December 2017

Councillor Wants To Deal With Garbage

Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017 07:33 AM

Garbage gathering at bus stops is getting the attention of city councillor Frank Pullia.

Pullia wants city hall to put aside $45,000 in the 2018 budget to purchase 30 garbage cans.

His plan also calls for another $18,000 to be put aside for maintenance of the cans.

He wants more cans put in high traffic commercial areas, such as coffee shops.

 

 

Acadia 12 Hour Marathon Is Today

Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017 06:36 AM

Today is the 12 hours of cheer marathon in support of Christmas Cheer.   

Our Acadia radio stations, Country 105 and Magic 99.9, are broadcasting live today from the CLE in support of the charity.

Chair Joleene Kemp says it's not too late for donations of food and money, in order to make sure every hamper provides a week's worth of groceries and to pay for the food.

The marathon ends at six tonight from the CLE.  

 

Date Of Levesque Verdict Revealed Today

Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017 06:32 AM

A judge is expected to tell us when she'll have a decision in suspended Police Chief JP Levesque's trial sometime today.  

His breach of trust and obstruction of justice trial took just over a week and saw Levesque plead not guilty to both charges. 

Superior Court judge Bonnie Warkentin heard closing arguments from Levesque's lawyer and the prosecution last week and will set a date today to render her verdict sometime in the near future.   

 

Environmental Report Now Available For 61

Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017 04:52 AM

You can now view the environmental report that helped pick the overnight construction option for highway 61 bridge repair next year.  

The Transportation Environmental Study Report is available at mini Queen's Park, city hall, as well as the Brodie Street and Waverly libaries.

Offer your thoughts until January 25th, and if you have serious concerns, you can request an individual environmental assessment.

If there are no outstanding concerns after the 25th, contruction will be cleared to go.

Click on the link below to see the report.

Flu Season Underway

Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 15:28 PM

The flu bug is making its way through the Thunder Bay area. 

Thunder Bay's Health Unit Spokesperson Diana Gowanlock says they've had reported cases of influenza in our community since November. 

She admits it's too soon to say if it's going to be a brutal flu season. 

"We've only had just those couple of positive results," Gowanlock explains, noting the majority of reported cases have been from an influenza outbreak in a long-term care home. 

Gowanlock says it's not too late to get your flu shot through your health care provider or pharmacy. (File Photo)

Planning Key To Holiday Budgeting

Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 15:22 PM

Planning can make all the difference when it comes to staying on budget with your Holiday shopping. 

Mary Beth Fenton of BMO suggests making a list and setting a dollar amount for each person on your list, and to start saving at the beginning of the year for travel, entertainment, and gifts.

She tells us it's a good idea to plan your purchases and your payment method. 

"Shoppers can avoid the temptation of impulse spending by planning sale purchases in advance," she explains, adding that people "absolutely" spend more when using plastic instead of cash. 

Enbridge Issues Energy Saving Tips

Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 15:14 PM

For many of us, cold weather means keeping our homes warm in the most cost-effective way. 

Enbridge spokesperson Tanya Bruckmueller says for Ontario homeowners, there are programs in place that make it easier and more affordable to create energy savings. 

"A qualified energy auditor will help you find ways to make your home more energy efficient," Bruckmueller explains, "For example, you may have to replace your furnace or water heater." 

After you make two or more of the recommended upgrades, your home will be re-assessed to receive $1,600 back. (File Photo)

Region's Schools Below Provincial Average: Report

Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 14:46 PM

Northwestern Ontario continues to lag behind the rest the province in terms of elementary school performance. 

That's according to the latest report from the Fraser Institute, which ranks over three thousand schools each year. 

Peter Cowley is one of the authors of the report and says overall, schools in this region have scores well below the provincial average. 

24 schools in the area were in the ranking, with an average score of 4.0 out of ten.  

That figure was 6.0 for the rest of the province. 

Don't Leave Pets Out In The Cold: Humane Society

Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 14:37 PM

Some winter safety tips from the local Humane Society as the temperature continues to drop. 

Spokesperson Cassandra Nordal says it's important to never leave your pet inside the car in the cold, as it can get cold enough for your furry friend to freeze to death. 

"Cars hold in air, acting like refrigerators," she explains. 

"If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet." 

Nordal notes you should also clean off your dog's paws after a walk outside, to keep them from licking road salt, icemelt, oil, or other toxic substances. 

High Border Traffic Expected

Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 14:28 PM

Prepare to face a long line-up at the border over the next few weeks. 

The Canada Border Services Agency is anticipating travel across the border to be higher this holiday season. 

It's issued an advisory for travellers who plan to cross into the U.S. for the holidays or that holiday shopping trip. 

It advises ensuring your travel documents and all reciepts of all purchases are handy when returning to Canada. 

If you're bringing gifts back, it's recommended you not have them wrapped, in case a secondary inspection is required. (File Photo)