Thursday, April 14, 2011
The Ministry of Natural Resources has wrapped up a comprehensive training program for some of its key members. Response and Operations Manager Dave Cleavely says the forum was geared towards staff from across Northwestern Ontario. Cleavely says a lot of the information was a refresher, however he notes new safety guidelines are in place to ensure the safety of workers before they do any task.
It doesn't appear there's much support for a proposed youth curfew. Administration is against the idea of developing a curfew for a one year trial period. Crime Prevention Coordinator Amy Siciliano says the report will help guide the city. City staff are recommending that council include strategies to keep youth safe in their strategic plan. In December council asked administration to conduct a feasibility study on youth curfews.
City police are still trying to fill in the blanks in a bizarre standoff. Police received a call from a 39 year old man at 9:30 last night where he claimed to have 3 hostages in the 300 block of Bay Street. Staff Sergeant Frank Earley says at 11:30 police arrested the man and found no one else in the residence. No one was hurt and Earley says at this point police have no idea why the man called in the fake hostage situation. The 39 year old will be in court this morning.