August 2016

Local Realtor/Philanthropist Up For Award

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 04:31 AM

Thunder Bay's Vince Mirabelli is getting more accolades for his work in the community.  

The National Association of Realtors has named  him as one of 10  finalists for Realtor Magazine’s 2016 Good Neighbour Awards. The award honours realtors who have made an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work.

The association sites Mirabelli's work with the Regional Health Sciences Centre.

You can cast your vote HERE between now and September 26th. (Photo supplied)


Canada Post, CUPW Reach Tentative Deals Averting Job Action

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 04:19 AM

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post have reached tentative agreements, averting any possible job action.

Federal Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says, in a statement, that these deals were reached voluntarily by both sides.

CUPW was set to begin job actions earlier this week until a couple of 24-hour extensions were announced to allow the negotiations to continue.

Local Businesses Get Help From Feds

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 19:02 PM

The Thunder Bay economy has been given an injection of $1,500,000 from the federal government to assist rising entrepreneurs, through an organization called Thunder Bay Ventures.  

Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu made the announcement today at Dawson Trail Craft Brewery.   

Thunder Bay Ventures board President Johnny de Bakker says his organization helps new businesses that get rejected by traditional banks, as did Dawson Trail Brewery.  

Tentative Deals Reached With Canada Post

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 18:57 PM

The threat of a disruption in postal services has diminished with word tentative agreements have been reached by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post for both the urban and rural bargaining units.

A CUPW official says they can't give details of the agreements at this time, but say they're pleased that members don't have to resort to taking job action. However, wages and pensions have been the main sticking points. 

Drug Addiction Recovery Celebrated

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 17:14 PM

Stories of drug addiction recovery are being celebrated at Marina Park with Recovery Day.  

Mayor Hobbs will join the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy and Drug Awareness Community tomorrow evening from 6-9 to hear and celebrate stories from those who've beaten drug addiction.  

There'll be food, entertainment, a bouncy castle and Recovery Allies promoting local helping resources.  

The 1st Recovery Day was four years ago in Vancouver and Victoria, when certain groups wanted to publicly demonstrate how someone can beat addiction, as well as challenge social stigmas.  

Possible Cougar Sighting Near Lakehead Campus

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 14:25 PM

Security at Lakehead University has alerted us to a possible cougar sighting on Tungsten Street near the Lakehead campus.  

They say if you encounter a cougar, stay calm.  Make yourself look as large as possible, and back away slowly.  Keep the animal in sight, and allow it to have a clear exit.    

Also, call security immediately and tell them where you saw the cougar.  


New Trades Training Facility Open In TB

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 12:01 PM

The province is investing $1 million into a trades training facility in Thunder Bay, located at Innova Park.  

Opened this morning by MPP's Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro, the state of the art facility will offer updated skills curriculum with specialized equipment.  

The union invested over $5,000,000, and local 1669 President Wayne Sohlman says many trades including drywall will be taught.  

Sohlman says this facility is much better as before they worked out of rented space, and didn't have everything under one roof as they now have.  


New Composting Facility In The Works

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:17 AM

A new privately owned composting facility is in the works for Oliver-Paipoonge.  Called Eco-Depot, it's still in the approval phase, but should be operational by the end of this year.  

In speaking to members of Thunder Bay City Council last night, spokesperson Tammy Lehtinen said the facility would process 30,000 metric tonnes of organic waste annually from the region.

New Mobile App For The City

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 10:00 AM

You can now get information from City Hall on your smart phone.  

The city has bought into the app called Pingstreet.  You can receive notifications about road closures, events, bus schedules and even report a problem like a pothole.  

Councillor Shelby Ch'ng is pretty pumped about it saying it's a great step forward and a way for the city to communicate with citizens in a modern way and she looks forward to using it.  

Ch'ng says the app cost $25,000 to buy into and $5,000 a year to maintain.  You can download it free from the App Store.

Fire Season Winding Down

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 08:41 AM

The forest fire season in northwestern Ontario appears to be winding down

Just three small fires continues to burn, including two island fires at Little Turtle Lake, north of Mine Centre and Crooked Lake in Quetico Provincial Park.

That's allowing the Ministry of Natural Resources to downsize.

Fire crew levels have been reduced by about 35 per cent with seasonal staff contracts coming to an end and others returning to school.