Thursday, December 20, 2012

Power Corp. Opposes Amalgamation Suggestions

A new report suggesting sweeping changes to Ontario's electrical distribution system isn't being greeted warmly by the Fort Frances Power Corporation.

The report, issued last week, suggests voluntary amalgamation of municipal utilities, saving the province more than a billion dollars over ten years.

Chair of the Power Corp. Doug McCaig doesn't see bigger being better for our area.

McCaig doesn't believe the report recognizes the regional differences faced by northern Ontario electricity distributors.

Education Minister Issues Warning To Teachers

Education Minister Laurel Broten is advising the union representing public elementary school teachers to focus on local bargaining, not on more job action.

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario is planning to announce its next steps in its ongoing labour dispute with government tomorrow.

Teachers around the province have been participating in one-day rotating strikes for the past two weeks.

Broten warns any strike action after December 31 will be illegal.

Skywest Now Serving International Falls

Skywest Airlines has started flying out the International Falls Airport.

The Utah-based air carrier officially took over the route from Delta last weekend.

Spokesperson Wes Horrocks says for flying public, there's really little change.

Skywest if providing two daily round trip flights with a 50 seat Bombardier CRJ200, connecting with other Delta flights out of Minneapolis.

Energy Efficiency Designation For Falls Building

The city of International Falls has been received an significant energy efficiency certification for its development of Voyageur National Park's headquarters.

The city received Silver status from the U.S. Green Building Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

It's the first building constructed in International Falls to receive LEED certification.

Advice Available To Resolute Workers

Some help today for workers impacted by the idling of the kraft mill and paper machine at Resolute Forest Products mill in Fort Frances.

The Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union has set up information sessions at the Legion in Fort Frances to provide workers with advice on employment, training and education opportunities.

Representatives from Service Canada, NCDS and the provincial Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities will be on hand first at 1:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Walmart Helping Salvation Army Today

Your donation to the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle at Walmart could be a little extra special today.

Walmart Canada is once again planning to match donations collected today up to a maximum $100-thousand.

World Vision Gift Catalogue Still Open

A Chicken might not be a gift item on your Christmas list, but it's something you can buy to help someone living in an underdeveloped country.

Genevieve Barber of World Vision Canada says it's not too late to consider making a purchase from its Gift Catalogue on behalf of someone on your list.

Items ranges from farm animals, clothing, school supplies to medicine.

Barber says the donation, which is tax deductible, includes a card explaining how its helping.

Last year, nearly $8-thousand in gift items were purchased by Fort Frances area residents.

Here's a link to that catalogue -

Teachers To Outline Future Job Action Tomorrow

The union representing Ontario elementary school teachers is expected to discuss its next steps in its ongoing labour action later this week.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is planning a news conference for Friday.

The event caps off two weeks of rotating one-day walkouts by the teachers, who say they are protesting legislation that allows the government to ban strikes and impose contract agreements on teachers.

Three People Hurt in Crash

Three people are recovering from injuries following an accident on Highway 11, west of Fort Frances Tuesday.

OPP say a pick-up truck lost control and slid into the path of another oncoming pickup about 15 kilometres west of town.

The 54-year-old male driver and a 51-year old female passenger from one truck and the 29-year-old driver of the other were transported to LaVerendrye Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

S.I.U. Clears OPP Officier

An OPP officer in Red Lake has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of man in that northwestern Ontario community early last month.

The province's Special Investigation Unit concluded its investigation by saying the 35-year-old took his own life, but there was no police contact or involvement at the time of his death.

New Air Ambulance CEO

Ontario's embattled air ambulance service has scooped up the province's chief coroner to be its new president and CEO.

Dr. Andrew McCallum will start his new position January 21.

McCallum has been Ontario's chief coroner since 2008.

Health Unit Looking Into Suspected Food Poisoning

Thunder Bay's Health Unit is looking into a case of suspected food poisoning.

A number of people have reported being sick after taking part in a number of catered events in the City this past week.

If you are ill and believe it may be connected to something you ate at a catered event, your asked to contact the health unit.