Friday, June 4, 2010

Thunder Bay Firefighter remarks irksome

A Thunder Bay City Councillor is standing up for the municipality's fire fighters and scolding his fellow councillor. 
Councillor Robert Tuchenhagen made public comments about the City's fire fighters saying they were spoiled.  Aldo Ruberto says he doesn't agree with Tuchenhagen's comments.  An arbitrator is going to make a decision on the fire fighters contract with the municipality in the near future.

NOMA President gets honorary diploma

Confederation College honored the President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.  Dryden Mayor Anne Krassilowski received an honorary diploma for business administration marketing.  Krassilowski says she's grateful for the award.  Confederation College campuses across the region graduated 180 students.  Meanwhile, in Thunder Bay 14 hundred and 40 students received their diplomas on Friday.

Another armed robbery on City's southside

Thunder Bay Police are looking for one man who robbed a Mac's Mart at gun point this morning. Officers say the man entered the store on North Edward Street at around 2 o'clock. They say he produced a handgun. No one was injured and the suspect ran off with cash and lottery tickets.

Tourism organizations set to go

It won't be long now before the provincial government officially announces the formation of 13 new tourism regions. The Regional Tourism Organizations will effectively kill the three regions we now have in the northwest and bundle them into one. Tourism Minister Michael Chan tells Magic 99.9 News it should be announced within a month. Chan says no decision has been made on where the announcement might take place

Students cuts hair for cancer patients

Westmount Public School student Finn MacDonald's head is going to feel a bit breezy for the next while.  The 11 year old got his haircut in his his battle against cancer.  His hair will be donated to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program that provides wigs to cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy.

Man fined in easement case

A resident is being fined for building his garage illegally. Don Cooper of Ryerson Crescent was dinged 2 thousand dollars after court was told he ignored information given to him as part of a permit he received from the Building Division. It was found that telephone lines run underneath the garage. Cooper has been ordered to remove that portion above the easement.

820 thousand dollars of pot seized in T-Bay

A Thunder Bay man has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and other drug related offences. Police say a John Street residence was searched by Thunder Bay's combined forces organized crime unit on Thursday. That search resulted in the seizure of 89 pounds of Marihuana, 1 pound of Cannabis resin, and 13 thousand dollars in cash. OPP Detective Sgt. Randy Belluz says they spent three weeks investigating before searching the John Street home. The street value of the druges is 820-thousand dollars. Charged is 50 year old Theodore Bobrowski. Belluz says the illegal drugs will be destroyed at a later date.

Early morning garage fire under investigation

Thunder Bay Fire and rescue dealt with a garage fire this morning. Crews responded to the call on Mountain Road around 4 o'clock his morning. When they arrived the garage was engulfed in flames and crews worked to stop the fire from spreading to other buildings. No one was hurt and the cause is under investigation.

Walmart expansion underway

The expansion of Thunder Bay's Walmart store is now underway. Store manager Ryan Holomego  says when it's completed next year the store will be 60 thousand square feet larger.  The renovations will allow the store to provide a wider selection of groceries and other products  He says it'll also mean an expanded staff adding that more employees have already been hired to prepare for expansion and there will be "quite a bit of hiring" taking place as the opening day approaches.    The construction also means the store will not be open 24 hours anymore.  Starting July 2nd store hours will be 7 am until 11 pm.

Thunder Bay has second lowest jobless rate in Canada

For the second month in a row the Jobless rate in Thunder Bay has seen a big drop. Our rate fell from 6.1 percent in April to 5.4 percent in May. That's way below the national average of 8.1 percent and the Provincial average of 8.9. Saskatoon is the only City in Canada with a lower rate.