December 2017

Colleges, Faculty To Receive New Deal

Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:29 PM

A new deal between college faculty and their employer will be announced soon. 

In a joint statement, OPSEU and the colleges say the new collective agreement will be handed down sometime this week. 

Their bargaining teams met from Thursday to Saturday for mediation, and arbitration was completed on Saturday. (File Photo)

Retailer To Match Christmas Kettle Donations

Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2017 13:59 PM

With the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign $88,000 short of its $200,000 goal, Walmart is stepping in to help. 

Today, retail giant will match donations made by individuals to the Christmas Kettles located in its stores nationwide, up to a maximum of $100,000. 

The Salvation Army says it's very grateful for the additional support, as the Kettle funds are necessary to be able to help those in need this upcoming year. 

The campaign is on until December 23rd. (File Photo)

Nominations Open For Arts And Heritage Awards

Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2017 13:56 PM

The City's Arts and Heritage Community is celebrating their own. 

Nominations are being accepted up until December 21st for the arts and heritage awards. 

Spokesperson Ash Young says the community deserves to be honoured.

"The community is really that good, that we can highlight the achievements of these individuals and organizations each year." 

Award categories include Cultural Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Youth and LIfetime or Professional Achievement. 

Municipalities Should Get Pot Revenues: Kenora Mayor

Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2017 13:16 PM

Municipalities should be getting a share of legalized marijuana revenue. 

That's the feeling of Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield, following the announcement the provincial government will get 75% of the profits, and the federal government will take the remaining 25%. 

Canfield says municipalities are the ones that will face extra costs for policing and social services. 

Francophone Association Honours Red Lake Resident

Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2017 13:09 PM

A Red Lake woman is taking home the 2017 Northwestern Ontario Francophone Personality Award. 

It's given out every five years, and recognizes a person whose volunteer or paid work made a remarkable contribution to the development of the Francophone community in the North West. 

Officials say that Michèle Alderton created the Association Francophone de Red Lake and thanks to her dedication and tenacity, she opened the door to Francophones in the region to regroup and enjoy their culture once again. (Photo Supplied by Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario)

Open House To Explore Mountain Bike Tourism

Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2017 09:16 AM

Tourism Thunder Bay and the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club are hosting an open house tonight at the Prince Arthur Hotel. 

The symposium will focus on how Thunder Bay can become a destination for mountain biking through the implementation of the Trowbridge Forest Recreation Master Plan. 

Officials say the development of this plan will require funding and time and labour.

The event starts at 7 o'clock. (File Photo)

Police Issue Snowmobile Safety Tips

Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 06:01 AM

A reminder from Thunder Bay police not to ride your snow machine in the city. 

They say you can only go snowmobiling in certain areas, and never on paved roads except while crossing. 

City noise by-laws also ban snow machines from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM. 

They're also asking you to use caution and ride safely.

You can find maps of the areas not open to snowmobiles below. (File Photo)

TEC Hub Reaches Milestone

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 15:20 PM

Construction is on track for the new technology building at Confederation College. 

The Technology, Education and Collaboration Hub is nearing a major milestone, and is expected to be done in late April. 

President Jim Madder tells us construction of the outer walls and roof should be complete soon. 

Madder explains the TEC Hub will host technology, manufacturing, engineering, skilled trades, and other programs starting next September. 

REMAX Predicts Housing Prices For The City

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 15:18 PM

Housing prices in Thunder Bay shot up 8 per cent this year compared to last year according to the latest survey by RE/MAX Reality. 

It shows that the average price this year was estimated to be $252,622 compared to $234,513 in 2016.

Looking into their crystal ball the company is forecasting home prices in the city will remain relatively stable next year. 

Pre-Budget Talks Coming To Thunder Bay

Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 14:15 PM

The Wynne government is giving you a chance to talk about the upcoming provincial budget in the new year. 

Pre-budget talks are taking place in Thunder Bay the week of January 15th.  If you're interested in making a verbal presentation, you must have your request in by 5 pm on Monday, January 8th. 

Written submissions are due by January 19th.