Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hudak Will Not Make Debate

Tim Hudak will not show up for the northern leaders election debate in Thunder Bay next week.  His spokesperson  says the PC leader has scheduling conflicts.  Organizer Iain Angus of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association says the event will go ahead anyway with the NDP's Andrea Horwath and Kathleen Wynne of the Liberals.  Angus says the precedent was set during the last election when the northern debate went on without Dalton McGuinty.

Northern Evacuations Over The Weekend

Another weekend, and more evacuations from another northern community. About a thousand people were removed from the Attawapiskat First Nation due to flooding. About 140 were airlifted to Fort Frances, while others ended up in northeastern Ontario and Quebec. It's hoped the evacuees should be able to return home as early as today as water levels begin to subside.

Inspection Due For Police

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is going to be paying City Police a visit in the near future. A rep for the Province alerted Police that they are due for an inspection.  Chief JP Levesque says it's almost been eight years since their last review.  A date for the inspection has yet to be set but they are hoping to arrange one in the fall.

Overtime Costs At Court

The City and Chief of Police will be sitting down to talk about ways they can save money through eliminating overtime costs.  Chief JP Levesque says they want the City to allow changes through their provincial offences court.  The City is in charge of running the provincial offences court and Levesque says they've found that most times police officers have shown up to court and have been told they're not needed.

Zone Policing Starts June 3rd

It's been almost 2 years since City Police first started talking about moving towards a zone policing model. In just under two weeks the new way of policing will take effect on June 3rd. Chief JP Levesque says there were some delays.  The new schedule means officers will go to work each day in the same part of the City and one side won't be more busy than another.

Flood Warning Remains In Dryden Area

A flood warning remains in effect in the Dryden area. The Ministry of Natural Resources says the warning will stay in place until Friday morning.   The MNR adds it will re-evaluated at that time. Flooding has already occurred along Highway 605 as well as Highway 105. Water levels are expected to rise over the next couple of days impacting low lying areas, streams and water crossings.

Payback Time

The Mayor is sporting a new do.  Keith Hobbs made a hockey bet over the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins playoff series and he lost.  His worship now has the Canadiens logo painted on the side of his head.  Hobbs says he will keep in on a day or two but admits it's starting to sting a little.

OPP Report Two Weekend Fatalities

The Ontario Provincial police say  that two people died on OPP-patrolled roads over the Victoria Day Long Weekend. One man died in eastern Ontario when the farm tractor he was driving failed to negotiate a turn on a township road.  Another man died following a single vehicle collision in northeastern Ontario.

Hudak Can't Confirm Debate Appearance

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has not confirmed his appearance at next week's northern leaders debate in Thunder Bay.  His spokesperson says that while Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath made the decision that particular date works well for their schedule, Hudaks people are looking at options because the date conflicts with his other visits.

Stillwater Still Proceeding

It's all happening according to the general manager of Stillwater Canada.  Clark Gilbert says the wheels remain in motion to have a copper and palladium mine built outside of Marathon.    Gilbert says it all rests on a number of key items, including putting together another environmental assessment for the provincial government.    He says if major changes are required to the environmental report it could be a long process.  Gilbert says the company should know early next year on the best way to move ahead.