September 2015

RFDA Getting Ready For Fall Food Drive

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 14:18 PM

The Regional Food Distribution Association is embarking on its fall food drive Thursday. 

Over the next three days reps will be at a variety of local grocery stores asking for donations for the RFDA. 

This year new stores taking part include the No Frills locations at County Fair and Redwood Plaza. 

Others include Skaf's, Westfort Foods, the Wholesale Club, Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart on Dawson and all Metro and Safeway Stores.  

Environmental Conference Underway

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 14:13 PM

Representatives from over 30 First Nation communities are taking part in a conference dedicated to environmental issues.

The Northern Ontario First Nation Environment Conference is underway at the Bestwestern Norwester.

Organizer Stu Finn says they get to share their experiences and best practices with other communities.

The conference will wrap up on Friday.  (Photo by Sheri Leviski-Kotyk)

Chief Collins Continues To Push On Bridge Front

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 14:11 PM

Not much movement on the CN bridge saga.

The City and CN Rail are going to court on October 23rd and Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins thinks that's why the company isn't eager to talk to him about replacing the bridge.

Collins says he'll never give up since he hears about the bridge almost every single day from people in his community.

Collins adds he'll be at the court hearing and looks forward to seeing some movement on the issue.  (File photo)

Rotary Christmas Parade 25 Years Old

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 14:05 PM

The Rotary's Christmas Parade is going into its 25th year this November.

This year's theme is Silver Bells marking their anniversary. In past years up to 30,000 people have lined the streets to watch it go by. 

The parade typically boasts about 50 floats but Co-Chair Volker Kromm would like to see 100 this year.

This year's event will be held on November 21st starting at 10 am from the Superstore Parking Lot.  (Photo by Sheri Leviski-Kotyk)

Adoption Changes Take Effect

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 13:52 PM

The provincial government is changing adoption rules to make it easier for both potential parents and children to cut through the red tape involved in the process.

 One of the changes involves the province funding up to 15 adoption recruiters that works in conjunction with the Dave Thomas Foundation.  

Another is extending the age that subsidy programs are available from eight to 21 years of age to update the income threshold that subsidies can kick in. 

Full Moon Memory Walk Raises Awareness

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 13:32 PM

The community came together last night to honour aboriginal women whose deaths or disappearances remain unsolved.

About 100 people were at the Full Moon Memory Walk, which is held every year to call attention to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. 

City Councillor Paul Pugh says it's the city's responsibility to support efforts such as this. 

Pugh adds the city needs to continue to support grassroot efforts that demand an inquiry (File photo)

Pepe Feted For Tourism Work

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 12:47 PM

It appears the work Paul Pepe has been doing promoting tourism to Thunder Bay is paying off.  

The city tourism manager is on the receiving end of an Achievement Award from Lake Superior Magazine.  

The magazine's editor says Pepe has shown enduring enthusiasm for promoting not just our city, but the entire Lake Superior Circle Tour. (File photo)

Local Chamber Urges Caution On Cap &Trade

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:39 AM

Proposed rules to battle climate change are getting the attention of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  

It's endorsing a report from the Ontario Chamber which urges the Wynne government to consult before it goes ahead with its cap and trade system to help protect jobs.  

The report makes seven recommendations including a call to make public the results of an economic analysis of the plan and to use any revenue from cap and trade to help businesses in the province transitition to a lower carbon economy. 

Event Centre Has A Pulse

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 08:53 AM

The city is weighing its options before fully committing to anything on the proposed event centre.

With a letter of intent with Thunder Bay Live set to expire on Wednesday, councillors chewed over the city's options at their Monday meeting.

Council voted for the city to move forward with recommendations, which include a revised buisness plan, opening up bidding, and to look into a partnership with the Community Auditorium. (File Photo)

Morning Sports Notes - Sept. 29/15

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 08:38 AM

The Border Cats have a rich history of great shortstops and Matt Batten continued that tradition this past season.  Batten won the Rawlings "Finest in the Field" award as the top defensive shortstop in the 18-team Northwoods League.  Brett Kay, Josh Ashenbrenner and Jonathan Diaz of the Blue Jays are former Border Cats, who have also won the award.  Batten is eligible to return to the Cats next season.