Wednesday, November 2, 2011

City restaurant owner dies

A long time city businessman and local TV personality Ling Lee has died. Family spokesperson Gary Cooper says he passed away suddenly on Tuesday. Cooper says friends can say good bye next week at a memorial service Monday at 1 pm at the Valhalla Inn. .Lee ran two local Chinese restaurants and hosted a cooking show on Shaw TV.

Hyer/Rafferty sanctioned by party

Thunder Bay MP Bruce Hyer is paying for his decision go against his party and vote to abolish the long gun registry. The NDP has stripped him of his critics positions and he can't ask questions or make statements in the House of Commons. He calls the punishment draconian.  Hyer says his vote is based on a promise he made to his constituents.  Fellow MP John Raffery also voted to scrap the registry and he too has been punished.  Rafferty calls it punishing his constituents.

A delivery girl robbed not hurt

For the second time in recent weeks a delivery person was the target of a robbery.  Thunder Bay Police say the girl had just received money for a food delivery last night got into her vehicle and was then approached by a man who demanded the money.  A second man armed with a bat hit her car and she handed over the money.  She wasn't hurt but was shaken up. 

Local girl is finalist in BBM Challenge

A fashion icon in the making is in the running in a North American Wide BlackBerry competition.  Alex Kruse is a student at Lakehead University and is taking part in the BBM Challenge under the Fashion category.  Her latest video was the top pick in her category and you can vote for her by going to the BBM Challenge website. 

Port officials brag about new study

A Canadian shipping official says a new study points to the relevance of the Port of Thunder Bay. Ray Johnston, the president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, says the study was done to prove the worth of our port and the rest of the St. Lawrence Seaway.The study shows the port adds 370 million dollars and 18 hundred jobs to the Ontario economy.

Fender bender causes concern

There are no injuries to report after a two vehicle accident at High Street and Red River Road.   It was just a routine fender bender for emergency personnel, but what caused the concern was the fact there was a pregnant woman in one of the vehicles.   The woman appeared to be fine, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Hobbs takes it off for Movember

Mayor Keith Hobbs, Councillor Paul Pugh and others helped to kick off the month of "Movember" at City Hall. They had their moustaches shaved off as they prepare to grow them back this month to draw attention to prostate cancer prevention.

OPP Blitz Security Guards again

For the second time this year, a number of businesses have been charged for failing to comply with new security guard rules.  Detective Staff Sargeant Rick LePage says 38 charges were laid last Friday for various offences such as failing to wear a uniform or for employing an unlicensed security guard. LePage says they in fact charged two individuals on the same day they plead guilty to the same charge earlier in the day.

Quality Market wins national award

Thunder Bay's Quality Market is one of the top grocer's in the country.  Owner Dan Stezenko says their Campus Hill store was named the Bronze Medal winner by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.  Stezenko says they couldn't have done this without great support from the community and their staff. 

Grain shipments up in October

Grain continues to carry the Thunder Bay Port.  October saw almost 675 thousand tonnes of grain come through the port that is up by over 200 thousand from the same month last year.  So far this year we have seen over half a million more tonnes pass through the port compared to last year. 

Leon case close to settelment

A settlement may be near in  the case of Adam Leon. The former Confederation College student faces a theft charge in connection with a stolen cessna which was flown into the United States over two years ago. His lawyer Neil McCartney says a conference on the case will be held in the new year.

Habitat salvaging items from sawmill

Habitat for Humanity is salvaging parts from the former Northern Sawmill.  ReStore Manager Keith MacMillan says that there's plenty that can be re-used at the former mill site.  The recovered items will be sold in the ReStore with money raised going towards Habitat's latest build.

Mac's robberies continue

The string of Mac's Convenience Store robberies continues in the City.  The South James street Mac's was the latest to be held up.  No one was hurt in the incident that occurred just after 3 o'clock this morning.  The suspect got away with cash and cigarettes and was last seen heading eastbound on Frederica Street.