Thursday, June 7, 2012

Standard & Poor's Rating for T.Bay

Standard and Poor's is boosting the City's credit outlook from stable to positive. Treasurer Carol Busch says the costs associated with clean up of the flood will not impact their outlook. Busch adds their credit rating stays at A plus.

Wynne Expected To Make Disaster Announcement

Premier Dalton McGuinty's promise of financial assistance to Thunder Bay is music to the ears of Mayor Keith Hobbs.   The pledge comes in a letter to our mayor today which also indicated that Municipal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne will be here Friday and Mayor Hobbs hopes she brings the news we've been waiting to hear that the city is a disaster area.  An announcement by the Minister is being made at 11 o'clock at St. Peter's Church and will be carried live  on this news web page

RBC Gives 10-Thousand To Flood Relief

Yet another bank is putting their money where their mouth is.  The Royal Bank's RBC Foundation is putting 10-thousand dollars toward Thunder Bay flood efforts.  The money will be used by the Canadian Red Cross.

Easter Seals Celebrates 90 Years

Easter Seals is celebrating 90 years of helping out physically disabled kids in Thunder Bay. Erika Maki attended an Easter Seals Summer Camp in 2010 and says it was a memorable experience. Maki says meeting other kids with similar disabilities made her feel normal. Easter Seals is currently looking for volunteers for their upcoming summer events.

Premier Tells Hobbs Help Is On The Way

Premier Dalton McGuinty is responding to Mayor Keith Hobbs' pleas for disaster relief funding. McGuinty sent out a letter to Hobbs today saying several officials from provincial ministries and agencies are on the ground working with city staff on assessing damages. McGuinty pledges there will be financial assistance from Ontario. The letter ends saying the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing will be in the City Friday.

Grassy Narrows Man Murdered

A 22 year old Grassy Narrows man is dead and one man is in custody. Treaty Three Police say they were called to an incident at the First Nation Community near Kenora on Monday. Currently in custody is a 19 year old who has the same last name as the victim. He was arrested Monday and has been charged with Second Degree Murder and Assault with a Weapon. He will appear in a Kenora court tomorrow.

L.U. Athletes Help Flood Victims

Lakehead University basketball teams are going back to volunteer with flood relief efforts in the East End. Firefighter's Association President Eric Nordlund says he was really impressed with the women's team in their first clean-up effort. Plans are in place for a large group of L.U. men's and women's players to help residents in the East End again today.

President's Breakfast A Success

The President of Confederation College is a more than happy with the turnout. Jim Madder hosted the first annual President's breakfast this morning and had an audience of 340. He spoke for half an hour about the college and its role within the community and how the institution is adapting to its needs with a specific focus on the mining sector.

Water Restrictions Could Be Lifted Monday

There may be an end in sight to the voluntary water restrictions in the city. Spokesperson Darrell Matson says they'll wait to see how much rain falls on the weekend then reassess the situation on Monday.  Matson says that water conservation efforts by the public have helped.

Bending Lake Has High Hopes For Mine

A $900 million mining development is in the works for Northwestern Ontario. The construction of the iron mine near Ignace is expected to begin in 2015, where close to 1-thousand workers will be needed to complete the project. Thunder Bay's Bending Lake Iron hopes to have the mine in full production in 2017.

Emergency Operations News Conference June 7, 2012 10 AM

Streaming video by Ustream

Assault With A Weapon Charges Laid

A 28 year old man is to appear in court this morning facing two counts of assault with a weapon. Police say a 23 year old was cut several times in a South ward apartment, over what is believed to be a dispute over drugs. The man was sent to hospital and later released.

In a separate incident, police have a 30 year in custody and is to appear in court this morning facing an assault with a weapon charge. He allegedly refused to pay cab fare and sent the 52 year old driver to hospital, where he was later released.  

Roads Opening Again

O.P.P. say Forbes River Road is open again. The road was closed after the flood and has since been reopened in both directions. Provincial Police are also saying Silver Falls road is back open. It too was closed because of the flooding.

7 New Forest Fires

It's a sign the forest fire hazard is on the rise. Seven new fires started in Northwestern Ontario yesterday. One started in the Fort Frances District and Six started in the Sioux Lookout District. The fire hazard is listed as "Extreme" in the Southwest portion of the region and "Moderate" in most other sectors.

Cats Streak Snapped

The Thunder Bay Border Cats are having a tough time on the road. They lost 6-2 in Mankato to the Moondogs last night. They are 3 and 5 on the year, but have only 1 win away from Subway field.