Monday, January 24, 2011

Council gives direction to lawyer

City Council is giving marching orders to legal counsel; but that's all City Manager Tim Commisso can say.  That's the only information available to the public after a closed door meeting on the 126 million dollar Horizon Wind lawsuit.  City Manager Tim Commisso says he can't say when they'll be back in court.

United Way reaches goal

After struggling to raise money over the holiday season, the United Way is deeming its 2010 fundraising campaign a success.  Fundraising Chair Wayne Fletcher says the community came through for them. In December the organization had said they weren't sure if they could reach their goal.  Fletcher adds they surpassed their 2.4 million dollar goal by 8-thousand dollars.

Lac Des Iles Mine to get facelift

The Thunder Bay economy is getting another shot in the arm. It comes with the news that North American Palladium is boosting production at it's Lac Des Iles Mine north of the city by almost 55 per cent this year. As well the company is spending 147 million dollars to expand the mine.

Wind turbine health concerns drive court case

The wind turbine debate in Ontario is now before a judge. Opponents are in a Toronto court claiming the turbines are being allowed too close to people's homes. Sam Bachinski is a local opponent of the Nor'wester wind farm. He says this case, brought on by Ian Hanna, has a direct bearing on the Horizon Wind project.   The government says there is no credible evidence to suggest the turbines harm health.   Bachinski says his group is not providing financial support for the group.

The Carnegie Kids are back

Two local piano virtuosos are back at home after a trip to the Big Apple.  The two Lakehead University music students performed in  a competition at New York City's Carnegie Hall.  Robyne Tenkula and Jonathan Boo placed second and third in their respective categories.  

CAA stretched to the max during cold spell

CAA workers in Thunder Bay are relieved the worst is over. They were kept hopping responding to dead battery calls during the near record breaking cold spell. Spokesperson Cory Kennedy admits the wait times were quite long, anywhere from 6 to 24 hours.  Kennedy says in the northern region the CAA responded to 650 calls for service on Sunday.

LU prof sees positives in fitness guidelines

New physical fitness guidelines in Canada show we are the least active generation in decades. Glen Paterson, of Lakehead University's Kinesiology Deparment, is pleased to see the issue is being addressed by the Canadian Society for Exercise. Paterson says there are a lot of positives in the new guidelines because they address the importance of daily exercise for children to older adults.

CN talks result in tenative deal

The threat of a strike by CN Rail workers in Thunder Bay is diminished now that a tentative contract agreement is in place. The members of the Canadian Auto Workers Union were threatening to walk the picket lines across the country at midnight. The details of the new deal will not be released until it's voted on by the union.

United Way to release final total

The United Way's 2010 campaign officially comes to an end later today when the organization releases its fundraising total. The goal was to raise 2.47 million dollars in the community.

Power restored to outlying areas

Power is back on for Hydro One customers after they were without it for about 8 hours during one of the coldest days on record. A report says more than 12 hundred homes were affected Sunday morning in Fowler, Gorham, Jacques, Ware and Oliver-Paipoonge.   Power line problems are being blamed by the utility for the outage.

FWFN says yes to deal

There is near unanimous approval on the Fort William First Nation.   On the weekend members voted on a 154 million dollar land claim settlement that includes the transfer of Flatland Island and Pie Island to the band.    Chief Peter Collins says of the 800 or so members who voted, about 98 per cent of them voted in favour of the deal.  Collins says it was no surprise to him.

Its a winter wonderland

Expect some more snow today. Our Meteorologist Bill Laidlaw says Lake Superior will be adding moisture to the system moving through the area and more snow will fall.  He says in Thunder Bay the snow should taper off near noon, with more significant amounts in the Nipigon area.  Laidlaw says it looks like we could get another dumping of snow come Thursday.

Near record low temperatures

Thunder Bay came close to breaking a record for the coldest temperature. Environment Canada meteorologist Arnold Ashton says Thunder Bay's temperature hit a low of minus 37.3 Sunday morning, falling just short of the previous record of minus 37.6 that was set back in 1996.