December 2017

City Hopes To Up Voter Turnout In 2018

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 16:51 PM

2018 is a municipal election year, but don't expect any candidates to register on January 1st. 

City Clerk John Hannam says the provincial government changed the registration dates. 

The nomination period is different for 2018, it will run from May 1st to July 27th. 

Candidates for Mayor and City Council will have three months to throw their hat into the ring. 

Hannam says they hope to see more people come out and vote. 

"It's a bit of a struggle. That we hit around 50% [voter turnout] is not something to be very proud of,"

Hospital To Plan $10 Million Fundraiser

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 16:47 PM

Our hospital will need to undergo some upgrades before it can offer open heart surgery. 

That's why Hospital Foundation President Glenn Craig is going to use 2018 to get his ducks in a row before asking the public for help. 

"Next to the campaign struck to build the hospital, this will be our largest campaign," Craig points out. 

"It's daunting."

It's expected the foundation will need $10 million for the project. 

There will be plenty of upgrades to their Operating Rooms, including improving their flexible x-ray equipment used during procedures.

College To Expand Construction Programs In 2018

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 16:30 PM

Growth and optimism is top of mind for the President of Confederation College moving into 2018. 

Jim Madder is looking forward to expanding construction and technology programs, and introducing new ones like the Indigenous Governance program. 

He feels that the new Digital Media Production program represents advancing technology moving into 2018. 

Set Smaller Goals, Not Resolutions: Psychologist

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 14:12 PM

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.

"The primary driver to a New Year's resolution is someone feels bad about something," Vallis explains, "The motivation is to get out of the bad situation and into a good one,"

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. 

Mauro Prepared For 2018 Election

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 14:05 PM

With the 2018 election getting closer, MPP Bill Mauro says he's prepared for his sixth time on the ballot. 

The Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP explains he has plenty of support heading into his sixth election. 

"We've got a great team, we've got great volunteers, we've got a lot of people who appreciate the benefit that has accrued to Thunder Bay-Atikokan over the last number of years," he notes.

Mauro feels that issues affecting our hospitals and highways will play a big part in the election. 

Rusnak Takes Family Time Over Holidays

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 14:01 PM

Thunder Bay Rainy River MP Don Rusnak says he's looking forward to spending some time with his family over the holidays. 

That's Rusnak's number one goal for his time off over the holidays. 

"I try to involve them as much as possible," he notes, admitting much of his time is spent in Ottawa or travelling the Thunder Bay Rainy River riding. 

Rusnak and his wife have a two year old son and a brand new baby boy. (File Photo)

2017 "Productive" Year For PC Party

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 13:44 PM

The leader of the Progressive Conservative Party is calling 2017 a great year. 

Patrick Brown says his party was very productive, highlighting a growing membership base, and a by-election win in Sault Ste. Marie for the first time since 1981. 

Brown says he's also proud of the release of his party's "People's Guarantee" platform in November, calling it "a recipe to get Ontario back on track". 

He feels his party was also effective at Queen's Park in pointing out how the Liberals have let Ontarians down.

Payette Delivers New Year's Message

Posted on Sunday, December 31, 2017 13:43 PM

Canada's Governor General is encouraging people to be active in 2018. 

Julie Payette made her first New Year's message while skating at an outdoor rink at Rideau Hall with her son Laurier. 

Payette says being outside is one of her favourite things to do this time of year.