Thursday, May 8, 2014

NAN Meeting In T.Bay

First Nations leaders are in Thunder Bay this week to discuss the First Nations Education Act.  NAN leaders, as well as members from the Chiefs of Ontario continue to express their opposition to the piece of legislation. Bill C-33 was introduced on April 10th by the federal government, but has remained on hold since the resignation of National Chief Shaun Atleo.

National Day Of Honour Friday

Thunder Bay is holding a National Day of Honour Friday at the Afghanistan Monument in Waverly Park. The event kicks off at 1 and Thunder Bay Rainy River MP John Rafferty says its great to see the Federal Government deem May 9th the day of honour but adds it's come under some criticism from the National Legion and some members of our troops.  Our City's tribute will honour the three local soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Corporal Anthony Boneca, Private Robert Costall and Private Josh Klukie.

City Willing To Host Evacuees

The City says its willing to host 300 flood evacuees from James Bay. Kashechewan First Nation declared a state of emergency due to the flooding of the Albany River and is expected to begin evacuating vulnerable residents as early as today.  Thunder Bay, as well as Kapuskasing, Greenstone, Wawa, Fort Frances and Dryden have been asked to serve as host communities.  It's not yet confirmed that our City will host evacuees but they are prepared to do so if they are requested by the Province.

Bombardier Surprised By Strike Vote

Unionized workers at the local Bombardier plant are voting to strike if there contract needs aren't met.  The company says they were disappointed with the decision and adds they haven't even begun to negotiate with the union's bargaining committee. A spokesperson for the company goes onto say a vote to strike seems surprisingly premature. The current collective agreement ends May 31st.

Provincial Leaders Send Condolences

The leaders of the Ontario Liberals and NDP are both commenting on the tragic death of Thunder Bay Constable Joseph Prevett. Andrea Horwath says the death of Constable Prevett is reminder that the work done by police is rarely easy, even during training exercises. Meanwhile, Premier Kathleen Wynne also expressed her deepest condolences to Constable Prevett's family, friends and fellow officers.

CMHC Out With Housing Starts

Housing starts are down this month according to the latest Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation stats. The CMHC says there were 15 starts in April, down slightly from March. The CMHC adds that with the warmer weather, more starts are likely.

TBSO Loses Conductor

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is bidding farewell to its resident conductor. Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is moving on to become the Assistant Conductor at the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.  Poyser held the position with the local orchestra since 2011.

Not Guilty Verdict

A Thunder Bay police officer is not guilty of assaulting a 12-year old boy.  The three-day trial of constable Steven Oster concluded Wednesday with the not guilty verdict.  The incident took place in January of 2013 during a minor hockey tournament at the Neebing Arena.  The judge ruled that the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt there was a criminal assault.  The 43-year old Oster had been on administrative duty since the charges were laid.

K9 Unit Officer Passes Away

OPP and the Ministry of Labour are investigating the death of Thunder Bay Police Constable Joseph Prevett.  Police Chief JP Levesque says Prevett was participating in a K-9 training exercise in Gravenhurst. He was in the middle of a searching exercise with his dog Timber on Wednesday morning when he collapsed. He was rushed to hospital in medical distress. He died a short time later.   Prevett was 50 years old and started his policing career in 1998.