July 2017

OPP Issue Alert For Missing Man

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 15:00 PM

The OPP are looking for your help in locating a missing man who failed to return to the Ministry of Natural Resources fire base on Highway 527.

Police say 45 year old Leon Esquega left the base last night, saying he planned to hitchhike to Thunder Bay and return to the base around midnight. 

He has yet to show up.

Esquega is described as an Indigenous, 5'11", 220 lbs, short black hair, and has a moustache.

Military Bikers Headed Our Way

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 13:57 PM

There's a lot of motorcycle madness that's about to converge on Thunder Bay, as the annual Military Police National Motorcycle Relay for charity is underway. 

An organizer says a large group is heading this way from western Canada.

Tony Brook says they left Victoria, British Columbia earlier this week, and will be travelling 10,000 kilometres to St. John's Newfoundland. 

Anyone Can Get Depression: MPP

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 13:40 PM

Depression is a mental disease that can affect anyone, regardless of age, status, gender or lifestyle.    

Those were some of the findings of MPP Michael Gravelle who is returning to work following his struggle with depression over the last five months.

He says many people contacted him with stories of depression.

He'll be taking the next while to get caught up on work.

Gravelle says he's very grateful to his colleague and friend Bill Mauro for supporting him, as well as Premier Kathleen Wynne and the community.

 

Glen Murray Resigns

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 13:13 PM

Ontario's Environment Minister is stepping down.

Glen Murray will become executive director of the Pembina Institute, a think tank with a focus on energy, in September.

Housing Minister, Chris Ballard moves over to Environment and Climate Change.

Peter Milczyn has been promoted and is now the new Housing Minister and Minister responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

In addition, the Office of Francophone Affairs for Ontario will become a standalone ministry with Marie-France Lalonde continue her role as the Minister. (File photo)

 

New Wing Of Hospital Almost Done

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 09:51 AM

Delays in construction of the new east wing of St. Joseph's hospital are to be expected, mainly due to building materials not arriving on time.  

The President of St. Joe's Care Group says she's pleased with the progress of the last few years.

But Tracey Buckler won't speculate on when everyone can move in, except that major construction should be done by October.

Buckler says the new wing is for specialized mental health services, able to hold 38 new beds.

 

Younger People Not Buying Travel Insurance

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:58 AM

More than 40% of Canadian travellers who don't buy travel insurance are millennials.  

That's according to data released by Allianz Global Assistance.

The main three reasons why are because they felt it was unnecessary, too expensive, or their trip was too short to need travel insurance.

Allianz Senior Director Dan Keon says the likelihood of needing travel insurance isn't determined solely by age, time or the destination of your trip.

He says everyone needs to be prepared to ensure they aren't stuck with a surprise vacation bill.  

 

Gravelle Makes Comeback

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:39 AM

MPP Michael Gravelle is making his first public appearance since he took time off to deal with depression.  

Gravelle is holding a media event this morning, but the attention is also reflecting on his return to the spotlight.

While he was away, Bill Mauro took over Gravelle's duties as the Minister of Northern Development and Mines.   

 

Delays In Taxi By-Law

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 07:01 AM

Don't expect to hear the details about the city's new taxi by-law until next month now.   

The city councillor who has been guiding the process along behind the scenes, says there was a last minute meeting with airport officials to discuss some issues. 

As a result, Brian McKinnon admits, it can't be introduced tonight as planned.

He says he knows it's been a long time, but there've been some fairly significant issues and changes come along.

The new law is expected to address the introduction of ride sharing programs, like Uber, to Thunder Bay. 

 

Sodium Hydroxide To Reduce Lead Levels

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 06:28 AM

The city is getting prepared to start adding a chemical to your water to reduce lead levels, after a successful experiment in Current River.   

One city official says they'll be proceeding with the corrision control plan after city council is informed and there are public information sessions.

Michelle Warywoda says they learned a lot from the pilot project earlier this year.

They made some needed adjustments in the system and will soon start letting you know more about it.

Warywoda doesn't believe they'll be able to get it going before the end of the year. 

UPDATE: 15-Year Old Girl Found Safe

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 13:13 PM

UPDATE:  OPP say the 15-year old girl has been found safe in the Upsula area last (Saturday) night.

Posted: July 30th 

The search is on for a missing 15-year old southern Ontario girl who may be travelling to the west coast.  

OPP say Katrina Demore is from Cambridge, and was last seen yesterday walking on Peninsula Road in Marathon. 

She is described as Indigenous, about 5'2" and 100lbs, with shoulder length hair and walks with a limp.

She was last seen wearing a charcoal coloured shirt, blue shorts and flip flops.