September 2014

PC Race Heats Up

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:12 AM
A fourth candidate launches his bid for Ontario PC leadership.  
Barrie MP Patrick Brown confirmed his candidacy Sunday, and says his approach is to work with all sides.  
Brown adds he wants to build a policy platform based on the input of riding presidents from around the province, in an effort to ensure the PC's are no longer a top-down party.  
Brown joins MPP's Christine Elliott, Vic Fedeli and Monte McNaughton in the race to replace Tim Hudak as leader.

Crime Prevention Provides Report

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:10 AM
The Chair of the Crime Prevention Council is pleased with the work his group is doing.
Tom Walters says they've accomplished several of their key initiatives including interacting with the community and providing support to the Thunder Bay drug strategy.
An update was provided to City Council last night.

City Departments Cost Overruns

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:09 AM
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.  (File photo)

City Gets EMS Money

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:08 AM
City Council is getting 200-thousand dollars in one time funding from the province to create a community paramedic program.
The money will fund two temporary full time positions that will research how paramedics can provide more health care in the community. 
The province announced the CPP program earlier in the year which will see local paramedics become more of a support service for seniors and those who have barriers accessing health care.  (File photo)

Council Wrap Up

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:07 AM

The City is honouring some local residents for their exceptional achievements. The Canadian Lakehead 10 Pin Bowling Association took part in a small ceremony at City Hall last night. Several youth bowlers and adults athletes received awards from the Mayor. Meanwhile, the United Steelworkers are looking for City Council's help. They want council to back their campaign that takes a stand against work related deaths.

Event Centre Going To Phase 4

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 09:02 AM
After another review of the project and much debate City Council is deciding to move forward on the next phase of the proposed event centre.
City staff will now formally apply for funding from the provincial and federal governments.  
Councillor Mark Bentz says they have nothing to lose by embarking on this next phase.
If the the 2 levels of government come through, the City's portion of the project is estimated at 42-million dollars.  (File photo)

Barrie MP To Announce Candidacy For PC Leadership Today

Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2014 10:22 AM
Another candidate is launching his bid for Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership.
Barrie MP Patrick Brown is to announce his candidacy this afternoon.
He's been an MP since 2006, but served on the provincial party's executive, prior to his election to Ottawa.
He'll join MPP's Christine Elliott, Vic Fedeli and Monte McNaughton in the race to replace Tim Hudak as leader.

LU Chancellor: Canada's Foreign Policy 'Complacent'

Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2014 09:44 AM
A new book written by Lakehead Univeristy's Chancellor, says Canada is coasting when it comes to taking advantage of economic opportunities.
Derek Burney, a former chief of staff to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says Canada is very comfortable in the North American cocoon, despite declining market share with the States.
He says rapid changes in the world means Canada needs to adapt its foreign policy, unless we want to end up on the wrong end of the economic scale. 

New Stats For NSWPB

Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2014 06:45 AM

The North Superior Workforce Planning Board is examining some new figures from Statistics Canada.

Executive Director Madge Richardson says they recently got stats that show where there's a glut of unemployment in the district and where there's jobs aplenty.

Richardson says they'll use this info to help get people trained for the jobs that are available. (File photo)