February 2015

Meeting With Health Minister Encouraging: Virdiramo

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:57 AM

A delegation from the City is back from meetings with Ontario Cabinet Ministers in Toronto. 

A slew of issues were brought forward to the high level officials, including the hospital's request for a cardiovascular program. 

Councillor Joe Virdiramo says Health Minister Eric Hoskins was openly in favour of the project.

Other issues discussed include mining, energy and homelessness. (File photo)


Provincial Event Centre Money Still In The Cards

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:55 AM

A Thunder Bay MP says provincial funding for a proposed multi-million dollar event centre is still possible.

Bill Mauro says there's only one obstacle standing in the city's way of qualifying for that money. He says the challenge is that there's no specific program in place, leaving the province to see what is possible to support the endeavour. 

Mauro adds that, as it stands right now, he's doesn't know if a scaled back version of the centre is more realistic. (File photo)

NDP Comments Don't Draw Fire From Local Tory

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:47 AM

Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford is brushing aside comments made this week by NDP member John Rafferty on the economic benefits of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

The Thunder Bay MP said the project won't bring promised jobs to Canada or the States, but Rickford says it's not worth his time, noting the NDP have never been supportive of any pipeline project.

Rickford adds Rafferty is known to say one thing in northwestern Ontario and do the complete opposite in Ottawa. (File photo)

Shuniah Has Its First Mayor

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:41 AM

Shuniah wants you to know it's a municipality, not a township.

Wendy Landry is now the town's first mayor, following a unanimous decision from Council to change the title of its top elected official.

Landry says the term 'reeve' is historically held for villages, and Council felt it just didn't fit the description. She says there are about 4,200 voters in Shuniah, noting the communty doubles in size during the summer months. As such, Landry says it was time to change the title to move business forward and rise Shuniah's profile.

BIA Looking To Local Retail To Fill Teleperformance Void

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:34 AM

The waterfront BIA says the Teleperformance closure will be felt by the entire district.

Vice-chair Jim Comuzzi says closing the doors of a major employer means somes business will be lost in the city's downtown north core.

Comuzzi adds the area's built its success on local and speciality shopping, and, as such, he'd like to see the retail bug bite again. He says with such a beautiful storefront, the space is ideal for local retail, noting he'd like to see a local business set up shop, as major retailers seem thrive in the Intercity area.

Ontario Plans Trade Mission To China

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:30 AM

The provincial government is headed on a trade mission to China.

Ministers Jeff Leal and Michael Chan will visit Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing and Hong Kong from April 16th to the 25th. 

The trip will focus on increasing opportunities for the province's agriculture and agri-food sector in the Chinese market. 

Roundtable Called "Absolutely Breakthrough"

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 17:21 PM

The harsh words are being set aside for now following the roundtable on missing and murdered Indigenous women held in Ottawa Friday.  

Perry Bellegarde, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says even though there's no agreement to hold a national inquiry on the matter, there's hopes something can happen. Bellegarde also hopes the roundtable can be the beginning of an Aboriginal justice system in the country.  

He says they will continue to push for the inquiry, but he calls it a coordinated action plan to deal with the issue. 

Regional Leaders Want More Proactive MTO

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 16:06 PM

Marathon's mayor is still asking the MTO the same vexed question.

Rick Dumas wants to know how contractors got away with a nearly 30 hour November closure of Highway 17, but he says answers came up short from the Ministry at the District Municipal League this morning.

Dumas says a two-day closure should not happen in today's economy, and especially on a major highway system, noting it's time the MTO rectify the problems behind closures such as this one.

MTO Puts Onus On Contractors

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 15:58 PM

The MTO says it's not up to them to be more proactive to ensure contractors are prepared to hit the roads.

Regional Director Wayne Prystanski talked winter highway maintenance at the District Municipal League this morning. He was reminded that a contractor's salt supply issue shut down Highway 17 between Terrace Bay and Marathon for the better part of two days in November. 

A transition period to allow the contractor enough preparation time was set out months in advance of that closure, but Prystanski says the onus is on the company.

Gas Creeps To $1.12

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 15:47 PM

The price of gasoline is creeping back up.  

As predicted on our news this morning,  a litre of gas has jumped by about 6 cents to about $1.12 a litre.    It had been sitting in the $1.06 range for a couple of weeks.  

It comes after gas dipped below a $1.00 a litre for a short time several weeks ago due to falling oil prices.  Experts don't think that will ever happen again.  (File Photo)