Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bombardier on the verge of another contract

The Toronto Transit Commission is expected to rubber stamp 400 million dollars worth of work for Thunder Bay's Bombardier plant.   The TTC is going to vote Thursday on allowing the plant to build an additional 186 subway cars.  Those cars are in addition to the 234 already being built at the Montreal Street facility.   TTC chair Adam Giambrone says it's a logical move since the additional cars were always part of the contract to extend the subway system.

Oliveira back with the Chill

The MVP of the Premier Development Soccer League in 2008 is coming back. The Thunder Bay Chill have announced the return of Gustavo Oliveira for the 2010 season. Oliveira is most famous for scoring the tying goal in a playoff game that sent it into overtime, which eventually led to a Chill Championship in the 2008 finals inTexas.

Public process starts on new arena

The city wants your input on a possible new multi-plex arena facility. According to City Manager Tim Commisso it would be able to seat 5 to 7 thouand people and cost in the range of 50 to 60 million dollars. He believes we would benefit greatly if it also included a convention centre. The city is hosting two public meetings on the proposal. The first is Thursday at the DaVinci Centre and the second a week later at the Italian Hall. In both cases the evening will start at 6:30 with displays the public can view. That will be followed at 7 by a presentation that will last about 45 minutes which will be followed by a question and answer session.

City cab driver robbed but not hurt

A Thunder Bay cabbie has his vehicle back after it was stolen in a armed robbery yesterday. The driver picked up a fair at Westfort Foods around 4 pm. The suspect eventually pulled a knife on the driver, demanded money and then stole the cab. It was found behind the Royal Edward Arms on May Street a short time later. The cabbie was not hurt. Police have not made an arrest.

Overnight rainfall forces an end to fire ban

The city wide fire ban is about to be lifted. Deputy Fire Chief Greg Hankkio says it will take effect as of 5 o'clock today.  He says the 11 millimetres of rain that was received overnight was enough to lift the restrictions.  Hankkio says they'll continue to monitor the weather conditions daily in case the ban needs to be put back in place.

Local celebs help with McHappy Day

It's McHappy Day at all McDonald's Restaurants in the city. It means that one dollar from every Egg McMuffin, Big Mac and Happy Meal sold today goes towards Ronald McDonald House in Toronto. That's the facility that houses families from Ontario who need to travel to Toronto so their children can receive cancer treatment. All day local celebrities, politicians and other well recognized citizens will be serving McDonald's customers: Pictured: Our very own Ian Grant pours coffee at the Cumberland Street location.