Tuesday, April 12, 2011

No students injured in school scare

Police are investigating a strange incident from this morning at a local elementary school. A grey car was seen driving on the lawn at C.D. Howe school and then drove down a public path. The students had just entered the school prior to the incident. No one was injured. 

Horwath provides platform sneak peek

The Ontario NDP is offering a sneak peak on what it plans to do to help Northern Ontario in advance to this October's Provincial Election.  Leader Andrea Horwath says her Party will also have a specific platform on how it plans to help Northern Ontario take full advantage of its assets.  Horwath adds the Liberals have already crippled families by adding 8-percent to home heating bills and filling up at the gas pumps.

More cold weather on the way

It looks as if Old Man Winter isn't done with us yet.  Despite warmer than normal temperatures over the last couple of days, the thermometer is going to be dipping later this week.  Our Meterologist Bill Laidlaw says it will be unusually cold for this time of year.  Laidlaw says there is also the slight chance of some snow flurries by the weekend, as a Colorado low moves through the upper mid-west.

PM visit possible Monday

More details are expected to come out later today or tomorrow on a possible visit to the city by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. One local Conservative party official says there are final details being worked out and that nothing has been confirmed as of yet.  Meantime the Prime Minister along with Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP leader Jack Layton are preparing for tonight's televised debates.

Police report second murder of 2011

A 63 year old Thunder Bay man is in custody this morning after what police say was the murder of his wife.  They say they went to an apartment building at 540 Oliver road where the body of a 61 year old woman was found.  Police Spokesperson Chris Adams says officers were dispatched after the man turned himself in at the Balmoral station at around 11 o'clock last night.  Adams says not many details can be released at this time but says it appears to be domestic in nature.  He is to appear in court this morning on a second degree murder charge.  No names are being released.

Thunder Bay gets green

The City of Thunder Bay is getting ready for spring.  The City recently was awarded over 7 thousand dollars for pruning equipment from the TD Green Streets program. Spokesperson Reena Viehbeck says they'll also use the funds to train volunteers on how to prune city trees.  The City was one of 23 communities chosen for the green program.  The volunteers will start work on the City's urban forest in May.

Horizon Wind settlement ratified

Thunder Bay City Council has ratified the Horizon Wind settlement. Councillor Joe Virdiramo caused a bit of confusion last week as to which way he voted and took the time this week to clarify how he was voting and why. Virdiramo didn't put up his hand at last week's meeting meaning he voted against the settlement. Virdiramo says it would be irresponsible to open the city up to such a pricey lawsuit. Meanwhile, Norwester Escarpment Protection Committee Spokesperson Mike Payne says they're ready to take their fight to the provincial level. The final vote was 8 to 4.