Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Accident at Memorial and Central

Thunder Bay Police were kept busy with a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Memorial and Central late Tuesday afternoon.  Police controlled traffic until the scene was cleared. They say the driver of the bike was taken to hospital with injuries that aren't considered a threat to his life.

Help on the way for Pikangikum

The Federal Government says it's taking action to deal with the suicide epidemic on the Pikangikum First Nation. Last week a coroner's report made several recommendations to help the troubled community, including re-building the school. Kenora MP Greg Rickford says they have committed funding for the reconstruction of the school. The Coroner's report dealt with the death of 16-people between the ages of 10 and 19 who killed themselves in Pikangikum, between 2006 and 2008.

Mac's Mart Robberies

Thunder Bay Police are looking into two separate robberies of Mac's Marts over the weekend.  It's alleged that a man pushed an employee in the Oliver Road store after he was confronted about merchandise that was hidden in his shorts.  Police say a woman armed with a syringe robbed the South Waterloo Street Mac's just before 1 Monday.  No one was injured and the woman made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Robbery victim is stable

The 90 year old victim of a robbery on Friday is in stable condition.  The elderly woman remains in hospital.  Police are asking for anyone who was in the area of Park Avenue near the Casino to contact them.  The robbery happened Friday evening at the Casino when a man believed to be in his 20's grabbed the woman's purse and pushed her to the ground.

Northern plan in place

Northern Ontario's new tourism organization has a draft plan in place. Board member Doug Reynolds says the plan focuses on marketing, investment, product development and workforce training. The board has been in place since the spring and they'll start working on a strategic plan starting in November.

Alzheimer's Society launches fundraiser

Thunder Bay's Alzheimer Society is celebrating 16 years of "coffee breaks".  Executive Director Alison Denton says the fundraiser is being held throughout the month of September. Anyone interested in holding a coffee break can pick up a kit from the Alzheimer Society office.

New diabetes clinic opens

Getting diabetes care in Northwestern Ontario is easier thanks to a pilot project in Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout. The Regional and Meno Ya Win hospitals are now home to The Centre for Complex Diabetes Care. Director Dr. Saleem Malik says it will focus on specialized treatment.  St. Joseph's Care Group is also a partner in the project.

Health Unit recommending 2 Chicken Pox Vaccines

To prevent getting Chicken Pox as an adult, the Health Unit is recommending parents get their kids 2 vaccine doses.  Spokesperson Darlene Binette says Health Canada studies are showing a single dose can lead to a loss of immunity as an adult.  Binette says the vaccine is available for kids under the age of 12.

Collision sends one to hospital

Thunder Bay police are investigating a collision that left a motorcyclist in the hospital.  Police say the collision happened at the intersection of Golf Links Road and Harbour Expressway between a motorcycle and a mini van.  The collision happened late Sunday night.

Two grease fires keep crews busy

One man is in hospital with burns after a fire in the North side of the city.  Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze yesterday afternoon at around 1 and found a man with burns on Melvin Street.  The man suffered the burns when trying to run with a pot of flaming grease outside.  Heavy smoke damage was caused in the house. Later in the afternoon crews responded to a second fire that destroyed a kitchen on the South side.  Officials say a woman was doing some deep frying that got away from her and consumed her kitchen.  No one was hurt in the fire on Limbrick Street.