May 2016

City Gets Awards For Local Events

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 13:41 PM

Two Thunder Bay festivals are being honoured at a provincial level.  

A volunteer with the Teddy Bear's picnic was recognized as was Food Frenzy a youth event.

Acting Mayor Rebecca Johnson says it's another feather in our cap.

Johnson says she's thrilled the Food Frenzy event received a provincial youth award noting 2015 was the first year for the event.  (File photo)

Elderly Pedestrian Hurt In Collision

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 13:19 PM

A 79 year old man is recovering from an arm injury after he was struck by a vehicle on the city's north side this morning at around 9 o'clock.

Police say it happened at the intersection of East Avenue and Dawson Road.  

Witnesses tell police the elderly man crossed into the path of a vehicle that was turning on a green light.

Police say the pedestrian has been charged. 

Tourism Ambassadors Wanted

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 13:03 PM

It's your chance to be a tourist in your own town.

Tourism Thunder Bay is asking local residents to get to know their city better and be good tourism ambassadors by visiting the Terry Fox Information Centre.

Spokesperson Paul Pepe says if you pop by the centre you could win a prize.

Pepe says they have 17 prizes that involve local attractions such as the Fort William Historical Park.

Pepe adds many people don't realize how vital tourism is to the city's economy.  (File photo)

City Events Going Bigger & Better

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:40 PM

Changes are in store for a number of city events.

The biggest is the name change of "Summer In The Parks" it will now be known as Live on the Waterfront.

New City Events Supervisor Ash Young says it was time for a change and feels the new name will add more life to the event.

Part of the official launch today included a performance by the Honest Heart Collective a local band.

Local Man Wins 100K

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:06 PM

A Thunder Bay man is taking home $100,000 from an Instant Crossword Tripler scratch game.

Francesco Ruberto picked up the winning ticket at Barb's Laundromat on Cumberland Street.

The odds of winning a prize is 1 in 4. (Photo supplied)

Regional Smoke-Free "Champions" Honoured

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:54 AM

Anti-smoking crusaders and communities across northwestern Ontario are being honoured as champions in the health field.  

They were recognized at a ceremony in Thunder Bay today.  

The cities of Thunder Bay and Kenora along with the town of Fort Frances were recognized for making laws that advocate a smoke free environment.

There were over 20 awards handed out.  

Local Anti-Smoking Crusader Recognized

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 10:32 AM

Thunder Bay's Simon Hoad is getting props for his years as an anti-tobacco advocate.  

Hoad is one of 10 such people the province is recognizing today for their work to make public spaces smoke free.  

Hoad was co-chair of Tobacco-Free Thunder Bay, a coalition whose mission was to see the adoption of a smoke-free  bylaw.

 He's being recognized for making  Thunder Bay one of the early adopters of a more restrictive bylaw long before provincial legislation came out.  

Fire Crews Clear Local Hotel

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 06:06 AM

City Fire crews were called to the Marriott Hotel on the Harbour Expressway last night at around 11 o'clock.  According to Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue, smoke was reported on the second floor, but it turned out to be burnt food from a microwave oven.  

All of the hotel guests were evacuated from the building and fire fighters used fans to clear the smoke from the second floor.  There were no injuries.  

City Hall Bus Depot Made Official

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016 23:09 PM

It’s official - City Hall is the permanent bus depot for the south core.


Councillors ratified the decision tonight in a 7-4 vote, closing the books on an issue that has seen opinion hotly divided.

Councillor Shelby Ch’ng says it’s time to say it like it is, and stop "lying to constituents" by calling it a temporary location.

Also passed was a motion by Councillor Linda Rydholm to secure money for some additional security in the vicinity.

Rydholm says it's up to city staff where the funds come from - whether it's this year's or next year's budget.