Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lakehead Public Board likes Anti Bullying Legislation

The Lakehead Public School board is happy with the province's new bullying legislation.  Director of Education Cathi Siemieniuk says the school board supports tougher punishments in bullying cases.  The McGuinty Government introduced a bill that would allow students to be expelled if they bully other students.

Twolves Coach a fan of 4 ref system

The OUA is testing out a 4 man reffing system this season.  Thunderwolves Head Coach Joel Scherban says this past weekend's games against Laurier had the 4 man team and he liked it.  Scherban says it leads to a more open game and helps eliminate stick work behind the play, that normally gets missed when there is only one head ref.  Scherban says the timing is right, to switch to a permanent 4 man system.

More delays for hotel announcement

More delays for the developer who wants to have a hotel built on the waterfront. Gisele MacDonald says the location of a water main at the site caused a delay in the land sale with the city, but is in the process of being settled. MacDonald won't speculate on when an announcement will be made. The delay means an announcement on the hotelier won't come until the new year.

Gravelle says Ontario is a leader at protecting species

Ontario is a leader in North America when it comes to protecting species at risk.  Thats the opinion of Province's Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle in regards to Environment Commissioner Gord Miller's recent report.  Miller says the Province isn't doing enough to protect endangered species.  Gravelle says the key challenge is finding a balance between protecting animals and job creation.

Bouchard on literacy mission

Order of Canada Member David Bouchard is trying to inspire Aboriginal and First Nation youth to pick up a book and read. Westgate Students gathered this morning to hear Bouchard's message. Bouchard is a Metis writer and is touring across Canada as a literacy advocate.

World AIDS Day Thursday

Thunder Bay's local AIDS group is marking World AIDS day Thursday.  Spokesperson Bob Manson says their fourth annual breakfast will be held tomorrow morning at the Victoria Inn.

Lang receives lifetime achievement award

Confederation College's past President is being honoured by the Premier.  Pat Lang received the lifetime achievement award.  Four Confederation College Alumni's were also nominated at the recent Premier's Awards.

Canada Border tales

The Canada Border Service Agency is telling tales out of school.  They've released monthly stats for the Pigeon River crossing in October.  Among the highlights, include a Canadian man who went across for a day and came back with a vintage car.  The man provided a border agent with a fake receipt for five thousand dollars but after close examination revealed it cost almost 10 thousand dollars.  He was dinged with over 2-thousand dollars in fines.