Monday, January 17, 2011

RAP speaks to council

Councillor Andrew Foulds would like to see the City become more involved with the community's "remedial action plan".  City Manager Tim Commisso says putting RAP into the strategic planning process would mean there would be target completion dates.  He adds it would be good for Thunder Bay to work with RAP to chase down Federal and Provincial funding.  The environmental group provided council with an update on their work at Monday night's meeting.

EMS building contract approved

The cost of building the new Superior North EMS station is not sitting well with one City Councillor.  Rebecca Johnson had a back handed compliment for Chief Norm Gale Monday night.  She congratulated the Chief for bringing a league leading building to the community and for coming under budget.  Johnson says because the project was moved and it's being debentured the project will cost almost 1.4 million dollars more than the previous location.   The project will cost 10.6 million dollars.

Toronto woman's death tragic

Thunder Bay's Alzheimer's Society calls the death of a 66 year old Toronto woman tragic.  The elderly woman suffered from Alzheimer's and left her home shortly after 2 am in minus twenty degree temperatures.  Executive Director Alison Denton says the society has a wandering registry that is connected to the RCMP.  The registry helps track where the missing person might have travelled to.   Denton wants local residents if they see a distressed senior to lend them a helping hand.

20 accidents so far

It's been a busy day for Thunder Bay police.   They've been taking care of numerous traffic accidents which have been caused due to the snowfall.   According to police since 9 this morning there have been almost 20 accidents reported to them.   There are no serious injuries to report.

Arson not suspected in fatal fire

A six month old child from Summer Beaver remains in critical but stable condition following last weeks fatal house fire in that community.   Police say that the fire was likely accidental but the exact cause isn't known.   The blaze killed two boys aged 2 and 3 years old.   The 6 month old is now at the Children's Hospital in London with breathing problems. 

Barrick doles out big bucks to LU

Barrick Gold says it's giving back. The mineral giant is giving Lakehead University 150 thousand dollars. For company Executive Vice-President Jamie Sokalsky it's a chance to give back to the city he was born in and the school he went to. The money will be going towards a graduate scholarship and to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Local police arrest man wanted in Soo beheading

Thunder Bay OPP have a man in custody wanted in connection to a decapitation in Sault Ste Marie. The man appeared in court this morning on separate charges  and will be sent back to Sault Ste Marie sometime this week.  The body was found Tuesday and police had been looking for a suspect since.  The man has been in police custody since Thursday.

Hernandez needs a new lawyer

Christian Hernandez will remain in custody at least until his bail hearing.  Hernandez is looking for a new lawyer after Justice Pelletier ruled that his current lawyer Chris Watkins was in a conflict of interest.  Hernandez is in jail in connection  to a fatal collision that happened just before Christmas.

More snow is on the way

It looks like what you see, is what you'll get for the rest of the day. Our meteorologist Bill Laidlaw says a low pressure system is hanging over the Northwest and will drop as much as 20 centimetres when all is said and done. Tonight expect it to clear up and cool off with temperatures pushing close to the minus 30 mark. Laidlaw says more snow could fall Thursday and there is a chance for an even bigger winter storm next week.