April 2017

More Students At Ontario Universities

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:35 AM

An increase to the number of students planning to head to Ontario universities this fall.  

The Council of Ontario Universities says applications are up 1.8% over last year.

President David Lindsay credits that to changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program which is making tuition free to eligible students.

Lindsay says they still need to ensure institutions have the money to support that growth, noting operating grants from the province have not kept pace.


'Beam Me Up, Scotty': Canada Post Launches Seven New Star Trek Stamps

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 12:01 PM

The latest set of stamps issued by Canada Post are honouring one of the most popular science fiction TV shows in the world.

Seven Star Trek themed stamps are now available for the public, featuring each of Starfleet's finest leaders, matched with their greatest adversaries.

Five of the stamps have characters on them, James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Kathryn Janeway, and Jonathan Archer.

The remaining two stamps have a Borg Cube, and the shuttle Galileo depicted on them.

City Helps Fire Department Recoup Money

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 07:59 AM

A new partnership could help the fire department get back $100-thousand dollars a year.   

The city has agreed to a contract with a company which files claims with insurance companies on behalf of fire departments. 

Its spokesperson Chris Carrier explains they're only able to recover costs for certain types of 911 calls. 

Those include property related, motor vehicle and medical calls, which are the largest.

A report from the city says the funds would be put in the fire department's reserves.   


LU Dealing With Beavers

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 06:47 AM

Lakehead University in concerned about beavers living in and around its campus.  

They are acting proactively and trying to avoid damage by bringing in a licenced trapper to capture and relocate the animals on the McIntyre River.

Live traps are being set up along the river banks on the campus grounds.

Officials ask you not to touch them or go near them.


More Waiting For District Jail: Mauro

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 22:24 PM

The wait continues.  

A local MPP says it'll be around a month until we'll know whether we'll get funding to replace the District Jail. 

However Bill Mauro says the government hasn't forgotten about our jail, rather it's waiting on a report that will give the government direction on funding requests. 

Mauro says it'll help determine which communities will get new jails, but won't speculate on our chances of getting a new facility. 

"[Correctional Investigator Howard Saper's] report is not in government hands yet, so there really is no information out there." 

Landfill Expansion Concerns

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 15:46 PM

There's some anxiety about the proposed expansion of the landfill in Shuniah to include itesm such as household waste. 

One city councillor says it might affect the North Current River, and the city wants to make sure our water isn't impacted.

Andrew Foulds says city council may step in if some concerns aren't addressed.

He says the city's Earth Care Advisory Committee, which he chairs, will be putting together a list of questions that will be put into the process. 

He says as it all unfolds, they will be able to have their questions answered. 

Listener Highlights Safety Concern

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 13:46 PM

With the ice storm behind us there's a major safety concern that's being brought to our attention. 

One of our listeners notes that a number of people have neglected to remove the ice from their vehicle roofs. 

Marge Buhler-Moore has had some potentially dangerous encounters with it herself as she was driving along Highway 17 today. 

Several times, she witnessed massive sheets of ice flying off of vehicles, including big trucks. 

Trump Trying To Appear Presidential: Paquette

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 13:20 PM

The American tax on our softwood lumber is a way for Donald Trump to show he's presidential, according to a Lakehead University political science professor.  

Laure Paquette believes it gives Trump the advantage of saying he's keeping his election promise of "America First".

She says it'll take quite some time for any policy changes put through by Trump to take affect, with any changes affecting Canada more than the States. 

Paquette says this is just the latest in the long string of softwood lumber disputes between our two countries.


Site Of Derailment Cleared

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 12:53 PM

CP Rail has made quick work of clearing up a 10 car derailment on the waterfront. 

A spokesperson says the last of the empty grain cars was removed last night just before midnight on Maureen Street near the Viterra elevator. 

No one was hurt in Wednesday's mishap and there's still no word on what caused the incident with CP saying that investigation is ongoing.