Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pyatt excited for New York gig

Thunder Bay's Taylor Pyatt is looking forward to his upcoming season in New York.  Pyatt recently signed a 3.1 million dollar contract with the Rangers and he's looking forward to working with his new team mates.  Pyatt feels the team has a good shot at the Stanley Cup next year.  The local hockey player was in town this week to support a variety of charities.

Police Services Act Hearing Expected To Wrap Up Friday

The Police Services Act Hearing for three local officers is expected to wrap up Friday. For several days the adjudicator has listened to testimony and today the Defense and Prosecutor will summarize their cases. The hearing comes after a 44-year old city resident alleged that the three officers assaulted and stole money from him during the course of a drug investigation back in September of last year. Detective William Wowchuck, Detective Constable Ron Popowich and Detective Constable Brad Bernst are each facing one count of Misconduct and one count of Discreditable Conduct under the Police Services Act.

Health Unit Lifts Beach Advisory

Boulevard Lake's Sunnyside Beach is getting the ok from the local health unit.  They've lifted the swimming advisory from earlier in the week.  Public Health Inspectors will continue to test beach water for E-coli up until the end of August.

Tim Horton's Promises Cash For Goals

Thunder Bay's Tim Horton stores are going to be donating money each time a local NHL'er scores a goal this season. Local Owner Brent Prepp says they'll donate 300 dollars per goal. Freedom 55 Financial is also going to donate 50 dollars per goal this season.  New York Rangers player Taylor Pyatt who is in town this week says he'll try to do his best to raise funds for the camp.Money raised goes toward sending kids to Tim Horton's summer camp.

Fletcher Wants Focus On Fundraising

Thunder Bay's Flood Relief Committee is reminding the public that they need cash. Over 500 advance claim forms were submitted to the group on Monday and Chair Wayne Fletcher says they now need the community to step up their fundraising efforts. Fletcher says there already has been some fundraising efforts in the community and is asking that any future events are brought to their attention.

L.U. Welcomes New Students

Lakehead University is welcoming future students from across Canada to their campus today. It's part of their two day early orientation and First Year Experience Leader Danielle Ruel says they'll see over a hundred students. The students and their families will take in the sights of Thunder Bay and learn about the support programs the University offers.

Great Lakes Warriors On History

Thunder Bay Tug Service is going to be highlighted on a History Channel Reality TV show. Owner Sharon Dawson says they're nervous about how it turned out since they originally were pitched the idea as a documentary. Dawson says they went ahead with the show because they hope it will show what tug boats do and showcase the Thunder Bay Port.   Show airs on July 19th.

Domestic Dispute Calls On The Rise

Thunder Bay Police are saying the number of domestic dispute calls is on the rise, dramatically. In an article written by Police Spokeperson, Chris Adams and published by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the statistics more than double in Thunder Bay in a 6 year span. Domestic Dispute calls go from just over 1,100 in 2004 to more than 2,200 received in 2010. In the article, Adams points to addictions problems as one of the primary causes for the substantial increase. Adams wrote the article entitled "A Northern Policing Perspective" to share some of the unique challenges that police face in the North.

Charity Golf Tournament Goes Hi-Tech

The Freedom 55 Financial Celebrity Hockey Golf Classic will see the Staal brothers and other local hockey players golf for a good cause. Event Chair Tom Mihaljevic says all money raised goes towards the Northern Cancer Fund. This year you can donate $10 by texting the word HOPE. Not only will N.H.L. players be taking part in the charity golf tournament but Eric Staal signed a Carolina Hurricanes jersey which is up for auction on e-bay.

Record Temperatures Set

The heat wave is setting record temperatures across the region. Thunder Bay got up to a high of 32.4 yesterday but not close enough to the record of 33.8. Dryden reached 33.5 breaking the old record of 32.1 set 1998. Fort Frances reached 32.7 breaking the old marker was 32.0 set 1998. Kenora reached 32.4 breaking the record of 32.1 set 1979. Red Lake reached 34.5 destroying the old mark which was 32.2 set 1943. Sioux Lookout reached 33.8 breaking the old record of 33.3 set 1943.

Cats Win 2 In A Row

The Thunder Bay Border Cats made it 2 wins in a row last night in Waterloo, Iowa. The Cats posted a 7-3 win over the Bucks, improving their second half record to 3-4. Game 3 of that 5-game series goes tonight in Waterloo.