January 2018

Council Questions Victoriaville Budget

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 00:03 AM

Some councillors aren't keen to invest in the Victoriaville Centre after it ran $100,000 over budget last year. 

Councillor Rebecca Johnson argues the centre's future is too uncertain for her to be comfortable spending a proposed $90,000 for three projects this year. 

"If we look at the projection, it's $1.5 million to 2020. Why are we putting money in there for this when we might tear it down?" 

Victoriaville officials are asking for $462,000 this year, slightly less than their budget ran in 2017.

City To Spend $1M For Heart Surgery Campaign

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 23:55 PM

A million dollars is going towards the Regional Hospital's cardiac surgery campaign. 

Councillor Brian McKinnon explains the money that was approved Tuesday night will come out of the city's reserve fund and won't impact the budget. 

"It's going to really be an enormous benefit to the city," McKinnon notes. 

The city plans to dole the money out in $200,000 increments for the next five years, starting this year. 

McKinnon says the heart surgery program will bring 64 high-paid jobs to the city.

No Decision On 55 Plus Centre Jobs

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 23:49 PM

City Council is delaying the decision on whether to bring back two jobs at the 55 Plus Centre. 

After plenty of discussion, councillors are holding back from spending $160,000 to reinstate the two positions. 

Mayor Keith Hobbs admits that while he supports the Centre and the work it does, he's not confident in spending that much when it's not clear if the positions are needed. 

Irwin "Super Excited" For Virtue And Moir

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 16:29 PM

A Thunder Bay gold medal Olympian is happy for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir who have been chosen to be Canada's flag-bearers for the opening ceremonies at the Winter Games in South Korea.

In an exclusive interview with Acadia News, Haley Irwin told us the pair of ice dancers are deserving of the honour .

She believes they represents the athletes really well and is "super excited" they will lead the team out.

Irwin suggest the flag-bearers symbolically "lead the charge" for their country heading into the games. (File photo)


Former LU Advisor Passes Away

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 15:58 PM

A former advisor to Lakehead University has passed away. 

Robert McKay died on January 8th just shy of his 80th birthday. 

He was a Senator with the Metis Nation of Ontario. 

In his capacity as a Senator and Métis Knowledge Holder, he served on numerous committees and advisory boards including the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lakehead University, the City of Thunder Bay, the Lakehead Public School Board, and the Labour Council for Aboriginal Youth. (Photo supplied)


Province Watching Carillion Closely

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 15:29 PM

The provincial government says it's keeping an eye on the situation with the company that provides winter road maintenance in northwestern Ontario.

It follows news that the parent company for Carillion Canada declared it was winding down operations in Britain.

MPP Michael Gravelle indicates the Ministry of Transportation met with company officials and they advised the government that winter maintenance services are continuing uninterrupted.

He tells us the government continues to look at all options should the situation with Carillion change.

"Unruly" Plane Passenger Arrested In Thunder Bay

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 13:18 PM

A 31 year old Ottawa man is charged with assault after an Air Canada flight had to be diverted to Thunder Bay to deal with what city police claim was an unruly passenger. 

They tell us officers boarded the plane just after 4 o'clock last Friday afternoon and after being briefed by the flight crew, they asked a man to get off the aircraft and then took him into custody.  

Awale Yusuf Abdi was scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday.  His next court date is January 19th. 

VIDEO: Police Hunt For Armed Robbery Suspect

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:33 AM

Police have a dragnet out for the person they claim is responsible for the armed robbery of a Mac's Convenience Store.

They tell us that it happened at the Cumberland Street location just before midnight last night. 

They say the suspect entered the store brandishing a gun with his face covered and demanded money from the 24 year old clerk. 

The employee complied and the suspect took off and no one was hurt.

Surveillance video can be viewed below.

Regional Lobby Group Shares Concerns At Hearing

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:12 AM

The region's municipal lobby group is asking the provincial government to increase the sales tax to generate funds for local infrastructure projects.

Larry Hebert of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, told a pre-budget meeting in Thunder Bay a one per cent increase in the HST would take the pressure off property taxes.

NOMA also wants to change the way railways are taxed in the province. 

Hebert tells us right now, rail companies are taxed on the property they own and the Association wants them charged by the weight of the cargo they haul. 

Thunder Bay Council Approves Hydro Merger

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 01:50 AM

Another step towards a merger for two utilities in the region. 

Thunder Bay city council has approved Thunder Bay Hydro's proposed merger with Kenora Hydro, which has to be voted on Tuesday morning at 11 by Kenora's council. 

Thunder Bay Hydro CEO Robert Mace explains the new Thunder Bay-based utility would be more efficient and hopefully lower costs for customers.