May 2017

Minimum Wage Goes Up

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:48 AM


Ontario's minimum wage is going to reach $15 an hour.

The increase will be phased in over the next two years, reaching $14 an hour on January 1st before topping $15 a year later.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says they considered how the increase would affect businesses.

"We made a decision that we would give from now until January for businesses to adjust to the first increase and then bring in the second increase in January.  So really it was in response to business owners saying we can't absorb that change that quickly."

Gateway Runs Our Casino

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:44 AM

Our Casino is now officially being run by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation recently signed a 20 year operating agreement with the company and today is the first day for them to run the day to day operations of the casino.

As part of the deal it also includes opening a new gaming facility in Kenora.  

New Conductor For TBSO

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:40 AM

There's a new Conductor for the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

They've appointed violinist Simon Rivard.

He fills the spot left behind by Jean-Michel Malouf who held the position for the past two seasons.  (Photo supplied)


Prayer Walk For Those We've Lost

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:39 AM

North Caribou Lake First Nation wants you to take part in a community prayer walk this Thursday at one o'clock. 

It's to remember 17 year old Tammy Keeash and 15 year old Josiah Begg who lost their lives recently in our City. 

Mayor Keith Hobbs says the walk will start at City Hall and end at the Balmoral Police Station. 

"Along the walk route we'll stop to lay white roses at the McIntyre River, to begin the healing process by bringing the community together. My wife Marissa and myself will be taking part and I encourage you as well." 

City Hall Round Up

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:32 AM

Going once, going twice, sold!  

City Council has unloaded the former Dawson Court old age home.

The final price tag for the building for $450,000.

Meanwhile, a new emergency service radio system is one step closer to being a reality.

Council awarded the multi-million dollar contract to the company Harris at last night's meeting.  (File photo)

PM Applauded In Asking For Apology

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:31 AM

A thumbs up to the Prime Minister from a national aboriginal group.  

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is applauding Justin Trudeau's attempt to get the Catholic Church to apologize for its role in the Indian Residential School system.

The National Chief says an apology from the church would go a long way in helping to heal old wounds.


Commercial Drivers Get Low MTO Rating

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:30 AM

City commercial drivers are getting a poor grade from their governing body.

The Ministry of Transportation has given the over 400 bus, garbage and other commercial vehicle drivers a grade just below satisfactory.  

Fleet Services Manager Jim Suffak says they're working on improving.

"Part of it requires some additional re-instruction to drivers which we've already undertaken at a certain level over the last year. In addition to updating some of our policies and procedures."  

Man Charged In Fatal 2016 Crash

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 07:07 AM

A 46 year old Thunder Bay man is charged after being involved in a fatal 2016 crash on the Thunder Bay Expressway.

Leonard Dick, the driver of an SUV that collided with a Chevy truck, is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

In December of last year, police say his suv crossed over the centre lane and hit the truck that 50 year old Gary Maki was driving.

Maki was pronounced dead at the hospital.

No Strike At CN Rail

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 06:14 AM

CN trains continue to roll this morning.

This after the rail company and the union representing its 3-thousand conductors, trainmen and yardmen, reach a tentative deal late yesterday afternoon.

Members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference were prepared to walk off the job at 4 this morning.

The Union says it withdrew that strike notice when the company agreed not to impose unilaterally changes to the collective agreement, allowing a deal to be reached.

No details are being released until members have had the chance to review the document.

Good Tourism Season Expected

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Officials expects a hopping tourism season this summer.

City spokesperson Paul Pepe says the low Canadian dollar is helping.  "Continues to keep Canadians exploring their own country especially during the 150 Birthday celebrations. It's a great value for US residents as well. We're really seeing an uptick in interest in US and International residents."  

Pepe's remarks come during Ontario's tourism week which encourages local residents to get to know their community better so they can act as ambassadors to tourists. (File photo)