February 2017

Councillors Regret Skipping Inquest Hearings

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 17:30 PM

Some city councillors are hanging their heads in shame.  

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum criticized council Monday night for not attending the inquest into First Nation student deaths.  

She says the inquest involved the city, and council should have been in the courtroom to show that they care about the lives of the seven students discussed in the hearings.  

City Water Quality Report Now Available

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 17:21 PM

It's certainly not light reading, but it could give you insight into how the water system in the city works. 

The annual city water quality report is now available online. 

City official Michelle Warywoda says it's meant to show how the city monitors the quality of the water you drink and cook with.

She says it shows the city takes more than 29,000 water samples are taken throughout the year and that 2,000 of those samples are sent  to a certified lab for testing.

Arbitration Changes Demanded

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 17:12 PM

There's a call for the provincial government to change the arbitration process for essential services like police and firefighters.

That's where a the labour contracts are decided by a judge who is not associated with a union or management. 

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce President Charla Robinson says this is putting heavy pressure on municipal budgets.

She notes the system has caused the costs for providing police and fire services to balloon to over 3 times the rate of inflation since 2002.

Tech Giants Join Forces

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 14:24 PM

A group of tech experts are coming together to help children in Syria affected by the nearly 6 year long conflict, gain access to education.

Tech giants from companies including Microsoft and Facebook will take part in The No Lost Generation EdTech summit in March.

World Vision states that only one in five Syrian refugees has access to education, and because of the war there, they run the risk of not getting an education at all.  

Through this summit they hope to have a plan in action to start to tackle the education crisis. (Photo: World Vision)

Province To Allow Flat-Rate Hydro Billing

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:50 PM

If you need more power during on-peak electricity times, paying your hydro bill might get easier.  

At Queen's Park on Tuesday, the Ontario NDP called for an end to mandatory time-of-use charges. 

Deputy Leader Jagmeet Singh told the legislature about a woman whose power bill has doubled because she needs an oxygen machine at home.  

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says while time-of-use billing is better for the province as a whole, he understands that some customers need more power during on-peak hours.  

Government Hopes To Crack Down On Ticket Scalpers

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:34 PM

A movement is starting to stop computerized ticket purchases in the province. 

In this situation tickets to concerts and events are bought up online by scalpers in bulk and sold on another site at inflated prices. 

Provincial Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says the government has started an online survey to get feedback so they can make the system for selling and buying tickets fair.

He says the government was prompted to act last year after fans of the Tragically Hip complained they were shut out from buying tickets through legitimate means. 

City Announces Inquest Recommendation Responses

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 13:26 PM
An emotional night as the city announced how it'll respond to the recommendations from the inquest into the deaths of 7 Indigenous youth.  

That includes setting up enhanced cultural sensitivity training, and connecting youth from remote communities with local young people to help them get familiar with the city. 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum says it's disturbing that all levels of government seemed to resist holding the inquest.

City Announces Inquest Recommendation Responses

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 03:21 AM

An emotional night as the city announced how it'll respond to the recommendations from the inquest into the deaths of 7 Indigenous youth.  

That includes setting up enhanced cultural sensitivity training, and connecting youth from remote communities with local young people to help them get familiar with the city. 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum says it's disturbing that all levels of government seemed to resist holding the inquest.

FedNor Money To Keep Innovative Youth In The North

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 18:14 PM

FedNor is investing almost 700-thousand dollars to keep innovative 18-29-year olds in the north, matching them with small/medium sized businesses.  

Through the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, the program will work with companies that need help to finish projects, or want to expand.  

N-O-I-C manager Judy Sander says when it comes to expanding, some companies get nervous about finding the right help.  

She says they may not have enough money to justify hiring someone.