Friday, August 17, 2012

Bikers Collect Toys

The Salvation Army is again hosting its annual summertime Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride. Spokesperson Gail Kromm says toys can be dropped off at any motorcycle dealer from now until September 15th. That's when the bikers gather for a parade around the city. The toys will be presented to the Salvation Army at the end of the ride.

Labour Issues Will Not Delay Local School Year

There is no way the Lakehead Public School Board will be able to get a contract signed with its teachers by the September first deadline imposed by Premier Dalton McGuinty. Board Chair Deborah Massaro says regardless of what happens it will be business as usual in the new school year.  Massaro says the board normally negotiates with its teachers in the fall but doesn't know why no one felt the need to move the talks ahead.

Exemplary Medals Awarded

Thunder Bay Fire Service Personnel are now proudly displaying new medals for exemplary service. Nine members were honoured with the special medals yesterday on board the visiting HMCS Ville De Quebec.  Acting Captain Jo Rucchin was one of the recipients for his 20 years of dedication and says he's very proud to serve alongside a group that is so dedicated to serving our community.

Hobbs Ready For AMO Meeting

Provincial municipal leaders are gathering in Ottawa starting Sunday for their annual meeting. Our Mayor Keith Hobbs says the gathering of the Ontario Municipal Association is a chance to meet cabinet ministers they normally don't get to.  Hobbs says they hope to discuss local issues with the health, energy and infrastructure ministers.  Those issues include helping out the local tissue bank Regen Med, and getting the conversion of the Mission Island Ontario Power Generation Plant back on track.

Queen's Jubilee Medals Awarded

The HMCS Ville De Quebec is serving a special purpose during this week's visit to the port of Thunder Bay. Today the ship hosted a special Queen's Jubilee Medal Ceremony. Five people from the region were given the distinguished award including Retired Captain Ann Zuliani, who says it's an honour. Nine fire personnel were also part of the ceremony, they were given exemplary medals for 20 and 30 years of service.

Inflation Slows To A Crawl

Runaway inflation doesn't appear to be a concern in Thunder Bay.   The rate barely budged in the city last month.  Government figures from Statistics Canada show that the inflation rate dropped from half a per pent in June to point one per cent in July.   Nationally the inflation rate fell to 1.3 per cent in July.

Injured Bear Still Seen In City

An injured bear hobbling on three legs is still being spotted around the city. The bear was last seen by multiple people at approximately 10:00 o'clock last night in the area of Riviera Drive. Another bear was seen near Strathcona Golf Course. There have been no new sightings of what police believe to be a cougar or a lynx since Tuesday night.

Nuissance Bears A Problem For Police

The President of the Thunder Bay Police Association is speaking out about having to deal with nuissance animals in the city, particularly bears. Greg Stephenson says the decision by the Ministry of Natural Resources to have city police deal with nuissance bears is putting them in a very difficult position. He feels they don't have the proper training or the right equipment to deal with them. Stephenson says they will be be bringing this issue up with MPP Bill Mauro and especially with Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle.

Broken Nose Leads To Charges

City police are reporting more female violence overnight. One woman was sent to hospital after she had her nose broken. City police have 2 women in custody and charged with assault after an altercation took place just after 11:00 o'clock last night on the 100 block of South May Street. Both women are to appear in court this morning.

Forest Fires On The Decline

Cooler temperatures and rain throughout the region are keeping the forest fire situation at bay. There were no new fires confirmed yesterday in the Northwest Region. Widespread rain has reduced the forest fire hazard to low for the entire region and is keeping the fire situation quiet. There are 53 active forest fires in Northwestern Ontario; of those 53 fires, 51 are being monitored by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Woman Charged With Arson

A 25 year old woman remains in custody and is charged with arson. Provincial Police laid the charge after investigating a rash of fires that caused structural damage in the Sioux Lookout area. O.P.P. were looking into 3 fires in particular and with the help of the Northwest Crime Unit, were able to arrest and charge the woman. She is scheduled to appear in a Sioux Lookout court today.