Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mauro Wants To Expand Bear Hunt

Thunder Bay MPP Bill Mauro is trying to expand the province's northern bear hunt.    Mauro says his private members bill at Queens Park is designed to help reduce the nuisance bear population.  He says there has been an increased concern about nuisance bears and the dangers that poses.  Mauro hopes other parties support his proposal so it can pass into law.

NAN Releases Residential School Curriculum

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is out with its school history curriculum which focuses on the residential school experience in Canada.  Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says they hope that the local school boards decide to teach it to their students.    NAN also hopes to touch base with the Ministry of Education in an effort to have the curriculum taught across the province. Fiddler adds when you teach students the full history of residential schools, you can't go wrong.

Licence Renewal Now Available Online

Motorists in Northwestern Ontario will now be able to renew their drivers licences on the Internet. Now by going to, you can use your existing photos on your licence for an additional 5-years. Drivers can also get licence plate stickers, driver abstracts and other products in the same transaction. Ontario becomes the first province in Canada to offer the online-service.

Manhunt In Westfort

We have a developing story to report ...Police are searching for a man in the Westfort area following a short car chase this morning.  They say that a driver wanted for questioning about an earlier accident sped off when police spotted his vehicle in westfort.   That resulted in the vehicle crashing at the corner of Mountdale and Gore.   Police are still looking for a suspect.

Students To Sample Local Food

Public high schools students in Thunder Bay will be getting local food in their cafeterias.  It's a pilot project to allow students the chance to sample the food that is grown and produced at local farms.  The experiment runs four times at each public high school until November 7th.   After that the results will be assessed.

Stabbing In Dryden

A Dryden man has been treated for multiple stab wounds following an attack last night in that city. Police were called to deal with a domestic dispute around 10:15.  They say the 21-year-old woman stabbed her partner four times.  She is being held in custody and no names have been released.

Local Students Score Well On Literacy

Thunder Bay's high school students can hold their own compared to their provincial peers when it comes to reading skills.  The latest literacy test results from the province's Education Accountability Office show the catholic school board students who successfully completed testing scored an average of 88 per cent compared to the province wide standard of 82 per cent.  Public board students scored an average of 80 per cent on testing.

EQAO Math Results Favour Catholic Board

Grade nine students in the catholic school system in Thunder Bay are operating ahead of their public school counterparts in mathematics.  The latest results from the province's Education, Quality and Accountability Office show that in academic math students in the catholic board scored an average of 85 per cent compared to 80 per cent in the public system.    For applied math the catholic students scored an average 52 per cent compared to 38 per cent for the public board.

Tough Night for Police Officers

A 47-year old Thunder Bay man is facing charges of resisting arrest and breach of recognizance following an incident last night that sent a City police officer to hospital with a leg injury.  The arrest took place on May Street just before midnight.  In a second incident, an officer was sent to hospital suffering from facial injuries that required stitches.  He was issuing a ticket to a 30-year old male on Algoma Street just after midnight.  The officer was able to return to duty after being released from hospital.    

Visitor Restrictions On At Roseview

There are visitor restrictions on at Roseview Manor.   Health officials say it's because of a respiratory illness at the seniors care home.  They say that 6 staff and 6 residents are affected.  It's not known how long the visitor sanctions will be in effect.