January 2015

Update: Green Party Names Candidate in TBay-Rainy River

Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 14:53 PM

Christy Radbourne's intention to contest the federal riding of Thunder Bay-Rainy River is now official.

The Ogden Community School principal was acclaimed the Green Party candidate for the riding today.

Radbourne says being the sole Green candidate is not discouraging at all - rather, it's a symptom of what's going on in politics, in general. She admits it'll be an uphill race for the riding's seat, but her motivation for running stems from a need to re-energize voters.

Green Party To Elect TBay-Rainy River Candidate Today

Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 10:51 AM

Thunder Bay's Green Party will decide today who carries the banner in this year's federal election.

The party's nomination meeting for Thunder Bay-Rainy River kicks off at 1 p.m., at its campaign office.

Ogden Community School principal Christy Radbourne has thrown her hat into the ring for the riding. In December, Bruce Hyer won the nomination to seek re-election in Thunder Bay-Superior North.

After the vote, all are invited to the party's open house to meet candidates, from 2 until 4 p.m.

NOMA Wants Changes To Wood Allotment

Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 09:31 AM

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association hopes to see some action on the way the province handles wood allotments for area mills.

President Dave Canfield says they'll provide suggestions on how the government can streamline the process, when they head to the Ontario Good Roads Conference in Toronto at the end of February.

Candield adds the regional group will likely higher a consultant to put together a package of recommendations.

Fort Frances and Terrace Bay are having a hard time securing wood for their mill properties.

OLG Breathes New Life Into Charitable Bingo

Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 09:25 AM

Over 65 charities in Thunder Bay will hopefully benefit from new electronic games at the Community Bingo hall.

The OLG has introduced e-bingo as a way to revitalize charitable gaming across the province.

Spokesperson Ryan Bissonnette says charitable gaming has been in decline for quite some time, but the program has been successful engaging a younger customer in five other Ontario communities. Pilot programs started in 2005 in an effort to provide charities with a sustainable source of additional revenue, and have since seen $80 million more raised. 

No Changes To Spring Bear Hunt

Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 09:14 AM

No changes will be made to a provincial program recently reinstated on a trial basis.

The Spring Bear Hunt enters the second year of it's pilot, come May.

Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro says expansion of the Hunt will not be considered until year two concludes mid-June. Mauro says the program is closely resembling what used to exist before the program was cancelled in 1999.

The deal was to do a two-year pilot. (File photo)

Goldcorp Reaches Deal With Area FN

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 15:49 PM

Goldcorp says it's reached a new agreement with Wabauskang First Nation.

The mining giant says it's designed to bring benefits for the northwestern Ontario First Nation such as training and employment, but spokesperson Terry Bursey says it's more than that.

Bursey states that it also brings business opportunities and contracting opportunities as well as a framework to solve problems in the future.

This is Goldcorp's sixth First Nation partnership in Canada which they say helps strengthen collaboration for development of Red Lake Gold Mines.

Unknown Injuries In South Side Collision

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 15:47 PM

There are unknown injuries  to report following a 3 vehicle smash up at Arthur and James Streets this afternoon.  

It happened before 3 o'clock and caused a traffic back up in the area.  It's the second three vehicle collision at that location in the last two weeks.  

It's considered the worst intersection for traffic mishaps in the city.  (Listener supplied photo)

Province Working To Ensure Investors For Ring Of Fire: Sousa

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 15:31 PM

Ontario's Minister of Finance says the province is keen to move forward with the Ring of Fire.

Charles Sousa held pre-budget consultations in the city today.

Sousa says, despite Ontario's budding reputation as a place not to do business given delays in the mining project, they're working hard to ensure investor confidence is not lost.

CCAC's Move To Plan "B"

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 14:31 PM

Contingency plans are in place during the Community Care Access Centre employees strike.  

The CCAC's say they're working with all partners to ensure patients continue to receive the care they need. For instance, they say patients receiving care in homes, schools and clinics will continue to receive these services as per their individualized care plans.

For example, they say patients being seen by a visiting nurse, therapist or personal support worker will continue these services without interruption.

Update: Local CCAC Workers Walk Picket Line

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 PM

More than 100 of Thunder Bay's community health workers are on the picket line today.

Nearly 3,000 union members across the province, mostly registered nurses, voted to strike last night, after rejecting the latest offer from their employer.

Ontario Nurses Association spokesperson Chris Cormier says the main area of contention is wages, noting their employer is unwilling to bring salaries up to the industry standard.