Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cath Lab Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Regional Hospital officials are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the cardiac catherization lab.   The procedure allows a tube to be put into the heart to help provide treatment.   Since it was started officials say 27 thousand patients have had the procedure done.

Waterfront Project Almost Half A Million Over Budget

Remarkable is what city official Greg Alexander calls it. He says for phase one of the waterfront project to come in at only 1 per cent over budget speaks to how hard the project management team worked to keep costs down. Alexander hopes it silences any critics on city council. In dollar terms the variance works out to just under half a million dollars.

Viral Video Shows Assault

Dryden Police are investigating an assault at the Dryden McDonalds. The incident was captured on video and immediately went viral on social media. It shows a young man abusing a customer who was sitting down to eat. Police Chief Rob Davis says the incident was reported yesterday night but he believes the attack happened before that day. Davis is asking the public for help to identify who shot the video of the assault or who witnessed the incident. He says they have been able to identify the victim and the accused and notes charges are likely going to be laid.

Snowy Spring

The first day of spring brought with it cold temperatures and snow still on the ground.  Our newsroom went to City Hall to ask residents what they thought about the lack of warm weather.

Future Of Power Plant Still In Limbo

Uncertainty continues to surround the future of the Mission Island power plant. Councillor Andrew Foulds listened to the update from Ontario Power Generation officials this morning and says the conversion of the plant to natural gas remains on hold with no plans to change that. Foulds says the decision makers in southern Ontario don't appear to realize the energy challenges the region faces in the future.

Police Spending Over 2012 Budget

Thunder Bay Police are finishing off last year's budget year in the red.  They ran over their 34 million dollar budget by 179-thousand dollars.  Chief JP Levesque says they've worked really hard to keep their cost over-runs modest.  Levesque provided the Police Services Board with an update on their spending at yesterday's meeting.

OPP Looking For Missing Man

OPP are searching for a missing 32 year old Geraldton man.  Erik Legarde's family reported him missing yesterday.  He's described as 5'11 weighing 180 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen on March 17th wearing blue jeans, brown shoes, and a grey sweatshirt.

Rock Drummer To Lend His Star Power

A Thunder Bay based suicide prevention movement is getting some help from a Canadian rock star.   Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart says he joined the Collateral Damage Project after  founder Scott Chisholm reached out to him through Twitter.   Taggart is convinced it's a worthwhile endeavour and hopes to use his celebrity status to bring the  message across the country.

LRCA To Start Flood Watch

The spring flood watch is about to begin as the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority keeps its eye on area rivers and streams during the snow melt.   Chair Bill Bartley says he just finished his annual spring meeting with the operational staff of the area municipalities to make sure they are prepared for any eventuality.  Bartley says monitoring so far shows there is no cause for concern.

"Ceremony And Resurgence"

The Idle No More movement in Thunder Bay  is trying to give itself a kick start.  Organizers are holding what they call  "a day of ceremony and resurgence" Wednesday.  Beginning with a sunrise ceremony, a day of First Nation  teachings is planned at the Anishnawbe Mushkiki Centre on Royston Court.