Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Orders Issued After Fall

The company that's demolishing the old Smurfit Stone mill on Strathcona Avenue is in trouble with the government after this weeks industrial accident.  That's when a worker fell about 30 feet while on the job.  Matt Blajer of the Ministy of Labour says until certain issues are cleared up, all work at the site is halted.  That includes providing fall protection equipment to workers, to train them in fall protection and to develop and emergency plan.  The condition of the worker who was hurt isn't known.

Province Launches Mining Safety Review

Ontario is launching a comprehensive mining safety review.   Mine Minister Michael Gravelle says it's to improve the health and well-being of workers in the sector.  Starting in early 2014, the province’s Chief Prevention Officer will lead an advisory group of industry, labour, and health and safety representatives to begin a sweeping review that will involve a wide range of area.

Health Unit Probes Suspected Food Poisoning

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is looking into possible food poisoning following a banquet at the Moose Hall on Fort William Road.  Officials say that about 54 people who were at the event on Friday became sick.    They hope to contact as many of the 270 people that attended the event as possible, that includes people from Greenstone, Dryden, Kenora and even Hamilton.   Meantime health officials say charges have been laid and until further notice, the Moose Hall can't serve food.

LHIN Gets Senior Support Dollars

The regional health authority is getting a big financial boost to help it coordinate better seniors care.   MPP Bill Mauro announced  4.4 million dollars in support for the Northwest LHIN, money  which will be used to support home care for more seniors – and for expanded community health care services, including mental health supports.

Crash Victim From Atikokan

Police are now identifying the vicitim of Tuesday's fatal collision on Highway 11 west of the city.  Dead is 76 year old Fredrick Munro of Atikokan.   OPP says he was the driver of a car that collided with a commercial vehicle just east of Highway 633.  His passenger, a 71 year old woman from Atikokan is in the Thunder Bay Health Sciences Centre with serious injuries.   The driver of the commercial truck, a 49 year old man from Thunder Bay, was not injured.

More Support For Local Vets Office

The minister of veteran affairs will be hearing calls from more Northern Ontario communities. Kenora city council has passed a resolution to lobby the Julian Fantino to keep the nine offices around the country open. Councillor Ron Lunny says it`s important to stand up for the Thunder Bay office. The resolution will also be passed along to the regions MP's Greg Rickford, John Rafferty, and Bruce Hyer. The offices are slated to close at the end of January.

Drive Clean Fee Reduced

As of April 1st the Ontario government will be charging five dollars less to vehicle owners receiving Drive Clean emission tests. The tests were introduced as a way to reduce smog and other toxic emissions caused by motor vehicles. They require drivers to bring in their vehicle to check the emissions upon notification from the Ministry of Transportation.   The fee is being reduced from $35 to $30 to ensure the program is not taking in more money than it costs to run the tests.

Gas Tax Will Hurt North: Fedeli

Progressive Conservatives say Liberal plans to add a new province-wide gas tax to fund rapid transit in southern Ontario will have a huge impact on the north. Critic Vic Fedeli says an extra 10 cent a litre will lead to higher prices for other products trucked to northern Ontario. He says that will have a devastating on consumer prices.   Fedeli says raising the capital for the project should be others ways than raising taxes.

NAN Rallies

Members of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation are in Toronto rallying in support of St. Anne's Residential School survivors.This is the final day of a two-day hearing in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice where the federal government is being challenged to release documents from a police investigation of residential school abuse at St. Anne's in Fort Albany.NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says the government's decision to keep evidence from survivors compromises the rights of these survivors and notes they have a legal obligation under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to release the documents. Fiddler stresses the survivors of St. Anne's have suffered enough.

Inquest Begins Today

The Coroner's inquest begins today in the April 2012 death of a Thunder Bay man.  31-year old Lee Antoniak was killed in an industrial accident while working at the condo development at the Thunder Bay Country Club.  Antoniak was struck by a dump truck and the jury will make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.  The inquest is expected to last three days with up to 15 witnesses taking the stand.  

Fatal Accident West Of City

One man is dead and another women in is hospital with serious injuries following an accident on Highway 11. OPP says both were a car that came into collision with a transport early yesterday afternoon near the junction of Highway 633, 30 kilometres east of Atikokan.  The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported to Atikokan General Hospital. The driver of the transport was not hurt. The accident closed the road for more than seven hours and fully reopened just a couple of hours ago..