January 2018

Confederation College Urges Province For More Funding

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:48 AM

Confederation College is urging the provincial government to do more to help post-secondary schools. 

Vice President of College Services Ken Adams told a provincial finance standing committee Monday that the school is facing hard financial times ahead with the increase in minimum wage. 

"That impact is approximately $8 million effective April 1, 2018, or 10% of our annual operating budget of an $80.2 million. The magnitude of this impact is overwhelming for a college our size." 

Carillion Announces Liquidation

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:54 AM

The company that clears our highways is shutting its doors. 

In a statement on its website, UK-based Carillion says it will continue providing services as normal while it's in liquidation. 

It's the parent company of Carillion Canada which is contracted to plow highways in some parts of northwestern Ontario.

Our newsroom has reached out to the company for comment.

 

 

Ontario Northland Expands

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 08:02 AM

Ontario Northland is expanding it's bus service to parts of northwestern and northeastern Ontario.

It will now service Wawa and White River as well as Espanola and Sault Ste Marie.

The company says the new routes will make life easier for northerners by connecting passengers to hospitals and college and university campuses.

 

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Tentative Deal Reached For CN Police Officers

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 07:57 AM

The union representing CN Police officers says it's reached a tentative agreement with the rail company on a new labour contract.

Details of the agreement aren't being released pending the outcome of a ratification vote expected to take place February 1.

CN has approximately 65 officers working across Canada, including here in Fort Frances and Thunder Bay.

Their last contract expired at the end of 2017.

Unifor President Pessimistic About NAFTA Negotiations

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 07:50 AM

Some are holding out hope of progress as North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations resume this week in Montreal.

However, Unifor President Jerry Dias is taking an opposite stance.

He says NAFTA has been a disaster for Canada and it can't get worse.

Dias is confident that NAFTA will fall apart and won't be shedding any tears over it.

He says some of the positions that the United States have taken would make the deal ridiculous for both Canada and Mexico.

Local Sports Wrap For Tuesday, January 16

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 07:46 AM

Hailey Beaudry of Fort Frances and her Thunder Bay rink lost their only game yesterday at the Canadian Junior Curling Championship in Shawinigan, Quebec, falling 11-4 to Newfoundland-Labrador.

Beaudry's foursome are now fourth in their pool at 2 and 2.

They face teams from Ontario this morning and Nunavut tonight.At Falls High School, Emma Gilbert scored 21 in the Broncos girls basketball team's 49-46 loss to Esko.

The junior team beat Esko 32-30 on a final second shot by by Hannah Mark.

 

Role Seen For Municipalities In Reducing Substance Abuse

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 07:39 AM

The Northwestern Health Unit's Medical Officer of Health sees a roles for municipalities in helping to reduce substance abuse in the region.

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon spoke to municipal leaders attending the Rainy River District Municipal Association meeting in Fort Frances over the weekend.

She says initiatives like increased recreational opportunities for youth especially can help.

"That to me is a key way of engaging youth and getting them involved in something other than substance use or misuse."

Lawyer Sees Importance In Reconciliation For Municipalities

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 07:17 AM

A Thunder Bay lawyer sees changing monuments and signs as a good place for municipalities to start to create good will among Indigenous people.

Chantelle Bryson spoke to delegates attending the Rainy River District Municipal Association meeting in Fort Frances over the weekend.

Bryson says many under estimate the value in making such a change, noting it can help in the discussion with Indigenous communities over more larger issues.

Lawyers Sees Importance In Reconciliation For Municipalities

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 07:16 AM

 

A Thunder Bay lawyer sees changing monuments and signs as a good place for municipalities to start to create good will among Indigenous people.

Chantelle Bryson spoke to delegates attending the Rainy River District Municipal Association meeting in Fort Frances over the weekend.

Bryson says many under estimate the value in making such a change, noting it can help in the discussion with Indigenous communities over more larger issues.

New Executive Named For RRDMA

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 05:49 AM

A Fort Frances councillor has been selected to head the Rainy River District Municipal Association.

Ken Perry was elected during the Association's meeting held over the weekend in Fort Frances.

Alberton councillor Peter Spuzak was selected vice-president.

Perry will also continue to represent the local municipal lobby group as an executive vice-president to the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.

Rainy River Councillor Gord Armstrong and Wendy Brunetta of Fort Frances will also serve as regional reps to NOMA.