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New funding for First Nations water projects an 'important step' minister says
Canada’s infrastructure minister says new funding for clean water, wastewater and storm water projects announced last week by the province and federal government won’t solve all of the long-standing water infrastructure problems in First Nation communities, but it’s an important step.
Thunder Bay isolation shelter use starting to drop
Overnight stays in Thunder Bay’s isolation shelter have started to decrease, after hitting a high of 102 rooms on March 8.
Thunder Bay paramedics vote 99 per cent in favour of strike action
Thunder Bay paramedics with Superior North Emergency Medical Services have voted 99 per cent in favour of strike action. The union expects to file a no board report, indicating a failure of negotiations, on Thursday, placing them in a legal position to strike in 18 days time, said Rob Moquin, the unit chair for Unifor 39-11 City Paramedics.
Wife of man in Fergus long-term care home wants vaccines to be mandatory for staff
A woman whose husband is in a long-term care home in Fergus says she’s upset that many workers in the home have not received the COVID-19 vaccine and that the home is still experiencing outbreaks.
Permanent infrastructure needed as climate threatens winter roads, coordinators say
People who work on the winter road network in northwestern Ontario say it’s time to start looking at more permanent infrastructure, as warmer temperatures put the long-term viability of the roads at risk.
Meet the 92 year old Kitchener senior who's a TikTok star
A woman who lives in a Kitchener retirement home has become a minor online celebrity after a video of her discussing the advantages of being in her 40s racked up more than 30,000 likes on TikTok.
Indigenous leaders horrified by closure of detention facilities, treatment of youth
The Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation says he’s horrified by the province’s decision to shut down youth detention facilities in northern Ontario, including three in northwestern Ontario, and by the way in which the government is alleged to have handled the closures.
Waterloo Region hospitals taking patient transfers from areas hit hardest by COVID
Hospitals in the Waterloo Region have already started taking patient transfers from outside the region as the province seeks to relieve pressure on facilities where COVID-19 infection rates are highest.
Thunder Bay group raises more than $7K for hotel rooms for homeless
A working group that advocates for homeless and marginalized people in Thunder Bay, Ont., has raised more than $7,500 to cover the cost of emergency hotel stays for people in need of shelter.
Kenora Chiefs Advisory acquires decommissioned ambulances for mobile COVID testing
An organization that provides health and social services to First Nations in the Kenora area has found a novel way to bring COVID-19 testing to its communities.