Friday, November 12, 2010

Port takes big load

There's some heavy duty cargo being loaded at Keefer Terminal this weekend.   It's an entire methanol plant that is being sent overseas to China.   Port Authority CEO Tim Heney says it shows the ports diversity. The plant was sent here by rail from Edmonton.

Wi-Fi a go at L-U

There will be wireless Internet available at Lakehead University.   The school's executive have approved installation in the main student areas. Vice-President Michael Pawlowski says it'll take over a month to get rolling.  He expects it should be ready after the Christmas break.  A recent online survey showed almost 80 per cent of students who voted favoured wi-fi on campus.

Wequedong to open health facility

The old Twin Haven School is getting another life.  It's going to become a 110 bed health care facility for Aboriginals run by the Wequedong Lodge.  The old school will be converted to a medical hostel to help off reserve Aboriginals.  MPP Bill Mauro says the services will allow them to get the care they need. The province is providing 4 million dollars towards the project

Matawa building social housing

More non-profit housing is going up in the city.   Matawa First Nations is building 24 new houses for Aboriginals in need.   The social housing units will be scattered through the city. One housing official says the housing is desperately needed.   The total cost of the housing project is 3.3 million dollars.

Thunder Bay Police dealing with new scam

Thunder Bay police are warning seniors about a new scam circulating through the city.  Seniors are receiving calls from a person claiming to be a lawyer representing their grandchild who needs money.  The person asks the senior to send a money order without talking to other family members.  Police say this is a scam and anyone who gets a phone call similar to this should hang up and call police.

Dog owners are pointing the finger at other owners.

Some dog owners are blaming irresponsible dog owners for problems at the off leash dog parks. Bob Guse owns a small Chihuahua cross and says he often see people bring their big dogs to the small dog park. Guse says its up to dog owners to follow the rules. Guse says it only takes a second for a big dog to kill a little one owners need to keep that in mind. Last week a small dog was killed by a bigger dog at the Beverly and Winnipeg Park.

No foul play in Kenora hotel death

Kenora OPP have completed the investigation into the dead body found at a hotel.  Officers say 30 year old Allan Henfrey died of complications from ongoing health issues. His body was found in his Hotel room Wednesday morning.

Snow will be falling in Thunder Bay

Get ready for some snow. Environment Canada's Jim Prime says a low pressure system will be bringing in some of the white stuff.   He says some areas could see as much as 10 centimetres.  Prime says most of the snow will fall tomorrow night and Sunday.

Ship forced to wait for shipment

For the second time this year, a ship has been forced to wait for grain from the prairies.  The Isodora is the ship that's been sitting in the harbour for over 2 weeks now, awaiting a shipment of Number one grade Durham from the prairies.  Thunder Bay Port Authority officials say bad weather in the prairies is causing the delay.

City council for dummies

Thunder Bay's new city councillors and mayor go to school this week.   They begin a set of sessions to teach them how the city works.  City Clerk John Hannam says it's a major orientation which will last about two weeks.  It will allow them to hear from top administrators on the process that takes place and how council plays a roll in that.   There will also be tours of city run facilities along with the waterfront project. 

A second Thunder Bay Airline has been sold

Another Thunder Bay based Airline is being purchased.  Two months after Bearskin Airlines was bought by a Manitoba based company, Thunder Airlines is following suit.  The company is being purchased by Bravo Air based out of Elliot Lake.  The agreement will see Bravo take over all Thunder Airlines operations by the end of this year.