Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Local Praise For Angelina Jolie

There's praise for Angelina Jolie from one health professional in Thunder Bay. The famous actress admitted to having both her breasts removed to prevent cancer.    Dr. Heather McLean works with the regional cancer program and believes the revelation can make more woman take a serious look at their health. McLean believes Jolie will make a good role model for the cause.

Collision Leads To Charge

One person is charged in connection with a traffic mishap on the city's south side last night.  Police say that an SUV collided with a parked truck on South Edward Street causing the SUV to flip.   The driver of  the SUV, a 38 year old woman,  is now charged with careless driving.

Grass Fire Close By

A city fire crew didn't have far to go to put out a grass fire this last half hour.  It was right in front of the fire hall on Water Street and Pearl next to the train tracks.    They had it out in minutes.

Hyer Wants Senators Charged

A Thunder Bay MP is upset two Conservative senators aren't being treated harshly enough for their financial faux pas's.    A Senate committee has ordered Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb to pay back the housing allowance they had been claiming because they weren't eligible. Bruce Hyer says that's not enough, he believes the senators should face criminal charges.

Cancer Report Card Out

The Regional Cancer Care Northwest Program is working on improving their patient services.  Regional Cancer Care Director Joanne Lacourciere says the Province's annual cancer score card gives them poor marks for integrating their cancer services.  The report card also shows the Northwest has higher incidence of prostate, colon, lung and breast cancer than the rest of the Province.

Evacuees Heading Back

Flood concerns are easing up North and that is allowing some residents to return home.  Emergency Management Ontario says 90-Attawapiskat First Nation residents currently staying in Greenstone will return today, and another 260 will be flown back from the city tomorrow. Sixty evacuees who were moved to Fort Frances will have to stay there awhile longer until their homes are cleaned and repaired.  Altogether in Northwestern Ontario nearly 400 members of the Kashechewan and Pic Mobert First Nations remain evacuated.

Youth Corps 20th Anniversary

The teens of the Thunder Bay police youth corps. are hanging up their uniforms for the year. Today is the final parade of the year for the teens, some of whom will be receiving awards tonight. Tonight also marks the 20th anniversary of the Youth Corps, who have invited past members to the event as well.

City Officer FBI Trained

FBI Director Robert Mueller
and Sgt. Neil Herman

Thunder Bay city police are hyping up one of their own.   Sergeant Neil Herman has completed the FBI National Academy Program.   It was an intensive  10 week course that took place in the United States.   Herman is only one of 8 Canadian officers who are accepted into the program every year.   Herman is an 18 year veteran of the Thunder Bay Police Service.

Thunder Bay Asked To Join Lobby Effort

Dryden and Thunder Bay are listed in a resolution adopted by Kenora Council to try to tackle the problem of the urban deer population. Kenora Councillor Sharon Smith says the three will lobby the Ministry of Natural Resources to reduce the cost of deer hunting permits within city limits. Smith suggests if they can convince the MNR to reduce the cost of deer hunting permits to 10 dollars, more people might be willing to take part in the annual fall hunt.

OPP Out With Weekend Warning

The Ontario Provincial Police want to make sure everyone stays safe this Victoria Day Weekend. Sergeant Shelley Garr with the Northwest Region says this year's theme is "Take Charge Of Your Own Safety".   Garr says officers will be out looking for distracted and aggressive drivers, impaired drivers and those not wearing their seatbelts.