Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Single Day passes are on sale for Cavendish Cup

Single day passes are up for grabs for the Cavendish Cup. With just two days to go before the tournament gets underway organizers have put the single day passes on sale. Thunderwolves Executive Director Jason Mallon says so far ticket sales have been great and are slightly ahead of last year. Mallon says there will be great hockey all weekend and a number of other great events taking place.

Volunteers are Raising the Rent for the Shelter House

Over 40 participants are working the phones to Raise the Rent. Its the annual fundraiser for Shelter House were entrants have to raise 592 dollars which is the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in the city. Those who can't raise enough money will stay the night at the shelter.  Executive Director Cal Rankin says he hopes to see 40 thousand dollars raised this year up from last year's 37 thousand.  Rankin says the Shelter has been busier than ever and the funds are greatly needed.

Earthwise Thunder Bay launches Go Green Expo

A new type of trade fair is coming to Thunder Bay and this is one has a Green theme. The First ever Go Green Expo is taking place from September 10-12 at the CLE grounds and is being put on by Earthwise Thunder Bay. Organizer Ruth Cook says there are a number of businesses in Thunder Bay that are setting an example that people can learn about. Cook says there will also be a number of workshops and other displays.

Province imposing levy on hydro bills

If you notice your Hydro rates increase in the near future its likely because of a new provincial levy. The McGuinty government is placing the levy to off set costs of the Green Energy Act. Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle says while the levy will cost extra they are funding programs that can save you money.  Gravelle says the levy will add up to a 33 cent monthly increase for the average household and will also impact industrial users.  Meanwhile the Canadian Paper Workers Union is unhappy with the Levy.  National Rep Marvin Pupeza says this will compound the problems already facing the industry in Ontario. 

Fire crews deal with small fire

Thunder Bay fire and rescue dealt with a small fire at a house in the 500 block of Egan Street yesterday. Crews extinguished a fire that started under the front stairs of the house. No one was injured the and the damage was limited to the stairs.

Versa Care has a clean bill of health

The outbreak of Gastrointestinal outbreak is over at Versa Care Thunder Bay. Officials are asking anyone who is feeling ill or who has been recently been sick to stay home to prevent the spread of infections.

Location chosen for temporary bus terminal

North Street will be the new location for a temporary South Core Bus Terminal. Council made the decision last night after several businesses and residents came forward against the other options being considered. It will take a few months before the site between Violet and North Streets is ready and since it the Brodie street terminal will be close March 29th, City Hall will be used as the terminal until the new site is ready.

Shingabis gets life in prison

The man who murdered Sybill Stoney in a Thunder Bay apartment last year has learned his fate. Michael Shingabis was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years after being convicted of 2nd degree murder. Shingabis also received 5 years for indignity to human remains. Stoney was found in her apartment in January 2009.