June 2017

New Health Warning Signs For Swimmers

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 16:32 PM

Just call it a sign of the times now that the Health Unit says it's changing the way it posts signs at city beaches warning of a swimming risk. 

One official says it will now show how the beach has performed in the past. 

As an example, Lee Sieswerda says the sign at Boulevard Lake will show 30 per cent of samples in the past have shown high bacteria levels, while the sign at the Chippewa Park Main Beach will read 40 per cent,  and the Chippewa Sandy Beach will read 10 per cent.

Weather Could Factor Into Canada Day Fireworks

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 14:50 PM

The organizer of Canada Day fireworks at Marina Park will be watching the sky all day since there is rain in the forecast. 

Ash Young says making the call on whether to have the display or not will be made about five hours prior to 11 pm, when the fireworks are scheduled to go off.

Young says rain or wind will not put a kibosh on the rest of the day,saying there will be activities on the main stage and some indoor programming.

UPDATE: Police Capture Wanted Escapee

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:16 AM

A man who escaped police custody yesterday is now back in handcuffs. 

OPP say Lindsay Legarde from Pic Mobert First Nation was found around 1:30 this afternoon walking near the train tracks west of Rossport.

He originally escaped custody while being transferred to Thunder Bay District Jail by the Anishnabek Police Service on Wednesday. (Photo supplied by OPP)

Grants For Two New LU Research Chairs

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 09:57 AM

An honour for two Lakehead University researchers after they were given innovation grants and named as new Canada Research Chairs. 

Aicheng Chen, an LU chemistry professor, will be getting $230,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to continue his chemistry studies on improving water treatment. 

Max Haiven, an assistant English professor at Lakehead, will use a $42,000 grant to study the world of high finance. 

Canada Is Safe For July 1st

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 07:48 AM

The prime minister is trying to assure us we'll be protected from terrorism during Canada Day celebrations.   

Justin Trudeau's comments follow threats from Al Qaeda and ISIS that our country is a possible terror target. 

Trudeau says he wants to make sure Canadians are at ease from coast to coast.

While he says he cannot speak about what he knows regarding threats, he suggests security is not being ignored.



Canada Launches Indigenous Health Mentorship Network

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 18:59 PM

Indigenous health researchers in Thunder Bay and across Canada can count on a new mentorship program from the federal government. 

Canada's Health Minister was in Thunder Bay today to announce the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program, which is being supported with an $8 million federal investment.

The program is part of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

Simpson Street Closed For Road Work

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 18:16 PM

Some deja vu for drivers, Simpson Street is once again closed from Pacific Avenue to Robertson Street for water main work. 

A city spokesperson says workers discovered the water main needed to be replaced during last summer's road work, but it was delayed until this year. 

Brian Newman says the whole process of replacing the pipes and repairing that section of road is expected to take about two weeks, with the southbound lane scheduled to re-open within the next seven to ten days.

Medical School Hosts Indigenous Wellness Conference

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 18:04 PM

Local officials are coming together to combat the so-called suicide crisis facing northern communities. 

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine hosted Pathways to Well-Being today, a conference involving Indigenous youth, leaders, health providers and government officials.

Dean Dr. Roger Strasser says they're working on a 5-year action plan to ensure fewer young people take their own lives. 

He says they want to create "a future that is positive, that's about embracing life, that is without suicide."

Man Facing Charges After Armed Robbery

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 17:21 PM

A long list of charges for a local man after a south side robbery. 

Police arrested the 27-year-old after they say he assaulted and stole cash from a 20-year-old man. 

They were called to the incident on Wiley Street just after 9 last night, and caught up with the suspect as he was running towards Heron Street. 

He's charged with weapons offences, robbery, making death threats among other offences and is now in custody. (File Photo)

Games Promise To Be A Big Economic Boost

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 17:05 PM

If Thunder Bay wins the right to host the 2020 Special Olympics Winter Games it will be a big boost for the local economy.

An official with Special Olympics Canada says sport tourism is becoming the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry and Blair McIntosh says that makes the games more attactive to any prospective community. 

He says they did a study after the most recent winter games in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland and discovered the economic impact was $5.8 million.