September 2015

NAP Lac des Illes Mine Layoffs

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 16:36 PM

There are some layoffs taking place at North American Paladium's Lac des Iles mine north of Thunder Bay.    

The company says as the result of weak metal prices it's taken steps to reduce the workforce at the mine by 44 employees which includes 18 staff and 26 unionized positions.    

As well, the company says that 17 vacancies will not be filled.    

Tied to the reduction is the decision to return to a two week on and two week off operating schedule at the mine.  

Following the layoffs,  the site will employ a total of 422 workers.  

MEMO To Send Ambulance To El Salvador

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 14:09 PM

A church group in Thunder Bay which provides used medical equipment to Latin American countries, is sending away another donation tomorrow.

MEMO Spokesperson Jerome Harvey says an ambulance  is being shipped to a small remote community in El Salvador.   The ambulance is being donated by the Kenora and Dryden Emergency Services,  He says the extra room in the shipping container will used to send other equipment like incubators.   Harvey says the $10,000 shipping cost is made possible through donations.  

Residential School Monument Unveiled

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 13:38 PM

The City, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board are teaming up to create a monument marking the tainted history of the residential school system. 

The $50,000 sculpture will be placed on the school grounds of Pope John Paul II  which is the former site of the St. Joseph's Indian Residential School.

Thunder Bay Aboriginal Liason Officer Ann Magiskan says part of the monument includes a chunk of amethyst which represents healing, a shell to take offerings embeded into the rock and then placed on top of a medicine wheel. 

NOMA Applauds Deadline Extension

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:48 AM

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is happy the Provincial Government is extending the period for comments on the future of inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Caribou bus lines.

The deadline for feedback is now October 23rd after several organizations complained that they didn't even know Ontario was consulting residents on the issue.

NOMA is asking the province to help sustain Greyhound and Caribou's existing services to a degree that would allow them to make their services more affordable, timely and regular.


NOSTA Has New Manager

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:45 AM

The North of Superior Travel Association is appointing a full time manager.

Dan Bevilacqua is taking on the job starting November 4th. NOSTA President Paul Morralee says it's the first time they've had a full time manager since March 2011.


Two Fires Overnight

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 09:36 AM

Thunder Bay Fire Service says crews were kept busy overnight with a couple of fires.  

The first  was a trailer fire on the 300 block of North May Street at around 2:30 this morning.   They say it was fully involved when they arrived.   While the exact cause isn't known it's believed to be suspicious in nature.  No one was hurt.    

New National Chief For Congress Of Aboriginal Peoples

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 14:25 PM

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples has a new National Chief.  Dwight Dorey was elected over the weekend.

The Nova Scotia native replaces Betty Ann Lavallee, who stepped down one year early to spend more time with ailing family members.

Dorey was the National Chief from 2000 to 2006. He says he will continue to fight for Metis and non-status aboriginal people.

CUPE Ramps Up Job Action

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 14:22 PM

Education support workers are launching the second phase of their work-to-rule campaign.

The Canadian Union Of Public Employees represents education assistants, clerical, janitorial and maintenance staff at some school boards including the Public School Board here.

Work to rule instructions for education assistants include not attending staff meetings or helping students outside of classroom hours. Custodians are being told not to cut grass or remove leaves or trim trees, unless it's a health and safety issue.

Orange Shirt Day Wednesday

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 14:21 PM

The First Nations community in Northwestern Ontario is hoping no one forgets the misery of residential schools. 

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is holding its annual Orange Shirt walk Wednesday in the city to commemorate the victims of those schools. 

NAN says ceremonies like the one today will begin to promote healing and reconciliation.  

Starting at 11 am, participants will walk from City Hall to Pope John Paul the Second Elementary, the former site of the St. Joesph's Indian Residential School.