Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Victim Pronounced Dead

A 46 year old man is dead after police attended an alleged stabbing at 122 Cumberland Street South.  The victim, whose face was bloody and beaten,  was taken out of the building on a stretcher around 8:30 this morning and was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.  Darlene Coultis lives in the building and says it was a mess.  Two individuals were taken into custody at the residence. Charges are pending. The name of the victim will be released once next of kin have been notified.

NDP Call For Minister For Savings

The NDP candidate for Thunder Bay Superior North is backing his leader's call to appoint a minister responsible for savings and accountability. Andrew Foulds says after years of Liberal spending scandals, focusing on stopping the waste and making government accountable to taxpayers makes sense. Foulds is taking on Liberal incumbent Michael Gravelle and PC candidate Derek Parks in the June Provincial election.

Group Touts All Access Washrooms

A new lobby group in the city is trying to increase the number of so called "all gender washrooms" in Thunder Bay.   They say that they want to reduce the risks of bullying and violence faced by members of the LGBTQ community. They say in most cases the switch can be made easily with a simple changing of the signage that existing washrooms already have

Hagi Workers On Strike

75 unionized HAGI Community Services employees are striking.  The workers haven't had a wage increase since 2009. Union Spokesperson Colby Flank says they'll stay on the picket line as long as it takes to reach a better deal. Meanwhile, HAGI's management says the strike will impact operations at six apartment buildings which are staffed by the personal support workers. The company says they are taking steps to mitigate any disruption to those who require help. 

Safe School App Available

The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board is out with a new safe school app for smartphones.   Spokesperson Ryan McWhirter says it's available in both Apple and Android versions.   He says the app has information on what to do if a student is in a bullying situation and there is also a link to Crime Stoppers.   McWirter says you can download the app through the Internet.

Police Week

OPP are hoping to inspire kids through this week's police celebration. On Wednesday, provincial police Constable Diana Cole welcomed elementary school students into their Thunder Bay detachment.  Cole says they hope the students will feel more comfortable around police and consider a career in the law enforcement field.

LU Researchers Get Cash

Two Lakehead University researchers are getting some money from a technology group for seniors.  50-thousand dollars will go to the duo each year for two years as they continue their work.  The cash is from the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network.

MNR Flood Watch For Dryden

The Ministry of Natural Resources has issued a flood watch in the Dryden area.  The MNR says the Wabigoon Chain of Lakes and Eagle Lake are experiencing increased water levels.  Officials say anyone living close to or downstream from the lakes may be hit with flooding.  Residents should take steps to protect their property.  The forecast is calling for more precipitation.

TVO To Air Picton Park Doc

The clean up and makeover of Picton Park of the City's North Side is being showcased on TVO tonight. A television crew from the show "Giver" documented the design and construction of a new playground at Picton Park last summer. The show documenting their work will air tonight at 6:30 and again Saturday at 2.

New Student Trustee

The public school board has a new student trustee.  Hanna Smith is replacing Logan Turner who graduates this year. Smith starts her new gig on August 1st.