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Angus: Economy 'Just Getting By' — Northern Ontario Today

Updated on May 7, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

Aurora fill the night sky in northern Ontario.
Aurora fill the night sky in northern Ontario. | Source

Northern Ontario Weather And Gas Prices

At 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thunder Bay

Temperature of -5 degrees, windchill -11, falling to -9, overnight, with a 20 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 105.7 to 121.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Timmins

Temperature of -9 degrees, windchill -17, rising to -6, overnight, with a 20 to 40 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: 129.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

North Bay

Temperature of -10 degrees, windchill -20, rising to -8, overnight, with a 10 to 30 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 115.7 to 122.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Angus: Make FedNor 'More Accountable To Northern Ontario'

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus
Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus | Source

Timmins-James Bay MP Calls For Funding For FedNor

Timmins-James Bay Member of Parliament Charlie Angus is pushing for a new version of Bill C-204, An Act establishing the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Region of Northern Ontario.

Angus' goal is to transform FedNor into a "standalone agency." The former NDP leadership candidate explained, "The organization offers financial support for projects that lead to job creation and economic growth in Northern Ontario, under the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development," as reported by the North Bay Nugget.

"FedNor does really good work, but they don't have the resources to be able to respond to all the opportunities for economic development," Angus said.

City Of North Bay

North Bay City Council will be voting on whether the costs of transferring the city's policing to the OPP should be investigated.
North Bay City Council will be voting on whether the costs of transferring the city's policing to the OPP should be investigated. | Source

North Bay Council To Vote On Police Costs, OPP

Though a recent voted decided that the North Bay City Council would not investigate replacing the North Bay Police Services with an Ontario Provincial Police detachment, a second vote will be held this evening to determine whether the city should "look into the costs" of such a move, as reported by BayToday.

Local resident Robert Dufresne will present information on the subject of "OPP costing."

Minimum Wage: New North Bay Taxi Fares

Keeping up with the new minimum wage that went into effect on January 1, 2018, the North Bay Police Services Board voted to increase cab fares in the city, as reported by the North Bay Nugget.

The drop rate, the price to first hire a cab, will increase by 1.9 percent, from $4.60 to $4.70. Rolling and wait time rates will increase by 20 percent, from $2.04 per kilometer to $2.45.

New Rules For Sault Ste. Marie Photographers

Increased photographer traffic has led to new rules at Hiawatha Highlands.
Increased photographer traffic has led to new rules at Hiawatha Highlands. | Source

Sault Ste. Marie: Increased Photographer Traffic Prompts Changes At Hiawatha Highlands

An increase in the number of photographers walking the groomed cross-country ski trails maintained by the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club at Hiawatha Highlands has led to a change in policy, as reported by Sault This Week.

Photographers now have the choice of paying $350, plus $15 per person, to be accompanied by a staff member who will supervise visitors and make necessary repairs to trails, or simply renting skis, for $13, or showshoes, for $9, to avoid leaving safety-problem creating footprints.

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    Stephen Sinclair 

    10 months ago from Canada

    Hi Mr. Happy:

    I'll throw this in about northern Ontario penny stocks, because it is the driving force behind my writing. In Canada, we have a junior mineral exploration industry that finances itself with stocks comparable to those sold by convicted U.S. swindler Jordan Belfort. The type of stocks that lose 99 percent and then the issuing company sells more.

    These stocks are comparable to call options, the way they lose most of their value. However, buyers of call options are required to understand that they will probably lose most of their investment. It is not clear that buyers of many junior exploration stocks are afforded the same disclosure.

    Sadly, this has effects in other areas of life. The apparent deception that goes into convincing someone to buy these stocks appears to create motive for nefarious acts, up to and including murder. I suspect that something like this may have caused the death of Nadine Antoniazzi, the late sister-in-law of Kirkland Lake Mayor Tony Antoniazzi.

    Unbelievably, I have been arrested for writing about my views, by police officers who are closely connected to companies led by Paul Antoniazzi, Nadine's husband. My charges have been stayed, but I never got a trial and I never pleaded guilty. Currently, I am suing members of the Kirkland Lake Ontario Provincial Police for wrongful arrest in small claims court.

    https://www.gofundme.com/fraud-whistleblower-legal...

    Best!

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    Mr. Happy 

    10 months ago from Toronto, Canada

    I was only passing through Timmins, on my way to Attawapiskat and I stopped by his office (Mr. Angus that is). He wasn't there but I left my number and a message. He called me back within three-four hours. I have yet to have another MP answer that quickly to a request of mine and I was a complete stranger.

    So, I think he does what he can. In my opinion, he's swimming against the current, on many issues. Hence, I wrote in my initial comment that we need more people like him.

    I am not knowledgeable on Northern Ontario penny stocks so, I can't comment. What I can say though, from experience is that politicians (in general) need to be kept under pressure in order for them to follow through with concerns from the public. (And the more people apply pressure, the better.)

    Best of Luck to You!

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    Stephen Sinclair 

    10 months ago from Canada

    Hi Mr. Happy:

    Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope to do one of these articles, each day.

    I agree about the photo. It's a public domain image by 'lawepw,' hosted with Flickr. We are fortunate to have such a wide selection of great images available.

    I like Mr. Angus, but he and I, unfortunately, are somewhat at odds with each other over the issue of northern Ontario penny stocks. Having said that, I certainly don't envy his job, and the changes I have lobbied for are mostly out of his control. I like to think that, if he doesn't like me, he must at least admire my tenacity.

    Thanks again!

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    Mr. Happy 

    10 months ago from Toronto, Canada

    Thanks for the news from Northern Ontario. We don't often get to hear much from up there.

    Mr. Angus is a good man - need more like him.

    That first photo You posted is gorgeous, by the way! Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

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