Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bridge To Remain Closed Indefinitely

CN Rail officials
wait for meeting at FWFN
The James Street bridge is not opening anytime soon.   Following a meeting with CN Rail officials,  Fort William First Nations Chief Georjann Morriseau was told that it will take at least three months to get a detailed consultants report on the safety of the fire damaged bridge for vehicle traffic and when it will open after that is anyone's guess.    Morriseau says she will now have to make arrangements for increased transit and emergency services to the community

LU Signs Deal With Alberta University

Lakehead University, the University of Alberta and the Italian Studies Institute are banding together to make it easier to study in Italy. A campus in Cortona is allowing students and alumni from both schools to study there. LU President Brian Stevenson says its about getting in touch with the city's Italian Heritage. The Institute is offering scholarships to interested students.

CCAC Launches Telehomecare

People living with chronic heart disease and other health related conditions can now get health care services from their home.  It's part of the Northwest Community Care Access Centre's Telehomecare program.  Spokesperson Marg Milani says they're looking for interested patients. Milani says patient information is logged every day on a tablet like device and a nurse monitors to see that everything is going well

Children's Aid Needs Help

A late start to fundraising is putting the Children Aid Society's Christmas Wishes Gift Tree campaign behind.  They've so far only raised 60 gifts, with 250 being this year's goal.  Executive Director Rob Richardson says they have gift trees at all three Walmart locations in the City.  Richardson says they'll be collecting gifts right up until Christmas Eve.

Rae Talks Positive About ROF

According to the First Nations negotiator for the Ring of Fire, the giant mining development will live on.   Speaking in Thunder Bay this morning Bob Rae said despite the decision by Cliffs Natural Resources to halt all work on the project, the valuable minerals aren't going away. Meantime,  Rae says negotiations are continuing on getting the best deal possible for First Nations from the development.   He says the mistakes of past mining deals cannot be repeated.

Highway 11 Open

OPP are opening several highways around the region.  Hwy 11 from Hearst to Longlac is now open. They've also re-opened a stretch of Highway 11 between Kapuskasing and Hearst.  There are no road closures west of Thunder Bay.

No School Buses Today

The overnight snow has forced the cancellation of all city and rural school buses this morning and this afternoon.  All school buses will not run today.  All city schools are open today, however all rural schools are closed.  So it is a snow day for all students who attend rural schools.  

South Side Stabbing

A 19-year old man is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a stabbing on the south side.  The victim was stabbed twice in the chest and suffered a punctured lung.  The incident took place outside a residence on North Vickers Street just before 2:30 this morning. Police have a 23-year old female in custody and she'll appear in court today on a charge of aggravated assault.    

Overnight Fire

There were no injuries following a two-alarm fire at a home in the 200 block of Rowand Street on the south side.  Fire crews were called to the scene around one o'clock this morning and over 20 firefighters battled the blaze for nearly four hours.  Five pumpers and an aerial platform also managed to keep nearby homes safe from the flames.  No one was in the home at the time and fire officials say it appears the house may have been vacant.

Chiarelli Says T.Bay Plant Has Potential

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli is reiterating the message that Thunder Bay and the region will have enough electricity through the local power plant. Chiarelli held a teleconference for media Wednesday and said it's possible that the local plant will operate at full capacity. Chiarelli disagrees with statements from the Common Voice Northwest group that says we won't have enough electricity with the current planned conversion of the local power plant.

Chief Will Ask For Answers From CN

Fort William First Nation Chief Georjann Morriseau meets with officials of CN Rail today on the future of the James Street bridge.  Morriseau will be demanding a timeline on when the fire damaged bridge will reopen to pedestrian and vehicle traffic and says she'll reiterate the inconvenience of having the bridge closed.  Morriseau says if the closure is extended she has to make arrangements for transit and emergency services for her community.  The meeting takes place this afternoon on the First Nation.

LU Hosting Mining Conference

Lakehead University is hosting a mining conference over the next two days. Organizer Pete Hollings says officials have high hopes for the gathering.
The conference kicks off this morning with a speech from First Nations Ring of Fire negotiator Bob Rae. Hollings says topics include learning from past mining projects, looking to the future, and exploring current projects on the go.

Foundation To Dole Out Grants

Forty local charities are getting an early holiday gift from the Thunder Bay Community Foundation tonight.  The foundation is handing out a quarter million dollars in grants to those organizations.  The amount of the grants range from 600 to 25 thousand dollars.  The cheques will be given out starting at 6 o'clock at Wayne Toyota at Balmoral and Central.