Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Three Rescued From Stuck Elevator

Three people are in good condition but a little shaken after being stuck in an elevator this afternoon.  It happened at the Elizabeth Court apartments on Madeline Street.  The people were taken out with the help of the Thunder Bay Fire Service.  For Karen Murray it was deja vu. She was in an elevator several years back, that dropped in a free-fall for three floors.   This ordeal, while not quite as harrowing, lasted less than 15 minutes.

Flood Committee Raises 1.2 Million & Counting

Thunder Bay's Disaster Relief Committee is out with its latest fundraising figure.  So far just over 1.2 million dollars has been raised with more money expected to come in before the end of the month.  Chair Wayne Fletcher says it's a far cry from their original goal of 5 million dollars.  Money raised will go towards those people impacted by the May 28th flood with inadequate or no insurance.  A bottle drive is being held on January 26th and all proceeds will go towards the flood fund. 

Changes To Constitution Act

The MP for Kenora says it's too early to comment on a Federal Court ruling in favour of off-reserve Metis and non-status Indians.  The Court has ruled that they are indeed "Indians" under the Constitution Act and they fall under federal jurisdiction.  Greg Rickford offers his reaction.  Rickford says this a lower court decision that Aboriginal Affairs will take time to carefully review.

Omnibus Bill Straw That Broke The Camel's Back

Thunder Bay Rainy River MP John Rafferty is weighing in on the Idle No More movement.  Area First Nations and Aboriginals across the country are protesting the Federal Government's decision to pass the omnibus budget legislation known as Bill C-45.  Rafferty says it's the straw that broke the camel's back.  Rafferty says he has been in talks with Idle No More chapters in his riding.

Highway 11/17 Vehicle Collision

Thunder Bay OPP are charging a 24 year old man after a motor vehicle collision this morning at the intersection of Highway 11/17 and Vibert Road.  A south bound Dodge truck blew through the intersection at Vibert Road and struck an eastbound Volkswagen Jetta.  A 26 year old woman from Kakabeka Falls was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, her Jetta was badly damaged.  The Murillo man is charged with failing to yield to traffic on a highway.

Hospital Foundation Improves Patient Experience

The Health Sciences Foundation is providing the hospital with 65-thousand dollars. Foundation President Glenn Craig says it's a great example of how you can make a small donation to the hospital and really improve patient care. The money that was announced today at the hospital is being used to buy a new bench, DVD players, a blanket warmer, new chairs and a special wagon for kids in the pediatric wing.

Kijiji Ad Leads To Arrest

A 42 year old Thunder Bay man is charged after trying to sell some stolen Tragically Hip tickets to a couple of undercover cops.   Police were alerted after the victim of a break in saw the tickets for sale on the website Kijiji.   Police then conducted a sting operation at a North Court Street residence on Monday and made the arrest.