Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ring of Fire Consultation Process

The Matawa First Nation Ring of Fire Coordinator is sounding the alarms over consultation.  Raymond Ferris took time yesterday to reiterate that both levels of government need to create a consultation protocol for industrial activity on first nation land.  Ferris notes they're not pleased with the current consultation process.

Local hospital takes part in trial

Thunder Bay, Toronto, Kingston, London, Hamilton, and Ottawa are working on a cancer project together.  They'll be sampling tumors and providing the information back to Toronto.  Spokesperson Tarja Heiskanen says it's a big deal for the local hospital.  Heiskanen adds the project proves that if it can be done in Thunder Bay it can be done anywhere.

Rally infront of Mauro's office

Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro's office was the site of a protest Wednesday. A group of citizens are disenfranchised with the Children's Aid Society in Thunder Bay. They want the Province to give the Ombudsman oversight of CAS.

Cruisin' for a cause

Thursday is Cruisin' for a cause day at A&W's across Canada.  President Paul Hollands says money raised from the one day event will go towards the MS Society.  A dollar from each Teen Burger purchased today will go towards the charity.  Hollands says they hope to raise a million dollars this year.

School starts September 7th

The Lakehead Public School Board is preparing for the upcoming school year. Edcuation Officer Charles Bishop says they're rolling out wifi service at their high schools. The board is also welcoming an additional full day kindergarten location and a healthy lifestyles policy. Students go back to class September 7th.

Memorial set up for Layton at Stornoway

Layton's body will be lying in state in the foyer of the House of Commons for public viewing.  This morning in Stornoway, the residence of the official opposition, a small memorial was set up.  It included a can of orange crush, the symbol of Layton's surge and triumph in Quebec during the last Federal Election.  A state funeral will be held in Ottawa Saturday. 

Footbridge not closed

The city has called off a footbridge closure.  The walkway in Boulevard Lake Park over the Curernt River Dam was to be closed today and tomorrow.  The work that was to take place has been cancelled.

Twitter is the new driving force in the financial world

Twitter is changing the financial world, that's the opinion of Thunder Bay born investment expert Keith McCullough.  He says the social media site gives everyone an avenue to learn insider knowledge and faster than older media venues.  McCullough says the little guys in the financial game stand to benefit greatly by using Twitter.  He also says some of the big players he works with on Wall Street are dropping their hold methods and are using twitter to help make decisions. 

No one hurt in late night fire

No one was hurt after a 2 alarm Blaze on the city's North side.  Crews got the call just before midnight on Essex Court and managed to confine the fire to a downstairs bedroom.  There was also extensive heat and smoke damage throughout the house.

Thunder Bay will hold Layton memorial

You have a chance to pay your respects to NDP Leader Jack Layton tomorrow.  A memorial service will be held at Hillcrest park at 6 o'clock.  A book of condolences for his family will be there for people to sign.