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2014-05-03 at 14:47

Gull Bay First Nation declares state of emergency

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

GULL BAY FIRST NATION, Ont. -- The chief of Gull Bay First Nation has declared a state of emergency.

With limited access to the community after the washout of Highway 527, Chief Wilfred King made the official declaration at about 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Gull Bay is dependent upon weather conditions for supplies to be flown in or people in need of medical care flown out via Ornge air ambulance.

“I asked some hypotheticals about what happens in a situation if there is a serious injury and nobody really had any answers,” King said. “There is still no real access to the community via road and we’re still trying to get medication and other types of items across.”

The highway was closed on Wednesday following a washout that led to a fatal crash nearly one kilometre south of the Kab River Bridge. An individual injured at the scene just prior to the fatal crash had to be transferred to the Armstrong Nursing Station on a four-wheel drive vehicle down a bush road.

The highway was expected to reopen on Friday, but it still remains closed.

King expects the state of emergency declaration to remain in effect until the highway is reopened.

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Bon Bon says:
Well have you been to Gull Bay, no big stores to buy groceries and pretty soon we won't have water.
Only from the tap but it's undrinkable. Some of the infants, toddlers are running low on milk. Armstong J&J don't have the certain milk that the infants/toddlers need. 320 Gull Bay rely on that road and top it off whatever the number of people in Armstrong/Whitesand also needs that roads.Combine the 3 towns together in one small store in Armstong. When I was recently up there in Armstrong, the shelf's were beginning to look bare. Everyone knows how long it takes to get an doctor appointment and to cancel them. Right now only speaking for one, my mother.. she recently twist maybe even broke it, she don't thinks it's an emergency to call an ambulance.
5/4/2014 12:40:14 PM
kirkage says:
I think a state of emergency is declared so volunteers can get paid. If supplies and the such are flown in or carted in by train then they still need to be brought to the community. So if someone is looking out for their community by declaring a state of emergency should we really judge? or perhaps support.
5/4/2014 10:25:21 AM
tsb says:
Yes, a state of emergency is most often declared to enable certain powers and funding that are not available to municipalities and First Nations otherwise. For example, for the City of Thunder Bay to receive the funding and support necessary to clean up after the flood, we had to declare a state of emergency to get access to provincial programmes that exist to help communities in these situations.

5/4/2014 3:46:44 PM
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satyrikon says:
Well, I've been stranded here in Armstrong for the whole duration of this...and I think declaring a state of emergency for this is quite silly. They're working on it, they experienced delays due to a new culvert also failing. Need some patience and maybe will enlighten Gull Bay FN to maintain a bush road as a backup throughout the winter so when stuff like this happens.
5/4/2014 9:57:43 AM
mitsukosouma says:
Definitely a bad and off-putting situation.

Hope nothing bad happens and the road is repaired soon. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
5/3/2014 7:44:09 PM
unionbay880 says:
Knee jerk overreaction. There are plenty of places with no road access that get along just fine. The train comes to Armstrong and there is an airstrip.
5/3/2014 3:36:32 PM
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jonthunder says:
This should be a state of emergency or very high level of increased serviced needs - all people deserve no less.
5/3/2014 3:07:37 PM
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