February 2017

Police Assaulted In Bar Arrest

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 14:05 PM

The patrons of a south side bar recently gave police a rough time during a weekend arrest.

Police say they were at Newfie's Pub at Brodie and Victoria on Saturday afternoon to apprehend a woman and during the process, one of the officers was knocked to the ground by a man.

It didn't end there as the police were surrounded by other bar patrons who yelled obscenities as they were now making two arrests. 

The officers managed to make it out and have charged a 26 year old woman and 20 year old man in connection with the incident. 

District Is Mumps Free

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 13:22 PM

No mumps for the Thunder Bay area. 

There's been some outbreaks of the disease in southern Ontario, B.C. and even in Manitoba. 

In one case members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team showed symptoms of the virus. 

However, Diana Gowanlock of the Thunder Bay Distric Health Unit says we've managed to avoid it for some time, in fact, she says there hasn't been a reported case of the mumps in the city or district for more than 10 years.

Fraser Institute Ranks Local Schools

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 11:59 AM

The results are in from the think tank the Fraser Institute.

They've ranked the top high schools in the province and our region. 

St. Ignatius came in the top school in Thunder earning the ranking of 7.3 out of 10, followed by Hammarskjold at 6.7, 6.6 at Sir Winston Churchill and 6.2 at St. Pat's.

Superior and Westgate were scored 5.9 and 5.8 out of 10 with the French immersion high school coming in at 5.7. 

 

 

First Indigenous Court Opens March 6th

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 09:21 AM

The first Indigenous Peoples' Court in Northwestern Ontario will start sitting March 6th.

The court based out of Thunder Bay is being welcomed by various First Nation groups including the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Center. 

The courtroom will be based out of the consolidated courthouses' Aboriginal Conference Settlement Suite.

It's meant to help in the healing process for those residents who are in conflict with the law. (File photo)

Snow On The Way For T.Bay

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 09:19 AM

More snow is on the way for Thunder Bay.  A weather system is moving in from the Southwest U.S.  

Environment Canada Spokesperson Geoff Coulson says we will start to see snow fall tonight with two to four centimeters and another two to four by the morning Tuesday.  

He says the north shore of Lake Superior near Greenstone will get even more anywhere from ten to fifteen centimeters.  

Coulson adds the light at the end of the tunnel is that warmer weather is expected for the weekend.

LRCA Sets Projects For 2017

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 06:49 AM

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is planning some big projects for 2017.  

Chair Donna Blunt says the LRCA will study ways to control erosion along the Kam River this year.

She says they're going to put around 40% of this year's levy from the city towards the Neebing McIntyre Floodway.    

Blunt says other projects include clearing sediment out of the diversion channel near Ford Street and Parkway Drive and looking at ways to control erosion along the Kam River.  

EMS To Do Less Non Emergency Calls

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 06:42 AM

Paramedics will respond to fewer non-urgent calls starting in April.  

Right now, Superior North EMS is called to transport up to 3 patients per hour, like returning a long-term-care home patient from the hospital back to their residence.  

Chief Wayne Gates says they'll only be available for one per hour, but it isn't about saving time. 

He says they need to devote their time to actual emergencies since there's been an increase in heart attacks and strokes.

 

City Ponders Waterfront Parking

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 06:38 AM

The city is considering charging you to park at the waterfront, but is first willing to listen for your thoughts.  

Thursday night starting at 6:30, for about two hours, an information session will be at Mariners Hall.  

Parking authority supervisor Jonathan Paske says by putting in parking meters, the city feels this will free up more spots for everyone.  

Paske says parking has increased, with many people leaving vehicles for long periods of time, as they walk downtown.   

High Street Wall Back At Council

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 06:31 AM

City Council is taking its time deciding how to fix the aging High Street retaining wall.  

The city is committing $550,000 in this year's budget to replace or repair the structure, but they still have to determine whether to keep the existing "rubble" style of stonework, install a plain concrete slab, or create a concrete canvas to be decorated by local artists.