May 2017

Thunder Bay To Benefit From Infrastructure Money

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 18:03 PM

Thunder Bay and the rest of the province is getting tax money to pay for improved wastewater management systems.  

Politicians were on hand at city hall this morning, announcing $13.6-million in federal dollars, with this city getting 8.2-million in federal and provincial taxes.

MP Patty Hajdu says the money for Thunder Bay will address problems faced due to flooding.

The money is for 221 projects for 86 communities in Ontario, with 34 for Thunder Bay.

Police Still Investigating Begg's Death

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 15:55 PM

Despite a coroner's report being complete, the public won't know the cause of Josiah Begg's death.

City police say they are still investigating his death.

Sgt. Ryan Hughes says they are reviewing video and speaking with people about his death.

Hughes says the family has asked them not to release publicly the cause of his death, something he says police will respect.

New Development In Case Against Police Chief

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 15:29 PM

A new development in the breach of trust and obstructing justice charges against the Chief of the Thunder Bay Police.   

Yesterday it was released by the police charges had been laid by the OPP after an investigation by the RCMP.

Now court documents allege that JP Levesque last December “did willfully attempt to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice by disclosing confidential information concerning Mayor Keith Hobbs”.

Mayor Hobbs was contacted by our newsroom but is not commenting at this time. 

Police Dealing With Weekend Homicide

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:28 PM

Police have a homicide to deal with.  

They say the results of an autopsy are in on a man found hurt in the area of Marks and Arthur Street on the weekend.

Police say he died of trauma received in an altercation just prior to being found Monday.  

Work is still being done to identify the man, with the area still under control of the police. 

Police are asking for anyone with information to call them if you saw anything suspicious in this area on Monday between 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. 

Brampton Man Charged In Near Miss On Highway 17

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:58 AM

A 52 year-old Brampton man has been charged with careless driving for almost causing a serious collision on Highway 17 near Kenora.

Last Thursday, Provincial Police received video footage of a near head on crash.

Dash cam video shows a westbound transport crossing over the centre line into the eastbound lane.

The driver of a pick-up truck acted quickly and swerved to avoid the collision.

No one was injured. Source: Driver of vehicle, Laurenn Ferris


College Vows To Improve Student Lives

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:11 AM

Confederation College continues to work towards improving life for First Nation students. 

At his annual breakfast, Jim Madder spoke to the changes the school has undergone over the last year.  "We're getting better at that one, is it where I want it to be, no. During a discussion with the Dean, I've asked how we continue to walk down that road.  Second aspect is we are introducing a new program called Indigenous Governance it's a post diploma program, it's advanced."

Madder adds the new program will help educate future First Nation leaders. (File photo)

Robbery Suspect Sought In Nakina

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:06 AM

Employees from the Northern Store in Nakina didn't give up any money during a Sunday afternoon robbery.  

OPP say it happened just before 5 and the disguised suspect carrying a weapon eventually ran away empty handed.

Police haven't been able to find the person responsible and are asking if you have any information to contact them.

100 Students Learn Life Skills

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:04 AM

Students from Five Mile, Kingsway, and Westmount Public Schools are better prepared for future summer jobs.  

100 local elementary school kids are taking part in a number of classes at Confederation College.  

They learned safe food handling practices, emergency first aid, babysitting and bicycle safety and maintenance.

The three Lakehead Public schools Grade 7 and 8 students are part of a pilot project.

LU Prof Launches New Book

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:55 AM

A local teacher is now an author.

Lakehead University Law Prof Dr. Ryan Alford's new book discusses the ongoing failure to address human rights abuses in the United States.

He argues in his new book that this is the most serious constitutional crisis in American history.

Alford is launching his book officially tonight at the law school. (Photo supplied)