Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Child Seat Saved Toddler's Life Say Police

City police are crediting a child car seat with saving a toddler's life in a north side accident.  They say that two people were sent to hospital in the two vehicle mishap at Teresa and Bruce Streets this afternoon.  Three others, including the child,  were treated at the scene by paramedics.  None of injuries were considered life threatening.   The driver of one of the vehicles is now charged.

Police Unveil Domestic Violence Unit

City Police now have a six member domestic violence unit. The local force launched the new initiative this morning and Inspector Sylvie Hauth says the high number of domestic violence calls backs up the need for the new unit. Uniform officers will be the first on the scene of a domestic violence call and if an arrest is made the new unit will be called in to deal with the matter.

Grant Funds Student Study

A Lakehead University researcher is getting a 200 thousand dollar federal grant for a social study of local school students.  Ed Rawana says it involves a student's cultural background and whether it can be used to help them develop strengths.    The three year study will start by  involving 12 students in Grades four and up from the three local school boards.

Camp Day Attracts Donations

It's Tim Horton's Camp Day.   The coffee shop fundraiser helps to send sick kids to summer camp.   As part of today's events, local Freedom 55 officials presented a cheque from money the company raised during the NHL playoffs.  They donated 50 dollars for every goal scored by a Thunder Bay NHL player.

Councillor Upset With Tbaytel Move

City Councillor Ken Boshcoff is taking issue with Tbaytel's recent decision to start charging for paper phone bills.  The company claims the 2 dollar fee for paper bills will help them save money and become more eco-friendly. Boshcoff takes issue with the company's environmental claims saying it hurts the forest industry. Boshcoff believes it would have made more sense to focus on the financial savings rather than the environment.

Teen Heart Patient Overwhelmed By Attention

Sixteen year old Bronwyn Huffman of Thunder Bay says she's overwhelmed by the attention.  The teen just came back from her year long stay at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto to deal with a serious heart condition.   Huffman says her family and friends were glad to have her back adding, there were a lot of tears. Huffman says she'll head back to Toronto on the weekend to await a heart transplant.

Truck VS House

A 48 year old man is charged with drinking and driving this morning after a pickup truck drove off the road and crashed into a house on Porcupine Blvd.  The incident happened around 1 this morning.  The front of the house is badly damaged.  Police say no one was hurt in the incident and the man will be in court later today.

Rafferty Back From Touring Africa

Thunder Bay Rainy River MP John Rafferty is back from a Government trip to Africa.  He toured along side the Governor General.  They visited Botswana, South Africa and Ghana.  Rafferty says during their tour they promoted Canada's University exchange student program including Lakehead University.

City To Have First Pride Parade


Thunder Bay’s 1st Pride Parade will take place on June 15.  It will start at the  east end of Waverley Park around noon.    The Parade route will proceed along Waverley Street to Red River Road until reaching Water Street.  The Parade will head to the pedestrian entrance into Marina Park at Camelot Street. 

FedNor Funds NAN

It's Fednor time again. The Harper Government says it's giving the Nishnawbe Aski Nation almost 75 thousand dollars to support the development and growth of energy businesses in remote First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. It is designed to enable communities to explore opportunities to help strengthen the regional economy.

Local Business Women Win Awards

A Thunder Bay restaurant owner is one of three winners of an Infuencial Women's award this week.  Bianca Garofalo of Bight Restaurant says she's happy her hard work is paying off .   Also receiving awards were Tracey Buckler of St. Joseph's Care Group and Erika Maki of A Spa For You who credits her award to the clients who come to her spa