Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pedestrian struck by car

City police are investigating a car-pedestrian accident which sent one person to hospital.   They say it took place at around 6:40 pm Wednesday at the intersection of Cumberland and River.  They say paramedics stabilized the victim and then took her to the Health Science's Centre with unknown injuries. 

City couple win$ big

A Thunder Bay couple are almost one million dollars richer thanks to a recent lottery win. Allan and Darlene Maki won 983 thousand dollars in the January 21st. Lottario draw. The couple has been married for 37 years and plan to share their winnings with their family, pay off some bills, take a vacation and put away the rest in their savings.

Grann grilled over record keeping

The trial of city police officer Toni Grann is continuing. In cross examination Wednesday, prosecutor Marc Huneault got Grann to admit that on two occasions, that as the administrator of the local file in the Ontario Sex Offender Registry, she didn't force the convicted offenders to update their file in person as required by the law. In her defense Grann told Huneault that in one case the person was confined to a wheelchair and so she used existing information on file about the person. In earlier testimony, Grann portrayed a system she felt was not organized on various levels. Grann is charged with Breach of Trust in connection with falsified records in the registry.

Hyer to hold Budget Meetings

MP Bruce Hyer wants to know what his constituents want in the upcoming Federal Budget.  Hyer says he's planning on holding information meetings in the area with NDP finance critic Peter Julien.  Hyer says the meeting in Thunder Bay will take place next Friday at the Prince Arthur Hotel from 7:30 to 9pm.

Transit City could be coming back to life

A looming legal battle at Toronto City Hall could have major implications for Thunder Bay.  A recent statement from a Toronto legal firm said Mayor Rob Ford didn't have the authority to kill the transit city light rail plan.  MPP Bill Mauro says the report has reopened the debate that could see Toronto Council go back to the original plan that saw lots of work for the Bombardier plant.

"I wasn't hiding anything"

Toni Grann (Left) leaves courthouse
City Police officer Toni Grann took the stand in her Breach of Trust trial.  Grann is charged with falsifying records in the Ontario Sex Offender Registry.   On the stand this morning Grann painted a picture of a system that she felt wasn't organized on various levels.  She sited an example of how she got so busy that she had to make deals with some uniformed officers to get verifying addresses of some local sex offenders.   She told the court  "I wasn't hiding anything."   Under cross examination she says she did not have all convicted sex offenders come to the police station to register even though it was required by law.

LUSU holds rally

Over 200 people will be taking part in a rally at Lakehead University today.  Student Union President Mike Snoddon says it's a call for increased funding and participation from the Federal Government.  The LU rally is part of the Federation of Student's National Day of Action.

Toni Grann to take stand today

City Police Constable Toni Grann will take the stand today.  Her London, Ontario Lawyer Clay Powell says she's been waiting to tell her side of the story for over two years.  The Crown rested its case yesterday. Grann is facing 11 charges of Breach of Trust in connection with falsified local records in the Ontario Sex Offender Registry.

NWO needs its own weather rodent

It's Ground Hog Day Thursday and our meteorologist wants Northwestern Ontario to get its own prognostic rodent.  Bill Laidlaw says the region can no longer depend on Southern Ontario's Wiarton Willie.  Laidlaw says we're going to have a late start to Spring but the rest of Winter will be warmer than normal.

Ignace has Mayoral vacancy

Ignace Council is accepting the resignation of Mayor Lee Kennard with regret.  Municipal officials say they haven't had a chance to sit down with Council and discuss the options of filling the vacancy.