Friday, May 21, 2010

Court hearing for Terrace Bay Pulp next week

The legal manoeuvering continues to get Terrace Bay Pulp back in operation. The mill is owned by Thunder Bay's Buchanan Forest Products and has been under court protection from creditors. Now the company lawyer, Yves Fricot, says they will be back in Ontario Superior Court May 26th.   He says at that time they will ask the court to set a date in June in which creditors can vote on the company proposal.  Fricot says if the creditor vote succeeds then Terrace Bay Pulp can exit court protection and is the key piece that will start the mill back into operations.

Fitter faster further

There's a new walking group in the city. The City of Thunder Bay's Older Adult Unit is hosting the "fitter faster further" walking club for women age 55 to 70. Organizer Nancy Angus says it's a great way to meet new walking buddies. Walking will take place ever Monday and Wednesday at 10 am at Thunder Bay's two McDonald's restaurants. The premier walk will take place Wednesday May 26th.

Marina Boat Launch closed to the public

Boaters in Thunder Bay have to take a detour if they want to launch their vessels.   The City of Thunder Bay says the the launch facilities and the parking lot at Marina Park are closed to the general public during the construction.  Only those who have paid to have their boats docked at the marina this year will have access to the launch.   Alternate launch sites in the area include:   The Current River Launch, the LRCA launches at Silver Harbour and Little Trout Bay Conservation Areas, the Nipigon Marina and the Red Rock Marina.

KI First Nation Creepy Creature

Big Trout Lake First Nation is receiving world wide attention for an unusual find.  A strange creature washed up on the shore of a creek recently.  Photos of the furry, bald-faced animal were posted on the official website of the Big Trout Lake community.  According to the website, two local nurses were hiking near the creek when they noticed their dog sniffing something in the water.  The dog pulled the 30-centimetre-long dead creature from the water and the two women snapped some photos of it.  Internet reports from around the world are speculating as to what it is, with some even linking it to the Ogopogo and the Lochness Monster.

PM in Dryden

The Prime Minister is paying another visit to Northwestern Ontario. Stephen Harper will make an announcement at the Domtar Mill in Dryden on Saturday. Harper will be joined by Kenora MP Greg Rickford at the opening ceremony of the Snowbirds Air Show.

Construction season underway for habitat

Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay has kicked off its 2010 construction season.  A ground breaking ceremony was held this morning for two houses being built on Mary Street East.  President Dianne Mitchell says families who will live in the houses must complete 500 volunteer hours.  Habitat is also renovating an existing house for a third family in the City.

We could see some rain this weekend

We could see some rain this long weekend but at least it'll be nice and hot. Environment Canada's Geoff Coulson says there could be some light shower activity Sunday and possible Monday but the temperatures will remain above normal with highs above 20 degrees. Coulson says the above average temperature should last well into next week as well.

Police out in full force for long weekend

OPP are gearing up for a very busy weekend. Spokesperson Diana Cole says officers will be out in full force looking for speeders, aggressive drivers and impaired drivers on all highways and even on the water. City Police are also going to be out this weekend although traffic Sergeant Glen Porter says the May Long is usually rather quiet in the city with most people heading out of town.