Thursday, September 20, 2012

BB Gun Lands Teen In Trouble

A 17 year old boy is in trouble with city police after they received an anonymous call on Wednesday night about a youngster staggering down the street with a handgun.  Officers were called to the area of the Limbrick Townhouses and later located the teen with a gun in his hand. Police drew their pistols and ordered him to the ground.  The youth didn't put up a fight and was visibly intoxicated at the time of the arrest.  The gun turned out to be a bb gun that's described as a black replica handgun. He's charged with Possession of Weapons Dangerous to the Public, Breach of Probation and Breach of Undertaking.

Under 30? Why Not Go To The Symphony

Good news if your under the age of 30. The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is offering students and young professionals the opportunity to buy tickets to their concerts for 15 dollars. TD Canada Trust helped make the cheaper tickets possible. Development Manager of the TBSO Kelly Rooney says the lower ticket prices help create a connection between youth and the symphony early on. Rooney adds students and the under 30 set are the future supporters of the arts.

Mill Start Up Creates Noise Concern

All is back to normal at Resolute Forest Products.   A listener called to complain about a consistent loud noise coming from the mill at around 2 o'clock this afternoon.   A company spokesperson says that at the time,  the mill was starting back up from its annual maintenance outage and what the listener probably heard was noise from the steam pressure valves being released.

Giant Marathon Sunday

The third annual Miles with the Giant Marathon is set to go Sunday.  Organizer Charla Robinson says hundreds of runners will take off from Prince Arthur's Landing at 8 in the morning including several from Kenya.  Several roads will be closed off during the marathon Sunday including Court,  Beverly and Cumberland Streets.

Miss Thunder Bay 2012

The City's first Miss Thunder Bay Pageant is quickly approaching. The winner of this year's pageant will go on to represent the city in the 2013 Miss Northern Ontario pageant.  Contestant and Grade 11 student Natalie Krzeminski says pageants are a great way to boost young girls self esteem.  The beauty pageant will take place November 2nd and 3rd at the Slovak Legion.

Extensive Mining Study To Be Released

Bahram Dadgostar
A group of movers and shakers in the city called Ambassadors Northwest is about to release a comprehensive mining study. Group spokesperson Marv Detweiler says the study was done by Bahram Dadgostar at Lakehead University and will give an overview of the mining boom in the region. Detweiler says it will address the value of the minerals, the workforce that will be required, infrastructure and First Nations involvement. The report will be released at a news conference on Thursday morning.

Kidney Foundation Walk Saturday

The Thunder Bay chapter of The Kidney Foundation of Canada is holding a fundraising walk Saturday. Registration gets underway at 9 am at Sir Winston Churchill High School. Spokesperson Lisa Galon says there's a great need for funds in the region. She says there are over 13 hundred patients in the region suffering from kidney disease. The group hopes to raise over 7 thousand dollars.

Greenstone Wants Mills Back Up & Running

Greenstone is asking the Ministry of Natural Resources to provide their two idle sawmills with a sufficient amount of softwood.  Council passed the motion at its September 10th meeting.  The township feels a reliable wood supply would allow the Longlac and Nakina mills to employ people again.

Con College Casting Call

Calling all would be movie stars. Confederation College's Film Production Program is holding an open casting call Saturday and Sunday at Intercity Mall. Spokesperson Lee Chambers says it's open to all ages and shape and size. Chambers says they'll be set up at the food court entrance near Zellers in the Mall.

Still Millions To Go

Thunder Bay's Disaster Relief Committee has raised just over 1.4 million dollars. They still have to raise just under 4 million dollars. Every dollar the Disaster Relief Committee raises, the Province of Ontario will match it by two dollars.

Gravelle Respects Commissioner's Concerns

Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle says he's taking the words of the province's Environment Commissioner to heart.   The commissioner blasted Gravelle's ministry for not being open about decisions it makes relating to the environment specifically a program that monitors the population of wildlife in the province.    Gravelle says his ministry is always working to be transparent and will look at the recommendations to see if there is action that needs to be taken.  He hopes to meet with  Commissioner Gord Miller to discuss the concerns.

CFIA Beef Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is expanding its recall of tainted beef originating from Alberta's XL foods.  That beef is believed to be contaminated with E.coli.  The new stores that were added to the recall include Thunder Bay's Real Canadian Wholesale Club and the Real Canadian Superstore.  It also includes No Frills and the Wholesale Club in Kenora, Extra Foods in Dryden, Marathon and Geraldton. Thunder Bay's Superstore says they've pulled the meat off the shelf already.

Hyer Says Trip Was "A Okay"

Thunder Bay Superior North MP Bruce Hyer is defending his recent trip to Guatemala on mining company Goldcorp's dime.  Mining Watch blasted Hyer and his fellow four MP's for taking the trip in August.  Hyer says he guesses they'll just have to agree to disagree about what's inappropriate.  Hyer says he didn't break any rules and reported the trip and the costs to the House Of Commons.

Dryden Council Sells DMTS Mobility

Dryden Council has agreed in principle to sell Dryden Mobility to Tbaytel. The transaction is still subject to Council approval. Tbaytel President Don Campbell says the sale will provide Dryden customers with access to coverage, handsets, price plans and features that they previously didn't have access to. Campbell says the goal is for a seamless transition. A public meeting will be held next Thursday to discuss the deal. Additional details will be released at that time. Meanwhile, the city of Dryden has agreed in principle to the sale of DMTS landline and internet services to Bell Aliant for 4.5-million dollars. The sale still needs to be approved by City Council and no meeting date has been set. Bell officials say this is a small one-time opportunity that makes competitive and financial sense. The company adds they will bring modern, reliable and affordable telecom services to Dryden. 

Mites Cause Quite A Buzz

Word that Thunder Bay's bee population might have mites is creating a buzz in the city's beekeeping community.  Val Forrest has a hobby bee farm and sells the excess honey.  She is upset upset the City which was mite free may have been contaminated.  Forrest says for mites to reach Thunder Bay someone here had to buy a Queen or bee from another area that was already contaminated.  Forrest says if she discovers her hives have mites she'll just get out of the bee business.

Three Break-ins Overnight Investigated

A spree of break, enter and theft incidents overnight is being investigated by Thunder Bay Police. A.J.'s Trading Post, The Pita Pit on Red River Road and Cousin's Restaurant are all said to be victims and police say in all three cases, the thieves smashed in the front doors and either took or damaged the cash registers. Tilbury says they are looking to the public for help in solving these cases.

Under The Red Star

The Thunder Bay movie Under the Red Star is playing this weekend in Sudbury as part of their "Cinefest". Director Kelly Saxberg says the movie about the Finnish Labour Temple is making the rounds of movie festivals across the globe. Red Star already played at Thunder Bay's Bay Street Film Festival.