Monday, November 4, 2013

College Park Area Without Power

Over a hundred customers are still without power in the College Park area.  Thunder Bay Hydro say a hydro pole was found on fire south of the Harbour Expressway near Innovation Drive causing the large power outage.  Most of Westfort was also without power for parts of tonight but it's since been restored. Crews are on site and are working on restoring the power in the College Park area by 11 pm.

Crime Prevention Awards 2013

Derek Khani
The City is celebrating its third annual Crime Prevention Award winners. A special ceremony was held Monday night with several local residents honoured for their involvement in community programs that help curb crime. Derek Khani is the recipient of the Community Hero Award and was chosen for his community building through the arts.  Allison Lamb is the winner of the Young Leader Award.  Roots to Harvest is the Outstanding Community Project winner.  The Outstanding Community Project award goes to Pride Central, the I am a Kind Man program and the We Stand Up! program.

Missing Man

City Police are looking for a missing Thunder Bay man.  Travis Hodgson was last seen around his Westfort home at 10 o'clock Wednesday night. His family has set up a Facebook page for him and are looking for any help in finding him.  A link to the Facebook page can be found here.

Recall Of Macaroni Salad & Coleslaw Expanded

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning of a voluntary recall of Reser's Fine Foods Cheesy Macaroni Salad and Coleslaw.  It's being recalled because of possible Listeria contamination. The salad is sold at Wal-Mart stores in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as well as Canada wide in Loblaw stores.  For a complete listing of recalled salad products including their codes click here.

Fires From Last Week Suspicious

Two fires from last week are being treated as suspicious.  Fire Service Spokesperson Eric Nordlund says the local investigation is complete and the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office and City Police are now reviewing the cases.  Nordlund says they haven't found a natural cause for both the fire at the upholstery shop and the auto body shop.

2013 Forest Fires Not As Costly

It wasn't a very costly year in fighting forest fires in northern Ontario. The Ministry of Natural Resources says it spent slightly more than 110-million dollars on firefighting operations this season.  That's down 60-million from last year. There were fewer than 600-fires across the north this year, barely one-third last season's total.

Dryden To Get $ Reality Check Nov. 13th

The picture of future operations in Dryden will soon be a little clearer. A public meeting is planned for November 13th to release the recommendations of KPMG. The consulting firm has spent the past couple of months picking apart City departments, facilities and operations in a bid to find roughly 2-million dollars in savings over the next 3 years. Council is not bound to the recommendations but all members have stated that they will take the report seriously. Labour relations, personal and land issues will be dealt with in a closed door meeting the same day between Council and KPMG.

Man Arrested For Threats

Police say they have arrested a city man whom they allege is connected with threats to police, businesses, media outlets, politicians and others since June of last year.   They believe anonymous letters to these people and organizations originated with one person.  Charged with 21 counts of Uttering Threats is 46 year old Eric Wirkkala.

Terrace Bay Mayor Steps Down

The mayor of Terrace Bay has resigned, citing what he calls "irreconcilable differences" with councillors over a potential reassessment of the town's pulp mill. Michael King is upset that Council has opted to negotiate a settlement with the owner of the mill. AV Terrace Bay has decided to file for a reassessment of its municipal tax rate with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. King says he would rather see council fight the company's application. In a statement, the township's four councillors predicted the review will likely result in a drastically reduced tax rate for the mill, since recent applications from similar operations in Dryden and Espanola have led to decreases in excess of 65 per cent.

Board Regrets Staffer's Comment

The catholic school board is expressing regret  to three students at Pope John Paul the Second school who were offended by the remark of a staffer.   The board says the staff member was referring to the last week's fire on the James Street Bridge.   The students are from the Fort William First Nation and they were asked if they had purchased some beef jerky before or after the bridge fire.   The board says it has spoken with the families of both students about the incident and looking at the matter very closely.

Hernandez Verdict Postponed

It will be another two weeks before Thunder Bay's Christian Hernandez learns his fate.   The 28 year old is charged with impaired driving causing death in connection with a collision in December of 2010 that resulted in the death of 45 year old Richard Carmichael. Carmichael was walking across the street at the time. Justice Joyce Pelletier was to have delivered her verdict in the case today,  but says she will have it ready on November 18th instead.

Mishaps Send Half Dozen To Hospital

Police say two separate traffic mishaps on the weekend sent a total of 6 people to hospital.  The first happened on Saturday night on Oliver  Road near Jackpine Road when they say an SUV collided with the rear of another vehicle.  Four people in the SUV were taken to the regional hospital for treatment.    Later that evening on the highway at Sistonen's Corner two tractor trailer units collided sending two people to the Health Science's Centre. 

Pedestrian Struck

City Police continue to investigate an accident that involved a pedestrian last night.  Police say around 10 o'clock a 26-year old Thunder Bay man was hit by a vehicle in the 200 block of Robertson Street.  The man was taken to Regional Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Anyone who may have information on the accident is asked to contact Thunder Bay Police.