Friday, October 26, 2012

Questions Still Surround Belton Street Death

It won't be until Monday that police will have more to say about a death they are treating as suspicious.  They found the body of a 52 year old man in a house on Belton Street on Thursday morning.   They say a post mortem examine is being done on the body and until that is complete, they won't have much more information to give out.  

Cyber Police Scam

Police are warning of an Internet scam that goes under the guise of Canadian Cyber Police. The malware program accuses you of illegal downloading and demands a 100 dollar payment to clear your name. Police say there's no such thing as cyber police and instructions to remove the malware can be found on the Internet.

State Of Emergency In Wawa

OPP are warning motorists about a washout in the Wawa area.  The community has declared a state of emergency because of heavy rainfall.  Several residents are cut off and police are warning motorists to stay off roads in the area unless absolutely necessary after heavy rain overnight washed out the Trans-Canada Highway.   Highway 17 at Wawa is closed in both directions as a result of high water levels that eroded the road.

NWO Voice On Health Panel

A Fort Frances woman is giving our area a voice in seeking change to Ontario's health care system.  Cathy Emes is one of 32 people selected to an advisory panel created by the not-for-profit group The Change Foundation.  She says it was formed because of changes the Ontario government is seeking.  The group first met last month where they had a chance to express their concerns to the province's Associate Health Minister.

Teaching Autistic Kids Soccer

The Lakehead Express Soccer Club is teaming up with Autism Ontario.  The program lets kids meet new friends.  21 players will be taking part from October to March to introduce kids with autism to the basics of soccer.

Spooky Charity Run Sunday

The Canadian Diabetes Association is holding it's first charity walk and run.  The Cash Store Financial's Freedom Run is being held Sunday at Boulevard Lake.  Spokesperson Alexandra Erickson says it's a halloween themed event.   The event starts at 10 am.

Rent A Human Book Saturday

You can rent a "human book" Saturday at the Waverley Resource Library.  There will be several volunteers on hand who represent local stereotypes.  Spokesperson Joanna Aegard says it's a first for Thunder Bay.  The event will run from 10:30 to 3 Saturday. 

Parlez-vous Français?

A French Immersion teacher at Hammarskjold High School is getting a prestigious accolade.  Matthias Ruppenstein is the winner of the Canadian Parents for French award.  The award is for teachers who show leadership in promoting french learning.

Leek On Prorogue

The new Liberal Leader will be named in January.  Northern Region VP Anthony Leek says January 25th date works to get business at Queens Park back up and running.  Dalton Mcguinty prorogued the legislature and resigned as Premiere two weeks ago.

OFAH Talks Hunting Safety

This year's hunting season has already taken the lives of four people in the country, including two in Ontario.  The incidents involve firearms that were either accidently discharged or because the hunter was not fully aware of the target.  Arnold Beebe is an instructor with the Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers, and has some safety tips. Beebe says all hunting fatalities can be easily prevented by taking the proper precautions.

NOMA On Camping

The local tourism industry has taken another hit.  The Province is cancelling overnight camping in nine Provincial Parks across Northern Ontario, including one in the Northwest.  Ron Nelson is President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and says the government is hollowing of services in our communities. Nelson says the area is already reeling from the closure of three Travel Information Centres and possible reductions at Ministry of Natural Resources offices.

Search Is On For Missing Man

O.P.P. and the Emergency Response Team in Fort Frances are searching for a missing man. A 43 year old man from an Aboriginal Community on Rainy Lake went out for firewood Wedneday afternoon and never returned. A search began using Treaty Three Police and a Ministry of Natural Resources helicopter as well. They found his vessel overturned at approximately 9:00 O'clock last night. E.R.T. members and marine officers from both agencies are working with community members to continue the search today.

New Walmart Is Open

The County Fair Walmart is now open!  During a grand opening celebration this morning just over 8-thousand dollars was provided to several community groups.  Assistant Manager Jason Otholt says they're happy to give back.  Some of the recipients of the donations include The Children's Miracle Network, Special Olympics, and the Ontario Native Women's Association.

Increase In Border Traffic For September

More and more people are visiting the United States. Officals with Canada Border Services say officers checked just under 55,000 travellers for the month of Spetember and processed more than 26,000 vehicles at the Pigeon River border corssing. That's an increase of just under 4% in the number of people headed to the U.S. and an increase of just over 3% in the number of vehicles checked from the same time last year.

Thunderwolves Take On Mustangs

The rivalry will be renewed tonight at the Fort William Gardens as the Lakehead university Thunderwolves take on the Western Mustangs in an O.U.A. West Division battle. The Thunderwolves lead the division with a 4-1-1 record while Western has struggled out of the gate going 2-and-2. Interim Head coach Mike Busniuk says special teams will be key. The Thunderwolves and Mustangs play at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Fort William Gardens.

City Hosts Spooktacular Sunday

The City is making use of it's waterfront by hosting a Spooktacular Sunday from 1 until 5.  Organizer Angie Jensen says they want to get all of the City's kids involved in arts.  Jensen says the event is free so everyone can take part.