Friday, October 22, 2010

NOSM talks back on

The two sides in the Northern Ontario Medical School strike are heading back to the bargaining table November first. They'll be attempting to negotiate a contract to end a strike that has been on since August 16th. It's the first set of talks since the OPSEU members voted to turn down a tentative contract agreement earlier this month.

Burt Transpotation faces operating challenges from City

A transit company providing rides to the Handi-Cap is facing challenges from the City.  The company was offering free rides to Community Living clients but was asked to stop by the City.  Burt Transportation Manager Wayne Boulter says the city feels they're operating as an illegal taxi service.  He wants to speak to council but can't because the City's litigator is investigating.  Boulter says he's not giving up the fight.

Over limit of walleye proves to be costly

Four Illinois men were pinched with an over limit of fish.  Each guy had to cough up 800 dollars for possessing an over limit of Walleye, and only two of them had to pay an extra 500 dollars for lying to a conservation officer.  The illegal fishing activity took place on Smooth Rock Lake near Thunder Bay.

It's "red nose" time again!

The Fort City Kinettes are selling red noses for charity. The project is called "Clowning 4 Kids" Organizer Alexis Szczomak  says the money collected will go towards the George Jeffery Children's Centre and Ronald McDonald House.  The noses are 2 dollars each and can be found at a variety of city locations.

Fire cause probed

Investigators are at the scene of yesterdays fire at the West Hotel on Simpson street. There's still no cause to report. Fire Prevention officer Brian Berringer says they're using heavy machinery to move around the debris.  They're expected to be back there again tomorrow.

OPP investigate ATV accident

A 62 year old man from St. Williams, Ontario was transported to the Thunder Bay hospital Friday. A single vehicle ATV rolled over near Longlac this morning. The driver's injuries are non life threatening.

Fort Frances cereal at Royal Ontario Fair

Residents of southern Ontario will soon get a taste of Rainy River Cereal.  The unique wild rice cereal, being made by a Fort Frances area first nation company will be on display at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.  President Drew Atwell says it's an important fair to be at. Atwell says success at the fair will help determine how quickly they can get product out to a wider market.

Northwestern Ontario man honoured

A Fort Frances man who has devoted much of his time to bettering the lives of area cancer patients has been given a Senior Achievement Award by the province. Anthony Kadikoff has been involved in raising funds for Northern Cancer Fund and serves on the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre Foundation. Kadikoff was also one of the leading fundraisers for Tamarack Place which provides the regions cancer patients a place to stay while getting treatment in Thunder Bay.

Former Navy Commander visits Thunder Bay

A commander in the Canadian Navy is visiting Thunder Bay. Commander Steve Waddell is here as part the Navy's centennial and he'll be talking to people about the importance of the Navy and recruitment.  Waddell says with over 90 percent of trade being done by sea a Navy is crucial.  He says Thunder Bay has a strong link to the Navy, through the past and the future.

Thunder Bay election results website

You can find out the election results from the comfort of your couch.  Thunder Bay has launched a new web page that will report the 2010 Municipal Election results.  Unofficial results will be generated on the page starting at 8 Monday.  The website can be found here. You can also tune in to our radio stations for our updates on the election. 

Greenpeace visits on Monday

Greenpeace are in Thunder Bay Monday with their "Caribou Caravan."  The environmental group is pressuring Minister of Northern Development Michael Gravelle and the Ontario Government to save woodland caribou.  Spokesperson Richard Brooks says they'll be bringing their black silhouetted caribou and hour glass.  Greenpeace will meet at Gravelle's constituency office at 10 Monday.

Inflation drops in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay bucked the trend when it came to the inflation rate.  Our rate dropped from 2.8 percent in August to 2.7 percent last month.  The national rate went from 1.7 to 1.9 percent last month. Ontario's rate held steady at 2.9 percent.

Fort Hope declares a state of emergency

The community of Fort Hope has declared a state of emergency after a string of crimes.  The declaration was made after 3 murders, a string of arsons, animal mutilations and a number other violent crimes have plagued the community this year.  Chief Lewis Nate says they had no choice but to ask for government help.

City police arrest woman after hit and run

A 22 year old woman has been charged in connection with yesterday's early morning hit and run.  Traffic Sergeant Glen Porter says the driver turned her self into police yesterday evening.  An 18 year old girl is in hospital in serious condition after she was hit by a car while walking across Leslie street just before 3 o'clock.  Porter says the victim is making progress.

Local Union unhappy with the Canadian Wheat Board

A local union president is taking aim at the Canadian Wheat Board.  Tom Hamilton of the United Steel Workers Union says the CWB is favouring one grain elevator over others in Thunder Bay.  Hamilton says the vast majority of grain is going through the Mission Island terminal while the other 5 elevators are left with the scraps.  The CWB claims they are just finding the best prices for producers.