Both the North Bay Battalion and the Powassan Voodoo’s continue their pre-season training this weekend.
Nipissing Parry Sound Student Transportation Services says parents can expect school bus services to be running as usual, starting Tuesday.
Mediated talks aimed at averting a strike involving 7 workers who plan and co-ordinate bus routing and transportation services locally are taking place this weekend.
The regular season gets underway Saturday for both the Nipissing Lakers men’s and women’s soccer teams. They’re on the road playing against Ryerson with a game against Toronto on Sunday. Meantime, head coach of the men’s team, Carlo DeVuono said he likes the makeup of the roster and can’t wait to see them in action. He says this is an important season for men’s soccer as they’ve raised their expectations significantly and set lofty goals for the team. He says they have a great group of players that are both talented and experienced, and they will play key roles in the future success of the program.
A new Pet Clinic is now open at the North Bay and District Humane Society. Officials opened the facility today (Friday) at their existing location on Main Street West, which will allow them to provide spay/neuter procedures to the general public, shelters, humane societies, credible rescues, first nations, and remote communities. The clinic will also allow them to provide onsite primary care to the abandoned and unwanted animals. Executive Director Daryl Vaillancourt say this means four people have been hired and are now working at the clinic.
A big announcement in helping eradicate hunger in communities across the Ontario Hockey League has been announced in North Bay. Project Shutout Hunger is a partnership spearheaded by the OHL with Coach4Food, the Ontario Association of Food Banks, the Gift of Giving Back and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Starting in October, all 20 OHL member teams will take part in the eight-week program with teams serving as the hub for local minor hockey organizations and community groups conducting a massive food drive. The league says over 272,000 people including 100,000 children in each OHL market are users of their local food bank.
If your caught texting and driving the fine in Ontario is $280. Northeast Region OPP Sergeant Carole Dionne says there’s also the bigger tragedy of death, which has happened in our area three times this year because of distracted driving. She says OPP will be vigilant in their attempt to stop distracted driving as the roadways are expected to be busy this long weekend. But, she adds that’s not the only thing officers will be watching for. Dionne says OPP look for “the big four” which also includes; aggressive drivers, failing to wear a seat belt and impaired drivers.
It’s a move that raises questions about how serious the Wynne Government is about the Ring of Fire Development. That was Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli’s statement on the latest developments with Ring Of Fire. On Thursday, the government said the headquarters of the Ring of Fire Infrastructure Development Corporation would be based in Thunder Bay and it will work to bring first nations and the public and private sectors together to create partnerships and to facilitate investment in transportation infrastructure. Fedeli points out this is the 6th time in 9 months the government has announced this development corporation and still Ontario Northland, key industry leaders and First Nations have not been invited to the table.
Labour Day is coming up on Monday and the Canadian Labour Congress is pointing out the benefits of union wages. Officials say here in North Bay a unionized worker earns $8.41 an hour more than a non-union worker. CLC President Hassan Yussuf says that benefits the community too. He says the extra earnings by unionized employees translates into an added $2.37-million every week paid into the community.
The World Triathlon Championship is taking place in Edmonton and eight triathletes from North Bay are part of Team Canada, which includes 790 athletes. Overall, there are nearly 3,000 age group athletes representing 73 countries in the Sprint and Standard distance events.
And Battalion training camp continues with practice getting underway at 10am today (Friday) and another Green-White intrasquad game at 4pm. On Thursday Team White scored an 8-5 win over Team Green. 12 different players scored in the game, with Brenden Miller scoring twice.