Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hyer is putting punishment behind him

Bruce Hyer isn't letting his recent punishment for voting down the gun registry slow him down.  The Thunder Bay Superior North MP re-introduced his cell phone lock ban bill today in the house of commons.  Hyer says the bill will require cell companies un lock their phones at the end of contracts or when a phone is purchased outright.   

Rickford defends Thunder Bay MP's

Kenora MP Greg Rickford is defending Thunder Bay's NDP MP's.  Rickford says the party's decision to punish John Rafferty and Bruce Hyer for voted to end the long gun registry is very disappointing. Rickford says its a hypocritical move to punish the two MP's for voting for what their constituents want.

Mayors form new lobby group

Northern Ontario mayors are banding together to form the Council of Northern Mayors. Keith Hobbs says it follows this week's northern mayors meeting in Sault Ste. Marie. He says it's another way for our region to lobby governments.  Hobbs says the Council is now coming up with terms of reference.

Changes at the Health Science's Centre

There's a shake-up taking place at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. President Andree Robichaud says they are moving to a new program management system and changes are taking place from the senior level on down. Robichaud says the the changes are not intended to save money but to fall into line with the way other top hospitals are managed.

Arbitrator's award called fair

Kari Jefford
There is labour peace for 600 healthcare workers  employed at  Pioneer Ridge, Dawson Court and Grandview Lodge senior's homes.  Their union boss Kari Jefford has taken the wraps off of the abritrator's award and it shows a three year deal that gives the workers a 6 per cent wage increase.  Jefford calls it a fair deal.

Ministry probe continues in Terrace Bay

The work continues to help find the cause of the fatal explosion this week at Terrace Bay Pulp. William Lin of the Ministry of Labour says inspectors remain on the scene which remains closed.  He says that four work orders have been issued.   The orders include stopping all work at the mill and making sure the scene is not disturbed until the investigation is completed.  One person was killed and two others were injured in the blast.

Hyer and Rafferty receive support

Thunder Bay residents seem to be on the side of MP's John Rafferty and Bruce Hyer.  The two were stripped of their critic positions after going against party policy and voting for the long gun registry.

Brown talks Green

Atikokan's Mayor is responding to a report by Greenpeace saying biomass will put our forests and climate at risk.  Dennis Brown says that's not so.  Brown says the biomass project in his community is going to help keep his town employed.

Helicopter Crash in Kapuskasing

The Transportation Safety Board  is on the scene of a fatal helicopter crash near Kapuskasing.  All three people aboard died in yesterday's crash near Clear Lake.  The Sunrise Helicopters chopper pilot and two Tembec forestry workers were onboard when it crashed.