Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chamber sides with cab companies

Cab companies in the city have the Chamber of Commerce on their side. The Chamber wants the Police Services Board to reconsider a decision to disallow a rate increase the companies say they need to absorb the HST. President Harold Wilson says it's only fair. He says it will be the cab drivers who will end up suffering.

NWO Fire Update

The fire hazard is low to moderate across the region, including the far north which was at high hazard. A single fire was reported yesterday in the Greenstone District close to the community of Summer Beaver. The fire is small at 0.1 hectares. There are currently six fires burning in the West fire region.'s a gas, gas, gas

Many drivers in Thunder Bay are trying to beat the HST on gasoline.  They are lining up at gas stations to pay the lower price. The K & A Variety on City Road is getting lots of business today according to one employee.   He says it's been "nuts" all day.  The 13 per cent HST kicks in tomorrow.

Party of five found by OPP

Five young adults are safe after getting lost in the bush.  Thunder Bay OPP responded to a call on Sunday from a lost 20 year old.  The man and his four friends were lost on a bush road in the Adrian Lake road in Marks Township.  When officers arrived at the scene they activated their lights and sirens in the hopes that the group would see or hear where the police were located.  Officers walked into the bush for about 1.5 kilometers and located the group.  Everyone was safe.

Science North comes to Thunder Bay

Northwestern Ontario is getting a boost to its Science community. Science North has opened an office in Thunder Bay and C-E-O Jim Marchbank says the office will help promote science in the area by travelling throughout the region in the Cool Science Caravan. The office is located at the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club.

Condo and hotel projects "moving forward"

The Condo and Hotel projects for Prince Arthur's Landing are alive and well. That's according to developer Gisele MacDonald who met with city officials this week to go over the building design. She says the waterfront project remains in gear. MacDonald says they hope to put the condos on the market in September and says there are 3 hotel companies interested in being a part of the waterfront plan.   The design plans and the selected hotel will be presented to City Council in later summer.

Wind farm decision delayed again

The City of Thunder Bay isn't making any decisions on the Big Thunder wind park.  Council has asked Horizon Wind to produce another report, but this time reflecting the concerns of citizens at last night's meeting.  Councillor Linda Rydholm says she's glad they are getting more information from the company.  One member of the public walked out during last night's meeting disgruntled and visibly upset after council asked Horizon Wind representatives a series of questions.  The second draft report will come back to council on July 26th.