Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lottery winners split 1 million

Thunder Bay  has two big lottery winners. Edward Dunnill and Thuy Le Muir won a million dollars in the November 11th Lotto Max Draw after they won on the Encore number. The OLG says Dunnill plans to go on a family vacation and make some investments with his windfall, while Le Muir prepares for her retirement, pays off some bills and plans a trip to Vietnam.

Lot$ of unpaid fines

City has it's share of unpaid fines.   City Clerk John Hannam told the Police Services Board the number is quite substantial at 25 million dollars.  He says the number skyrocketed when the Provincial Government handed the city the responsibility for collecting provincial fines as well

Thunderhawks ready to make some noise

For the first time in the history of Confederation College there is a women's hockey team. At the team's introduction coach Marshall Erickson said it's a significant moment.  Erickson says the Thunderhawks are playing various women's teams in the city this season and making two road trips.

Operation Red Nose is back

Operation Red Nose is back for it's third annual go-round in the city. Organizer Toni Lightwood says once again volunteers will be out driving party goers home safely. She says starting on November the 25th there will be 15 nights in which the service will operate. Lightwood says that once again there will be no service on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve because there aren't enough volunteers

Don't let the bed bugs bite!

The District Health Unit is trying to prevent a bed bug problem from creeping up in Thunder Bay. Spokesperson Chris Beveridge says they held a one day bed bug conference for local businesses and others to educate them on the keys to prevention.  Beveridge says there have been 11 bed bug complaints in the city so far this year.

Toys for Tots kicked off

Toys for Tots is back for another holiday season of fundraising.  Organizer Bob Vander Ploeg says they're confident in their fundraising efforts.  The firefighters have a booth set up at the Intercity Shopping Centre to take your donations.

City Age Friendly

Thunder Bay is now a member of the World Health Organization's Global Age Friendly Network.  The City has been working on getting the recognition for over two years and Councillor Rebecca Johnson says they're already thinking about next steps.  The City was recognized by the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland recently.

Big Trout Lake talks break off with Province

Talks between Big Trout Lake and the Ontario Government are on hold. The First Nation feels the province is unable to provide assurance that mining exploration by God's Lake Resources would stop while the joint panel meets.

Thunder Bay Alliance speaking with Cliffs

Fort William First Nation, Thunder Bay, and the Economic Development Commission are teaming up to talk with Cliff's Natural Resources.  The trio are heading to Cleveland and will speak with the company tomorrow about located the ferrochrome processing facility in the City.

Arson charges laid in cruiser fire

Two Fort Hope (Eabametoong) residents are facing arson charges in connection with last week's fire which destroyed a police cruiser in the community located about 400 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.   The two, a 20 year old and 23 year old, are scheduled for a bail court appearance in Thunder Bay today.