January 2018

Subdivision Work Extension Approved

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 22:51 PM

Work can continue on a north side subdivision. 

City Council voted to extend its arrangement with builders of Gemstone Estates until July 31st of this year. 

A report from city staff explains there have been delays with a necessary hydro service agreement, but developers have otherwise met all the requirements to continue the work. 

It was given an extension this time last year to deal with this issue, which was set to expire at the end of this month.

Police Make Easy Work Of Solving Vehicle Theft

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 14:25 PM

It didn't take much for police to find a stolen vehicle from the County Park area. 

They tell us it happened after a traffic stop at Arthur Street and the Thunder Bay Expressway at around 2:15 this morning. 

Police believed the vehicle was being driven by an unlicenced driver. 

A 17 year old boy was arrested and charged.

They say he remains in custody. 

Open House On Storm Water Plan Tuesday

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 14:18 PM

The City is looking to increase their storm water spending to 12 million dollars a year. 

Project Engineer Aaron Ward says they want to know if you think that's doable. 

"The City is looking at can we sustain that amount. If we have to go slightly less than that, because the public can sustain that then this study will look at that.  We know what we should be doing, but what can we sustainably do and afford. The target may be twelve million dollars but the answer may be to come to a figure more in the middle right now."

College Raises $59K In Two Weeks

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 14:05 PM

After an intense two weeks of fundraising, Confederation College staff & students have raised $59,000.

The cash is going towards students, the United Way and the school's food bank.  

President Jim Madder says he's in awe of their efforts.

Over $27,000 is going towards the College’s Emergency Student Fund, which includes the Food Bank.   

$15,130 is going to the United Way’s funded agencies and $16,940 will be directed to support student awards at Confederation College.

Employees and students also collected 3,907 food bank items. 

Casino Gives Back To Thunder Bay

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 13:46 PM

Ontario Lottery and Gaming is out with another payment for hosting the casino. 

The city is getting over $607,000 representing a chunk of the revenue from last October to December. 

Officials say it's meant to be invested in local services, projects and infrastructure, and can help keep property taxes lower. 

Experts Studying Species At Risk

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 13:44 PM

The survival of woodland caribou and other species at risk living on crown land will be examined by a panel set up by the province. 

M.P.P. Bill Mauro hopes to have recommendations in the next two years.

"Even before two years, we don't want to find ourselves pushed up against a deadline."

The panel will be made up of northern municipal representitives, Indigenous leaders, scientists and forestry reps.  

Meanwhile, Mauro wants to see the impact of forestry on the woodland caribou population.

Agri-Food Industry Gets Government Focus

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 13:41 PM

Dairy farming in northwestern Ontario is one focus of a new strategy to boost our agricultural industry. 

Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle announced the Northern Ontario Agri-Food Strategy which also hopes to boost fish-farming, and food processing.

He claims  the government recognizes the importance of the industry and that can be part of a larger economy, noting that it's a huge part of the economy right across Ontario. 

Bitcoin Investing Likened To Gambling

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 11:13 AM

A warning from a local financial advisor about Bitcoin, the crypto-currency that has taken the world by storm. 

One unit is currently worth in the range of $10,000 (U.S.), but it can fluctuate wildly from day-to-day.  

Nicole Slongo tells us in addition to being a very volatile way to spend your savings, the Canada Revenue Agency is also ready to take a bite.

She explains the taxman has ruled Bitcoin is not a currency, but an investment and will be taxed that way.

Kenora Council Struggles With Budget

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 09:57 AM

As Thunder Bay council wrestles with keeping tax increases at bay at its next meeting Wednesday night, Kenora mayor Dave Canfield fears a tax revolt if his council doesn't keep taxes in check.   

He just put forward a motion to cap any increase at two percent in 2018, but it was defeated.

He blames increases in property assessments in Kenora over the past couple of years, that have jacked taxes more than four percent.    

 

MP Satisfied With Trip To Taiwan

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 09:52 AM

Calling it a busy but largely successful visit, Kenora MP Bob Nault has returned from a fact-finding trip to Taiwan.  

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee led a delegation where government officials met with the country's President and other diplomatic leaders.

Nault says trade dominated discussions as Taiwan is looking to reach a deal with Canada to increase foreign investments.

Nault says the current relationship represents over $6-billion between the two nations, so it only makes sense to continue to build the partnership.