Bearskin Airlines

THUNDER BAY - Bearskin Airlines spokesperson Ron Hell states, “At this time our thoughts, and our prayers and our condolences go out to all the families involved and we just ask everyone to also give your thoughts and prayers to those involved.”

The company is a small and connected one with a strong corporate spirit. 

Details Coming Out

Peter Traczuk, a married father of three, who was thirty-four years old and lived in Winnipeg perished in the crash. The other pilot, Aniruddh Sawant, who was twenty-five years old is from Mississauga Ontario but was living in Winnipeg.

Tweet from Sid Sawant the brother of the pilot killed in the Bearskin air crash in Red Lake

Tweet from Sid Sawant the brother of the pilot killed in the Bearskin air crash in Red Lake

The pilots died in the crash which happened two miles from the Red Lake Airport. The terrain where the plane crashed is very rugged Canadian Shield. The plane impacted power lines as it headed into the ground.

Three passengers died in the crash as well. Their names have not been released yet. 

The impact on Red Lake is heavy 

The crash is still impacting local schools as power is not fully on yet. There are no school buses running today between Cochenour and Balmertown. HIghway 125 between Nungessor Rd and Cochenour still closed after the plane crash.

Family and friends in the small community are all impacted. Like all small communities people know each other, and know what happens in their communities.

Condolences Coming In

Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt tweeted a condolence, “My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragic air accident near Red Lake last evening. Thank you to first responders.”

Kenora MP Greg Rickford stated, “My sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims of this terrible tragedy. I have spoken with Mayor Phil Venet and he assured me that they are doing everything they can and cooperating with investigators, to determine the cause of this accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and the community of Red Lake.” 

Details are coming out in what may have caused the accident. The pilots radioed in a declared emergency about ten minutes before the crash. Reportedly there was an issue with one of the plane’s engines. 

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is expected to release more details later today.

The names of the deceased passengers have not been released.

The thoughts and prayers of the NetNewsledger.com crew are with the families and friends of the deceased and injured. 

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Project AlbanyTHUNDER BAY – Both sides have reached an agreement which has ended court action and put forward the opportunity for future economic development in an agreement both sides are calling shows “mutual respect”. Chief Roger Wesley of CLFN stated, “We are pleased to have reached an Agreement with Zenyatta. It reflects the mutual respect that has developed between us and we look forward to building a strong relationship to realize the benefits and opportunities from the mineral exploration on the Albany Project in our traditional territory.”

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. and Constance Lake First Nation (CLFN) have announced that they have signed an Exploration Agreement (“Agreement”) for a mutually beneficial and co-operative relationship regarding exploration and pre-feasibility activities on the Albany Project. Having signed an Agreement, the Motion for Injunction has been dismissed.

Among other things, CLFN will participate in an implementation committee and receive, along with certain other First Nation communities, preferential opportunities for employment and contracting. Zenyatta will also contribute to a social fund for the benefit of CLFN children, youth and elders.

Aubrey Eveleigh, President and CEO of Zenyatta, stated “We recognize the aboriginal treaty rights and the importance of the traditional lands to the First Nation people. We also realize that mineral exploration must contribute to the benefit of all parties involved. Zenyatta looks forward to working cooperatively with Constance Lake First Nation, other First Nations and local communities on the Albany Project. We feel that active participation and a close relationship with First Nation communities creates sound business opportunities. The Company is focused and committed to Northern Ontario and has always accepted responsibility for strong community relations.”

“I’d like to add my congratulations to Zenyetta Ventures and Constance Lake First Nation on the signing of an exploration agreement related to future opportunities on the Albany project. This is another positive example of the potential benefits a community and a company can achieve by putting agreements such as this in place. I wish both partners all the best as they move forward to see this economic opportunity provide benefits for everyone in the future,” shared Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior.

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. is a mineral exploration company based in Thunder Bay, Ontario with projects in the Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario, Canada. Constance Lake First Nation is a community of 1,470 members of Ojibway and Cree ancestry located in the District of Cochrane, 32 km west of Hearst, ON. CLFN is a progressive and active community that encourages, supports and promotes local business development, job creation and economic development as keys to their success.

National Park

photo supplied by Parks Canada.

THUNDER BAY – The 60-kilometre long Coastal Hiking Trail winding along Lake Superior’s shore in Pukaskwa National Park will be re-opening on July 15, 2011. The re-opening of the trail marks the completion of significant infrastructure upgrades, including complete reconstruction of the White River and Willow River suspension bridges and trail improvements such as replacement of boardwalks, footbridges, and stairs and enhancements to campsites, pit privies and bear boxes.

Pukaskwa’s Coastal Hiking Trail is a premier backcountry hiking destination in Northern Ontario.

The new suspension bridges have an estimated lifespan of 75 years, allowing generations of future hikers and backpackers to explore and discover the Wildshore of an Inland Sea. A guided hike to the White River suspension bridge is planned for July 16, Parks Day.

Energetic visitors interested in taking a hike are asked to meet at the Visitor Centre at 9 am for the 15-km round trip. Be sure to pack a lunch, bring lots of water and wear sturdy footwear. For more information call the park at (807) 229-0801.

Pukaskwa National Park is Ontario’s only wilderness park administered by Parks Canada. At 1878 square kilometres, it protects and presents the hilly boreal forest terrain of the Canadian Shield – broken by ridges and cliffs, riddled with rock-rimmed lakes and clothed in shallow soils. It lies adjacent to Lake Superior, which exerts its sometimes warming, sometimes cooling influences upon the shore.

Saturday, July 16 is Parks Day and that means free admission to all Parks Canada sites. Visit the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Sites for a day of adventure and celebrate the “Parks side” of these special historic places!

The Sault Canal will be kicking off Parks Canada’s new Xplorers program with exploration activities for children 6 to 11 years old and their families. Are your children
curious and active? Are they artists, dreamers, budding naturalists or journalists? If so, then Parks Canada’s Xplorers program is for them! Participants receive an Xplorers program booklet filled with fun activities that will guide their discovery of the Canal. When they complete the activities they will be recognized as an official Xplorer with a certificate and a special souvenir! Guided site tours are being offered at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.

And remember, no program fees apply on this day!

Also happening on July 16 is the Bio-Blitz, a unique celebration of art and biodiversity inspired by iconic Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman! Feeling disconnected from nature? Want to rediscover the wild side of the forest? This event is a short, intense team effort to discover as many different life forms as possible at the Sault Canal and Fort St. Joseph. Youth of all ages are invited to join site staff and take part in unique activities: discover how to identify plants, trees and birds, find your own way through various trail systems and take notice of the signs of life all around you!

Channel your creativity while discovering the “Parks side” of these national historic sites! Bio-Blitz activities are being run by a Parks Canada guide at 10 am and 1 pm at both sites. For more information on these Parks Day activities, please contact the Sault Ste. Marie Canal at (705) 941-6205 and Fort St. Joseph at (705) 246-2664.

Eagle Lake Musky

This morning at Brian Skaife from Janesville, Wisconsin caught a big Musky at Colegrove's Eagle Lake Lodge

EAGLE LAKE – Many fishermen and women seek out the Musky. This morning at Brian Skaife from Janesville, Wisconsin caught a big Musky at Colegrove’s Eagle Lake Lodge. Skaife was using his own bait from Esox Assault EA 10FA. The 51.75″ long fish weighs about forty pounds.

Using 60 pound test line with a 100 pound leader, he managed to boat this monster fish.

Colegrove’s Eagle Lake Lodge is a beautiful drive-to lodge with lakefront modern cabins and provide excellent accommodations for fisherman and families, with a relaxing atmosphere in a true Canadian setting.

Eagle Lake offers a challenge to the fisherman. Record Muskie have been taken from the lake. Fishermen (and women) can cast or troll for this fierce fighter as well as for Walleye, Northern Pike or Smallmouth Bass.

Map to Eagle Lake LodgeColegrove’s Eagle Lake Lodge is a family owned and operated fishing/hunting lodge looking forward to the start of our 30th season. The Lodge offers full American Plan packages as well as Housekeeping packages. They offer: prime small mouth, walleye, northern and musky fishing. In the fall, moose, deer, bear,duck and grouse hunting.
Deluxe cabins starting at $900USD per week, along with exceptional service, accommodations & fine food.

Eagle Lake Lodge lies deep within the Canadian Shield, a land of water, rugged wilderness and wildlife. Your adventure begins at Eagle Lake Lodge, Ontario located on the northern shores of the world-famous Eagle Lake. It is one of the largest and most popular vacation destinations in central Canada. Located 120 miles north of the International Falls, MN border.

You can take good black top roads all the way to our main lodge doorstep. Colegrove’s Eagle Lake Lodge is located on the northeast shore and looks out on Swanson Island.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources says, “Ontario’s muskie fishing is so phenomenal, that it is not a question of whether Ontario will produce the next world record, but exactly when and where in the province it will happen. World-class fish are caught every year from several water bodies. In other areas not known for producing record-breaking fish, seasoned muskie anglers just laugh when they hear their favorite gamefish referred to “as the fish of a thousand casts”. Careful management utilizing high minimum size limits, very low possession limits and a strong catch and release ethic among anglers, will help Ontario remain as the world’s premier muskie destination”.

The Ontario Record 65 lbs. (29.48 kg)

For more information Email: eaglelakelodge@gmail.com or phone 1 888 755 3245. You can also vist online at www.eaglelakelodge.com

Eagle Lake Musky

This morning at Brian Skaife from Janesville, Wisconsin caught a big Musky at Colegrove's Eagle Lake Lodge

EAGLE LAKE – Many fishermen and women seek out the Musky. This morning at Brian Skaife from Janesville, Wisconsin caught a big Musky at Colegrove’s Eagle Lake Lodge. Skaife was using his own bait from Esox Assault EA 10FA. The 51.75″ long fish weighs about forty pounds.

Using 60 pound test line with a 100 pound leader, he managed to boat this monster fish.

Colegrove’s Eagle Lake Lodge is a beautiful drive-to lodge with lakefront modern cabins and provide excellent accommodations for fisherman and families, with a relaxing atmosphere in a true Canadian setting.

Eagle Lake offers a challenge to the fisherman. Record Muskie have been taken from the lake. Fishermen (and women) can cast or troll for this fierce fighter as well as for Walleye, Northern Pike or Smallmouth Bass.

Map to Eagle Lake LodgeColegrove’s Eagle Lake Lodge is a family owned and operated fishing/hunting lodge looking forward to the start of our 30th season. The Lodge offers full American Plan packages as well as Housekeeping packages. They offer: prime small mouth, walleye, northern and musky fishing. In the fall, moose, deer, bear,duck and grouse hunting.
Deluxe cabins starting at $900USD per week, along with exceptional service, accommodations & fine food.

Eagle Lake Lodge lies deep within the Canadian Shield, a land of water, rugged wilderness and wildlife. Your adventure begins at Eagle Lake Lodge, Ontario located on the northern shores of the world-famous Eagle Lake. It is one of the largest and most popular vacation destinations in central Canada. Located 120 miles north of the International Falls, MN border.

You can take good black top roads all the way to our main lodge doorstep. Colegrove’s Eagle Lake Lodge is located on the northeast shore and looks out on Swanson Island.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources says, “Ontario’s muskie fishing is so phenomenal, that it is not a question of whether Ontario will produce the next world record, but exactly when and where in the province it will happen. World-class fish are caught every year from several water bodies. In other areas not known for producing record-breaking fish, seasoned muskie anglers just laugh when they hear their favorite gamefish referred to “as the fish of a thousand casts”. Careful management utilizing high minimum size limits, very low possession limits and a strong catch and release ethic among anglers, will help Ontario remain as the world’s premier muskie destination”.

The Ontario Record 65 lbs. (29.48 kg)

For more information Email: eaglelakelodge@gmail.com or phone 1 888 755 3245.