Thursday, March 14, 2013

Foulds Thunder Bay Superior North Candidate

City Councillor Andrew Foulds is going to represent the NDP in Thunder Bay Superior North.  If an election is called they will face Liberal Incumbent Michael Gravelle.  Foulds says they're proud to represent the party and looks forward to raising the riding's issues when an election is called.  NDP Leader Andrea Horwath spoke at the nomination meeting last night and says she thinks her party can win this riding.

Police Looking Into Body Found On Leith Street

Thunder Bay Police are investigating the death of a man who was found in the 200 block of Leith Street. A passerby spotted the body in a backyard.  The cause of death is unknown as well as the identity of the deceased.  Thunder Bay Police Criminal Investigations and Identification detectives are on the scene.

Stomach Illness Outbreak At St. Joe's

Thunder Bay's Health Unit is declaring a stomach illness outbreak at St. Joseph's Care Group's Reactivation Program.   All admissions, transfers, discharges and social activities have been cancelled for that area of the hospital.  Visitors are restricted to family members and caregivers only.

Con College Considering Offering New Program

Confederation College is looking into bringing an advanced paramedic program to Thunder Bay.  President Jim Madder says they are still in the early planning stages.  Madder says they're considering programs that are already offered at other schools.

Ottawa's Budget Day Is March 21st

The Harper government will be presenting it's budget next Thursday.   It's expected to be a stay the course document. Thunder Bay-Superior North  MP Bruce Hyer is hoping that there's a commitment of funds to the Ring of Fire mining development. And while it may be wishful thinking, Hyer is hoping the budget will see the government reverse its decision on closing the Experimental Lakes Area near Kenora.  Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty says he hopes small town northwestern Ontario gets a break on infrastructure spending and adds the NDP is also hoping that cutbacks to front line services are restored to departments like Veterans Affairs and Service Canada.

Big Trout Lake Sexual Assault

Ontario Provincial Police have charged a 19-year-old man from Big Trout Lake First Nation regarding an incident last month.  Constable Allison Moore with the Sioux Lookout Detachment says police were first notified on February 11th.  O.P.P say the accused has been charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement and overcoming resistance.  He is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Airport ATM Dispenses Foreign $

Money makes the world go round and now you can get some of your world money at the airport through a new ATM machine that dispenses foreign currency.  With a bank card you can now obtain Euros, pounds, pesos and U.S. dollars.

Horizon Wind Trumpets New Poll Results

The latest survey of Thunder Bay and area residents paid for by Horizon Wind, shows 2 out of 3 of those polled support the Big Thunder Wind Park. Horizon spokesperson Kathleen MacKenzie says this confirms that there are fewer opponents to the project. The latest poll, done in December, surveyed 600 residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 per cent.

Centennial Golf Course Sold

The Owner of Northern Lights Golf Complex is now the new owner of Centennial Golf Course on John Street Road and plans to call it Centennial Pines Golf Course. Gerald Breukelman signed on the dotted line in February and says it's a new challenge. Breukelman is now offering a dual membership for both Northern Lights and Centennial Pines and is hoping city golfers take advantage.

Ministry Of Labour Investigating Hudson Mill Incident

The Ministry of Labour is looking into an incident at the Hudson Mill near Sioux Lookout. Spokesperson Matt Blajer says a worker suffered a crushing injury to his left arm and is in hospital in Winnipeg. There is no word on the extent of the injury. Blajer says inspectors are looking into the training and the events surrounding the incident.

Kings Split Games To Open O.H.L. Cup

The Thunder Bay Minor Midget Kings opened the O.H.L. Cup in Missassauga by splitting a pair of games. They blanked the Huron Perth Lakers 2-0 in their second game of the day to even their record at 1-1 after losing 6-1 to the Toronto Junior Canadians. The Kings will play the Oakville Raiders in their lone game of the day today.

S.I.J.H.L. Playoff Picture

The Superior International Junior Hockey League playoffs are set. The Thunder Bay North Stars finished in fourth place and will take on the fifth place Minnesota Iron Rangers in a best of three series starting Saturday at the Fort William Gardens. The winner will advance to take on the regular season champion Minnesota Wilderness in the semi-finals. The other semi-final match-up features the second seeded Fort Frances Lakers taking on the Dryden Ice Dogs.