Thursday, May 23, 2013

Grant Buys Dance Floor

Chalk one up for the organizers of the popular Lakehead Music Festival.  They've scored a 93 hundred dollar grant from the Ontario government's Trillium Foundation according to MPP Bill Mauro who says the money will be used to buy a portable dance floor.

Wynne Tours Resolute FP

Kathleen Wynne's first official visit to Thunder Bay as premier is over.   After a morning trip to YES Employment Services the premier took in a tour of Resolute Forest Products where she got a look at the paper machine number five, the only paper machine in operation at the sprawling facility.  

Border Cats Expand Roster

The Thunder Bay Border Cats have added eight new players to their roster. The Cats signed back catcher Anthony Azar, pitchers Clint Knoblauch, Ryan Atwood, Chris Kerwood, Caleb Smith, Daniel Stoney, Clay Cinnamon, as well as infielder Derek O'Dell. The Border Cats open their season on June 1st against the Willmar Stingers at Subway Field.

DSSAB Takes Over Water Bills

From now on all social housing tenants in the city will have the costs of water added to their rent.   Bill Bradica of the District Social Services Board says it will eliminate problems when some tenants pay water bills and others don't.  He  says they will have the costs added to their monthly rent there-by saving administrative headaches for the board. Bradica says in some cases tenants will see a savings with the combination of costs.

Police Ask Public For Help

Thunder Bay Police are looking to the public for information about an assault on the city's south side. Police say a woman was assaulted near the 700 block of Syndicate Avenue South sometime before two o'clock on Monday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Fishing Season To Bring Heavy Traffic

The Canada Border Service Agency is expecting higher traffic volume at the Pigeon River border crossing. CBSA officials say they are anticipating more travelers over the next three weeks due to the start of fishing season in Northwestern Ontario. Border officials are advising travelers to plan around peak traffic periods if possible.

Wynne Visits T.Bay

The Province is still in negotiations.  That's the message on several topics from Premier Kathleen Wynne.  At a news conference this morning in Thunder Bay, Wynne was asked about topics ranging from the Ring Of Fire to more money for local flood victims all with similar responses.  Wynne says the conversation about the conversion of the local Coal Plant is also ongoing.  Wynne was in the City to tout her government's youth employment initiatives in the Provincial budget.

Highway Closure

Highway 587 remains closed at Joe Creek, close to the Sleeping Giant Provincial park. The closure is due to a washout, due to recent heavy rainfall. For more information, call 511.

Fednor Provides Funding For NAN

60-thousand dollars of Fednor funding is going toward the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. Fednor Minister Tony Clement announced it yesterday, saying the money will go towards Aboriginal Business management training. This funding will allow NAN to set up at least ten business management training summits throughout the region.

Active Transportation Corridor Discussed

An Active Transportation Corridor in the Bay Street area is garnering plenty of attention.  200 residents took part in a Red River Ward meeting last night that showcased the multi-year plan.  Councillor Andrew Foulds was also at the meeting and says people had a lot of questions about pedestrian safety.  The bike and walking plan spans an area from Bay Street to Marlborough Street and still needs to go before Council before anymore work can be done.