Friday, June 24, 2011

OPP investigate industrial accident

OPP are responding to a second industrial accident in the Thunder Bay area this week. A 23 year old man was operating a scissor lift on the McKenzie River Bridge in Shuniah when it tipped over. He fell over 50 feet, and was transported to the Health Sciences Centre with serious injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Cancer Care Northwest launches plan

Cancer Care Northwest is launching its four year cancer plan.  Vice President Michael Power says they'll be putting money towards advancing their IT department.  Cancer Care Northwest also plans to start a new Palliative Care Program.

Lab gets 1.3 million dollars

Over 1.3 million dollars in public funds is going to a bio energy lab at Thunder Bay's Abitibi Bowater mill.  The lab will use federal and provincial tax dollars to extract lignin from black liquor a by-product of the paper making process.

Cheques must be picked up

The postal dispute is forcing the city to ensure that welfare cheques are delivered to those in need.    The Social Services Administration board  and the District Housing Corporation  say all social assistance cheques for July will not be mailed and must be picked up next week at the CLE's Coliseum building.

Hawks may extend Sharp's Contract: LeBrun

It looks like Thunder Bay's Patrick Sharp could be about to get a contract extension with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks.   ESPN's Pierre LeBrun is Tweeting that Sharp's agent met with GM Stan Bowman and they agreed to talk again in a few weeks.  LeBrun adds that the Hawks are confident they can hammer out an extension.  Sharp is a year away from unrestricted free agency. 

Donations needed to help abused puppy

A 2 and a half month old puppy is at a vet clinic after being rescued from an owner who allegedly beat her with a golf club.  New Hope Dog Rescue Owner Valerie Mackett says she's looking for donations to pay for 35 hundred dollars worth of surgeries.  Donations can be made online or by calling New Hope.

Changes at the Canadian Wheat Board could affect Port

The Thunder Bay Port Authority is cautiously optimistic about the future of grain shipments if the Canadian Wheat Board loses its monopoly. CEO Tim Heney says he believes Thunder Bay will still be a competitive option for shipping overseas but business could be lost to the states.  At this point there has been no changes to the CWB but gutting the board has long been a priority of the government.

NOSM Grad Tracking Study

The Provincial Government is earmarking 1.14 million dollars for a tracking study of Northern Ontario Medical Students.  The five year study will examine graduates feelings about the program.  It will also look at factors that influenced students' choice of specialty, residency program and practice location.

Stop the Emerald Ash Borer

The City of Thunder Bay is worried about a bad bug that could kill all of the ash trees within the city. Urban Forester Shelly Veccio says the Emerald Ash Borer isn't in Northwestern Ontario yet and we should keep it that way.  Veccio says the bug will hitchike on firewood so always use local wood.  Studies have shown that the invasive pest will be in Thunder Bay within the next five years.

Wilson takes in Ring of Fire talks

Thunder Bay's Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the work being done to advance the Ring of Fire. President Harold Wilson took part in a two day conference and says the next step is to help first nation businesses.  The Chamber of Commerce is lobbying the Provincial Government for business development for First Nations.

Full evacuation called for Mishkeegogaming

The First Nation community of Mishkeegogaming is being completely evacuated.  The community is being overcome with heavy smoke from a forest fire that has moved to within 15 kilometres of the First Nation community.  The MNR says the community isn't threatened at this time but the fire is not under control.