Monday, January 16, 2012
City Councillors will soon have only one round of 3 questions after deputations at council meetings. Council approved the motion from the coordinating committee last night that is aimed at shortening discussions. City Clerk John Hannam says council can still add other rounds of questioning at any time.
Council has voted in favour of the Emergency Services Shared Facility Strategy. The plan will see EMS expand from 3 satellite facilities to 5. Chief Norm Gale says the plan would increase the response time and provide significant improvements on services. Gale says EMS will now have to come back with a study that will take a closer look at the locations for some of the proposed satellite facilities.
Hockey Northwestern Ontario is hoping to develop a Hockey Breakfast for kids in the city. Spokesperson Pat Sutherby asked council to donate an hour and a half of free ice time once a week. Sutherby says the kids would get instruction and then provide a nutritional breakfast. Council hopes to have a report complete in 3 weeks.
WestJet developing a regional jet service could mean a big opportunity for Confederation College students. Dean of Aviation Joe Vieira says it will benefit both pilots and mechanics by increasing the jobs pool.
Police are asking shoppers to keep an eye on their purses after 3 reports of missing wallets came in over the weekend. Constable Julie Tilbury says in two of the incidents wallets were stolen at Chapters book store. A third incident involved credit cards being used to purchase items from three separate stores in the Intercity area.