Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lakehead Welcomes New Department Dean

Lakehead University's Faculty of Engineering has found its new dean. Dr. David Barnett was brought to the city from St. Louis Missouri to take over one of the top-ranked engineering programs in the country. Barnett was a Professor and the Chair of the Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. He will step into his new role on August 7th.

Cycling Cross Canada

Tis the season for Cross Canada charity bike rides. Thunder Bay will welcome heart attack survivor Mike Jones on Monday. He began his journey in the Yukon and is travelling to Windsor. Jones' goal is to raise money and awareness of the dangers of heart disease.

Thunder Bay Hydro Helps Flood Victims

Thunder Bay Hydro has a plan in place to help flood victims financially. The city came through with a water bill rebate, but many homeowners had to use fans and dehumidifiers 24-hours a day during the clean-up, causing their hydro bill to spike.Vice-President of Customer Service, Tim Wilson says only 130 people have called to identify themselves as a flood victim. Wilson says by calling 343-1111, you can start the reporting process than can be filed as part of your flood claim.

Angus Slams Government

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus is slamming the recent federal cabinet shuffle. Julian Fantino is the new Minister for International Co-Operation. Angus says the shuffle should have been a lot bigger if Harper really wanted to signal a cleanup. Bev Oda resigned Tuesday after a large public outcry and internal Tory caucus dissent over her lavish spending habits.

Ticks May Head North

Ontario’s Chief Medical Health Officer says people in the North shouldn’t be too complacent about ticks that carry Lyme disease. Dr. Arlene King says that even though these black legged ticks are more prevalent in Southwestern and Eastern Ontario, they also could be anywhere in the province. King says that means wearing pants tucked into your socks and long-sleeved shirts, and using insect repellent with deet.

Man With Machete

Thunder Bay Police have one man in custody following an incident on the south side of the city. Police say a 24-year-old man was carrying a machete and approached another man who was riding his bike on Edward Street. The man is charged with weapons dangerous to public peace, carrying a concealed weapon and breach of probation.