Thursday, August 1, 2013

OCAP & Ontario Work On Framework

The pressure is on to establish a Framework agreement with the Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal Peoples and the Province.  OCAP President Brad Maggrah says it's one of the topics he will bring up at their Annual General Assembly on Sunday.  Maggrah says they have 9-districts across Ontario, and is calling on folks to write to their MP's regarding issues facing off-reserve aboriginals.

Sharp Brings Cup Back

Thunder Bay is getting another visit from Lord Stanley's legacy. The Stanley Cup is in the City Friday and is being brought here by Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp.  The cup and Sharp will be at the Fort William Gardens from 12 until 2 tomorrow.  The last time Sharp brought the cup to the City was July 2010.

Debt Clock In T.Bay Friday

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is kicking off their 28 day Debt Clock tour in Thunder Bay tomorrow. The province-wide tour will showcase the provincial government's debt that is set to reach 272 billion dollars by the end of the year.  The clock will be set up at the Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda on Water Street and Red River Road.

NOSM Gives Out Grants

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is doling out cash to future MD students.  16 students are getting 6-thousand dollars each in grant money.  The med school doubled the amount of grants awarded this year from 8 to 16 to provide more opportunities to potential students.

Charges Laid In Algoma/Clavet Collision

Police are charging a 48 year old woman after two vehicles collided at the intersection of Algoma and Clavet Street on Wednesday afternoon.  Traffic Sgt. Glenn Porter says a red Dodge sedan was eastbound on Clavet St and collided with a southbound black Ford pick-up truck in the intersection.  The driver of the sedan has been charged with a stop sign related violation.

Ciao Festa Italiana

The annual Festa Italiana takes place this weekend.  It's a chance to experience that country's culture and food.  Organizer Benny Melchiorre (Mel-Chore-ee) says the popularity of the event continues to grow.  This year's event includes Pino Gioia from Italy and they'll be drawing for a trip for two to Italy on Monday at 10 pm.  The Italian Society of Port Arthur event is on this Sunday and Monday at the Italian Cultural Centre on Algoma. 

Pricey Hydro One Project

Hydro One is set to spend 25-million dollars on the construction of a new transformer station for the Rainy River district.  The station, to be located in Barwick, will replace an existing and aging one in Fort Frances.  Spokesperson Tiziana Baccega Rosa says they have all of the approvals in place to start work.  She says the station will improve the electricity capacity for the area between Fort Frances and Rainy River.

Low Fire Hazard

Not much work lately for Ministry of Natural Resources fire crews in northwestern Ontario.  The cool and damp weather has knocked down the fire hazard to low across the region.  There are 33-active fires in Northwestern Ontario.  30 of the blazes are being monitored and 3 are under control.

Dryden Meeting With Concerned Businesses

The concerns of a group of business owners are being taken seriously by Dryden Council.  Council has formed a so-called "working group" to meet with the business group.  Mayor Nuttall doesn't believe the City is opening "Pandoras Box" and giving this group special priviledges.  Nuttall notes Council is open to suggestions from everyone.

Jury Makes Recommendations

The jury in a coroner's inquest into the death of Gustavo Argueta is back with a list of recommendations to prevent similar deaths.  The 24 year old was killed in June 2011 while inspecting a bridge over the Mackenzie River. They deliberated yesterday and are recommending the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities develop and implement a standardized, mandatory training program for people working on elevated platforms.  The jury is asking the Ministry of Labour to develop regulations that require people already certified on those platforms be retrained and recertifed after a certain period of time.  The Construction Industry is also being asked to hold daily meetings that discuss the day's specific workplace objectives in order to address safety concerns.