Friday, April 5, 2013

No Foul Play In Kenora Death

Police in Kenora say it appears a recent death in the city was a tragic accident.  They found the man lying on the street under a broken forth floor window.   He was identified as a  construction worker from Toronto.  Police say a post mortem shows there was no evidence the death was the result of foul play

PSAC Ponders Legal Route

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is looking into legal action against the Treaty 3 Police Service. Judith Monteith-Farrell from PSAC, who represents officers in the service, says changes to employment conditions were made without consultation. Monteith says they had no options but to look at legal action. Monteith says the changes affect officers salaries, parental leave benefits, and include the laying off of 7 officers. However, Chief of Police Operations Terry Armstrong says the force was forced to take these actions, due to a lack of provincial and federal funding.

Elderly Man Struck By Car

An 83 year old man is recovering in hospital after police say he was hit by a car on the city's north side this morning.  They say the man was crossing on a green light at Balmoral and Beverly when he was struck by a car making a right turn.  The car driver, a 74 year old woman, is charged with careless driving.

It's Shoes And Champagne 2

A reality TV star in Canada is coming to Thunder Bay to help Habitat for Humanity raise money.   Jody Claman of the Real Housewives of Vancouver will be here on June 20th to take part in the second Shoes and Champagne event.   That's where designer shoes, signed by celebrities,  are auctioned off.

Readiness Strategy A Great Game Plan: Mason

The city's mining czar thinks our new mining readiness strategy puts Thunder Bay on the right track.   The strategy is a comprehensive blueprint of what needs to be done to prepare and promote the city for the anticipated mining boom.  John Mason says the report should make mining officials sit up and take notice calling it a great path forward and a great game plan. The report says 10 mining projects in the region will inject 1 billion dollars a year into the city's economy.

Sachigo Lake Teens Walking To T.Bay

Teens from Sachigo Lake First Nation are walking from their community to Thunder Bay starting today.  The youth are on a fundraising walk for the new Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School's residence.  They hope to be in Thunder Bay by April 27th by walking 60 km a day.

Bombardier Gets More Work

Southern Ontario will be getting another 28 Bi-Level Go Trains from Thunder Bay's Bombardier plant. Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle says the purchase will boost the City's economy. Design of the cars is already underway, with production scheduled to begin this summer. The first delivery of the new fleet will arrive in 2014.

Greenstone Mayor Pleased With Mill Talk

The Mayor of Greenstone says nothing is a done deal yet when it comes to the reopening of Longlac's former Buchanan mill.  Ron Beaulieu says he's hopeful talks will go well between the parties involved in the deal. Beaulieu says Buchanan has already applied for a licence to open the mill.

Chief Collins Says Farewell

It's the last week in office for Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins. Fort William is holding it's election this weekend, with a new chief being crowned Monday afternoon. Collins fondly recalls his years as Chief. Collins will be saying goodbye to Thunder Bay city council Monday night.

Pick Up Truck Fire

City Police and Fire Crews are looking into a vehicle fire on South Algoma Street.  The pick up truck was parked behind an apartment complex and sustained extensive damage.  The call came in around 4:15 this morning and forced residents to vacate their apartments while the fire was put out.  Foul play is not being ruled out at this time.