Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Premier Wynne To Visit City

Premier Kathleen Wynne is coming to Thunder Bay tomorrow.  It's her first visit to the city since becoming premier.  According to a notice from her office she will be at YES Employment Services in the morning and touring the Resolute Mill in the afternoon.

State Of Emergency Continues On FWFN

The Fort William First Nation remains in a state of emergency as the result of weekend rains.   Chief Georjann Morriseau says about 80 people remain away from their homes and there is still no firm time on when they will go back.     She says their homes need to be cleared by health officials before the evacuees can return.

Work Resumes At Accident Site

It's back to business at the construction site of the new courthouse on the city's south side.   Matt Blajer of the Ministry of Labour says one week after last week's crane accident, the whole site has been deemed safe after the stop work order was lifted yesterday. Blajer says the ministry is continuing its investigation into what caused the crane to tip over

Well Owners Advised To Boil Water

The Health Unit is strongly advising well owners in any areas affected by this past weekend’s high water levels to boil your water before you drink it.   Officials say well water used for brushing teeth, making baby formula, washing foods and cooking should also be boiled.

PARO Gets More Money

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is giving just over 352-thousand dollars to PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise. PARO Executive Director Rosalind Lockyer says the three year grant will be used to provide training for would be young entrepreneurs in Northwestern Ontario.  Lockyer says the money will go along way with covering the costs of salaries, training opportunities and producing materials for their training programs.

Fire At Mobile Home Park

No injuries to report after a fire on Pamona drive off Rosslyn Road this morning.  One fire official  says it started in the crawl space of a mobile home.  Captain Chris Beaucage says damage is minimal and that the floor of the home never caught fire.   The cause is under investigation.

Kenora Council Says No To More Lake Front Cottages

Kenora City Council has voted against a moratorium for developments on Black Sturgeon Lake.  Dan Olscamp, president of the Black Sturgeon Lake Property Owners Association says the lake is at a critical point.   Council has confirmed the city will include water testing on the lake as part of the 2014 budget.

A Tale of Three Mayors

The Mayors of two cities that were devastated by flooding last year are getting together tonight to share their experiences. Don Ness of Duluth, MN, and our very own Keith Hobbs will share their stories about springtime flooding in their communities. Salvation Army Major Roy Langer will also be discussing the forest fires that ravaged Slave Lake, AB. "A Tale of Three Mayors" Red Shield fundraising dinner will be held tonight at the Valhalla Inn.

Nukes Designation Antiquated: Hobbs

The Mayor says it may be time to change the city's designation as a so called "nuclear free zone"   It was passed by a previous council, but Keith Hobbs suggests it's only symbolic right now.  He says if you only knew what went through Thunder Bay Bay on the highways there's lots of nuclear material that comes though.  Hobbs calls the designation antiquated.

Students Enter The Den

It's time to enter the den for five would be high school entrepreneurs to strut their stuff.  Caralee Rousell of Thunder Bay Ventures says the 5  are vying for cash prizes if the judges chose their business proposals. She says they include beef jerky and dog treats. The presentations are taking place at Hammarskjold High School starting at 1 o'clock this afternoon.