Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Police investigating another murder

Thunder Bay Police are investigating the city's 4th murder of the year. They say the body of a 16 year old girl from Sachigo Lake was found in the bushes off the bike path behind Wentworth Cres. around 7:30 this morning. That's right behind Al Laird's house.  He says it was at about that time he heard something chilling while he was in his back yard.  He says he heard "some real loud screaming, a woman's voice"  in the bush.   He says that it lasted for about a minute or so and then there was silence.  Police expect to release more details later today

Legislation could hurt Thunder Bay Port

Three quarters of the Port of Thunder Bay's commercial business could be lost if the State of New York goes ahead with its ballast water treatment legislation.  C.E.O. Tim Heney says the legislation has wide implications for Thunder Bay since most of the grain ships travel the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Heney is calling on the Federal Government to work with New York State to find a solution to their proposed legislation.

Hannam explains lame duck council

Thunder Bay City Council could be deemed "lame duck" after the municipal election.  A lame duck council is formed if four or more of the current council isn't re-elected. City Clerk John Hannam says a lame duck council can not hire or fire personel, buy or sell land, or spend money over 50-thousand dollars.  As long as the current eleven members of council are re-elected they will maintain their decision making powers.  There are four meetings scheduled in November before the new council is sworn in in December.

We want Brits

The British are coming.  That's the hope of the new Northwestern Ontario Immigration Web Portal.  Spokesperson Kathy Woodbeck says they are actively targeting the UK.  Woodbeck says each day they have been receiving 4 e-mails a day from interested brits looking to relocate.  The immigration campaign is also aimed at the Phillipines and India.

Navy co-op program underway

The latest group of high school co-op students have signed up at the HMCS Griffon. The Navy is in the second year of a pilot program with the local school boards. There are 13 students taking part this semester.

Time of use rates in 2011

Thunder Bay Hydro is taking the wait and see approach when it comes to introducing time of use rates.  Spokesperson Eileen Dias says they'll be watching to see how other hydro companies deal with the new rates.  Thunder Bay Hydro is looking at starting an education campaign in the new year on the time of use rates.  Dias adds almost everyone in the City has a smart metre installed and the final 100 will be hooked up this fall.

TBSO reaching out for donations

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is going to the community to raise some money. The goal is to celebrate the Orchestra's 50th anniversary by raising half a million dollars. General Manager Clint Kushak says that will be a one time effort.  He says that will cover operating costs and to make sure the TBSO has a solid financial footing.   Kushak says the effort will last through the new season with various events.

Science North is taking over PA days

Students have another option to occupy themselve during PA days this year. Science North will be hosting programs every PA day this school year. Spokesperson Emily Kerton says its a great way for kids to learn more about science and will be available for kids aged 4-12.   Kerton says it costs 45 dollars for non members and 39 dollars for members and includes before and after care.