Friday, November 29, 2013

Opening Day For Christmas Cheer Fund

The Thunder Bay Christmas Cheer Fund is announcing some big changes. Today marked day one of the campaign that will focus solely on supporting families with children. Chair Joleene Kemp says the decision to no longer include those who are single or seniors in their campaign was a difficult choice. Kemp says the fund will aim at providing families with hampers filled with gifts and a weeks worth of food. This years funding goal is less than years past set at 140-thousand dollars.

Mishap Had Serious Potential

A 63 year old woman is nursing only minor injuries after her car was hit by another vehicle at the the corner of Madeline and River Street.   Police say it had the potential to be something more serious as it happened just after 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon and was near a school.   Instead a car careened into an empty school crossing guard hut.  They say that an 83 year old man is charged with making an improper turn.  A picture can be found on our web page.

Jersey Day At The Hospital

It's Jersey Day at the Health Sciences Centre.    Staff there are wearing the jerseys of their favourite sports team.  It's all part of a nation wide event sponsored by ParticipACTION to promote a physical and healthy lifestyle.

Local Accounting Students Pass The Test

The working world awaits six Thunder Bay chartered accounting students.  They have passed this year's Canada-wide Uniform Evaluation  recognized as one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations.  Once they complete their experience requirements, Michael Iorianni, Richard Jagielowicz, Kristopher Mauro, Jennifer McIntosh, Jonathan Racco and Jonathan Valente will be members of the CPA profession.

Holiday Train In NWO This Weekend

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is entering northwestern Ontario on its westward journey through the country.    The train will be in Mobert on Sunday morning then wind its way along the north shore hitting spots like Heron Bay, Marathon, Schreiber, Nipigon and finally on Sunday night it will arrive at the Syndicate Avenue train station Sunday night.  

Gravelle & Boor Talk It Out

The Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle says talks went well with Cliffs Natural Resources.  The two met recently and Gravelle says they talked about the future of the company and their plans for the Ring of Fire.  Gravelle says he looks forward to future conversations with Cliffs President Bill Boor.

Charges Laid In Early Morning Collision

A 24 year old man is facing a total of thirteen charges, including impaired driving,  in connection with a  two vehicle collision overnight.
Police say that  the mishap at James and Edward resulted in both vehicles rolling over and sending a total of five people to hospital who are expected to be released  today.  The intersection is now reopen to traffic.

National Chief Shawn Atleo In Thunder Bay

National Chief Shawn Atleo, along with other Aboriginal leaders are responding to the Federal Governments First Nation Education Act. While speaking in Thunder Bay Atleo says he has felt support from First Nations communities across Canada in wanting more control over their education system. Atleo compared the proposed education act to the residential school system saying it does not provide a guarantee for children to learn about First Nations culture and heritage.

OPP Release Name In Fatal Crash

Kenora OPP are releasing the name of the 57 year old man who died in yesterday's fatal collision on Highway 17 near Percy Lake. Multiple vehicles were involved and caused the highway to be closed for most of the day. Deceased is Benjamin Bueckert of Gladstone, Manitoba.

Two Vehicle Crash At James & Edwards

City Police are still on the scene of a two-vehicle rollover crash at the corner of James and Edwards streets near Confederation College. A total of five people were sent to hospital with unknown injuries. The accident took place around 2 o'clock this morning and Police are advising motorists to stay clear of the scene to avoid traffic tie-ups.

CO Alarms Soon To Be The Law

Carbon Monoxide alarms will soon be the law for all homes in Ontario. A private members bill put forward four years ago by Tory MPP Ernie Hardeman has gained final approval in the legislature. Hardeman says the death of a Provincial Police constable and her family as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning spurred him to get involved. Currently, carbon monoxide detectors are only required in homes constructed after 2001.