MP Pat Martin is apologizing for remarks he made in an interview with Global TV which referred.to Thunder Bay's Responsive Marketing Group in connection with the robocalls controversy. In an apology posted on his website Martin says he did not intend to impugn any notion of illegal behaviour to RMG. He says his statement was ill-advised. Over the weekend RMG slammed opposition MPs it says "level false and defamatory claims" against it . The company says it's cooperating fully with Elections Canada in it's probe of robocalls that were made to thousands of voters during the last federal election.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Health unit is sending out a warning to people to be careful with what they find under the melting snow. The District Health Unit's Superior Points Harm Reduction Program is reminding people to be careful if they find discarded needles. Officials say use tongs or pliers to pick up the needle and put it in a hard container that is clearly marked. You can dispose of the needles at any yellow metal disposal bins in the city that can be found on the Health Unit's website. Spokesperson Lori Franzen says while the risk of infection is very low, its important to be careful.
It's back for another season, the Northwest Film Fest is taking place once again at Silver City. Organizer Marty Mascarin says they again have over a dozen award winning features including the best picture winner at the Academy Awards , The Artist. The festival takes place over two Sundays, March 25th and April first.
Mascarin explains success of film festival
A task force seeking input into abuse and neglect in the province's long-term care homes won't be holding public meetings. Instead, it's set up a website to gather that input. Chair Gail Donner says they're working on some tight deadlines to get its recommendations into the government. The deadline to comment for the http://www.longtermcaretaskforce.ca/ is this Monday.
Residents in Rainy River are being urged to keep up the pressure on Ontario's Health Minister to help resolve their doctor shortage. Their MPP Sarah Campbell says assurances from Deb Matthews that the community's emergency room won't close when the lone doctor leaves is not a complete fix. Campbell says a letter writing campaign started by residents in Rainy River needs to continue to bring more long-term solutions.