Tuesday, May 28, 2013

HNO Supports Hockey Canada

Hockey Northwestern Ontario is making some rule changes after Hockey Canada decided to eliminate body checking from Peewee hockey. HNO General Manager Trevor Hosanna  says it was the right decision, allowing kids to be safer on the ice. Hosanna says the rule change is effective for the 2013-2014 season.

Flood Relief Cheque Changes

Thunder Bay's Disaster Relief Committee is making headway on negotiations with the Provincial Government over flood claims.  Today's update on the process coincides with the one year anniversary of the flood.  Chair Wayne Fletcher says originally the Province was using the cost of rebuild services in Toronto rather than in Thunder Bay.  Fletcher says residents will now notice an increase on their reimbursement cheques.

Collision At Oliver & Hill Streets

A two vehicle collision at the intersection of Oliver and Hill Street resulted in one woman being sent to the hospital.  District Fire Chief Jerry Olga says both drivers seemed fine after the crash.  A photo of the incident can be seen on our news website.

Fire Hazard Extreme

The Ministry of Natural Resources is reporting the fire hazard across northwestern Ontario is high with pockets of extreme found in the Thunder Bay area.  Rain is expected later this week but the amount of rain and where it will fall is questionable.

Oliver Paipoonge Road Closure

There's a rural road closure today in the community Oliver Paipoonge.  Monteith Road between McCluskey and Boundary Drive is off limits from 8 am this morning until 5 tonight.  Crews are replacing a culvert during the closure.

Residential Tax Rate Going Down

The city's tax policy is changing in favour of residential property owners.   The new rate for the average city ratepayer is going down from 3 and a half per cent to and even 3 per cent much to the delight of Councillor Andrew Foulds who says residential taxpayers deserve a break. Under the new policy, the rate for business owners will go up just by point one per cent.

Whelan Building Renos Approved

The second phase of renovations to the Whelan Building are going ahead, but not all city councilors  like it.   Mark Bentz and Rebecca Johnson say spending the million dollars for renovations  will unfairly benefit a private business.  But the city's Mark Smith says  administration believes it's worth supporting and has the potential to create 240 new jobs.  In the end only Councillor Johnson voted against the renovations.

Virdiramo Opposes Site For Explanded Program

Expanding the alcohol management program by the city's homeless shelter is not sitting well with all city councillors.   Joe Virdiramo says allowing the program to expand to the old EMS building on George Street is only going to make problems in that area of the city worse.   He says it's because there's an overabundance of social services in the area the city may be creating a ghetto.  Shelter House officials made their case for expanding the program to the new facility, but Councillor Virdiramo says another location would be better 

Study Will Prove Program's Success

The head of the city's homeless shelter is claiming a new managed alcohol program is a success...and she plans to prove it. Speaking to city councilors last night  Patty Hajdu of Shelter House says a new  study will show how many emergency services are used by those on the street and how the program is helping to ease the problem.  Hajdu pleaded her case for additional space to help expand the program for destitute alcoholics.