Friday, September 13, 2013

Hyer Goes To Bat For Longlac

The decision by VIA Rail to close its train station in Longlac isn't sitting well with MP Bruce Hyer.   Hyer says he plans to bring up the the issue with the transport minister and explain to her that it would mean people would have to wait outdoors for a train.    He says it's not acceptable that someone should have to wait in minus 30 degree weather for a train that is often late.   Hyer says he's working closely with the mayor and council on the issue.

Gravelle Takes R of F Road Ruling In Stride

Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle says he's glad that Cliffs Natural Resources remains committed to the Ring of Fire mining project. Gravelle's comments follow a government commission's ruling this week against Cliffs road proposal for the area.  He says the province isn't going away either and want to work with Cliffs and the other companies to move the project forward. Gravelle says he is also encouraged by this week's decision by the Matawa First Nation to drop its court challenges.

More Work On HWY 17

13 jobs and a million dollars will be spent on improving a stretch of Highway 17 near Marathon.  The Canadian Pacific Railway overhead on the TransCanada is being removed.  Once the rail line is removed, it will be replaced with an earth embankment.

New Day Record Store Hitting T.Bay

The vinyl record craze is upon Thunder Bay.  Local resident Will Rutledge is working on opening his new store "New Day Records" on St. Paul Street.  The store which is expected to open later in the fall will offer new vinyl album releases and the players and supplies that go with them.        

OPP Search For Missing Boater

Ontario Provincial Police are continuing the search for a missing boater in Ear Falls.  Two men went out on the English River duck hunting in a boat on Wednesday night when both lost balance and fell into the water.   One man made it safe to shore but the other 22 year old didn't.

OPP Still Investigating In Fort

Fort Frances OPP say they continue to investigate a bomb threat at the Northern Lights Credit Union yesterday.  On Thursday, OPP were notified about a bag behind the bank with a threatening note attached. The note told staff to fill the bag with money, and if the instructions aren't followed then there would be consequences for other businesses or schools in the area.  Police placed a perimeter around the area, but it has now been lifted since they haven't received any more threats.

Road Closures Sunday

Attention motorists some area roads will be closed Sunday in preparation for the Terry Fox Run. From 1:45 until 4 pm, West Lyon Boulevard from Algoma Street to Arundel Street will be off limits.  From East Lyon to Rita Street will also be closed and Arundel Street's eastbound lane from West Lyon Boulevard to East Lyon Boulevard will be closed as well.

Tree Of Life Back For Another Year

The Linda Buchan Centre is teaming up with Shoppers Drug Mart to help raise money in support of women's health.  It's the 11th year for the Tree of Life campaign that runs for four weeks starting tomorrow. You can purchase a leaf for the tree for a dollar, a butterfly for 5, an acorn for 10 dollars or a cardinal for 50 dollars.

Human Rights Training Next Week

The Ontario Human Rights Commission will be in Thunder Bay next week.  The organization is holding a two day training session on September 23rd and 24th at the Italian Culture Centre.  Training will cover a variety of themes including anti-racism and anti-discrimination for cities, housing and gender based harassment.

LU Raises 13-Thousand For Law Students

Lakehead University's Alumni last night helped raise 13-thousand dollars for the Faculty of Law's charter class.  Spokesperson Deb Comuzzi says scholarships and bursaries for law school students go a long way. The money was raised during a gala for University Donors.