Wednesday, September 5, 2012

City's First Bike Racks For Business Installed

Thunder Bay's first bike rack has been installed in front of the restaurant "Made Fresh."  It's one of almost 30 that the Clean Green and Beautiful Committee paid for.  Active Transportation Coordinator Adam Krupper says they'll be telling the committee how well their project went.  All of the bike racks should be installed by the end of October.

LU Braun Building Welcomes Back Native Nursing

Lakehead University's Braun Building is welcoming back programs. A fire in 2008 caused the Native Nursing Program to move out of their workspace on the second floor.  The program is now back in their familiar building as of today.  Spokesperson Sandra Cornell says they're happy to be back.  Around 25 students are enrolled in this year's course.

Mayor Makes A Splash For Tourism

Mayor Keith Hobbs and the Marina's Splash Pad are going to be featured in the 2013 Thunder Bay Experience Magazine.  Tourism Manager Paul Pepe says it was fun to get the Mayor to roll up his trousers and take a dip in the splash pad.

14 Year Old Boy Reportedly Propositioned At Mall

A 14 year old boy says he was propositioned at the Grandview Mall recently. The boy told City Police at around 5 o'clock on Sunday he entered the mall's washroom where he was approached by an older man. Police say the boy was able to get himself out of the washroom and ran into the mall corridor. Officers are looking for a 50 year old man, 5'9 with an average build. The suspect is described as having salt and pepper hair, stubble on his face and wearing round glasses. He was seen leaving westbound from the mall on a mountain bike.

RNAO's Grinspun In Fort Hope Today

The head of the Registered Nurses' Association is in Fort Hope today.  Doris Grinspun wants to see firsthand how the community's nursing station is dealing with the healthcare needs of Fort Hope.  Grinspun wants to find ways her organization can help recruit and retain nurses for remote Northern communities.

Public Input On Paterson Park

The City wants to hear your thoughts on what to do with Paterson Park.  A town hall meeting is being put on Thursday by the non-profit group 8-80 Cities.  City Spokesperson Werner Schwar says they'll be collecting input at Thursday night's meeting at City Hall.  The goal of the project is to make the park more user friendly for users of all ages.  The meeting will be held at 6:30 Thursday night.  A second meeting will be held on Saturday at Paterson Park from 10 til 2. 

Scholars Education Centre Takes On Sylvan Clients

Parents and guardians have one less educational option for kids returning to school.  Sylvan Learning Centre has closed its doors and clients are now being referred to Scholars Education Centre.  Jaimie Jorgenson of Scholars says they're more than willing to accommodate students after the surprising news.

Bartolucci Defends NPI

The provincial Liberals are defending their decision to set up a Northern Policy Institute that will provide input to government.   Northern Development Minister Rick Bartolucci says they have the support from northerners.  Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell feels an all-northern Ontario legislative committee would be a better and cheaper approach.

Lakehead Schools Sorting Out Class Rooms

The Lakehead Public School Board is responding to some complaints from parents who want to transfer their children into their schools this fall.  Superintendent of Education Ian MacRae says the schools aren't full they just can't accept students until after they sort out how many students they have at each school. MacRae says they made their enrollment projections in the Spring and now they need to see how many of those students are actually attending their schools.

New Law School Accepting Applications Soon

The deadline to apply for the first school year at the Northern Ontario Law School is quickly approaching.  Founding Dean Lee Stuesser says would-be students have until November 1st.  The school will open in the fall of 2013.