Monday, October 21, 2013

Ground Beef Recalled

Uncooked Lean Ground Beef - 1.6 kilogramCheck the label on that beef in your fridge before you eat it...beef from an Ontario-based factory being recalled due to a risk of E. coli contamination.  Belmont Meats Ltd. distributes their products to major retailers nationwide including Superstore and Loblaws. This time they and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warning the public not to eat their uncooked lean ground beef because it could contain the bacteria. For more information about the recall click here.

Wunnumin Shooting

A 17-year-old is facing charges including attempted murder following a shooting in Wunnumin Lake First Nation.  Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Police Sergeant Jackie George says the incident happened on Friday evening, and believe the suspect is involved in more than one shooting.  A 25-year-old was taken to hospital with injuries, and is listed in stable condition.  Their name has not been released.

Webcasting Delays Inquest

The coroner's inquest into the death of 27 year old Bruce Moonias in Thunder Bay is being delayed for several days.  Regional Coroner Michael Wilson says it was supposed to start today, but it's been postponed in order to allow relatives up north to view it on the Internet through a webcast being set up by the government.  Moonias died in December of 2006 at the regional hospital after his involvement with the police.

LU Responds To Letter To The Editor

Lakehead University is responding to a letter to the editor in Saturday's Chronicle Journal.  The letter talks about the experiences of a Lakehead University student who says she was raped by a classmate. President Dr. Brian Stevenson says he's appointing a Task Force to review the issues raised in the letter and the policies, procedures, training, and support Lakehead has in place and how they might be improved.  The Task Force will be chaired by Dr. Lori Chambers, Chair of LU's Department of Women Studies.

Waste Reduction Week Underway

It's waste reduction week and the city is trying to get you to think recycling.   Spokesperson Jason Sherband its also a chance to promote the city's involvement. The city will be going to the local schools to give presentations to the students and provide guided tours of the recycling plant and the landfill site.

Campbell Raises Kenora Man's Plight At QP

A Kenora man's attempt to get treatment for cancer has landed at Queen's Park.  On Monday, Kenora Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell asked the Health Minister why Wes Bland wasn't approved for a PET scan in Winnipeg.  Deb Matthews claims it was a misunderstanding which has since been cleared up.  Campbell is upset that northwestern Ontario residents still have to get prior approval from OHIP before they can get their test done in Winnipeg.

Weapons Incident At The Shoreline

Police have a 32 year old man in custody after a weapons call at the Shoreline Hotel early Sunday morning.  They say that a drunk man brandished a knife as he was harassing two people who were waiting for a taxi.  They say the man  was punched in the face by one of the victims and was subdued until police arrived.

T.Bay Woman Up For Business Award

A Thunder Bay business woman is in the running for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Barbara Courte-Elinesky is up for the Impact Award for her work as the President of North Star Drilling Limited.  The winners will be announced at a special event in Toronto on November 27th.

Fire Season Winding Down

The forest fire season in Northwestern Ontario continues to be a quiet one. Ministry of Natural Resources Spokesperson Deb MacLean says the last fire was in Red Lake, and was put out on Wednesday.   MacLean says the two prescribed burns in Sioux Lookout are still active, and are being held at 45 and 15 hectares.

Rail Incident Winding Down

A rail car that toppled over Friday on Resolute Forest Products mill property in Fort Frances has now been emptied and hauled away. Some of it's contents, hydrogen peroxide, spilled, but crews had it contained by Saturday. The chemical is used in the bleaching process at the mill, but officials says it posed no risk to the public at any time. Roads that had been closed during the incident have now been reopened.

Flu Shot Clinics Up & Running

Thunder Bay's Health Unit is preparing the masses for the upcoming flu season.  They kicked off their annual flu shot clinics today at the Italian Cultural Centre.  Dr. Janet DeMille is the Health Unit's Associate Medical Officer of Health and says they're not sure how harsh the flu season will be this year but notes last year's was worse than previous years. To check out a list of flu shot clinics click here.  

Hyer Goes National With Rail Concerns

Thunder Bay independant MP Bruce Hyer is grabbing attention with his views on rail safety.   Speaking on the CTV News Channel, Hyer says this weekend's fiery derailment in Alberta is reason enough to take a serious look at how much money is spent on making sure rail transportation is safe.  He says there needs to be regulation that works and a stop to cutting funds and people.  Hyer also believes there should be more money spent on rail infrastructure in the country.

Local Seniors Win Provincial Awards

Two Thunder Bay residents are recipients of the province's latest senior achievement awards.   Maria Bilyk was recognized for her 65 years as a hospital volunteer while Lloyd Michon received his award for being an advocate for urban Aboriginals and founder of the Thunderbird Friendship Centre in 1972.  There are also two regional winners, Elizabeth Macadam of Schreiber and Alexander Broski of Atikokan.

Police Nab Hit and Run Suspect

A 26 year old man is charged in connection with Thursday morning's accident involving a school bus.  Police say that the driver reared ended the bus and abandoned the vehicle in a laneway near Peter and Van Norman.   None of the students on the bus were hurt.

City Council Preview

City council will have a lot to talk about tonight.  One of the topics will be surrounding the removal of Tamarack Trees on Mohawk Crescent.  The original request to have the trees removed has reportedly been pulled.  City Councillor Mark Bentz says he still supports replacing the trees with another species.  Also being discussed, the full ratification of the anti-smoking by-law put in place by the Thunder Bay Hospital.   Meanwhile, City councillor Rebecca Johnson will be paying close attention to see what the next step will be in the city's poverty strategy.  Johnson is looking for an implementation component to the strategy.