Friday, August 19, 2011

NWO mining company fined

Premier Gold Mines has been fined 25-thousand dollars for constructing water crossings on Crown land without a permit.  Court heard that last October a company representative spoke with the Ministry of Natural Resources about a planned project in the Fly Lake area, northeast of Ear Falls.  The MNR advised the company that it would need a permit before conducting the work, however officials soon discovered that work had started prior to the permit being issued.  The Company voluntarily conducted remediation work in the areas where the stream crossings were built.

Green Party leader visits T.Bay

The leader of the Provincial Green Party is paying a visit to Thunder Bay Saturday.  Mike Schreiner is speaking with party faithful today and will throw his support behind local candidates Scot Kyle and Russ Aegard.  Schreiner likes his party's chances in the coming election and notes most of today's jobs are green.

AbitibiBowater saves dinero

Thunder Bay's AbitibiBowater pulp and paper mill is reducing its electricity costs.  Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro says the company will be able to see cost savings thanks to two government programs.  The local mill will save about 25 to 30 million dollars a year.  Mauro says the programs are already in effect for the local mill.

4 vehicle accident at Simpson and Robertson

No one is hurt after a four vehicle accident Friday afternoon.  The chain reaction crash occurred shortly after 12:30 in the Robertson and Simpson Street area.  A witness at the scene says the accident may have been the result of one or more of the drivers being distracted by a pedestrian in a wheelchair who fell over after hitting a sidewalk pothole.

Conservatives vote in Kenora Rainy River

All the major parties will have their candidates in place in the Kenora-Rainy River Riding after this weekend. The Conservatives will select their candidate tomorrow after a travelling ballot box makes stops in Fort Frances, Dryden and Kenora. Two Kenora City Councillors are duking it out for the position.

Watermain break at Marina Park

The City is putting an outdoor water use ban in effect because of a watermain break in Marina Park.  Residents are also being asked to limit all non-essential water use until repairs can be made to the system.  Water is being redirected and it may result in discoloured water in some areas.

Facebook campaign against prescription drugs

A Thunder Bay resident has launched a Facebook page trying to raise money and awareness about prescription drug abuse. Lyle Fox is walking from Sioux Lookout to Thunder Bay starting August 22nd. Fox wants to have an impact on First Nation students who will be attending high school in the City.

Police arrest 15 year old girl

Thunder Bay Police have a 15 year old girl in custody after a vehicle was taken without permission.  Police say the girl took her uncle's car without permission just before 3 o'clock this morning.  Officers found the vehicle and 6 youth fled the scene.  The girl was arrested and is facing charges.

Severe Thunderstorm watch in effect

It won't be as bad as we thought but we could still see some thunderstorm activity today.  The string of thunderstorms that were moving up from the states have broken up but Environment Canada still has a severe thunderstorm watch in effect.

Bell holding a second public meeting

Bell Canada is listening to Thunder Bay residents after all.  The company is planning on holding another public consultation centre for the proposed John Street Road cell tower site.  A company official says they are looking at lower the site so flashing lights won't be needed. The date of the meeting hasn't been set.

OPP arrest 3 in drug bust

OPP in Manitouwadge have 3 people in custody after a drug bust.  Officers pulled over a vehicle Wednesday and found over 5 thousand dollars in drugs.  Two men from Montreal and a third man from Aurora Ontario have been arrested and are facing charges.

Inflation drops in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay's inflation rate is tumbling with the rest of the country.  Our rate went from 3.7 percent in June to 2.9 percent last month.  That followed the national trend which fell to 2.7 percent.