The Salvation Army is still adding up the losses after a fire this week damaged the goods at its Memorial Avenue Thrift Store. Spokesperson Scott Gilmore says they have basically lost everything. Gilmore says they hope to re-open in a week.
The Chief of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police says the latest Oxycontin bust is going to be a great help in keeping the highly addictive pain killer out of First Nations communities in the northwest. Claude Chum says the drug sells for up to 600 dollars a pill and is literally crippling some communities. He says in Cat Lake, for example, about 80 per cent of the reserve is addicted and that keeps its workforce limited. He says many get money by selling their possessions to feed their addiction,
Another five year sister city agreement with Seinajoki, Finland is being signed
this week. City Clerk John Hannam says it happens tomorrow evening at the
Prince Arthur Hotel and will allow our two cities to continuing promoting
business and cultural opportunities
Details are being released today about a 6 month joint forces drug investigation entitled "Project Harrington." Members of the Thunder Bay Police, OPP, RCMP, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation and Anishnabek Police were all involved in the investigation that resulted in 9 search warrants being executed in the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga, Kitchener-Waterloo and Thunder Bay, including at the Thunder Bay District Jail. The joint forces unit were targeting a network that transported Oxycodone and cocaine from southern Ontario to areas here in the northwest. In all, police laid 95 charges against 11 persons, seven of whom are in custody and four others remain at large. Quantities of drugs worth approximately $1.13 million and cash were also seized. The charges include: Directing or Participating in a Criminal Organization; Trafficking and/or Conspiracy to Traffic; and Breach of Probation. One of the individuals, an employee of the Thunder Bay District Jail, is charged with Breach of Trust.
The heavy rainfall warning for the city is now ended. Environment Canada Meteorologist Geoff Coulson says that instead of the 50 millimetres of rain we were supposed to get, we will now get 10 to 20. He says most of the rain is moving to our south.
Firefighters are recovering from what could have been a very dangerous fire. Crews were called to the Salvation Army at 915 Memorial Avenue at approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning. The fire from three B.F.I. bins caused an exposure fire to a gas metre and that allowed the fire to spread to the building. Damage is being described as moderate.
Lakehead University Men's
Basketball Coach Scott Morrison is staying in Thunder Bay for at least 4 more
years. He signed a contract extension with the Thunderwolves that will see him
take on additional administrative duties. Morrison has taken the men's team into
the national spotlight with three straight national championship tournament
appearances and an Ontario championship title in 2011. He's coming off an
Assistant role for Canada at the world under-18 championships in Brazil.
Both Thunder Bay Teams will be on the field at Baseball Central today in the Ontario Senior Little League Championships. The Selects are tied for first place with East Nepean at 1-0. The All-stars are a half-game back in the standings after dropping a 6-3 decision yesterday to Orleans. Games today are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. with the All-Stars taking on East Nepean followed by the Selects squaring off against Windsor East.
2 Athletes, 3 builders and a woman's rowing duo
make up this year's entry into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
Mike Busniuk and Terri Gibbons will go into the hall for their hockey and water
skiing careers. The two-some of Barb Kukko and Helen Fleming-Livingstone for
their rowing careers. Builders Dick Henderson, Alex Dampier and Bill Selman will
be inducted for their contributions to curling and hockey respectively. The
official ceremony takes place at the end of September at the Valhalla Inn.