Wednesday, April 7, 2010

No early problems for Donald St. terminal

Day one of the temporary Donald Street bus terminal is now in the books. According to Thunder Bay Transits' Ken Koza, riders were getting used to the new situation and it went smoothly on Wednesday.   The transit terminal will stay in front of City Hall until the Violet and North Street location is ready.   The temporary locations are needed in order to allow for the construction of the new consolidated courthouse.    There is the possibility the corner of Brodie and Donald may require a four way stop to control traffic.

Seniors centre opens woodworking shop

Seniors in the Kakabeka area now have a remodeled 60 Plus Centre to go to. The old Pineview school on Highway 11/17 had 225 thousand dollars worth of renovations done to house a woodworking shop. Project manager Bob McCluskey says it was a long time coming.   A total of 170 thousand dollars was granted from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Heritage Corporation.

George Jeffrey gets treatment cash

There are smiles all around at the George Jeffrey Children's Centre. The McGuinty government has come through with over a quarter million dollars for the facility. Executive Director Eiji Tsbouchi wasn't expecting the extra money. He says the government told provincial centres that with a 25 billion dollars deficit there wasn't likely to be any extra cash available. Most of the money will be going towards treatment programs

90 year old ash trees to be cut down

Say goodbye to the 14 ash trees on Arthur Street in front of Vickers Park. They will be cut down. City Forester Shelley Vecsio says there's some roadwork taking place there and those trees aren't needed anymore.  She says even if there wasn't any road construction,  the trees would have had to come down this year anyway having reached the end of their lifespan.  The trees are about 90 years old and are expected to be cut down starting next week.

LU students fueled up for car competition

Lakehead University students are set to make their mark in Michigan next month. The automotive engineers are entering an international competition with their new race car. One of those students is Trevor Farrow, and he's pumped. He says they're hoping to make the top 25 after winning rookie of the year honours last year. As well they have more sponsors this year along with and a team of 45 making them far more competitive. The event takes place May 12th to the 15th.

Beardmore is getting a new multi use centre

The town of Beardmore is getting a new multi use centre. The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund is investing over 650 thousand dollars to the project that is projected to be completed next March. The facility will include a municipal office, community meeting rooms, a public library, tourist information centre and office space. The project is expected to create about 30 construction jobs.

Thunder Bay Police officer facing charges

A Thunder Bay police officer has been charged under the Police Services Act. Sergeant James Mauro is charged with Deceit and Discreditable Conduct. Mauro is accused of forging a letter from the President of the Thunder Bay Police Association for an arbitration hearing in October. Mauro was suspended from duty March 26th.