August 2016

Train Derails Due To Cracked Frame

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 14:37 PM

Investigation of a train de-railment near Nipigon in January 2015 has revealed it was caused by a crack in the rail frame.  

The train carrying propane cars derailed after the railway couldn't hold the 11th car, causing the following 21 cars to crash with it.  

The report indicates the already formed crack was at a bolt hole, and wasn't detected during regular inspection as it was behind the joint bars, making detection difficult.    

Snow and cold temperatures at the time of the crash made things worse.    

TB Home Depot To Help Homeless Youth

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 13:55 PM

Home Depot Canada is teaming up with its member stores across the country to raise money to help youth living on the streets.  

Starting tomorrow, the Thunder Bay location will participate by raising money for Shelter House.  

With over 6,000 youth across the country without a home, the national initiative is to provide them access to safe, stable housing and life-skills development programs.  


Orientation For 400+ International Students At LU

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 13:25 PM

More than 400 international students are getting an orientation session at the hangar of Lakehead University.  

It's happening today, with the support and participation of local businesses and services.  

Associate Director of Lakehead International Nancy Galo says international students pick Lakehead for programs that match their needs, as well as many that like the natural beauty of this area.    

Some of them come from very densely populated parts of the world.  

Hunter Brothers Farm Celebrates Blue Jays 40th Season With Corn Maze

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:04 PM

For the past 16 years, the Hunter Brothers Farm in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick, have made corn mazes and this year's maze is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lee Hunter says his grandmother came up with the idea.

Hunter says his grandmother is the biggest Blue Jays fan, adding she's already been to three games this year.

The design stems from Jose Bautista's iconic bat flip from last season.

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Sculptures Cause Talk

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:55 AM

A couple of pieces of public art in the trendy Bay and Cornwall area of the city are causing some talk.  They both look like full size statues of a human being, but a closer look shows them to be stylized as animals.  

Artist Brandon Vickerd says he wanted to depict the area's inherent wilderness. He's also pleased that his works are causing people to talk since that's what public art is designed to do.

The sculptures are part of the city's $120,000 beautification project for the area. (Staff photos)

Province's Top Doctor Urges Child Vaccinations

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 09:22 AM

Ontario’s top public health officer is urging parents to have their kids vaccinated, saying there’s no way of knowing how strong their child’s immune system might be.

Dr. David Williams says for those not vaccinated against a broad range of illnesses, an outbreak could prove tragic. And with the new school year just around the corner, he says it’ll be important to keep close track of all student vaccinations.

Bearskin Airlines Expanding Service

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 08:42 AM

Bearskin Airlines says its increasing the number of flights between Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie and Sudbury.  The new schedule take effect September 19th.

One additional eastbound morning flight and one additional westbound evening flight will be offered each weekday.   A second nonstop evening flight between Thunder Bay and Sudbury will also be offered on Fridays only.

Charity Event Raises $1.75 Million

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 08:22 AM

On the charity beat, A&W is touting the success of its Burgers to Beat MS campaign.

In Thunder Bay and right across Canada $1  from every Teen Burger sold was donated to help Canadians affected by multiple sclerosis.  It raised a record $1.75 million dollars.

Now in its 8th year, the campaign has raised close to $10 million, for the MS cause

Nault Makes Trip To South /Central America

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 08:04 AM

Bob Nault calls it a chance to monitor and evaluate Canada's aid and support programs at an international level.  

The Kenora MP is in Guatemala and Columbia this week for a fact-finding mission. He says it's part of a government plan to be more visible on the global front.Nault adds that it's important for the federal government to get a first hand look at how it's spending it's aid money.

Nault is making the trip as the Chair of the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee and he's joined an all-party team to hold meetings and conduct field visits