October 2016

ATU Warns Of Delays

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 06:44 AM

City transit service may be affected if there's a strike by municipal employees on Tuesday.  

The president of the Amalgamated Transit Union admits that in the event of a walkout picket lines will go up where-ever members of CUPE local 87 feel they should be located.  

Ken Koza says in an effort to support CUPE during a possible walkout, it could result in some delays in bus service.  

The statement appears to imply that transit drivers may honour picket lines if they're set up at the transit terminal on Fort William Road.

Poverty Reduction Strategy Comes To Council

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 06:20 AM

City Council is going to be briefed about the 2015 Poverty Reduction Strategy on Monday night.

The Lakehead Social Planning Council is behind the report that has four main recommendations.

The first is to support the creation of an effective ID Bank so that people have a safe place to store their identification documents.

The second calls for a better system for youth who are applying for Ontario Works or Disability Support.  

CUPE Doesn't Want Strike

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 06:17 AM

It's getting down to the wire for the City and the union representing over 600 of its workers.  

The president of CUPE local 87 remains hopeful that the union won't need to strike.  

However, Karen Martin was hesitant to say what the union will do if talks go past the the November 1st deadline. 

While not confirming any specific site for a strike, she says if talks turn sour there could be picketers nearly everywhere CUPE 87 members work.  

Kinsmen Want Park Renamed

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 06:13 AM

The Kinsmen K-40 Club wants the City to rename a park in memory of Lorne Allard a long time member.

Kinsmen Spokesperson Frank Brown says Allard passed away this year and his last project for the club was to develop a park at Fisherman's Point.  

Allard was a Kinsmen member for over 50 years and a member of City Council. Council will hear the request at it's meeting tonight. 

Women Politicians Honoured

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 06:09 AM

Over the years Fort William, Port Arthur and the amalgamated City of Thunder Bay have had 19 women in municipal politics.

The City is paying tribute tonight to these ladies as part of Women's History Month with our current female councillors reading out their names.  

The longest serving member of council in our community has been Betty Kennedy who spend 21 years in service.

More Road Closures

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 05:48 AM

There's more overnight construction work taking place out on Highway 61 at the Neebing River Bridge.  

The Ministry of Transportation says this will result in several short term closures on the highway between Arthur Street and Harbour Expressway between 10:00 o'clock tonight  and tomorrow morning at 6 o'clock.

Tips For Trick Or Treaters

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 05:46 AM

Halloween is here again and that means kids will be darting in and around our city streets trick or treating.

Police are out with some common sense safety tips for both parents, kids and drivers.

Constable Julie Tilbury says parents should talk with their kids before going out.

Reflective tape should be put on costumes and kids should travel in groups.

Tilbury adds parents should still be vigilant with checking candy for tampering. (File photo)

DSSAB Wants Extra Cash From City

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 05:44 AM

The Social Services Board is asking City Council for more money in their municipal levy to offset a provincial government funding shortfall.

Funding for the community services program was cut back by the province and the social service board had been making up the extra cash by dipping into one of their reserve funds.

The board's rainy day account is now near empty and want Council to pay an extra 76-thousand dollars next year and almost 90-thousand in 2019.

CUPE Strike Could Affect Bus Service

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2016 16:27 PM

City transit service may be affected if there's a strike by municipal employees on Tuesday.  

The president of the Amalgamated Transit Union admits that in the event of a walkout picket lines will go up where-ever members of CUPE local 87 feel they should be located.  

Ken Koza says in an effort to support CUPE during a possible walkout, it could result in some delays in bus service.  The statement appears to imply that transit drivers may honour picket lines if they're set up at the transit terminal on Fort William  Road.  

 

 

 

Minor Injuries In South Side Robbery

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2016 07:39 AM

Thunder Bay Police are looking into an overnight robbery in the 300 block of North Brodie Street.  

Police say three people assaulted two men around 4:30 this morning, leaving one of the victims with facial injuries.  

Police haven't released any descriptions of the accused individials. 

They say the robbery was among over 100 calls for service overnight.