Friday, June 11, 2010

Good economic news may be in store

There's a major announcement Monday morning at the Bombardier plant. The company plans to release some news that an official says will be very nice for the city. The news will involve a plan that they say will help shape public transit in the Great Toronto Area and Hamilton. At the announcement will be the president of Metrolinx in Toronto. That's the public Authority that manages transportation in the GTA-Hamilton corridor. Also on hand will be the president of Bombardier Transportation in North America. Add to that list, Ontario's Minister of Transportation Kathleen Wynne and our local MPP's. No one in any official capacity is willing to confirm what the announcement will be about

CMHA receives provincial praise

The Ontario Health Quality Council is praising the local chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Alpha Court, the CMHC, St. Joseph's Care Group and the Health Sciences Centre combined their services. Executive Director Maurice Fortin says their intake and referral process is a provincial success story. The Thunder Bay Mental Health Case Management Intake Collaboration ensures clients tell their story once rather then multiple times to different case workers.

Chamber and NAN see eye to eye on Far North Act

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and NAN are taking the same stand against the province's Far North Act. Chamber President Harold Wilson says the Chamber supports the Nishnawbe Aski Nation recent criticism of the Act and supports their call against restricting development that would benefit the First Nations communities. The bill is currently winding its way through Queens Park.

Thunder Bay's Pagoda is 100 years old

Thunder Bay's Pagoda is 100 years old this week. It's the oldest operating tourist bureau in Canada and a Thunder Bay landmark. The word pagoda was used to describe a small ornamental building and was desighned by local architect H. Russell Halton.

City tourism boss touts web portal

What activities best decribe your experience in Thunder Bay?  The city has launched the new web portal and marketing program "My Tbay" where residents can share their photos, video and stories about Thunder Bay.  Tourism Manager Paul Pepe says people can upload their experiences to the portal or facebook.  The best photo of Thunder Bay will win a prize, to enter log onto

Another robbery at Mac's Convenience Store

Yet another Mac's Mart robbery is under investigation. It's the sixth one since May 22nd. Police say this time the store at 340 North May street was robbed when a man brandishing a knife walked in just after 2 Friday morning. He ran off with cash and cigarettes. No one was hurt.

Hospital angioplasty given high marks

A panel of experts is giving the Angioplasty Program at the Health Sciences Centre it's stamp of approval. The panel calls it a model program. That's welcome news for the hospital's Lori Marshall. She says it means that after reviewing everything about the program they are saying that it's "second to none." The panel says the quality of care at the Regional matches anything you would find in Canada

Money promised for 2nd cath lab

There are smiles all around at the Health Sciences Centre. The provincial government is confirming it will fund the construction of a second catherization lab. MPP Bill Mauro says it's a major committment. He says the McGuinty government is contributing 8 and a half million dollars towards the 12 million dollar construction project. The new lab is expected to be up and running next year.

Chatty drivers charged

Many drivers in Thunder Bay are still breaking the new cell phone law. Sgt. Glenn Porter of the city police says an enforcement blitz this week netted 25 chatty drivers. Porter says some of them had interesting excuses, like "I wasn't really talking, just listening. Do I still get a ticket?" or "The phone just rang and I was only telling them I couldn't talk just now." Police say they used a ghost car to nab many of the offenders.

Police track down B & E suspects

Two sixteen year old boys are in police custody after a couple of Thursday break ins. Police say they used a police dog to track down the two after a couple of stores in the Northwood Mall were entered. The dogs picked up the scent at the scene and tracked the suspected to a home on the 200 block of Kensington Avenue. Police say merchandise was found in the garage and police seized that as well. The two were charged with Break and Enter and one of them was also charged with Breach of Probation.

Shelter House needs food

Shelter House is sending out the S-O-S.   The homeless shelter needs food to sustain its program over the coming weeks.    It's now turning to the public and issuing a plea for donations.  Officials say that there is traditionally a lull in donations over the summer months.    Priority items include:  spaghetti sauce, sugar, salad dressing, meat, canned soup, canned fruits and vegetables and relish.