March 2015

Arbitrator Gives Nurses Raise

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 12:31 PM

Northern Ontario Community Care Access Centre nurses and health professionals are getting a pay raise.

It comes after an arbitrator ruled the CCACs would receive a 1.4-per-cent increase in year one and a 3.4-per-cent increase in year two.  

The increases are retroactive to April 1, 2014.

Third Grit Hopeful Emerges In T.Bay-Rainy River

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 11:30 AM

There's a third person in the mix seeking the federal Liberal nomination in the riding of Thunder Bay-Rainy River.

 Don Rusnak wants to carry the Liberal banner in the October national election.  

Rusnak has a legal background and has his own law firm in the city.  

Rusnak was also the one time executive director for Grand Council Treaty #3 in Kenora.  

He's joining Vince Riccio and Randy Boyd in the nomination race.  

A date for that meeting has not been set. 

Rafferty Wants Retirement Back At 65

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 11:28 AM

A northwestern Ontario MP wants Canada's retirement age restored to 65.  

Thunder Bay-Rainy River's John Rafferty has put a motion forward at the House of Commons.

Rafferty says the federal government's arguments to move it to 67 don't hold weight.

Rafferty says the Canada Pension Plan is strong and will have more than enough money right through to 2075. (File photo)

Hyer Happy VIA Rail Considering Return

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 11:24 AM

Thunder Bay Superior North MP Bruce Hyer has high hopes for the return of Via Rail service in Thunder Bay. 

Hyer says he's been in talks with the company and they've indicated they are interested in bringing the service back.  

He adds it could take some time before we see service brought back because there are a number of stumbling blocks.  (File photo)

Hyer Plans To Vote NO

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 11:21 AM

Thunder Bay MP Bruce Hyer is introducing 15 amendments to Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Hyer and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May brought their ideas forward at a news conference today.  

They feel C-51 suffers from poor drafting and their amendments seek to clarify some of the inconsistencies before they end up before the courts.

The Federal Government will propose a handful of amendments to the proposed anti-terror bill when it goes to clause-by-clause review Tuesday.

NOSA Has Concerns About Savanne River

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 10:56 AM

There's a call for the province to put restrictions on spring fishing in the Savanne River west of Thunder Bay.  

John Kaplanis of the Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance, says there are concerns the female walleye are being overfished at a time when they're spawning  

Kaplanis believes it's reasonable to look at and to question whether, from a conservation perspective, we should be continuing to harvest those females at that time.  

He's hoping to convince lawmakers to make the river into a fish sanctuary. (File photo)

Event Centre Work Could Begin By The Summer

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 00:25 AM

If the city is successful in getting provincial and federal funding, work on the new event centre could be underway by the summer.  

City Manager Tim Commisso says first there have to be some formalities city councillors will have to take care of including the approval of the design agreement.  

He's hoping that can be completed in May. 

Commisso says then the work will begin to prepare the Water Street property by moving the hydro substation and the bus terminal.  

Truck Crashes Into Joyce Lake

Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 15:48 PM

The driver of a tractor-trailer is expected to make a full recovery, following a single-vehicle collision near Kenora, Sunday.

Firefighters say weather was a factor in the accident, which saw a truck travelling on icy and wet roads crash at Joyce Lake.

Warren Brinkman with the Longbow Lake Volunteer Fire Brigade says emergency responders got called for an extrication, and initially arrived on scene with the jaws of life.

The driver was treated for his injuries at Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

Lakehead Names Honorary Degree Recipients

Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 13:14 PM

One of the music industry's top CEO's will get a top honour at Lakehead University's May graduation.

Michael Rapino, who now heads the concert company Live Nation, but was once a business student at LU, is one of three alumnus who will receive honorary doctorate degrees.

Rapino will be honoured for his entrepreneurship. Also being honoured are Margaret Phillips for her work in social justice, and Dominic Lam for his work as a doctor.

Honorary degrees are given to people who have shown outstanding generosity or accomplishment that benefit the community.