Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A terrible tragedy on the Poplar Hill First Nation. OPP say that a 33 year old woman from that community is charged in connection with the death of an eighteen month old boy from Pikangikum . They say she was the toddler's caregiver. Police say the death took place last week, but they only got around to charging the woman on Sunday. The cause of death is still under investigation
The Provincial Government is rolling out new fundraising guidelines for Ontario School Boards. Lakehead Public School Board Spokesperson Kirsti Alaksa says the new rules come at a good time since they're reviewing their fundraising policy and want public input. Alaksa says their policy is similar to the Provincial Government's and notes they're tweaking it to include more transparency and a rule that funds can not be used towards capital projects.
Canada is lagging behind its fellow nations when it comes to its treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. That's according to the local office of the Alzheimer's Society after the United States just adopted a strategy to fight dementia and Denton says Canada needs to follow suit. Executive Director Alison Denton says they warned the Harper Government of the escalating rise of dementia over 2 years ago.
The future of the Hillcourt Trailer Park in the City will be up for discussion again in two weeks time. Council heard from trailer park residents last night asking the City to maintain ownership. However, Councillor Ken Boshcoff says the City no longer needs to operate the trailer park. Council is expected to vote on whether or not to sell the trailer park at a public meeting June 11th. Meanwhile, City Council passed a by-law that will allow bow hunting within City limits. Also a report on increasing supervision and operating hours at local outdoor hockey rinks will be back before Council in July.
It will be another week before the inquest hearing into the death of Reggie Bushie will begin. It was scheduled to start today in Thunder Bay, but a spokesperson in the regional coroners office says it will now take place a week from tomorrow, May 23rd. No reason was given for the delay. The body of the 15 year old was recovered from the McIntyre River in 2007. The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding the death, including the issues that face First Nations students who come to Thunder Bay from their home communities to attend school.