Thursday, October 3, 2013

KBM Resources Wins At NOBA

Thunder Bay's KBM Resources Group  is celebrating its victory at the Northern Ontario Business Awards.  The company walked away with the Export Award.    It was recognized for the way it successfully diversified after the downturn in the forest industry and branched out into the mining and energy sectors.  The awards were handed out in North Bay tonight.

Cyclist Dies..Murder Charge Laid

A thirty-two year old Thunder Bay man is facing a second degree murder charge in connection with this week's hit and run on South Algoma. Sheldon Yesno was charged following the death of thirty-eight year old cyclist Richard Vrastak of Thunder Bay from injuries he sustained after he was struck by a mini-van.  Yesno made his first court appearance on the charge Thursday and will be back in court Monday.

PSAC Holds Veterans Townhall

Military veterans are standing up against the planned closure of some Veterans Affairs Offices in Canada. The office in Thunder Bay is among them. Second world war vet Roy Lamore says refocusing some the government current spending could help keep the office open.  As an example he says that just ordering one less new fighter jet would help keep the offices open.  The Public Service Alliance of Canada says closure of the Thunder Bay office will force veterans from northwestern Ontario having to access services in Kirkland Lake which has experienced its own staff cuts. The veterans held a townhall meeting today at the Slovak Legion.

Sisters in Spirit Vigil

The Ontario Women's Association is hosting a vigil tomorrow in unity with the Native Women's Association of Canada. The vigil is to honour murdered and missing Aboriginal women and will be held at noon, at 380 Ray Boulevard. The "Sisters in Spirit Vigil" has made it their goal to have October 4th as a day of remembrance for Aboriginal women not only in Canada, but worldwide.

Treaty Three Recognized

First Nations leaders with Treaty 3 aren't calling it a celebration. Its been 140 years since chiefs with Treaty 3 signed the treaty with the Canadian government. Grand Chief Warren White says there's been a lot of frustration with the Treaty since. He says his people have lived up to the Treaty, but says the Crown hasn't This afternoon, Treaty 3 is honouring the chiefs and Grand Chiefs for their roles in the Treaty.

Moose Died Of Liver Failure

The Chippewa moose probe is over and a local vet says that the animal's recent death was the result of liver failure.    The official from the Slate River Veterinary Clinic added that  the seven-year-old moose was adequately cared for throughout its life at the city's Chippewa Wildlife Exhibit.  He notes however,  that moose are notoriously hard to care for in captivity.

Police Say Incident Not Criminal

 Thunder Bay police are closing the book on Wednesday's early morning incident at the Kamview Overlook Park at the end of Donald Street.  That's where police say a man was injured and sent to hospital in critical condition.  Police say that the incident is not considered a criminal matter

Bottled Water Warning

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health is warning consumers and businesses not to consume or serve bottled water manufactured by Blue Glass Water Co. Ltd., also known as Caledon Clear Water Corporation, based in Caledon.
Officials say that samples of water taken from the company's products have been found to be heavily contaminated with bacteria and say there is a potential health threat posed by these products.

Police Offer Gun Amnesty

There will be a firearms amnesty for aboriginal communities in northwestern Ontario next month. Treaty Three Police says it will be collecting illegal, damaged or unlicenced firearms during the amnesty. Anyone who surrenders a handgun or rifle will not be charged. There is also an incentive involved.
Anyone who turns in a firearm during the amnesty will receive a gift card from an area business.

Chamber's Mining Proposal Passed

The president of the local Chamber of Commerce is back from the annual meeting of the Canadian Chamber.  Charla Robinson says Thunder Bay was successful in having a resolution adopted that calls on the federal government to invest in roads and energy to support mining development. She  says it's important for governments to partner with the mining companies to get their projects off the ground.   Robinson notes there was also discussion about the lack of skilled workers in the country.