April 2017

Fire Fighters Affected By Job: Study

Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2017 16:08 PM

It is something that local emergency personnel have to deal with on a daily basis, and that's the lasting impact of a severe event.  

A University of Alberta study shows one in six firefigthters who battled the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire show signs of mental health issues.

RCMP Inspector Mark Hancock says they did learn some lessons and are looking at ways to make it easier for emergency personnel to do their job, such as having personal phones and rations such as food and water for a 72-hour period during emergency situations.

It's Record Store Day!

Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2017 15:43 PM

Vinyl fans have been gathering today at New Day Records to pay homage to Record Store Day.   

As part of the fun, stores across the country are offering exclusive and limited edition albums.

Owner Jason Wellwood says it's a great time to add some new artists to your collection.

He adds people enjoy talking about some of the picks or finds they make.

New Day is open until 8 tonight.  


Greater Role For Nurse Practitioners In Ontario

Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:28 AM

An expansion of the role nurse practioners have in Ontario.  

They have now been approved to prescribe controlled drugs to patients.

The approval comes from both the College of Nurses of Ontario and the provincial government.

Nurse practioners now diagnose illness and health care conditions, prescribe other drugs, and order x-rays and laboratory tests for their patients as well as admit, treat and discharge patients in hospitals and long- term care homes.  




Hydro Bills To Drop May 1st

Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2017 09:21 AM

A break in hydro costs next month.  

New rates for time-of-use pricing kick in May 1st.

Those rates will go down, helped by a number of measures recently announced by the provincial government.

The Ontario Energy Board says the average homeowner will see a 17% reduction on bills beginning in June.

The O-E-B says more than 90% of electricity customers in Ontario will benefit by the rate reduction.  


Shelter House Gets Help From Mining Giant

Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2017 08:01 AM

There's continued support for Shelter House and its street outreach program SOS.  

This time it comes in the form of a 10 thousand dollar cheque from the mining goliath, Goldcorp. 

The manager of the Musselwhite Mine made the presentation to shelter manager Gary Mack recently.

The SOS program helps to find and rescue at risk homeless people and take them off the street and to somewhere safe. 



National Recall Issued For Miss Vickie's Jalapeño Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2017 05:57 AM

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a national recall for Miss Vickie's brand Jalapeño Kettle Cooked Potato Chips because of possible Salmonella contamination.

The recalled products should be thrown away or returned to the store where they were purchased.

There have been no reported illnesses related to the recall.

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Collins Lobbies Trudeau, Ministers

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 17:56 PM

The Chief of Fort William First Nation is bringing some local issues to the Prime Minister. 

Peter Collins met with Justin Trudeau and other ministers in Toronto recently.  

Fort William First Nation officials say discussions included replacing the James Street bridge, the membership of the First Nation, and claims surrounding land taken for railway projects. (File Photo)

Neebing River Bridge Down A Lane

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 17:34 PM

Bit of a nuisance for travellers in the south end for the next few weeks.  

The MTO is shutting down the southbound, outside lane of Highway 61 at the Neebing River Bridge, starting today.

Weather permitting, paving is expected to start early May.  

The MTO says the lane closure is necessary for the safety of all travellers.  

Safety Group Cracks Down On Impaired Driving

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 15:49 PM

There's a new anti-impaired-driving campaign from a civilian safety group.  

A member of the Thunder Bay Police-run Zone Watch says it was prompted by an increase in incidents in the past year. 

David George Noonan says they've seen higher numbers of men and women of all ages getting behind the wheel under the influence. 

"And it's any time of day, too, that the police seem to be finding an individual that's breaking the law," he notes. 

Noonan says they'll put up billboards and signage reminding you that drinking and driving isn't acceptable.