February 2016

Petition Calls For Guaranteed Minimum Income

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 12:43 PM

A Thunder Bay man is looking for more signatures for his online petition.

Jay Emm is looking for the province to select Thunder Bay for the Liberal Government's guaranteed minimum income pilot project.

So far, Emm has picked up over 500 signatures on change.org.  

The petition says if Thunder Bay was selected it would lift every member of our community out of poverty and stimulate the local economy.

To sign the petition you can click HERE.

Nipigon River Bridge Construction Continues

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 11:03 AM

Construction on the Nipigon River Bridge continues this week.

The road work will resume on Tuesday.  

The next phase of work includes the demolition of the former bridge in order to make way for the other side of the new cable-stayed bridge.  

This phase is expected to last up to six weeks, weather permitting.  

Following demolition, work will then shift to construction of the second half of the new bridge and will focus on construction of the third tower for the remainder of this year.

Acadia Broadcasting Limited Names New President

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 10:45 AM

Acadia Broadcasting Limited has named a new president.

Following an extensive search, Chris Pearson has accepted the position.

Pearson has been in the radio business for nearly three decades and brings a strong understanding of operations, regulatory matters and community partnerships.

Pearson will begin his new role April 1, 2016.

In October 2015, Jim MacMullin announced his retirement after 15 years leading Acadia.

MacMullin will continue to assist the company until his retirement in August.

Historic Site Recognized

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 09:24 AM

Canada is recognizing the national historic importance of a site on the outskirts of Thunder Bay.  

Located on the north shore of Lake Superior the site witnessed thousands of years of Indigenous people living there and was discovered by a local archeologist in the early 1960's.

A plaque was unveiled on Sunday at the site detailing its historic significance. 

Local Woman Honoured By Province

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 09:22 AM

A Thunder Bay woman is being honoured by the Lieutenant Governor.  

The Ontario Heritage Awards were handed out on Friday and recognize people who contribute to culture and natural heritage conservation.

Josephine Mandamin was selected for her Water Walks initiative that raises awareness about water conservation.  

She has walked throughout Canada, Central America and the United States. 

Crime Of The Week - Feb. 29/16

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 08:24 AM

Thunder Bay Police and Crime Stoppers are asking for the public's help in identifying the person responsible for the theft of a snow machine.  

Sometime between 7:00 pm on February 7th and 8:00 am on February 8th, a snowmobile was stolen from the back of a pickup truck in the 3100 block of West Arthur Street. Police believe the sled may have been loaded onto another truck.  

Eric Staal Traded To The Rangers

Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2016 15:16 PM

Eric Staal is on the move.

The Carolina Hurricanes traded its captain to the New York Rangers on Sunday, a day before the deadline.

The Thunder Bay NHLer has spent his entire 12-year career with the Hurricanes. He leaves behind brother Jordan Staal in Carolina, but will join his younger brother Marc Staal, who plays defence for the Rangers.

Multiple reports say Carolina will retain 50 per cent of Staal's multi-million dollar salary.

The Hurricanes acquired centre Aleksi Saarela in exchange for Staal. (Photo supplied)

NDP Takes Issue With Provincial Budget

Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2016 09:38 AM

Andrea Horwath says the province is giving with one hand and taking with the other.

The NDP Leader says she's concerned Ontario's ambitious goals to balance the budget means big cuts are coming, pointing to dwindling education spending, namely $430 million the government plans to take out of that sector. 

Horwath also says expanding the pool of seniors who qualify for a low-income drug program comes at the cost of seniors at or above the income threshold.

That change was also unveiled last week in the province's 2016 budget.

St. Ignatius Earns Best Grade In Local Rankings

Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2016 09:27 AM

St. Ignatius is at the top of its class locally, in the Fraser Institute’s latest rankings of Ontario’s high schools.

According to figures released today, the school earned a 6.8 grade on a scale of one to 10, landing it in the 233 spot on a provincial list of over 600. It leads the pack for another year, despite falling slightly below its five-year average.

While the Catholic board claimed the top two spots, Sir Winston Churchill ranked third among the seven Thunder Bay high schools included, and first within the public board with a grade of 5.8. 

TBay Man Wins Big

Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2016 12:32 PM

For one lucky local, it's paying to play.

The OLG says a Thunder Bay man won $100,000 with Encore. The winning ticket was purchased at K&A Variety on City Road.

There's an Encore draw every day.