Monday, March 25, 2013

Extra Waterfront Spending Approved

The city is dipping into the  reserves for an extra 600 thousand dollars to complete phase one of the waterfront project.  It wasn't without a fuss being made by some councillors, like Rebecca Johnson who says she was promised there wouldn't be any need to spend more money.
Johnson says she's upset that there is really no choice but for council to spend the extra money.

Katherine Dugmore Dies

Former city Waterfront Manager Katherine Dugmore is dead.   Her passing was announced before this evening's city council meeting by Councillor Mark Bentz who acknowledged her work on Prince Arthur's Landing.     Dugmore had been battling cancer for some time and took a leave of absence in 2011 to have it treated.   She returned to work for a short while about a year ago before taking time off again.


Thunder Bay police say they have nothing to do with a new video which at first glance appears to be another offering by the Internet group Anonymous.  While the video references a sexual assault case in Edmonton, it attempts to draw attention to what is thought to be a pro police rally April first in the city and what is termed a "fake Anonymous" gathering April 5th and 6th.

LU Gets A New Research Chair

Lakehead University is getting another Canada Research Chair position. Pauline Sameshima is the new Research Chair for arts. She says its a great opportunity for herself and the University. Sameshima says she will be working with her counterparts nationally and the local arts community.

Disaster Relief Update Postponed

City Council is going to hear an update from the Disaster Relief Committee in two weeks.  It was originally supposed to take place tonight.    Chair Wayne Fletcher says it appears they'll be able to pay out all of the flood claims.  Fletcher says they still have to process another 60 claim forms but expects money to flow in a couple of weeks.

Collaboration Against Violence

Today, eight child welfare and violence against women agencies are coming together to sign an agreement to combine their efforts to end violence against women and children. The groups, including Dilico Anishinabek Family Care signed a similar agreement back in 2003, but it has been amended and changed significantly since then.

Grow Green Expo

Greenstone is in the city this week to talk up its role in the emerging mining industry.  The community is hosting "Grow Greenstone" expo at the Victoria Inn this week as away to attract skilled labourers to their community.  The expo will provide businesses from across Canada a chance to network with community and mining industry officials.

Feathers Of Hope Youth Forum

Feathers of Hope Youth Forum 2013 • Thunder Bay, OntarioThunder Bay is playing host to youth delegates from 91 First Nation communities.  The young people are taking part in the Feathers of Hope forum that talks about suicide prevention, first nation culture, and education.

Gravelle Pleased With Northern Consultation Session

Northwestern Ontario will have pre-budget consultations after all.  Thunder Bay Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle says Thunder Bay will host a session on April 3rd.  The Liberals say they are considering holding video or tele-conferences so that area communities can also take part.

Police Looking For Robbery Suspect

Thunder Bay Police are looking for a suspect in a weekend robbery of a Mac's Convenience Store in the City's north end.  A man entered the store carrying a knife and demanded money.  Police say the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money.  Officers are looking for a man six feet tall with a heavy build.