Friday, February 15, 2013

OPP Move Worthwhile In Kenora

It's been several years since Kenora  handed over policing services to the Ontario Provincial Police.   It's a move that our Mayor Hobbs is openly discussing for Thunder Bay.  Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield says in his community it has been a worthwhile far.   Canfield says in 2014 the OPP will become the highest paid police service in the province, and they don't know what the impact will be yet.

No Injuries After Apartment Fire

Fire damage is limited to the bedroom of a 7th floor apartment at 335  Adelaide Street in Current River after a blaze that took place just before noon Friday.   The cause is not known and no one is hurt because the apartment wasn't occupied at the time

Provincial Grants For Three Businesses

Three local businesses are benefiting from provincial government grants totalling over 400 thousand dollars.    The bulk of that, 300 thousand, is going to Nu-Tech Metals to allow the company to expand its shop.   Gollat Contracting is getting over 80 thousand dollars for renovations while Unveiled Bridal Boutique is getting 25 thousand dollars for improvements.

WinterFest About To Begin

It's time to celebrate winter on the waterfront as the first ever WinterFest is being put on by the city at Prince Arthur's Landing on Family Day.   Organizer Sophie Best says the highlight of the day will be the snow sculptures that  will be worked on this weekend. There will also be all kinds of outdoor snow activities including a toboggan hill, curling and pond hockey along with the skating rink.  Activities begin at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon and ends with a fireworks display at 8 pm.

No Stand Alone Building For New Cyclotron

Hospital officials are saying they are saving over 1 million dollars by housing a new piece of medical equipment in the building next to the Health Sciences Centre which is currently under construction.   They say the savings come from not building a new stand alone building for the new cyclotron which is expected to be ready to make isotopes by the spring of next year.  

Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day

It's a condition that is so rare that only three children have it in Thunder Bay. It's called Angelman Sydrome and Leia Portfors is one of the Mothers of a child who has the neuro-genetic disorder which affects both sexes. Today marks the first annual International Angelman Awareness Day.   

Woman's Death Ruled Not Criminal

The Death of a 23 year old Kasabonika Lake First Nation woman is not the result of any criminal offence. That's the conclusion of an O.P.P. investigation after Nishnawbe-Aski Police asked the O.P.P. to step in and assist. Lena Anderson died while in police custody on February 1st of this year. Meanwhile the Regional Coroner's Office says an inquest will be conducted to review the circumstances surrounding the incident.

City Man Wins Big At Grand Portage

One Thunder Bay man is celebrating a huge winfall. A long-time patron of Grand Portage Lodge and Casino won a whopping 330-thousand dollars U.S. on a progressive slot machine on Tuesday. It's believed to be the second largest payout in the casino's history and the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said "It's going to make life a whole lot easier."

Bordercats Announce Five Players

The Thunder Bay Bordercats are announcing their first five players committed for the upcoming season. Outfielders Cory Kay and Tyler Duplantis are coming back for another year. The team also signed shortstop Joey Hawkins, third baseman Jason Vosler and pitcher Jordan Church. The team will play their home opener on June 1st.

Thunderwolves Hockey Team Faces Elimination

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves hockey team are facing elimination Friday night in game two of their series against Waterloo. The team fell 7-2 in the opener of their O.U.A. quarter-final on the road and will now need a pair of wins at home in front of the Gardens faithful. Interim Coach Mike Busniuk says everything that could've gone wrong for the Thunderwolves did in game one and they'll have to re-focus quickly in order to stay in the playoffs.

L.U. Volleyball Team Heads Into Playoffs

It's a one game elimination playoff and anything can happen. The Lakehead University women's volleyball team are back in the post-season for the first time in seven years and travel to York for a game on Saturday night at 6 o'clock. The 9-9 Thunderwolves are the underdogs playing the 17-1 Lions but did win 6 of their last 8 games and are coming off an upset of the #4 ranked team in the country, Ottawa, last weekend.

L.U. Wrestlers Head For Provincials

The O.U.A. wrestling championships begin tomorrow in St. Catherines. Lakehead University Head Coach Brock Curtis says the women will be in the running for a provincial title with their toughest competition coming from Western and hosts Brock University. Weigh-ins are today and Curtis says the men's team will try and qualify at least five wrestlers to move on to the national championships from this weekend.