Friday, February 11, 2011
A group of Northwestern Ontario political leaders is now part of a new Energy Task Force. It consists of the Municipal Association, the Chambers of Commerce, city of Thunder Bay and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. NOMA president Ron Nelson says they'll fight for an energy plan for the northwest. Nelson says the northwest needs it's own plan for electricity generation, transmission and pricing
Larry Hebert is not going to seek the Progressive Conservative nomination for the Thunder Bay Atikokan. The city councillor has been pondering his political future for weeks and has delayed his answer for many days. So far only former Lakehead University President Fred Gilbert has declared his intention to seek the Tory nod. The nomination meeting takes place in late March.
After two and a half weeks of protests the Egyptian President has resigned. The Vice President made the announcement just moments ago and passed off his power to the military. Lakehead University political Science Professor Laure Paquette says now its up to the military to keep the progress moving. She says the high council must provide hard dates for constitutional negotiations and other negotiations in the transition towards a democracy. Thousands of protesters are celebrating their victory across Egypt.
Thunder Bay will be showing it's pride this summer and holding it's first ever alternative lifestyle week. The organizing committee is going to ask council for its support Monday night. The week will celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.
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The Parliamentary Assistant for the Ministry of Health believes Local Health Integration Networks are benefiting Ontarians. MPP Liz Sandals was in Dryden recently for a round-table discussion on improving the Health Care system in Northern Ontario. A final list of recommendations is expected to be presented to the Governing Liberals early this Summer.
Thunder Bay City Council is getting an update on the Aboriginal Cultural Centre Monday night. The project has been in the works for two years. The facility would include tourism initiatives and also a healing area for the region's first nations.
Liberal MP Anthony Rota is continuing his push for a permanent FedNor agency for Northern Ontario. His Private Members Bill has passed second reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 149-134. Rota says by becoming an Agency, all FedNor decisions must go before Parliament and not just one individual. Rota calls FedNor a pork barrel for the Industry Minister. Rota is upset that FedNor Minister Tony Clement and Kenora MP Greg Rickford voted against Bill C-309.
What would you do about the Waterfront if you were the Mayor? That's the question being posed on Keith Hobbs' Facebook page. Hobbs posted the question yesterday and so far has 99 responses. To read Hobbs' post click here.