Tuesday, November 8, 2011

County Fair Mall up for sale

If you have 4 million dollars burning a hole in your pocket you could be the proud owner County Fair Mall.  Colliers International has put up a for sale sign on the building excluding the Zellers portion of the mall.  That portion's lease was taken over by Walmart. 

NOSTA's last year a challenge

The North of Superior Travel Association is coming out of some tough times as the board enters Wednesday's Annual General Meeting in Thunder Bay.  President Iain Angus says NOSTA is in the hole 17 thousand dollars compared to 48 thousand last year with a goal of being debt free by March 31st.

Program targets seniors

Seniors who gamble at the OLG Casino can be seen as easy  marks for thieves and thugs. That's why the City Police will be at the casino Wednesday morning handing them crime prevention tips. Detective Diane MacLaurin says it's a new partnership between police and the OLG.  MacLauren says the initiative follows the recent robbery and assault of a senior in the casino parking lot.

Police are still investigating a truck that ended up in a river

Its still unclear how a truck ended up in the McIntyre River last night.  Thunder Bay police say one man was found inside the vehicle and was arrested for being drunk while a second man was taken to hospital after he was found on the river bank.  Both men have since been released. 

Hyer and Rafferty are getting support from the OFAH

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has come to the rescue of Thunder Bay's NDP MP's.  OFAH Spokesman Greg Farrant says they have sent an open letter to NDP Leader Nycole Turmel in support of Bruce Hyer and John Rafferty who were punished for voting in favour of ending the long gun registry.  Farrant says how can you punish someone for voting for what their constituents wanted when you don't have an official stance on the issue. 

Syrian people are still on their own

The UN says 35 hundred civilians have been killed in Syria and despite that number, an LU Political Science Expert says there will be no western intervention.  Laure Paquette says the western world is concerned with the financial crisis in Europe.  Syria's leader Bashar Assad says he has stopped attacking civilians and is only targeting Al Qaeda but Paquette says now it seems everyone who opposes him is a member of the terrorist group.

Veterans ride gratis

For the 10th year in a row Thunder Bay Transit is offering free bus rides in the city to veterans this Friday, Remembrance Day.  Transit's Jon Handel says vets simply have to show their uniform or medals.

PARO brings in Cupcake Girls

The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise wants local women to be inspired and start their own businesses. That's why they brought in one of the Cupcake Girls. Heather White is one half of the business that includes a reality television show on the W network. White says she was involved in a similar organization that played a big role in getting her business off the ground.

Housing starts down for the year

New housing starts in Thunder Bay are down this year compared to last. However, government figures from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation show October bucked the trend according to local spokesperson Warren Philp.  He says work began on building 22 new houses in the city, up 3 units from last year during the same month.  So far this year though, housing starts are down 10 per cent.

Truck ends up in the McIntyre River

Police have a man in custody after a truck ended up in the McIntyre River late last night.  Staff Sgt. Frank Earley says they're still not sure who the driver of the truck was.  A man was found in the truck and is in jail for intoxication.  Earley says they're not sure if there was another person in the vehicle or not.