Monday, June 6, 2011

Youth Advisory Committee approved

The city is embarking on a new era in relations with young people now that council has approved a Youth Strategy Framework. The highlight is an advisory committee on youth services with representation from council and other city committees that have a youth connection. Colleen Peters, the chair of Thunder Bay Youth Strategy, says it will give youth a legitimate voice in the planning process

Jim McMahon headlines celebrity dinner

Jim McMahon
 The TBayTel Sports Celebrity dinner is coming up June 16th.   The guest speakers will be former Super Bowl quarterback Jim McMahon and aerial skiier Diedra Dionne along with Canadian sports personality Michael Landsberg.  
Diedra Dionne

Sister Cities program may add/drop cities

Thunder Bay's Sister Cities program is evolving. Councillor Aldo Ruberto heads the committee and says they're looking at possible changes in the near future. He says they're considering adding a city in China while reviewing the agreements they have right now with 5 other cities. They may decide to drop one and pick up another in it's place

Hyer dumps on Harper budget

Thunder Bay MP Bruce Hyer says he is disappointed in Monday's federal budget since it's essentially the same one that was presented in March. Hyer says the cyclotron funding is the only bit of good news for us.  Hyer says it's a budget that was rejected by 60 per cent of the electorate

Cyclotron funding confirmed....again

Let there be no doubt that the Harper government will be funding a new cyclotron at the Regional Health Sciences Centre.  There was some mild concern in some circles that the promise that was made in Thunder Bay during the election campaign would be broken.  However, the 4 million dollars of funding in the March 22nd federal budget was re-included in Monday's document.

Foundation out to raise 120 thousand

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation is looking for donations to purchase new high tech equipment which can detect eye problems. The Foundation's Terri Hrkac says they're trying to raise120 thousand dollars.   The first 10 thousand dollars came in from the Gilbart family.

Drug bust nets 35 lbs of pot

Three people are up against drug related charges after two recent drug busts  that netted an estimated 150 thousand dollars worth of marijuana.   Police say the busts were on Whalen and North Vickers streets

Bike lane debate to highlight meeting

It's a night for bike lane debating at city hall tonight as both opponents and supporters of the city bike lanes plead their cases.    Residents of Shuniah Street are especially peeved that they will face parking issues if the lanes are established.

Program aims to reduce food costs

First Nations in Northern Ontario may not have to pay 18 dollars for a bag of apples anymore thanks to a federal government subsidy. Nishnawbe Aski Grand Chief Stan Beardy says it should help reduce food costs for his people.    It's believed food costs up north could be reduced by up to half through the Nutrition North program.

Teens facing charges after paintball incident

Thunder Bay police arrested 4 teens after paintballs were shot at a pedestrian.  Spokesperson Chris Adams says the teens allegedly pelted a 22 year old woman with paintballs and eggs yesterday morning.  Adams says the four ranged in age from 16 to 18 years old and are charged with assault with a weapon. 

False alarm causes stir

A false alarm caused some tense moments for Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue.  A call came in just before 11 o'clock yesterday morning about a capsized sail boat in the harbour.  Two detachments responded to the incident which turned out to be a training exercise. 

No injuries in North side fire

Luckily there were no injuries in a basement fire in the North End.  Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue got the call just before 5 Saturday afternoon and responded with 2 alarms.  Crews managed to confine the damage to just the basement of the house.  No one was home at the time.