Monday, April 18, 2011
City Council is ready to fill a vacant council seat if Ken Boshcoff is elected in the Federal Election. Council voted in favour of holding a by-election for vacancies in the early stages of a council term. A by election would cost around 35 thousand dollars. The resolution calls for longer term vacancies to be appointed by council.
Thunder Bay won't be going ahead with a youth curfew. Councillors approved a resolution Monday night that was against the curfew. Police Chief Bob Herman says policing a curfew would require more man power and would cost a lot of money. The resolution was passed unanimously. Council is now vowing to come up with programs that will help keep youth safe.
Residents of Walsh Street West feel the City hasn't communicated with them enough about a proposed sidewalk. Spokesperson Allan Jack says they've signed a petition asking council to scrap the idea entirely. Jack adds there hasn't been any safety problems in the past without a sidewalk. The tender for the 250 metre stretch is set to close Tuesday. The project is estimated to cost around 75-thousand dollars.
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Fire Fighters could retire at the age of 60 if the Provincial Government has it's way. They introduced the mandatory retirement legislation on Monday. Professional Fire Fighters Association President Eric Nordlund doesn't foresee any problems with the age limit. Nordlund says fire suppression is taxing work and not meant for seniors.
Aboriginal Child Welfare is being discussed at a Fort William First Nation summit. Children's Minister Laurel Broten was in town and says this is a great opportunity to make important decisions for Child Welfare services across Ontario. Aboriginal children account for 3 percent of the province's child population but 17 percent of children in the welfare system.