December 2014

Province Oks Logging Near Grassy Narrows

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 13:12 PM
The provincial government is providing more information on their decision on the Whiskey Jack forest management plan in the Grassy Narrows area.
In an e-mail from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Kate Gordon says they are confident the plan has been developed with measures that will ensure any mercury migration is limited.
Gordon says as a precaution, they have imposed conditions on the project to reduce any mercury movement.
They include monitoring soil disturbances, and reporting any changes to research.

Porter Takes Precautions Sunday

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 12:36 PM
Better safe than sorry for some local travellers on the weekend. 
Porter Airlines took some precautionary measures and diverted one of it's flights from Thunder Bay on Sunday. 
A spokesperson for Porter says the captain landed at Toronto Pearson because of an indication received in the cockpit.
Toronto was the arrival city so passengers were bused to Billy Bishop and any passengers with connecting flights were managed accordingly.

LU Popular With International Students

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:14 AM
Lakehead University's President is proud of the number of international students who are choosing Thunder Bay for their schooling.
Dr. Brian Stevenson says it's one of his highlights from 2014.
The school has gone from hosting 100 foreign students three years ago to over 600 this year. 
Stevenson adds they expect more to enroll in the year ahead.  (File photo)

Canadian Politics 2014

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:13 AM
With 2014 closing out rapidly, Lakehead University Politicial Science Professor Laure Paquette is reflecting on the year that was politically in Canada.  She believes the highlight was the rise of Justin Trudeau.  Paquette believes Trudeau will take away a substantial amount of seats away from the NDP in Quebec.  (File photo)

Chamber Reflects On 2014

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:12 AM
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce says its applauding the provincial government on a number of 2014 initiatives.
President Charla Robinson says they were really pleased to see Ontario make changes to the minimum wage and the way it's set going forward.
Robinson adds the Chamber is also happy the province adopted its recommendation to change building codes to allow six-storey structures to be built out of wood.(File photo)

Hebert Clarifies Shelter House Decision

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:34 AM
City Councillor Larry Hebert says they would love to give more money to Shelter House but they just can't afford anymore.
Hebert chairs the committee that turned down the homeless shelter's request for an extra 500-thousand dollars.  
Hebert notes they are recommending 2.4 million dollars go towards a variety of cultural, youth and community funding projects including Shelter House's initiatives. 

Shelter House Worried For Future Of Programs

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 19:40 PM

Shelter House says it needs a stronger political commitment to its programs.

The organization's appeal for $500,000 in City funding was rejected, Monday.

 It'll instead receive a slight increase to $255,000, from $235,000.

Executive director Patty Hajdu says the increase they were asking for brought their share of the municipal budget to less than one per cent.

Agriplex Future Pending More Info

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 16:32 PM

Oliver Paipoonge remains tight lipped about the future of the Agriplex.

Mayor Lucy Kloosterhuis says its future was recently discussed during an in-camera meeting, but says she can't provide any specifics, other than Council is waiting for more details.

"We're getting more information on the expressions of interest and also some other material," says Kloosterhuis.

"Council won't be making any decisions or going forward with anything, until we get clarification of that information."

Additional information is expected to be returned to town council in January.

James Street Bridge Reopening Up In The Air

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 16:28 PM

CN is choosing its words wisely.

The company told our newsroom, Monday, it continues to have "open dialogue" with the City and Fort William First Nation to reach an agreement in the case of the James Street Swing Bridge.

CN didn't answer questions on when the bridge might reopen, or what the hold-up is, but went on to say a third-party inspection of the bridge was conducted, and results were shared with the City and First Nation. (File photo)

Governor General Out With New Years Message

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 15:54 PM

Canada's Governor General says 2014 was a year of great celebration and commemoration.

In his New Years message, David Johnston says the country marked a number of significant anniversaries, and would like 2015 to be one where Canadians are more active.

"It doesn't matter how you get involved, just do it," says Johnston.

"By helping our fellow Canadians, participating in our civic life, by working to build prosperity in our communities. This is how we build a more caring and resilient society."