Archive for July, 2012
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Although registration has closed for the dinners at TH & VS homecoming, alumni can still get in on the action and register all week!
Co Chair Paul Toffanello says there are guests registered from as far away as Singapore, Europe, and South America.
Still there’s one special former Timmins residents they haven’t heard from– Miss Timmins herself– Shania Twain.
Toffanello says they would be delighted to have her show up and visit with old friends and family. She’s known for her heart of gold and coming from the city who feels the same way!
Visit www.thvsalumni.ca for details and to register online.
or go in person to the Shania Twain center for more details.
co Chair: Wendy Adams 705 68 2149
co Chair: Paul Toffanello 705 267 5808
Monday, July 30th, 2012
Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, 66-year-old Linda Tyfield is returning to celebrate her birth city’s 100th anniversary.
She’s not your average, run of the mill retiree, however. When she retired from biochemistry and molecular biology, Tyfield became an avid cyclist. She’s traveled India, France, Scottland and England among other places on two wheels. As a two time breast cancer survivor, the bike rides were often in support for the cause.
Now, Tyfield plans to commemorate the 100th anniversaries of three towns with a 100km bike ride.
Since Tyfiled had to travel from England, where she now lives, her brother Richard Buell has been working behind the scenes to organize the ride.
He told EZ Rock about how the idea came to be.
“I set my trip odometer to zero. I had to make a drop off in Connaught and Iroqouis Falls, then drove back to my house in Matheson… When I pulled into my lane way it read exactly 100.0 kilometers.” Buell said.
Here is a full breakdown of the day planned:
The cyclists are expected to gather in front of the MATHESON PUBLIC LIBRARY in preparation for an 8 a.m. departure on Thursday, August 2.
The cyclists will ride along MONAHAN ROAD, across the Watabeag River bridge, up to Val Gagné, through Val Gagné to where MONAHAN ROAD ends at the MONTEITH CORRECTIONAL CENTRE. The cyclists will turn RIGHT onto MONTEITH ROAD and proceed about a kilometre to the NORTHERN BREEZE GOAT FARM where refreshments (water and electrolytes etc) will be available at no charge. Cyclists may take a few moments to see one of Northern Ontario’s first pure-bred cashmere goats and interact with the delightfully friendly animals.
The cyclists will leave the NORTHERN BREEZE GOAT FARM and continue on MONTEITH ROAD all the way to IROQUOIS FALLS where there will be a brief reception at TOWN HALL. Cyclists will leave IROQUOIS FALLS and proceed up HIGHWAY 67 to HIGHWAY 11, turning left at HIGHWAY 11 a short distance to the IROQUOIS FALLS TOURISM, ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTRE at the big LUMBERJACK STATUE on HIGHWAY 11, where they may rest and replenish water and electrolytes.
Being VERY RESPECTFUL AND CAREFUL OF HIGHWAY 11 TRAFFIC cyclists will proceed to MUNICIPAL ROAD (the road to CONNAUGHT) and will proceed down MUNICIPAL ROAD as far as THE KIRK WIPPER VOYAGEUR CENTRE near CONNAUGHT where they will be treated to snacks and a brief video about the history of canoeing in northeastern Ontario.
Cyclists will turn into BARBER’S BAY and CONNAUGHT and then proceed down the back road to HIGHWAY 101 at HOYLE.
The road then leads directly to PORCUPINE, SOUT PORCUPINE, SCHUMACHER, and Finally the SHANIA TWAIN CENTRE in Timmins where a brief reception is planned.
Monday, July 30th, 2012
Gogama OPP are investigation a near death boating incident on Grazzy Lake, south of Timmins from this past weekend.
Police were called after a 66 yr old man had fallen out of his motorized dinghy and lost consciousness in the water and was not wearing a life jacket.
He was discovered by campers who removed the victim’s body from the water and despite being VSA (vital signs absent) administered first aid until emergency officials arrived.
The man was revived and brought to Timmins and District Hospital via Air Ambulance where he received further medical attention and was released the next day.
South Porcupine OPP Const Marc Depatie says that while “the OPP are pleased to report that this incident has a happy ending it still speaks to the overwhelming importance of wearing a life jacket at all times when in any vessel of any description. All too often, persons place themselves in undue boating related jeopardy by failing to use the safety equipment that will serve them well and keep them alive should something unexpected occur”.
He adds that while wearing your life jacket isn’t illegal, it could mean the difference between life and death when it comes to boating safety. “When in a boat or on the water and things go wrong, they go wrong in a hurry…”
Thus far, alcohol does not appear to be involved in this incident.
Friday, July 27th, 2012
One local Timmins Resident is speaking out against the sale of the ONR and ONTC through a viral video.
VP of Distrct 6 for TC Local 1976 Ron Marleau says he came up with the idea for the video while assembling a slide show from a recent rally.
He says he felt inspired by the pictures so he brought out his guitar and began singing. he says his lyrics were inspired from his own experiences like many years ago when they closed the smelter here in Timmins.
Ron hopes that this video will help local leaders, politicians, but most of all residents understand how serious the north is about stopping the sale of the ONTC.
So far, Marleau has had nothing but positive comments about the post and at last count, the video was well on its way to becoming viral.
You can watch the video here:
Friday, July 27th, 2012
New cameras placed around the city by Timmins Police are being put to good use.
Constable Trebilcock says police have already used footage for an incident. “Involving a young lady who was on a bicycle, a vehicle was pulling out of the parking lot and she was struck by the vehicle.”
He said the footage was used to determine why the accident happened and who was at fault.
Trebilcock said the cameras can also deter crime and help identify suspects that commit crimes.
Thursday, July 26th, 2012
By Tom Parisi
They might be the little company that could.
TGR Rail Canada is placing a preliminary bid to purchase the ONTC from the provincial government. aspects of the bid include keeping current employees, maintain maintenance shops, better customer service, and guranteeing jobs for the next five years.
President and General Manager of TGR, Kevin Street said they’ve had extensive converstations with the Liberal government.
“We had productive talks with the government but we prefer to let them speak for themselves. As for us we stepped forward early in the process and the government knows we means business.”
With passengers in the dark, Street assured if their bid is successful, customer service will be a top priority.
“We intend this to be a seamless operation with a five year guarantee on jobs. We want to insure the customer will have input in decision making when it comes to serviing them. The Polar Bear Express will be kept as well.”
Despite their headstart in the bidding process, the government has not come foward with offical proposals. Street said this isn’t a road block for them.
“About 25 other parties have expressed interest in the ONR but we had intended to keep quiet throughout the orocess but we felt it was time to make our intentions public.”
Local MPPs, MPs, and Mayor have lobbied to be kept informed on the divesterture but so far TGR has not contacted any of them.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
The Timmins Police have a new set of eyes around town.
The TPS announced 20 new security cameras are set up around the city to help prevent and solve potential crimes. Inspector Randall Trebilcock, who spear headed the projects said it’s been in the works for almost four years.
“Former Police Chief Richard Laperriere came up with the idea and since then we’ve been working very hard with our committe to make it happen.”
The cameras have been built to meet any circumstance Timmins has to offer including vandals and intense cold. “The cameras can withstand roughly -50 degree weather,” said Trebilcock, “if someone attempts to tamper with the wiring, the camera will send a signal to the police station informing us of the problem.”
The cameras will also come with a small UPS incase of a pwoer failure.
The cameras are set up in strategic areas around town capable of housing the prorer infrastructure and with a higher volume of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
The police service will use two typers of cameras, the typical surveillance camera and a Point Tilt and Zoom camera.
The surveillance system is alread fully operational.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Police have seized drugs and $1,300 in cash from a Sixth Ave. home.
Police have charged 46 year-old Joey Sear and 36 year-old Jerome Robineau with possession for the purpose and trafficking.
The Timmins Police drug enforcement unit searched the home July 19th and also found three replica handguns.
Both are schedule to appear in court Aug 21st.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Shoppers Drug mart and the Timmins and District Hospital Foundation partnered to host a makeover day to raise funds for the breast wellness center.
The event provided makeovers to 15 women who have been affected by cancer or who are still coping with the disease itself.
The new Breast Wellness Center will provide a one-stop-shop for patients dealing with breast issues to provide patient focused care and reduce the stress of treatment. New diagnostic machines and the transplanting of existing imaging devices will begin in the fall.
Manger of Diagnostic Imagine, Guy Guindon says that its about time Timmins had a center like the ones in Toronto up here in the north. He says it will greatly improve the patients quality of care and is all about easing the process.
The project is estimated to take around 9-12 months to complete and will cost roughly $800, 000 in total (including new imaging machines).
Guindon says he hopes ground breaking will begin this fall and that they will be at least partially moved in and operational by Spring 2013.