Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NAN Grand Chief Talks Of Change

The new Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation is promising change. Harvey Yesno says he is looking to take different approaches to treaty rights and land development with one key promise on behalf of the area First Nations under his watch, that members will no longer be protesting over their lands anymore, but protecting them. As for negotiations with government over resource development, Yesno says face to face talks at the community level is what's needed. He adds that memos, e-mails and phone calls won't cut it.

Rafferty Remembers Layton

The MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River is remembering his N.D.P. Party leader Jack Layton with great fondness. John Rafferty is commemorating the one-year anniversary of Layton's death today. Rafferty says there is a permanent reminder of Layton now in Thunder Bay. Rafferty says Layton was a big outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed his time spent here in the city.

Local Teachers Rep Condemns Bill

A bill forcing teacher's back to work is expected to be introduced by the McGuinty government on Monday.  That's not sitting well with the President of the local chapter of the Elementary Teachers of Ontario Ellen Chambers.  She says the government is setting a dangerous precedent and that the teachers and local boards across the province still had time to iron out a new contract before the start of the school

New Role For Heart Doctor

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is welcoming Dr. Mark Henderson to his new roles.   He is now the Executive Vice President of Chronic Disease Prevention and Vice President of Cancer Services for the Northwest Regional Cancer Program.   The heart specialist says this is his first foray into administration and will be taking at least one day a week to attend to some cardiac duties.

Hunting Info Session Tomorrow

Bow hunters who are planning to take part in the city's first controlled deer hunt can get the 4-1-1 on the rules at a public session Thursday evening at Confederation College starting at 7o'clock. It will also be so officials can expel some of the myths surrounding the hunt. Police Inspector Alan McKenzie expects rules will be followed with most hunters getting the written consent required from rural landowners.

Hydro Leases E-Car

You'll be seeing a lot of Thunder Bay Hydro's new electric car scooting around town.   General Manager Rob Mace says they've leased the Nissan Leaf and plan to use it to promote the utility's conservation programs and attend events.

Young Historian Gets National Props

A huge honour for Vermilion Bay's Emma Lang. Lang has been named a finalist in this year's Canada's History Young Citizens program. Her history project on the Red Lake's Ken Leishman, otherwise known as the Flying Bandit, has been identified as one of the best and she will now compete for the top prize. A national panel of judges will now review the videos of 30 finalists and announce six winners. The winners receive a trip to Ottawa to participate in the Governor General's History Awards.

1 Month Old Baby Boy Dies

Dryden City Police are asking for help from their colleagues as they look further into the death of a 1 month old baby boy. Police responded on Monday to a report of Christian Desgagne dying. A post mortem examination is taking place today in Toronto. Dryden Police have asked for help from the O.P.P. North West Crime Unit and also the Criminal Investigation Branch as they search for answers surrounding the baby boy's death.

Thunderwolves Split Squad Tips Off Tonight

Lakehead University Men's Basketball players hit the hardwood tonight in the first of two exhibition games. They're participating in a split squad game featuring try-out players against members of the University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils. Tip-off is at 7:00 O'clock at the L.U. Thunderdome.