January 2015

CCAC Workers Strike

Posted on Friday, January 30, 2015 07:49 AM

Northwestern Ontario's Community Care Access Centre workers are on strike.Across the province 3-thousand will be walking the picket lines after they voted against their employers latest offer.

The employees union the Ontario Nurses' Association says they've been seeking very small wage increases equal to the percentages given to the other 57-thousand members of ONA in the hospital, public health and long-term care sectors.

The CCAC members had a two-year wage freeze in their last contract, which expired March 31st, 2014.

City Halfway To Climate Adaptation

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 18:00 PM

Council will get an update on its Climate Adaptation Strategy at Monday's meeting.

The Strategy is a blueprint for creating a more climate-safe city.

Sustainability Coordinator Brad Doff says they're approaching the halfway mark.

He says they've looked at vulnerability and risk assessments, and are now beginning to move forward in terms of implementation and how the city can plan appropriately for those risks.

Doff adds they're hoping to have a plan of action set in stone by December of this year. (File Photo)

Hobbs Wants Legal Assurances From Guardian Angels

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 16:46 PM

No complaints from Mayor Keith Hobbs after another meeting with Guardian Angels organizer Ian Hodgkinson this week.  

Hodgkinson wants to set up a chapter in Thunder Bay.   Hobbs says the group has a proven track record of being able to make a difference.

 The mayor speaks in glowing terms about the organization saying that during this week's walkabout with Hodgkinson there were groups that scattered as they approached.  He believes they'll be able to help residents feel safe walking the downtown cores.  

Police Continue To Probe Attempted Abduction

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 15:10 PM

Police are still investigating this weeks disturbing incident in Current River.  

That's where a man attempted to lure a woman into his vehicle on Lillian Street near Grenville Avenue.  The victim told police the man was driving an older model dark blue Ford Explorer with a loud exhaust.  

Police are divulging little about any possible progress only to say the Criminal Investigations Branch is sifting though information they've received from social media and through the phone.  

Gov't Workers Say Province Pushing For Strike

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 13:17 PM

Another round of information pickets from provincial government workers.

Unionized protesters are out again today, a month after the bargaining team was given a 90 per cent strike mandate from OPSEU members.

Local union spokesperson Sandra Snider says the government hasn't moved an inch from their inital proposals, and would rather force employees into a strike than negotiate a fair deal.

Update: North Side Power Back On

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:11 AM
Thunder Bay Hydro says power on the City's north side is back on   The outage began before noon in the area of Cumberland Street, St. James and Camelot. Spokesperson Eileen Dias says 350 customers were without electricity. Dias says they were hoping to get most, if not  all customers back on by 1 o'clock

Boyd Seeks Fed. Liberal Nom. For TBay-Rainy River

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:35 AM

A third candidate has the green light from the Liberals to seek the party's nomination for Thunder Bay-Rainy River.

Randy Boyd says he's launching his bid in hopes of a Justin Trudeau-led majority government.

Boyd, who's the minister at Trinity United Church and a Lakehead University lecturer, says sending an opposition member to Ottawa has, in the past, tackled the region's issues to no avail.

Power Restored To Rural Areas

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 05:47 AM
Hydro One is reporting that they've restored power to over 2-thousand residents that were left without electricity last night in Sibley, MacGregor and Shuniah Townships.
 
Power was cut because of equipment failure and crews brought it back by nine last night.

Trudeau Visiting Thunder Bay

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 05:23 AM
Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is making a pre-election stop in Thunder Bay.
 
He'll be in Thunder Bay on Monday, February 9th at the DaVinci Centre.
 
The Liberal Party's website has it listed under events where you can RSVP to the free event. (Photo: justin.ca)