Monday, April 21, 2014

Geraldton Hospital To Get 9 Million $

It's more than just a facelift.   The emergency department at the Geraldton District Hospital going to be moved from the basement to the main floor thanks to 9 million dollars from the provincial government.   In addition, the new department will have all the latest equipment and will be 26 hundred feet larger than the existing department which was built in 1962.

Kloosterhuis Wants 4 More Years

The mayor of Oliver-Paipoonge is looking for another term.   Lucy Kloosterhuis says she is seeking re-election hoping to oversee some economic growth in the next four years while working to keep taxes at what she calls a respectable level.   She says there are new challenges every year and hopes voters will give her a chance to try to improve the township.

Murray Wants To Work With Communities

Winter road maintenance is expected to be a topic of discussion this week at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference in Fort Frances.  Transportation minister Glenn Murray says he would like to work with some of the city's in the region to improve the condition of local highways.  Murray says in a number of American states, municipalities are paid to maintain roads during the winter months, and that could be a model that is adopted in northwestern Ontario.  

SIU Investigation In Weagamow

Investigators from the SIU will be looking into an Good Friday incident  on the Weagamow Lake First Nation.  The OPP says officers from Sioux Lookout and the North Caribou Lake Police Service were called out shortly before 11:00 at night about a disturbance.  When they arrived at the scene, a male suspect was located outside the home, but he fled inside when approached by the officers.  Police say they heard sounds of children crying inside, so they went in to make sure  everyone was safe.  They instead found the suspect was suffering from a self-inflicted wound.  The Special Investigations Unit is called in anytime a member of the public is injured during an interaction with police.

Fire At Merrill Street Home

Fire inspectors will be at a Merrill Street home today to try and determine a cause of an early morning fire. The blaze at the single family dwelling was reported just after 3 am this morning. Officials says there is extensive fire damage in the basement, main floor bedroom and bathroom.  All of the people living in the home were able to escape the fire and no injuries were reported.

Local Runners In Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon takes place today and about a dozen Thunder Bay runners will be there including Susan McDonald.  She couldn't finish the race last year because of the deadly bombing and says returning wasn't an easy decision to make. McDonald says for her returning it's all about conquering fear.

Man Charged With Drinking & Driving

For the second time this month, police have a 55-year-old city man in custody. Less than two weeks ago, police found the man passed out in his car a fast food drive thru, where he was arrested for failing to stop at the scene of an accident. On Saturday, police were investigating a hit and run on the city's south side, when the man drove back to the scene to speak with police where he was charged with impaired driving.  He will appear in court on Tuesday.

Con College Celebrates KPI Report

Confederation College is tooting its own horn.  They're celebrating mostly good marks in the Ontario Key Performance Indicators Report. President Jim Madder says they were ranked number one in grad employment rates.  The report also identified a decline in student completion rates from last year but Madder notes that's because students are getting hired in their field before graduating.

NSWPB Releases Natural Resources Report

A new study conducted by the North Superior Workforce Planning Board is identifying what employers in Natural Resource Management are looking for in potential employees.  Executive Director of the NSWPB, Madge Richardson, says  most employers listed hard work ethic as an important characteristic in potential employees.

Federal Funding Issue For Police

The Police Services Board is looking to its National and Provincial counterparts for help with a funding issue.  Chief JP Levesque says the Federal Government recently made the Police who are investigating a federal case responsible for paying for witness expenses. Levesque doesn't think it will rack up a huge bill for them since they haven't had too many cases that would fall under this new legislation.

NOMA Meeting Gets Underway This Week

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is meeting in Fort Frances this week.  Mayor Keith Hobbs is leading the city delegation and says the top issue is sure to be how the  province's Municipal Property Assessment Corporation has been giving big companies a tax break and sticking the municipal taxpayer with the bill.  The NOMA meeting gets going on Thursday.