Monday, June 3, 2013

PEI Man Falls Asleep Driving

A Prince Edward Island man and his friend are lucky to be alive after he fell asleep at the wheel on the Trans Canada Highway near Upsala on Sunday morning.  Police say the 30 year old nodded off around 6:30 and woke up when the vehicle hit the gravel shoulder and it rolled in the ditch.   Police say the driver and passenger were not injured.   The man has been charged with careless driving.

NOSM Inspired TV Show Begins Sunday

A television series with a northern Ontario flare makes its debut on TV Ontario this Sunday. It's called Hard Rock Medical.   Actress Tamara Duarte,  who plays Gina Russo, a first year med student, feels its a good portrayal of the medical challenges facing the north. The show is based on the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Tbaytel Examining CRTC Ruling

TBaytel has not yet responded to news Ottawa is making changes to wireless contracts.    The C-R-T-C says as of December, customers will be able to cancel their cellphone contracts after two years without anypenalties, even if they've signed up for longer terms.   Tbaytel's Katie Crowe says the city run wireless company is looking over the decision, but early indications are,  it is in line with what the company is doing already.

Consultant To Review Garbage System

Everything appears to be on the table, including privatization,  now that a consultant has been hired by City Hall to look at garbage collection.    Cathy Smith of Stantec Consulting says we might even get a new system like the one her company recommended for Winnipeg.  That's where everyone is assigned the same garbage containers.  Smith says  automatic collection is considered a best practice for an number of reasons.  As well she says if privatization makes sense in certain areas it will be considered.  The process begins with a public open house Tuesday night.

Domestic Violence Unit In The Works

City police say they are unveiling a new Domestic Violence Unit .   It will be responsible for handling what they say is a major concern for police and people in community.   Details are being revealed on Wednesday morning.

Garbage Meeting Tuesday

The City wants you to have your say on how it collects your garbage. City staff want to hear the public's thoughts on a variety of garbage related topics.  An open house is being held at the Italian Cultural Centre.

Man Turns Himself In

A 32 year old man is charged with theft under 5-thousand dollars in connection to the theft of an Alzheimer's donation box from the North Cumberland Husky gas station last month.  The Thunder Bay man turned himself into Police yesterday and has been released with a July court date.

New Name Takes Time

People are still talking about the merger between the Canadian Autoworkers Union and the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union.  CAW President Ken Lewenza says the new name Unifor might take some time to get used to.  The new mega union now represents over 300-thousand members.

Eye On The Street To Be Discussed

The City is getting a review of its Eye on the Street Program surveillance camera program.  Councillor Rebecca Johnson says it's an annual look at how the program is operating.  The report comes before Council tonight.

New CPR Program In The Region

Local high school students will be trained to save lives.  Over one-thousand-students each year between 3 area schools boards will be receiving CPR and defibrillator training from the ACT Foundation.  Executive Director Sandra Clark says it's very important for everyone to know CPR.  Clark says 10 high schools are receiving CPR mannequins and AED training units.