Thursday, February 9, 2012
City Councillor Larry Hebert is echoing many residents thoughts on the escalating water rates. Hebert says they've asked administration to consider a lower rate for this year. Some Councillors would like to see a 3.4 percent increase rather than a 6.7 percent one. A report with the lower water rate will come back to council in the future. Meanwhile Councillor Rebecca Johnson says one way or another the rate will go up, putting it off will just cost the city more money in the long run because the difference will have to be debentured. Johnson says it might be better to just take the hit now.
Thunder Bay MP John Rafferty is happy to see the long gun registry debate come to an end. The final vote for the controversial bill is expected to come to a close on Wednesday. Rafferty says there are so many other issues the Federal Government should be focusing on instead of the gun registry. Rafferty says he hasn't had any further blow back from his party over his recent voting on the gun registry.
There's Northwestern Ontario support for Paul Dewar's bid to lead the federal NDP. Maurice Grinstead, the riding association president in Thunder Bay Superior North, says Dewar's recent visit to the city cinched it for him.