September 2014

Court Process Starts For Two U of O Hockey Players

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 15:46 PM

It's back to court in November for two University of Ottawa hockey players who are charged in a highly publicized sexual assault case that has scandalized the university's hockey program.  

The two, 24-year-old Guillaume Donovan and 25-year-old David Foucher,  both of Quebec, were charged in connection with allegations from a 21 year old woman whom police say was assaulted in February when the team was in Thunder Bay for a game against the Lakehead University Thunderwolves.    

Christmas Parade A Go This Year

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 15:35 PM
It's that time of year again! The Rotary Clubs are hosting the 24th annual Christmas parade. 
 
Rotary Club president Jodi Phillips says the Christmas parade will be alot like last years, but is hoping to improve the amount and quality of floats. 
 
Businesses and industries are encouraged to submit their own floats into the parade. 
 
The parade will take place on the second Saturday of November, starting at Superstore.  (File photo)

Orange Walk Intended To Promote Healing

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 13:40 PM

The First Nations community in Northwestern Ontario is hoping no one forgets the misery of residential schools.  The Nishnawbe Aski Nation held its annual Orange Shirt walk in the city to commemorate the victims of those schools.  Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says its a work in progress  

He says ceremonies like the one Tuesday will begin to promote healing and reconciliation.   The local Catholic School Board also participated.  (Video Sheri Leviski-Kotyk) (NAN Photo)

Several City Departments In The Red

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 13:21 PM

The City is approving a deficit management strategy after hearing several departments are in the red.  Staff told council last night that there are areas that are projecting cost over runs.  Insurance costs are over budget because of a large number of claims.   Employee costs such as early leave, benefits and termination costs are over as well, as is the solid waste department because of a revenue shortfall and added fuel costs for their vehicles. 

Highway Mishap Sends Two To Hospital

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:47 AM

Two people are recovering from minor injuries after a tractor trailer accident on Highway 11/17 this morning.  

OPP say it happened outside of the city, in Shuniah Township, just east of Highway 527 before 10 am.   They say that it appears the driver couldn't negotiate a curve and one of his trailer units ended up going into the ditch.  

Book Explores Stories NB's Ruling Family "Won't Tell"

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:40 AM

Premiers come and go; the Irvings endure--one of several timely observations from a new book by authour and New Brunswick Provincial Affairs reporter Jacques Poitras.

It's called Irving vs. Irving: Canada's Feuding Billionaires And The Stories They Won't Tell. Poitras tells CHSJ News the massive influence of the company's decisions and priorities make it a non-fiction must-read for anyone who follows politics and business in this region.

Event Centre Reaches Next Level

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:33 AM

The event centre is one step closer to reality now that city councillors have voted to go to phase four of the project.  

Council voted to allow their staff to formally ask for funding from both levels of government and possibly even the private sector. City Manager Tim Commisso says the city's share of the project, if the government monies comes through,  is estimated at 42 million dollars.

Layoffs At Bombardier

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:34 AM

There are layoffs taking place at the local Bombardier plant.  

Spokesperson Stephanie Ash says a total of 31 workers will be losing their jobs, some temporarily and some permanently starting this week. Ash couldn't say how many were in either category.  

She says the layoffs are not news to the people who are affected and that they have known about it for awhile.   They are coming about because the last of their current classic bi-level rail cars is about to leave the plant and it will mean some downsizing as a result.  (File Photo)

Tbay Counts Meetings Today

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:23 AM
The United Way and the Northwestern Innovation Centre's new project called "Thunder Bay Counts" is up and running.
 
A focus group is being held today at the Lakehead Labour Centre.
 
Various community groups are working together to find ways to improve the city.
 
A second community discussion will be held on Thursday. (File photo)

Forestry Deal Signed

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:15 AM
A free trade forestry deal has been signed between Canada and South Korea.
 
Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says the memorandum of understanding expands on the province's recent announcement on 6-storey wood construction.
 
Rickford says Canada is the third largest supplier of forest product to Korea and stresses their goal is to be number 1.  (File photo)