Friday, January 13, 2012

Council to look at shared services plan

Council will look at a plan which would double the number of EMS stations in the city. EMS Chief Norm Gale says the Emergency Services Shared Facility Strategy calls for EMS to be added to 3 fire halls in the city.  Gale hopes council approves the plan.

North Stars hoping to get concession share

The Thunder Bay North Stars will be hoping to get a fare share of concessions from the Fort William Gardens. President David Dubinsky says council will decide Monday to award the team a portion of the revenue.  Dubinsky says he's hoping council treats the team fairly compared to the Thunderwolves.

Hyer likes election changes

Bruce Hyer is finding himself agree with the Conservatives again.  This time Hyer thinks the government is getting it right with changes that will allow the release of election results online as soon as polls close in specific regions. Hyer says it wasn't enforceable anyways.

NDP Leadership Candidate coming to town

Fresh off being endorsed by NDP heavy hitter Charlie Angus, Paul Dewar will be coming to town.  MP Bruce Hyer says Dewar will be in the city next Friday for a couple of meet and greets.

Police arrest 2 in connection to bomb threat

Thunder Bay Police have 2 boys in custody in connection to last month's Bombardier Bomb threat. Police arrested two 16 year olds who will appear in court next month. Police are crediting a video they released to the local media including the Magic website.

Make way for a Colorado Low

Get ready for some more shovelling, snow is on the way. Our Meteorologist Bill Laidlaw says a system will be pushing its way into our area Sunday afternoon and we could see as much as 15 centimetres by Monday morning.

Kusznier remembered

John Kusznier's hat
On Sunday the Thunder Bay Police Service will be remembering a sad anniversary.   It's the day that Constable John Kusznier was gunned down in the parking lot of a north side hotel.   He is the only member of the city police to have died in the line of duty.   In 2010 the Current River Bridge was dedicated to his memory.

Hoarding, a community response

The problem of hoarding is getting the spotlight lately as the result of a reality TV show, and now it's getting some attention in Thunder Bay. City police Detective Constable Diane MacLaurin wants to bring a Hamilton program to the city. She says they're partnering with the Catholic Family Development Centre along with the Northwest Dementia Network to bring the program here. MacLaurin is organizing a strategy session on the issue this Monday at St. Joseph's Heritage.

Public to review Official Plan

The city wants your opinions on it's Official Plan.   It's a document that outlines policies on how land in the city should be used.   It shows how the city intends to use the land in the future.   The Open House takes place on Tuesday at the West Thunder Community Centre starting at 4 in the afternoon with a formal presentation at 7.

Jury views anonymous letter

The Michael Kelly murder trial continues today.  Yesterday the jury got a first hand look at a map sent anonymously from Thunder Bay to the OPP in  November of 2001.  It showed a location on Wolf Lake which the sender had circled and  put the word "bodies" on.  Although it was pointed out the location was "eerily close" to where the body of Judie Tilbault was found in 2004,  it no way links Kelly as the sender or having any connection to it.  Kelly is charged with first degree murder in Tilbault's death.

Fire damages apartment

There is substantial damage to an apartment unit following a fire on the city's south side late yesterday afternoon. District Chief Dave Grant says  a kettle caught ablaze and started a kitchen fire.  Grant says a woman refused treatment for smoke inhalation.