Saturday, April 30, 2011

Brown Street Fire

A late night blaze left a garage in shambles on Brown Street. It took 21 firefighters about an hour to put out the fire. No injuries were reported. Platoon Chief Val Fontaine says garage fires can be dangerous. The reason being flammable liquids are often present.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wabasse search to resume Wednesday

The city police confirm that the ground search for Jordan Wabasse will resume on Wednesday.   They'll be searching the banks of the Kam River near the James Street bridge for the missing teen

More wood allocations announced

Two more companies in northwestern Ontario have accepted wood supply offers from the provincial government.  Domtar will use its wood supply for full-time softwood pulp production at its mill in Dryden. Wagner Forest Management Limited has indicated that it will use its wood fiber to build a pellet  manufacturing plant in Ignace.  The business is expected to be up and running by October of 2013 and employ 20 new jobs.   Minister Michael Gravelle made the announcement at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference.

Milloy annonces literacy cash

83 sites in Northern Ontario will be offering literacy training thanks to the Provincial Government.  Minister of Training and Colleges John Milloy says they'll be offering basic skills training.  2 million dollars will go towards local programs.  Milloy made the announcement at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference.

Bearskin adds plane

A Thunder Bay based airline is expanding it's fleet.  Bearskin Airlines has introduced a new Saab turbo prop which is being used for it's flights between Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.  It can seat 34 people.

Gas creeps toward record levels

Get ready to cry when you fill up next.  Gas prices have spiked again and now sit at just under a buck 40 a litre at many Thunder Bay gas stations.  That's according to the website

45 year old mosiac graces new library

The new Mary J. L. Black Library isn't open yet, but it already has some vivid artwork to display. The Public Library has re-introduced a mosaic by Ruby Owen called Thunderbird. It is comprised of 27,000 tiles made out coloured glass, ceramics and rocks, and took over a year and a half to complete

Clean up campaign is on!

The Spring Up to Clean Up event is underway in the city.  It's a collaboration between the City of Thunder Bay and Eco-Superior.   It kicked off with employees of various businesses going outside for 15 minutes and picking up the garbage around their premises. 

Hearing dates set in County Park death

Sixteen witnesses are expected to testify in the preliminary hearing of two teenage girls charged with second degree murder. It followed the death last year of a 16 year old girl who's body was found in the bushes behind Wentworth Crescent. The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.   Six days have been set aside for the hearing: August 16th, 17th and 18th as well as September 14th, 15th and 16th.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thunder Bay Rainy River Candidates discuss election issues

Jobs for Thunder Bay's youth was one of the topics discussed at the Thunder Bay Rainy River Riding all candidates debate.  Liberal Ken Boshcoff says he would use his previous experience to create jobs.  NDP Incumbent John Rafferty says his party would provide incentives to small businesses.; while Conservative Moe Comuzzi-Stehmann says her party's corporate tax cuts will help provide jobs for our youth.

Cocaine seized from Thunder Bay home

Two Jamaican men are charged with a number of drug related offences after a search of a Thunder Bay home.  The Combined Forces Organized Crime Unit seized 441 grams of cocaine and 15 thousand dollars in cash.  The drugs have a street value of 44 thousand dollars.

Area First Nation upset over exploration

Yet another northern First Nation is complaining about mining exploration on its traditional land. The Constance Lake First Nation and its Chief Arthur Moore say they are fed up with not be consulted and are taking legal action. Chief Moore says they are going to court Friday to seek a court order to stop Zenyatta Mining  from exploring.  No one from Zenyatta has returned our call.

Small quake confirmed in the region

Natural Resources Canada is confirming that a minor earthquake struck near Devlin last month. The 1-point-9 magnitude quake happened around 2 in the morning on March 25th. Seismic activity is not uncommon to northwestern Ontario, although most of the minor quakes over the past year have been around the Atikokan area.

Infrastructure plan to include Ring of Fire

Saying the north is different, Ontario's infrastructure minister says our region will be taken into account in his 10 year plan. Bob Chiarelli tells municipal delegates in Thunder Bay that it must include the Ring of Fire mining development.   He says that will include building roads, the electricity grid and communication links.  His infrastructure plan for the province will be released next month.

City receives tbaytel dividends

The city is getting a big contribution from tbaytel.  Over 20 million dollars in dividends is being handed over to the city.  Tbaytel saw record revenues last year exceeding 131 million. 

Hat found near the Kam belonged to missing teen

The hat found near the Kam River earlier this year has been confirmed as Jordan Wabasse's.  Thunder Bay Police Spokesperson Chris Adams says the confirmation was done with DNA testing.  Police will be continuing the search next week in the area of the James Street bridge.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thunder Bay Superior North Candidates duke it out

 Liberal candidate Yves Fricot may not be the incumbent in this election , but he sure has to defend himself like he is.   At Wednesday nights all candidates debate for the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding,  Fricot was taking heat from NDP MP Bruce Hyer.   It was over Fricot's involvement as a Buchanan Forest Products Company executive during the forestry crisis.  The audience also got into the act,  taunting Fricot over the issue several times.  Conservative hopeful Richard Harvey tried to make his mark by claiming Hyer has not represented the riding effectively.   Scot Kyle of the Green Party also participated.

Cancer Care award for local Dr.

A Dr. with the Northwest Regional Cancer Care in Thunder Bay is one of six winners of the Human Touch Awards.  Dr. Kenneth Gehmen is being recognized for the work he's done that made a difference in cancer patients lives.

No junk food in local schools this fall

Thunder Bay students are getting ready to say goodbye to sugary pop and poutine.  The Lakehead Public School Board is putting an end to junk food on their cafeteria menus.  Education Officer Charles Bishop says they're removing their fryers from high schools and installing steam machines instead.  The Provincial Government is imposing the new food and beverage guidelines that will take effect in the Fall.

No ban on two Findley books

Two books by Canadian author Timothy Findley are staying put at public school libraries in Thunder Bay. School board trustees agreed, that a parent's complaint over the book's graphic violent and sexual content didn't  warrant a ban.  The books in question  were "The Wars" and "Not Wanted on the Voyage"

Jimi gets a new leash on life

"Jimi the Dog" gets to live. His owners were facing charges after another owner's pet chihuahua died at a city owned dog park last year. Defence lawyer Mary Bird says the city dropped its demand Jimi be considered a pitbull.   In return her clients agreed to a control order, meaning that Jimi must be muzzled when out in public. Bird says the result is not considered a guilty plea, but rather,  is similar to a Peace Bond.

College close to naming new Prez

The search for a new president at Confederation College, to replace Pat Lang,  is inching closer to an announcement. Board of Governors chair Marilyn Gouthro says they will make the decision public sometime next month.  She says over the next week they'll be conducting interviews with a list of candidates.  She says they have narrowed the short list down to six hopefuls

Province providing funding for court security

Thunder Bay Police is getting some help to cover court security.  The provincial government is providing 25 million dollars to help municipal police cover costs.  Inspector Andy Hay says while the money is good, it still falls short.  Hay says costs already hover around a million dollars and with the construction of the new consolidated court house, costs will rise even higher.

New crane for the port

The Port of Thunder Bay is getting 1 million provincial tax dollars to buy a new crane to unload ships. CEO Tim Heney says it's a necessary piece of equipment to make our port more competitive.   He says there is no other piece of equipment like it at the head of Lake Superior, in fact not having a crane has been one of  the port's deficiencies.  Heney says they should have the new crane by the fall.

Cause of fatal fire released

The cause of a fatal fire has been deemed accidental.  Last week's fire on McPherson Street killed an elderly woman and fire officials have determined it an electrical fire.  Officials also say smoke inhalation was the cause of death.

First Nations welcomes wood supply

Whitesand First Nation will soon be home to a new sawmill thanks to the provincial government.  The community recieved a Wood supply from the province that will allow the construction of the mill and will create 62 full time jobs. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Clement talks smack and FedNor

Opposition parties keep saying FedNor will be gutted if the Harper Conservatives are back in government. Speaking in Thunder Bay, the minister responsible, Tony Clement repeated that the program is safe and says it's the local NDP members who seem to be sending mixed messages.  He says they take credit for federal announcements in the region, but vote against those projects in the House of Commons. Clement was in the city to lend his support to candidates Moe Comuzzi-Stehmann and Richard Harvey

False Alarm

Thunder Bay Police and fire officials have confirmed a false alarm. Someone called police around 1:30 this afternoon saying they thought they saw a body floating on the Kam River near the James Street Bridge, but searchers found nothing.

Wabasse search continues

Thunder Bay Police will be conducting another ground search for Jordan Wabasse. City police spokesperson Chris Adams says even though the area of shore was previously investigated by helicopter officers will now have a chance to walk the shore lines and search in better conditions. Police will scour the area of the Kam River near the James Street Bridge where the teen may have been last. Adams says the search will take place one day next week.

Gravelle remains high on CRIBE

It's now 3 years since the province approved 25 million dollars for Thunder Bay's biomass research centre. So far there's only one project it's publicly approved, but forestry Minister Michael Gravelle says he still supports the organization.  He hails the leadership of the CRIBE board and is confident we will see some real benefit from the support the government has provided.  The organization's website says approval for 5 other projects will be announced soon.

House lottery equips cath-lab

The Regional Health Sciences Centre is receiving a huge boost thanks to the Fort William Rotary Club. President Dave Knudsen  says they donated 150 thousand dollars to the hospital so the new cath-lab can be equiped. The money is the direct result of the proceeds from the club's house lottery.  The new lab will give patients 24/7 access to emergency angioplasty.

NOACC in Kenora this week

The Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce will be holding its annual spring meeting in Kenora this week.  Chamber representitives from across the region will begin arriving in town Wednesday night.  Andy Scribilo is the president-elect of NOACC and says they have decided to hold the conference Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.  Scribilo says chamber members from across the region will be voting on a number of resolutions this week to pass to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce later this year.

National Day of Mourning Thursday

The Lakehead Labour Council is marking Canada's Day of Mourning on Thursday.  President Melanie Kelso says the day will continue to go recognized until workplace injuries and deaths stop.  A ceremony remembering workers who were killed on the job will be held at 5:30 at the centre.

Advance Polls closed

The countdown to the May 2nd Federal election has begun.  Advance polls closed on Monday and Thunder Bay Superior North Returning Officer Bill Everitt says it was a good turn out.  Candidates in the Thunder Bay Superior North riding will face off at an all-candidates debate Wednesday night at Lakehead University.

4 Provincial Ministers attending NOMA

4 Provincial Cabinet Ministers are attending the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference in Thunder Bay.  Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli will be the key note speaker at the conference.  The bear pit session on Friday will see the Ministers of Natural Resources, Northern Development and Mines, and Training, Colleges and Universities.

NOMA conference kicks off on Wednesday

Municipal leaders from across the region are in Thunder Bay this week to discuss issues impacting the Northwest.  NOMA's annual general meetings gets underway on Wednesday.  Issues to be discussed include repowering the Thunder Bay generating station and the property tax model.  The conference ends on Friday with the election of the NOMA executive.

Thumbs up to adoption changes

The changes to Ontario's adoption laws are welcomed by the local head of the Children's Aid Society. Rob Richardson says the changes will make it easier for Thunder Bay families to adopt.  Richardson says the changes could help up to 75 children under the care of the local C-A-S find permanent homes that weren't able to under the current law.

Fort Frances Flag flying over Kenora

The Fort Frances' town flag will soon be flying high over the city of Kenora.  Mayor Roy Avis says its the outcome of a bet he made with Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield during the recent Allan Cup tournament.  Kenora lost against Fort Frances in the hockey tournament so the Fort flag will be seen in Kenora.  The Thunderhawks eliminated Kenora from the tournament in a playoff game.

Police looking for cab robbery suspect

Thunder Bay Police are on the lookout for a suspect in a taxi cab robbery.  Sunday night, a man brandishing a sharp object demanded 200 dollars in cash from a cab driver on Jasper Drive.  Police called out their K9 unit, but couldn't track down the suspect.  The suspect is described as a Native Canadian wearing all dark clothing.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wasaya expands service

Starting next week, Wasaya Airways is expanding to include flights from Thunder Bay to Geraldton and Marten Falls.   President and CEO Tom Morris says the company sees potential growth for the area as the result of the Ring of Fire mining project.

Stabbing suspect arrested

A man is in custody in connection with a weekend stabbing on North Marks Street. Police say the 26 year old man was arrested last night at a north side home. The stabbing left the victim in hospital with a wound to his chest. He is reported to be in stable condition.

Roach's driver robbed

No one is hurt after a Roach's Taxi was robbed overnight. Police say that at around midnight the cab driver had money stolen from him by a customer. The incident took place in the Jasper Drive area. No weapon was seen and police are still searching for a suspect.

Ignatieff visits Health Sciences Centre

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is vowing to work towards equality between First Nations and the rest of the Nation.  Speaking in Thunder Bay, Ignatieff says his party will improve first nation drinking water.  Atiwapiskat First Nation recently called a state of emergency because of a lack of clean drinking water.

East Side Mario's fire

The canopy of the former East Side Mario's Restaurant on Memorial Avenue caught fire over the weekend. Thunder Bay fire crews brought the blaze under control and prevented it from spreading to the rest of the building.

Hydro outage impacts 7 thousand

The power is back on for 7 thousand Thunder Bay Hydro customers.  The lights went out last night after a pole on Golf Links Road was hit by a car.  The pole has been replaced and the driver of the vehicle was sent to the hospital.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stabbing on North Marks Street update

Thunder Bay Police are still investigating a stabbing that occurred on the 100 block of North Marks Street late Saturday night. The victim is in the hospital under stable condition with a stab wound to the lung. Police say they will attempt to speak with the victim today to collect more information. So far no suspect of the stabbing has been taken into custody and no names have been released.

Easter eggs could carry illness

Thunder Bay children enjoy decorating Easter eggs this time of year. However make sure you handle them with care, or they could cause illness. Health and Safety watch is reminding Canadians to be careful of their children around Easter eggs because some could carry food-borne illness and growth of bacteria. Parents are told to remind their children to handle their painted Easter eggs carefully.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fire on Memorial Ave.

No one is hurt following a fire at the old East Side Mario's restaurant on Memorial Avenue. Fire official Dave Grant says the cause of the fire is electrical, and it started from the overhang of the building's front entrance. Damage to the building is minimal and the fire did not spread inside.

Stabbing on North Marks Street

Thunder Bay Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred last night in the city's South side. Police say the stabbing occurred on the 100 block of North Marks Street. A male victim was taken to hospital with stab wounds to the chest. No names have yet been released. Police are still investigating the situation. The Magic news room will bring you the latest on this story as it develops.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Updade on fire at McPherson St.

A post mortem is scheduled for today on the body of an elderly woman who died in yesterday's fatal house fire on McPherson Street. The cause of the fire is not yet known. The Ontario Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. The name of the victim has not been released.