Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Canadian Curling Championship coming to town

A national curling championship is coming to Thunder Bay.  The Fort William Curling Club will announce the championship Friday that will take place in 2013 and will see 24 teams converge on Thunder Bay.  We'll have more details Friday. 

Break and Enter on Cornwall Street

A Thunder Bay man is charged with a number of break and enter related offences after being picked up by local police.  A Cornwall Street resident told police she had her apartment broken into just after 2 in the morning Tuesday.  The same man tried to break in again later in the evening when police took him into custody.  29 year old Michael Don Lebar is charged with 2 counts of Break and Enter to Commit an Indictable Offence of Assault with a Weapon.

New School for remote community

The Federal Government has opened a new school in North Spirit Lake.  The community of 400 is now home to a four classroom facility that accommodates 96 students from kindergarten to grade 9.  It took over 14 million dollars to build the school.

Transit Plan October 4th

Thunder Bay Transit is looking for public input on the transit plan. Manager Brad Loroff says they are hosting a pair of meetings at the CLE Coliseum building October 4th to get public input.

Advance Polls at College and University

Confederation College and Lakehead University students don't have far to go to vote in the upcoming provincial election.  Elections Ontario has set up advance polls at both campuses, and Federation of Students of Ontario Spokesperson Sandy Hudson says it's good they're accomodating the youth vote. It's the first time in Ontario's history advance polls will be set up on almost all college and university campuses.

Car crash leads to drug charge

A 31 year old woman travelling from Ottawa to Thunder Bay is in trouble with the law after crashing her car into a rock cut.  Nipigon OPP responded to the crash and found the driver with a large cooler containing just over 8 pounds of marijuana.  The woman was arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking, she will appear in court in December.

Transit experiencing delays

The construction on several area roads are causing City buses to be behind schedule.  Certain routes are experiencing delays, and the City is asking you to adjust your departure time.

Brown talks Atikokan Forest Products

Any hopes of reopening the shuttered Atikokan Forest Products mill appears to be dashed with an auction underway to sell its equipment. Mayor Dennis Brown says he would have liked to see more support from the province to get the mill restarted. A Montreal company was interested in the mill, but backed out after they failed to secure an adequate wood supply from the province.

CCAC workers could be on strike soon

There could be pickets in front of Northwest Community Care Access Centre sites across northwestern Ontario next week. The 88-members of the Ontario Nurses Association have joined with their counterparts at nine other CCAC's to support strike action October 3 to back contract demands.  The workers provide health and home care services to the seniors in their own home.  Mediated talks are planned for today and tomorrow.

DSSAB axes 9 jobs

A surprise shakeup at the District Social Services Administration Board. CAO Melissa Harrison says that 9 jobs are gone as part of the agency's re-organization. She says however there will be about 10 other positions posted which the laid off workers will be allowed to apply for.   Harrison adds, the changes are designed to help cut down on the red tape some clients have to go through.

Police nab youngster

A 14 year old boy is in police custody and 2 more teens are being sought after an overnight incident on the 100 block of Madeline.  Police say just before 3 this morning the trio were spotted trying to steal things from vehicles.  Police managed to nab the one suspect, but the others took off.