Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NOACC meets in Sioux Lookout

The Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce are meeting in Sioux Lookout. Chief Operating Officer Harold Wilson says a major issue at the gathering will be a request to the McGuinty government to scrap the Far North Act. Wilson says the act would prevent First Nations from developing half the land in the far north. The featured speaker this year is federal Treasury Board President Stockwell Day. Wilson says its a great opportunity to hear first hand how the federal government can work with the north to address issues here.

Lac des Iles back in operation

It's back to business at the Lac des Iles Mine north of Thunder Bay. North American Palladium says it has restarted production at the mine after it was closed down in 2008 because of low prices for the commodity. However now that prices are a lot higher,  the company says opening the underground mine makes sense. It will operate 7 days a week with 2-12 hour shifts employing 180 people.

LeBlanc still wants Thunder Bay team

Anthony LeBlanc is confident he will have good news for Thunder Bay in a matter of months. LeBlanc is continuing his efforts to have a junior hockey team located in the city. It comes in spite of his company,  Ice Edge Holdings,  losing out in it's bid to snag the Phoenix Coyotes franchise. LeBlanc says getting a hockey team here did not hinge on the Phoenix bid

Cats sign Canadian

More signings for Thunder Bays' boys of summer. The Border Cats have inked three more players for the upcoming Northwoods League season. Joining the Cats are third baseman P-T Kitamura, catcher Brooklyn Foster and pitcher Josh Deeg. Foster is the first Canadian born player to sign with the team this season. He is originally from Langley B-C but has played his baseball at Orange Coast College in San Diego.

Local Poles remain in mourning

Thursday is a national day of mourning in Canada  for the people of Poland. They lost their president in a weekend plane crash. Here in Thunder Bay Bishop Fred Coli will be saying mass for the local Polish community.  He says he'll be there to share in their grief and also to share the hope that the Polish nation and its' people will get through this tragedy to work into the future together.   The mass takes place Thursday at 7 pm at St. Cashmir's Church on McKenzie Street.

Body of missing man found in Nipigon river

A Thunder Bay man is dead after going missing near the Nipigon River Bridge. OPP were notified that the man went fishing Monday and never returned. Members of the Emergency Response Team recovered the man's body yesterday evening. The victim is identified as 63 year old Lawrence Larsen

Hammarskjold students are getting breakfast at school

Students are serving students breakfast at Hammarskjold high school. The school is celebrating the success of its Breakfast club program that provides nutritious breakfasts for students. Guidance Councillor John Storm says the program has been in place for 3 years and has been proven to improve students work in the class room. Storm says he was amazed to learn how many students aren't eating breakfast each morning.

Kenora OPP arrest two after stabbing

Kenora OPP had to deal with a stabbing last night. Two girls were arrested, one for assault with a weapon and other for assault. The Victim was taken to hospital and police are still investigating.