Monday, November 7, 2011

Travel Smart Plan approved

Thunder Bay City Council is throwing it's support behind a new transportation plan.  The plan requires 150-thousand dollars and when implemented would come out of the 2012 capital budget.  Councillor Andrew Foulds didn't see the point for another plan when they already have a transit plan and an active transportation plan. Consultant Jim Gough defended the plan at Monday night's City Council meeting.  The Travel Smart Plan encourages people to use healthier less costly forms of travel like buses, and car pooling.

First ever Crime Prevention Awards

Nine local organizations were honored for their work in making the community a safer place.  It was part of the first ever Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards.  Members of the Public School Board, a local high school student, and Police Sgt. Glen Porter were among the residents celebrated at Monday night's awards.

Search for law school dean underway

Brian Stevenson
The search is on for the Founding Dean of the new law school at Lakehead University. LU's Rodney Hanley has put together a search committee and the hopes the process can be completed by the summer.  He says a short list of candidates should be ready by the end of the year with interviews taking place in January or February.  He says he's tried to include a good cross section of the community on the committee.  Hanley calls it an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant.

No word on Federal funding for Multi-Plex

The City is still waiting to find out if we'll receive Federal Funding for the proposed Multi Plex.  City Manager Tim Commisso says they were hoping to hear about the P-3 funding a couple of weeks ago. Commisso says the recent Provincial election could have slowed down the process a little. 

George Jeffery joins Parade of Lights

The annual Parade of Lights is set for December 3rd. Organizer Greg Stephenson says this year the George Jeffery Children's Centre is on board as one of the fundraising recipients along with Autism Ontario, the Therapeutic Riding Association and Special Olympics.The goal this year is to raise 20 thousand dollars.

Missing Kayakers are safe

The pair of missing Kayakers on Lake Superior have been found safe and sound.  Officials at the Trenton Search and Rescue Centre says the pair stayed on Thompson Island because of strong winds and plan on staying until the winds subside.  They were originally supposed to be home yesterday.

Chase reached high speeds

An arrest warrant is out for the owner of a pick up truck that OPP say was involved in a high speed chase on city streets over the weekend. Sgt. Dan Peters says the officer had to call off the chase when speeds reached 145 kilometres an hour.  The incident took place around 2 a.m Saturday.

Crime Prevention Week is on

The police are doing their part for Crime Prevention Week, which is on right now.  Constable Julie Tillbury says the City Police and the OPP are joining forces Wednesday to staff an information booth at the Intercity Mall. 

Petition started to help Humane Society

The Thunder Bay Humane Society is getting some online support.  A petition is looking for 10 thousand online signatures on the website  So far there are over 400 signatures and its making its way across social media sites. 

Dufresne million dollar challenge

Thunder Bay's Health Sciences Centre has received a nice bonus.  The hospital is the recipient of the million dollar Dufresne Charity Challenge.  Mark Dufrense is the president of Dufresne Furniture and says the challenge was a one-time only donation to the communities they serve.  Dufresne says the successful agencies have been asked to match the donation from the Charity Challenge.

Ontario Wood Works picks 3 area winners

Three local groups have been honoured by Ontario Wood Works. Wood Works recognizes people and organizations that creatively utilize the use of wood in construction. The Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout has won the Northern Ontario Excellence Award. The Architect Wood Advocate Award has been handed to Kenora's Nelson Architecture.

Hydro crews working on Arthur

A section of Arthur Street between James and Edward street is going to be crowded Tuesday.  Thunder Bay Hydro crews are working in the eastbound lanes of that road.  Hydro is suggesting motorists avoid the area and plan different routes.

T.Bay wants more immigrants

Thunder Bay wants to be more welcoming to immigrants, and that's why they're holding an all day conference on the issue.  Spokesperson Michelle Lander says they'll talk about how they can do better. The forum takes place Tuesday at the Victoria Inn.

Matawa takes fight to Ottawa

Matawa First Nation is going to court over the environmental assessment process for the Ring of Fire. The group of First Nation Chiefs are in Ottawa today and will launch a judicial review against the Federal Government.  Matawa wants an independent review panel not the Federal Government's preffered comprehensive study.