Friday, September 17, 2010

Harper hints registry may survive vote

The Prime Minister remains determined to have the long gun registry scrapped.  In Thunder Bay Stephen Harper hinted the registry might survive next weeks vote in the House of Commons,  but...the fight will not end.  Harper says his party will not rest until the day the registry is abolished.

PM promotes waterfront project

The Prime Minister thinks the new Thunder Bay waterfront will be a tourist magnet. Speaking in the city Stephen Harper says when the project at Prince Arthur's Landing is complete, it will change our city. Harper says it will be a project cherished for years to come. He was in the city to tout his governments 14.6 million dollar contribution to the project.

Harper pays tribute to Terry Fox

A whirlwind visit to Thunder Bay for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper's first stop on Friday was to the Terry Fox Monument where he paid tribute to the long distance runner. Harper called Fox ``a true Canadian hero.'' The 30th Terry Fox Run is taking place Sunday.

Two new doctors come to Thunder Bay

Two medical experts are relocating to Thunder Bay. Dr. Michael Wood has been appointed as the new Vice President of Research at the Health Sciences Centre and the Research Institute. Wood says he's looking forward to advancing the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute. Dr. Margaret Sweet will be taking up the role of a clinical neurologist.

Field of Greens comes to a close

If you plant it they will come.  The Field of Greens Community Garden has come to a close with harvesting taking place this weekend.  Spokesperson Kevin Holloway says the food grown will be used in the Salvation Army's hostel and food bank.  The project was a partnership between Port Arthur Rotary Club and the Salvation Army.

Rafferty goes back to work on Monday

It's back to work for Thunder Bay Rainy River MP John Rafferty.  A vote on dismantling the long gun registry is scheduled for later in the week.  Rafferty says he's sticking by his original stance and voting to dismantle the legislation.  Rafferty is introducing a private members bill asking the government to create a national strategy on FASD.  The Northern Ontario NDP MP notes he will also maintain his original position on the long gun registry and vote to abolish it.

United Way kicks off fundraising

United Way wants to help provide help to the community 24/7.  The group kicked off its 2010 fundraiser by announcing their goal for the year.  Campaign Chair Wayne Fletcher says they hope to raise 2 million 470-thousand dollars.  That amount is higher than the amount raised last year.  Thunder Bay's United Way supports 69 programs and services that help 1 in 3 in the community.  The services are provided by 28 local agencies.  Fletcher adds they feel strongly that Thunder Bay will be able to dig deep and come up with that money.  The campaign wraps up in December with the final numbers being announced in January.

A man on the most wanted list could be in the city

A man on the RCMP's most wanted list may be in the City. Police say Paul Gallagher was spotted in the city yesterday trying to cash a cheque. Gallagher is wanted on a Canada wide Warrant for Parole Violations. He has a history of Identity theft and a picture can be seen on our news blog.

Marathon man talks to students

Motivational speaker and marathon runner Dick Beardsley is in Thunder Bay.  He's here to help promote the Miles with the Giant Marathon and talk to local high school students with a positive message of living a drug free lifestyle.  He says he knows his message is getting across, because many come to thank him later. Beardsley is no stranger to the city, he's been here to speak before.