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Tembec workers in Temiscaming are on strike

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lumber650 workers at Tembec in Temiscaming, Quebec are on the picket lines.

After rejecting the company’s final offer last week by a vote of 94 percent, Unifor Local 233 members went on strike late Wednesday afternoon.

Meantime, the forestry products company has outlined it’s final offer, from November 7th, on it’s website.

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Area residents weigh in on roundabout plan on Hwy 17 East

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Corbeil Hwy 17-94 roundaboutThe Ministry of Transportation held a public consultation last night (Wednesday) about the proposal for a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 17 East and Highway 94/Centennial Crescent.

A number of residents attended the info session and said they are in favour of the project. They said “It’s a very good idea as it will slow traffic down at that intersection.”

Another said “It’s an alternative to using signals and they are used effectively elsewhere.”

And others even changed their minds once they arrived.  ”I came here thinking it would be a crazy situation, but talking to the guys, they have changed my mind a little.

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Festive RIDE campaign is underway

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city police cruiser file photo-winterWith the Holiday season approaching, there’s an important initiative that also takes place.

The Festive RIDE Campaign was launched yesterday at  Wasi Corners. City Police, Area OPP, the Fire Department and more were on hand to remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving.

OPP Inspector Mark Andrews says while they conduct RIDE programs throughout the year, they increase efforts during this time of the year. Andrews says the campaign runs through January 2nd.

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Getting rural students to school the focus of NNDSB letter

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buscancellations210It’s an issue affecting all school boards across the province, says Dave Thompson. The Chair of the Near North District School Board says they are writing a letter to the Ministry of Transportation to discuss school buses traveling on rural roads.

Thompson says in some areas buses can’t go down those roads in the winter if they aren’t plowed. He says this means children miss that day of school if they can’t get picked up.

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Battalion hosting the Storm

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It’s a rematch of last year’s OHL final, as the North Bay Battalion host the Guelph Storm tonight (Thursday).

The Troops are coming off a perfect weekend in sweeping the Sudbury Wolves in back to back games. But, Head Coach Stan Butler says Guelph is coming in off some key wins themselves.

He says the Storm have too many good players and will become a good team again. Butler says the Troops need to get points no matter who the opponent is.  He says this stretch is what he calls the “dog days of summer” between now and Christmas break.

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Partnerships is the key to succeeding in policing in the 21st Century

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ChiefCook  You don’t have to convince North Bay Police Chief Paul Cook that partnerships are an important part of 21st Century policing.

That’s what a federally commissioned study is saying.

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Ontario’s colleges reach province-wide agreement

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Canadore-210 Post-Secondary Students in a business diploma program now have the freedom of transferring colleges, while retaining all their credits.

A deal was announced today (Wednesday) between all 24 of Ontario’s colleges.

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Suspicious fire in Port Loring early Tuesday morning

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OPPOntario Provincial Police are investigating what’s being described as a suspicious fire in Port Loring.  

Police say just before 5am on Tuesday they were advised of a house fire on Wilson Lake Road in Port Loring.  

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City police reviewing surveillance tape after fail to remain incident on Monday

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Police (north bay)A few more details from city police after a fail to remain collision in the parking lot of a Fisher Street Shopping Centre on Monday.

Police say they’re reviewing surveillance footage obtained by mall security.

A woman in her 60′s was struck by the mirror of a pick-up truck and fell to the ground. As police reported on Tuesday the driver of the pick-up stopped briefly, before fleeing the scene.

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Strike vote looming for thousands of provincial employees

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OPSEU bargaining 2014Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are calling for an immediate strike vote.

This comes after a proposal from the employers which many in the union didn’t feel was fair.

Locally, Executive Board Member Mike Bisaillon says they aren’t pleased with the offer. He says what was offered wasn’t fair, with many job cuts and wage freezes in the proposal.

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