August 2014

Lipinski Receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:18 PM
The head of the Metis Nation of Ontario has finally received his Diamond Jubilee medal.
 
Gary Lipinski was presented with the award at the Metis Nation's recent meeting in Thunder Bay.
 
Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle nominated the Fort Frances native for the award a year and a half ago.
 
Gravelle says the meeting was the first opportunity where he was able to present the medal to Lipinski in person. (File Photo)

Province And Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees Ratify New Deal

Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:41 AM
The Ontario government and the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario have ratified a new 4-year collective agreement.
 
The deal includes a wage freeze in the first 2-years and a 1.4-percent wage increase in each of the third and fourth years.
 
That follows a 2-year deal that included no wage increases.
 
The agreement also includes no new funding for compensation increases.
 

NDP Critic Not Impressed With Ring of Fire Development Corporation

Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:39 AM
The NDP critic for Northern Development and Mines isn't impressed with the province's latest move on forming a Ring of Fire Development Corporation.
 
Michael Mantha says the announcement shows the Liberal government is no further ahead now than it was 5-years ago.
 
Mantha adds they have provided no details on the progress of the Development Corporation or how it will function.
 

CLC Claims Unionized Workers Anchor Local Economy

Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:36 AM
The umbrella organization representing several Canadian unions is out with a report touting the benefits of being part of their organization.
 
Angela McEwen is with the Canadian Labour Congress, and says their report shows unionized workers play a big part in the Thunder Bay economy.
 
According to the report, unionized workers in Thunder Bay earn over $7 more an hour than non-unionized employees, on average.
 

Run For Epilepsy Hosts Third Annual Event

Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:20 AM
Community members are seizing the day.
 
Run for Epilepsy's third annual run in Thunder Bay happens at the Confederation College Fitness Centre this morning.
 
Participants will do everything from run, bike and walk in 2.5 k, 5k, and 10k races.
 
Race director Trevor Louis says the idea is to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy, though there's no set amount as to how much they hope to raise.