Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Teachers Anxious To Volunteer

There is relief now that public elementary school teachers are again volunteering for extracurricular activities.  David Pineau organizes school sports in Thunder Bay and says there's plenty of activities in store and believes  it should be no problem to salvage the year for many activities. Pineau says he's had calls from teachers who are anxious to get started.

Rafferty Sides With Revolting MPs

Some Conservative MP's in Ottawa are revolting and Thunder Bay NDP MP John Rafferty is on their side.  The MPs are upset with how short a leash the Prime Minister's office has them on and Rafferty says he's not surprised.    Rafferty agrees that it's limiting the MPs ability to represent their ridings

Sewer Work Forces Street Closure

The city is conducting sewer work on Algoma Street and that's forcing a road closure for at least two days, maybe longer.  Officials say Algoma between River Street and Camelot will be closed to all traffic for that time.  

City Says Fewer Pothole Calls

City crews are working to fill potholes as fast as they can find them.  Over at City Hall roads boss Brad Adams is coordinating it all.  He says crews are telling him it's an average year for potholes and he says there have been fewer calls to complain about them.  Adams says you can report potholes by calling 625-2195 or report it online at this LINK

Con College To Host DFC Residence

Confederation College will be hosting the new residences for Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.  President Jim Madder says they're happy to help by building the facility on the corner of Edward and Williams Streets.  The building is expected to house 150 beds for students and another 50 for families visiting from the remote north.
DFC New Residence  on PhotoPeach

Foul Play Ruled Out

OPP don't suspect foul play in the death of 33 year old Erik Legarde.  The Geraldton man was reported missing and then later found dead on a bush trail.  Police say results from the post mortem don't point to foul play.

T.Bay Inflation Rate Rises

Statistics Canada is out with its latest inflation rate figures.  Thunder Bay's rate in February was 0.9 percent up from January's 0.3%.  Canada's national annual inflation rate was 1.2 per cent.

Safeway Fundraiser Kick Off

Thunder Bay's Safeway Stores continue to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics and Easter Seals.  Easter Seals Spokesperson Rhonda Harrison says they'll be using their share of the money to send kids to camp.  During the month of April, Northwestern Ontario Safeway stores will be asking customers to donate two dollars towards the charities in return you'll receive 5 bonus air miles points.

College Gets Cash For Mental Health

College and university students in Thunder Bay will have better access to mental health supports.  The Provincial Government has announced over 900-thousand-dollars in funding over a three-year-period.  Confederation College will design a "northern relevant" website for students and staff, improve counseling services and programs and create a peer support network.

Wonky Fridge To Blame For Empire Fire

Fire officials are revealing the cause of a fire at an Empire Avenue home.  A malfunctioning fridge was the culprit of yesterday afternoon's blaze.  The fire was put out quickly but the home sustained major fire, heat and smoke damage.  No one was home at the time the fire started.