Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Vehicle Pedestrian Collision

Thunder Bay Police are confirming a vehicle pedestrian accident in the area of the Arthur Street and Leland intersection. The accident involves a 12 year old girl and the ambulance was on the scene. It occurred just after 4 o'clock Tuesday. There's no word yet on injuries.

NAN Wants To Take Part In Inquest

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is one of several groups who want to take part in an inquest into the deaths of seven aboriginal youth in Thunder Bay.  Grand Chief Harvey Yesno says NAN's participation in the inquest is critical.  Other groups looking for permission today to participate are the City of Thunder Bay and the Police Services Board.

Standoff End On The FWFN

Life is back to normal on the Fort William First Nation after yesterday's police standoff.   OPP say a 40 year old man barricaded himself in a house in the community Monday afternoon.  After a brief period police say he gave up peacefully and is in custody awaiting a court appearance facing a weapons charge and uttering threats.

Float Planes Training Upsets Cottagers

Cottagers at Eva Lake near Atikokan are fuming and it's Confederation College they are angry at.  They say since the College moved its float plane training program from Lake Shabandowan it's been nothing but take offs and landings  over an over again on their lake.  They counted 40 in one day.  Cottagers say it's making it extremely hard to use or enjoy the lake.

Violent Night On The South Side

City police say that a 28 year old Thunder Bay man is in custody facing charges of robbery and threats to kill.  It follows an attack on two men just after midnight on the 300 Block of South Syndicate Avenue.   The suspect was arrested a short distance away.  Police say it was a random assault.

Councillor Stands Up For Arbitrator's Ruling

Not everyone is upset that the city has come on the wrong side of a recent firefighters arbitration decision on sick leave payouts.  City staff says that it's costing  money that wasn't budgeted for.   City Manager Tim  Commisso believes the arbitrator's decision is largely based on factors in Southern Ontario and doesn't reflect the realities of the north.  Councillor Paul Pugh disagrees with the idea that the city should pressure the province to set conditions on arbitrators so we don't get dinged so hard.  Pugh says  that's trampling on the rights of working people especially those who's bargaining rights have been taken away by legislation.

Students Plead For Fair Trade Designation

Grade Six students at Ogden School want Thunder Bay to become a Fair Trade City.  They say they were disturbed by the recent garment factory tragedy in Bangladesh and they did some homework on the issue.  They discovered that the movement started in the United Kingdom.  Under a fair trade strategy the city would agree to only do business with countries that treat their workers fairly.  City administration will be writing a report on the proposal. 

Police Seek Hit And Run Driver

City police are on the lookout for the driver of a tractor trailer after a hit and run on the weekend.  Sgt. Glenn Porter says it took place in the parking lot of the Landmark Inn on Dawson Road at 4 am Saturday morning.    He says it appears that as the driver rounded a corner the tractor trailer hooked on to a  minivan which in turn smashed into three other vehicles as it was being dragged along.  A surveillance camera captured the incident. Transport Hit And Run on PhotoPeach

Coroner To Hear Requests For Standing

An inquest into the deaths of seven Aboriginal youths in Thunder Bay takes a major step forward today.   Coroner Dr. Michael Wilson is holding a hearing to listen to those people who believe they have a right to take part in the process. Wilson says not everyone who asks can be granted standing.  He says that privilege will go to anyone with a direct interest in the outcome. The hearing begins at 10 am at the Ontario Government building on Red River Road.