Wednesday, February 24, 2010

College president pleased with vote result

Faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges have accepted what the colleges called their final contract offer. The Ontario Labour Relations Board confirming that almost 51 and a half per cent accepted the offer in a vote across the province. Confederation College president Pat Lang is glad there will be no strike. Lang says in this day and age 5.9 per cent over three years is a fair contract

Waterloo man will now be sentenced in May

It will now be May 13th before 47-year-old Peter Fonteece will know his fate. The Waterloo man was in a Thunder Bay courtroom on Thursday to face a possible jail term in connection with the death of his wife in a city motel room a year ago. However the judge postponed sentencing. Fonteece was convicted of criminal negligence causing death. The crown says his failure to call for help after his wife Yanisa took 40 sleeping pills warrants jail.

Alex Auld put on waivers

Thunder Bays' Alex Auld has found himself in limbo again. The 29 year old goalie has been placed on waivers by the Dallas Stars. NHL clubs have until noon on Thursday to claim Auld. If that doesn't happen the Stars can keep him on their roster or send him to the minors. Auld is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July the first. He is making 1 million dollars for this current season. The Stars were able to make the move with the aquisition of Kari Lehtonen from Atlanta.

Conference addresses First Nations housing

Leaders from 11 northern tribal councils and more than 80 aboriginal communities are in Thunder Bay this week to share expertise and ideas on northern housing. The 8th annual First Nations housing conference is taking place at the Valhalla Inn. Organizer Richard Habinski says the gathering is designed to address issues related to housing in those communties. The conference wraps up Thursday.

Peng You pitches venture on Dragons' Den

A Thunder Bay businessman went on the TV show the Dragons Den to get support his venture. Peng You pitched his plan to mix martial arts learning and Chinese cooking. Under his plan he will come to your house or party and teach Tai Chi and cook at meal. He recently went on the popular program hoping to get one of the investors to back the idea. That program will air on Wednesday March 3rd. He was not allowed to tell us the results.

Quality Market's BYOB program has successful first year

Year one was a huge success for Quality Market's Bring Your Own Bag program. Co-owner David Stezenko says the program was created after the big chains started charging more for plastic bags so they decided to encourage customers to use reusable bags and donating money to local charities. The first year of the program raised almost 11,000 dollars for the Health Science's Centre, Camp Quality and the RFDA. This year the three charities are Eagle's Cry Life Centre, Shelter House and Habitat for Humanity.

Castlegreen looking for more $$$$$

The Castlegreen Housing Co-op is looking to the federal government for more funding. General Manager Sharon McKinnon says they just completed over a quarter million dollars of  patio doors improvements and now they have applied to Canada Mortgage and Housing for additional funds.   McKinnon says the money would go towards new windows and fuses boxes.

Peter Fonteece is in a Thunder Bay court room today.

The man who watched his wife commit suicide in a Thunder Bay Motel is in court today to find out how much time he will spend in jail. The Crown prosecution wants jail time for 47 year old Peter Fonteece who sat by while his severly depressed wife took 40 sleeping pills and died. Fonteece pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death in December. The body of 38-year-old Yanisa Fonteece was discovered in a Super 8 Motel room after her husband phoned 9-1-1 a year ago.