated smoothly through the 1990s with just four staff in the finance department; it now numbers six, with a smaller town population. (Until 2003, the clerk-treasurer position was a combined one.) Councillors Mary Makarenko, Marj Lambkin, Jerry Duhamel and Marlene Davidson disagreed. “The deputy clerk position is essential in the administration department,” said Councillor Makarenko. "Administrative assistance is crucial to not only the CAOclerk, but to Atikokan's residents, Council and its committees, department heads and other employees." She said the treasurer and deputy clerk positions involved two very different skill sets, and that the deputy clerk's work was “not a popular activity, not one the public really sees... but is very important.” Councillor Lambkin pointed to past problems the Town experi-
enced when it combined treasurer with CAO. During that time (2007-11) the Town fell behind on its financial statements. After being as much as four years in arrears, they weren't brought back up to date until last fall - two years after treasurer was again made a stand-alone position. “In the long run, it ended up costing us more money,” she said. Councillor Makarenko suggested that if Council wanted to reduce staff, it should commission an operational review - something “well-governed organizations [do to] plan for staff changes.” Councillor Duhamel agreed with that, and added “conditions have changed since the 1990s [when the Town office staff was smaller]. We can't go back 20 years, with all the legislation and regulation [Town staff] are now required to deal with, and the increased decision-making [they See ‘Town hires’, page 5
Impaired the next day Can you be charged with impaired driving or being over the legal blood alcohol limit if you haven't been drinking recently? Some area motorists found the answer was yes during recent RIDE checks conducted in the early morning hours. Several motorists were charged with impaired driving in November and December during checks between 5 and 7 am on Highway 622, and one was charged after 9 am after OPP responded to a single vehicle collision. In a couple of instances, motorists were headed to work after a night of heavy drinking, said Sgt. Leblanc. “If your liver processes a beer an hour and you're drinking heavily until two in the morning, it could be 6 to 8 hours before the alcohol leaves your system,” he said. Until the alcohol is eliminated, blood alcohol levels can remain higher than the legal 80 milligram limit and “you are still technically impaired [under] the Criminal Code.”
New billing model
GIVE IT A BUMP Chelsey Paquette of the AHS junior girls volleyball team returns a serve as teammates Brooke Fredrickson (15), Taylor Anderson, libera Erika Kaus, and Lindsay Cain look on. The girls, now on Atikokan Town Council is joining the municipalities of Fort Frances exam break, are 5-5 in NorWOSSA play. and Bancroft in supporting the new OPP billing model, slated to come into effect in 2015. While Atikokan's policing costs are not likely to significantly decrease under the new model, it will see all municipalities, regardless of size, pay a base cost of about $261 per household, with the remainder based on the volume of service calls. That would bring the average to Jessica Smith Snowmobilers are gearing up promote its trails, particularly the from $20,735 the previous year), about $369 per household across the province, and represent a th Atikokan continued its impressive significant increase for some smaller municipalities. Council supported for the 36 annual Atikokan ride to the White Otter Castle. s upport for children with “It's such a beautiful, unique the new formula with a resolution Monday, calling it “a fairer Snowarama this Saturday and this disabilities, said Harrison. opportunity; we want to showcase approach” that ensures “all municipalities pay an equitable share of winter's plenteous snow should Of the top five pledge-earners what the Atikokan area has to make for a good ride. essential base level policing services.” in all of the 16 Snowarama rides offer,” said Harrison. Atikokan Sno Ho, the Easter For Atikokan, which pays one of the biggest bills in the province at The club, like other Ontario held across the province in 2013, Seals Society, the Kiwanis Club an average of $1,000 per house, the cost may only slightly decrease. PSB vice-chair Debra Bruyere noted taxpayers are not directly and the Legion are hoping to Federation of Snowmobilers Atikokan held two of the top billed for policing costs. The 'per household' costing term is simply a encourage novice and out-of- Clubs, has struggled in recent places . D onations made in town riders this year by covering years with low membership due to memory of long-time Easter Seals tool used to compare costs between municipalities. Atikokan pays about $1.4 million for OPP service each year. That the cost of the one-day special economic conditions and a lack of ambassador and rider Michael amount comes out of the total municipal operating budget (about $9.4 event purchase. That means that snowfall. This winter at least, the Dennis, put his name in second million), which is primarily funded by residents through taxes, sewer any snowmobiler who raises a snowfall has cooperated, and place last year, while young rider and water charges and other fees ($7.65 million). Unconditional minimum of $100 in pledges will Snowarama organizers are hoping Brielle Whalley placed fifth in the province. (The Grade 2 student have their day permit ($35) to see riders out in full force. provincial grants ($1.75 million last year) covers the rest. took the top youth pledge earner Last year's scant snow had covered, along with lunch at Atikokan's big bill is due to the 'enhanced policing model' used here. plaque at last year's Snowarama.) organizers “very, very worried” Browns' Clearwater West Lodge The Town has chosen 24-hour policing, although the number of calls Pledge sheets and details can for service do not justify that. The OPP provides four more officers (for and dinner, dance and live auction about whether the ride could even go ahead, here and in Thunder be downloaded from the website wrap-up at the Legion. a total of 10) than what are required based on call volume. It's a win-win idea, said NWO Bay (to Grand Portage), recalled (snowarama.org) or by contacting Noted • Ontario now allows all frontline police officers to use conducted energy weapons (CEW), commonly known by the brand name Taser, regional Easter Seals Society rep Harrison. Both, in the end, did, Twila Smitsnuk (597-2422 or Atikokan OPP officers will also have that capability. Previously only Rhonda Harrison. Attracting and although the number of riders firstname.lastname@example.org), and the officer in charge was allowed to use a CEW. In Atikokan, there are more riders is good for Easter was a bit lower here (53 last year Atikokanites can support the currently two officers trained in using the devices and only one unit Seals - the beneficiary of the compared to 65 in 2012; they event by pledging a local rider or fundraiser - and helps SnoHo raised $18,500, down slightly See PSB Notes, page 4 See ‘Snowarama’, back page
Easter Seals hopes pledgers are as plentiful as snow this year
ATIKOKAN (ONT.) PROGRESS MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
TWYLA’S TALES by Twyla Carolan
From Parliament Hill
On the political radar for 2014
MP John Rafferty How should Canada balance its budget? After running up more than $160 billion in new debt over the past six years, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty now aims to balance I was recently talking with a co-worker from Thunder Bay about the books by 2015-16, and cabbage rolls and perogies. I asked her if she's found a good source possibly earlier, to help his party's for them yet down here. She said no. The last time she had them her re-election efforts. To do so he is parents had been visiting and actually brought them down from cutting everything and I do mean, Thunder Bay. e v e r y t h i n g . H e is closing Hamiltonians actually make quite strange cabbage rolls that I Veteran's Affairs offices, making don't like at all, so I've been in a comfort food crisis since I've been every Canadian born after 1957 down here. And I know how much work it is to make cabbage rolls, work two years longer before so I haven't wanted to make them myself. But then I thought, there's got to be a better way to get that tasty, cabbagey goodness without all collecting their pension, and even closing down decades-old the work, so I went looking for a quicker and easier recipe. scientific research facilities like Cabbage Roll Casserole the Experimental Lakes Area from www.food.com (ELA). “This casserole combines New Democrats would like a chopped cabbage with balanced budget as soon as ground beef, tomato sauce, possible, but not at the cost of and rice. Preparation is much destroying our institutions or our simpler than for standard future. New Democrats would stuffed cabbage rolls.” also have run large deficits at the Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Servings: 12 Ingredients: 2 lbs ground beef, 1 cup chopped onion, 1 Andrea Allison (29 ounce) can tomato sauce, Inspired by Quetico, collected 3½ lbs chopped cabbage, 1 cup uncooked white rice, 1 teaspoon works from Quetico Provincial salt, 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth Park's artist in residence program, Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil over continues until February 8. The medium high heat until redness is gone. Drain off fat. variety of works continues to In a large mixing bowl combine the onion, tomato sauce, amaze visitors. cabbage, rice and salt. Add meat and mix all together. Pour mixture Kerry Bowes from Elk Rapid, into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour broth over meat mixture and bake Michigan, was in the studio this in the pre-heated oven, covered, for 1 hour. Stir, replace cover and past summer. She writes: “As bake for another 30 minutes. have so many other women, I fell I'm a big fan of using a rice cooker to cook numerous foods other in love with fabric and thread at an early age. With my mother's than rice. It's a great bean cooker too, no burning, and it would be creative encouragement and a stellar for cooking the following dish. p e n c h a n t for self-directed Rice Cooker Cabbage Casserole learning, I dabbled to varying from www.food.com degrees in most of the domestic Prep time: 15 minutes. Total time: 35 minutes. Servings: 4-6 crafts. Surprisingly, all of these *(All times are estimates, depending on your type of rice cooker.”) skills that helped decorate many Ingredients: 1 medium head of cabbage, chopped, 1 lb ground homes and raise two creative kids meat, brown & drain before mixing, 1 lb sausage, sliced, 1 (6 ounce) can, and often do, play a role in art can tomato sauce, 2 -3 whole tomatoes cut up, ½ cup onion, quilting.” chopped, ½ cup parsley, 1 small bell pepper, chopped, 1 cup “I started art quilting seriously uncooked rice, 2 cups water, salt & pepper when my husband and I began a Mix all ingredients together in rice cooker. Serve when rice decade of foreign postings with cooker goes off. his company. We found ourselves I'm a bit of a chili head, so I like one reviewer's suggestions for in the exotic fabric cultures of spicy, non-mushy cabbage: Ghana, Jamaica and India, • Add both red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper to the dish. soaking up the sun and immersing • To avoid mushy cabbage give the rice a head start over the cabbage. ourselves in the creative riches of each. Now that we're retired and Everybody uses different ingredients in their cabbage roll recipe, so modify these to suit your taste preferences and give the recipes a try. live year-round in northern Michigan, I simply reach into my Here's to easy cabbage roll casseroles. Who knows, the casserole stash of fabric, embellishments, or may revolutionize the whole approach to cabbage rolls. Twyla Carolan is a physiotherapist, kinesiologist, and writer. You photos, to find inspiration for my next piece. ” can contact her and find her articles online at “An additional creative outlet CalmMindPainFreeBody@yahoo.com. for me is the art of Zentangle, a focused design process using pen and paper. I have practiced this meditative art form for a few years From page 3 now, and find myself 'tangling' owned by the detachment. Over pretty much anything that will the years, that unit has been stand still; materials as diverse as deployed in one or two incidents sticks, stones or silk are all fair here, noted the OPP. The device is game.” at least 12 years old, the Local artist Gordon Ringuis department will eventually was a participant in the first year receive newer ones. of the program in 2007. Artists can • November activity: one also donate pieces to Quetico's assault charge, one mischief collection while not formally incident, three bail violations, one participating in the artist in incident of production of residence program. We thank marijuana, one trespassing charge local artist Sharon Wright for her and one traffic violation. two delightful paintings. • December activity: two Come down and visit the assaults (one of a peace officer), gallery this month. .The Gallery is three liquor related incidents, one open Tuesday through Saturday, snowmobile related infraction noon to 3 pm. and three traffic violations.
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onset of the economic recession of 2008-09. We would have spent money on infrastructure as this government did, but would likely have also invested in science and universities, and on other programs designed to return to some value to Canadians in the future, like extending the $5,000 home retrofit program to reduce energy costs for families and create jobs in the home renovation sector. However, to balance the books New Democrats would take a much different approach. We would slash the $2 billion in direct subsidies Ottawa gives to the largest and most profitable oil companies in the world. We would cut the $140 million in partisan advertisement (those Economic Action Plan ads), and we would revisit that $47 billion committed for 65 overpriced, ineffective F-35 fighter jets. The March budget should offer more details on what the Conservative plan, but I predict it will be painful and of little use in the end to most Canadians. Pipelines The fate of the Keystone XL pipeline will be determined this year. For the first time in 50 years
the U.S. is energy self-sufficient: it produced enough oil and gas in that country for its entire population. Is there a need for 800,000 barrels of heavy Canadian oil from the oilsands when you have all the light sweet crude you can burn available in your own country? The Northern Gateway pipeline in B.C. is running into heavy opposition from First Nations and municipalities who sit in the way and would directly suffer from any breaks or leaks. Will there be an agreement or not? Economy The housing sector continues to be an economic story to watch. Will home prices continue to rise by double digit percentages or will 2014 be the year of the great price correction? Economists will also be waiting to see whether growth will finally rebound in Canada, or if we will trail the US in GDP growth for a third straight year. Finally, household debt levels are shaping up to be a big economic story with households now holding an astounding $168 in debt for every $100 they earn. How long can this continue and how will it end for families, businesses, and the economy?
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ATIKOKAN (ONT.) PROGRESS MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
ACES presents Mr. E Magic Math
Don't tell the kids: This show makes learning fun Vivian Gilmour The board of the Children's Entertainment Series welcomes you back to a New Year with our third performance of this series, Mr. E 'Magic Math' presented by Prestigo Production Inc. on Wednesday, January 22, at the AHS auditorium at 6:30 pm. Mr. E (say it out loud) is Canada's national magic champion, Eric Leclerc, who has been entertaining children of all ages for over 20 years. Now you can see him in his new show, The Mysteries of Mr. E., where he plays an eccentric professor with a lovable and magical charm. His name is Mr. E and he teaches children valuable lessons through the amazing art of magic. The mysteries of Mr. E. has been described as an interactive and entertaining learning experience. What sets Mr. E. apart from other performers are the important lessons his show demonstrates to
with teachers and parents as well. During his show, Mr. E. not only inspires self-confidence in children, but he also touches upon educational themes such as science, geography, and recycling. Learning has never been so fun! So what are you waiting for? Come out on Wednesday for a fun magical evening. Our last two shows are Junie B. Jones, on Tuesday, March 4, and Spin Cycle, on Wednesday, April 9. We extend thanks to Ontario Power Generation, our bronze sponsor, for this show and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the government of Ontario. See you Wednesday at the performance. Magician Eric Leclerc as Mr. E children and the magical way they are presented, creating a fun and stimulating environment. His show is full of side-splitting
comedy and amazing magical illusions. Guaranteed to keep the little ones laughing and engaged, this show is definitely a big hit
Gas tax increased proposed M. McKinnon A special panel looking at ways to improve mass transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas (GTHA or Golden Horseshoe) has recommended increasing gas taxes to pay for the upgrades, as well as dedicating some portion of H S T and corporate income tax revenues to mass transit projects.
Panel chair Anne Golden says the new gas taxes could cost each driver anywhere from $130 to $260 per year - but that failing to improve mass transit in Ontario's heartland would cost the typical driver $700 a year. That seems something of a stretch for drivers in this part of the province, but the panel does also recommend that revenues
raised outside of the Golden Horseshoe be available for priorities elsewhere in Ontario. It does not, however, suggest how See ‘Gas tax’, page 9
FREE GPS MAP and COMPASS COURSE February 3 to 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Town hiring From page 3 are responsible for]." At full complement, the Town office staff includes a CAO-clerk (the CAO position was added in 2001), deputy clerk, treasurer, deputy treasurer, fire chief (who also serves as chief building official), Public Works director, community services director (added in 2008, several years after the retirement of the previous recreation director), by-law enforcement officer (added in 2011), plus three full-time and one part-time staffers. The move to combine treasurer and deputy clerk was apparently discussed at length in closed session over the past few weeks. Councillors Duhamel and Lambkin expressed disappointment a resolution to make the change came to the floor Monday. In the end, Council voted it down. The hiring Once that resolution was disposed of, Council considered a resolution to hire a new deputy clerk, per the recommendation of a hiring committee led by CAOclerk Angela Sharbot. Fourteen applied for the position by the December 16 deadline. “One applicant was head and shoulders above the others, and was the only one interviewed,” said Councillor Makarenko, chair of the administration and employee relations committee. The hiring committee was unanimous after the interview that the position be offered to that candidate,
“who exceeded expectations”, and recommended the same to Council. The hiring process was questioned by Councillor Bob Gosselin, who said the committee should have used the same process it had for the CAO hiring, which was developed by a personnel firm retained by the Town for that hiring. “I'm not opposed to the choice, just the way it was done,” he said. “I would have liked to see more than one candidate interviewed.” Councillor Makarenko said the committee used generally accepted procedures for the hiring, and suggested Council could direct the administration and employee relations committee to adopt a more proscriptive hiring procedure if it was unhappy with the current processes. The name of the successful candidate was not revealed until the resolution to combine the treasurer and deputy clerk positions was defeated, and the hiring committee's recommendation was accepted. The new deputy clerk is Susan Bates. Treasurer: As noted in last week's Progress, the Town has restarted the search for a new treasurer. Ten people applied during the first call for applications, which closed October 25. Three were interviewed and the Town offered the job to two, both of whom declined the position. The new deadline for applications is January 27.
36th Annual Snowarama Ride
Saturday, January 25, 2014 $100.00 Minimum Pledge
Registration at SNO-HO CHALET (Minnow Pond - Charleson Rec Area) Friday Night - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday Morning - 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
TWO-WAY TRAFFIC ENTIRE ROUTE! UP AND BACK ON SAME TRAIL.
WATCH FOR OTHER RIDERS ON THE TRAIL! For more information, contact Twila at 597-2422 or Snoho@atikokansnoho.com
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ATIKOKAN (ONT.) PROGRESS MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
Cory the Cowboy’s Woods & Waters Report
First ice - and a bear story Published Weekly by Atikokan Printing (1994) Ltd. P.O. Box 220, 109 Main St. E. Atikokan, Ontario P0T 1C0 Ph. (807) 597-2731 - Fax (807) 597-6103
Editor: Michael McKinnon Advertising: Eve Shine Reporting: Jessica Smith Accounts & Subscriptions: Christine Jefferson-Durand
Member CCNA Media Circulation Audit 318M. Return undeliverable items to the address above. Printed in Fort Frances, Ontario We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canadian Periodical Fund of the Dept. of Canadian Heritage.
Corrections Missionary Marni Jones does not speak or teach the Bolivian indigenous language of Quechua, but members of the local congregation translate literature and information into that language. The road she travels is not termed “the road of death” due to the number of traffic accidents… that is the road that goes past her destination of La Paz to a town called Corioco. Incorrect info appeared in the January 6 story. Dr. John Fotheringham has moved to Saskatchewan. We had him in Manitoba in our January 6 story.
Letter to the editor “The work is simply not being done to an acceptable standard from the salt shed west to Atikokan” Dear editor, Winter highway maintenance along the Highway 11 corridor has received significant media coverage and public scrutiny lately, and I would say justifiably so. The stretch of Highway 11 between Shabaqua and Atikokan has been of particular concern to me for several years. I have personally experienced, on several occasions, the immediate and obvious change in conditions on Highway 11 from the salt shed west to Atikokan. For such a stark example of change to exist is indefensible. It cannot be attributed to weather conditions or different highway classifications. The work is simply not being done to an acceptable standard from the salt shed west to Atikokan. This abrupt change in maintenance under equivalent conditions is a major concern. I have written several letters on this issue, talked with local Ministry staff, and directly with the Minister's office. I have been assured that the situation will be resolved - and that significant, noticeable improvement will be achieved very soon. I want to thank the constituents of Atikokan that continue to provide my office with updates. Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
This week in Atikokan history Compiled from Progress archives by Christine Jefferson-Durand January 21, 1954 • Bill Davies, the local weatherman for the past 40 years, reported it reached -48°F (-44°C) on January 12 and -43°F on January 17. • A bobcat fell victim to the trapping wiles of two 11-year-old Steep Rock youngsters. The two set a trap under the back steps of one of their homes and it was caught overnight. January 16, 1964 • Stork Club: boys to Mr. & Mrs. John Charbonneau and Mr. & Mrs. John Potts. • The Atikokan hospital board is planning a $50,000 renovation that will involve the x-ray and lab, kitchen and dining room, nursery, nursing station and the central supply room. They are also looking at improving heating; water pipes located above the ceiling insulation and below the roof are in danger of freezing, so the hospital building is being kept warmer than usual. The board is looking into wrapping the pipes versus a re-roofing job. January 17, 1974 • Complaints about dogs running at large have reached a stage where Township Police have no alternative but to take action against owners. Owners could be fined up to $50. The schools seem to be a chief trouble spot with packs of dogs roaming school grounds, posing a threat to students. January 18, 1984 • Atikokan firefighters responded to 53 alarm calls last year; fire losses total $153,000. There were 37 building permits issued, including those for the industrial mall expansion and the building of the CNR hostel. January 21, 1994 • The Atikokan Sportsmen's Conservation Club will host a dinner and auction fund-raiser. Organizer Rick Cain said it will be similar to the format Ducks Unlimited uses, but more affordable (“aimed to the t-shirt and jeans crowd”). Most of this year's proceeds will help fund the club's new in-town walleye hatchery. January 19, 2004 • Rising costs for utilities, taxes and insurance, combined with lower enrolments, are threatening the delicate balance of the Rainbow Daycare Centre.
I could hear Uncle Percy's Super Duty for about 5km before I saw headlights came around the corner in the darkness. He had been loading up his sled when he asked “Is there trail in there?” “Yeah, The Old Man and Numpty just broke one in.” “How long ago did they leave?” I grinned and said, “About long enough for them to have a trail broken out there and some holes drilled…” In fact they did have some holes drilled when we arrived. Everyone except Numpty got their lines rigged up (she was playing with the dogs) and started fishing. Finally she got up from the snow, grabbed a line and said, “I'm going to catch more fish than you today.” I rolled my eyes and told her she couldn't catch a cold. Uncle Percy snickered as she stomped off towards a hole (I'm sure scaring all the fish that were around me). A few minutes passed. Uncle Percy and I discussed the merits of the 16 Gauge over the others (I'm sure The Old Man learned quite a bit) when all of a sudden we heard a yelp and Numpty had a fish on the ice. “Walleye!” she yelled as she nudged it away from the hole. “Those Yellow Gobies aren't good for anything,” Uncle Percy mumbled. “How'd you catch that?” The Old Man yelled. “Oh…I dunno. I just picked up the rod and it was there.” Typical. I pulled out a garage sale flasher unit and was fiddling with it when I heard The Old Man yell,
“FLAG!” I looked to my left, and the flag was about halfway between Numpty and I. Pretending to be nice (but secretly hoping she would lose the fish and look like a fool because she throws some impressive temper tantrums), I yelled “RUN!” I strolled over and watched the line do laps around the hole (of course, had I picked the tip-up up, it would've snapped immediately) and then I watched as she sharply lifted the line up and knocked the trout's head under the ice. I'm sure that she knocked it out with that manoeuvre andthat was the sole reason she got it up the hole. “What'd she get this time?” “A big ol' greasy trout, it won't be much good for eating.” See ‘Bear story’, page 9
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Welcome to Catholic Education! In our Schools of Hope, children are assisted in growing intellectually, physically, socially and spiritually to become the best they can be! Our Catholic Schools make each child’s experience one of welcome, belonging and encouragement. We welcome all new families and look forward to collaborating with you as partners in the education and nurturing of your child. Early Childhood Kindergarten Program All Day Every Day!
OBSERVATION DAY St. Patrick’s School is pleased to be hosting this event on
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 9:30 to 11:50 a.m. & 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Parents interested in availing themselves to this opportunity are kindly asked to contact the school secretary, Kathy Warren, at 597-2633 to book an observation time.
Register from Monday, February 3rd to Friday, February 7th, 2014 To be eligible to register, pupils must meet the following requirements: • Junior Kindergarten – attain the age of 4 years before December 31, 2014 • Senior Kindergarten – attain the age of 5 years before December 31, 2014 Please bring proof of age in the form of a birth or baptismal certificate, a copy of your child’s record of immunization and health card at the time of registration. Early registration is essential to the planning for the required staff.
St. Patrick’s School Mr. Ron Fryer, Principal 160 Hemlock Avenue, Atikokan, ON P0T 1C0 Telephone: 807-597-2633
Rick Boisvert, Director of Education Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, Chair of Board
ATIKOKAN (ONT.) PROGRESS MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
Groomed trails, and so much more
Danny Henderson With deep sorrow, the family of Danny Keith Wilson Henderson announces his sudden passing on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the age of 57. Danny was born August 13, 1956, in Atikokan, Ontario, where he spent most of his life. In 1982, he met and married the love of his life, Avis Reashore. Together they had two children, Keith and Alacia. Danny worked at a variety of jobs over his lifetime, most recently driving school bus for Iron Range Bus Lines. He also owned and operated Dan's Shuttle Service, which was, for Danny, for the benefit and safety of the people of Atikokan. For the last few years, he also was the custodian for the Bunnell Park Municipal Campground. As anyone who knew Danny knew, he loved the great outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping all with his many friends and was a member of The Nightmare lob ball team. Danny loved his community and served it well while volunteering with many organizations. Special Olympics Atikokan was very dear to his heart. He will be especially missed by the students of Atikokan who rode the bus when he was the driver. Danny had a keen sense of humour, a kind heart, and a big smile. He made friends easily and will be missed by many. Danny was predeceased by his parents Keith and Elizabeth (Betty) and also his infant brother David. He is survived by his wife Avis, son Keith (Lisa), daughter Alacia, and grandchildren, Albert, Chase and the joy of his life, grand-daughter Averi. He also is survived by his mother-in-law Rose Reashore, father-in-law Gil
Gasoline Report Ministry of Energy For the two weeks ending January 13: despite some declines in the north, the average price of a litre of regular gasoline in Ontario was up 1.1¢ to $1.264. The Northern premium was down to 6.3¢. The average price was down 4.7¢ in Windsor ($1.228), 2¢ in Sudbury ($1.326) and 1.5¢ in North Bay ($1.266). It was up 1.9¢ in Toronto ($1.266), 1.3¢ in Ottawa ($1.248), 0.9¢ in London ($1.231), and 0.1¢ in Timmins ($1.388). It was unchanged in Thunder Bay ($1.307) and Sault Ste. Marie ($1.339). The posted price in Atikokan remained $1.379. The Ontario average diesel fuel price was unchanged $1.361; it was down 1.2¢ in Thunder Bay ($1.416).
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Reashore, and brothers-in-law Todd Reashore (Brenda, Ashley, Josh, Ethan), Kyle Reashore, Troy Reashore (Maria), many cousins, and his constant companion, his furry buddy Gotcha. A memorial service and celebration of Danny's life was held January 19 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Atikokan. If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made at any branch of TD Canada Trust to the account 'In Trust for the Family of Danny Henderson'.
Kim Cross The Snowarama Easter Seals ride to White Otter Castle takes place on Saturday, Jan 25. The ride takes place on OFSC trails, so a trail permit is required. Don't have a trail permit? This year Easter Seals and the SnoHo Club will cover the cost of the Special Event permit if riders have a minimum of $100 in pledges per machine. This is your chance to help Easter Seals kids, ride the beautiful OFSC trails and see historic White Otter Castle. Pledge forms are available online at www.easterseals.org. For more info, call Twila at 597-2422 or Easter Seals Thunder Bay 1800-267-3778.
Poker Derby: SnoHo Poker Derby will be held February 7-8. See our website, www.Atikokan SnoHo.com, for further info and watch for ads in the Progress. Trail damage: Over the past week, there have been several types of wheeled and track machines riding OFSC trails illegally. The only machines permitted on OFSC trails must meet the definition of a motorized snow vehicle according to the legislation, and must have a vaild OFSC permit affixed to the front of the machine. A motorized snow vehicle is defined as a machine outfitted with at least one ski and a track or tracks in contact with the snow. ATVs and UTVs (side-bysides) with wheels or with tracks
OSISKO: Analyzing Goldcorp’s offer From page 1 production later this year). Adding the 10 million ounce gold deposit at Marlartic to the company's bottom line “fits well with its method of growing.” Goldcorp has low-grade gold experience (Malartic is low grade) with its Wharf Mine, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. What adds to the attractiveness of Osisko is likely its “hidden treasure” in the acquired Kirkland Lake higher grade gold properties (also containing copper values), where a mine shaft has already been sunk, said Clark. While it is hard to say how Osisko shareholders will response to Goldcorp's offer, if the response appears negative, Goldcorp may increase it. There is also potential for another suitor to step forward with a counter-offer, said Clark. While there are not too many Canadian companies likely to be
in a financial position to do so, New Gold's Rainy River Resources purchase caught many, including Clark, by surprise. Also, the offer could easily come from a company outside of Canada. What most Atikokanites want to know is how - or would - a takeover effect future development of Osisko's Hammond Reef project. In the near term, it would likely have “no affect at all, because the price of gold has to be significantly higher for anyone to consider [mining the low grade deposit].” In the long run, if Goldcorp opted to keep the Hammond Reef property (which it could at no significant cost, said Clark), it may wind up low on the list of priorities for one of the fastest growing senior gold producers in the world. “It would be shuffled in the cards with a whole lot of other
deposits and gold zones Goldcorp already has,” he said. In HR's favour however, is the fact the environmental assessment is in final approval stages, which makes it closer to being production-ready, if gold prices and market conditions improved. There are numerous ways it could play out in the near future for Osisko, and there is still the possibility that the company's board may agree to a friendly takeover after reviewing Goldcorp's offer, or a higher offer from that company. This move may signal a bit of a recovery in the industry, added Clark. With the industry's downturn, there are more mergers and acquisitions in the sector, creating less competition for investment dollars, for companies in a more solid financial position.
are NOT permitted on OFSC trails. Other motorized vehicles, cars and trucks are also not permitted. Anyone caught trespassing on OFSC trails with this type of equipment will be sent a hefty bill for trail damage repair and could face charges. Trail permits required: Trail permits are required on all OFSC trails. Atikokan SnoHo Club has a land use agreement with the Town for the groomed OFSC trails. Trail permits are required on the groomed trails. Where can I ride if I don't have a permit? In Atikokan, snowmobiles can ride on the roads if the driver is over the age of 16 and has the mandatory paperwork. Please check the town by-laws for further clarification. There are also several ungroomed bush trails in and around Atikokan that you do not need a trail permit to use. Sno Ho is stepping up enforcement, so if you do not plan on purchasing a trail permit, please refrain from using the groomed trails. Aboriginals riding on trails on treaty or traditional lands do not require a trail permit. This means on reserve or private property where they have exclusive permission. On SnoHo club trails a trail permit is required. Certified groomer operators: The following people have completed the OFSC groomer certification program: Jim Mallard, Wade Bates, Steve Pfeifer, Arlo Jewell, Corey Hayes, Len Cournoyer, Vance Hemphill, Al Dutka, Nick Matichuk, Burleigh Ellek, Barry Duhamel, Tanis Hampshire, Lanny Cross. Trail conditions: Watch the Atikokan SnoHo Club website for updated trail conditions or join the Atikokan SnoHo Facebook page.
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Books ‘n Things Atikokan Public Library The library is having a sealed bid auction of Alanna Marohnic's lithograph print Angel Hearts. All proceeds from the auction go to benefit the proposed Jennifer Garrett Arts Workshops, a series of arts courses for children that will be held in the summer of 2014. The winner of the auction will be announced February 14. Library programs are being planned for February. Nick Night will return on Tuesdays with activities for children ages eight to twelve. There will be storytime sessions for kids in several age groups. The library will be partnering with the Atikokan Native Friendship Centre to present the national program Canada Family Math. Its purpose is to improve math skills in young children. See the Municipal Update, page 11 for details.
If you have recently acquired a tablet computer of some kind and would like to learn to how to use it, you can contact our CAP student and make an appointment for a one-on-one free learning session. Learn to navigate with the touch screen, use email, surf the web, download apps, watch video, listen to music, connect to other devices, use maps, play games, take pictures and video, chat with others, and read e-books.
Dangerous goods data to guide emergency preparations M. McKinnon C N is complying with a federal order to provide information about the nature and volume of dangerous goods that are being transported through Atikokan. After the Lac Mégantic disaster, Transport Canada ordered that carriers like CN (which was not involved in the Quebec tragedy) “provide the designated emergency planning official of each municipality through which dangerous goods are transported by rail with yearly aggregate information on the nature and volume of dangerous goods the company transports by railway vehicle through the municipality, presented by quarter.” The idea behind the regulation is that by knowing the types of dangerous goods that regularly pass through town, emergency responders here will be better equipped to acquire the skill and training they need to deal with any rail accident that may occur.
(Every rail car that is carrying dangerous goods is required to display an exterior plate listing the contents of the car, so in the event of a derailment or spill emergency responders should be able to determine what they are dealing with.) The data on what passes through Atikokan won't be made public for security reasons, but will be shared with emergency measures coordinator Garth Dyck. “The value in this will be in helping us prepare for what comes through town,” said Dyck on Thursday. “We know we get all sorts of stuff; this will tell us how much, and how often it's coming through.” Dyck said that he is in regular contact with CN safety officials, and that they hold regular safety seminars with Fire Rescue volunteers. “CN is prepared to help,” he said.
Bear story... From page 6 That was the end of the fishing action for the day. Two fish... and Numpty had caught them both. As dedicated ice fishers, we stuck it out until lunchtime before taking a break from the wind. The highlight of lunch came when The Old Man showed Uncle Percy a coffee press. Not any old coffee press, but one with a back story. Uncle Percy was camping and during this particular trip, set down the press, went to the outhouse, but when he came back the coffee press was gone. Now, he didn't think he was losing his marbles (I might beg to differ), but he later found out a bear had taken it (there were quite a lot of bears in this particular area). He decided to leave, and let the bears have the press (or he couldn't find it… one or the other). Fast forward a couple weeks and the Old Man and I were at the same spot (except no bears, which might be evidence of the state of Uncle Percy's marbles). I was poking around and what do you know! I found a coffee press. I showed the Old Man and told him the story of the bears. I went to throw it back into the woods for the bears (it still had coffee grinds in it), when he deftly grabbed it from my hand. “I'm going to show this to him when we go out sometime and see if he recognizes it.” It took a couple years, but he still did. Tight lines to everyone... Atikokan AA meets Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening, 7:30 pm, at the Atikokan Fellowship building, 410 Front St. Contacts: Mike 597-2731 or 8250, Adrian 597-2162.
Call the library at 597-4406. New DVDs are at your library. Elysium is science fiction adventure set in a bleak future. The wealthy elite all live in an orbital paradise while the remaining inhabitants of Earth exist in overcrowded slums. One man has the opportunity to make an illegal voyage to the orbiting station, but it may cost him his soul. The Lone Ranger is a wacky new version of the old classic western. A lawyer meets an eccentric native warrior and sets out to avenge his brother as a masked vigilante. Man of Steel is the newest incarnation of Superman. Kal-el has tried to conceal his true nature from the humans he lives among. When a space ship manned by Kryptonian criminals threatens Earth, Superman has to prove that he is a friend of humanity by fighting his own people.
Gas tax From page 5 that might be achieved. Minister of Transportation Glen Murray said the government is reviewing the panel's report, and will propose its investment plan in the spring. All of that has raised some concern within the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). “The report raises several questions that AMO believes must be satisfactorily addressed in advance of the government's plan,” said an AMO communication last month. Among those concerns are: • How will revenue raised from outside [the Golden Horseshoe] be allocated to municipal governments outside that region? Who and what will be eligible? How would transparency be achieved?” • Would the economic impact of infrastructure investments outweigh the impact of increases costs to businesses and residents? • What effect will provincewide tax increases have on regional and local economies outside the Golden Horseshoe, especially those where economies are contracting or stagnant?
CASUAL COUNSELLORS Position Summary: The Casual Counsellor, working in the Supported Independent Living (SIL) and/or Group Living programs, reports directly to the Adult Services Manager. The counsellor will provide opportunities for the person(s) supported to experience growth, quality of life, inclusion and equality within the community to their fullest potential, focusing on deepening his/her relationships, achieving a sense of health and well-being, providing opportunities to have fun in ordinary community places, helping to recognize their own personal power while learning valuable skills, and by identifying positive and socially acceptable methods to meeting a person's needs. Qualifications: A diploma in the field of developmental or social services is preferred. Experience in the field of developmental services is an asset. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are essential. Proficiency with MS Word and Excel are necessary. A valid Ontario driver's license and the maintenance of an acceptable driving record are required. Employees must be in good physical condition as the position requires active participation in daily activities, and operation of assistance devices. Experience in a team environment is essential. This is a unionized position. Hours of Work: Called upon as required Wage: $15.97 per hour (includes 50¢ in lieu of benefits) ($16.48 per hour, including 50¢ in lieu of benefits as of April 1) Job descriptions available at the Community Living Atikokan office. Apply to:
Hiring Committee Community Living Atikokan P.O. Box 2054, 114 Gorrie Street Atikokan, ON P0T 1C0 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 807-597-1495
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviewed candidates will be required to successfully complete a Vulnerable Sector Check.
The Atikokan Employment Centre funded through Employment Ontario invites submission of resumes in application for the full-time position of
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES CASE MANAGER As part of the Employment Services Team, the CASE MANAGER focuses on promoting, providing and tracking employment related services to clients and employers who access our vocational services. The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: • An understanding of Employment Ontario programs, resources and related services; • Computer skills and experience using a variety of software including word processing, data base, spreadsheet and publishing applications. Direct experience using MS Office and Employment Ontario CaMS would be a definite asset; • Experience operating office related equipment, performing client reception duties and adhering to general administrative practices; • Knowledge of career counselling and related resources including an understanding of published labour market information and the local labour market needs; • Direct experience creating resumes and composing cover letters using a variety of formats; • Knowledge of creation of employment plans, job search and development processes and techniques; • The ability to effectively and tactfully interact, communicate with and/or counsel clients and employers regarding employment, training, pre-employment and vocational opportunities and needs, • Attainment of, working towards, or willing to obtain a postsecondary College Diploma in a Human Services field, • Current registration, working towards, or willingness to obtain registration with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada. To be considered for this position applicants are invited to submit their resumes in confidence by mail, facsimile or e-mail by January 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm to the attention of: Brad Beyak (email@example.com), Atikokan Employment Centre 214 Main Street West, P.O Box 116 Atikokan, Ontario, P0T 1C0 Telephone: (807) 597-2485 Facsimile: (807) 597-2520 A complete job description is available upon request.
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FOR SALE SKI DOO SNOWMOBILE, parts, sales, service. Suzuki ATVs, Karavan trailers, Stihl and Husky saws and trimmers. Alumacraft boats, Suzuki 4-stroke outboards, Cub Cadet lawn mowers. Badiuk Equipment, Fort Frances. www. badiuk.com 1-800716-4316. tfnc AFFORDABLE, CLEAN, SAFE and efficient wood heat. Central Boiler Outdoor Wood Furnace . Heats multiple buildings. Call Emo Feed Services Ltd. today at 807-4822017. tfnc FOR SALE: SINGLE BED WITH mattress, box spring, solid wood head/foot board, $100. Exercise bike $10. Two wooden bedside tables $10 each. Call Ricki or Brad Bayliss at 597-6957. j20p
NOTICE FAITH LUTHERAN FOOD BANK New Schedule: Faith Lutheran Food Bank will be open 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month. j27c DEBT PROBLEMS? (Discuss your options.) For free advice: MNP Ltd., Trustee in Bankruptcy. Local Office, 315 Main St. South, Kenora, ON; Cathy Morris, Estate Manager (807) 468-3338 or Toll Free 866-381-3338. Principal Office: 301-1661 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB. Ken Zealand, CA, Trustee. www.mnpdebt.ca tfnc
THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT WOMEN’S SHELTER OF HOPE 24-Hour Crisis Line 1-800-465-3348 807-597-6908 We do not subscribe to call display. The Emergency Shelter is a safe and secure facility which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Shelter is a comfortable environment which provides support, safety, privacy and assistance to women and their children who have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Advocacy, referrals, one-on-one support, women's support groups and children's programs are also available.
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EADY: In loving memory of Grant Eady who passed away January 21, 2008:
MATTSON: In memory of Pearl Mattson who passed away January 21, 1984 ... requires
214 O’Brien Street “Air-Conditioned” 1 - Large Waiting Room 4 - Offices 1 - 2 pce. Bathroom 1 - Kitchenette with sink
Phone 597-4259 or 597-5226 FULLY FURNISHED 3 BEDROOM home for rent. All utilities included. Available February 1st. Call Vicki at 597-7707 or Glenn at 597-7922 after 6 p.m. f3p FOR RENT: SMALL WINTERIZED cabin on Niobe Lake. Fully furnished, shower, satellite TV & sauna at the lake. Phone 929-2227. j27p R O O M F O R R E N T. We e k l y o r monthly. Available immediately. For more info call 597-3995. j27p 2 BDRM. HOUSE AVAILABLE for rent March 1st. $900/mth. includes utilities, fridge, stove, washer and dryer. Some furniture available if required. Phone 598-1429. j27p COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR RENT: Approx. 1000 sq. ft. store front at 216 O’Brien St. Available March 1st. Inquiries please call 597-8011 or 5900257. f3c 2 B D R M . H O U S E F O R R E N T. Available February 1st. Appliances and some furniture included. For more information call Elmer at 5972460. f3p CONSTRUCTION WORKERS: Apt. for rent. 1 to 3 people. Bell TV and internet, downtown. Call 597-3951, leave message if no answer. Or call 705-338-2859, ask for Lily. f10p 3 BDRM. HOUSE FOR RENT. 38 Rawn Road. Bright, clean, nonsmoking house with fridge, stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher & central air. Everything recently remodelled. $850/mth. plus utilities. Call 5975185. Available March 1st. f3p
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The years are quickly passing Though still I don’t forget, For in my heart I miss you And your memory lingers yet ... - Katie GALLINGER: In memory of Glen Gallinger who passed away January 14, 2013: Every day, in some small way, Memories of you come our way. Though absent, you are ever near, Still missed, still loved, and ever dear. - Love from your siblings, especially brother Doug ZANDONA: In memory of Nella Zandona who was born on June 4, 1927 in Verona, Italy and passed away January 19, 1991:
God has called our mother Away from a world of strife, To shine among the angels In a fairer, brighter life. Forever and forever Where all is pure within, Our hearts are full of sorrow, And tears have dimmed our eyes, But we shall meet her once again, In the home beyond the skies. - Remembered by daughter Lorena (Blaine) Larocque (& grandson Nicolas); son Roberto (Helen) Zandona (& grandchildren Maggie, Billy & Tino); granddaughter Brianna and great-granddaughter; sister Pia (Remo) Maccadanza and their children; and great-nephews
It has been 30 years Since Mom went to be with her Saviour. We still remember Her faith and trust in the Lord. Her sense of humour Her words of wisdom And her self-sacrificing love for her children. We cherish the memories. - Jack, Dorleen, Sharon, Marvin, Margreat, Randy and families
SALES & SERVICE ATIKOKAN TAXI. Reliable, clean vehicles. Best city to city rates. Inquire today about opening an account service. Personal, experienced, local, regional, airport service. 807-598-1CAB(222) bookings. j27p
Atikokan Family Health Team
Send or drop off resume to: White Otter Inn Attn: Trish Fredrickson, Kitchen Manager P.O. Box 27, 710 Mackenzie Ave. Atikokan, ON P0T 1C0 We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
CLEANER WANTED Part-time to start, could lead into full-time position. Experience and references a must. A criminal reference check will be required prior to start date. Training will be provided. Serious inquiries only.
Please mail resumes to: Hiring Committee P.O. Box 359 Atikokan, ON P0T 1C0
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CLEANING SERVICES The Atikokan Family Health Team requires cleaning services for its office located at 123 Marks Street, Atikokan, ON. Service provisions will be on a one year services and supplies contract beginning March 1, 2014. Applicants must be bonded and provide their own liability insurance coverage. A list of supplies required and a cleaning schedule is available upon request at the Atikokan Family Health Team office. For details and proposal submissions please contact: Shelby Davidson, Administrative Assistant Atikokan Family Health Team 123 Marks Street, Atikokan ON P0T 1C0 (807) 597-8781 x264 firstname.lastname@example.org
ATIKOKAN (ONT.) PROGRESS MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
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RAINY RIVER DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD SEEKS ONE VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY MEMBER TO SERVE ON ITS AUDIT COMMITTEE The Rainy River District School Board is seeking a community member with financial expertise and business knowledge to serve on its Audit Committee for up to a three-year term effective January 1, 2014. The Audit Committee is comprised of two Trustees and two independent members drawn from the community at large. The primary role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its duties related to governance and oversight. The duties of the Audit Committee fall under the following key areas: the financial reporting process, internal control framework, risk management practices, performance and function of the board's internal and external auditors and the board's compliance with its obligations under legislation. The Committee meets at least 3 times a year plus ad hoc meetings as required. Candidate Eligibility: Applicants must have sufficient accounting, senior financial management or other relevant business experience to understand public sector accounting and auditing standards. The applicant must not be a current employee or officer of the board or of any other district school board or school authority. The applicant must not have a parent, child or spouse currently employed by the Board. Submission of Applications Suitably qualified candidates interested in serving on the Audit Committee are invited to submit a letter of interest and resume by 3 p.m. on January 24, 2014 to: Heather Campbell Director of Education Rainy River District School Board 522 Second Street East Fort Frances, ON P9A 1N4 Fax: 807-274-5078 Candidates who are short-listed may be requested to attend a private interview conducted by the Audit Committee's Selection Committee. For information about the Rainy River District School Board please visit www.rrdsb.com.
Career opportunity: Treasurer Please explore this opportunity to join our Community in the challenging role of Treasurer. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, you will call upon your experience and leadership capabilities to efficiently and effectively manage the Finance department. An exceptional leader, communicator and administrator, you will provide guidance on all financial issues including financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, revenue collection and expenditure control. As an active member of the senior management team, you will establish the longterm direction for the department, in concert with the overall goals of the corporation while communicating and recommending changes, solutions, and concerns to the CAO and Council. Qualifications you bring to the position include a minimum of five years progressive experience in a financial role in addition to management experience; along with a university degree and a recognized accounting designation (CGA, CMA, or CA). Working knowledge of Vadim, Caseware and Public Sector Digest an asset. Please submit a detailed resume by mail or email, in confidence, by 3 pm January 27, 2014 to: Angela Sharbot, CAO/Clerk, 120 Marks Street, Atikokan, Ontario, P0T 1C0 or email@example.com We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and shall only be used for candidate selection. Accommodations of persons with disabilities are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their required accommodations known in advance.
Winter Parking Restrictions The Town of Atikokan reminds residents Winter Parking Restrictions are in place November 1 to March 31, from 5 am to 8 am, for snow removal. When snow removal is in process, any vehicles parked on the roadway during that time will be ticketed. Parking tickets are $25. When temporary No Parking - Snow Removal signs are in place for snow removal, any vehicles parked on the roadway during that time will be ticketed, per By-Law 08-11 Section 184.108.40.206 Council meetings Council meets today, Monday, January 20, in committee-of-the-whole at 3 pm. It meets next on Monday, January 27, in regular session at 3 pm (televised at 5 pm). Landfill hours Monday: Closed. Tuesday through Friday: 2 - 6 pm. Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday: 1 to 6 pm. (Dump tokens and bag tags are available at the Town office, Johnson's ESSO, Northern Variety.) Domestic Animal Control All dogs and cats must have a Town of Atikokan pet tag. Tags can be purchased at the town office (120 Marks Street). Prices for those tags are as follows: Unaltered animal $30 Altered (neutered or spayed)
animal $15 (please provide certificate) Unaltered animal with microchip $10 (please provide certificate) Altered animal with microchip FREE (please provide papers) Replacement tag $5 All licences are to be renewed prior to February 1 each year. Provincial Offences and Set Fines: Permit dog/cat to run at large $85 Redemption fee if animal is impounded $50 Fail to licence dog/cat $85 Owner fail to remove dog excrement $105. Please remember to bring plastic bags while off your property walking your dog. For animal control concerns please contact 5971234, ext 227 and leave a message. If you have an animal issue that poses an immediate danger, please call 911. To report bear problems, please call 1-866-5142327; life threatening bear emergencies should also be directed to 911. Thank you for your cooperation Surplus property The Town of Atikokan has several surplus properties for sale. Property descriptions are on the town's website (www.atikokan.ca) under Misc., and are also available at the Municipal Office. Prices are listed at Market Value, but all final sale prices are negotiable. Pool Schedule Public Swim Tues & Thurs 7-8 pm. Earlybird swim Tues, Thurs 6:30 - 7:45 am. Family swim Wed & Sun 6 - 7 pm. Length swim: Mon, Wed & Fri 8 - 11 am. Tues & Thurs 9:30 - 11:30 am. Evening Length swim Mon: 6:30 - 8:30 pm pm. Wed & Sun: 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Aqua Fit Mon, Wed, & Fri 10 - 11 am. Evening Aqua Fit Mon, Wed, Sun 7:30 - 8:30. Parents & Tots Mon 11 am - noon, Tues & Thurs 9:30 - 11:30 am. ANFC Seniors Swim Mon. 11 am - noon Rentals: Call 597-1234, ext. 229 or 232 to book a time for your group.
ATIKOKAN (ONT.) PROGRESS MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
Art auction to support Jennifer Garrett Arts Workshops Press release A colour lithograph is created on several stones. Alanna's This summer, the Atikokan Children's Entertainment Series in partnership with the Atikokan Public Library and the print is made from drawings applied to five different stones. Atikokan Centennial Museum have applied for Ontario Arts Each one had its own colour. The multiple drawings were comCouncil funding to create the Jennifer Garrett Arts Workshops bined through the printing process to create the unified image. in the summer of 2014. These will teach painting, music, and Some of the coloured layers would mix to create new colours. The paper it is printed on is 100% cotton and imported from dance to children ages ten to fourteen. The workshops will continue the tradition of arts education that was started by the a paper company in Italy that has been making paper for two hundred years. The process of traditional lithography may not Arts Centre. To help raise money for the workshops, the library is be around for much longer. Contemporary mechanical and auctioning a lithograph print by Atikokan's most prominent digital printmaking techniques are much more common now. visual artist, Alanna Marohnic. Alanna has donated this print An item like this is rare. The auction will run until February 14. Interested for fund raising purposes and Ken Faykes has generously participants can place their bids at the library. All proceeds will donated his framing work. The print, titled Angel Hearts, was created through a go to the funding of the Jennifer Garrett Arts Workshops. For traditional lithograph process that has been used for several more information, call the library at 597-4406. centuries. An image is drawn with oil-based crayon onto the Alanna Marohnic’s Angel Hearts surface of a smooth limestone slab that is imported from Bavaria. The stone is treated with a mixture of acid and gum arabic, etching the portions of the stone that are not protected by the oilbased image. When the stone is subsequently moistened, these etched areas retain water; an ink can then be applied and are repelled by the water, sticking only to the Ministry of the Environment Osisko Hammond Reef Gold (OHRG) has completed the original drawing. The ink is finally Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch environmental assessment for the Hammond Reef Gold transferred to a blank paper sheet, St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A Project. As required under section 6.2(1) of the producing a printed page. Toronto, Ontario M4V 1L5 Environmental Assessment Act and according to the 416-314-8001/1-800-461-6290 terms of reference approved by the Minister of the Environment on July 4, 2012, OHRG has submitted its From page 3 Osisko Hammond Reef Gold environmental assessment to the Ministry of the making a donation on the Easter 155 University Avenue, Suite 1440 Environment for review and approval. The proposed Seals website. Toronto, Ontario M5H 3B7 Hammond Reef Gold Project is also subject to the Riders register Friday evening federal environmental assessment requirements of the (7-9 pm) or Saturday morning (9Atikokan Town Hall former Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Thus, 11 am) at the SnoHo Chalet at 120 Marks Street the federal and provincial environmental assessment Charleson, and at day's end the Atikokan, Ontario P0T 1C0 processes are being coordinated to the extent possible. evening festivities start at the 416-363-8653 Legion at 5:30 pm. (The dance is The Project is a proposed mine located approximately open to the public; $5.) Osisko’s website at www.osisko.com 23 km northeast of Atikokan, Ontario. The Project Snowarama was started in 1975 involves the establishment, construction, operation, by wrestler Whipper Billy Watson and closure of an open pit gold mine, and any ancillary and in its first year, 12 rides across Anyone wishing to provide comments on the activities and structures. Ontario raised $130,000. Atikokan's environmental assessment must submit their comments Kiwanis Club members, who in writing and/or by fax to the Ministry of the This Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental traditionally went door-to-door to Environment by March 7, 2014. All comments must be Assessment Report (EIS/EA Report) has been prepared seek donations to the Easter Seals, submitted to: for the proposed Hammond Reef Gold Project (Project) started the ride to the Castle three with the objective of meeting provincial requirements years later. Through the years, Michelle Whitmore, Special Project Oﬀicer for an Individual Environmental Assessment, and with the help of strong community Ministry of the Environment federal requirements for a Transitional Comprehensive support, Snowarama events have Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch Study Environmental Assessment. raised $16.9 million for Easter Seals kids in Ontario. In NWO, 2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A Easter Seals provides financial Toronto, Ontario M4V 1L5 assistance to 160 families of Tel: 416-314-8001/1-800-461-6290 children with physical disabilities. Fax: 416-314-8452 Easter Seals, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1922 “as a vision to create a better life for children and youth with phyA copy of all comments will be forwarded to the sical disabilities.” It supports proponent for its consideration. children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, If you have any questions or need further muscular dystrophy, spinal information about this project, please contact: muscular atrophy, Rett syndrome and spinal cord injuries. The Alexandra Drapack, MBA, P. Eng. organization helps with funds for Director Sustainable Development costly mobility equipment such as 155 University Avenue, Suite 1440 wheelchairs, walkers, porch lifts Toronto, ON M5H 3B7 and ramps; communication Tel: 416-363-8653 devices and other essential items like bathing and toilet equipment. As required under the Environmental Assessment Act, Government agencies cover the environmental assessment will be available for OSISKO HAMMOND REEF GOLD LTD. some, but far from all, the cost of public review and comment from January 17, 2014 to such items, said the society. Of the March 7, 2014. families that requested Easter Seal Head Office: assistance in 2013, 65% reported a 1100, av. des You may review the environmental assessment during total family income of under normal business hours at the following locations: Canadiens-de-Montréal $60,000, and 25% had a total Suite 300, P.O. Box 211 income of under $25,000. www.osisko.com Montreal, Qc, H3B 2S2 The Society also provides specialized camping and recreation programs for kids, and last summer All personal information included in a submission – such as name, address, telephone number and property location – is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Ministry of the over 660 children were able to Environment for the purpose of transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and maintained for attend. It operates two fully the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in s.37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. accessible properties in southern For more information, please contact the Ministry of the Environment’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at (416) 327-1434. Ontario.
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