Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Disaster Relief Office Moves

Thunder Bay's Disaster Relief office is moving to a new location.  Starting Wednesday, the office will be located at 401 Donald Street in the former EMS Building on the corner of Donald Street and Simpson Street.  Meanwhile, the Disaster Relief Committee is reminding citizens that the application for losses and damages is due on Oct. 31st.

Operation Impact Wraps Up

The results from the OPP's operation impact long weekend blitz are in. Sgt. Ann McCoy says they charged 361 people in the Northwest region with speeding, 41 with hazardous moving violations and 25 seat belt charges. 5 people in the region were charged with drinking and driving.

CMHA Wants To Help

The local chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association is weighing in on reports three teen girls allegedly attempted to overdose this weekend.  Executive Director Maurice Fortin wants young people to know there is help. The help line is 346-8282.

September Housing Starts

Thunder Bay's housing market is slightly off from last year. Market Analyst Warren Philp says that's because of a big multi family project last year that increased our totals and notes things will improve. In September we saw 28 single detached starts and no new multi family starts.

Flu Shots At Pharmacies

Pharmacists in Ontario are now allowed to  renew prescriptions and give flu shots along with offering more services that are currently provided by doctors.   It's a decision that pleases Brenda Adams of Thunder Bay who owns Janzen's Pharmacy.  Adams says it was a move that has been in the works for many years. 

Fake Gun Causes A Stir

Two people are in police custody and are charged with weapons dangerous to the public.  The incident on Sunday involved police being called to a Hudson Avenue apartment building after tenants said they saw a man waiving a gun.  When police arrived the male continued to point the gun at officers and ran into the building. The area was contained while officers attempted to ensure the safety of the area. A man and woman entered the lobby of the apartment complex and were arrested at gun point.  The weapon turned out to be a plastic toy replica gun. A man and a woman in their 20s are facing weapon related charges.

Fatality Victims Identified

Police say that three members of the Nabigon family in Pic River are dead as the result of a traffic accident that claimed four lives near Marathon on the weekend.   Police identify the dead as 36 year old Greg, 22 year old Jordan and 17 year old Kody Nabigon along with 20 year old Jaret Leclair a member of the Fort Frances Lakers.   The accident, between a car and a pick up truck, took place on Highway 627 just south of Highway 17 .  The victims of the tragedy are now immortalized in a YouTube video.

Police Following Up Overdose

Three teen girls who allegedly tried to overdose this weekend are being looked after by their families. Police are following up the circumstances behind the incident that saw the teens sent to the hospital Sunday night. Health professionals are now providing the support needed for these young people to deal with this situation.

Hodder Avenue Mac's Robbery

Police are releasing photos from a weekend robbery at the Hodder Avenue Macs' Convenience Store.  Constable Julie Tilbury says they're looking for the public to identify the three suspects that walked into the store early Sunday morning.  The three suspects are described as 5'10"  wearing long dark jackets and had their faces covered. Two suspects had dark hoodies pulled up over their heads and the third was wearing a red, black and white toque with ear flaps.

Condo-Hotel Preparations Begin

There's activity on the waterfront.  Construction crews are preparing the site of the new waterfront hotel and condos.Manshield Construction President Peter Belluz says they're just prepping before construction starts in about six weeks time.

No E-Coli Reports In Thunder Bay

The District Health Unit is reassuring you that there is no contaminated meat on store shelves in the city. Darlene Binette, a spokesperson for the Thunder Bay District Health Unit says all of the contaminated meat was pulled immediately from all store shelves. She also confirms that there are no reports of E-Coli in Ontario from contaminated meat from X-L Foods in Alberta.

Rafferty To Speak Out Against Riding Boundary Changes

The MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding is expected to be at a meeting in Kenora today to speak out against proposed changes to federal riding boundaries in northwestern Ontario. John Rafferty is to make a submission to a federal commission proposing to take Lake of the Woods township out of his riding and attach it to the Kenora riding. Rafferty doubts the area will be adequately served.

Fatal Collision Update Expected Today

O.P.P. in Marathon are expected to release more information regarding a fatal motor vehicle accident that happened Sunday in Pic River. The collision involved two vehicles on Highway 627 approximately eight kilometres South of Highway 17. Of those who were injured, one woman passenger had to be transported by air ambulance to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre with serious life threatening injuries and a male passenger was transported to Marathon Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released. The names of the four people who were killed have not been released.