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Business lobby to play role in service review
Conservationists form flotilla at Farabout Peninsula. See pg. 8
by Jon thompson
A growth year for the Trout Forest Music Festival See pg. 9
Wednesday Night Races A pretty summer stand of Black-Eyed Susans has a front row seat to the action at the Dryden Yacht Club’s weekly Wednesday Night Races. In this scene, boats jockey for favorable starting position. Photo by Chris Marchand
Council discusses easing ATV restrictions on city streets by Jon thompson
Trails reopening after storm damage See pg. 13
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In the first update to local AllTerrain Vehicle (ATV) laws since 1988, Dryden administration is proposing the vehicles be allowed on most city streets. A proposal that will be voted upon in September was presented to City Council on Aug. 12 based on a Greenstone bylaw that would allow for licensed, insured four-wheel vehicles to drive under 20 kilometres per hour within city limits. Helmets will be required for ATV street use and safety concerns would limit riders from crossing the overpass or underpass. Travel hours would be limited to 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. Mayor Craig Nuttall cited support from both the Dryden Police Services Board and the Dryden District Conservation Club as he endorsed the changes. “One old guy went down fishing and he took his ATV. He got
stopped by the police and the police says, ‘you have to leave your ATV there and you have to walk home.’ That’s ridiculous. This is not Toronto. This is a small community and people want to go fishing down the dock or they want to clear a neighbour’s driveway with an ATV. Let’s do it.” The proposal met resistance from Couns. Ken Moss and Shayne MacKinnon, who expressed caution over safety. “Putting in some law that you expect someone to drive 20 kilometres an hour, I think is kidding yourself,” Moss expressed. “Why do they have to be out until one o’ clock in the morning? I’m saying to council I’m not prepared to vote for this.” MacKinnon called for a more comprehensive report including Ontario injury statistics, public consultation and law enforcement capacity, also objecting to
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the omission of golf carts and side-by-side vehicles from the proposed bylaw. “There’s a snow machine bylaw in this town and there’s some really great work that has been done on snow machine trails. Snow machines are able to go through Dryden on appropriate streets from one trail to the next. This isn’t the same because ATVs are restricted from those trails.” Coun. Martin MacKinnon dismissed his colleagues’ dissent, insisting the proposal is a practical solution to a law-abiding constituency. “People want to plow their driveways using their ATV. They want to go around the corner and up to Dad’s and they want to plow his driveway, too. Right now, if they do that, they get fined,” he said. “As usual, this council seems to want to choose to build a molehill into a mountain again. This is a very simple thing.”
The weekend will see the return of a local fishing tournament that hasn’t run since 2009. The Dryden Bass Tournament is a one-day only live-bait tournament sending teams of anglers out into the Wabigoon Chain of Lakes (excluding Dinorwic) in search of their best five-fish limit of bass. The weigh-in will be staged on the grounds of Riverview Lodge, Sunday Aug. 18 at 3 p.m.
“It’s a different type of fishing,” says tournament organizer and frequent competitor Sheila Church. “It’s a lot of spouses fishing together, or parents fishing with their kids because it is only the one day.” Church adds she hopes to pull together 30 teams under relatively short notice this year. Weighmaster Bob Nelson applauds Church for taking on the tournament which has sat dormant for four years.
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An informal business lobby will have a formal role in Dryden’s coming Service Delivery and Operational Review. City Council voted to create a mechanism within the autumn review that would allow for a newlycreated consortium of local business owners to provide logistical research to “assist the city to reduce staff levels that may keep us from moving forward in developing the most appropriate and efficient city operations.” The lobby has offered to develop job descriptions for municipal employees, provide service level comparisons with similarly-sized municipalities and help to determine services that would best be provided by other parties. “It’s inclusive, not exclusive and certainly, I think commits to the spirit of what council is intending here that we sometimes do need some help,” explained acting city manager, Debra Kincaid. Coun. Sid Wintle introduced the motion, pointing out only two representatives of the business community were consulted in the last services review in 1999 and that keeping taxes down is a core priority for the private sector. “They’re concerned about tax increases. The business community can’t handle any more significant tax increases. They think they can help us,” he said. “They don’t want to be joined at the hip with us or tell us what to do,” added Coun. Ken Moss. “They want to explain what is available to us but it would have to be asked for. All they’re saying is, we’re short-staffed, we’re overworked, the budget’s coming, ‘here are some of the things we can do for you.’” Coun. Brian Collins was hesitant to provide an inside track for business within the democratic process. “I’m sure there’s lots of expertise there but there’s lots of expertise that’s not necessarily in business. How do they get involved? I’m thinking, people from the education sector, people from the hospital sector, people from the social service sector. How do they get involved?” Mayor Craig Nuttall and council responded it is open to all groups who reach out to provide input. “I’m open to talk to anyone and I think councilors are,” Nuttall said, citing three meetings he has held with Wabigoon Lake First Nation. He praised the work of Treasury Metals’ Norm Bush, who “saved” the Dryden Mill and is now the public face of the new business consortium. Nuttall is confident the review will draw on the expertise of its members and produce a 2014 budget within the city’s means. “Our budget is coming up and I’ll tell you right now that our budget this year – so far as I’m concerned – should be zero (per cent tax increase) or less.”
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The last rays of the sun not only lit some low lying cloud a dramatic hue, but also formed a bright rainbow over King St. in Dryden’s downtown, Aug. 7. Come on out this week for Dryden Days Of Summer’s final scheduled street fair of the summer this Thursday, 3-6 p.m. Photo by Chris Marchand
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Dryden Police arrested a 44-year-old male on Friday evening. Just after 8:00 p.m. a call was received advising of an intoxicated person in the downtown area, and officers located the man shortly after near the arena. He became violent with the officers, and was subsequently charged with assaulting a police officer. It was also learned that he was on conditions from charges laid by another police service and has been charged with failing to comply with conditions of his release. He was held in custody to appear for a bail hearing.
On Friday evening while conducting a RIDE Program, officers spoke with 19year-old female resident of Dryden. She was subsequently charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by a drug and possession of a controlled substance.
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Dryden Police were speaking with a motorist in the parking lot of the Patricia Inn at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning, when a disturbance began. As a result of this, officers were forced to deploy OC spray on a male, and three people were arrested. One male was charged with public intoxication. A 50 year-old resident of Dryden has been charged with uttering threats and obstructing police. He will make his first appearance on Sept 16. A 21 year old resident has been charged with assaulting a police officer, resist arrest, cause a disturbance and five counts of uttering threats. He was held for a bail hearing.
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Officers were on patrol Monday morning on Highway #17, and stopped to speak with a male walking in the area of Bedworth Road at 4:45 a.m. The 33 year-old male, was found to be wanted in Manitoba and British Columbia and in possession of a controlled substance.
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Northwest’s suicide rate 3.5 times Bass tourney weigh-in Ontario average: Health Unit report begins 3 p.m. Sunday By Jon Thompson
Northwestern Ontario residents are committing suicide at a rate three-anda-half times higher than the provincial average. The Northwestern Health Unit’s 2013 Public Health Report Card revealed the regional suicide and self-inflicted injury rate to be 26.6 compared to Ontario’s 7.7 per 100,000. The statistics demonstrate the most drastic regional discrepancy in the report, which shows the experiences Northwest higher-than-average rates for every premature cause of death but breast cancer. “When smoking and substance abuse and teenaged pregnancy and risky behaviours are what everybody does, how do you get that ship to turn? I don’t have the answer to that and a whole lot of people don’t,” said Dr. Jim Arthurs, the medical officer of health for the Northwestern Health Unit. “We keep trumpeting the concerns of the social
“We keep trumpeting the concerns of the social determinants of health and all of those things are related to poverty, isolation, unemployment, access to mental health care or even awareness of mental health...” -Dr. Jim Arthurs, NWHU Medical OfﬁcerOf Health determinants of health and all of those things are related to poverty, isolation, unemployment, access to mental health care or even awareness of mental health. You throw in the opioid stuff and you have a melting pot for a whole lot of opportunities for ill health.” Arthurs sees the region’s isolation as a major factor in all health indicators. The struggling and underdeveloped local economies along with lacking higher education and public services can
produce ill mental health along with ill physical health. “When I think about the whole issue of mental health or awareness of mental health problems so we might have access to mental health care, it (isolation) does matter. Kenora is the largest community in Northwestern Health Unit catchment area. It has some mental health care opportunities but they’re not abundant. How do we expect some of those really isolated
individuals to have access? When you don’t have a great education and you don’t have any money and you’re isolated, you must be depressed. It’s hard to argue you wouldn’t be depressed.” Realizing the 50 per cent municipally funded health unit is limited in that its budget is tied to Northwestern Ontario’s economy, public health is looking for inexpensive ways to reach target populations with polished messages of improving diet and exercise, alcohol moderation, smoking cessation and maintaining health. “When you have communities that are already having difficulties with their finances, they’re not about to throw out some of the better income things and push into things that are going to take decades to improve,” he said. “One of the things we’re trying to do is change the mindset of our health promoters and educators. Talking to our friends and families isn’t what we need to do.”
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parts across the region is in its use of live bait. “If you fish in a bass tournament like the KBI (Kenora Bass International), or Shoal Lake, or Fort Frances it’s artificial bait only,” said Nelson. “It’s more of a challenge that way — using jerkbait or crankbait. More fun, I think. I think we’d get more people from out-of-town if we went to ‘no live bait’. Some bass fisherman have $500 to $1,000 tied up in artificial lures. Myself, I’d like to see them change it back after a few years.”
COnTinued FrOm Page 1 Nelson says the Wabigoon Chain can produce some competitive-sized fish to other larger regional tournaments in Fort Frances and Kenora. Nelson recalls the team of Gord Kameda and Shane Baker bringing in a winning bag of 18.5 lbs. in years past. “Mile Lake and Trap Lake are pretty much known for bass,” said Nelson. “There will be a lot of guys in there.” Where the small Dryden tournament splits from its larger counter-
this name by First Nations because it has sprung up so profusely where Europeans settled. The Dryden Observer regrets the error.
Pink Tour 2013 Volunteer Opportunities! The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is hitting the road again this summer and will be stopping in Dryden, Ontario on August 23rd! The tour is travelling across Ontario to promote breast cancer awareness. We’re looking for volunteers to welcome visitors and engage with the community about the Pink Tour and CBCF. Help us empower women to make informed choices and reduce their chances of developing breast cancer. To sign up, contact Teresa by August 20th at 1- 416 - 815 -1313 ext. 430.
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A tight squeeze Skipper Doug Clarke (centre) threads the ‘Heatwave’ between Allin Marcino’s White Rabbit (right) and Peter Marshall’s Hotel California (left) as boats jockey for favourable starting position during the Dryden Yacht Club’s weekly Wednesday night races, Aug. 7. Photo by Chris Marchand
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To the editor: Two weeks ago I was quoted in the Dryden Observer over the fate of a mother deer with an arrow in its back; unfortunately the article did not reflect the context of the conversation that I was having with the reporter at that given moment. Without this context it leaves the readers to fill in the blanks as to what I was thinking, in this particular case many filled it in with negative thoughts that I’m an uncaring “cop” that has no feelings towards animals. Anyone that really knows me, knows that this is far from the truth. For the readers that took it that way I apologize, it was not my intention. Further I was not quoted in my explanation to the reporter of what the limited options were to the police, being that unfortunately we do not have the
resources or are we trained to tranquilize wild animals. The only option that the police have is to humanely destroy animals that are threat to public safety or that are in obvious signs of distress. I advised the reporter that our officers had offered this option to the citizens that had called about this particular deer, it was not what they wanted to hear as who was going to look after its babies. I’m hopeful that after all of this publicity the governing agencies can come up with a long term solution for situations such as these so that the officers, either MNR or Police have some clear direction of what we can do. Lastly, someone in this city knows who shot this deer out of season... Kevin Glenister Dryden
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By Sarah Campbell, MPP Kenora-Rainy River ince the legislature rose in June and MPPs were sent back to our ridings, I have been focussed on meeting with people in communities across the riding. Whether on the doorstep, at trade shows or at other events, speaking with you is not only the most important part of my job, but it is also my favourite. It provides me with an opportunity to learn more about the issues of concern to you, while giving me a greater understanding of the types of initiatives and programs that you would like to see. Certainly this information, as well as my annual budget survey, provide me with invaluable feedback that help me decide which initiatives I should support and which issues I will be fighting. For instance, for much of past year I have received
MPP Sarah Campbell a great deal of feedback related to the high price of auto insurance, and I shared that information with my caucus colleagues who joined me in pushing for a reduction in premiums to be included in the last provincial budget. Similar feedback led to me getting involved with and pushing the provincial government to save the Experimental Lakes Area, along with many other issues. One thing that I have learned is that many people are reluctant to bring
their concerns forward for fear that they are “complaining”- a concern that couldn’t be further from the truth. If it wasn’t for people bringing their concerns forward, change would not happen. Whether it’s concerns about the location of a highway sign which obstructs highway visibility in Rainy River, or problems with government programs such as the Family Responsibility Office or other agencies, the only way for the frustration to end is to speak up and see what I can do to help. Some solutions, such as stopping payments from being deducted after a support order has expired or having a ditch fixed, can be accomplished within a few days. And while other concerns may take a little longer to resolve, speaking out can help address the issue for you and prevent others from experiencing it in the future. Even if my office cannot
directly assist with a problem because it involves another level of government, my staff can often point you in the direction of where you can find the help you need. While we cannot get involved in legal matters, or take sides in a dispute, we can often help you navigate the system a little better to reduce your frustration. In some cases, such as those involving the Family Responsibility Office or some contracts, individuals are happy to find out that they sometimes don’t need a lawyer to resolve their situation. Talking to you on your doorstep, at trade shows, festivals and other events provide me with essential opportunities to hear from you, but you don’t need to wait for me to knock on your door to share your thoughts. If you have a concern, drop me a line at email@example.com or call one of my local offices. Let’s have a chat!
Who laughs at dusk and dawn? The Northern Hawk Owl sually the temperature drops U into the teens at night so you can open the windows and let the house cool off, the weather has been pretty good that way this year. For about a week in early July I was hearing a strange laugh at dark and at first light. Loons fish on King's Lake, Aubrey Lake and Falls Lake at night when there is moonlight but this was not a loon's laugh. I know most of the owls that it wasn't and it sounded like an owl. Boreal Owl and Northern Hawk Owl were two that I didn't know the sound of. When I went to the owl sounds website the Northern Hawk Owl call was exactly what I was hearing a hundred metres southwest of the house. When I looked at the Cornell U. site I was surprised to find that the Northern Hawk Owl hunts between
the trees in the daylight, one of few owls that hunt in daylight. Their population varies according to the availability of snowshoe hares. Snowshoe hares are near the year of peak population in their ten year cycle in our area now. Northern Hawk Owls are a boreal forest species that are found across North America, Europe and Asia. They don't have regular yearly migrations but irrupt southward in winters when food is scarce. They are
quite adaptable in their mating and can have eggs in the nest anytime from early March to late June, and can have three to 11 eggs depending on the population of their main prey. They like to nest on the top of a broken off spruce tree. I think the pair here would have been very quiet when their young were small and that the dusk and dawn calls happened when the young were ready to leave the nest. Once I knew what I was looking for I saw a Northern Hawk Owl twice flying through the trees, a brown bird that's the size and shape of a Cooper's Hawk with larger head and shoulders, about the size of a raven. Last Friday Petra and I saw a Great Grey Owl on the telephone wires near Lever Road at dusk. Great Grey Owls would benefit from high numbers of hares also.
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Will the Experimental Lakes ever recover? An open letter to Minister of State for Science and Technology, Greg Rickford By Peter Kirby ELA Support Group inister Rickford, please do not claim to have saved ELA or say if it is not saved, it is Ontario’s fault. The ELA is far from safe because your government broke ELA’s back, withdrawing money and scientists. You are fully pulling out in September. Ontario came to the rescue and is now trying to pick up the pieces and repair the damage your government created. In a July letter and newsletter to constituents, you claim that the federal government would support summer research. However, despite a federal government grant, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), is keeping the Trent nanosilver scientists (looking at the effect of deodorizing silver particles in cloth-
ing) out of ELA. Other science is also stalled. Is that support? In 2009, you called ELA Canada’s “most innovative freshwater research centre”, announced $850,000 in funding to make Canada a leader in knowledge creation and attract jobs and growth. You say that ELA research needs to be done closer to resource development out west, meaning the oil sands. However, you have not told us where you will get the money or where you will do the research. You forget that ELA is one of a kind—the world’s only, whole lake, whole ecosystem, freshwater research centre. You also ignore Minister Clement, who tells us that the Ring of Fire is the next oil sands and David Schindler, a founder of ELA, who has told you that ELA is the perfect place to do research on oil
sands toxins. We need ELA to counter threats from both oil and mining. You do not need to go west; we can do the work here, just down the road from Kenora. United States scientists, who studied mercury fall out from U.S. coalfired plants at ELA, did not need to move ELA to Detroit. We did not need to move ELA to Sweden to work on acid rain. Mercury, like acid rain falls across the planet. If you believe in ELA, want to transfer it and not close it, why are you pulling out in September? Why did you not ensure that the new operator, IISD, could fund and run ELA, without government help, and then, and only then, withdraw? That is the sensible, business-like thing Canadians expected you to do with a worldclass piece of Canadian scientific wizardry.
You didn’t do it. You have forced Ontario, backed up by Manitoba, to come to the rescue. Now you claim credit for solving a crisis you created! You talk about science creating long term growth and prosperity. Clean air and water is ELA’s business and benefits cottagers, fishers, hunters and trappers and tourist outfitters. ELA creates jobs and is a training ground for scientists.
Dryden biologist, Jill Wilkinson’s work at ELA has been published; and her sister, Elissa, is a Master’s student in biology— two of many students who have worked and trained at ELA. Do not think that your constituents will thank you for moving well-paying, knowledge jobs out of the riding to western Canada. You can defend your government’s decision to
pull out or you can reverse it, and as the Winnipeg Free Press (August 06, 2013) suggests, join Ontario and Manitoba in a tri-partite agreement to keep ELA alive and healthy. Peter Kirby, Jim Johnson, Dave Schwartz, Anne Saltel, Ben Zajarny, Jo-Anne Bridgewater, Remi Lorteau — ELA Support Group
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Moosefest Teddy Bear Picnic 2013 Sincere thanks to our financial sponsors: CIBC, A&W Restaurant, Extra Foods & Tbaytel Our community partners: CKDR. Dryden Cap C, Dryden Best Start Hub, NWHU, Dryden Children’s Resource Centre, DNFC, KDSB, Cupe 1939, Dryden MNR Fire Crew & Dryden Children’s Delight Series In Kind Donations received from: CKDR, Wal-Mart, Safeway, IGA, Sid’s Minnows, Balla Rentals, Timbermax, Dryden Boy Scouts, Dryden Army Cadets & Terri Koblum And to everyone who contributed to this year’s event. This event would not be possible without the assistance to the following: Michael Van Patter Wendy Smit-Fisher Dennis Lawrynuik & Family Chad & Lorie Brash Megan & Madison Woodworth Luci Marion Nicole & Jim Dayman Louis Galietofoire Sarah Norman Liza & Connor McEwan Sarah Wood Cara Presta Ron Legault Barb & Gabby Avanthey Jillian Maltais Tia Parr
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DRYDEN HIGH SCHOOL TIMETABLES Timetables for the 2013-2014 school year may be picked up in the main office from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the following dates:
Aug. 21st,Aug. 22nd & 23rd (All Students in Grades 10, 11 & 12) Classes commence on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013. To alleviate the loss of class time at the beginning of the school year due to the collection of student fees, students are asked to pay these fees when they pick up their timetable. The cost is $35.00 which covers the student yearbook, agenda and membership to the Student Council and Athletic Association. The total fees are $35.00. Locks for lockers cost an extra $5.00.
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Underpass construction to begin in September By Jon Thompson
ments will improve safety and infrastructure on this important road for residents and visitors for years to come.” Nuttall added the city’s funding share was committed in the 2013 budget, passed this summer. Public Works manager Blake Poole is confident construction will close the road for four to six weeks in autumn. “It will be similar to when we shut down the overpass a few years back. We’re trying to leave it until after the tourist season is over. That’s my plan,” Poole explained. “To me, it’s not a safety concern but the deterioration of the pavement and some of the concrete is becoming a hazard for traffic. It’s in a deteriorative state where it needs to be fixed.”
The King Street underpass will be under construction, come September. Minister of Transportation Glen Murray announced $685,000 for the project on Aug. 9, amounting to 80 per cent of building costs. The route’s facelift will include asphalt pavement replacement, curb and gutter replacement, handrail replacement, and concrete barrier wall repairs and resurfacing along the underpass corridor. “The City has lobbied the province for infrastructure funding for this particular project and we are happy to have our application approved,” said Mayor Craig Nuttall in a release. “These improve-
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THe cOrpOrATION OF THe cITY OF DrYDeN cOUNcIL SUMMer MeeTING ScHeDULe Open Meeting of Council – 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013. Open Meeting of Council – 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 12, 2013. The regular meeting schedule will resume effective Monday, September 9, 2013 with an Open Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers, 30 Van Horne Avenue. www.dryden.ca
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Recently hired general manager Roger Gould looks over the site of George Solomon and Sons Ltd. upcoming construction project on Hwy. 17 just East of Dryden.
George Solomon and Sons Ltd. moving ahead with expansion plans By Chris Marchand Six months after a catastrophic fire temporarily sidelined their operations, George Solomon and Sons Machining and Manufacturing Ltd. is preparing to rebuild. The local heavy-duty mechanic service has secured a new site East of Dryden on Hwy. 17, in which they plan to build expanded facilities to better serve the trucking industry. The site formerly played host to Godboutâ€™s Auto Wrecking as well as the Thunderbird Motel.
Another major development is the introduction of Roger Gould who will act as general manager for the operation. â€œItâ€™s a 30-year operation that has been very successful,â€? said the former insurance broker. â€œHaving me on board is so that Clinton (Solomon) can focus on his aspect in the shop. Debbie (Solomon) is busy with the accounting and the office work. Itâ€™s just one more person to come and deal with the reconstruction.â€? On Nymark Rd., efforts are underway to seal in and
restore the service bays, that survived the Feb. 19 fire, to an operable state. Gould says the company has been in discussion with out-of-town companies who have expressed an interest in a potential rental relationship. As for moving the main operation outside of city limits, the management says several variables played a factor in site selection. Restricted parking bylaws on Nymark Rd. in recent years had the owners looking for highway sites that might be more con-
ducive to truck traffic. Deb Solomon says slim pickings in town were further complicated by long waits for zoning amendments or infrastructure deficiencies. Clinton Solomon says perhaps the most daunting factor was a projected MPAC industrial property assessment matching the $2 million cost of reconstruction â€” in a community where industrial properties are assessed at an average of $50 per square foot. Looking at an average annual tax bill of $80,000 within
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city limits, versus roughly $20,000 for a comparable property outside of town, the decision was made to pursue the former Godbout property. City officials scrambled in late February to find an acceptable space for temporary operations for the business â€” helping to set them up in a former local phone company garage. â€œThe city has come to our aid thereâ€™s no doubt â€” especially the mayor, Joe van Koeverden and Bob Cunningham â€” theyâ€™ve all be fantastic to deal with,â€? said
Gould. â€œThe taxes are a really hard pill to swallow no doubt. Nymark really wasnâ€™t the space for us, we couldnâ€™t expand the business there.â€? Construction on a 14,400 square foot, six-bay garage operation will begin this fall. â€œWe have 20 families involved with the operation now,â€? said Gould. â€œWeâ€™ll have a better facility for all of the employees to work at. Weâ€™re also going to be growing and will be looking at additional staff within the next six months to one year.â€?
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Members of the Farabout Peninsula Coalition hosted 22 kayakers and canoeists for a look at the unique biodiversity of the Eagle Lake peninsula.
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Farabout Coalition introduces paddlers to natural gem By Jon Thompson The newly discovered biodiversity of the Farabout Peninsula,has begun to develop a culture. Naturalists who have found the Eagle Lake area to be rich in natural value has bolstered the movement that began as resistance to logging in 2008. On Aug. 11, nearly twodozen kayakers and canoeists paddled the peninsula’s perimeter from Littleneck Bay, searching for spotted water hemlocks, Canada warblers, olivesided fly-catchers and nighthawks as they toured the site of 10 bald eagle nests, the oldest of which has been there over 55 years. None of the participants were yet members of the Farabout Coalition and the cause of protecting biodiver-
“You want to hang onto what you have. In the past people would say, ‘it’s a bunch of tree huggers.’Now, not so.” -Dale Mackenzie Farabout Coalition sity, species at risk and shoreline life from logging had a captive audience with a natural theatre. “It has evolved. It has gone from life sciences on there to collecting data at the shore
beds and eagles around the peninsula. Now we’re expanding with spawning of fish and we’re getting to research and public presentations,” said organizer, Dale Mackenzie. “I think as we’re going through time, there’s more and more cutting and people are becoming more aware of their environment because there’s more information out there. You want to hang onto what you have. In the past, people would say, ‘it’s a bunch of tree-huggers.’ Now, not so.” The coalition sees a budding economic value in ecotourism as well as social and environmental value that results from increased consciousness of the interdependency of studying a small but valuable corner of the local ecosystem. “I think a lot of people appreciate what they see but they don’t know what
A snapping turtle suns itself on a rock on the Farabout Peninsula. they’re looking at,” largest size. Maintaining explained Carolle Eady. muskie spawning habitat, “They’re kayakers and they the coalition argues, not enjoy the beauty that’s there only protects the nine but there’s lots of education tourist camp operators in to do on what exists on that the area but it requires clear piece of land that makes it water, a factor it argues is so unique. The diversity on inconsistent with the Farabout comes from all the increasingly common prachabitats around here and tice of cutting trees to the the species that need them water’s edge. can’t live anywhere else.” “You can go around any of From the sky to the these bays and we have lakebed, the next focus will anecdotal evidence from be accounting for muskel- people who have guided on lunge, a species that once the lake,” Mackenzie said. crowned Eagle Lake with a “This whole peninsula is 1939 world record for the surrounded by big weed
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GMCL reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Void where prohibited by law. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer for details. ‡‡0% offers available until September 3, 2013 participating lenders are subject to change. 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by RBC Royal Bank/TD Auto Finance Services/Scotiabank for 84 months on new or demonstrator 2013 Chevrolet Sonic 5-Door LS 1SA. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $25,595 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $304.70 for 84 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $25,595. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. Offers apply to qualified retail customers only. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details
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THE DRYDEN OBSERVER - WEDNESDAY, AuguST 14, 2013
The fattest, juiciest...
By Chris Marchand
Darkness had nearly settled over Ear Falls Waterfront Park by the time I had cranked all the do-hickeys and buttoned down the canvas flaps. Just across the highway at the Frankâ€™s Tavern stage, beat-boxing freestyle poet CR Avery of Vancouver was already challenging the â€˜folkâ€™ footholds that the festival has built itself up around. To cap off the Trout Forest Music Festivalâ€™s opening night, more of a warmup to a perennial all-night campfire jam, Winnipeg blues trio The Perpetrators were the kind of rhythm
section-driven act that the Trout normally builds toward on Saturdayâ€™s main stage, leaving Friday to flirt with fiddles and banjos. Not so this year. With the Perps blasting electric blues to a swollen beer garden, it was clear to all that the game was on. It was a growth year for the 18 year-old festival which typically attracts a large Manitoba clientele. New camping areas were opened up to accommodate larger volumes of visitors to the Trout. On the stage a more diverse, often eclectic spectrum of acts. Continued on Pg. 10
Ryan Weber of The Weber Brothers grows a third arm during the bandâ€™s Saturday night main stage set at the Trout Forest Music Festival, Aug. 10, in Ear Falls. Photos by Chris Marchand Alexandra Talbot of The Ve n t a n a s dances in the Flamenco style.
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