Monday, May 31, 2010

Girl's hockey team recognized by city

The Thunder Bay Queens Midget AA Team were recognized at Monday night's city council meeting.   The team was honoured for winning gold at the Ontario Women's Hockey Association Provincials in Mississauga and for winning gold at the Esso Cup National Tournament in Regina.  Also recognized at Monday's meeting were plasma donor Bert Harding and keyboard virtuoso Conner Curran

Northwest residents still live risky lifestyles

Residents of Northwestern Ontario still live a lifestyle that poses a cancer risk. The latest report card from Cancer Care Ontario indicates we smoke more than the provincial average and are more overweight as well. Michael Power of the Regional Cancer Centre says even cutting down on smoking would help reduce rates considerably.  He says there is also concern not enough of us are getting cancer screened for colon or prostate cancer. The report card also shows the local Centre is doing a good job in cancer radiation treatment.

10am Drinking in honour of FIFA

Starting June 11th, you'll be able to crack open a cold one an hour earlier at your favourite drinking establishment.  The province is allowing licensed bars and restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages earlier in the day during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  Minister of Consumer Services Sophia Aggelontitis says the change in drinking hours will help accomodate the delayed game times.  The games are being telecast from South Africa with some games starting as early as 7:30 am ET.

Labour peace at George Jeffreys

The 20 or so professional therapists at the George Jeffery Children's Centre now have a new contract. The two year deal gives them a total wage increase of 4 per cent along with improved benefits. Suzanne Pulice, of the Canadian Auto Workers union says it's a good deal, but still falls short, adding other therapists at similar centre's in Northwestern Ontario make slightly more. The highest paid therapist at the Centre will get over 75 thousand dollars a year at the end of the contract.

Multiple stab wounds cause of death

A post mortem has revealed that Randy Lawrence Cromarty died as a result of multiple stab wounds.  The 39 year old was the victim of the City's first homocide.  28 year old Thea Debra Gliddy is facing a charge of second degree murder.  Gliddy is due back in court June 23rd.

Stolen vehicle found near Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay OPP recovered a stolen vehicle after responded to an accident over the weekend. The single vehicle accident happened on highway 17 just west of Raith at around 9:30 Saturday morning. When officers arrived they discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen in Winnipeg and the 19 year old driver was arrested.

Smoking restrictions in City parks takes effect

Starting Tuesday children's play areas in city parks will be smoke free. The bylaw means smokers will have to remain at least ten metres away from playground equipment, public beaches and entrances to recreational facilities. Thunder Bay is the 6th community in Ontario to regulate smoking in public parks. Vancouver has outlawed smoking in all city parks and beaches effective this September.

Combined Forces Unit makes another drug bust

Over ten thousand dollars worth of drugs are off the streets thanks to the Combined Forces Organized Crime Unit. Officers searched a house in Neebing Friday and found a large quantity of prescription pills and other drugs as well as 17 firearms and cash. Officers were looking for two people who weren't home at the time when they searched the house. No arrests have been made.