Tuesday, May 22, 2012

M.S. Society Nearly Out Of Money

The M.S. Society of Thunder Bay is almost out of money and they're not even at the half-way point of the year. They provided equipment funding for 86 people last year and already through April they have had requests from 85 people. Board Chair Linda Adamson says they are almost a victim of their own success. Adamson says they may have to seek corporate or grant support, meanwhile the annual M.S. Walk takes place this weekend.

Beardy Meets Prince Charles

The royal visit to Toronto today has Northwestern Ontario connections. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy spent a few moments with Prince Charles and presented him with a book called "Treaty No. 9." Beardy feels Prince Charles was very "Genuinely" receptive to his message of keeping existing treaty's in the minds of royalty.

Forest Fire Level Drops Across Region

The forest fire situation is now listed as low for Northwestern Ontario. Information Officer Debbie McLean says the rain on Sunday helped somewhat, but 17 new fires did start over the long weekend. McLean says the forest fire situation is stable enough that they've been able to deploy equipment and personnel to help with the massive fire in the Kirkland Lake area.

Mayor Hobbs Returns From Gifu, Japan

Economic Development, talks on power, education and the exchange of information. It was all part of the City's trip to Gifu, Japan. Mayor Keith Hobbs and his 10 person brigade are back from what he calls a very busy and eventful trip. Mayor Hobbs says he's truly excited about the potential rise in exchange students coming to Lakehead University. A delegation from Gifu, Japan is expected to come to Thunder Bay in July.

Man Attacked By Bear

O.P.P. are once again warning people of the dangers associated with attracting or approaching bears. This comes after a 65 year old man was attacked over the weekend on Dunbar Lake, North of Sioux Lookout. The man suffered a bite and scratches from a black bear, before his camping partner recognized the situation, shot and killed the bear.

6 Charges Laid Against 20 Yr. Old Woman

A 20 year old woman remains in police custody and faces a number of charges following an incident on Saturday. Police say a 29 year old woman was hit by the driver of a stolen mini-van on Langworthy Crescent. She suffered minor injuries. The 20 year old woman faces six charges including impaired driving causing bodily harm and failing to remain at an accident.

Anti-Homophobia Workshop Wednesday

Thunder Bay is hosting a workshop in honour of International Day Against Homophobia. Organizer Robin Cooper says they want to teach volunteer organizations how they can be more LGBTQ friendly. Cooper says in the future they would like to open up the workshop to businesses. The workshop is taking place Wednesday.

SIU Investigate Northern Avenue Collision

The Special Investigations Unit is examining the circumstances surrounding the death of a 67-year-old man on Sunday on Northern Avenue.  Late that night, a police officer was about to pull over a reported stolen vehicle, but the vehicle didn't stop after the officer activated his cruiser's lights. A short distance later, the vehicle crashed into a second vehicle.  Spokesperson Monica Hudon says they're looking into whether Police are at fault for the accident.  20 year old Shane Kolody is charged with Criminal Negligence Causing Death and Possession of Stolen Property Over 5-thousand dollars.

MVC In Front Of Whalen

2 people are in hospital after a motor vehicle collision Monday night in Westfort.  2 vehicles collided at Gore and Crawford in front of the Whalen Hotel.  The Fire Department says a woman needed to be extracted from her vehicle.  Police are investigating.

Car Fire East Empire Avenue

Thunder Bay's Fire Department isn't sure what caused a car fire in the back lane of East Empire early this morning.  Officials say the fire doesn't look suspicious.  The blaze was reported just after 3 this morning and the car is completely destroyed.