Friday, August 20, 2010

15 thousand dollars given to Alzheimer Society

The 2009 Ischkinakker Shaker has raised 15 thousand dollars for the Alzheimer Society.  The youth driven fundraiser was created by Katie Ischkin and Johnny DeBakker.  Executive Director Alison Denton says she's grateful for the contribution.  The 2010 event will support the Justice B Lester foundation.

Police arrest man who made threats on a bus

Police have a 68 year old man in custody after a disturbance on a city bus this morning. Police say the man had to be taken off the bus at the City Hall terminal after the driver and passengers became offended by some of his remarks and vague threats. No one was injured. Police say the man is familiar to them and that alcohol was involved.

Bentley pays a second visit to Thunder Bay

The provincial government is supporting Northwestern Ontario's aboriginal and metis victims.  The Ontario Native Women's Association has developed workshops designed to foster healthy relationships.  Aboriginal Affairs Minister Chris Bentley says they've adopted a "for us by us" strategy.  Another first nations group is offering a healing arts program designed to remember those first nation women who are missing.

Parking rate increases proposed

Parking rates could be on the rise...but relax, it won't be right away. Parking Authority Manager James Coady says a report to council Monday, recommends it, but says it won't happen until there can be discussions with the businesses that would be affected. That includes the Harbour B.I.A., the Victoria Ave. B.I.A., the Simpson St. B.I.A., the Westfort Merchant Association, and the Bay/Secord Merchant Association. It would then be brought before councillors at budget time. As well councillors will hear that it'll cost about 2.2 million dollars to aquire lands around the new courthouse building in the south core to accommodate parking demand.

Waverley Park bandshell may become history

Plans are in the works to have the bandshell at Waverley Park replaced. The organization called Coalition for Waverley Park says the stage that's there now is old and has served it's purpose. They are proposing a smaller stage and are working with city officials to put together a plan that can be presented to city council.

Solar forest project axed

A planned solar power project for the Bay and Algoma area is dead in the water. The group wanted to erect a series of solar panels at that intersection. They say that changes by the province on the rules that govern such projects, forced them to axe it. The group wanted to run the venture along with the Finlandia Club.

Fundraiser for local soup kitchen

Thunder Bay's Dew Drop Inn Soup Kitchen is holding a big fundraising yard sale Friday and Saturday.   Director Terri Favreau says the proceeds will be used to help fund the facility.  The goal is to raise 10 thousand dollars.  The fundraiser takes place from 4 until 9 Friday and from 8 am until 2 pm Saturday.

Human remains found near Ignace

A grisley find along the Trans Canada Highway east Ignace. OPP say some human remains were discovered this week. Forensic experts with the police are investigating. OPP say they can't release more information right now until they investigate further

Former local man and son die in crash

A former Thunder Bay father of three, who died along with his son while in Iowa,  is remembered as a talented, dedicated music teacher. 45 year old Kenneth Payetta and his 5 year old Ashton died on the weekend in a three-vehicle collision near Des Moines.