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Mayor Sets Record Straight on City's Request to Federal Government: City Asking for Leeway in Criteria to Fund Convention Component Only

Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 08:00 PM

April 2, 2015 - In response to Minister Greg Rickford's comments that the City should have known its request for Federal funding would be denied, following is a statement from Mayor Keith Hobbs:

"First and foremost, we wish to acknowledge that Minister Rickford works extremely hard for Thunder Bay and the entire Region of Northwestern Ontario.

As well, we understand there are rules for any funding. The City was asking for leeway in interpreting the eligibility criteria to allow for funding of the...

April Proclaimed Dig Safe Month in Thunder Bay

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 08:00 PM

April 1, 2015 - The City of Thunder Bay today officially declared April as Dig Safe Month, reminding residents and contractors to call to obtain locates before undertaking any project that requires digging.

"Enhancing worker safety and protecting underground infrastructure is crucial," said Mayor Keith Hobbs. "Any of the contractors here today can tell you the importance of obtaining locates prior to breaking ground on any project."

Citizens are encouraged to "Call or Click Before You Dig." Blindly...

Surprise Infectious Disease Exercise Shows Paramedics Prepared

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 08:00 PM

March 31, 2005 - The Superior North Emergency Medical Service (SNEMS), the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), and the Thunder Bay Central Ambulance Communications Centre (TBCACC) last week completed a "cold" call for a patient suspected of having the Ebola Virus Diseases.

"The exercise was planned so that no one knew in advance," said Wayne Gates, Deputy Chief - Professional Standards. "Our paramedics used proper procedures, including screening and the use of personal protective...

Federal Government Will Not Fund Event Centre Under One Roof

Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 08:00 PM

March 30, 2015 - The City of Thunder Bay today received a registered letter from the Federal Government of Canada indicating that the proposed Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre is ineligible for Federal Gas Tax funding based on the facility design proposal as submitted and the intent for an AHL team to be the lead tenant. The letter indicated the facility would be eligible if the Convention Centre was built as a separate stand-alone building.

This matter will come back to the April 13 Council...

City Resident Suffers Serious Burns, Be Oxygen Aware

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 08:00 PM

March 26, 2015 - On March 17, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue responded to a Leslie Avenue home for a possible structural fire. Responding units found an extinguished fire inside a bedroom of the home and a female occupant suffering from serious burns. The fire is still under investigation with the Ontario Fire Marshall's office, but it is known that the occupant was utilizing home medical oxygen while smoking.

"This unfortunate incident is a good opportunity to remind people to keep open flames away from...