Thursday, June 27, 2013

Busy Weekend Expected At The Border

The Canada Border Services Agency expects a busy Canada Day long weekend at the Pigeon River border crossing.   Spokesperson Tracey Gagnon says it's good to be prepared when you come back from the States. She says you can speed up the process by having proper I.D. and all your shopping receipts handy. Gagnon adds the most traffic is expected Sunday between 4 and 7 pm and again on Monday between 11 am and 6 pm.

Mac's VP Defends Alcohol Request

A top official with Mac's Convenience Stores says Thunder Bay residents should not be concerned if alcohol is sold at its stores here. While the stores have been robbery prone, company vice president Tom Moher says alcohol sales would not increase the frequency of hold ups.  He says they have operated two LCBO outlet stores in the province and there has been no increase in robberies at either location.  The company is asking the province to allow alcohol sales at all its Mac's stores in the province.

New Cancer Screening Bus

The new Regional Cancer Centre screening bus hits the road in northwestern Ontario next month.  Spokesperson Allison McMullen says along with a flashy new one and a half million dollar coach,  is some new equipment as well.  She points to a new mammography unit.   The bus will be heading to Dryden, Ear Falls and Red Lake starting July 15th.

Mayor Wants Vacant Buildings Assessed

The mayor says it may be time to look at the status of vacant buildings in the city.  Following this week's wall collapse at the abandoned Empire Hotel Keith Hobbs is concerned there may be more danger lurking around other such buildings, so they should be assessed.   He calls it a concern that requires proactive measures.  The city will be demolishing the rest of the Empire this weekend.  

Fire Hazard Low To Moderate

The Far north continues to be the hot spot for forest fires.  The Ministry of Natural Resources is monitoring several lightning-caused fires burning in remote locations.  The MNR is also looking at possible new starts in the southern portion of the region due to recent lightning.  The fire hazard remains low to moderate across the region.

Fatality In Falcon Lake

One person is dead and another has been taken to hospital following a bizarre incident at the Falcon Lake Campground in eastern Manitoba.  The RCMP say a 45-year-old Quebec man was early this morning after a tree fell on a tent.  Corporal Miles Hiebert says severe weather is likely to blame.  The Mounties says a 44 year old woman has been taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  The name of the person who was killed is not going to be released by police.

TBRRI New Board Chair

The Regional Research Institute is getting a new Board Chair.  Dr. Gary Polonsky was the founding director of the organization and will be back at the helm.  Polonsky is replacing Keith Jobbitt.

Empire Hotel Gets The Wrecking Ball

The City is hiring a contractor to demolish the Empire Hotel.  It's being torn down later this week after a wall collapsed on Tuesday night.  The cost of the demolition will be the building owner's responsibility.

Mac's Robbery

Thunder Bay Police are looking for a suspect in an early morning robbery of the Oliver Road Mac's Convenience Store. The man got away with cash and merchandise. No one was hurt. Police are describing the suspect as tall with a heavy build. He was wearing a red ball cap and a long sleeved green shirt. Police say he was last seen heading north bound on Oliver towards Ontario Street.

Shelter House Wants CPC Support

Shelter House is looking for the Crime Prevention Council's support in getting the City to sell them the old EMS building on Donald Street.  Executive Director Patty Hajdu says any support will help them with their cause.  Shelter House has asked the Crime Prevention Council to write a letter in support of the managed alcohol program.