May 2017

Police Board Being Investigated

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:42 AM

Frustration over police investigations is growing for First Nation leaders.  

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says Thunder Bay Police aren't an option anymore for dealing with the growing number of river deaths in that city.

Rainy River First Nation Chief Jim Leonard says they've lost faith in the service and they want the RCMP to investigate the 2015 death of Stacy DeBungee.  

Bear Clan Patrolling Tonight

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 05:40 AM

A volunteer group who wants to make our City streets safe is holding a number of patrols.


The Thunder Bay Bear Clan will be heading out tonight and ask anyone who wants join them to meet them at the McIntyre Shopper's Drug Mart.

The safety patrol will run from nine until two in the morning.

New Job Search Site Launched For NWO

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 05:36 AM

Job seekers in Thunder Bay have a new tool in the search, a new regional website.

The Executive Director of the Local Employment Planning Council says Move to NWO simplifies the task of job seeking by pulling ads from other major sites into this one.

Madge Richardson says it'll also help people not from this area, who don't know where to look. "To show the diversity of jobs available, and to encourage them to think if I want to relocate this is the kind of employment that I want."

Chamber Dislikes Increase

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 05:31 AM

New employment rules introduced by the Premier are not good for business, according to the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.

It's President says if an employee's shift is cancelled within 48-hours of its start, for whatever reason, the employer must still pay the worker three hours.

Charla Robinson says, for instance, a cancelled baseball game would hurt a team to pay stadium employees.

Tax Bills Going Up

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 05:27 AM

Prepare yourself for a bigger property tax bill. 

The city made some changes to its tax policy Monday night, and that's affecting more than 40-thousand residential properties. 

Rob Colquhoun explains the latest property tax reassessment means most of those bills are increasing by between $51 and $150 dollars.

"The median value property in 2017 is valued at approximately $188,000 and they would see a $104 increase in the 2017 tax bill so that works out to about $8.70 a month." 

The residential tax levy is going up by just under 3.5 percent. 

Canada Wide Warrant

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 04:46 AM

Kenora OPP are out with a Canada Wide Warrant for a 35 year old man.

The wanted man is Daniel Sanche and he's described as a heavy set white man with long straight dark brown hair.

He failed to show up for a specific court identified location in Kenora and hasn't been seen since May 25th. 

Police say he's known to frequent Kenora, Dryden and the Calgary area. (Photos supplied)

City Hosts Truck Route Discussion, McKellar Ward Meeting

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 00:52 AM

There are some opportunities to have your say about local issues this week.

There's a public meeting this afternoon at the Oliver Road Community Centre, to discuss the proposed designated truck route. It's taking place from 4 o'clock to 6 o'clock.  

Tomorrow, McKellar Ward issues are on the table at the Slovak Legion, along with city-wide topics and an overview of this year's city infrastructure projects. 

That ward meeting begins at 7 o'clock Thursday night. (File Photo)

Minister Puts Focus On Indigenous Languages

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 00:28 AM

A positive first step for more Indigenous language education. 

Indigenous leaders are discussing efforts to revitalize that part of their cultures, which the Education Minister says includes more language learning in classrooms across Ontario. 

Tuesday, the Mitzie Hunter sat down with Indigenous leaders at the 3-day Indigenous Languages Symposium, which wraps up Wednesday. 

It's important to make sure these languages are preserved, Hunter says, and listening to Indigenous leaders is an important part of this process.

Ward Meetings Hit Social Media

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 23:52 PM

Ward and town hall meetings are coming to a livestream near you.  

Council has adopted new guidelines to allow councillors to broadcast meetings online. 

Shelby Ch'ng says her motion gives city officials another way to connect with residents on social media. 

"I think this will also set the pace and tone for future councils, when they're developing policies on the use social media and whatever else is invented at that time." 

However, that idea is making some around the council table uneasy.  

Teen Charged After Bomb Threat

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 16:03 PM

A 15-year old boy is facing charges after a bomb threat at the Fort Frances High School.  

OPP were called to the school last Wednesday afternoon.

Charges of uttering threats to cause death, criminal harrassment and assault have been laid against the boy.

Police say he'll appear in Fort Frances court next Tuesday.

No bomb was found or used.