Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quality Market Closing

Quality Market is closing it's two locations. The family owned company has operated in Thunder Bay for 24 years and will be closing their doors soon. All stock is being marked down immediately.  The owners are declining to comment on how many people will be affected or why the stores are being closed.

Chamber Doesn't Like Golf Decision

The head of the Chamber of Commerce is upset the city has decided to keep Municipal Golf Course open for one more year. Council decided in the spring to close Municipal but at Monday night's meeting delayed the closure until the end of 2013. Chamber President Harold Wilson is concerned about the impact this decision will have on the development and delivery of the City's core business review.

OPP Looking For Suspect

The OPP are continuing to look for a man wanted in connection to a stolen vehicle investigation from last week.  Nipigon police tried to stop a stolen vehicle on Highway 17 when the driver fled.  Recently, officers were notified about a break and enter to a camp on Nipigon Bay Road. They believe it's the same person and are looking for a man between the ages of 30 and 50 years old with dark curly hair.

Don't Let The Bedbugs Bite

The Social Services Board is taking complaints of bed bugs at the Royal Edward Arms seriously. Spokesperson Terry Flaherty says they've dealt with five confirmed cases this month alone. Terry Flaherty says any future cases of bed bugs should be reported immediatly and they will deal with it as soon as possible.

A Cautious Response From Virdiramo

The chair of the city's Police Service's Board says he supports the mayor's decision to step down from the board. Keith Hobbs says he's too restricted in what he can say and do sitting as a board member. Chair Joe Virdiramo was cautious in his reaction to the news and would only add that he looks forward to working with the new member.  The new city council representative for the board is going to be chosen October 22nd.

Mauro Credits McGuinty For North's Progress

Premier McGuinty's decision to step down as liberal leader is a surprise to Thunder Bay MPP Bill Mauro who says McGuinty has been good to the north.  Mauro says we have made great strides in this part of the province, and it couldn't have happened without McGuinty.  Mauro says he respects McGuinty's decision and says he personally thanked the premier for the support he has shown to him and his riding of Thunder Bay-Atikokan

Gravelle Saddened By Premier's Decision

Premier Dalton McGuinty's decision to resign is stirring up the passions in some of his most loyal supporters including Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle. He says McGuinty will be missed  and calls him an extraordinary supporter of Northern Ontario, a great man and the best premier the province has ever had. 

Hobbs Stepping Down From Police Board

Mayor Keith Hobbs is resigning from the city's Police Services Board.   Hobbs says his past policing career has frequently created situations where he's had to declare a conflict of interest.  He says the move will help him to freely comment on community safety issues.  A new city council representative will be chosen on October 22nd. 

Hobbs On McGuinty

Mayor Keith Hobbs isn't surprised by the Premier's decision to step down.  Hobbs says he was tipped off by Liberal insiders.  The Mayor says Thunder Bay will be fine during the transition to the new Leader.  Hobbs says the City has met most of the important players in the McGuinty cabinet.  Hobbs says they've met most of the possible replacements.

Golf Course Saved

Municipal Golf Course is going to stay open for another year. The City is letting the course operate for just one more year while a group looks at making it more affordable.  City Councillor Rebecca Johnson was one of several to vote against the course. Johnson says she can't support keeping a course open when people are having a hard time paying their taxes.