November 2014

Fishing And Hunting Service Fee In Effect Monday

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 15:23 PM

The MNR says a new service fee for fishing and hunting licences is supporting wildlife programming.

The $2 charge goes into effect Monday.

Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro says the revenue will speak to the ministry's ability to continue the programming that's neccessary.

"The most recent example, about a year ago, was a moose aerial inventory. That was $5 million, I think. That money comes from the fees that people put in," says Mauro.

"We fly, we get data, and that determines what we do with the moose population in northern Ontario."

Road Conditions Clear By Monday Morning

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 14:54 PM

Breathe easy on your communte to work Monday morning.

Environment Canada says the nasty winter storm travelling through Thunder Bay this weekend has made its way to the northeast.

Meteorologist Robert Kuhn says, although temperatures have dropped drastically over night, slippery road conditions are not in the forecast.

"There's not much in the way, in terms of precipitation expected, over the next day and a half or so," he says, "it should be fairly quiet."

Province To Curb Neonic Pesticide Use

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 08:52 AM

Ontario is taking action to save its bee populations.

The province has proposed legislation to reduce the use of neonic pesticides by 80 percent.

Dr. Anne Bell with Ontario Nature says it's the right time to act.

"Dramatic losses in the honeybee populations, including 58 per cent loss of the hives just last year," says Bell.

"We have 14 species of native bumble bees in Ontario, and half of those are either gone or they're in decline."

The proposed legislation will be in effect come July of next year.

Dangerous Driving Campaign Hits Theatres

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 08:42 AM

Thunder Bay's Health Unit is kicking off a new anti texting and driving campaign.

Spokesperson Judi Marton says they will be playing an educational video called "Last Words" at the Silver City all December long.

"It'll be playing in every adult theatre for the whole month of December, which is really awesome, so lots and lots of coverage," Marton says. 

"Also the video will be available at our website at the Health Unit, later on in December."

Local MP Blasts Harper Government

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 08:33 AM

Thunder Bay MP John Rafferty is blasting the Harper government for holding back $11 million of FedNor money. 

Rafferty says the economic development cash has remained unspent over the past four years.   

Rafferty is also linking the money to needs in the forestry sector, and what he terms a sputtering Ring of Fire project.  

He believes the Conservatives are scrambling behind the scenes to find the money they'll need to finance their promised income-splitting program.  (File photo)

DSSAB Partner On Supported-Living Initiative

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 08:31 AM

The Social Services Board wants credit where credit is due.

Last week, organizers rolled out word that 13 former St. Joseph's Care Group residents were moving into supported living units at McKellar Place.

DSSAB Chair Bill Bradica says they too are a partner in this important initiative.

He adds they're providing the rent supplement that's needed to bridge the gap between the geared-to-income amount that tenants will pay, and the market rent for their units.

The total amount from the Social Services Board for a year is $150,000. 

Resolute To Protect Fort Frances Mill

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 06:59 AM

Calls from the union and the Fort Frances community are heard.

Resolute says it'll be heating the idle pulp mill in Fort Frances over the winter, in order to protect equipment.

The decision comes following discussions between the forestry company, the Wynne government, and Unifor.

Union president Jerry Dias says protecting the mill is an essential first step, as they explore options for its future.

It's been closed for more than a year.


Highway 17 At Terrace Bay Reopened

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 01:00 AM

Highway 17 from Terrace Bay to White River is reopened.

OPP say a transport trailer was in the ditch near Jackfish Hill, forcing the closure. Poor road conditions were to blame.

Sanders worked to clear the road, and officers say there should be no closures ongoing on Highway 17 at this time.

How To Avoid A Holiday Heart Attack

Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2014 15:54 PM

Regular exercise and watching what you eat. Two things that are especially important around the holiday season. Pharmacist and author Sherry Torkos says the number of cardiac deaths is higher on Christmas Day than any other day of the year. Torkos says too many people put their health on the back burner around Christmas. She says people should fill their plates with a majority of healthy foods.