Friday, July 27, 2012

Flood Cause Remains A Mystery

It will be several months before we find out what caused the flooding at the city's East End sewage plant. Spokesperson Darrell Matson says it's all part of a consultants study of the May 28th flood which is taking place now and will be explained to city councillors Monday evening. He says the final report isn't expected to be ready for 3 or 4 months.   Included in that report will be finding out what caused a leak in the sewage plant.

Global Sticks Reaches The End

It looks like the end of the line for Global Sticks. The Oliver-Paipoonge company has closed its doors according to Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle, whose government has provided millions of dollars to the popsicle stick manufacturer to get it off the ground.  He says it's his understanding they have closed the doors at this time after not being able to find a private sector investor.   A call to the owner, Reggie Nukovic, has not been returned.

City Hiring Freeze Possible

If the city doesn't take any action by the end of the year it will be just over a million dollars in the hole. However that won't happen, according to City Manager Tim Commisso. Commisso says they will look for savings elsewhere if necessary and that includes a hiring freeze.  He is confident however, the city will see a surplus at the end of the year.   The report to city councillors attributes the shortfall, in part, to legal services related to a potential class action lawsuit in connection with the May 28th flood.

Teens Survive Transport Crash

Two teenage girls are out of hospital after they were treated for injuries they sustained in a traffic accident last night.   Police say that it took place at the intersection of Memorial Avenue and the Harbour Expressway around 11 o'clock  when a pick-up truck collided with a transport.  The girl who was driving the pick up is now charged with a red light violation.

O.P.P. Nab Third Suspect

A 24 year old man from Wellington is now in police custody and will appear in court today. He was the third suspect involved in what O.P.P. are calling an attempted break and enter. The apprehension of the suspect proved to be difficult as he fled on foot into the bush near Pays Plat early Wednesday morning. Police picked him up while trying to hitchhike near Jackfish Lake.  He and two others were stopped by Provincial Police who used a spike belt to end the car chase.

Dryden Mill Workers Agree To New Deal

500 Canadian Energy and Paper Workers Union members from Dryden have a new deal. Last night they voted 70 percent in favour of a new 5 year contract. An additional $15.00  a month will be added to the pension contributions, additional meal allowances and a modest wage increase over the next two years were highlited in the deal.

Forest Fire Numbers Down Because Of Rain

Two days of rain is helping to dampen the forest fire numbers here in Northwestern Ontario. Ministry of Natural Resources officials now say they are battling more than 60 forest fires in our region, that's down from 80 on Wednesday. The M.N.R. is keeping an eye on the forecast, saying that the forest fire rating will rise again with sunshine and warm temperatures expected in the days ahead.

Border Cats Win Third Straight

The Thunder Bay Border Cats have now won three in a row. They edged the St. Cloud Rox 11-10 in a wild one at Subway Field last night to improve to 8-11 in the second half. The Border Cats are now 3 1/2 games back of Duluth for top spot in the North division. That series concludes tonight here at home.

Selects Lead The Provincials At 3-0

The Thunder Bay Selects are cruising at the right time. They beat Orleans 8-7 last night in the Ontario Senior Little League Championships being played at Baseball Central. The win gives the Selects a 3-0 record in the 5 team tournament and assures them a spot in the playoffs. Tonight they take on the 2-1 Thunder Bay All-Stars who need a win in order to secure a spot in the 3 team playoffs.

Druery Signs Deal To Go Pro

Lakehead University's Lindsay Druery is graduating from playing basketball for the Thunderwolves to playing professionally in Europe. She will join Lakehead Alum Kathryn Verboom in the German 2 Bundesliga on the TSV Towers Speer/Schifferstadt. Druery, from Smithville, Ontario, says she never dreamed of even being able to play basketball at the university level, let alone professionally. Druery leaves for German in September and will have an opportunity to teach English during her time away from the court.