Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Council is being asked some tough questions about the upcoming budget. The public had its chance to give input during Tuesday night's consultation meeting. Resident Frank Armiento thinks administration is wasting money by spending money on the corporate review process. He says the city should be able to find ways to save money themselves without hiring consultants. Chamber of Commerce President Harold Wilson says the Chamber supports increased spending for infrastructure but savings need to be found to prevent tax increases. Mayor Hobbs was happy to hear from residents and thinks for the most part people want to see the roads taken care of in the city but its clear people are not happy with tax increase. Council will be back at it Wednesday night where its expected the water rate will take centre stage.
Thunder Bay's Regional Health Sciences Centre is embarking on a new way of treating cardiac patients. They've teamed up with ORNGE ambulance, Superior North EMS and hospital staff to ensure patients can receive round the clock angioplasty care. Cardiac Doctor Andrea McDougall says air ambulance will also help bring patients to Thunder Bay to have their arteries opened.