September 2016

Union Disappointed "Anti-Scab" Bill Defeated

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 18:22 PM

The President of Unifor says the Liberal shutdown of an so-called "anti-scab" private members bill doesn't make sense.  

The bill was defeated Wednesday when nearly every Liberal MP voted against it during its second reading in the House of Commons.  

Jerry Dias says letting employers cross picket lines flies in the face of the federal Liberals' election promise to bring fairness to workplaces.  He says the legislation was about bringing balance to the collective bargaining process, and feels killing the bill tips the scales in favour of employers.   

Tainted Blood Victims Still Waiting

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 16:43 PM

Hundreds of Canadians, affected by the tainted blood scandal decades ago, say they're still waiting for the compensation promised by the federal government,

Lawyers representing 500 victims have filed a submission in Vancouver asking courts in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia to address what they say is a $65 million shortfall in that compensation.

The say victims are being denied claims because of that shortfall.

Province Investing In TB Baseball Fields

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 15:43 PM

The province of Ontario is investing almost $1.4-million into Thunder Bay baseball fields in time for the 2017 Under-18 World Cup.  

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon made the announcement today at the Port Arthur Stadium.  

She says the money is for upgrades and infrastructure, and more importantly getting kids active instead of playing video games.  McMahon also says Thunder Bay knows how to host world class events considering how well the city did with the Staal Golf Tournament.  

NDP Bill Would Change Ontario Works, ODSP Rates

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 14:45 PM

An NDP MP wants to see changes to the way social assistance rates are determined.   

Second reading of Paul Miller's private members bill passed in the legislature yesterday.  

It calls for the development of an advisory board that would recommend Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program rates for each region of the province, and that they be based on the real cost of living in those areas.  

In Queen's Park yesterday, Miller says recent increases to those payments are still keeping recipients well below the poverty line.  

Youth Court Stats Lowest Ever

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 14:28 PM

A drop in the number of youth heading to court.  

Statistics Canada says nearly 33-thousand cases were tried in the country's youth courts last year, a 19 per cent drop over the year before.  

It's the lowest number since data was first collected more than two decades ago.  

The agency says the decline mirrors a reduction in the number of youth being charged over the past decade.  


OPP Arrest Man On Child Pornography Charges

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 13:57 PM

An Igance man faces child pornography charges.

Dryden OPP, with assistance from the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, say they have arrested 24 year old Kyle Douglas Colby in Ignace for Child Pornography related charges Wednesday.

Police say that he has been charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography available. 

The accused appeared in Bail Court yesterday and is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Dryden on Monday October 3rd.

New Owner For Idled Shipyard Facility

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 10:23 AM

Good economic news for the port.   The old Port Arthur Shipyard and former Lakehead Marine, is now in the hands of a new company.   

Acadia News has confirmed Heddle Marine, which bills itself as Canada's leading marine repair facilities has, through a holding company, purchased the north  side waterfront complex. 

An official for the purchaser says they look forward to opening  and operating as a ship repair facility but there's no indication as to when that might happen or how many workers might be employed.  

NDP Says Hydro Rebates Won't Help All Rural Residents

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 06:28 AM

The opposition at Queen's Park is questioning the provincial government's Ontario Rural Support Program.

The NDP say only a fraction of rural residents are actually eligible for the 20 hydro percent rebate.

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says the rebate targets Hydro One customers who have the highest delivery charges.

NDP critic John Vantof says there are 1.8 million people who are considered rural, but most won't be getting the rebate.  

Tech Advisor Agrees With BlackBerry Decision

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 06:15 AM

A local technology adviser thinks BlackBerry's decision to get out of the hardware business is a good move.  

The one time smartphone giant has announced it will only be doing software development for their phones.  

Alan Auld, of the local Innovation Centre, says the move will definitely help the struggling company survive.

Auld says there are still government's, hospitals and companies that still use BlackBerrys because of their security features. 

October Set To Be Warm

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 06:12 AM

Environment Canada is out with its forecast for October.  

Meterologist Geoff Coulson says we can expect warmer than normal temperatures to continue into the fall.  

We can expect highs of 8 or 9 degrees in October.  

Coulson adds the beginning of the month will be dry and by the end we should see up to six centimeters of snow.