Friday, April 13, 2012

Newest lottery winners emerge

Another Thunder Bay couple are lucky lottery winners. Tony and Karen Biscardi won over 1 million dollars in Wednesday's Lotto 6-49. Tony Biscardi says he's still pinching himself.  The couple plan to pay some bills and sock the rest away for retirement.

Accident results in minor injuries

3 people are injured following an accident this morning at Arthur and 20th Side Road. Police say at least two vehicles were involved in the accident. The injuries are said to be minor.

Conservatory reopening put off

Thunder Bay's Botanical Conservatory is not going to reopen as expected tomorrow.  City Spokesperson Michael Smith says they're putting off reopening the facility until City Council receives a report on the status of the building.  Smith says the report will come before council in May and will look at the cost of repairing the facility.

RBC fundraising for Dilico Children's Foundation

RBC branches around the city today are raising money in support of the new Dilico Children's youth group home. RBC spokesperson Shannon Gothard-Ramirez encourages people to donate. The group home will be located on Fort William First Nation.

No local flight cancellations yet

Air Canada is issuing a travel alert warning labour disruptions could affect flights all day and even into the weekend. The airline says it's all because of apparent problems with some of it's pilots right across the country. So far there have been no disruptions at the Thunder Bay Airport, according to manager Scott McFadden, who says the other airlines can handle any local cancellations if they happen.

Premier Gold Mines gets green-light

Premier Gold Mines is getting the green light from the Provincial Government. They received approval from Ontario to conduct advance exploration activities at their Trans-Canada project in the Geraldton ward. Greenstone Mayor Renald Beaulieu says it's good news for his community.

Cyclist struck by van

A cyclist was taken to hospital last night after he was hit by a van as he was crossing Memorial Avenue at Central. The 40 year old man has since been released from the hospital with minor injuries. Police are still investigating

MNR expects busy fire season

The Minister of Natural Resources says he has a better understanding of the pride and commitment of local firefighters.  Michael Gravelle toured the Northwest Region Forest Fire Management Centre in Dryden on Tuesday and he says the Government will continue to back MNR fire crews.  Gravelle admits its looking like a busy fire season and the Government is facing tough financial times.  However, he stresses public safety is priority number one.

OPP seatbelt blitz

"Buckle up or face a fine."  That's the theme of the Ontario Provincial Police Spring Seatbelt campaign.  The initiative starts Saturday and ends on April 22nd.  OPP across Northwestern Ontario will be targeting drivers and passengers who are not buckled up and will be focusing on child restraints.  Police say a properly used booster seat can reduce a child's risk of injury in a crash by as much as 75-percent.

Shed fire

Careless handling of a flammable liquid is the cause of a shed fire on Wolf Crescent in Fort William First Nation today.  Thunder Bay's Fire Service brought the blaze under control but not before the contents of the shed were destroyed.  The owner's home and a neighbours' sustained heat damage to the exterior siding.