Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fly Fishing is therapy

Thunder Bay was the launch site of the third annual "Healing on the Albany" for soldiers who have returned from war. Spokesperson Mark Snyder says the program teaches soldiers to fly fish as a form of therapy. Snyder says its proven to help those soldiers who were physically injured and those who suffer from post trumatic stress disorder. 9 Canadian and American soldiers are taking part and will enjoy a week at a lodge in the boreal forest.

City police not surprised by mafia ties

The Mafia is operating in Thunder Bay. A recent investigation and raid in Italy on the Ndrangheta crime organization has uncovered a cell operating in Thunder Bay.  Thunder Bay Inspector Andy Hay says the fact that Thunder Bay is a mafia site is not a surprise. Hay says Thunder Bay isn't immune to organized crime, and they heard about the sect through police sources and the RCMP.  Meanwhile, local RCMP officials have no comment and the National media spokesperson says she hasn't received any word on the local mafia operation.

OPP charge Toronto area man for trafficking

The OPP have identified the man they believe plays a key role in bringing Oxycodone into Thunder Bay to be sold illegally.  Local drug enforcement officers flew to Toronto on Tuesday and with the assistance of officers from that area executed a search warrant at a North York Residence.  Police seized 13 thousand dollars in cash and documentary evidence.  37 year old Jabir Khan is charged with possession of proceeds of crime and trafficking.

Council will decide on temporary transit hub on Monday

Thunder Bay City Council will decide on Monday whether or not to leave the temporary bus terminal at City hall.  Transit Manager Brad Loroff says they've heard the concerns about the site from the public and they plan to address them.   Loroff says they want council to leave the temporary bus shelter at city hall for the next 2 to 3 years.  He says they need the time to complete their service and site review.  Loroff says they've also recomended to council that an extra 160-thousand dollars be added to their budget for security and the operation of the city hall's washrooms after business hours.

Local student gets a scholarship from Tim Horton's

A Thunder Bay student is getting a thousand dollars towards their post secondary education thanks to Tim Horton' s. Alia Wurdemann-Stam received the one thousand dollar scholarship through the Tim Horton's 2009 Scholarship program. The award will be given to Alia next Tuesday.

SIJHL expands south of the border

Good news for the SIJHL. The league is expanding to 6 teams for the upcoming season. President and Commissioner Ron Whitehead says The Duluth Cydesdales and Spooner Wisconsin Wilderness will now be home to two new expansion franchises. Whitehead says the two teams were hoping to be in the league last year but red tape delayed the process.  Whitehead says the schedule for the season will be released later this month.

Thunder Bay man gets jail time

A Thunder Bay man working for the M-N-R has been convicted of child pornography charges. David Laderoute will serve 14 days in jail after pleading guilty to watching Child Porn on his computer at work. Laderoute will also be a listed Sex offender for the next 10 years. The investigation started last April when the MNR learned one of its computers at its Thunder Bay facility accessed Child Porn.

Organized crime in Thunder Bay is runs with the mob

The Mafia is apparently alive in Thunder Bay. A recent string of arrests in Italy targeting the Ndrangheta crime organization tipped off police of a feud between the Toronto chapter and the previously little know Thunder Bay Chapter. The investigation found that mediators from Italy defused the situation before it became violent.