Friday, February 4, 2011
The annual aerial moose survey is underway in Northwestern Ontario. Ministry of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Brad Allison says they're trying to see if certain trends are continuing this year. Moose populations are dwindling in certain areas and in others they're stable. Allison says it's been an ideal winter for the survey because of the early snow cover
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle says he's not overly worried about Cliff Resources comments saying the province's electricity isn't competitive. Gravelle is vowing to work with the company to ensure it will stay in Northern Ontario. When asked what the Government would do if the plant is moved outside the province; Gravelle said he's a best case scenario person and won't comment on speculation.
Northwestern Ontario is home to a variety of cutting edge research initiatives that will help improve our health. That was the goal behind holding a health research showcase in Thunder Bay recently. St. Joseph's Care Group Director Dr. Michel Bedard says he was impressed with a HPV program for First Nation women. Another program started in the region was a study on end of life care in remote First Nation communities.
Two area First Nations are working together when it comes to the Ring of Fire. Matawa and Lake Nipigon Chiefs are forming a united front when it comes to mining and infrastructure issues. The First Nations feel the transmission line from Nipigon to Little Jackfish will be a key issue in the Ring of Fire process.