Wednesday, April 18, 2012

No injuries in rural house fire

OPP are confirming a house fire in South Gillies this afternoon.  It was called in at around 1 o'clock and involved a home on Highway 595. They say it began in the attic, but the cause isn't known.   No one is hurt.

Bentz would like feds to demolish elevators

Abandoned grain elevators in the city are not only an eyesore for many, but it's causing headaches for the city's Waterfront Committee and it's efforts to spruce up the lakeshore.  Chair Mark Bentz says ideally he'd like to have the federal government play a roll in tearing down the structures.

Good grades for Con College

Confederation College continues to perform ahead or at the provincial average. A new report suggests that student and employer satisfaction has risen, as well as the school's graduate employment rate which is number one in the province. School President Jim Madder credits excellent dedication and work ethic for the success of the school.

Matthews defends addiction support

Deb Matthews
There's a renewed call for more help to those dealing with the withdrawal of Oxycontin in Ontario.  Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell says she raised the need for a substance abuse stategy for First Nations for two months. Health Minister Deb Matthews says she is responding by acting on the recommendations of a panel the government put together on the issue.  Matthews says it includes sending more doctors to support a methadone treatment program and strengthen support through Telehealth.

Crime reporting goes online

Reporting a crime is now just a click away. Thunder Bay Police Service now offer online crime reporting. Inspector Alan McKenzie says it will give people another option. The service also provides a printable copy of the reports to file insurance claims. To visit their website click here.

Dog battle brewing in Neebing

There's a controversy brewing in Neebing Township.  It's over a proposed by-law amendement and the interpretation of how many dogs someone can own before they need a kennel operators licence.  The issue comes before the public this evening at 5:30 at the Neebing municipal office on Highway 61.

Work order lifted

Work is now able to resume at the condominium construction site on Oliver and Golf Links Roads. Matt Blajer is with the Ministry of Labour and says all safety orders are now being complied with.  Work at the Thunder Bay Country Club site ground to a halt after a fatal industrial accident last week.

Early morning collision

Thunder Bay Police are investigating an early morning car collision that sent two men to the hospital with serious injuries.  Police say it occurred around 2 this morning when the two were driving in the area of Twin City Cross Roads and their vehicle rolled over.  Officers believe alcohol may have played a factor in the incident.