April 2016

Multicultural Association Gets $255-K

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 12:52 PM

Thunder  Bay's Multicultural Association is getting 255-thousand dollars in Fednor funding to promote their immigration portal for the region.

The portal recruits skilled workers, entrepreneurs and professionals to Northwestern Ontario. 

Executive Director Cathy Woodbeck says they'll be using the cash to ensure the website is the first link to pop up on a google search of moving to Canada.

Minister Patty Hajdu announced the funding today at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association conference.  (Photo by Sheri Leviski-Kotyk)

Kingsway School Gets 6 Million From Province

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 10:42 AM

Ontario is giving 6 million dollars to the Lakehead Public School Board to help expand the Kingsway Park Public School.  

The money will be used to add 4 additional classrooms, 3 child care rooms and a larger gym.  

Business Superintendent David Wright says the work will start this year but construction won't be seen until next year.  

The expansion at Kingsway is due to the closure of it's neighbouring elementary school Hyde Park.  (Photo by Sheri Leviski-Kotyk)

Police Recover Stolen Items

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 05:41 AM

Thunder Bay Police are asking residents in the Windsor, Algonquin and Clarkson Street areas to check their vehicles to see if anything is missing.  

It comes after Police say officers recovered several stolen items and they want to get the property back to their rightful owners. You can contact police or Crime Stoppers.  There's no word from police if any arrests have been made in the case.  

Con College Gets $3 Million

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 16:16 PM

The Wynne government is providing $3 million to Confederation College's campuses in Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout.

 The province will provide $2 million for a Student Wellness Centre on the college's main campus in Thunder Bay.

The province says it'll also spend $1 million in a new facility to house Confederation College's Sioux Lookout campus.

Property Owner Dinged For $12,800

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 15:36 PM

The law is coming down hard on an Ambrose Street property owner.  

The city says he was found guilty in Provincial Court Wednesday on two charges of failing to comply with an Inspection Order written by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue.

 As well,  he was found guilty of 14 additional fire code violations.  

These resulted in fines totalling $12,800 plus court costs.

They say the charges are the result of an annual inspection by fire officials.

Numerous violations were were observed and the owner was told to get them fixed, but they say that he didn't comply.

OECTA Votes To Strike

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 14:45 PM

The elementary teachers who work for the Thunder Bay Catholic School Board now have a trump card in their contract negotiations.  

The members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association voted overwhelmingly to go on strike to back their demands in a new deal.  

Meantime the board's Director of Education, Pino Tassone, says he remains optimistic  there' ll be a positive outcome when talks are held on Monday and Tuesday of next week.   

Jane's Walk Is Next Weekend

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 14:28 PM

The 6th annual Jane's Walk in Thunder Bay takes place next weekend.  

It's a neighbourhood walk which takes you to diverse areas across the city.

Lee-Ann Chevrette of the city's Crime Prevention Council says everyone who participates will get a good look at a cross section of city.  

She says there are nine different areas which will be toured over the three day event.  

Chevrette says the walk dovetails with the objectives of the Council because it's about civic engagement and talking about what makes neighbourhoods safe.

Things Go Better When You're Injury Free

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 14:21 PM

A proud day for the workers at the Coca-Cola plant in the city.  

They've gone without a workplace injury over 1,400 days.  

To help them celebrate,  the company's Canadian Vice President of Customer Operations came to the city.

Mike Clark says it's a significant milestone and he feels it was important for him to be here to mark the occasion with them.  

The local facility is a distribution warehouse and sales centre for northern Ontario and Manitoba. 


Brown Tells NOMA, "The PC's Have Your Back"

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 13:44 PM

The leader of the Ontario PC's says his party will be the voice of northwestern Ontario municipal leaders at Queen's Park.

Patrick Brown's in Thunder Bay for the NOMA conference and says whether it's about the poor conditions at the District Jail,  poor planning for the Nipigon Bridge or the acute physician shortage,  the PC's have their back and will get the message across.

Brown also visited the Resolute Forest Products mill.