Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Vermillion Bay Woman Succumbs To Injuries

The Vermillion Bay woman whose vehicle collided with two horses on Highway 17 near Dryden has passed away from her injuries.  The 38 year old was sent on the weekend to Thunder Bay hospital for treatment but OPP say she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday night.

New Laker Loading Grain In T.Bay

The first newly built Canadian Laker is expected to load grain tomorrow morning at the Viterra A elevator. The ship is arriving in our local port this afternoon.  The MV Baie St. Paul is the first new built ship for seaway use in 27 years.

Police Property Auction Thursday

Thunder Bay Police are auctioning off unclaimed property Thursday night.  2 large screen tvs, a chainsaw, a motorized golf cart, and 125 bikes are up for grabs.  The event kicks off at 6:30 at the police station on Balmoral.

New Fees For Cancer Patients

New fees for some cancer patients in northwestern Ontario next month. The Canadian Cancer Society is implementing a 100-dollar one-time registration fee for patients who use its transportation services.  Regional Director Barbara Spencer says not all patients will be impacted. Spencer says the fees are necessary to offset the rising costs of the program and increased demand.

Orzietti Says NDP Misleading North

The Minister of Natural Resources says the NDP is misleading Northerners on MNR transformation. Minister David Orazietti is responding to a recent media release from an NDP member that MNR internal reorganization will hurt Northern Ontario by downsizing staff.  He notes the province returned 40-million dollars to the MNR base funding.  He notes that during the 1990's the NDP government hacked more than 107-million dollars from the MNR budget and 23-projects and offices were closed across the province.

City Hoping LU Will Visit Jiaozou

The City is hoping a delegation from Lakehead University will stop by our sister city Jiaozou when it pays a visit to China this fall.  Councillor Aldo Ruberto was part of a delegation that took a trip recently and says there's an opportunity for Confederation College and Lakehead University to partner with that City's University. Ruberto adds the two communities share a strong mining industry and the City will be exploring partnerships in that area as well.

Plane Crash In Kenora

Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a plane crash in the Kenora area.  Police say the Osprey Float plane went down in Black Sturgeon Lake around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.  Witnesses say the pilot was practicing touch and go takeoffs and landings, but ended up losing control of the aircraft and made contact with the water.  The OPP say the pilot sustained minor injuries and the plane received some damage.

Fire Hall Construction Underway

Work is  underway to build a new fire hall on West Frederica Street to replace the  Brown Street station.   Fire Chief John Hay says when it's complete the area will be better served with six minute response times. Today's groundbreaking for the Westfort firehall also signalled the start of construction on a new Neebing station.  

Kemp Back At Christmas Cheer

The board of the Christmas Cheer  campaign is reaching back into the past for its new chair.   Joleene Kemp was elected on Monday to head this year's campaign following Linda Gambee's resignation last week.

Cliffs Is Optimistic

With one roadblock now removed, Cliffs Natural Resources is looking forward to continuing its quest to open a chromite mine in the Ring of Fire mining development.   Company spokesperson Jason Aagenes says with the Matawa First Nations dropping its environmental legal challenges there is more room for optimism. The company says it still has some land issues to settle and environmental approval from the provincial government.

Bedbug Rumours Quashed

A health official says there's no truth to the urban legend making the social media rounds that bedbugs have been found at Silver City.   According to public health inspector Etrick Blackburn , the movie theatre complex has been inspected.  He says the company is working with a licenced pest control operator to make sure everything is pest free.  Meantime Blackburn also says that the apartment building on Court Street in the news this week that's been invaded by bedbugs, is not the only  apartment complex in the city hit with an infestation.