Friday, June 28, 2013

Shuniah Facing Million Dollar Suit

The Municipality of Shuniah is staring at a 1 million dollar lawsuit.   The legal action's been filed by a group of Shuniah property owners at O'Conner Point lead by Greg Birston.  They're saying they can't enjoy their lakefront cottage because of some rowdy behavior that is allowed on neighbouring land.   They say that their enjoyment of O'Conner Point is being spoiled by among other things drunk lewd and obscene behavior and that years of pleading with the municipality has done nothing to solve the problem.  None of the claims have been proven in court and neither the municipality or Birston's lawyer will comment.

It's Back To Work For Scott Potts

The Regional Hospital's loss is St. Joseph's gain. Scott Potts is one of two recent senior managers to resign from the Health Sciences Centre under a cloud of controversy.  However, it didn't take him long to find another job.   St. Joseph's Care Group CEO Tracey Buckler says Potts is one of two vice presidents she has just hired for the health care organization.  The other is Myrna Holman who comes to the city from B.C. 

Police Looking For Robbery Suspect

Thunder Bay Police are looking for a 40 year old man who they say robbed another man earlier this morning near an ATM machine at the North Superior Credit Union on Syndicate.  A man holding a knife demanded money from the victim and took off running towards Victoria Avenue.  The suspect is described as bald, wearing a white t-shirt over a red shirt and blue jeans.

Next Phase Of Event Centre Started

Event Centre Open House
The City is looking for interested potential Event Centre partners.  Potential partners could help in the operation, programming or financing of the facility including the spectator arena and convention centre components.  Part of the third phase of the project includes funding applications to the Provincial and Federal Governments.

County Park Splash Pad Open Soon

The County Park Splash Pad is finally opening!  City Spokesperson Werner Schwar says the project faced over a years worth of delays and will officially be unveiled Friday, July 5th.  Final construction work is currently underway and is expected to be completed this weekend.  Three extra days are required to test the water quality at the splash pad.

Illegal Visitor

A change for Dryden Police, someone who's actually cooperative!  A 20-year-old man came into the station on Wednesday morning, saying he was from Wisconsin and came into the country illegally.  He told police that he had jumped on a train Sunday morning with the intention of going to California, but the train stopped in Winnipeg and he decided to head back home.  Police turned the man over to the Canada Border Services Agency in Ignace.

CEP Takes Aim At Rickford

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union is taking aim at Kenora MP Greg Rickford.  Local representative Stephen Boon says they are upset with Rickford for supporting Bill C-377.  Boon says the bill singles out unions as some of the only organizations in Canada that would be required to publicly disclose all details of every single purchase made over 5-thousand dollars.  Boon is hoping Rickford will stand-up for the local union movement at that time.

Art Gallery Gets Award

The Provincial Government is giving props to Thunder Bay's Definitely Superior Art Gallery.  The Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts was held last night with Definitely Superior taking home the Arts Organization Award.

S&P Give City Good Rating

A financial institution is giving the City a good credit ranking.  Standard & Poor’s has raised the City’s credit rating from A plus to double A.  City officials say it reflects that we have a healthy and sustainable community.

LU Researchers Report On Farmers Markets

A new report suggests a need for enhanced regional partnerships in northern Ontario's agri-food sector.  The report by two Lakehead University researchers was done as part of a greater effort looking at farmers’ markets, co-ops and other sustainable food systems province wide.  Co-author Mirella Stroink says greater collaboration would strengthen those groups.  The researchers found many groups now struggle with trying to access funding, marketing and administrative support.