Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mobile Crane On Its Way

The CEO of the Thunder Bay Port Authority is counting the days until a piece of machinery arrives that will change the way the port does business. Tim Heney says a new mobile crane should arrive here a week from Thursday and when it does, it has the potential to change everything because the port will be able to unload ships from shore and make the port more competitive.

OPP Probe Fatal Crash

Thunder Bay OPP are investigating a fatal traffic accident on the Trans Canada Highway. They say this morning around 7 o'clock a vehicle travelling on Highway 11, 2 kilometers east of the Arctic Watershed, crossed the centre line and crashed into a rock cut and burst into flames. That's all police are saying about the incident at this time and won't be releasing any information about who died or how many people were in the vehicle at the time.

Missing 11 Year Old Girl Found Safe

Thunder Bay Police says a missing 11 year old girl is now back at home.   Constable Julie Tilbury says Trinity Payash was found after a missing person's notice was issued to the local media.

Refugee Advocate To Receive High Honour

A Thunder Bay woman's volunteer work with refugees over the last 30 years is being recognized in a big way. Elizabeth McWeeny has been named as a member of the Order of Canada. McWeeny calls it an honour and an irony.    She says it's heartening to see the Governor General naming a refugee advocate to the Order while the government of Canada is passing a "destructive"  refugee law.  McWeeny will receive the honour during a ceremony to be held at a later date.

Border Cats Lose

The Rochester Honkers defeated the Border Cats last night 3-2 at Subway Field.  Thunder Bay plays again at home tonight at 7:05.

Road Work On Schedule

The May 28th city flooding put a halt to a number of ongoing projects in the city.  Project Engineer Rick Harms says scheduled road construction here in the city burned up a number of rain days as they waited for the water to clear.  Harms says they are back on schedule.

Campbell Talks Budget

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is refuting comments that the passing of the provincial budget solidified the closing of the area's tourist information centres. PC Critic Vic Fedeli said last week there was no effort by the NDP in committee to overturn the closure decision. Campbell says there wasn't that opportunity. Campbell claims she was also denied a chance to comment on the budget and the tourism centres because of the antics of the Conservatives in the legislature.

Liberals in Kenora Rainy River Rally

Provincial Liberals are looking to have to bigger presence in Ontario's rural areas.  President of the Kenora-Rainy River Liberal Riding Association, Anthony Leek says it will be a benefit to this area.  Leek says the party is embarking on an outreach campaign aimed at gathering more input at the grassroots level.

Aids Thunder Bay Name Change

Aids Thunder Bay wants to change their name.  The move is part of the organization's 3 year strategic plan. Executive Director Lawrence Korhonen says it's because they offer more than just AIDS service.  Korhonen hopes they'll have a new name by this time next year.

Deck Fire On Mayflower Drive

Thunder Bay's Fire Department is reporting a deck fire last night at a home on Mayflower Drive.  Crews were called to the home to put out a fire on the vinyl siding on a deck.  It was quickly put out and the cause is believed to be a cigarette.  No one was hurt.

Hydro One Power Outage O'Connor

Hydro One is working on a small power outage in O'Connor Township this morning.  About 20 people are without power after the company's equipment failed after last night's storm.  Power is expected to be restored soon.