September 2017

NOMA Calls For Senator's Resignation

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:48 AM

Northwestern Ontario's mayors and city councillors are banding together in calling for Dryden Senator Lynn Beyak's resignation.

They are sending a letter to the Conservative Caucus, the Prime Minister and our area MPs calling for her to be removed from her position.

NOMA President Wendy Landry says her beliefs do not represent the region. 

"We definitely want to make it known that this is not good, and this is not acceptable. Our board voted unanimously at last night's meeting to ask for her resignation."

Many Grade Nine Students Struggle With Math

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:25 AM

It appears that some grade nine math students in Thunder Bay may be struggling with the subject.

According to the latest standardized test results from the Education Quality and Accountablity Office, students who were taking regular math in the Catholic system performed at or above the provincial average.   

That compares with just under 40 per cent of grade nine public board students.

For advanced math it improves somewhat, with close to 85 per cent of grade nine students in both boards performing at or above the provincial average.

Chamber To Hear How Other Businesses Successfully Operate

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 07:27 AM

A new business practice is making the rounds of the business community in Canada. 

Here in Thunder Bay, members of the Chamber of Commerce are going to hear about the new B Corp movement.

President Charla Robinson says they want to know if there's a way to offer business in an environmentally friendly way.

She adds they'll be hearing about how other leading businesses have been successful, and get tips.

Craig Ryan is with the BDC, Canada's only certified B Corp bank and will be speaking during the lunch hour.   


NOMA Sets Agenda For Next Few Days

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 07:10 AM

Support from the government for transportation in the region is a topic up for discussion at the annual general meeting of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.   

The conference begins today in Thunder Bay.

President Wendy Landry says the regional lobby group is determined to get the province to commit to providing more transportation services in the area, in the same way southern Ontario is cared for.  

She adds there will also be a focus on greater immigrant recruitment to this area.

Hospital Gets $2M To Grow Telemedicine Program

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 17:38 PM

A $2 million, three-year pilot program will help bring telemedicine to more patients in the Northwest. 

Since 2015, the Regional Critical Care Response program has used video-conferencing to let doctors, nurses and technicians in Thunder Bay view patients at other hospitals and lend their expertise. 

The Regional Health Sciences Centre's Chief of Critical Care explains it's used to coach nurses and doctors through procedures they may be unfamiliar or out of practice with.

MP's React To Doctor's Threats

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 16:43 PM

It's a threat Don Rusnak isn't taking lightly. 

The Thunder Bay MP says he is concerned about Emergency Room doctors at the Regional Hospital who are threatening to leave the city if the Trudeau government goes through with its changes to the tax system. 

Rusnak says there's a lot of mis-information being thrown out there by many special interest groups in the country.

He says everyone needs to take a step back and look at the proposed changes and what the finance minister is really saying about them.

Police Hope For Answers In 32 Year Old Cold Case

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 16:07 PM

It's been over 30 years and city police are still mystified by the disappearance of a 42 year old woman.  

Carol Viau was last seen on September 20th of  1985 in the vicinity of the Salvation Army hostel on Cumberland Street. 

At the time she was a voluntary patient at the Lakehead psychiatric Hospital.

They think she may have been confused at the time.

Police say she had gone by a number of surnames including Adams, Hardy and Rogalski.

They are hoping to jog the memory of anyone who knew her or may have seen something that day.(Photo supplied)

Charges Laid In McVicar Creek Murder, Assault

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 15:03 PM

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a murder and an assault that happened in August. 

Police have laid charges in relation to the death of 18-year-old Brayden Moonias, who was found near Marina Park and McVicar Creek on August 6th, and an assault on a 52-year-old man that same day in the Cumberland Street area. 

The suspect will face those charges in court Wednesday.

His name has not been released at this time. (File Photo) 

Porter Airlines Setting Up Crew Base In Thunder Bay

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 14:57 PM

At least 40 local jobs will be created when Porter Airlines establishes a crew base in the city.

A spokesperson says this is the first such base in northern Ontario for any large commercially-scheduled airline. 

Brad Cicero says it's a big move for the Porter, and allows them to attract pilots and crew.

He says it make sense from a logistical point of view to have crew who live here given the number of flights Porter has from here to Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto.

The city now joins Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax as locations where Porter has crew bases.

Rusnak Takes On New Role

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 13:37 PM

Some new responsibilites for Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak.

He's now going to have direct access to the Minister of Indigenouse Services, Jane Philpott.

The Prime Minister's Office has annouced Rusnak will now be her Parliamentary Secretary. (File photo)