Monday, September 16, 2013

Report On Pet By-Laws Coming To Council

City Council is going to get a report back looking at how they can better enforce animal by-laws.  The report however isn't going to include Councillor Aldo Roberto's request looking at putting a limit on the number of pets a person can own.  Mayor Keith Hobbs says council voted down looking at the quantity of pets.  Many Councillors were not comfortable with telling people how many pets they can have. The report will come back in December.

Robbery Attempt At Tokyo House

Another robbery attempt in the city, but this time the thief got away empty handed.  Police say a man, holding a knife, entered the Tokyo House restaurant on West Arthur Street last night around 9 o'clock and demanded money. Employees attempted to subdue the man, but he escaped.  There were no injuries in the incident. The robber, described to be around 27-years old, was last seen running northbound towards Donald Street.

Boise Mill Bought

New owners for the mill in International Falls.  Packaging Corporation of America says its acquiring Boise Inc. in a deal valued at nearly 2-billion dollars. The announcement comes just four months after Boise had announced plans to shut down two of its paper machines and eliminate 265 jobs at its International Falls mill by October.

Charities Want Piece of Your Will

Six local charities are teaming up to promote leaving money in your will to Northwestern Ontario communities.  The Community Legacy Giving Partnership is made up of Confederation College, George Jeffrey Children's Foundation, Lakehead University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, St. Joe's Foundation and the Health Sciences Foundation.   The initiative asks local residents to pledge to set aside money for charities in their wills.  For more information visit the website.

Health Unit Searches For New MOH

A major vacancy for the Northwestern Health Unit. Dr. James Arthurs has announced his retirement as the Medical Officer of Health. He will be stepping down in March of 2014, giving the Health Unit plenty of time to find a replacement. Arthurs was appointed Medical Officer of Health back in 2009, after a lengthy search by the board of health.

Hudak Outlines Plan For The North

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak says his northern vision will give more decision making power to people in this part of the province.  Hudak visited the city today to unveil the PCs new policy for the north and natural resources. He says it's time we as northerners starting running our own show and stop having southern special interests say what is good for us. As an example Hudak says under a PC government northerners will have more of a say over wildlife and hunting management along with cottage development

Ice Cream Man Busted

Police claim this ice cream man had a little secret.   Over the weekend they arrested a 44 year old man who was driving the truck in Current River.  They say he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Police say he surrendered peacefully.

Drowning Victim Found

The search is over for a 59 year old Missouri man who drowned in Northern Lights Lake after a boating accident last week.   He and a woman were thrown from their boat after it struck something.  The woman, who was wearing a life jacket, made it to shore safely.  Divers found the body of Dennis Todd of Jefferson City Sunday.

Ear Falls Search Continues

Provincial Police continue to search for a missing man in Ear Falls. Two men were duck hunting on English River last week, when their boat capsized and both fell in the water.  One of the men was picked up by a group of fishermen, but the other man was not found. The missing man's name and age isn't being released at this time. OPP Marine Units, helicopter and family members are involved in the search.

Charity Events Raise $

Another memorable Terry Fox Run in Thunder Bay.   The annual Boulevard Lake event again attracted hundreds of people who ran to raise over 16 thousand dollars for cancer research.   As well the Northern Cancer Fund is receiving 42 thousand dollars after yesterday's annual Caribou charity bike ride.

Overnight Fires

A busy night for city firefighters.  Crews were called to the Bowater Sawmill on Darrel Avenue just after midnight and discovered a blaze in a chip bin at the plant.  It appears the fire was caused by an overheated bearing.  Crews also responded to a home on Blucher Avenue just after one o'clock this morning where the back of the house was on fire.  The blaze was quickly brought under control, but not before there was extensive damage to the kitchen area.  The cause is not yet known.