Friday, April 11, 2014

Hammarskjold High School Evacuation

Crews are investigating the cause of a gas smell at Hammarskjold High School this afternoon. The school had to be evacuated after the odour was reported on the second floor. Staff and students have since been allowed back inside.

Kloosterhuis Excited For Museum's Next Chapter

Mayor Lucy Kloosterhuis is excited Oliver Paipoonge is going to take over the Founders' Museum and Pioneer Village.  The Founders Museum Incorporation has decided to split up their organization. She says they've hired a liquidator who will be looking for people who are owed money.  Kloosterhuis hopes to have the museum back open for Canada Day.

Gas Is Up

Gas prices are going up in the City.  They jumped last night and today according to are anywhere from 146.9 and at their cheapest 114.5 on the First Nation. The average price of gas in the province is coming in at 133.

29 Year Old Charged

City Police are charging a 29 year old man in relation to two robberies last week.  Officers say they spotted the man near the corner of Franklin Street and East Arthur Street on Wednesday at 8:30 in the evening. Police believe he is connected to a robbery at two local businesses on April 3rd.  Blake Kowalchuk is charged with two counts of robbery, uttering threats and breach of probation and recognizance.

Gravelle Doles Out NOHFC Cash

Minister of Northern Development Michael Gravelle is in the City today and he's doling out Northern Ontario Heritage Fund cash.   Gravelle says Sencia Canada will get 500 thousand dollars. Another 500-thousand dollars is going to KBM Forestry Consultants, and a 100 thousand to XLV Diagnostics.

College Receives Funding For Biomass Study

Confederation College is receiving 100-thousand dollars from TD Bank Group today for their biomass heating research study. College President Jim Madder says they have at least one remote First Nations community involved in the study and are looking to expand. Madder adds that one of the projects goals is to see similar communities eventually transition from diesel as a primary source of power. Phase one of the project is expected to wrap up by next Spring and is being done in conjunction with the biomass research centre at Nipissing University.

No One Hurt After Apartment Fire

No serious injuries are reported following a kitchen fire at a 52 Walkover Street apartment this morning. Fire crews responded to the blaze after receiving reports of smoke on the 3rd floor of the building. Platoon Chief Brant Kiessig says crews continue to clear up the apartment. The cause of the fire is suspected to be a pot on the stove.

Provincial Investment For Local Project

The provincial government is investing $21,800 into a shop local coupon project in Nipigon. The support comes from the Rural Economic Development Project and will go towards the Top of the Lake Chamber of Commerce and other local Chambers involved. Three full-time positions will either be retained or created.

Police Car Involved In Accident

Four people were sent to hospital including two children following a collision between a police cruiser and a car at the intersection of Arthur and Franklin Street last night. The accident occurred just after 7:30 while the cruiser was responding to a call. Those sent to hospital had only minor injuries. The Police Traffic Unit continues to investigate with more details expected to be released next week.

Send A Kid To Camp

Thunder Bay's Safeway Stores continue to raise awareness and money for Easter Seals.   Easter Seals Spokesperson Rhonda Harrison says they'll be using the money to send kids to camp.  Starting today and running until April 25th, local Safeway stores will be asking customers to donate two dollars towards the charities in return you'll receive 5 bonus air miles points.

Teen Recovering After Heart Surgery

Thunder Bay's Bronwyn Huffman and her family will be back in the City this summer after the teenager received a heart transplant in Toronto on Wednesday. Her Mom, Kellie says she was elated to get the call from the doctor.  Kellie says the surgery went great and they'll spend the next three months at the Sick Kids Hospital.

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Rickford Remembers Flaherty

Heavy hearts across the province today as those mourn the loss of former finance minister Jim Flaherty. Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford shares just of many things he will be remembered for.  Flaherty was 64.

Flaherty Touched A Lot Of People

Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has passed away at the age of 64. Thunder Bay MP John Rafferty says Flaherty's career touched a lot of people.  Rafferty adds that although they didn't always see eye to eye politically, they always maintained a high level of respect for one another.

Hyer Reacts To Flaherty's Passing

Thunder Bay Green Party MP Bruce Hyer says it was sad to see Jim Flaherty's health deteriorate.  Hyer says that Flaherty had profound and long-lasting impacts on Ontario and Canada, albeit in different directions than he would have preferred.  Hyer calls Flaherty a one-man institution.