Monday, October 4, 2010

Norwester Protection group protests

The Norwester Escarpment Protection group picketed in front of City Hall Monday night.  Around 20 people rallied before the start of council's weekly meeting.  The group is concerned about the information being provided by Dillon consulting.  Spokesperson Irene Bond says they wanted to see more information in the report and calls it a waste of money. Administration will bring more recommendations to council on Tuesday on their wind farm options.

Report provided, no decision made

City council will take just over a week to mull over a report provided by Dillon Consulting about the proposed wind farm.  Council is expected to make a decision on the wind farm at a special council meeting on Tuesday, October 12th, and ratify it at its last meeting before the municipal election.  Consultant Mario Buszynski says they only had just over a week to carry out their review on Horizon's viewshed analysis.  Dillon Consulting reviewed Horizon Wind's layouts and viewsheds and ensured that the information they provided was accurate.

Random acts of poetry week

It's Random Acts of Poetry week here in the City of Thunder Bay. The group stopped by city hall last night to tell them about this year's event. Songs, poetry, and other forms of art will be taking place across the city. You'll know a random act of poetry performance by the people in their orange construction jumpsuits. It's the sixth year for the event that is sponsored by the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

Transit talks back on

The amalgamated transit union and the city are back at the bargaining table tomorrow. They'll meet at the Whitefox Inn at 10 on Tuesday. Union boss Charlie Brown says they're prepared to bargain all this week. Brown adds there won't be any strike action as long as talks continue to progress.

Terrace Bay Pulp is back!

It's a monumental day in Terrace Bay. The community's main employer is back in business. Terrace Bay Pulp is making pulp again putting 300 people back to work. It came after it's parent company, Buchanan Forest Products of Thunder Bay, managed to bring it out of creditor protection. The provincial government kicked in a 25 million dollar loan to help refinance the start up

Research ca$h for LU

Lakehead University officials are pumped about their latest research grants. These grants total over 700 thousand dollars. The money is being shared by various LU faculty members and graduate students. It is funded by your federal taxes through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

City compiles historical council info

More of Thunder Bay's history can be found on the Internet. This time it's on the City of Thunder Bay website. City Archivist Matt Szybalski  says it's a listing of past mayors and councils. He says the need was there.  He explains that a lot of people, especially students, were asking for the information and there wasn't any one place this basic information was easily available.  You can see the site by following this link

Vigil held to remember missing and murdered

The memories of missing or murder native women are being kept alive. The Ontario Native Women's Association held it's annual Spirit Vigil for those women. The Association's Lorene Rego  says the event helps to draw the spotlight on to a very critical issue.  The vigil took place at Patterson Park Monday afternoon.

Health officials scramble to fix hospital gridlock

The behind the scenes work continues to ease the pressure on the Regional Health Sciences Centre.   An official at the Local Health Integration Network  says the organization is doing what it can to co-ordinate an end to the hospitals gridlock crisis. Susan Pilatzke says  says all groups are meeting constantly help find solutions.  That group involves, the LHIN, the Health Sciences Centre , St. Joseph's Care Group and the North West Community Care Access Centre.

Hearing Society has new home

The Canadian Hearing Society is operating out of it's new digs. The office is now located in the Victoriaville Mall.  The Society has operated in Thunder Bay for 35 years.

September a decent month for Port

Numbers at the Port saw a small jump in September but its still been a slower year in Thunder Bay.  The port saw over 541 thousand tonnes of good pass through the city last month up from 525 thousand tonnes in the same month last year.  Year to date numbers have declined however.  This year the port has seen 4.4 million tonnes pass through down over 300 thousand tonnes from last year.

Its a hot start to October

Don't put away your golf clubs just yet, its going to be beautiful this week. Environment Canada's Geoff Coulson says a high pressure system will be bringing in some nice weather this week, with temperatures pushing close to the 20 degree mark for most of the week. Coulson says the rest of October should be closer to seasonal temperatures and we could even see some snow before the end of this month.

NOSM and OPSEU reach tentative deal

The Northern Ontario School of medicine strike could be over.  NOSM and OPSEU have reached a tentative contract after another round of negotiations over the weekend.  Support staff have been on strike since August 16th.  The deal still has to be ratified by union members and the NOSM board of Directors.

Run for a Cure a huge success

The Run for the Cure for Breast Cancer Research was a complete success yesterday.  The annual event saw over 900 people take part and 133 thousand dollars was raised.  Organizers say it was an increase of almost 10 thousand dollars from last year.