Wednesday, June 5, 2013

County Agreed To Airport Commission Nominee

Koochiching County is allowing a vacancy on the International Falls Airport Commission to be filled.

County commissioners have agreed to accept the city's nomination of Paul Nevanan, but only for the remainder of this year.

Commissioner Wade Pavleck says they want a review of how members are selected before committing to a longer term.

Some commissioners are concerned with Nevanan being on the board, suggesting he'd be in conflict with others he now reports to as head of the Koochiching Economic Development Authority.

LCBO Workers Ratify Deal

Unionized workers at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario have ratified a new four-year collective agreement.

Their union says the new deal provides some improvements, but doesn't outline them, and more full-time jobs.

The union says it fought off a long list of concession demands but adds that the critical issue of the LCBO's ''overuse of casual workers" remains.

Opposition Claims Long Term Homes Not Getting Proper Inspections

The opposition is accusing the Liberal government of falling down on its commitment to long-term care homes in the province.

They says government is not ensuring full inspection of facilities are done at least once a year

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says only 123 of Ontario's 600 nursing homes received the proper look-over by the Ministry of Health since 2010.

Camp Day

It's Camp Day at Tim Hortons.

A portion of coffee from today is used to help offset the cost of sending children to Tim Hortons Summer Camps.

Six youngsters from the Rainy River district will benefit this year, including three first time campers.

A number of celebrity pourers will be lending a hand, including 93.1 The Border's own Andy Cee.

Air Ambulance Helicopters Fly Again

Ornge Air helicopters in northwestern Ontario are back in the air.

The province's air ambulance service grounded its five helicopters following the last Friday's fatal accident in Moosonee that left two pilots and two paramedics dead.

Ornge says while the crash remains under investigation, preliminary information from the Transportation Safety Board did not raise concerns regarding the S76 fleet.

New Board Seeks Representatives

A new advisory board for the area's border waters is looking for some bodies.

The new International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board is seeking individuals for its Industry Advisory Group.

The group will allow industry on both sides of the border to provide input into the board's activities related to water management and water quality.

Interested individuals must apply to the end of this month.

School Staffing Changes

There will be some staffing changes among area public schools next fall.

Peg Keefer becomes the new principal of Fort Frances High School after serving in an interim basis.

Shane Bliss will take over as vice-principal.

Principals at the Robert Moore and J.W. Walker Schools will be changing locations.

Bill Daley is taking over at Robert Moore and Dianne Thompson moves over to J.W. Walker in August.