Len Gillis

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Power generation station opens near Smooth Rock

Northern Ontario’s newest hydro-electric power source was celebrated Thursday with the opening of the Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station which is located on the Abitibi River near New Post Creek, roughly 75 kilometres north of Smooth Rock Falls.

This is a Postmedia Network file photo of the actual ORNGE Sikorsky S-76A air ambulance, registration C-GIMY, which crashed in Moosonee in May 31, 2013 and is the subject of the investigation by the Transportation Safety Board. The crash killed all four people aboard, the two pilots and the two medical personnel.

System at fault for fatal air ambulance crash: TSB

The formal investigation into the fatal crash of an air ambulance helicopter in Moosonee three years ago, has concluded the pilots should have had more training for the nighttime and instrument flying conditions often required in Northern Ontario.

Search for missing helicopter near Foleyet

An air search is underway west of Timmins for a helicopter that has not been seen since it took off from the Horwood Lake area Tuesday night.

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation revealed this week that no shutdown of Highway 655 will be necessary to carry out repairs to the Jocko Creek culvert. That is welcome news according to Kapuskasing Mayor Alan Spacek, who said up to 1,500 vehicles use the highway each day to connect Timmins with the communities of Kapuskasing, Hearst and Smooth Rock Falls.

Jocko Creek issue resolved

Lobbying by Northeastern Ontario municipal leaders has paid off with a favourable decision.

Timmins city councillor Michael Doody has been elected as the new president of the Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association (NEOMA).

Doody elected new president of NEOMA

Senior Timmins city councillor Mike Doody was elected Friday as the new president of the Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association (NEOMA).

Northeastern Ontario municipal leaders have voiced a concern about the overall condition of northern highways and the need to solve the problem of highways being shut down for several hours in the winter, because of poor maintenance and highway crashes. The issue was discussed Friday at the winter meeting of the Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association (NEOMA), which was held in Timmins.

Lengthy road closures unacceptable: NEOMA

The mayor of Hearst is asking other municipalities around Northeastern Ontario to send a common message to Queen’s Park that some action is needed to deal with the increasing number of highway closures, especially on Highway 11.

Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Lawrence Martin says the chiefs and Elders who gathered in Kashechewan last week agreed to the idea of taking over Ontario Northland Railway and extending rail service to the Ring of Fire.

ONR takeover still being pursued

Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Lawrence Martin says the chiefs and Elders who gathered in Kashechewan last week agreed to the idea of taking over Ontario Northland Railway and extending rail service to the Ring of Fire.

FedNor Minister, Greg Rickford offered his opinions on the state of the Ring of Fire project last week.

Ring of Fire bogged down in bickering

The much vaunted Ring Of Fire mining development is bogged down in bureaucratic studies along with bickering over where to build a new road, or rail link, to what is clearly the newest, richest and most promising mining development in Ontario so far this century.