Tuesday, July 23, 2013

City Gets 620K In OLG Cash

The latest dividend to the city from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation works out to 620 thousand dollars.   It's 5 per cent of the slot machine revenues from the OLG Casino and about 50 thousand dollars more than what  the city received in the last payment.

More Murals For The South Side

The Fort William Business District hopes to brighten up the area with a new mural program.  Spokesperson J-P Fraser says it's designed to brighten up the neighbourhood and get back to the area's historic roots.
The program sees volunteer artists painting windows of vacant buildings in the Simpson and Victoria Street area.

No Serious Injuries In Morning Collisions

The operator of a bicycle is recovering in hospital with a leg injury following an accident this morning on the Thunder Bay Expressway and Oliver Road. City police say the bike and a car collided just before 7 o'clock. There was also a second accident involving two vehicles at the same intersection while emergency crews arrived at the scene. It was just minor rear end collision.

The Fort Wins

The town of Fort Frances is celebrating a victory over Dryden as they captured the TSN's Kraft Celebration Tour contest. Fort Frances will receive 25-thousand dollars in improvements to its curling club and will also host a live broadcast of TSN's Sportscentre next month.

Treaty Three Board Holds AGM Today

The Treaty Three Police Services Board is holding their annual general meeting today in Kenora , and the closure of the service will be a hot topic.  It will include the financial report of the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Supporters of the police service have planned a day long rally outside the meeting.

Fire Destroys Home In O-P

A house in Oliver Paipoonge is destroyed after a fire last night.  Police say it happened just after 10 o'clock at 3392 Rosslyn Road.  One person who was inside the home at the time escaped without injury.   The cause is not known.

Firefighters Contract Finalized.

City firefighters will now be paid the same as city police officers are.   Councillors voted last night to accept an arbitrators decision on the new  three year contract which is retroactive to January of 2011.

Dilico Talks On

Contract talks resume this morning to try to resolve the 2 week strike at Dilico Anishnabek Family Care.   Union boss Marvin Pupeza  represents the 350 striking social workers and is hopeful something can come from today's discussions. One of the major issue is in the dispute is the workload carried by the employees.

Youth Centre Proposed

Officials of the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre want the city's help to build a new youth centre.   Executive director Bernice Dubec made the pitch to city lawmakers last night saying the centre is needed so they can help a wider variety of young people.  They are requesting 2 and a half million dollars to purchase and renovate the Prosvita Hall on High Street and 300 thousand dollars a year for operating costs. City Hall staff will be working with the Centre to come up with a game plan for the new facility.

Union Boss Pitches Bus Museum

The head of the city transit union is spearheading a move to open a transit museum.  Charlie Brown announced his campaign at City Hall  this evening as part of his efforts to find a home for some refurbished local Brill trolley buses. He is asking the community for support and ideas.  Brown says his organization is also asking for donations to make the dream a reality.