Wednesday, June 1, 2011

People want a Multi-Plex

Most of the people who attended an open house on the proposed Multi-Plex seem to be in favour of building a new facility.  Over 50 people were in attendance at the beginning of the evening.  Debbie Schmanka says the City needs to keep parking in mind when selecting a location.  People seem to be divided on where the facility should be located.  Greg Dubois favours the Innova Business Park.  Another gentleman has his heart set on the Pool six site.   A second open house is being held Thursday at the Italian Cultural Centre.

RegenMed takes the next step

The city's Centre for Regenerative Medicine is in the big leagues now that it has a deal with the Regional Hospital to collect donated human tissue.   RegenMed CEO Bob Thayer says the process is now in place.   He says their recovery teams come into the hospital and recover what they can from a dead donor. Thayer says since the agreement has been signed there has already been one donor.

Port Stats for May

Thunder Bay's Port Authority is seeing a decline in cargo shipments.  The port saw 766-thousand tonnes pass through in May of 2011,with slightly more coming through the year before.  Coal continued to be an area of decline, with grain shipments being the one area that saw an increase.

LU grads get work

Lakehead University's employment rate for the graduating class of 2007 is higher than the provincial average.  The results are from the Ontario University Graduate Survey.  Two years after graduating, 96 percent of LU grads found jobs.  Six months after graduating, 94.8 percent of the grads found work.

Grassy Narrows blockade

For the second year in a row, Grassy Narrows residents have defied a cease and desist order from the Ministry of Natural Resources.  Work is currently being done to repair the Segisse Bridge out of the community, but the MNR threatened to shut down the work because the band did not have a proper work order.  Instead the women of Grassy, who have been involved in a blockade in the community for the past eight years, blocked the passage of MNR enforcement officers. Grassy says the road is used as an alternate route out of the community during forest fires and floods.  The MNR had threatened a 10 thousand dollar fine if the work was not stopped, but community spokesperson Judy De Silva says repairs continued behind the blockade.

Full Day Kindergarten 2013

Full day kindergarten is coming to 6 more local public schools by the 2013-14 school year. Spokesperson Bruce Nugent says the schools are: Crestview, Ecole Gron Morgan, Edgewater, Kakabeka Falls, Nor'Wester View and Valley Central Schools. For the Thunder Bay and District Catholic Board the schools that were in the latest government announcement are: Our Lady of Charity,  St. Anne, St. Bernard, St. Jude, St. Paul, Holy Cross and St. Margaret.

Con College recruiting students

Confederation College is looking to entice more students from northwestern Ontario to consider enrolling in its Trades and Aviation programs.  Recruitment intern Pam Lamba says jobs in those fields are now high in demand.The College is visiting regional high schools over the next two weeks.

Mantis wants to run in Provincial election

An advocate for injured workers is throwing his hat into the provincial election ring.  Steve Mantis has decided to run for the NDP in Thunder Bay Superior North.  Mantis feels employment will be a big provincial election issue.  A date for a nomination meeting has yet to be scheduled.

MNR waterbombers fight bark pile fire

Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue crews continue to work on the Bark Pile blaze at AbitibiBowater.  Officials say the fire which started yesterday evening is now under control.  Two pumper trucks are on scene and are spreading out the remaining bark and spraying with water to prevent flare ups.   The Fire department was called to the blaze around 6 o'clock Tuesday night. The wind blew the thick smoke over much of Westfort. Waterbombers from the Ministry of Natural Resources were used to help douse the blaze

Community steps up for the kids

Thunder Bay's giant heart is coming through with help following the weekend break in at the Boy's and Girl's club. Executive Director Albert Aiello says even some businesses have come through to replace some of the items stolen. That included TBayTel and the Power Centre who donated a 52 inch flat screen TV. As well, Aiello says on Wednesday morning, someone dropped off two brand new 32 inch flat screen TVs

New Shopper's Drug Mart on the way

The building at the corner of Junot Avenue and Red River Road is being demolished to make way for a 19 thousand square foot Shoppers Drug Mart. Also included will be a medical clinic and other retail space.  Expect the store to open in early January.