Monday, December 9, 2013
Staff were looking as removing a taxi stand to make room for more parking but now they are considering moving a bus stop to help accommodate for more parking spots. Any changes to parking won't take place until after the City gets a better feel for how many spots will be needed once the court house is open.
The provincial government is downplaying First Nation demands to scrap the Far North Act. Natural Resources minister David Orazietti says first nations are buying with more than 30 communities already participating. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Harvey Yesno says the legislation is too restrictive and limits opportunities for development.
NDP MPP Gilles Bisson isn't pleased with the outcome of the recent Northern Leaders Forum in Timmins. Bisson says not much has changed for the daily lives of northerners following last week's meeting. Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle defends the gathering. Gravelle calls the meeting a historic event.
The province is giving some money to Confederation College to start a new program for expectant mothers. President Jim Madder says they're currently working on the curriculum for the new "Maternal Care" program. Madder says they're teaming up with First Nation health care organizations to develop the program that they hope to offer in the fall of 2014.