Friday, May 16, 2014

Water Street Closed As A Precaution

The city is closing a section of Water Street around the area of the pedestrian overpass.  It's being sectioned off because a glass panel on the overpass was found detached during a routine scheduled cleaning today. Crews are working on repairing it and should it not be complete by Monday, a back up plan for a detour is in place for the Firefighters 10 Mile Road Race.

Can You I.D This Man?

Police are hoping that surveillance video of a possible suspect in this weeks Best Western Hotel robbery on West Arthur Street, will lead to an arrest.    They say that the staff were injured after they were sprayed with a "chemical agent" .   A man got away with some money, but police won't say how much.

911 Caller Asked To Call Police

City Police want to speak with the person who called 911 from a pay phone at Robin's Donuts Tuesday night.  It comes after officers attended the coffee shop on May Street to check on an unconscious person in the laneway.  The victim of an assault was escorted to the hospital and has since been released.  The person who called 911 is asked to call Crimestoppers or police.

CN Taking Part In Meeting

CN Rail Spokesperson Lindsay Fedchyshyn says they will attend a joint meeting between the City and Fort William First Nation next week.  Fedchyshyn says they are working on the arrangements to attend the swing bridge meeting.  CN engineers have said that the bridge isn't fit for pedestrians and vehicles.

Report Paints Sad Picture

A top First Nations official in Thunder Bay says a new RCMP report shows the need for a national inquiry into murdered and missing  Aboriginal women.   The Mounties report shows that more and more Aboriginal women in Canada are becoming murder victims at a rate that's out of proportion to the rest of the population.    Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, says it's a positive step but notes it only includes women murdered between 1980 and 2012, leaving the possibility of even more deaths.

Nurses Bullied

The Past President of the Registered Nurses Association is shedding some light on bullying in the workplace. Rhonda Seidman-Carlson gave a keynote speech at the hospital last night and says it's not the same as what goes on on the playground. Carlson's speech was a part of National Nursing Week.

Flooding In Dryden

A flood warning is in effect in the Dryden area.  The Ministry of Natural Resources says water levels continue to rise on Wabigoon Lake, Eagle Lake, Wabigoon River and Eagle River. The MNR says water levels will continue to rise.

MNR Reports Fires

Cool wet weather is keeping the forest fire situation quiet in northwestern Ontario. The Ministry of Natural Resources says there have been just seven fire this year, all human caused. None in the Dryden District. Province-wide, there have been 14 fires, compared with 81 at this time last year.

New Program For Youth

Thunder Bay's Counselling Centre is going to help youth leaving the child protection system. They are offering a new youth in transition program that will help the 16 to 21 year olds access mental health services, housing, education training info and employment opportunities.

Candidate Forum Announced

The Chamber of Commerce and SHIFT Thunder Bay's Young Professionals Network is hosting a forum for the local candidates in the upcoming provincial election.  Candidates for both Thunder Bay ridings are invited to take part and it will be held June 5th at the Fort William Historical Park.  Questions will be business related.

United Way Event A Success

The United Way Great Billboard Rescue is a success. The event's sponsors Investors Group and Lowery's are announcing that it's participants raised a total of $141,362. Proceeds go to the United Way's 29 Funded Agencies in support of people around the community who are facing hardships.

Overnight Fire

A home on Winnipeg Avenue suffering extensive damage following an overnight fire.  Firefighters were called to the scene at around one o'clock this morning and found the single family dwelling well involved.  The occupants of the home were able to get out safely and a family pet was later rescued unharmed.  The cause of the blaze has been deemed as accidental at this time.