April 2015

Fallen Officer To Be Memorialized

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:57 AM

It'll be a weekend to remember for Thunder Bay Police.  

A year ago Constable Joe Prevett died while on a joint training exercise in Gravenhurst and this weekend,  his name will be added to a memorial wall in Toronto.  

The Sunday event is to remember those officers who have died while in the line of duty in Ontario.  

Members of the city police will be  marching in the event to honour Prevett.

 Spokesperson Chris Adams says it speaks to the character and person Prevett was and what a value he and his canine unit were to the force. (Photo supplied)

Fire On North Brodie Street

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 09:11 AM

No one was hurt in a multi-level fire in a home on the 400 block of Brodie Street North. 

Just before six last night, crews responded to a blaze in the kitchen area and the second floor bathroom of the house.

The main level of the home has heavy fire and water damage with the rest seeing smoke damage.

No one was in the home at the time of the fire.  (File photo)

Alarm Fines Dished Out

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 16:34 PM

The city fire service is now doling out fines for residents who fail to have a carbon monoxide detector in their homes.  

The first to feel the pinch is the owner of a south side residence.  

When fire crews arrived to battle a kitchen fire at the Prince Arthur Boulevard home they noticed there was no smoke alarm either.  

Both are mandatory under the law.

Each ticket carries a fine of 350 dollars. 

Lawrence Back As NOACC Prez

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 14:27 PM

It's back in the saddle again for Thunder Bay's Nathan Lawrence.  

He' ll continue to head the lobby group for the region's business sector.  

Lawrence remains president of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce.

He was first elected in 2014.

More Child Care Centres In Schools

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 14:23 PM

The provincial government says it will dedicate $120 million over the next three years to create new child care centres in schools.

The centres are intended to help young children transition towards eventually enrolling in early year's programs.  

School boards must apply for the money.

The province says it expects to see 4,000 new spaces created as a result.

OFL Disputes WSIB Numbers

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 14:18 PM

The Ontario Federation of Labour is accusing the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of covering up the number of workplace deaths in Ontario.

The Federation says WSIB reported over 33-hundred deaths between 2004 and 2012 in previous reports. But recent data shows 22-hundred fatalities.

OFL President Sid Ryan says while W-S-I-B cites changes in reporting practices, he calls it an insult to the families of workers who died tragically. 

UNICEF Launches Nepal Appeal

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 14:15 PM

An estimated 1.7 million children are now in urgent need of aid in the areas worst-hit by the earthquake in Nepal, according to UNICEF.

The children's organization revealed the figure as it launched a $50.35 million appeal to get humanitarian assistance to children and their families amid growing risk of disease outbreaks.

The appeal is UNICEF's portion of a new inter-agency fundraising ask to meet immediate needs over the next three months. 

You can donate by connecting to this LINK

Gravelle On The Defensive Over Mining Report

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 14:09 PM

The Fraser Institute is taking a dim view of Ontario's mining sector. In its annual report on mining, Ontario dropped to 23rd in the world in terms of investment attractiveness.

Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle is dismissing the 9 point drop in the rankings.  

He says the province is continuing to oversee the development of numerous new mines in the north.  

Gravelle notes that he spent a full day this week with mining executives and they remain bullish on the mining sector in the province.  (File Photo)

Auditor Blasts Winter Road Maintenance

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 13:27 PM

The provincial auditor is blasting the Wynne government for how it handles winter road maintenance.  

The auditor say the province puts costs savings over the safety of Ontario motorists.

The opposition says the government is putting the lives of Ontarians at risk.

Transport Minister Steven Del Duca says the government has already done its own internal exam of the situation and suggests it's a work in progress.

LRCA To Tear Down Hazelwood Lake Centre

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 13:17 PM

Say goodbye to the Hazelwood Lake Centre.  

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is set to tear down the building this summer.

Chair Bill Bartley says it was simply getting too expensive to take care of and nothing the board could think of would make it viable from hiring marketing specialists to attending trade shows adding , " it just wasn't a go".

The remnants from the building will be donated to the Habitat For Humanity Re-Store.