October 2014

Polling Station Concerns In Neebing Ward

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:55 AM
Neebing Councillor Linda Rydholm is questioning why there was a polling station located at a school in her ward on election day.   Rydholm agrees with concerns that there were few restrictions placed on voters and they could roam the Holy Family School freely if they wished.   There has also been concerns expressed about parking and road safety around the school while classes were in session.  City Clerk John Hannam says he understands the concerns but that the location was a last resort.

Local Housing Starts Slow

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:51 AM
A slow start to Thunder Bay's housing market this year.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says it's tracked a decline in employment compared to last year.
Market Analyst Warren Philp says weak employment levels means weak consumer confidence.
Philp adds the CMHC is forecasting employment growth will fuel new construction for 2015 and 2016.

Update: Alzheimer Society Axes Ghomeshi

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:49 AM
The Alzheimer Society is cancelling Jian Ghomeshi as the guest speaker for its November fundraiser.
Ghomeshi was slated to speak at the Tbaytel Alzheimer Rendezvous, but has since become embroiled in a sex scandal.
Alzheimer Society Executive Director Alison Denton says the event will go ahead as planned.
Denton adds they are securing a new speaker with the National Speakers Bureau in the upcoming days.  (File photo)

Poppy Campaign Kicked Off

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:42 AM

It's that time of year again. Time to remember those who gave their lives in battle by wearing a poppy. Poppy Fund Chair Joan Cameron says volunteers will be selling them starting this Friday until November 11th. Cameron says this year's poppy campaign is even more important due to the recent shooting in Ottawa.  The money raised is used to help local veterans.  (Photo by Sheri Leviski Kotyk)

Katajamaki Back On The DSSAB

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 15:28 PM

The local Social Service's Administration Board is welcoming back Bob Katajamaki  

Katajamaki has been re-elected to sit on the board for another 4 year term.   He is a representative for unorganized areas in the region and was recently voted back after a mail in ballot.  

Questions Still Surround Ghomeshi Event

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 15:00 PM
The Alzheimer Society's Rendezvous...an Evening to Remember will still be held on November 27th.
Jian Ghomeshi is listed as the fundraiser's guest speaker however since the event was planned Ghomeshi has become embroiled in a sex scandal. 
Alzheimer's Executive Director Alison Denton says they're working with the National Speakers Bureau to see what their next steps will be.
Denton won't say if Ghomeshi is still expected to speak or if they're looking for a new speaker. (Photo event poster)

Gravelle Defends Ontario's Mining Industry

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:43 PM
Mines Minister Michael Gravelle is denying there's a bad climate for mining in the province. The NDP are claiming investors are staying away from Ontario and many companies are suffering because regulations are preventing any sort of stability in the industry. Gravelle disagrees, pointing to the new mines that  are opening and to the 10 which have started up in the last decade.  (File photo)

Red Nose Looking For Volunteers

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:41 PM
St. John Ambulance's Operation Red Nose is gearing up for another holiday season.  
They're currently looking for drivers, navigators, and volunteers to dress up as their mascot,  Rudy the Reindeer.  
They also need people to staff the phone headquarters. 
The designated driving service starts November 28th and runs on select dates in December.  (File photo)

Winter Is Coming...Adjust Your Driving

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:40 PM
With wet flurries in the weather forecast the OPP are reminding you to adjust your driving to the road conditions.
Regional Traffic Manager Ken Mantey says last winter was harsh and when we do get extreme snow storms motorists should take precautions.
Mantey adds they'll be tweeting out road conditions on their new twitter account.

OPSEU Votes Against CBS Agreement

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:37 PM
The union representing Canadian Blood Service support workers is turning down a tentative agreement.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union voted 75 percent in favour of a strike mandate.
They've been in negotiations for over a year. 
In a media release OPSEU says CBS brought the low blood inventory on themselves by shutting down Thunder Bay's facility and cutting staff.