Saturday, April 20, 2013

International Astronomy Day Today

Be on the lookout for telescopes and astronomers today as people interested in the wonders of the universe celebrate International Astronomy Day. Thunder Bay's Fort William Historical Park will be taking part in the celebrations tonight.

Public Transit Back To Normal Today

Public transit is up and running again today. City buses were shut down yesterday because of the poor weather conditions. Thunder Bay Police are also reporting that John St Road is open again following a closure yesterday due to downed power lines. 

Red Cross Uses Flood As Learning Experience

It's being described as the worst disaster to ever hit Thunder Bay but it has resulted in some positive changes for emergency groups. Last year, the Lakehead was hit with massive flooding and a price-tag to clean up at 15-million dollars. Mike Morton is the Director of Disaster Management for the Canadian Red Cross and he says they learned that they had to proactive in helping those affected. Morton says the Red Cross is currently looking at different means of helping victims including the use of social media and new technology.

Heritage Designation Requested

The United Nations is being asked to declare a portion of Northwestern Ontario as a world heritage area. Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti  says the land in question is 33 thousand square kilometres of boreal forest north of Kenora that straddles the Manitoba border. He says the designation will help to give the area world recognition.