Thursday, December 20, 2012

Province Gives Cash To John Howard Society

The Provincial Government is providing 28-thousand dollars to a new Health & Wellness program in Thunder Bay. The John Howard Society will deliver the program for low income people. The program is expected to teach people how to eat healthy within a budget.

Bentley Coming To Town

Energy Minister Chris Bentley will be in town next month.  He'll be meeting with Mayor Keith Hobbs about the Ontario Power Authority's decision to halt the conversion of the Mission Island Power Plant.  Representatives from the OPA, and MPP Bill Mauro will also be invited to the discussion.  A Spokesperson with the Minister says Bentley will spend the day talking with officials about the conversion.

Flood Makes Top 10 List

Thunder Bay has the dubious distinction of making it to the top 10 list of weather events in Canada for 2012.   Meteorologist Geoff Coulson of Environment Canada says, at number 8,  we joined other communities under the title; the year of the urban flood.  Coulson notes the event shattered weather records and was one of a kind for the kind of damage it caused.

Book Of Condolences For Newtown

Thunder Bay residents are being given the chance to reach out to the people of Newtown, Connecticut. City Clerk John Hannam says a book of condolences is open at City Hall to allow you to express your sympathies following that tragic shooting. The book will then be sent to the Mayor's Office in Newtown. 

Christmas At The Airport

Have patience at the airport if your travelling during the Christmas season. Manager Scott McFadden expects it to be busy. McFadden says it's a good idea to arrive early and expect to wait in line. 

Venshore Mechanical Raise 10-Thousand Dollars

Venshore Mechanical is presenting 10-thousand dollars to three local charities.  Spokesperson Jamie Murphy says Shelter House, the Dew Drop Inn Centre and Thunder Bay's Disaster Relief Committee will share in the funds.  Murphy hopes city residents will be able to donate cash to the community groups as well.

Roll Over Near Mount Baldy Road

A 48 year old woman is recovering from  injuries after she rolled her pick-up truck this morning. O.P.P. say the single vehicle crash happened just before 9 o'clock  this morning on Highway 527 near Mount Baldy Road.   Provincial police say the woman was ejected from the truck.

Rickford On Red Lake Airport

The Federal Government is investing in another airport in Northwestern Ontario.  The announcement was made earlier this week by Kenora MP Greg Rickford, that the Red Lake airport will receive over 32 thousand dollars in funding for the purchase of an electronic runway condition reporting system.  Rickford adds that it will be beneficial for the region.  This funding is in addition to the over 261 thousand dollars announced earlier this year to replace a snowplow truck and sand spreader and for cabling for lighting systems.

NAN Treaty Unity Day

They're calling it a day for Treaty Unity.  Nishnawbe Aski Nation Chiefs and Councils will be holding a day of support tomorrow for Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence.  NAN is hoping to raise general public awareness of the impacts of the federal government's omnibus budget bill.  Chiefs are also upset the Harper Government has made funding cutbacks for First Nation programs.  NAN is calling on the Prime Minister to have a conversation with First Nations on treaty issues.

Resolute Forest Products

Some help today for workers impacted by the idling of the kraft mill and paper machine at Resolute Forest Products mill in Fort Frances.  The Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union has set up information sessions at the Legion in Fort Frances to provide workers with advice on employment, training and education opportunities.  Representatives from Service Canada, N-C-D-S and the provincial Ministry of Training ,Colleges and Universities will be on hand first this afternoon and again tonight.

Soccer Club Donates Food

The Lakehead Express Soccer Club is presenting over 900 pounds of food to the Regional Food Distribution Association.  Players collected the canned goods throughout the year.

Thunderwolves Announce New Recruits

Head Coach Jon Kreiner and the Lakehead University women's basketball team are announcing two more players are committing to their program for next year. Point Guard Abeer Farhat will join the team from Algonquin College after averaging more than 15 points and 4 assists per game last season. Meanwhile, Gillian Lavoie, a 6'0 Forward who averaged 11 points and 13 rebounds last season, will join the team from Hammarskjold.

Letowski Remembers World Juniors

Thunder Bay's Trevor Letowski is back in Thunder Bay celebrating Christmas with Family and friends. 15 years ago Letowski was representing Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships where he won a gold medal. The former N.H.L.'er is now an Associate Coach with the Sarnia Sting of the O.H.L. and reflected on his time spent wearing the red and white.