Monday, September 30, 2013

CPC Speaks To Council

Thunder Bay's Crime Prevention Council says local residents feel safer since the group's inception in 2010.  Coordinator Amy Siciliano spoke to City Council at their meeting Monday night.  She told them about how they've made inroads in the past year including creating their Hate Crimes Awareness Committee with the local police force.  The group is also pleased to announce they received over 867 thousand dollars in a public safety grant which will allow them to network with National Crime Prevention organizations.

Minor Hockey Struggling With Registration

Registration numbers for minor hockey leagues in the Thunder Bay area have made a significant drop. Trevor Hosanna is the General Manager of Hockey Northwestern Ontario. He believes a mix of high costs, safety concerns and a growing lack of interest is to blame. Efforts are being taken to make the game safer, and more fun while reducing costs where possible.

Smoke Free Commitment Renewed

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre renewed a smoke free commitment Monday. Initiative spokesperson Kelly-Jo Gillis feels patients that do smoke, are being given the tools to quit.  Support also includes care kits, follow ups with patients after leaving the hospital and staff trained to help others quit smoking. 

Flu Shot Schedule Online

Flu season will soon be upon us.  The Health Unit will start offering it's flu shot clinics starting October 21st.  Health Unit Spokesperson Diana Gownalock says 21 clinics are being held in the city and another 8 in the communities surrounding Thunder Bay.   Gownalock says it's come one, come all but stresses seniors and children should try to make it to the clinics as soon as possible since they are at higher risk of getting the flu. To check out the flu shot clinic schedule click here.

City Manager To Update Councillors

On the city hall beat tonight...councillors will be getting an update from the city manager about  priorities for the city as they relate to sewers, roads and other infrastructure.   There is also a budget update scheduled as well as a proposal to sell the Prosvita Hall property on High Street  to the Indian Friendship Centre.  Thunder Bay's Crime Prevention Council is providing a yearly update to City Council tonight.

Two Transports Involved In Highway Mishap

The driver of a transport truck is recovering from minor injuries after a mishap involving two transports in the region.  OPP say the accident happened on Highway 17 between Raith and Shabaqua at around 5 o'clock this morning.  They say that one of the transports landed in the ditch and needed to be pulled out.   There were no dangerous goods being transported by either vehicle.

Little Change To NWO Federal Ridings

Little change to the boundaries in northwestern Ontario. The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario has submitted its final report to the Chief Electoral Office There are no changes to the riding of Thunder Bay-Rainy River which pleases MP John Rafferty who says the commission wanted to include a portion of the Kenora constituency in his riding. Thunder Bay-Superior North will be expanded to include Manitouwadge

Campbell Lauds Accountability Office

The Provincial Government is one step closer to having a financial accountability office. The bill has passed third reading in the legislature, and Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says it will make sure instances like the scandal with the gas plants in southern Ontario, never happens again.  She believes the office will make sure money is distributed equally across the province.  The creation of an accountability office was a key demand from the NDP in the 2013 budget.