Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Highway 17 Closed Near Kenora

Highway 17 is closed in Kenora due to a jackknifed transport.  OPP say the removal process has been slowed because of white out conditions.

Counselling Centre Increases Support For Women

The Thunder Bay Counselling Centre is announcing a new branch of services dedicated to women who use the centre. Executive Director Nancy Chamberlain says the Counselling Centre for Women will see improvements to services already offered. That includes the centre's outreach program that reaches out to women in their homes.

GS Meeting Arranged

The Minister of Energy is arranging a technical meeting around the Thunder Bay Generating Station's Fuel. It comes after the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association met with Bob Chiarelli in Toronto. City Councillor Iain Angus says the meeting will be between the Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force and the Ontario Power Generation.   NOMA is hoping the meeting will result in the Provincial Government changing it's mind on how much fuel supply the Thunder Bay station will need.  No date has been set for the meeting.

City Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Police Dog

A 27 year old Thunder Bay man is facing time in jail after pleading guilty to killing an Edmonton police dog.   A spokesperson for the prosecutor's office in Alberta says that Paul Vukmanich also pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a dangerous weapon and stolen property as well as running away from police..   Both the prosecution and the defence are calling for a jail of sentence of 26 months.   Vukmanich will be back in court on Friday.

OFAH Worried About Spring Bear Hunt

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is worried that opponents of the Spring Bear Hunt will try to convince the provincial government to cancel a pilot project this year.  The government has proposed a modified spring hunt in eight wildlife areas in northern Ontario this spring.  Yesterday, former Price Is Right host Bob Barker called the hunt "barbaric" claiming cubs are starved to death after their mothers are lured from their den. The OFAH is asking northerners to log onto the Environmental bill of rights and register their support for the hunt.

Watermain Break Near High Street

Motorists and pedestrians on the north side are being advised to avoid the intersection of High and Queen Street this morning as City crews deal with yet another watermain break.  City spokesperson Gerald Luty says the rupture occurred before 6 o'clock this morning and the rushing water has led to extremely icy roads and sidewalks in that area.   High Street is closed off at the intersection of Oliver Road.

T.Bay Man Charged In Dryden

A Thunder Bay man is facing charges from Dryden police following an incident Sunday morning.  Police say a Dryden resident woke up to find someone in their home.  24-year old Aaron Harper of Thunder Bay faces three charges of breaching conditions of an undertaking and forcible entry.

Northern Ontario Team Heading To Brier

Jeff Currie's rink is playing in the Canadian Brier in Kamloops B.C. this weekend.  The Fort William Curling Club hosted a send-off party for the Northern Ontario Curling Team last night. Currie says playing in the Brier has been a long time coming.  The tournament is running from March 1st to 9th.

Another NWO Olympian Coming Home

2011 Four Continents Meagan DUHAMEL Eric RADFORD p.jpgEric Radford is coming home!  The Olympic silver medallist is set to arrive at the Red Lake Airport at 12:50 Thursday afternoon.  Debra Geary is Radford's former figure skating coach and says they have a number of events planned over the course of two days.  Speeches at the social are planned for 9 o'clock.

Distracted Driving Fines Going Up

Provincial Police in northwestern Ontario say distracted driving isn't acceptable and a new fine imposed by the province should make that perfectly clear.  Talking on your phone, looking at your computer screen or even grabbing a bite to eat while behind the wheel will soon cost you 280-dollars.  Sergeant Shelly Garr says that's up from 155-dollars.  The fines will not apply to GPS screens.

Irwin Is Back

Thunder Bay's Haley Irwin is being welcomed home by 100 of her fans. She arrived back from the Sochi Olympics Tuesday night.  Irwin says it's great to see so much local support waiting for her at the airport. Irwin says she wants to play in the next winter Olympics and will start training again soon.