Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Roadway subject of open house

The public is having its say on proposals for the Junot Avenue and Golf Links Road area. Residents came out to an open house Tuesday to get an idea of what might happen on that stretch of city roadway. Development Services Manager Mark Smith promises all ideas will be taken seriously. A consultant's ideas for the corridor were the centrepiece of the open house.

Leaders walk away unsatisfied.

The Chief of the Fort William First Nation isn't too thrilled about today's meeting with the Prime Minister. Peter Collins says that he and other Aboriginal leaders didn't get the commitment they were looking for on a number of issues.  He also wasn't satisfied that Stephen Harper did not make a move to scrapping the Indian Act, a demand from many of the Aboriginal leaders in attendance at today's conference. Meantime, Nishnawbe Aski Grand Chief Stan Beardy says he was hoping for an update on treaty relationships, but that didn't happen.  The Grand Chief says a hundred years later and they're still waiting for the Government to do their part on the treaties.

Ruberto wants more say in location of cell towers

Bell Mobility Towers garnered some more discussion at council.  Councillor Aldo Ruberto took issue with the fact that Bell wants to build 3 very tall towers instead using existing ones.  Development Services Manager Mark Smith said he thinks people understand that these towers are needed to support technology that we want to use.  In the end council voted to send a letter to the Federal Government confirming that Bell held public consultations.

Grand Chief attracts national media

Nishanawbe Aski Grand Chief Stan Beardy is one of many First Nations leaders who are in Ottawa today meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  Prior to the gathering the Grand Chief was interviewed by the national media on his concerns heading into the conference.

Hobbs has high praise for Noront

Mayor Hobbs is excited about prospects for the "other" player in the Ring of Fire mining zone. In a speech to the Thunder Bay Rotary Club, Hobbs praised Noront Resources for its plans for the mineral rich area.  He says we are finding out quickly that Cliff's Natural Resources isn't the only player there. Noront is making a presentation in the near future to council on it's Eagle's Nest project.

OPP look for missing man

Schreiber OPP are looking for a missing 31 year old Terrace Bay man. Greg Muckaday was last seen during the early morning hours of January 23 at his home. He's described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs 160 pounds. Muckaday was last seen wearing a brown sweater jacket, blue jeans, and snow pants. A variety of law enforcement organizations are currently searching the Terrace Bay area for the missing man.

Waterloo Mac's Mart Robbery

Police are releasing pictures of the man who robbed a Mac's Convenience Store over the weekend.  The suspect is described as being slim and standing six feet tall.  He was wearing a black toque, black jacket, grey shirt and pants.  On Saturday, someone robbed the Waterloo Street Mac's with a large knife.

Lakehead continues Dean search

Lakehead University is starting to whittle down it's list of potential Law School Deans. Spokesperson Rodney Hanley says they should have a short list of candidates in February. Hanley says they've received applications from people in Canada and around the world.

Children in Critical Care

OPP continue to investigate a serious two vehicle collision on Lakeshore Drive in Shuniah.  Yesterday. a Ford Focus was traveling east bound when the driver lost control and collided with a west bound Ford Explorer.  The driver of the focus and three children were transported to hospital.  Two children are currently listed in critical condition.