Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Group Wants Answers

A group of concerned Northwood residents want answers from the City in regards to the May 28th flood disaster.  Spokesperson Al Ukrainec says they want to know why the neighbourhood is plagued with storm water, sewage and drainage problems.   They'll be at the ward meeting tonight at Grandview Lodge.

New Police HQ On FWFN

The Anishinabek Police Service has a new home on the Fort William First Nation.  They recently christened their new building and Police Chief John Syrette says it's a vast improvement from their previous buildings.   6 officers will be housed in the new 500 thousand dollar building.

Flu Hits T.Bay

The flu has hit Thunder Bay.  Health Unit Spokesperson Darlene Binette says the lab has confirmed flu has made it's way into the community.  One child in the community has come down with the flu and an outbreak has been reported at the Bethammi Seniors Home.  The Health Unit is urging the public to get a flu shot and has added a walk-in flu clinic to its schedule on Monday at their headquarters on Balmoral and William.

Murray Promises To Champion NWO Causes

A Champion for the North, that's the message Glen Murray wants to get across as he makes his bid to lead the provincial government. Murray, who is running to replace Premier Dalton McGuinty, says he totally understands the needs and concerns of the North. Murray adds he feels the South has given Northwestern Ontario a raw deal.

Wawa Promised Relief $

The Community of Wawa is receiving word from the province that it is eligible to receive funds from the Province's Disaster Relief Fund. Part of the Trans-Canada Highway were washed out two weeks ago thanks to a monstrous rainstorm that made its way through the area. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Bob Chiarelli toured the area yesterday and says a price tag for the damage is still far away. Chiarelli toured the flood damaged area with Mayor Linda Nowicki and promptly offered the province's help.

Drive To Save Power Plant In Full Gear

The decision to suspend the conversion of the Mission Island generating station to natural gas is causing great concern among city and area leaders.   Some believe it will put mining growth at risk.  With the possibility the plant could be mothball altogether there was a call to meet with Energy Minister Chris Bentley.  That meeting has now been arranged.  MPP Bill Mauro says it will take place on Tuesday in Toronto and will be to stress the importance of moving forward with the with conversion plans

Hospital Board Meetings Streamed On-line

You can be a fly on the wall during the Health Sciences Centre's board meetings. The hospital is going to stream their meetings live starting with tonight's meeting at 5:00 p.m. A link to the meetings can be found here:

City Solicitor Back At Work

The City's Solicitor is back. Rosalie Evans spent a year away working with the local Weiler, Maloney, & Nelson law firm.  Evans says it's her first week back and she's playing catch up. Evans spent the year learning more about labour relations.

Second Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against City

For the second time this year the city is facing legal action in connection with the May 28th disaster. The latest class-action lawsuit has been filed by a Toronto legal firm representing three city plaintiffs and claims over half a billion dollars in damages. The city confirms it has received a statement of claim. None of the allegations have been proven in court and only one of the two class-action suits can be certified by the courts, if at all.

Hydro Installing Solar Panels

Thunder Bay Hydro is getting Maki Bay Solar to install solar power systems on the roof of the Victoriaville Parkade and on the paramedics headquarters on Junot Avenue.   Both projects have begun and are expected to be finished this December.