Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Search on For Missing Cliff Diver

OPP divers from Gravenhurst are expected to arrived in Thunder Bay tomorrow morning.  They will be heading to the  McKenzie River in Shuniah Township to search for a missing cliff diver.  OPP say that a 26 year old Thunder Bay man did not resurface after making a dive this afternoon.  Police say he was was with  three other friends at the time.   They say the location is off of McKenzie Heights Road just east of the McKenzie River Bridge.

Scott Potts Leaving Hospital

A senior executive at the Regional Health Sciences Centre is leaving under a veil of mystery.  The official word from hospital officials is that Scott Potts has resigned and his last day is June 28th.  However, there is no way to interview Potts, who's the vice president of Corporate and Diagnostic Services, because he is on vacation.   A hospital spokesperson says they can't confirm a replacement for Potts at this point. 

Garbage Dumped At Area Lake

The Ministry of Natural Resources is trying to find who is responsible for dumping garbage at Sandstone Lake.    Officials say they've received complaints several times from the public about the situation.  The area is located about 80 kilometres southwest of the city off Highway 588. 

Rae To Focus Full Time On ROF

The Matawa First Nations now have a full time Ring of  Fire negotiator.   Liberal MP and former Ontario NDP Premier Bob Rae is resigning as a Member of Parliament.   He says it's in order to focus on his new role as chief negotiator for Matawa First Nations in talks with the province about development of the Ring of Fire mining development in northern Ontario.

Police Clarify Info On Charges

Thunder Bay's Jeff Paxton isn't facing his first brush with the law.    Deputy police chief Andy Hay says the 10 sex related charges against young boys announced yesterday are actually included with four charges from when he was first arrested  last year.   The police say the charges against Paxton are related to incidents between 1983 and 2004.

Golfers Raise $

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation is almost 22 thousand dollar richer following this weeks golf tournament.   The 7th Annual RE/MAX Queen of Hearts Ladies Golf Classic attracted a field of 152 women golfers.   The money will go towards the Northern Cardiac Fund. 

Forest Plan For Pikangikum

Pikangikum and the Province are working together to boost the forestry sector in the Far North.  The first nation has received a Sustainable Forest Licence for the Whitefeather Forest, 90km North of Red Lake.

MNR Forest Fire Update

Five new forest fires have sparked in Northwestern Ontario.  The Sioux Lookout and Nipigon Districts each saw two, while one was reported in the Kenora area.  The MNR adds while some rain is forecast, the hazard remains moderate to high in the region.

Kenora Council Broadcasting Live

It might not be a ratings hit, but Kenora City Council is looking to broadcast its open meetings.  Council says its willing to work with Shaw to air committee-of-the-whole and monthly council meetings.  It will set the city back about 12 thousand dollars to purchase and install the technology.  Councillor Rod McKay says he has his reservations about spending that kind of money and wants to know how many people might actually watch their meetings, before supporting the expenditure.

Fire At Bight Restaurant

Thunder Bay's Fire Department is looking into a small fire in a garbage room at Bight Restaurant last night.  Crews were able to bring the fire under control shortly after being called to the blaze at 11:30.  There's only minimal damage to the room and light smoke damage throughout the rest of the restaurant.  It's unclear if restaurant operations will be affected.