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2014-07-30 at 13:20

$4-million visit

Premier Kathleen Wynne looks at slides of cancerous cervical cells at the TBRRI Wednesday morning.
Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
Premier Kathleen Wynne looks at slides of cancerous cervical cells at the TBRRI Wednesday morning.
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Ontario’s premier made a $4-million visit to the city Wednesday.

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s recent trip to Northwestern Ontario was her first since winning a majority government in the June election and on Wednesday, her regional visit brought her to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where she announced a $4 million investment for the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute.

The money, which comes from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, will fund research projects and purchase equipment for early detection and cancer treatment.

“It will continue to enhance Thunder Bay’s reputation and role as a centre for advanced medical research and it will improve health care in Northwestern Ontario,” Wynne said during the news conference.

Wynne said it’s important to recognize there is world-class research and health care happening in the city.

“The research institute is drawing people from around the world whether it’s students, whether it’s practitioners, whether it’s engineers who are very much on the cutting edge of research,” she said.

“This $4-million investment that will help create 29 high-skilled jobs, is more than just that; it really is an enhancement of the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute that had done so much already.”

The funding is vital to the Research Institute's sustainability, especially for the next three years, said Roxanne Deslauriers, acting CEO of the Research Institute and vice-president of research for the Health Sciences Centre.

It will also help develop the cyclotron project through the creation of isotopes that will be used medically in Thunder Bay.

Local creation of isotopes eliminates the need to bring them in from other regions and allows for more consistent patient care, said Deslauriers.

“It will also enable us to create a number of isotopes that will enable us to develop new drugs for specific types of cancer, for instance. And it will enable us to hire personnel that will go on to help make a business out of the cyclotron that will bring revenue to Thunder Bay and region,” she said.

Presently the Research Institute employs about 60 people but that number can double because researchers often have students and other people working on projects that are funded through other sources, said Deslauriers.

The cyclotron is expected to be installed at the hospital’s medical sciences building in September.

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lori says:
I just have to laugh. PC says we get lots and the poll question today is was this a sign that we will get our fair share. The latter comment first.

Our fair share was achieved, and then likely doubled. Billions has come here or does no one know how to add.

PC, is this job loss in Ontario the result of the Ontario gov't, or the Federal Gov't putting the screws to Ontario. Or even a combination of both. Every job gain is magic, every job loss the Liberals fault in your world. No balance in your point of view.

The Liberals are far from perfect but one thing they are not, is far right tea party demigods who believe pro business is the only solution to anything.

The people voted. The Liberals won. AGAIN

Grow up already and accept it.

When job losses occur in other provinces, and they have been quite regularly, who do you blame for that? The Liberals too.

You have Ottawa ready to give up serious rights to get a free trade deal with European markets. But u likely don't care about that
7/31/2014 11:27:19 PM
pc says:
more spending and no sign of debt reduction.
Of course she spends money in these ridings. They helped get her the majority.
Now the rest of Ont. pays.
We are losing skilled workers to jobs in other provinces when we lose the manufacturers that Ontario was built on.
I guess you get what you want and others get what you want whether they want it or not.
Go Whinney, I hear Alberta and Saskatchewan have a lot to offer those from Ontario.
Heck NFLD has more to offer than Ontario these days.
7/31/2014 4:12:00 PM
Joe-King says:
Much better than Hudak still
7/31/2014 9:31:07 AM
Eastender says:
A judiscious use of tax dollars. Unfortunately the fuel tax at the airport had to be increased. So is there a net gain here or is it just giving with one hand and taking with the other.
7/30/2014 11:02:20 PM
signman says:
I am sure this is welcome news for Thunder Bay.
I also believe the gridlock at the hospital and the shortage of long term care beds is a bigger issue even with the contruction of a new facility that is going on now.

And of concern is the current debt of the province which is close to 300 billion dollars which requires about 12 billion a year to service.
Under Dalton McGuinty and the liberals the debt of the province doubled over the last 10 years so it will be very interesting to see
if Premier Wynne can do anything other than
continue to bankrupt the province by spending money we don't have.
7/30/2014 3:38:04 PM
mrforreal says:
She took money from "Peter" without him wanting to give it... to pay "Paul".
7/30/2014 3:34:22 PM
Crinkles says:
wait a minute..... No event Center Funding?
7/30/2014 2:41:33 PM
Eastender says:
She's just buttering this mayor and council up with a few small gifts so they wont cry too hard when the big let down comes and she says, "Sorry, no money for your event centre this time, try again in four years, when that deficit is reduced a bit"
7/31/2014 5:35:09 PM
Tbaylifer 1 says:
This is all fine and dandy but went will this government deal with the long term care issue which results in code gridlock?
7/30/2014 2:32:08 PM
Joey_J says:
They already addressed the parking issue. They know what is important to Thunder Bay People
7/30/2014 3:52:40 PM
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