Monday, May 13, 2013

Crane Tips Over At Courthouse

The crane at the Consolidated Courthouse construction site has tipped over.  Construction worker Mike George says the crane did not make a loud noise, and came as a shock to the workers. No one was hurt. The Ministry of Labour is investigating, and says that the 90-tonne crane was moving a concrete wall panel up to the top level of the new courthouse when the crane fell.  Meanwhile, a witness at the scene, Frank Zawadzki says the workers scattered like mice when the crane came down.  He adds it looks like the crane's weight wasn't balanced and that could have lead to why it tipped over.  As a result of the incident, Brodie Street is closed from Miles Street to Victoria.

Local Liquor Workers Set To Strike

A strike by Liquor Control Board workers is still set for this weekend.  In Thunder Bay, unionized workers have set up strike headquarters at the Labour Centre.   Union spokesperson Robert Lorkowski says the dispute centers around the increased use of part time workers.  Lorkowski says out of the province's total LCBO workforce of 7 thousand about 4 thousand are part time.

Test Your Well Water

The Health Unit is encouraging well owners to test their water this spring.  Public Health Inspector Abbey Mackie says it's important to get your water tested.  Spring run off from melting snow can bring contaminants with it into local wells.

Tourism Slowed By Late Spring

A cool spring isn't doing Thunder Bay's Tourism market any favours. Manager Paul Pepe says it's been a slow start to the tourism season. Pepe expects their outdoor experience visitors to pick up in the warmer months.

Upass Renewal Plans

The City is looking to renew its deals with Confederation College and Lakehead University for student transportation. Councillor Rebecca Johnson says the Upass agreement provides students with yearly bus passes that are paid for through tuition fees. If council approves the three year term it will start this September.

Books Without Bounds In City Today

Two teenaged Oakville, Ontario sisters who collected books for kids living in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation are in Thunder Bay today. Emma and Julia Mogus bought books with their own money and accepted donations leading to over 18-thousand books being sent to NAN communities. They'll fly out to Fort Severn with Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy.

Crime Of The Week

Time now for our Crime of the Week. Sometime between May 3rd and 5th someone gained access to a Hydro One storage compound in Dryden. The suspects stole 17-thousand dollars in chainsaws and drills. Anyone with info is asked to call Crimestoppers.

CAW Elections Today

The local Canadian Autoworkers Union is holding its executive elections today. Voting takes place at the Lakehead Labour Centre from 10 until 8.

MNR Fire Deals With Blazes

Thunder Bay's MNR fire crews are finally seeing some action.  The first fire they dealt with was a lightning strike to a dead tree in the area south of Garden Lake.  The second blaze on Sunday was a human caused grass fire on Mountain Road at Fort William First Nation.

T.Bay Hydro Electricity Rate Increases

The Ontario Energy Board is giving Thunder Bay Hydro approval to increase their electricity rates.  The 6.35 percent increase means most residential hydro bills will go up almost 7 dollars a month.  For businesses that increase will look like almost 14 dollars a month.