September 2016

First Nations Hope To Spur Economic Growith With New Power Line

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 18:45 PM

Eight of the region's First Nations have joined together to develop a new high-voltage transmission line into Greenstone.  

Whitesand First Nation, Long Lake #58 First Nation, Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek, Ginoogaming First Nation, Aroland First Nation, Animbiigo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek, Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinabek, and Red Rock Indian Band are forming the working group to pursue the project.  

The group says the line would provide reliable power, paving the way for new industrial projects.  

Students To Be Tested On Skills

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 16:36 PM

Some Ontario college and university students will be tested for their literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.

The Essential Adult Skills Initiative is a pilot project being launched by the High Education Quality Council of Ontario, and is the first of its kind in Canada.

It will be conducted at eleven Ontario colleges this year and five universities next year.

350 first year students will write the tests this October with a similar number of graduating students writing them in February.


Ontario Works Payments Increasing

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 16:26 PM

Area residents on social assistance will begin getting more money to spend this fall.

Single people receiving Ontario Works will get an extra $25.00 a month, beginning in October.

Families will get 1.5 per cent more.

Individuals with disabilities receiving Ontario Disability Support Program payments are also get a 1.5 per cent increase, which took effect this month.

Meantime,  the NDP say the increases are still way behind the cost of living. 

City Looks At Trimming Budget For 2017

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 15:37 PM

The city is looking at a reduction of $1.8-million in the budget for 2017.  

However, this does mean an increase in the overall tax levy.  

Councilor Andrew Foulds says there is a difference between a tax increase, which affects individual homeowners, and an overall tax levy increase.  

A levy increase is an overall rise in cost for services.    

Foulds says it's still too early to tell what, if any, increases to the individual homeowner rate there will be as a result.  


Police Probe Social Media Comments

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 15:23 PM

The Thunder Bay police say they're conducting an internal investigation following  recent postings on a social media page. 

Police say the statements were said to be in reaction to a letter to the editor in the daily newspaper written by Nishnawbi Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.   

They say those comments are now the subject of a Police Services Act probe since it was alleged they involved members of the city police.  

NEB Hearings Into Energy East Should Start From Scratch, Saint John Intervenor Says

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 14:38 PM

One woman who spoke as an intervenor in the very first hearing held by the National Energy Board into the Energy East project is angry about the prospect of having to re-do her presentation, but at the same time, thinks restarting the process is the way to go.

At this time, there's no word on whether the NEB will actually be going this route. We have been told by the National Energy Board that it will be up to the new panel to decide how they want to move foward.

Hydro System Under Attack

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 13:22 PM

The reliability of Ontario's hydro grid is being called into question.

Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown says last year there were 135 power outages across the province, more than the number in BC, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Alberta combined.

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says there have been outages because of money spent to improve the electrical system and upgrades currently being made.

Thibeault says the system is in better shape than it was and the province continues to ensure Ontarians have power that is both reliable and affordable. (File Photo)

RFDA Fall Food Bank Gets Underway

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 06:46 AM

It's that time of year again and the Regional Food Distribution Association is collecting goods for their shelves.  

Starting today and running till Saturday volunteers will be posted at local grocery stores to collect donations for the RFDA. 

There's been an increased use of the food bank resources and the RFDA's warehouse shelves are almost bare.

Stores taking part include both No Frills locations, Skaf's, Westfort Foods, the Wholesale Club, Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart on Dawson and all Metro and Safeway Stores.

Public Art, Pow Wow Among Culture Days Events

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 17:16 PM

Thunder Bay is hosting more than 40 free events this weekend as part of Culture Days.  

It's a national event, with organizations across the country celebrating culture and heritage for the seventh year in a row.  

Locally, City Spokesperson Ash Young says they've added 15 new activities this year, including many at the waterfront.  Those include collaborative public art, live music, and open musical theatre rehearsals.