Thursday, January 31, 2013

Announcement For Atikokan Today

Today could be a big day for the community of Atikokan.

Resolute Forest Products President Richard Garneau will be in Thunder Bay and Atikokan to make a major announcement.

The nature of the announcement has not been disclosed, but Mayor Dennis Brown says it means jobs and an industry for his town.

There is speculation in the community that Resolute plans to construct a new sawmill on the site of the former Buchanan owned mill at nearby Sapawe.

New Doctor Expected This Summer

There some good news on the horizon in the efforts to attract new physicians to the Rainy River District.

Physician recruiter Todd Hamilton says he's made dozens of contacts with first-year medical students and current physicians since coming on board last fall.

Hamilton says at least one doctor could be coming to the area later this summer.

Hamilton says there's also interest being expressed by a U.S. doctor with connects to the area.

DSSAB Receives New Money

The Rainy River District Social Services Administrative Board has received some extra funds for children services.

CAO Dan McCormick says it amounts to about $1.4 million dollars.

McCormick says its the result of a restructuring and redistribution of funds to the DSSAB's by the provincial government.

McCormick says they're now working on criteria how the new funds will be dispersed

Local Broadcaster Honoured

The news director of 93.1 The Border is being recognized with a Diamond Jubilee medal.

Randy Thoms will be among residents in the Rainy River district to receive medals at a ceremony in Fort Frances next month.

The event is being hosted by Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty.

Thoms, who's also worked in Kenora, Thunder Bay and New Brunswick, celebrates 30 years in the radio and television broadcast industry this year.

Wynne Talks With Teachers

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne says she'll meet again with the heads of Ontario's teachers' unions who are still angry over having had contracts imposed on them.

Wynne says she had a good meeting Tuesday night with the heads of the public elementary and secondary teachers' unions as well as their counterparts from the Catholic and French systems who actually signed contracts.

Wynne says a return of extracurricular activities was part of the conversation, but there's no agreement yet to get after-class clubs and sports running again.

Mauro Looks Forward To Wynne's Leadership

Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro is looking forward to working with his new leader.

Mauro took part in Tuesday's caucus meeting and calls it productive.

Mauro says Wynne stressed a resumption of the Ontario Legislature on February 19.

FEDNOR Funding To Area

More FEDNOR funding for northwestern Ontario.

The town of Rainy River is receiving over $379 thousand to replacing aging water mains.

The Lake of the Woods township is getting 20 thousand dollars to make upgrades to its community hall.