Thursday, February 11, 2010

Red Cross official praises city for Haitian relief

There's praise for Thunder Bay residents and their support for Haitian earthquake relief. Ron Kelusky the Director General of the Ontario zone of the Canadian Red Cross, says residents have raised at least a quarter of a million dollars. Its estimated that with online donations the local donations could be as high as half a million dollars

Students produce anti-racism video

In the wake of the My Home Town video success students at McKellar Park School have their own video to brag about. They have entered a video for a national anti racism competition. The submission is called Underneath it All and is one of 53 finalists in the competition and the only local entry.

Organizers fundraising for the Special Olympics

There’s a call going out to the community to help with the Ontario Special Olympics Winter games. Those games are being held in Thunder Bay next year. Organizers have launched an adopt an athlete program. A 500 dollar donation will enable the sponsor to track an athlete through the games. Once the games are done the sponsor will be given a picture, a thank you card and a plaque. The fundraising goal is 300 thousand dollars or half the event budget.

Teachers vote too close to call

Teachers at Confederation College in Thunder Bay have longer to wait. They completed voting yesterday on the province's latest contract offer, but the results are too close to call. Teachers voted yesterday 51-per-cent in favour of the deal. However, the union says there are 300 mail-in ballots still to be counted.
Results may not be known for 10 days or more.  The teachers had set a strike date of next Wednesday.

Warkentin fills spot on LHIN board

There is a new member on the board of directors of the North West Local Health Integration Network. Joy Warkentin will be serving for a three year term. It means there are no more vacancies on the board. The North West LHIN is responsible for the allocation taxpayer dollars from the provincial government to health care institutions in the north west region.

Mould problem closes fire station

Thunder Bay firefighters are dealing with a different type of emergency. The Neebing Fire station has been closed because of a mould problem. Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue says that the building has been closed because of health and safety reasons. Until the problem is resolved crews and equipment from the station have been moved to the James Street Station.