Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jack Layton Memorial Service in Thunder Bay

A memorial service for NDP Leader Jack Layton grew a large crowd to Hillcrest Park. City Councillor Andrew Foulds told the crowd about the first time he met Layton in Thunder Bay. Well over 100 people came to remember and celebrate the life of Layton. Elaine Kerr grew up in the same town as Jack. Thunder Bay Rainy River MP John Rafferty feels Jack would have been touched by the turn out in Thunder Bay and across the country.

Con College prepares for strike

The President of Confederation College says they're prepared for a potential strike by support staff. The local OPSEU union gave strike notice that if negotiations fail they'll walk out September 1st.  Contract talks are continuing between OPSEU and the Province.

Ring of Fire office open

Thunder Bay's Ring of Fire Office is open. The new office will promote economic opportunities and facilitate development in the Ring of Fire. The government recently appointed Harvey Yesno as the Director for Aboriginal Community and Stakeholder Relations.  Former Confederation College President Pat Lang is part of the Ring of Fire Advisory Council. Lang is one of the first four members of the advisory group.

ATV collides with SUV

Two Manitouwadge youths are hurt after an ATV collided with a vehicle. 
The collision occurred on a roadway in the Hillsport area North of Manitouwadge. OPP say the all terrain vehicle being operated by the two collided with a suburban SUV. Further investigation revealed that the youths riding the ATV were not wearing helmets.

New teacher looks forward to school

The teacher for the Thunder Bay Alternative school can hardly wait for the year to start.   Scott Read says its going to be a creative process that will nurture the mind of his students.  Read says his experience with outdoor education and youth leadership building will help him.

Chief Returning Officer talks election

Voters will have a few different options when they cast their ballots for the provincial election. Chief returning officer Greg Essensa says there will be 21 days for people to cast a vote.  There will be 10 days of advanced voting, and 15 days of assisted voting for the disabled.

REACH is a reality

Confederation College's new REACH building is open.  After 15 million dollars from the Provincial government and another 6 million from the Federal government the state of the art facility opened its doors Thursday.  The building will provide an additional 130 spots for students and will provide distance education into the region's satellite campuses.

City police are looking for a missing girl

Thunder Bay Police are looking for a missing 14 year old girl.  Police say Miranda Ritchie has been missing since Friday after she was dropped of in the Academy Towers area by her Guardian.

Woman charged with attempted murder

A 29 year old Schreiber woman is facing attempted murder charges.  OPP say the woman was arrested after a man suffered non life threatening injuries during an altercation Friday night.