Friday, May 20, 2011

1.32 million dollar investment for Global Sticks

The Provincial Government is providing 1.32 million dollars towards the Global Sticks plant.  Oliver Paipoonge Mayor Lucy Klusterhuis says it's a big deal for her community.  The manufacturing plant will be home to 130 new jobs and make sticks for ice creme bars, corn dogs, and paint paddles.

Gravelle talks First Nation inquiry

Minister of Northern Development Michael Gravelle is kicking off his long weekend with a meeting with protesters and First Nation leaders.  A protest demanding an inquiry into missing First Nation teens took place outside Gravelle's office today. Gravelle says they are working on getting an inquiry off the ground.  Gravelle is also speaking with Ginoogaming First Nation today about their wood allocation application.

Thunder Bay Inflation rate rises

Thunder Bay now has the 2nd highest inflation rate in Canada. Our rate rose to 3.7 percent up from last month's 3.4. The National rate stayed steady at 3.3 percent.

AbitibiBow challenges Fort Frances taxes

Concern is being expressed by the town of Fort Frances over AbitibiBowater's decision to appeal its property assessment back to 2009.  Mayor Roy Avis says if the company is successful, the loss in tax revenue would equate to an 8-point-4 per tax increase.  There is no word yet when the Assessment Review Board will discuss the appeal.

Attawapiskat gets new school

Ottawa has set aside funds to accelerate the construction of a new elementary school for a remote Northern First Nation.  Elementary classes have been held in portables on Attawapiskat First Nation since 2000, when the original school was condemned.  Area MP Charlie Angus says it's good news. The Federal Government says it hopes to have the new school open in 2013.

Talk of the Manitoba Moose relocating here premature

Ice Edge Holdings is staying out of the speculation surrounding a possible NHL team in Winnipeg.  Rumours suggest Thunder Bay could be a destination for the Manitoba Moose who would likely be forced to relocate if Winnipeg gets an NHL franchise.  Ice Edge CEO Anthony Leblanc says if an opportunity arises to bring a team to Thunder Bay they will explore it.

Teens awarded bursaries

Two Thunder Bay teens will be given five thousand dollars each today for their post secondary education. Elyssia Adamo of St. Ignatius and Matthew DeGagnes of St. Patrick's are this year's bursary winners from the Justice Ronald B Lester foundation.