December 2016

Province Wants Consumers More Aware Of Caloric Intake

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:54 PM

The provincial government is getting fit in the New Year.  

Starting tomorrow, Ontario will be the first province in Canada to require food service providers with 20 or more locations in the province to include the number of calories for each food and beverage item on their menus, labels or tags.  

Places that will be impacted include restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, grocery stores and movie theatres.  


Bombardier Big Concern For MPP In 2017

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 11:27 AM

Local MPP Bill Mauro points to health care in Thunder Bay, Bombardier and hydro costs as top of mind heading into 2017.  

He spoke with our newsroom last week, noting advancements in cardiac surgery locally, but also Bombardier being one of his biggest concerns.  

When it comes to hydro, while Mauro says he's working at programs that'll help people, there is a price to pay in shifting to green energy.  

On the topic of Kathleen Wynne's approval rating at 13%, he says the opposition parties have been successful in their attacks.  


No Injuries In Crash At Expressway And Memorial

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:55 AM

Thunder Bay police say those involved in a 3 vehicle crash smack dab in the middle of the corner of Harbour Expressway and Memorial have all escaped injury.  

They say it happened within the last hour or 2, with the crash tying up traffic in the area.  

Emergency crews have been working to clear the scene, with police saying things should be back to normal soon.  


Union Gas Bill To Rise Tomorrow

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:42 AM

Union gas rates are going up tomorrow.  

Officials say it's because of the provincial government's new cap and trade regulations that will have a $74 dollar impact on the total bill for a typical household.  

The increase to your natural gas rates could range annually anywhere from $56 to $163.  

Brexit Top Business Story Of Year

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:27 AM

They call it Brexit, and it's the Acadia Broadcasting Limited's Business News story of the year.  

The British vote to leave the European Union picked up 47% of the vote in our annual news survey.  

Political science professor at Lakehead University Laure Paquette says the vote has resulted in a lot of political uncertainty.  

Brexit beat out the postponement of the Energy East hearings as the top business news story of the year.    



New Year Resolutions Tough To Maintain

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:19 AM

New Year's resolutions are notoriously difficult to maintain.  

Psychologist Dr. Michael Vallis says that's because the reasons why people choose a certain goal is setting them up for failure.  

Vallis says the problem with that is once a person starts to make a little progress they start to feel better and the motivation goes away.  

He says a better plan would be to take the month of January to reflect, then set smaller goals that can be met and re-adjusted throughout the year.  




Ft. McMurray Fires Top Weather Story Of Year

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 09:57 AM

A team of Canadian meterologists are naming the Wildfires of Fort McMurray the top weather story of 2016.   

Former Thunder Bay resident Nicole Armstrong was one of many who were forced out of the community on May 4th.   

Armstrong is a dance teacher and at the time she was worried about the safety of her students.   

The early May wild fires caused highways to be backlogged with traffic as residents moved away from the blaze.    


2 News Year's Day Levees To Welcome 2017

Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 09:39 AM

Two New Year's Day Levees are taking place tomorrow.

One is a breakfast toast to the Queen, that's taking place at the O'Kelly Armouries on Park Avenue.  

The other is at the HMCS Griffon and is open to everyone starting at 12:45.  

Lieutenant Commander Robert Cooke says it dates back to the 1600s.  

The dress code for the event is business casual.