Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Prescription drug walk ends in T.Bay

The Pensai Walk for Prescription Drug Abuse is making a stop in Thunder Bay Thursday.  It's led by Thunder Bay resident and Bearskin Lake First Nation member Lyle Fox.  The walk started August 22nd in Sioux Lookout and wraps up at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School today.

MNR continues to fight fires

The Ministry of Natural Resources says its making good progress on several forest fires still burning across Northwestern Ontario.  There are now 41-forest fires considered active.  4-new fires have been discovered in the past 24-hours.

Credit Union strike continues

The Northern Lights Credit Union strike continues in the city. It's day three and CEP Spokesperson Renne Lindquist says they hope to speak with management soon. The Westfort branch is closed, and a picket line is set up at the Amber Drive location. Lindquist says they want better wages and the same benefits employees at other branches in the Northwest receive.

East-West corridor agreement signed

Four Northern First Nations are working together towards creating an east-west corridor in the Ring of Fire. They signed the collaborative agreement in Thunder Bay today and Fort Hope Chief Harry Papah says it will mean they'll have a common voice.  A working group has been established and will consult with residents throughout September.

Fatigue may have been the cause of fatal accident

OPP say the driver in a fatal collision may have fallen asleep at the wheel.  Staff Seargent Dan Dawson says the collision happened near Wawa yesterday morning when a car crossed into the path of a transport truck.  Dawson says unconfirmed reports suggest the driver may have fallen asleep.  Two other passengers in the car suffered non life threatening injuries.

Local student earns national scholarship

A Fort William First Nation woman is a recipient of an RBC Aboriginal Student Award.  Diane Bannon won the 4 thousand dollar scholarship and was among 10 winners across the country.