Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mayor Moves To The Head Of The Cash

The latest figures from City Hall show Mayor Keith Hobbs was the highest paid elected city official last year at over 110 thousand dollars in salary and expenses. Number two was Councillor Joe Virdiramo at over 50 thousand dollars. The mayor also had the most expenses with over 15 thousand dollars. Councillor Mark Bentz was the only elected official with no expenses reported.

Northern Lights Education Initiative Back At It

The Northern Lights Education Initiative is looking for public support for an alternative education proposal.  They're holding a series of workshops at the Baggage Building at Prince Arthur's Landing starting in April.  The organization is hoping to team up with the Lakehead Public School Board to offer a new type of education.

Dryden Police Identify Victim

Dryden Police continue their investigation of an assault at a fast-food restaurant.  Chief Rob Davis says they have identified the accused and the victim, who is from Pikangikum First Nation.  Police say their names will be withheld as they continue to investigate.  Davis says they are still asking for the public's help identifying the person who shot the video, adding that they are not a suspect or in trouble with police for capturing the footage.

Respect Founder Honoured

The first ever Respect award winner is Thomas Russell of the Student Union at Confederation College. He is the originator of the Respect campaign against racism, homophobia and bullying which started at the college and spread to City Hall. Russell says the award is humbling.  It was given to him at the annual Diversity Thunder Bay breakfast this morning.

Consultant Comes In To Help Store Evidence

City Police continue to have too much evidence for the amount of storage rooms they have.  A recent audit shows they have just under 27-thousand items in their care and control.  Spokesperson Chris Adams says they've invited a consultant in to look for solutions.  Adams says the consultant is going to consider a new layout for their building.

Catholic S.B. Receives Report On Aboriginal Education

The Catholic School Board wants to include culturally appropriate education tools for its First Nation students.  They recently received a report on where First Nation students are doing well and where they struggle.  Spokesperson Omer Belisle says they're considering a number of new initiatives.  Belisle says they'll also bring in text books in First Nation languages.

MoneySense Magazine Releases Best Places To Live List

MoneySense magazine is out with its annual list of best places in Canada to live.  In the best Cities Overall category Thunder Bay is ranked number 92, and in the midsize market we are number 34.  The rankings take into consider the number of days with rain, the temperature, and the jobless rate. To check out the whole list click here.

Janzen's Robbed

Thunder Bay Police are looking for a man they believe robbed the Janzen's Pharmacy on Frederica Street yesterday.  They say a man entered the store just after 5 o'clock and robbed the pharmacy at knife point.  There were no injuries in the incident.   The man made off with a small amount of prescription medication.

Health Unit Drops Program

The Healthy Child Development program is no longer going to be handled by the District Health Unit.   Spokesperson Doug Heath says it's hoped the program can be given to an organization that can put more focus on it. Health says it's not a program that they are required to provide. He says the board is recommending to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services that the program go to the Children's Centre.

Hobbs Encouraged By Wynne's Order

The mayor calls it encouraging.   Keith Hobbs is reacting to news that Premier Kathleen Wynne is ordering  Ontario Lottery and Gaming to rewrite its formula for locating new casinos so that all municipalities are treated in the same way. Hobbs says the news comes at the right time as the city prepares to negotiate a new agreement to begin in April.  Hobbs had been concerned that a new Toronto casino would get a sweeter deal from OLG than we are currently getting.