Friday, September 9, 2011

Sawmill parts up for auction

Word that the Atikokan Forest Products Sawmill will be auctioned off at the end of the month isn't sitting well with the candidates in the Thunder Bay Atikokan riding.  MPP Bill Mauro says there's still some hope for that mill.  Both the NDP and Progressive Conservative Candidates in the riding are claiming the Liberal's misguided attempts with the forest industry and wood allocation.  The Ontario Superior Court has given the green light to auction off all equipment and property at the Atikokan and Northern Sawmill in Thunder Bay.

Liberals launch Northern Plan

The Liberals have come out swinging against the NDP and Conservatives lauding their plan for the North over the competition.  Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro says the other parties are just spouting off rhetoric.  The Liberal plan calls for an increase to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and improving the Northern Health Travel Grant.

Housing starts drop in August

It remains a hot year for housing starts in Thunder Bay, despite a small drop last month. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Analyst Warren Philp says there were 26 starts last month, which is a drop of 13 from the same month last year.  Philp says with 171 housing permits taken out in June, he expects the hot construction market to continue this year.

Unemployment holds steady in Thunder Bay

There is no change to our unemployment rate in Thunder Bay.  Our rate stayed steady at 6.2 percent last month which followed the Provincial rate which stayed steady at 7.5 percent.  The National rate increased to 7.3 percent.

Drug bust lands a 21 year old in jail

Another drug bust has landed a 21 year old man in police custody.  The man was arrested after police searched a house on Hamilton Avenue yesterday and found almost 40 thousand dollars worth of Oxycodone pills.

Heat wave breaks records

A heat wave is breaking records across Northwestern Ontario.  New records were set in Red Lake, Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout, Dryden and Kenora yesterday.  With a high of 28 there is a chance more records could fall today.

Arrest made in connection to mugging near the casino

A person is now in police custody in relation to an attack on a 90 year old woman last week.  Thunder Bay Police say a 17 year old boy has been arrested in connection to the attack last Friday that landed the elderly woman in the hospital in critical condition.  The victim has been upgraded to stable.