Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dryden councillor quits

Over to our west, a major vacancy to fill for Dryden city council. Mike Wood has resigned as Councilor, effective January 31st. Wood says he feels like he's not making an impact on Council. Wood finished second in the 2010 election and third in the 2006 election.

Durand wants a premiere for Thunder Bay

If Thunder Bay's Kevin Durand has his way he'd like to host a motion picture premiere in the city. Durand wants to have a special opening for the movie Edwin Boyd, which he stars in.  It's the true story about one of Canada's most famous bandits. He's hoping to invite the director up for the event which could include a question and answer session with the audience.  Durand says he has a total of four movies that'll be coming out next year.


A clarification on a story regarding a class action suit planned by Thunder Bay's Heli Kijanen.  We said that she was planning a suit alleging sexual harassment when in fact her complaint centres arounding alleged bullying and harassment.

Toys for Tots does it again

It's another success for Thunder Bay Firefighters Toys for Tots Campaign. Spokesperson Bob Vander Ploeg says they raised over 149 thousand dollars for the Christmas Cheer fund. Vander Ploeg is thanking the community for supporting them.

Domestic assault

Thunder Bay Police were called to a domestic assault on the City's North side last night. Police say a 34 year old man is charged with assault with a weapon after threatening his common law wife with a knife.

"Serious interest" for law school post

Brian Stevenson
There's a high degree of interest for the job of Founding Dean of Lakehead University's new law school. Search coordinator Rod Hanley says since the search began it's attracted quiet a few applicants.  He says about 40 to 50 people have expressed a "serious interest" in the position.  Hanley says the names will go to the search committee by the end of January.

ER holiday crunch

The Health Sciences Centre is preparing for the holidays. Spokesperson Rhonda Crocker-Ellacott says the Emergency Room at the hospital will be hopping. She says during the holidays they get up to 400 visits a day up from 300 on a typical day. It's because most of the walk-in clinics in the city are closed for much of the season, causing the holiday crunch.

Christmas Tree Chipping starts Monday

Christmas tree chipping sites are open starting Boxing Day.  City Spokesperson Jason Scherband says there are five locations on both the North and South sides of Thunder Bay.  You must take all ornaments, tinsel and plastic tree bags off of the tree to have it chipped.

Knife point robbery at Mac's

A Mac's Mart clerk is safe after having a knife held to his throat during a robbery last night. Police say they were driving by the store on Arthur Street when they saw the incident go down. Police caught three young men in the store and talked them into dropping their knives. The trio are charged with Robbery with a Weapon, Assault with a Weapon, Wearing a Disguise and Forcible Confinement.

Taxi By-Laws to be reviewed in 2012

The New Year will bring an overhaul of the City's outdated taxi by-laws. Spokesperson Ron Bourret says they're working with local taxi companies to improve the municipal legislation. Bourret says they plan to hire someone to conduct a review of the current taxi system.