Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ministry allows bridge work to resume

Work has now resumed at the site of the MacKenzie Bridge, the first time that's happened since the death of a worker at the construction site in June. Matt Blajer of the Ministry of Labour says that Ministry officials are giving the company the green light.  He says that means the company involved has complied with all the work orders it was given.

Advisory back up at Boulevard Lake

The hot weather is causing problems for people who want to cool off at the local beaches.  The Health Unit already has a swimming advisory up at the main beach at Chippewa Park and has now posted one at Sunnyside Beach at Boulevard Lake due to high bacteria levels.

High price of gold affects jewellery demand

The talk at next week's jewellery show in Toronto will be the price of gold which is over 16 hundred dollars an ounce. Thunder Bay's Dave Douglas says that price is causing many consumers to buy products made of something else adding that silver has taken the place of gold as far as jewellery goes.  Douglas says with the price of gold predicted to go higher, buying gold now is the wise choice.

Weather not cooperating with MNR

The heat is on as firefighters in Northwestern Ontario continue to battle over a hundred wildfires in the region. Annemarie Piscopo of the Ministry of Natural Resource says mother nature isn't helping as there has been a minimal amount of rain this week.  Piscopo adds, the fire hazard is high to extreme at the west end of the region and moderate closer to Thunder Bay

Syrian people won't get help from the West

Despite widespread violence in Syria, western powers are unlikely to intervene.  That's the feeling of Lakehead University Political Science Expert Laure Paquette who says there is no economic benefit for Western Powers to intervene which means the people in Syria are on their own.  There has been an increase in reports about violence, torture and imprisonment in the country over the last few days.

Environment Canada cuts could affect local weather services

Proposed personnel cuts at Environment Canada could impact local weather predicting.  The Federal Government wants to layoff 700 people at the crown agency and our Meteorologist Bill Laidlaw says cuts to radar or weather modelling services will make predicting weather in Northwestern Ontario far more difficult.

Sharp cements relationship with Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks and Patrick Sharp will be partners for the next 5 years.    The Thunder Bay native has received a nearly 30 million dollar contract extension from the NHL club.  General manager Stan Bowman calls the 29 year old Sharp one of the hockey's elite players as well as a fixture in Chicago

RFDA gets 150 K

 The organization which makes sure 28 food banks in Northwestern Ontario are stocked is getting 150 thousand dollars from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Regional Food Distribution Association will use the money over one year to make necessary roof repairs and add insulation at it's Thunder Bay headquarters. The foundation says it will help to ensure the RFDA is able to continue its work. .

Liberals in Kenora-Rainy River choose Leek

Liberals in Kenora-Rainy River have their candidate the October provincial election.  Emo township councillor Anthony Leek says he's ready to begin the campaign.  Leek was unopposed at last night's nomination meeting in Fort Frances