Friday, March 23, 2012

Hospital CEO tops sunshine list

The provincial Sunshine List  is out and Thunder Bay remains well represented. The CEO of the Health Sciences Centre Andree Robichaud leads the way in Thunder Bay with a 2011 salary of 390 thousand dollars. Other highlights of the list saw LU President Brian Stevenson make 360 thousand dollars, the heads of the local school boards both made the list as well as Confederation College President Jim Madder. In total there were around 300 professors from both LU and Confederation college on the list. Another point of interest was North West LHIN CEO Laura Kokocinski who was paid just under 250 thousand dollars. Here is the link to the salary disclosure site.

Social workers join union

The Canadian Auto Workers Union is claiming victory after successfully organizing workers at the Alpha Court Non Profit Housing Corporation. Union spokesperson Jody Powers says the workers were concerned about the working atmosphere. The CAW now represents 26 mental health and addictions workers at the corporation.

City Police investigating hit and run

Thunder Bay Police are investigating a hit and run that happened just after 7:30 this morning.  Police say a 50 year old man was walking across the intersection of Isabella and Memorial when he was hit by a car.  The Driver stopped and asked if the man was okay and then left.  Officers say the pedestrian ended walking to work and was then taken to hospital.  Police are looking for a dark coloured midsize car.

Cyclist charged after colliding with car

A Cyclist is facing charges after being hit by a car last night in the City's north end.  The 31 year old woman was crossing John Street on the cross walk when she was hit by the car which was turning left off of Junot.  She was taken to hospital and was released shortly after.

How Tweet it is...the city is on Twitter

The city of Thunder Bay is on the Twitter bandwagon. Spokesperson Stacey Levanen says they've been on the social media site for some time, and are now taking it to the next level.  Levanen says they hope to incorporate Twitter into city run events, like open houses. @CityThunderBay

TD Green Streets program

The TD Green Streets Initiative is giving out money to a local organization.  Thunder Bay is getting a green street grant to put towards an urban forestry project

Minister Joe Oliver paying visit to T.Bay

The Federal Minister of Natural Resources is going to be in Thunder Bay next month.  Joe Oliver will be speaking to the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce on April 5th.  He'll be talking about post budget presentations and the mining industry.

Government buildings up for sale

The Province is selling eight of it's Government buildings.  It's a cost saving measure that includes the sale of a building here in Thunder Bay.  The Liberal Government is putting 189 Red River Road up for sale between 2013-2014 and plans to lease it back from the new owners.

Toronto council goes for LRT

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has lost his transit battle after city council voted against his subway plan.  City councillors voted 24-19 in favour of a motion to build light-rail transit to the east end along Sheppard Avenue instead of a subway, something Ford had pushed hard for.  This decision is expected to benefit Thunder Bay's Bombardier Plant.

NDP Leadership convention is on

New Democrats are gathering in Toronto for today's opening of their leadership convention, where a successor to the late Jack Layton will be chosen.  The perceived front-runner is Montreal M-P Thomas Mulcair, a former Quebec Liberal who has the most support from the party's caucus.  City Councillor and NDP supporter Iain Angus is throwing his support behind Mulcair as well.

T.Bay's inflation rate

Thunder Bay's inflation rate is on the rise.  It went up point seven percent from January to February; it now sits at 2.7 percent.  That's higher than the national rate which was 2.6 percent last month.

4 year old not hurt after accident

A 4 year old girl is unhurt after being involved in a car pedestrian accident last night on Algoma.  Staff Sgt. Paul Rodeghiero says it happened in front of the Finnish Book Store.  A car was turning when a man and his daughter were crossing the street.  The car swiped the little girl's legs and the driver was charged in the incident.