January 2016

City Tackles Snow Removal Complaints

Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2016 11:55 AM

The price of changing the city's ice-clearing practices is a slippery slope.

That according to a report before councillors Monday night, which says options to mitigate the ice build-up we experienced on residential roads and sidewalks last December comes at a cost of about $2 million.

The report considers things like reducing the amount of snowfall required to get plows out on the streets, and increasing the amount of salt used.

Local Musher Hits The Trails At John Beargrease

Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2016 11:11 AM

It's off to the races for a Thunder Bay-area musher.

Andy Heerschap of Nolalu is competing in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which begins in Duluth today, and will see teams travel through the Sawtooth Mountains in Cook County, and go as far north as Gunflint Lake.

Heerschap says for four of his dogs, this'll be their first time competing. He says with all of the distractions that the race trail offers, he's prepared to have patience with his younger dogs as they experience all those things for the first time.

Changes To Pipeline Approvals A First Step: CUSP

Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2016 10:21 AM

Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet is hoping Ottawa's assessment of Energy East will lead to its own demise.

The Trudeau government announced it's changing the way pipeline projects are assessed, in terms of their impact on Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Spokesperson Paul Berger says if the process is fair and truly considers greenhouse gas, it's going to have to conclude that projects like the Energy East Pipeline are not in the public interest.

Foul Play Not A Factor In Fire

Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2016 07:30 AM

Foul play isn't a factor in a fire that gutted a Sioux Lookout business on Friday.

OPP say the Fire Marshal's office determined the blaze at D & D Sports Bar and Tavern originated in a bathroom in one of the upstairs apartments, and was accidental.

The scene was released just after 5 p.m., Saturday - more than 24 hours after flames first ignited.

The second level was heavily damaged in the fire, and neighbouring Front Street businesses were also affected by smoke and water damage.

Families Ski For Cancer

Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:34 AM

On the charity beat, the Canadian Cancer Society is hosting its first Snow Day fundraiser at the Kamview Nordic Centre today. 

The family-friendly event happens from noon until 3 p.m. 

Spokesperson Dani Ashley says you're able to cross-country ski or snowshoe the Nordic Trails.

Money raised benefits families affected by cancer.

Public Board Looks To Renew, Refresh Facilities

Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:32 AM

A report dealing with recommendations for the future of Lakehead schools is headed to trustees very soon.

Superintendent of business David Wright says, as per ministry guidelines, the report is an opportunity for the public board to renew and refresh its facilities.

Wright assures that while they've experienced some enrollment decline in schools all across the city, that doesn't spell school closures.

He does note however that they'll be weighing all of their options, adding the aim is to breath new life into underused or excess space.

Magnus Theatre Tackles FASD

Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:20 AM

Magnus Theatre is turning the spotlight on fetal alcohol syndrome.

The company's latest production, Dreary and Izzy, is the story of two sisters - one of whom is affected by FAS - figuring out their new lives together after their parents die.

Spokesperson Justin Parcher says though the play is set in the '70s, when FASD wasn't well researched, it's still an issue we deal with today.

He says the play's themes and message are as important today as when FASD was first recognized.

The play runs until Feb. 6.

Four Cases Of Zika Virus In Canada

Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:17 AM

Zika virus is prompting Canada to halt blood donations from some travellers.

Health Canada says it's working with blood donation agencies to determine a deferral period for donations, for those who recently travelled to areas affected by the mosquito-borne virus.

Public Health Officer Dr. Gregory Taylor says there's no international consensus on how long donors should wait.

Four cases are being reported in Canada - two from B.C., one in Alberta, and the other in Quebec.

Resolute Fined $150K

Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2016 09:52 AM

An area paper mill is facing a hefty fine after a worker was burned in a dust explosion at an idled plant.

Resolute Forest Products will have to pay $150,000, following the 2014 incident involving a maintenance worker who suffered burns to the body when wood dust exploded.

The Fort Frances paper mill was inactive at the time, but its boiler was still in operation to heat it through that winter.

In addition to the fine, the court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge.