October 2016

Opposition Continues To Demand Answers About Adam Capay

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 16:25 PM

The opposition at Queen's Park continues to demand answers about the continued incarceration of Adam Capay at the Thunder Bay District Jail.  Until last week, Capay had spent four years in segregation.  

Progressive Conservative Critic Rick Nicholls says the Ministry of Corrections is required to file a report to theminister responsible every 60 days an inmate spends in a segregation unit.  He says because the government ignored the warnings, the charges are in danger of being dropped.   

Bearskin Joins With Perimeter To Offer Northern Service

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 15:02 PM

Thunder Bay's Bearskin Airlines says it's hooking up with Winnipeg's Perimeter Aviation to re-introduce service between Thunder Bay and several First Nations communities north of Sioux Lookout.

Perimeter has been linking Sandy Lake, Pikangikum, and Sachigo Lake to Winnipeg for more than 10 years.  

Recently, the airline expanded their service to include links to Sioux Lookout, which is when they teamed up with Bearskin to offer joint connections to and from Thunder Bay.  

Kenora Forest Products Mill Now At Full Production

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 14:10 PM

Good news in the forest sector as the Kenora Forest Products mill is now up at full production.

Unifor says a second shift has now been added at both the planer plant and the sawmill operations.

Local National Union representative Stephen Boon says that now brings their numbers up to about 110 employees.

Boon adds about 50% of the workforce is now made up of aboriginal employees, which exceeds their initial start-up target.

Two Cancer Agencies Set To Merge

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 14:05 PM

Two cancer organizations in Canada are merging beginning next year.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society are joining forces to have a greater impact on cancer research and support programs across the country.  The two charities will unite under the Canadian Cancer Society banner, while key programs and activities from the CBCF will carry over and continue.

"Hurricane Hazel" To Hit Thunder Bay

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 13:55 PM

The woman known as Hurricane Hazel, who spent 36 years as the mayor of Mississauga is coming to Thunder Bay.  Hazel McCallion is speaking at a luncheon organized by the city's age friendly committee.   

Spokesperson Nancy Angus says it's a chance to hear from a person who hasn't let age get in the way of a successful career in politics.  She says at the age of 95 McCallion continues to be a vital part of her community and to show that it's "great to get older." 

The event happens November 15th at the Victoria Inn.  

Roach's Reacts To Social Media Video

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 10:55 AM

Roach's Taxi is reacting to a video that's making the rounds of social media showing a woman being refused a ride from a local taxi driver.

The video appears to show the driver refusing to take her as a fare saying it's cash up front, but the woman says she offered repeatedly to charge 40 dollars to her card.

Denis LeBeau says she can contact him with her concerns.  

LeBeau adds it's up to the individual driver to make the decision and it's his right to do so under the city taxi by-law.

Our newsroom has reached out to the woman for comment.

Energy Rebates On The Way

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 10:55 AM

The Ontario government is offering up some cash to homeowners looking to make some changes to lower their energy bills.

The Wynne government is setting aside $100 million through its Green Investment Fund over the next three years for home energy audits and retrofits.

Homeowners can apply for rebates of  $500 to $2,000 when installing new energy-efficient furnaces, windows and insulation.

The province says such improvements can help natural gas users save a $1.50 to $4.00 for every dollar invested.

Border Cats Hire Field Manager

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 10:08 AM

The Border Cats have their bench boss for next season.   

Mitchell Feller has been hired as the new field manager for the 2017 season.  

He's from South Dakota State University and says he looks forward to working with General Manager Dan Grant and the rest of the organization to build something great for baseball fans in Thunder Bay.  

Grant says the team was looking for someone who has proven they can manage through adversity and be a professional. 

Collision In Shuniah

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 08:08 AM

Shuniah Fire is reporting a single vehicle crash this morning.

They say it happened just before eight am, one mile west of McGregor Landfill. 

Fire fighters say that the vehicle collided with deer in the eastbound lane.  

Emergency officials responded.