Thursday, August 29, 2013

LRCA Flood Watch

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is issuing a flood watch for the Thunder Bay area including O'Connor, Conmee, Gillies, Shuniah and Dorion.  The LRCA is putting the watch in effect because of the heavy amounts of rain expected tonight.  Staff are continuing to monitor the weather conditions.

Fed Funding For Mining Project

The Federal government is handing out 87-thousand dollars to two groups to allow them to participate in the environmental assessment for the Griffith Iron Ore redevelopment project in Ear Falls.  Wabauskang First Nation is receiving 50-grand, while the Metis Nation of Ontario is getting 37-thousand dollars.  Both groups will be able to review and provide comments on the Environmental Impact Statement and draft Environmental Assessment Report.  Northern Iron (Corp.) is hoping to reopen the once prosperous Mine, with hopes of cementing a 20-year mine life.

No Cause Yet In Moose Death

There still isn't a cause of death for Chippewa Park's seven year old bull moose.  A post mortem exam is done but some tissue samples were taken and sent to a lab in Guelph for analysis.  The moose was found by staff at the zoo early Tuesday morning.  Analysis of the tissue samples is expected to take seven to ten days to complete. 

Summer Sounds Well Received

It's over.  The summer's final City Hall Sounds event wrapped up Thursday at City Hall.  The program was put in place to liven up the area around the City's South Core which saw live music, arts and crafts and local food.  Crime Prevention Coordinator Amy Siciliano says since the program was well-embraced they're going to look into how best to move it forward next year.

CEDC Celebrates Summer Company

Thunder Bay's Community Economic Development Commission is heralding the benefits of the Summer Company program.  Organizer Stacia Kean says they had 11 businesses created by local youth. The provincially funded program is for students between 15 to 29 years of age.   A wrap up ceremony was held on Thursday for the local students who took part in this summer's program.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The Thunder Bay area is under a severe Thunderstorm watch.  The storm cell started last night in North Dakota and is making it's way into the City this afternoon.  Environment Canada Meterologist Geoff Coulson says it could become a doozy of a storm with hail and strong winds.  The forecast is calling for up to 20 to 30 millimetres of rain.

Gravelle Happy With Remediation Plan

The Ministry of the Environment and the owners of the defunct Superior Fine Papers have come to an agreement over the clean up of their Thunder Bay mill.  MPP Michael Gravelle says there have been concerns over industrial waste on the site for several years and he's happy the site will be remediated.  Gravelle says making sure we have a clean source of water is vital and the clean up of the former mill site will help ensure that.

Cellphone Sting Round 2

City police say Thunder Bay drivers still don't get it.   Sgt. Glen Porter says they conducted another series of traffic stops on the James Street bridge Wednesday afternoon and over a hundred drivers were charged. Porter says the number of cell phone violations were also up from last week.  

Hope Yet For Popsicle Stick Plant

The idled popsicle stick plant in Oliver-Paipoonge may get new life after.  Councillor Aldo Ruberto says the operator of an ice cream making plant in Jiaozuo, China appears intrigued.  The topic came up during the just completed visit to our Chinese sister city.

Bluffs Closed Till Monday

The City is closing the bottom of the bluffs trail from the entrance to the Hydro One Corridor until Monday.  During the closure it will be resurfaced.  The public can still access the trails running from the top of the bluffs to the hydro corridor, however there isn't an alternate trail at the bottom of the bluffs.