Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gliddy Back Behind Bars

City police are reporting an especially violent  long weekend.  It included  several assaults, two of which resulted in the arrest of Thea Gliddy.   She is the thirty one year old woman who was originally charged in connection with a 2010 murder at the Inntowner Hotel.  She was released after charges in the case were stayed.    Gliddy is now charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault  in connection with incidents at the Memorial Avenue Bridge and at a May Street apartment which sent three people to hospital.

Former CIBC Investor At Hearing

A former Thunder Bay financial advisor is before a National Discipline Hearing this week in Toronto.  Pirkko Ann Ramsay is facing allegations that she borrowed funds from two clients without their knowledge and misused it.  Ramsay was a CIBC Investor Service Representative.

Resolute Refuses To Sign "Draconian" Deal

Resolute Forest Products is refusing to sign on to the new Boreal Forest Agreement effectively killing the proposal. The deal was designed to prevent the over-harvesting of trees.  Spokesperson Seth Kursman says it would have had a detrimental affect on communities and First Nations throughout the north. He says the demands from  many environmental groups were draconian and would have lead to the cancellation of company projects in Ignace and Atikokan. The deal had been signed by seven environment organizations and 19 forest product companies in Canada

Tactical Service Unit A Boon To Police Force

Thunder Bay's 14 member Tactical Service Unit is talking up their recent accomplishments.  Sgt. Rino Belcamino spoke to members of the Police Service Board today and says they offer one of the most successful K9 units in the Province.  They are also the only hostage rescue unit in Northwestern Ontario.

Police Services Board Roundup

Thunder Bay's Police Chief says the force's 2013 budget is on the right track.  JP Levesque presented a financial update to members of the Police Services Board earlier today.  The nearly 36 million dollar budget is operating in the black.  Meanwhile,  A drug abuse treatment centre in the City would like 12 unclaimed bikes from the Police Service.  They've asked for the bikes for the 16 to 25 year old First Nation Youth who stay at their facility.  The Police Services Board is working with the treatment centre and will consider the request.

New Board Member?

Thunder Bay's Police Services Board should have a new member soon.  A position is open ever since Deborah Johnson's term expired at the last board meeting.  Chair Joe Virdiramo says the Attorney General will hopefully make an announcement soon.  Virdiramo says hopefully the Attorney General received lots of applications.

Zone Watch Deadline May 27th

The City's Police Service is pleased with the number of people who have applied for their new online "Zone Watch" program.  Spokesperson Chris Adams says 62 applications have been sent in so far.  The deadline to apply is May 27th.

Hudak Has Plans For Ring Of Fire

Ontario's PC leader says he would make changes to advance the Ring of Fire.  Tim Hudak says his party would make 4 key changes including putting a Minister in charge of the mining project.   Hudak believes the Ring of Fire can be to Ontario what the Oil Sands are to Alberta.

Hyer Objects To Radio Station Move

A local MP is wading into the fight to keep the radio station in Marathon operating out of the community.  Bruce Hyer says he has filed an objection with the Canadian Radio and TV Commission over the plan by Dougall Media to have the station broadcast all programming out of its studio here in Thunder Bay.  He joins MPP Michael Gravelle who has also fired off a letter to the CRTC objecting to the plan

City Dodges Rainfall Bullet

City officials are expressing extreme relief that we were spared from heavy rains overnight.  Lakehead Region Conservation Authority Chair Bill Bartley we dodged a bullet.  He says, as a result,  the flood warning for the city has now been lifted.  Bartley says while there has been some localized flooding the city is being spared because of the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway.  There are still some roads in the city that are closed due to flood damage and they will reopen after repairs.

5 To 10 MM Of Rain Last Night

Environment Canada says the City saw an additional 5 to 10 millimeters of rain last night and not the 70 mm that was originally forecasted.  Meteorologist Arnold Ashton says we'll see the rain go away later in the day.  A severe rainfall warning for the region ended over night.

Officials Keep Eye On Rising Water Levels

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority and the City are keeping a close watch on rising water levels in area waterways.  50 to 60 millimeters of rain was recorded over the weekend with 70 millimeters more forecasted for last night.  City Infrastructure Manager Darrell Matson says they're on high alert and the Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Plant is performing as they expected.  Roads in and around the City are experiencing ponding and flooding.  Any roads covered with water should be avoided and you should seek alternate routes.  Local roads that are closed include: Arundel Street near Toledo Street, and Melbourne Road near Hazelwood Drive intersection, Chippewa Road at the City Road intersection and at the Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit.  The recreation trail under the Edward Street Bridge is also closed.

OPP Say Only Some Back Roads Still Washed Out

OPP are reporting that all major highways remain open and previous washed out rural roads are now passable.  Police say only some small back roads are still treacherous.

FWFN State Of Emergency

Fort William First Nation is in a state of emergency.  170 members of the First Nation have been evacuated since yesterday. Chief Georjann Morriseau says they'll be meeting today to review the flood situation.  Homes were damaged and several roads are closed due to washouts in the community.

Leaf And Yard Waste Starts Today

Curbside collection of leaf and yard waste starts this week. Spokesperson Brad Adams says the collections will take place on your regular recycling day, between today and the end of the month. Adams also says each bag has a weight limit of 40 pounds.