October 2015

LU Among Primarily Undergraduate Schools

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015 12:18 PM

Maclean’s University Rankings has, once again, included Lakehead University among the country’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities. 

In the Ontario category, Lakehead places second overall.

Among Canada, Lakehead comes in at number one in the category of total Research Dollars; and second in the categories of Scholarships and Bursaries, and Social Sciences and Humanities grants. 


Nault Not Concerned With Trudeau Cabinet

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015 12:11 PM

Newly elected Liberal Kenora MP Bob Nault is holding his cards close to his chest on whether he expects a seat at the Cabinet table on Nov. 4.

Nault is considered a favourite for some, due to his experience as Indian Affairs Minister under Jean Chretien from 1999 to 2003.

But Nault says, while he believes he has the experience needed to sit on Cabinet, he's not too worried. He says, really, he's a hired gun and his job is to fight for municipalities. (File photo)

Hobbs Bids Commisso Farewell

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015 12:06 PM

Mayor Keith Hobbs is wishing former City Manager Tim Commisso well, as he embarks on retirement.

Commisso last day was Friday, after over 30 years in the public service fold, seven spent holding the top job at City Hall. 

The mayor says Commisso has taken a lot of undeserving flack from the public over the years.

Hobbs adds he'll be dearly missed, and that Commisso is often the last person out of the building, even after working a long day. (File photo)

Turn Back The Clocks This Weekend

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015 12:02 PM

You get an extra hour of sleep tonight.

Daylight Savings comes to an end Sunday, so set your clocks one-hour behind.

The city's fire department is reminding you to also change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Fire Prevention Officer Anthony Stokaluk says it's against the law to not have a working smoke alarm. Stokaluk adds wired alarms often have battery power as a backup, so you'll need to change those batteries as well.

Anti-Slaap Legislation Passes To Dismay Of NOMA

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015 11:03 AM

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association says it's disappointed, but not surprised the provincial government has passed so-called "anti-slaap" legislation.

The Protection of Public Participation Act passed third and final reading this week.

NOMA president Dave Canfield says they're still concerned the bill will allow environmental groups to slander the forest industry, without any repercussions.

Canfield says NOMA did suggest some amendments to the bill, but they were not included in the final legislation.  


Spring Hunt Expected To Bear Economic Benefits

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015 11:00 AM

Reviving a spring hunt is expected to bear economic benefits for the north.

That according to Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario, following an announcement yesterday that the province is proposing an expanded spring bear hunt.

NOTO President Brenda Baughman says they figure it'll generate about $100 million, noting it'll put money into the pockets of outfitters, after winter and before fishing can begin.

Ontario & OPSEU Reach Agreement

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 16:22 PM

The provincial government and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are at labour peace.  

The two ratified a new three year collective agreement.

The agreement is net zero which means there is no increase in the budget, and that money was taken from elsewhere to increase salaries.

The outcome is there are no wage increases in 2015 and 2016.

In 2016 there will be a 1.4 per cent one-time lump sum payment that does not form part of employees' base salaries, and in 2017 there is a 1.4 per cent pay increase.

Coroner Grilled Over Death Probe

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 13:07 PM

An investigating coroner is having to answer for his actions in Robyn Harper's death in January of 2007.

 Dr. Paul Dupuis was the morning witness at the city inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation youth, including Harper's.  He was grilled as to why it appeared he didn't follow guidelines and contact Harpers mother about her daughter's death.

Dupuis says he didn't attend the death scene because he was busy working in the Emergency Department at the Regional Health Science's Centre at the time. 


Inquest To Be Held Into Valente Death

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 12:12 PM

An inquest will be held in Winnipeg into the death of a Thunder Bay man in June of 2012.    69 year old Cosmo Valente was serving time at the Stony Mountain Penitentiary in Manitoba for trying to hire a "hit man" to kill his ex-wife and her lawyer.  

Officials say Valente was stabbed by another inmate while working in the kitchen area and later died of his injuries in hospital.  A 26 year old inmate plead guilty to manslaughter in the case.  

Spring Bear Hunt Extension Proposed

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 11:43 AM

The provincial government is proposing the extension of the spring bear hunt for another five years.

It's meant to help reduce the amount of nuisance bear issues in the North. 

Minister of Natural Resources Bill Mauro understands that not all people are in favour of the hunt but knows it's the right move for Northwestern Ontario. 

If approved, the hunt  would include all 88 wildlife management units and would be open to non residents.