Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Border Cats Add Six

The Thunder Bay Border Cats have added six new players to their roster. Second baseman Michael Foster, outfielders Geoff Jimenez and Alex Bautista, catcher Dylan Goodwin and pitchers Zach Thiac and Blake Smith will join the Border Cats for the upcoming season. The Border Cats open their season on June 1st.

Gorjann Morriseau New FWFN Chief

Fort William First Nation's new Chief is Georjann Morriseau.  She received 243 votes.  Runner up Michael Joseph Pelletier received 238.  Elections were held on Sunday with 711 valid ballots cast for chief. Morriseau says she is humbled by the election and will take office on April the 15th.

Tall Ship Sorlandet Coming To T.Bay

Lake Superior Day this summer will welcome the Norwegian Tall Ship the Sorlandet.  Eco Superior Spokesperson Ashley Priem says she lucked out on booking the vessel.  Thunder Bay's Pool 6 Cruise Ship Dock will accomodate the tall ship on Sunday, July 21st from 10 until 5.

LU Steel Bridge Team Moving On

Lakehead University's Steel Bridge Team is moving on to a national competition. The team finished first at a regional competition last month, and will take part in another competition in Seattle at the end of May.

CMHC Out With Housing Stats

The Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation is out with its latest housing stats.  In March, Thunder Bay saw 3 new housing starts compared to only 1 last year at that time.  CMHC Analyst Warren Philp says after a long winter housing starts should take off in the coming months.  Philp says so far this year they've had 7 housing starts compared to 4 at this time last year.

Car Hits Shopper's Drug Mart

City Police are reporting someone drove into the window of Shopper's Drug Mart on Memorial Avenue.  The incident happened at 4:30 this morning.  No one was injured.

18 Million Dollars In Road Work Approved

Let the work begin.  City councillors have approved 18 million dollars worth of road and sidewalk construction for this year.  The city's  Darrell Matson says we are getting a good bang for our buck this year because some bids came in lower than predicted.  The approval include 7 million dollars worth of work on Junot Street and Golf Links Road

Resolute To Appeal Assessment Of City Mill

The City is preparing for a tax fight against Resolute Forest Products.   Resolute is appealing it's property assessment from the province and wants a reduction of 60 per cent,  retroactive by four years.  If successful the amount of taxes Resolute pays to the city would drop by 1.8 million dollars a year. Mayor Keith Hobbs calls it ridiculous and says the city has already contacted a lawyer with the aim of taking  the company on. The company's appeal is expected to go before a government review board in June.