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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.