Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bounty sails into Thunder Bay

There's excitement among ship lovers in Thunder Bay. The HMS Bounty sailed into the harbour Tuesday as people watched from vantage points at Hillcrest Park and Marina Park. Captain Robin Walbridge says it was a great trip here. He says the Great Lakes system is his favourite place to sail. The Bounty is open to the public from noon until 8 Wednesday.   It's docked at Pier 3 at the Marina.  Here's the sound of the Bounty cannons as they were shot off at the Marina by the crew.

Power to South Side should be restored by 5:30

There are still several hundred Thunder Bay Hydro customers without power on the south side. 
It follows a lightning strike around quarter to one this afternoon.  Hydro's Eileen Dias says the outage was substantial.  Customers affected are in the Arthur, Piper, Selkirk and Marks street areas and should have all power restored by 5:30 this afternoon

Storm blasts south side

City crews were busy Tuesday afternoon cleaning up damaged caused by a storm during the lunch hour. A city worker says evidence shows that tree limbs were downed by lightning. Top: Tree destroyed at Vickers and Donald Streets. Middle: Tree limb knocked down at Miles Street at Paterson Park. Bottom: Tree hit on Arthur Street

Kenora OPP taser two people

It's not something that happens everyday in Northwestern Ontario. Kenora OPP Constable Dave Cain says they used a stun gun on two people following the Friday night Harbourfest Concert. Police tasered two crowd members who they believe were preventing officers from breaking up a fight on the harbourfront. Cain says charges will be laid against the two people.

Power outage hits south core

Power was out to a large area of the south downtown core this afternoon. Thunder Bay Hydro says it was due to a lightning strike at around quarter to one. Hydro spokesperson Eileen Dias says at the height of the outage there were 3 thousand customers without power. That number was reduced to 500 by 1:35. They expect all power will be back by 5:30 pm.

Brian Stevenson era: Day one

Brian Stevenson is getting used to his new surroundings. Stevenson is the new president of Lakehead University and today was his first day on the job. Stevenson says he has 5 major goals including keeping costs in check, improving connections between LU and the community, achieving academic excellence in teaching and research, developing a strategy to promote the institution to more students from other countries and connecting to the community. As for wireless internet access at the university, Stevenson says he will consult with the community starting next month and make a decision from there.

NAN receives money for youth program

Thunder Bay area youth will learn life skills thanks to 120 thousand dollars in provincial funding.  Nishinawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy says they'll be using the money to offer lifeskills to the Girl Power Wolf Spirit Warrior Program.  Beardy adds the program helps increase self-esteem, foster healthy relationships, and promotes healthier lifestyle choices.

Best brings money for health promotion

Six Thunder Bay area community groups will be sharing over 474 thousand dollars in provincial funding. Ontario's Minister of Health Promotion Margarett Best was in Thunder Bay for the last three days and announced the funding this morning. The Nishinawbe Aski Nation will be utilizing 120 thousand dollars for its "Girl Power Wolf Spirit" program.