October 2017

Keep Dogs Leashed At Conservation Areas: Officials

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 19:33 PM

Keep your dog on a leash when visiting local conservation areas, or your wallet could feel the consequences. 

Our local conservation authority says they've asked Animal Control officials to hand out tickets to people who treat conservation areas like off-leash dog parks. 

Spokesperson Ryan Mackett says they're reminding you that letting your dog roam free is against city by-laws and the regulations dealing with conservation areas. 

Murder Suspects Remain In Custody

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 15:06 PM

After appearing by video conference, two suspects in a second degree murder case from this summer will finally step foot inside a court room.

19 year old Kailee Loon and her co-accused 41 year old Garnet Loon will have their preliminary hearing in person on October 30th in room 102 at the Consolidated Courthouse. 

They remain in custody awaiting their next court date. 

Both Kailee and Garnet are charged with attempted murder, second degree murder, and failing to comply with probation. 

Garnet is also charged with forcible confinement. 

Third Pedestrian Crosswalk In Operation

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

A new controlled pedestrian crosswalk is now in operation at the corner of Simpson and Ogden. 

That's where the NorWest Community Health Centre is located.

CEO Juanita Lawson says the crosswalk is welcome because the street is very busy and hopes it can prevent collisions involving staff or clients.  

Lawson says she herself has had some close calls at that intersection. 

it's the third such crosswalk in the city, with the other's being located on Walsh and on Algoma. 

Councillor Paul Pugh says more are expected to be erected.  

Day Two Of Inquest Into Inmate Death

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:25 PM

The inquest into the 2011 death of 18 year old inmate Cody Thompson Hardy continues. 

Day two heard testimony from the jail’s Operational Manager George Kasper. 

He told the inquest his position is to oversee the operation of the jail as well as check on the inmates and staff. 

Kasper talked about two incidents several weeks before Thompson-Hardy’s death where correction officers reported he may be on a substance. 

There was a suggestion that inmates were sharing methadone with each other by regurgitating it. 

Suzanne Tighe Wins PARO Alumni Award

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:56 AM

A woman who owns a successful home care service in the city is this year's recipient of an award from the PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise. 

Suzanne Tighe, of Nurse Next Door, is the winner of the alumni award and credits her staff of 40 employees for the achievement.

Tighe says it's a compasionate career they have chosen by being willing to show up during blizzards and staying the extra hours when someone is not feeling well.

She says the award is extra special since she once worked at PARO for six years and was helped in setting up her enterprise. 

Brink's Pleads With Unifor Not To Strike

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 09:39 AM

Brink's Canada says it's disappointed by Unifor's decision to begin strike action against the company.

The union has set Thursday as the day they are prepared to walk off the job in Ontario and British Columbia. 

The armoured car company says they have been transparent with Unifor about the challenges they face and the changes that need to be made.

Brink's feels the terms it has set out have been fair and reasonable given the current state of the business and calls Unifor's approach inflexible and inconsistent with past bargaining practices.

Mobile Health Unit Helps City's Homeless

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 08:55 AM

The District Health Unit continues to reach out to the homeless by meeting them where they're at with a mobile health unit.  

The Manager of Sexual Health says the truck stops at various locations, such as Dew Drop Inn and Shelter House.

Tanelle Rabachuk says many people aren't thinking of their health, but rather shelter, food and safety.

Nor do they have the means to hop on a bus and get to a walk in clinic, doctor or hospital.

Rabachuk says discussions continue with community groups on ways to expand the service.



Police Budget Looking Good

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 08:45 AM

It’s a positive update on City police’s financials. 

They reviewed their most recent report on the 2017 budget. 

As of September 30th they were 1 percent in the black on their over 40 million dollar budget. 

They have a $403,700 favorable balance. 

Although some areas of the budget are over like vehicle maintenance, gas and legal fees other areas made money for the service. 

The fee for taking fingerprints for example brought in almost $13,000. 

The labour accounts for overtime are also under budget.

Police Receive Complaints In 2017

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 08:36 AM

City police are taking their latest report on public complaints in stride. 

Seven came in from 2017, with three being rejected, one resolved through customer service and two being investigated by the force itself, and one going to the province’s police review director. 

They were reported to police from July of this year to September however none came in last month.

Most of the complaints were about police conduct. 

The stats were released at the police board’s monthly meeting.