Thursday, June 21, 2012

T.Bay Contractor Fined

A Thunder Bay Construction Supervisor is being fined 10 thousand dollars after being found in violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Ministry of Labour spokesperson Matt Blajer says Chad Shostal was in charge of a team of workers re-shingling a roof when one of the men fell off.  Shostal was fined becuase he was supposed to provide the worker with safety equipment and didn't train the injured worker on how to use said equipment.

Police Release Photos of Robbery Suspect

Thunder Bay Police are releasing pictures of the man they believe is responsible for a recent robbery of Janzen's Pharmacy on Frederica Street. Police are looking to identify the stocky man wearing black pants, t-shirt and runners with red laces. He was also wearing a black baseball cap with a yellow emblem on the front. Anyone with information about the identity of this male is asked to call Thunder Bay Police at 684-1200 or Crime Stoppers at 623-TIPS.

Rickford Aboriginal Day Funding

A 25-million dollar Federal investment on this National Aboriginal Day.  Parliamentary Assistant for Aboriginal Affairs Greg Rickford says the money will launch a 10-year health research program.  The Kenora MP adds the Goverment is also supporting 6-major projects to study the best ways for health providers to collaborate with First Nations, Metis and Inuit.

Latest On Thunder Bay Flood

The city is slowly returning to normal after the May 28th flood. Garbage pick-up is back on schedule and now spokesperson Darrell Matson says the dump is returning to schedule but they will still honour flood vouchers that were given out, voiding scale fees during regular business hours. Meanwhile, the city survived the rain scare this week. General Manager of Infrastructure and Operations, Darrrell Matson says everything is okay following the 40-to-50 millimetres of precipitation that fell since Tuesday. Matson says they did not have to use any of the strategic pumps that were in place at various locations throughout the city.

Aboriginal Day At Marina Park

Aboriginal Day ceremonies began in the city with a sunrise ceremony at the marina at 5:00 o'clock. It kicked off a day of activities that will run until 8:00 o'clock this evening and is being put on by the city's National Aboriginal Day Committee. Events will be held at Travelodge Airlane and The Health Sciences Centre to name just a few.

LRCA Lifts Flood Watch

The flood watch is now over.   The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority says that in the last 2 days we've received up to 50 millimetres of rain and with no rain forecast for the next couple of days the Authority decided to lift the flood watch. 

St. Pat's Students Decorate Uniforms

It's the last day of school for St. Patrick's High School Students in Thunder Bay and a Grade 12 prank left several students outside on the sidewalk.Valedictorian Jacob Luczak says they decided to decorate their St. Pat's t-shirts and have classmates sign them.  Meanwhile, Vice Principal Mike Filipetti says students were told to change because the uniforms didn't cover their shoulders, and midriffs.  Filipetti feels the incident could have gone differently.  The school had also asked for Grade 12 students uniforms to be donated for future students who can't afford the formal attire.


Vice Principal Mike Filipetti

City Facing 300 Million Dollar Class Action

The city is being sued.   A class action suit has been filed in Superior Court alleging negligence on various levels in connection with the May 28th flood. Those allegations still need to be proven in court.  The suit, on behalf of flood victims, is asking for general and special damages in the amount of 300 million dollars.  The city is not commenting.

Cops Still Looking For Robbery Suspect

Police are still on the hunt for a robbery suspect involved in an incident at Janzen's Pharmacy on Frederica Street. It happened around 4:40 p.m. yesterday afternoon when a man entered the store, wielding an edged weapon. Police say the suspect, a heavy-set Native-Canadian man, wearing a hoodie, took off with an undisclosed amount of property. Anyone with information that can help with the case are asked to call police.

6 To 8 Months To Repair Water Treatment Plant

The Atlantic Avenue Water Treatment Plant is far from being repaired after the flood. General Manager of Infrastructure and Operations, Darrell Matson says it will take 6 to 8 months to get it back to the way it was, prior to the May 28th flooding. Matson says work at the plant continues and he will advise council as to any additional repairs or purchases they may need to make once an independant firm has concluded its investigation into the breach.

Cats Washed Out

The Thunder Bay Border Cats and Waterloo Buck were rained out once again last night at Subway Field. They'll now try and play "Twi-Night" double-headers for the next three straight days. The 7 inning games begin at 6:05, starting tonight.