Friday, November 18, 2011

Heavy fine levied on ski area

A local ski operator is facing a big fine in connection with a fatal workplace accident. Matt Blajer  of the Ministry of Labour says it came after Loch Lomand Ski Area pleaded guilty to one charge under the province's Occupational Health and Safety Act. The fine is 70 thousand dollars plus a 17 per cent victim surcharge. The incident took place in September of 2009 and saw an 18 year old worker electrocuted after a steel ladder he was holding touched an electrical wire.

Snow causes collisions in Thunder Bay

Its been a busy day for police due to the slippery conditions.  There has been 27 collisions on the roads since just before 9 this morning.  Police are reminding people to drive to the conditions and slow down. 

DSSAB dilemma

The District Social Service's Administration Board is having a dilemma with its new building and it's not even finished yet. Chair Iain Angus says added provincial responsibilities may mean there won't be room in the new building for added staff so they're looking at options like where to rent extra space from.  He says other options could be to build a new facility or add a third floor to the new quarters.

Benefits of tax break not clear for St. Joe's

The head of St. Joseph's Care Group is welcoming a seniors tax credit from the province. The credit is a promise from the McGuinty Liberals to encourage senior care at home. However St. Joe's Tracy Buckler will not speculate on any possible spin offs for her organization.  Buckler says that having more seniors stay at home has the potential to relieve pressure on the health care system.

Hyer ponders third reading vote

Bruce Hyer isn't saying if he'll be voting to scrap the long-gun registry when it comes up again for third reading in Parliament.  The Thunder Bay NDP MP says even though he has voted against the party line on the issue, he's taking this time to consider his options and won't commit to anything until he sees the final legislation.  However,  he says he wants to keep the promise he made to his constituents.  Hyer, and fellow NDP MP John Rafferty have been punished by the party for the way they voted.  Rafferty says he'll vote the same way as he did before.

A snap-shot of local hockey history

Thirty years after his death, Thunder Bay author David Nicholson is now telling the story about his cousin Bruce Gamble. "Gamble in Goal" is a book about Gamble's career in the NHL compiled from interviews Nicholson did with family and friends.   Nicholson says the book took about 14 years to write.

Maltese wins Environment Award

Grade seven student Sophia Maltese is happy to win the TD Friends of the Environment Art Contest.  Her school Bishop E.Q. Jennings gets over seven thousand dollars because of Maltese' artwork.  Maltese wants the school to use the money to create an outdoor classroom. On top of the cash prize, Maltese gets a digital camera.

Inflation drops in Thunder Bay

Our inflation rate is on the decline.  Thunder Bay's rate went from 3.4 percent in September to 3 percent last month.  That followed the National and provincial trends that both fell last month to sit at 2.9 and 2.7 percent respectively.

Kids with Cancer Soccer on Sunday

Two Soccer teams will square off Sunday to raise money for kids living with cancer.  Spokesperson Kyle Van Ravenswaay invites the public to come out and cheer on the teams.  You can make a pledge before and during the game that starts Sunday at the Sportsdome.