Tuesday, September 18, 2012

T.Bay Mining Ready

Thunder Bay's Mining Readiness Strategy is gathering attention from other Northwestern Ontario communities.  Marathon's Economic Development Officer Bob Hancherow was in town Tuesday night to take in a public information session on the strategy.  Hancherow says the key to a good plan is working with all stakeholders in the region.  Others at the open house said they hope Thunder Bay's residents will embrace the strategy.

Chief Discouraged By NAN Move

Police Chief J.P. Levesque says he's discouraged the Nishnawbe Aski Nation is complaining to the Human Rights Tribunal about a mock police news release earlier this month. The release stated The Fresh Breath Killer had been captured. Chief Levesque is surprised by the move to go take the legal route. He says that he had spoken to NAN leaders and was left with the impression that it could have been settled in another way. Levesque says he's sending the results of an internal investigation on the matter to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

Grease Hits The Fire Over Police E-Mail

A news release that was sent by city police over the Labour Day long weekend is still causing concern for the First Nations community.   The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a Human Rights complaint has now been filed over the issue.    The e-mail was sent by accident to all news outlets in the city and stated that The Fresh Breath Killer had been captured.   NAN is also upset with comments by the Police Chief, Deputy Chief and Mayor saying the email wasn't racist.

LRCA Gets Cash From Union Gas

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is on the receiving end of a donation from Union Gas. The company is putting 3 thousand 500 dollars towards the LRCA's Lakehead Children's Water Festival.  The money was announced Tuesday.

Road Work On Thursday

Parts of Memorial and Central Avenue are going to be closed Thursday while crews repave the road.  Work is expected to start at 6 am sharp and lane closures and reduced traffic movement can be expected.  Motorists are asked to take alternative routes around this area of town.

Coaches On The Lookout For Signs Of Suicide

Thunder Bay's Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force wants hockey coaches to be able to spot when young people are upset and troubled.  Program Spokesperson Sheila Hansen says they're training activity leaders and coaches this fall.  Coaches, teachers and activity leaders will receive a tip sheet and DVD about youth suicide and how to get students help.  The campaign is being funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

T.Bay To Become More Walkable

Thunder Bay is going to take part in a Canada Walks pilot project this fall.  The goal of the project is to make the City more walkable and pedestrian friendly.  The City will be given an assessment tool that will show the positive and negative aspects of the City when it comes to walking.

HMCS Griffon Medal Ceremony

The HMCS Griffon is hosting a special ceremony tonight where 10 of the Queen's Jubilee medals will be handed out.  An Operational Service medal will also be presented to the ship's company and 11 new recruits will be sworn in.  The parade begins at 7:05 with the medal ceremony starting 20 minutes later.

Hobbs On Future Of Municipal Golf

Thunder Bay City Council is going to discuss the future of their Municipal Golf Course on Monday.  Councillor Andrew Foulds is asking Council to revisit it's decision to close the course to allow for more discussion.  Mayor Keith Hobbs says he hasn't changed his mind about the course.  Foulds will bring his request to the next council meeting and open discussion around the council table will take place in October.

15 Year Old Girl Found Dead In Sioux Lookout

The body of a woman found dead behind a church in Sioux Lookout has been identified as 15-year-old Regina Kakekaspan.  The young girl was found in a wooded area yesterday morning.  A post mortem examination is scheduled today in Kenora.  Provincial Police are asking anyone with information on her death to contact the Detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Adam Sergerie Named L.U. Hockey Captain

Head Coach Joel Scherban has named a captain for the Lakehead University Thunderwolves hockey team heading into the upcoming season. 26 year old Adam Sergerie will wear the "C" for the men's hockey team. He becomes the fifth captain in the team's 11 year history and just the second from Thunder Bay to lead the team.