Friday, July 6, 2012

PSA Hearing For Three Officers

A police services act hearing for three local officers is being held this week. It kicks off Tuesday morning at nine at the Valhalla Inn. Four days are set aside for the hearing. The three officers are each facing one count of Misconduct relating to a complaint by a 44 year old Thunder Bay man who was involved in a drug investigation.

Province Strikes Deal With Union

The Provincial Government has struck a deal with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association.  It's a two-year deal with no salary increase.  President Kevin O'Dwyer says the two local school unions in Thunder Bay will be able to bargain with their employers on local issues this fall.  O'Dwyer says the local negotiations could go into September but expects they'll go smoothly.

Waterloo Street Crash Update

The elderly driver of a car involved in a collision on Waterloo Street yesterday is still in critical condition.  Police say he's been sent from the Regional Health Sciences Centre to another hospital.  The investigation is still being conducted and there's no word on charges as of yet.

Bisson on Terrace Bay Mill Deal

NDP Critic Gilles Bisson is wary of a recent deal to reopen the Terrace Bay mill.  Bisson says he wants the Government to ensure the company maintains it's promise of jobs and stays open well into the future.  Bisson says he doesn't want a repeat of the former owner Buchanan Forest Products.

Oliver Paipoonge Gets Agri-Plex

Oliver Paipoonge is looking for ideas on what to do with their newly acquired Agri-Plex.  The board for the horse showing building disbanded last month and told Mayor Lucy Klusterhuis they can have the building and land.  Council will be meeting to talk about their new acquisition in August.

Source Protection Gives Province Plan

With more than 100-thousand people in the Thunder Bay area relying on Lake Superior for drinking water, the Source Water Committee is the first to go the province with a plan to protect it.  Chair Bob Hartley for the Lakehead Region says the report still has to undergo a Provincial revue process.  Hartley is hoping the plan can serve as a model for the rest of the province in response to the Walkerton tragedy that killed 7 people because of e-coli.

T.Bay Woman On Canadian Paralympic Team

Canadian Blind Sports is nominating a Thunder Bay woman to the National women's goalball team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  Whitney Bogart made the team today.

SIU Clears Police Office Of Wrong Doing

The Special Investigations Unit is clearing a Thunder Bay Police Officer of any wrong doing in the death of a 67 year old man on Northern Avenue over the May long weekend.  A police officer was following a reported stolen vehicle and a short distance later that vehicle crashed into Martin John Amos' car.  SIU Spokesperson Monica Hudon says the police officer was following the stolen car but didn't use his lights or sirens to try and get the vehicle to pull over.  Hudon says the driver of the stolen car lost control of it while trying to get away from the police.

Lakehead Drinking Water Protection Plan Announced

The Lakehead Source Protection Committee is the first to come forward with a plan to protect drinking water. Lake Superior provides drinking water for over 100,000 people in the Thunder Bay area. Two groundwater wells serve 30 homes in Rosslyn Village. M.P.P. Michael Gravelle says "Ensuring that residents have access to clean sources of drinking water is vital to our quality of life." 36 other provincial source areas are trying to develop their own plans as a response to the Walkerton tragedy. 

Six New Forest Fires Reported

Ministry of Natural Resources Fire officials are on high alert heading into the weekend. The warm weather has pushed the forest fire hazard to "High" in most areas and is expected to move to "Extreme." 6 new fires have been reported in the last two days after thunderstorms moved through the region. 5 of those fires were lightning caused, one of them was human-caused and is being investigated. The M.N.R. is reminding everyone to use caution around ignition sources.

Border Cats Lose Tight One In Mankato

The Thunder Bay Border Cats stumbled out of the gate to open the second half of the Northwoods League season. They lost 5-4 on the road last night in Mankato. The two teams play again tonight before Thunder Bay returns home to start a 3 game series against Alexandria.

Chill Vs. Des Moines Tonight

The Thunder Bay Chill will put their 11-1 record on the line tonight on the road against the Des Moines Menace. The Chill, who have already wrapped-up first place in the Heartland division, are coming off a 7-0 win in a friendly game against Springfield on Tuesday.