Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fire ban lifted

Just in time for the long weekend the city Fire Service is allowing outdoor burning.  The improved weather conditions means the fire ban has been lifted.

Local golf courses included in online poll

First it was your favourite baseball park and now there's a move on to find your favourite Ontario golf course.   A list of the top 100 will then be published.  Thunder Bay's private courses are on the list, the Fort William and Port Arthur Country Clubs along with Dragon Hills and Whitewater.  You can vote here

Construction site still idle

The Ministry of Labour is still investigating a tragic platform lift accident at a highway construction site at the MacKenzie Bridge that happened back in June.   The Ministry of Labour's Matt Blajer says work at the site is still not taking place because one work order remains outstanding.

Stranger in pick up truck creeps out kids

Thunder Bay Police are looking for a man in his 60's or 70's after children at an East End park complained.   They say that a man in a white or silver pick up truck was hanging around Atlantic Street and Pacific Avenue and called for the kids to approach him , but they didn't and he drove away.    No one was hurt.

US Debt crisis won't hurt investments long term

Don't be too concerned about the US debt crisis.  That's the feelings of Thunder Bay Scotia McLeod's Blake Cameron, who says the political battle south of the border is causing problems but it won't last.  Cameron says the last quarter saw a lot of corporations post profits which should in the long term cause growth in the stock markets.

NOSA offers to help council deal with deer

The Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance is offering its support to council in finding a solution to the city's deer population.  Executive Director John Kaplanis says one option would be to use bow hunters within city limits.  Kaplanis says he thinks the reason for an increase in deer numbers, is the fact the city is in prime deer habitat where there is no hunting. 

Forest fire concerns ease

The forest fire situation in Northwestern Ontario is not as bad because of this week's cooler weather. Carin Glassford of the Ministry of Natural Resources says the intensity has eased and it's the first day since June 10th that there hasn't been a new fire started in the northwest.  There are currently 108 fires

Condolences for Norway from Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay residents are now able to express their sympathies to the people of Norway following this week's double tragedies. Deputy City Clerk Sheelagh Hendrick says a book of condolences is open to sign at City Hall between 8:30 am until 4:30 pm  each weekday.   The book will be available until Friday of next week and then be forwarded to the Norwegian Embassy.

City will not be a transportation hub

Don't expect Thunder Bay to play any role now that forest fire evacuees are starting to be sent home.  The province's Deputy Minister of Community Safety Ian Davidson says unlike a week ago, our city won't be directly involved in moving people because the plan is to fly people directly home instead of having stopovers.

Another heat wave coming our way

Its back to beach weather heading towards the long weekend.  Our Meteorologist Bill Laidlaw says it'll be nothing but sunshine and highs near 30 right through the long weekend.  Laidlaw says the humidity won't be as high as it was last week, which will make the heat a little less intense.