Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Two films made in T.BAY

Two more films have been produced and shot in Thunder Bay.  A movie about the Finnish Labour Temple created 40 jobs in Thunder Bay, while the feature length police drama 10-57 created 40 jobs as well.  The Provincial Government provided over 200 thousand dollars to the two local film companies.

Parliment Hill squabble

Thunder Bay Rainy River MP John Rafferty isn't giving up the fight for Northwestern Ontario's border communities. Rafferty alleges the Federal Government diverted 50 million dollars from the Border Infrastructure fund to beautify towns in the Minister's riding. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird took the time to answer and reiterated that they didn't misspend the funds. The issue was raised in Wednesday's session on Parliament Hill.

Same Sex Marriage Protest set for Mall

A local bath and beauty products store is fighting for same sex marriage in the United States.  Local couples are invited to a "kiss and tell" protest at the Intercity Mall.  The protest will take place at the Lush store in the mall this Saturday at 11:38 am.

Police charge 16 year old

A 16 year old man is charged in connection with a break and enter at a River Terrace home on Tuesday.  The minor is charged with Break and Enter, Possession of Stolen Property and Breach of Probation.  Police are investigating similar incidents in the John Street and Junot Avenue area.  Officers are investigating any links between this recent break and enter and the ones in the John Street area.

Woodcrest school set to expand

Woodcrest Public School will be expanding thanks to two million dollars in provincial funds.  Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro says the expansion is needed because of the growing student population.  Mauro adds the Principal of the elementary school is thrilled with the news.  The two million dollars for Woodcrest is part of a larger province wide announcement for schools across Ontario.

Confederation College gets a million

Confederation College is using a million dollars in provincial government funds to purchase more equipment for the new REACH building.  The REACH facility will have a simulated nursing and dental lab, jail cells, and mock court room.  The new training facility will be wired to communicate with the regional campuses across the Northwest.

Postal workers expect the government to step in

Thunder Bay's postal workers think it's only a matter of time before the government tables back to work legislation against them.  CUP-W Local 620 President Brenda Johnston says workers want to get back to work and thinks having the government step in isn't that bad of an idea.  Johnston says that would lead to arbitration which get negotiations back on track.

Air Canada workers picket in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay's Air Canada workers aren't happy with the government's plans to bring in back to work legislation.  Striking worker Brenda Lamerin says the Harper Government should keep its nose out of labour issues. Ottawa has served formal notice it could table back to work legislation within 48 hours.  Workers are picketing in front of the Thunder Bay Airport.

Joan Powell new Director

The Catholic School Board has a new Director of Education.  Former Superintendent Joan Powell will start her new gig August 1st.  Powell replaces outgoing Director John DeFaveri.