2011 was an exceptional year for cancer care in Northwestern Ontario according to Michael Power, the CEO at the Cancer Centre. Power says there are several highlights to point to including funding for a new cyclotron. Power says to expect an announcement in the new year of a multi million dollar investment in new radiation technology
Growth and investment in the northwest is how MPP Bill Mauro looks at 2011. Mauro says he stands by the government's record even though he and fellow MPP Michael Gravelle faced defeat in the October election. 2012 should be an interesting one at Queens Park as the McGuinty government tries to work in a minority situation. Looking ahead Mauro says the upcoming budget will be one to watch.
MP Greg Rickford is all smiles when he talks about 2011. First he was re-elected in his Kenora Riding and then his Conservative party won a majority government. The year also saw Rickford take some of the national spotlight for the Harper government in the Attawapiskat crisis.
Thunder Bay MP John Rafferty says 2011 was a year of mixed emotions for the NDP. In his look back on the year Rafferty says there were huge strides made in the election with the low point being the death of their leader Jack Layton. The year will also go down as an interesting one for Rafferty. He and his fellow NDPRer Bruce Hyer were sanctioned for voting against their party on the Long Gun Registry, but he's doing what he can to be the voice of his constituents. Rafferty predicts 2012 will be a struggle for the NDP since the Harper government has a majority.
As 2011 closes out on the Fort William First Nation, Chief Peter Collins says it was a positive year. He says the reserve made history with the signing of a land claim agreement with the Canadian and Ontario governments. Strategic planning will play a key role for the Fort William First Nation in 2012. Looking to the future, Chief Collins says that planning will be centred around economic development and adds, the community will keep looking for different economic opportunities.
Mayor Keith Hobbs now has a full year under his belt. He says that 2011 was a good year for him even though he had to plow through some rough spots, like being kicked off the Police Service's Board for most of the year, but says he's resilient The Mayor says to watch for the city to continue getting aggressive with economic development in 2012 adding, the new year should bring an added push to get new development here
The Health Sciences Centre will be going into some uncharted territory in the new year. President Andre Robichaud says 2012 will be the first full year for the hospital under its new strategic plan. It's a four year plan which they plan to pursue aggressively next year. Robichaud says in 2011 the hospital reached or exceeded its objectives.
City buses will be running during the Christmas holidays. On Dec. 25, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, Thunder Bay Transit will provide service on the holiday schedule which is the same as the Sunday schedule. For more information, visit. www.thunderbay.ca/transit
Abolishing the federal long gun registry is going to have to be a New Year's resolution for the Harper Government. The last session of Parliament ended last week without the bill being passed. Kenora M.P. Greg Rickford expects the legislation will finally make it through the House of Commons early in the new year. The next session of Parliament is scheduled to start in February.
No one is hurt as the result of a house fire this morning at 103 Peter Street. Platoon Chief Dave Nelson says it began just before 9 o'clock in the basement of the bungalow. A woman who was in the house at the time escaped the blaze. There's no word on what may have caused the fire.
Thunder Bay's Fire Department wants you to have a safe holiday season. Spokesperson Bob Vander Ploeg says there are a number of ways fires can start over the holiday season. Vander Ploeg says keep an eye on candles especially when kids and animals are around them.
Nishnawbe Aski Police have put an end to bootlegger operation in Kashechewan. They stopped two men at the LCBO in Moosonee who were attempting to bring booze to the community. Police seized 225 units of booze with a street value of over 17-thousand dollars.