The Education Centre is once again a busy place — with most college and university classes starting Tuesday. At Nipissing, on the weekend, more than 700 students moved into their new home at Nipissing’s campus residences — which are known as the best in Canada, according to the Globe and Mail University report.
Connecting to their roots as Metis people. That was one focus of a 2,000 kilometre canoe expedition between Ottawa and Thunder Bay for eight youth from across Ontario. North Bay’s Gerald Lavallee took part in the four month adventure. The 21 year old says it was tough physically, but also mentally with being away from family and friends here at home.
With Labour Day being one of nine stat holiday’s in Ontario, most retail outlets and government offices are closed, including City Hall. That means the committee council meeting will be taking place Tuesday night instead. Fines for those retail operations who open illegally range from $500 to $50,000. Exceptions to the rule include convenience stores, tourist operators and gas stations.
This is Labour Day and many in organized labour in North Bay and area are giving back. They are putting on the Labour Day Picnic at the waterfront. President of the North Bay District Labour Council Henri Giroux says there’ll be music, free burgers and hot dogs, cotton candy and rides on the carousels and mini train.
Some high-tech technology will be used to catch motorists who pass school buses that have their flashing lights and stop sign activated. Stock Transportation sends 102 school buses out on the streets every school day and manager Lena Cormier says on average they have 1 incident per day of a vehicle passing a bus that is showing the stop sign.
Plenty of people are getting a say in the process as they search for a new Director of Education at the Near North District School Board. Board chair David Thompson says they have hired a head hunter to help them look for Geoff Botting’s replacement. Thompson says with Botting retiring, the head hunter is talking to many stakeholders and getting their thoughts on what attributes the new Director should have.
Completely eradicating polio by 2018 is the top priority of Rotary International. Chair of the International Polio Plus Committee is Dr Bob Scott, and he says they are well on their way to that goal. He says there are only a few countries left in which polio is still present. Those are Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Scott says there is a large obstacle facing them in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. He says they have to confront the Taliban and other groups, who won’t let the doctors see the children. Scott says there are still close to 120 cases this year in that area, but he says once they start issuing the vaccines, the disease will disappear very quickly. Scott brought an updated presentation to local Rotarians recently.
In OHL preseason play, the North Bay Battalion won on Sunday in Sudbury while the Powassan Voodoos scored a win over Blind River in NOJHL pre-season play. And both Nipissing soccer teams had games against the University of Toronto on Sunday.
Some local representation on the Board of Directors for AMO. At the recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference, North Bay City Councillor Mac Bain was elected to the board of directors, northern caucus. Meantime,
Meantime, the Mayor of East Ferris, Bill Vrebosch was named to the Rural Caucus Board.
OPP have identified the victim in Sunday’s fatal head-on collision on Highway 11, north of New Liskeard, in Harley Township. An SUV collided with a transport truck. The driver of the SUV, a 35 year old man from Harley Township was killed while the driver of the transport, from Toronto was not injured. A passenger in the transport, from Milton, suffered non-life threatening injuries.