Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Library On The Move

The County Park Library is looking for a new location in the surrounding neighbourhood.  The Library Board hasn't been able to agree on a new lease agreement with the owner's of the County Fair Mall and the lease expires October 31st.  Spokesperson Tina Tucker says they have a new site in mind and until they can secure the spot they hope the mall will allow them to go on a month by month agreement.

Police Welcome Stun Gun News

The Thunder Bay Police Service is welcoming the news from the province, that front line officers will now be allowed to carry stun guns.   Spokesperson Chris Adams says it's an idea they have always supported.  However Adams says it could take up to two years to impliment. 

Serbian Men Charged With Trafficking Oxy

Thunder Bay Police are reporting the seizure of 659-thousand dollars in Oxycodone.  Police have charged two Serbian nationals in connection to the drug trafficking investigation.  Over 3-thousand pills were taken from a Memorial Avenue motel room.  Two men in their 70s are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, and proceeds of crime. 

Teens Get Hands On Experience

Over a dozen aboriginal youth have a better idea of what it takes to start their own business.  The teens took part in a training program at the Northwest Innovation Centre this summer. Spokesperson Melissa McClement says some of the youth even started their own businesses.  Other businesses included a community radio station, and film production company.

Dryden Manager Post Filled...For Now

The City of Dryden has found a replacement for outgoing Airport Manager George Friesen. Long time employee Norm Sanders has been appointed Acting Airport Manager and is now in control. The Airport will be included in a comprehensive review of all city services and officials say decisions with regard to management at the Airport will be dealt with after the review.  Friesen announced his resignation last month.

Busy Night For City Police

City Police were kept busy Monday night.  Officers responded to a call of an unwanted person outside a North Cumberland Street residence which led to a male being pepper sprayed.  He's been charged with assaulting a police officer and breach of probation.  The officer was not injured during the arrest.  Meanwhile, Police are investigating a rash of tires being slashed in the Limbrick Place area.  At least 13 vehicles were targeted overnight.

Pet Issue On Hold

The City is waiting for councillor Aldo Roberto to come back from China before they go for a final vote on his request looking into the number of pets people can own.  The issue was to come up for a final vote Monday but was put off until Roberto is back so he can speak on the issue.  Several weeks ago Ruberto's fellow councillors shot down his request, it will come back for a final vote on September 9th.

Two Properties On Heritage Register

The City is adding two properties to the Heritage Register.  They've approved Windrose House on Ridegway Street East and the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery.

Fair Trade Takes Time

It's going to take some time before Thunder Bay becomes a "Fair Trade City".  Council is asking the "Food Strategy" committee to look into what the City needs to do to get the fair trade title.   One of the conditions would include purchasing and using free trade products.

TCP Officials Talk East-West Pipeline

Pipeline Officials
Trans Canada Pipeline is kicking off a series of consultations in Northwestern Ontario.  The public information session's on the Energy East Pipeline project will be held in Kenora, Vermillion Bay, Dryden, Ignace and ending in Thunder Bay on September 24th.  Officials with the project spoke to City Council Monday night and updated them on the status of the proposed project that would see Alberta's oil to the East Coast.

Buliding Permits On Par With Last Year

Construction in the City is on par with previous years.  That's the report from Chief Building Official Des Stolz who says as of the end of June they issued 731 building permits worth 134 million dollars in construction.  Stolz says future permits this year include a new maintenance garage on Front Street, a new restaurant on Arthur Street and the remainder of the new Industrial Centre on Waterloo Street.

Council Allows Hair Salon Building Change

City Council is giving the go ahead to a property owner who wants to turn a hair salon into an apartment.  The salon on Junot Avenue has been operating since the 80's and shares the building with two existing apartments.  Council gave their approval for the change in use of the building at its meeting Monday night.