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City council look ahead

By Adam Riley Oct 30, 2023 | 8:53 AM

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Thunder Bay city council will be debating whether or not it will take a position opposing the transportation of nuclear waste through the city.

This comes as a decision by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization to build a nuclear waste repository near Ignace looms.

A recommendation from the intergovernmental affairs committee advocates against a request made last year by environmental groups to support a ‘proximity principle’, which pushes to keep nuclear waste as close to its point of origin as possible.

In light of the recommendation a protest by environmentalists is planned to take place before tonight’s meeting.

Council will also receive an update on the implementation of Superior North EMS’s Master Plan.

Among the recommendations and updates is confirmation the city will be receiving up to $1.5M in base funding to enhance coverage for district operations in Longlac and Marathon.

The presentation also includes updates on the base consolidations in four North Shore communities, Nipigon and Red Rock, Terrace Bay and Schreiber.

Currently there are four EMS bases placed between the communities, however the master plan, which saw opposition from the communities, will amalgamate the stations into two to serve the area.

Additionally discussions will include how the service will be adapting to its call volume which increased by 30 percent between 2016 and 2022.

An evaluation and performance measurement shows notable factors affecting the service include rising call demand, increased times for transfer of patient care and inappropriate triage of emergency calls.