Friday, July 16, 2010

CMHA report shines light on northern youth problems

Junior and senior high students in the province are showing high rates of physiological distress according to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.  Author Doctor Robert Mann says about 30 per cent of students indicated feeling anxious, stressed or depressed.  Twenty-four per cent of students surveyed indicated having sought out mental health care over the past year.

Council set to look at traffic on Woodcrest road

City Council is set to receive a study on traffic congestion on Woodcrest road.  Woodcrest School Council wants the city to widen the road in front of the school or add sidewalks.  Co-Chair Shelly Helget says she fears for her daughter's safety when she walks to school.  A road traffic study on Woodcrest road will be presented at tonight's council meeting.

Northern Lights Credit Union goes solar

The Northern Lights Credit Union in Thunder Bay is going to be feeding electricity back into the power grid. A solar panel was installed on the Amber Drive location on Friday, and power generated will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority. Credit Union Spokesperson Brian MacDonald says they could start a similar program at their other regional facilities. The Thunder Bay credit union project is tied into a solar project at the neighbouring Dufresne Furniture store.

Fatal Crash on Highway 17

A Mississauga woman is dead following a 2-vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Dryden.
OPP say a westbound car and an eastbound pickup truck collided yesterday afternoon near the Highway 622 junction.  Both vehicles were sent off the road and struck a rock cut.  The driver of the car, 45-year-old Kaneez Zehra, died as a result of the crash.  The driver of the truck was transported to Dryden Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The collision forced the complete closure of the Highway for 5-hours.  The cause is under investigation.

Deer Lake case update

Additional charges have been laid against a 26-year-old Deer Lake First Nation man. Jason Miller was originally charged with attempted murder after 27-year-old Neilson Meekis was injured in an unknown incident at the Deer Lake Nursing Station, North of Sioux Lookout. The July 10th incident also resulted in the death of 27-year-old Joey Crow. OPP have now charged Miller with second degree murder in relation to Crow's death. Police continue to investigate

Lock it up

A recent break and entre has led to Thunder Bay police to remind residents to lock their doors. Earlier this week a man came inside from gardening and found a buglar inside his home. Police say would be thiefs are combing neighbourhoods looking for targets of opportunity, and if see someone acting suspiciously call the police.