Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hampton Inn to locate in city

There may be a new Hampton hotel in the offing for Thunder Bay.  Councillor Larry Hebert says a hotel chain is considering building on property owned by the Airport Authority on Arthur. Not many details are known about the type of hotel it will be.

Truck driver charged in weekend death

A 44 year old truck driver from Winnipeg is charged in connection with a weekend fatality on the Nipigon Bridge. OPP say that the accident resulted in the death of a 21 year old man from Lake Helen. The driver is charged with Failing to Stop.

Bus driver charged

A Thunder Bay Transit driver is facing a charge following last weeks accident on Red River Road and Clarkson.  Police say that the 62 year old is charged under the Highway Traffic Act with Failing to Stop for a red light.

Copperfin considers merger with Northern Lights

Copperfin Credit Union is considering merging with Northern Lights Credit Union.  The two businesses are in talks with a joint Board of Directors meeting scheduled for the New Year. Copperfin C.E.O. Dennis Alvestad says they are in the preliminary stages.  Alvestad says if they merge credit union users would have access to their accounts from sites across Northwestern Ontario.

Camp Owners worried about border

The Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters Association is calling for changes to be made at the Fort Frances border crossing.  Campowners are growing increasingly upset over the way American visitors are getting treated at the border.  Gerry Cariou is the Executive Director of the Sunset Country Travel Association and says there needs to be a major shake-up in Fort.   Cariou says it depends on the day and the staff on site, whether or not an American visitor can cross through Fort Frances.  Cariou adds there will be nothing left of the tourism industry in 5-years if nothing is done.

Northern Students wary of specialized universities

The Northern Ontario Federation of Students feels a report calling on creating specialized Universities will negatively impact northern students. Chair Vanessa Gastaldo says this region is already losing programs to the south. Gastaldo says if Universities are specialized; northern students will have to choose between incurring travelling expenses or sacrificing their educational goals.

Road Closure Warning

City crews will be closing parts of John Street Wednesday.  John Street between Chercover Drive and Biloski Road will be closed to traffic starting at 9 Wednesday.  Crews are installing a new sewer and water connection. The road will reopen when work is complete.

Library revamps web image

The library has a new look to it's website.  It has a number of new features that the old one didn't have according to spokesperson Joanna Aagard.   She says they've change around how items are presented and made more popular areas easier to access. The website changes cost about 40 thousand dollars.

Thunder Bay pianist learns from the best

A Thunder Bay piano player will learn and mingle with Canada's best musicians this weekend. Connor Curran received high marks in the Conservatory Canada Senior Piano Examinations. Curran will travel to Vancouver for the Conron/Geiger Master Class weekend and learn from Jane Coop. Coop heads the piano division of the University of British Columbia's School of Music.

NOSM and OPSEU reach tentative deal

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine strike could finally be coming to an end.  The two sides came to another tentative deal early this morning.  Support staff still need to ratify the deal but OPSEU is recommending employees accept the deal.  No date for a ratification vote has been set.