Friday, May 13, 2011

Chemotherapy shortage not impacting T BAY

A National shortage of chemotherapy drugs isn't impacting Thunder Bay.  The hospital and Regional Cancer Care Northwest say they have a sufficient supply to meet demand. Planned treatment is not expected to be impacted in the near term including all patients in hospital, as well as clinic and outreach patients.

Senate approves law school

Lakehead University's Senate has approved the school's proposed law curriculum and faculty of law. The senate's approval was the final step before submitting a proposal to the Ministry of Training for funding support.

Sioux Lookout Mayor upset over mill

The Mayor of Sioux Lookout is lashing out at the Province for not allocating wood rights for the Hudson Mill. McKenzie Forest Products has filed for bankruptcy protection and will result in around 300 jobs lost.

Abitibi Bowater invests in its sawmill

Good news for Thunder Bay's Abitibi Bowater plant. The company is investing 8 million dollars to upgrade capacity at the sawmill. The upgrades started last month and should be finished within the next 2 years.

Stand off with police

For the fourth time this year Thunder Bay police were forced into a standoff. Spokesperson Chris Adams says a 52 year old man claimed to have guns and was trying to provoke police into shooting him. Adams says luckily in this case there were no injuries and the man surrendered peacefully.

Confederation College using wood to heat buildings

Confederation College is going green.  The provincial government is providing a million dollars towards the creation of a new bioenergy learning and research centre.  President Pat Lang says the facility will heat the REACH facility and the Shuniah building.  Wastewood from across the Northwest will be used to heat the two buildings.

Wind Farm Public Meetings start Tuesday

The Norwester Escarpment Protection Committee isn't giving up their fight against the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park.  Wind Concern Ontario President John La Foret says Horizon is going to be holding a series of meetings this week.  Public information sessions are being held in Neebing and Thunder Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday.  La Foret is speaking at an anti-wind farm rally on Monday at the Best Western Norwester Hotel.

Autopsy doesn't reveal cause of death

An autopsy on a 36-year-old woman, who was found in the bush in Kenora this week, has not been able to confirm the cause of death.  The body of Rosella Digirolamo was found Wednesday morning by the OPP's Emergency Response Unit.  She had been reported missing from her home last Thursday.  The OPP say they don't suspect foul play, but are continuing to work with the Coronor's office on the investigation.

Fishing database launched

All the information you need for a successful fishing trip in northwestern Ontario is now just a mouse-click away.  The Ministry of Natural Resources has put all of its fishing data on-line for the first time.  Matt Garvin is a spokesperson for the MNR and says the amount of information available is pretty impressive.  Garvin says the guide to eating sport fish in Ontario and fishing regulation guidelines are also included in the on-line data base.

Mental Health issues in schools

A youth panel provided their thoughts on mental health issues in area schools recently.  Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Stambrook stressed the importance of early detection of mental health illnesses. Stambrook says teachers must have their eyes more wide open to identify students at risk and provide referral to Mental Health Agencies. He stresses that Northwestern Ontario has a significant proportion of children who are affected by parental substance abuse.

OPP make arrest in copper theft

Thunder Bay OPP have made an arrest in the theft of copper wire.  31 year old Jeremy Bisson of Thunder Bay and 44 year old John Keating of Nova Scotia are charged with possession of stolen property, mischief and theft under 5 thousand dollars.  The duo will appear in provincial court on June 15th to answer the charges.

Paterson Family Food Centre open

The Regional Food Distribution Association still needs your help. The Paterson Foundation helped the organization renovate its South Syndicated building. Past Chair Larry Brigham says they still owe 247 thousand dollars on the building, and hopes the provincial government or community will help them with the cost.

Fines for Atikokan fire

A Quebec man has ordered to pay the cost of putting out a forest fire last year in the Atikokan area after pleading guilty to a charge of failing to keep a fire under control. The blaze occurred in the area of Raft Lake Road last April after a fire started for cooking was spread by strong winds to the nearby bush. Two Ministry of Natural Resource fire crews and a water bomber had to be dispatched to put out the fire.