Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Accident claims life of young girl

City police say a young girl is dead after being hit by a vehicle on the 400 block of Vickers Street around 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.   They say a 45 year old man is in custody in connection with the incident.   Police say they can't release more information until the investigation is complete.  

Evacuee's home destroyed by fire

Its not what any family wants to come home to. The family of evacuees from Sandy Lake First Nation that came home to find their house burned to the ground are trying to stay positive during this difficult time. The family of four, which includes a 10 year old boy and 5 year old girl, are staying with their grandparents for the time being. Chief Adam Fiddler says when all evacuees return home the community will pull together in support of the family. Chief Fiddler also says he hopes all evacuees from Sandy Lake First Nation will be returned home by Wednesday. Sandy Lake First Nation is accepting donations in support of all forest fire evacuees.

Classic car show & shine

Your never too young to appreciate a classic! On August 6th from 1-3 pm Hilldale Gardens Retirement Living is hosting a Classic Car Show & Shine. The Show features a large display of classic cars from many different eras for the public to enjoy. Admission to this event is free of charge.

A warm and wet July in Thunder Bay

If you're thinking July was a wet month in Thunder Bay you are correct. Our meteorologist Bill Laidlaw says we got 20 millimetres more rain than what we normally get for the month.  He says however, that a huge amount of that rain came in a 4 day period which saw half of the months precipitation fall in one day.  Laidlaw says in fact we were unique in all of northwestern Ontario for the amount of precipitation we received.  Meantime the temperature for the month was about a degree and a half above normal.

Strong July for the Port of Thunder Bay

The total amount of cargo shipped from the Port of Thunder Bay for the month of July surpassed last year's totals. Just under a million tons were sent last month which is up over 200 thousand tons from July of last year. So far this year the port is running almost even with last year's 3.3 million tons of cargo sent by the end of July.

Somalia images spark donations

Red Cross officials in Thunder Bay are collecting money for famine relief in Somalia as the situation there remains critical. Spokesperson Rob Zuback says people in the city are starting to respond,  He says they are hearing about the famine and seeing the stark images of young children who are starving and malnourished.  Zuback says more donations started to come in when the Harper government announced it would match them dollar for dollar

Stabbing victims remains stable

A 53 year old man is facing a charge of aggravated assault after a long weekend stabbing.   Police say a 19 year old man was taken to hospital and remains in stable condition after the incident on the 300 block of Morse Street.  Police say the two people knew each other and that alcohol was involved.   

Race starts to replace Hampton

A former Thunder Bay resident says she wants to replace Howard Hampton in the Ontario Legislature.   No sooner did the Kenora-Rainy River NDP MPP announce his retirement from politics than Sarah Campbell announced she is seeking the NDP nomination for the riding in this fall's provincial election.  The 29 year old has been a Hampton staffer in Dryden for almost a decade.

More forest fires reported

There is increased forest fire activity as the Ministry of Natural Resources reports 115 active fires in the Northwest Region, and both the Northwest and the Northeast Region are reporting new forest fires. This brings the number of active fires across the province to about 125.

Paddlers stay here overnight

A group of canoeists will be leaving Thunder Bay later today or tomorrow after spending the night at Marina Park. They are paddling across the country to help raise funds for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society