Tuesday, September 27, 2011
It was a marked contrast to the Thunder Bay Atikokan debate from Monday night when the 4 candidates for the North riding slugged it out at the Community Auditorium. Incumbent Liberal MPP Michael Gravelle found himself under attack early on a number of issues, from the economy to mining. PC Candidate Anthony Leblanc repeatedly said the Liberals have forgotten the North and its time for a change to a government that cares about the North. NDP Candidate Steve Mantis says the Liberal government has failed to provide proper consultation with First Nations Communities in matters like mining and the far north act. Green Party Candidate Scott Kyle says tackling the drug problem needs to start with Pharmaceutical companies. Other issues that were discussed included education, health care, injured workers and economic development.
The fire season is slowly starting to wind down in northwestern Ontario. There are still 38 blazes listed as active today. Five are under control and two other are being held. The other 31 are being observed, with no active fire activity noted. In the meantime, fire crews are starting to pack up their gear, including hose lines and bring it back to their respective fire bases in the region. With the recent warm weather, the fire hazard has climbed into the moderate range across the region.
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Providing badly needed clean power to First Nation communities in the Far North. That is the purpose of a new partnership between New Osnaburgh First Nation and Saugeen First Nation. The two have formed Sagatay Transmission L.P. to move forward with a new power line from Ignace to Pickle Lake. The 250-million dollar, 300-kilometre line is the first phase in a two-phase project that needs to be signed-off by the Ontario Power Authority. The agreement will ensure treaty rights and the traditional way of life will be protected and that jobs and investment will be created. The proposed project will follow along Highway 599 and will ensure that environmental and social impacts are minimized.
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The Heart and Stroke Foundation says health care needs to become a bigger election issue. Spokesperson Wendy Savoy says they have talked to all the candidates in Northwestern Ontario and says the main party's support their proposals to create a healthier population. Savoy says their proposals include more healthier food education, and more funding for physical education in the schools.
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Nishnawbe Aski Nation continues to work with the Federal Government on forming a First Nation's government model. NAN Spokesperson Ben Cheechoo says talks should pick up now that there's a Majority Federal Government. Cheechoo says it will take years to implement a government model for First Nations.
A joint meeting is being held between Fort William First Nation and City Council. City Manager Tim Commisso says they're going to make joint council meetings a regular occurance. The meeting will be held on Tuesday night at the First Nation's Community Centre.