Thursday, October 10, 2013

Charter Board Member Steps Down

A long-time board member with Riverside Foundation for Health Care has stepped down.

Larry Cousineau was one of the inaugural members when the board formed in 1997, serving as chair between 2005 and 2007.

He joined after serving several years on the hospital board

He says strong public support from across the district for the Foundation's activities help make his time on the board enjoyable.

Cousineau cites the expansion of LaVerendrye, the implementation of a CAT Scan unit and the purchase of equipment for hospitals in Emo and Rainy River as key accomplishments for the Foundation during his tenure.

Board Appoints Members

Riverside Foundation For Health Care's board has reappointed Craig Sanders to another one year term.

Bill Gushulak and Deanne Cunningham return for three more years.

Wallace "Rob" Crowe joins as a new member.

Bev Langner of the Rainy River Auxiliary;  Heather Oltsher of the Emo Auxiliary;  and June Keddie representing both the La Verendrye and the Rainycrest Auxiliaries will represent their organizations on the board for another year.

Thunder Bay Senior Home Death Investigated

An investigation is underway into the death of a resident at a privately-owned senior home in Thunder Bay.

For privacy reasons, Revera Home Health isn't disclosing how the resident died at its Pinewood Court Home or the person's name.

Officials do say they have reported the incident to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and are cooperating with its investigation.

Road Project Gets Funds

The town of Fort Frances will get provincial funding after all for a road, sewer and water improvement project completed this summer.

It's receiving more than $847-thousand to offset some of the costs of the work along along Second Street East and Mowat Avenue.

That project is coming in about $1.2 million.

The town was one of the first communities awarded money under a new fund designed for small and northern communities after being denied under a previous program earlier this year.

Gas Plant Audit Number Increase

The opposition are on the attack after a new report from Ontario's Auditor General says the Liberal's decision to cancel construction of a gas plant in Oakville three years ago has cost taxpayers $675-million.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says it's money that could gone into hiring more nurses, freezing child care fees or building more affordable housing unit.

PC Critic Lisa McLeod points the blame on Premier Kathleen Wynne, saying she signed the document authorizing the cancellation.

International Walk To School Day Recognized

Students in International Falls have recognized International Walk to School Day.

Yesterday was intended to encourage physical activity among young people.

Elementary students walked en mass to school from Kerry Park yeseterday morning.