Thursday, October 10, 2013

Police Meeting In Thunder Bay

Police Services Boards from across Northwestern Ontario are discussing the costs of having OPP service their communities.  Speaking in Thunder Bay, OPP Deputy Commissioner Vince Hawkes says they'll be introducing a new costing model.  Hawkes says the model should help even out the costs for small northern communities.

Cancer Society Likes Tan Ban

A new Ontario law is prohibiting those under 18-years-old from using tanning beds is a long time coming. That message coming from the Canadian Cancer Society Northwest Branch.  Manager Maria Cabral says it's always been on the forefront for them.  Cabral says the next step is prevention and education on the dangers of tanning beds.

Court Fines Local Man

The Canada Revenue Agency says a Thunder Bay man is guilty of 18 counts of failing to file personal and corporate income tax returns. Pasquale Stilla was fined 54 thousand dollars on Tuesday in the Ontario Court of Justice.

City Trumpets Insurance Report On Flood

The City is playing up an insurance report that says they have no liability or responsibility for any property losses as the result of last year's massive May 28th flood.  S-C-S Insurance Adjusters added that the city acted appropriately during what the report calls an unprecedented storm. The city sent out letter saying it wasn't their fault to almost 2-thousand property owners who were impacted by the flood.

City Left Out of Regulator's Orders

The city is off the hook for June's gas leak on Red River Road that caused the evacuation of homes in the Mariday Park area.  City spokesperson Leif Andersen says the province's safety regulator ordered Union Gas and a contractor to change the way they mark where underground gas lines are located,  effectively  giving the city a pass.   Andersen says city officials were always confident they did everything according to the book on that day.

Jury Committee Meets In T.Bay

Irwin Glasberg
A Provincial Committee continues to work on implementing a set of recommendations aimed at getting more aboriginal  representation on jury rolls.  They met in Thunder Bay on Thursday. Co-Chair Assistant Deputy Attorney General Irwin Glasberg says they spoke with a remote First Nation woman who told them she received a letter for jury duty but she ignored it.  Co-Chair and Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says they heard of some cases where entire communities have been left out of jury duty.

Commissioner Blasts MNR Budget Cuts

Ontario's environmental commissioner is critical of the provincial government's and what it calls a transformation of the Ministry of Natural  Resources. Gord Miller accuses the Liberal government of deliberately dismantling environmental protection. In his annual report, Miller says changes to the MNR "cast doubt on the ministry's ability to properly manage and protect Ontario's natural environment." Miller says budget cuts and regulatory changes have reduced the Ministry's effectiveness.

Airport Fees Going Up

Starting in the new year prices at the Thunder Bay airport are going up for aircraft that use the terminal   Manager Scott McFadden says that includes aircraft landing and parking fees.  McFadden can't say if the higher costs will be passed on to travellers or not.   McFadden says the increase will be three per cent across the board and is mainly to keep up with inflation.

Tim Horton's Gets Through Security

 Air travellers waiting in the Thunder Bay airport's departure lounge will soon get to have a coffee and a snack while waiting to board their flight.  Manager Scott McFadden says Tim Horton's is putting in a new coffee shop which he hopes will be up and running in the next week or so.  McFadden says security issues had to be settled before the company was given permission to set up shop.

New Cancer Fundraising Goal Set

Thunder Bay's Hospital is looking to raise just under 6 million dollars for their four year cancer plan.  The Exceptional Cancer Care campaign's goal is to raise money for research and state of the art equipment. Spokesperson Joanne Lacourciere says they're nearly half way there with 3 million dollars raised already. The Fort William Rotary Club is pledging 500-thousand dollars through their house lottery over the next five years.