Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Delta Refuses Comment On Report

Mums the word from the Delta Hotel chain to news that it may be the new hotelier for the Thunder Bay waterfront.  Spokesperson Sandy Indig would neither confirm nor deny any speculation.
Indig says it's not Delta's policy to comment on any potential developments.

Boulevard Beaches Good

The Health Unit has lifted swimming advisories for Boulevard Lake's main beach and Sunnyside.  An advisory was put in place last week after high levels of e-coli were found in the water.  The test results from new samples of water have come back clean.

Concern Grows After Latest Arson

There's concern that an arsonist is loose on the city's south side after the latest fire on Empire Avenue which destroyed a garage. Fire investigator Paul Abernathy says it's just the latest in a string of arson fires in that south side area over the last few months. Abernathy believes the same person is involved in all the incidents.

Serious Collision On Highway 11/17

Thunder Bay OPP are investigating a serious 2 vehicle collision on Highway 11/17.  Police say the collision took place just after 2 o'clock.  Highway 11/17 west of the Highway 102 Junction at Sistonen’s Corner is closed at this time.  More information will be provided as updates become available.

Hobbs Tours With Gifu, Japan Delegation

A delegation from Thunder Bay's Sister City Gifu, Japan will be arriving in the City Thursday. Mayor Keith Hobbs says they hope to see some economic spin offs from the visit. Thunder Bay will be renewing it's committment to the Sister City program for another 5 years at a special ceremony Thursday night.

Mauro Says Province May Try To Recoup Cash

The Provincial Government is going to get back a chunk of the money they provided to Tornado Medical Systems two years ago. Thunder Bay MPP Bill Mauro says there's a way to recoup the million dollars the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund provided the company. Mauro says there's loop holes in the contracts businesses sign when they accept money from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.

Gravelle Talks Ring Of Fire

The Toronto Star is sounding alarms over the proposed Ring of Fire project.  The paper obtained Environment Canada documents that show the project could lead to poisoning as seen in the movie Erin Brokovich.  Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle says the project is going through many assessments.

Condo Office Opens

ReSolve Group is pleased with the sale of their new condo buildings on the waterfront.  They opened up their Vue on the Water Condo Presentation Centre today.  Developer Gisele MacDonald says they've sold 28 condo's out of 51.  The condos are going to start to be built this fall and finished by 2014.

Kakabeka Falls In Kraft Competition

Kakabeka Falls is in the running for the Kraft Celebration Tour competion.  The winner gets 25 thousand dollars in cash, a Kraft BBQ and TSN broadcasts from the community.  Online voting starts July 19th.

Pigeon River Border Stats

Traffic statistics at the Pigeon River Border Crossing are down noticeably.  Canada Border Service Agents checked 25-thousand vehicles in the month of May and checked approximately 50-thousand people at the border. Statistics indicate traffic was down 6-percent from a year ago in the month of May. New border laws involving duty allowances did take effect on June 1st.

NOHFC Gives Out Over 1.4 Million Dollars

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund is providing over 1.4 million dollars to three local businesses.  True Grit President Eric Zakrewski says they're using a million towards their new building in Innova Park.  Digital Engineering will use 390-thousand dollars to renovate their existing building and hire more staff.  Loch Lomond Equipment Sales received 107-thousand dollars from the Province to purchase a new building for their business as well.

Library On The Loose

Thunder Bay Library staff are going to be pounding the pavement this summer.  It's part of their new campaign called "Library on the Loose".  Spokesperson Lindsey Long says they want staff to get out and meet their neighbours.

Man Identified In Death Near Atikokan

One man is dead following a fatal car crash near Atikokan. Provincial Police say the 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. Police say 88 year old Jack Tiefenbacher of Fort Frances was the only person in the vehicle that was completely destroyed by the fire. The incident happened just after 7:00 O'clock yesterday morning.

Fire Destroys Garage On Empire Avenue

Fire crews were called into action early this morning. Crews were called out to battle a garage fire at around 4:00 o'clock this morning. The Fire department used 15 personnel from 4 different stations to battle the blaze located on the 500 block of East Empire Avenue. The fire department says the fire started under suspicious circumstances and will be investigating later the morning. Police and Hydro One were also called to the scene.

15 Forest Fires In Northwest Region

Due to over 15,000 lightning strikes over the long weekend, 10 new Fires were reported in the Northwest region, bringing the total number of active fires to 15. The Kenora district saw the most action with 4 new fires being detected. Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout, and Dryden all had one new fire. With the hot dry weather continuing, more holdover lightning fires are expected to be discovered across the region.

Pyatt Becomes New York Ranger

Taylor Pyatt has signed a contract to play with New York Rangers next season, making it his fifth team in his N.H.L. Career. Pyatt joins fellow Thunder Bay native, Marc Staal in the Big Apple. Pyatt had 9 goals and 19 points last season with the Phoenix Coyotes, before adding 4 goals and 6 points with the club in the playoffs.

Border Cats Edged By Honkers

The Thunder Bay Border Cats lost a slug-fest at Subway field last night, 12-11 to the Rochester Honkers. Their 5-game series concludes tonight, starting at 7:05. Tonight also marks the end of the first half of the Northwoods league season.

Chill Paste Competition In Friendly Match

The Thunder Bay Chill are in the midst of a 9-day road trip in the United States. They played a friendly match yesterday against the Springfield Demize, beating the host 7-0. The Chill now travel to Des Moines to take on the Menace on Friday and Saturday, having already clinched the Heartland division title.