Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Portion of airport roof blows off

Officials are trying to assess the damage from a freak  accident at the Thunder Bay Airport on Tuesday evening which saw a portion of the corrugated metal roof of main airport terminal blow off.  Police say it crushed two cars in the parking lot and knocked over a light standard, but no one was injured.   The estimate of damage isn't known and the exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined. The incident happened around 8:30

Keith Hobbs apologizes to Bob Herman

Mayor Keith Hobbs looks to be out of legal hot water after he publicly apologized to former Police Chief Bob Herman. In a prepared statement Hobbs said sorry for implying in March that as chief, Bob Herman intercepted his private communications.  Hobbs also apologized for implying Herman unlawfully disclosed private communications.

Police probe fatal pedestrian accident

Thunder Bay police say they are investigating a fatal accident in which an SUV collided with a pedestrian.  It happened on Central Avenue between Fort William Road and Memorial just before 1 o'clock. Police say they are having trouble trying to identify the victim.  They say it's a man in his 40's or 50's with a light complexion and he was missing part of a left finger.

Airport activity picks up during evacuations

The Thunder Bay Airport is a hive of activity as evacuees from the forest fires in the far north are flown here.  One witness says the Hercules transports are coming and going with evacuees from First Nations communities and mines that are threatened by the fires.

Clement visits with MNR fire personnel

FedNor Minister Tony Clement says the forest fire situation is very serious and he is asking the Province to take the initiative and ask for help. Speaking in Dryden Wednesday, Clement says the Federal Government is doing everything it can from providing Hercules transports to Aboriginal Affairs assisting in the evacuations.   In terms of emergency assistance relief Clement says its up to the Province to ask for Federal support.

PETA protests at local butcher shop

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staged a demonstration outside Bay Quality Meats complete with lots of saran wrap and other props. PETA spokesperson Emily Lavender says they're trying to show people the realities of slaughterhouses. A number people who didn't agree with PETA's demonstration were there to voice their opinion.

19 new fires in the Northwest

Northwestern Ontario forests remain a tinderbox as wildfires continue to rage. New fires are flaring up everyday with 19 reported yesterday. At least 18 First Nations have declared emergencies 4 of them are preparing for full evacuations while 6 are partially evacuated. There are 3 stubborn blazes , one is in the Red Lake District and two in the Sioux Lookout District

N-W-O was H-O-T

4-weather records were set in Northwestern Ontario Tuesday .Red Lake was the hot spot in the Region hitting 35 degrees smashing a 70 year old record.  Ear Falls reached 34, Dryden and Kenora were at 33 degrees. It was 30 in Thunder Bay but no record was broken.

Swimming advisories posted at beaches

Don't bother going to Chippewa Park or Boulevard Lake to go swimming, because the Health Unit says you risk getting sick.  Advisory signs are up warning that there are high bacteria levels at both locations.

Charity ride set to continue

The saga of Britain's Paul Everitt continues in Thunder Bay today. Everitt is the man who is cycling to support the troops in Afghanistan was forced to stop in Wawa after his bike broke down...but he says thanks to Dingwell's Machinery his bike is being fixed. Everitt hopes to be back on the road in the next 24 hours.

PETA Protests Packaged Meat

Thunder Bay is getting a visit from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  Vegan's will be lying nearly naked on large meat trays covered in plastic wrap.  The protest is taking place at Bay Quality Meats at noon.