Friday, September 28, 2012

Accident Injures Pedestrian

Details are sketchy, but Thunder Bay police say at least one person was taken to the hospital to be treated for two broken legs following a vehicle pedestrian accident in the city late Friday afternoon.   It took place on Simpson Street just metres from the Neebing McIntyre Floodway bridge.  

Dryden's Money Woes Continue

Dryden's debt is higher then originally thought. At last nights public meeting regarding the sale of DMTS, the topic of the city's debt was often brought up. City Manager Joe van Koeverden says that there is an extra 10 million on top of the 27 million that the city is down by.He adds that council is taking the issue very seriously.Van Koeverden says part of the extra 10 million, is 6 million dollars in over draft.  However Mayor Craig Nuttall says paying off the overdraft shouldn't be too difficult.

Tbaytel Offer Remains Cloaked In Secrecy

"Keep moving forward" was the motto of last nights meeting regarding the sale of DMTS and Dryden Mobility. While the offer from Bell Alliant has been revealed, there still lies some mystery regarding the offer from Tbaytel for wireless services. City Manager Joe van Koeverden says they have received a generous offer but adds, the purchase price cannot be revealed at this time.

Mauro Blasts Hudak's Logic

Liberal MPP Bill Mauro is disputing comments about arbitration awards by Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak. While in Thunder Bay Friday Hudak told municipal leaders his party wants to change the laws and hopes to have its own passed this session. However Mauro says that Hudak's proposed law is one the PC's turned down already in the spring budget. Mauro questions why Hudak would promote an idea the PC leader once voted against.

Smile Cookie Numbers In

Thunder Bay's cookie monsters can pat themselves on the back.   They helped Tim Hortons to raise almost 33 thousand dollars in the recent smile cookie campaign.   In the region Fort Frances raised almost 5 thousand dollars, Kenora raised 36 hundred dollars, Dryden 16 hundred, Nipigon 14 hundred and Red Lake 11 hundred dollars.

Memorial Day Service Sunday

Thunder Bay Police are going to remember the officers that have died while in the line of duty.   They are holding their annual National Memorial Day service on Sunday afternoon.   It begins at 1:30 with a march from the provincial court building on Arthur Street to St. Paul's Church on Ridgeway Street.

Hangar Space For Rent

The local volunteer air search and rescue organization is looking to the future. Civil Air Search and Rescue President Dan Kuss  says the group currently runs its airport hangar on 24 thousand dollars year, money which needs to be fundraised. However Kuss says that could soon change.  They soon plan to rent out hangar space to help pay the bills.  The organization just received a new hangar door thanks to 30 thousand dollars from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

M.N.R. Announces Staff Cuts To 10 Parks

Northern Ontario will see 10 provincial parks have their staff cut and their designation downgraded, meaning campers will no longer have access to any services. The Ministry of Natural Resources announced the cuts on Thursday and say they will eliminate 28 full-time jobs and 102 seasonal jobs in an effort to save $7.1 million a year. Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle says the staff cuts and other changes will help the government eliminate a deficit of nearly $15 billion and modernize the way the ministry does business.

Kidnapping & Sexual Assault In Big Trout Lake

Details are coming to the surface about a kidnapping in Big Trout Lake. O.P.P. were called on Wednesday after parents apprehended the suspect who had taken their four kids, ages 5 through 8, earlier that day. Police say two of the kids managed to escape and alert their parents but not before a 6 and an 8 year old were sexually assaulted. The 33 year man remains in custoday and will appear in a Sioux Lookout court today facing charges of kidnapping, assault, sexual assault and uttering threats. The children received immediate and on-going medical attention in Big Trout Lake and in Thunder Bay.

Full Slate For Thunderwolves' Alumni Weekend

Alumni weekend kicks off a great weekend of sports at Lakehead University. The men's hockey team is on the ice against the Brock Badgers tonightat 7:30 p.m. at the Fort William Gardens. The men's and women's basketball team opens an exhibition against Brandon at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Thunderdome, and the women's volleyball team gets it all started this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Thunderdome with an exhibition game against the Bobcats.