August 2017

Victim Of Diving Accident Dies In Hospital

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 14:13 PM

Sad news to report about the 52 year old diver from Burlington who was pulled unconscious from Lake Superior last week. 

Ontario Provincial Police report after extensive medical treatment,  Scott Stitt has died. 

Stitt, and four colleagues, were diving at a shipwreck site off of Neys Provincial Park when the incident occurred. 

Police aren't sure whether it was a problem with the diving gear he was wearing, or if it was a health issue. 

They are continuing to investigate. 

Pikangikum Gets Hooked Up To Power

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 13:47 PM

One of northwestern Ontario's most beleaguered First Nation communities is getting hooked up to the electricity grid.  

Pikangikum First Nation is being connected to the Ontario power grid.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced $60 million for the project.  

It means the community will be able to offer a reliable, clean source of power instead of using diesel generators.  

ATV Mishap Leaves Woman Shaken Up

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 10:52 AM

A 20-year old Thunder Bay woman got a little shaken up following an ATV crash north of Marathon.  

OPP say late yesterday afternoon she was riding on a trail when it became rough and she lost control, the machine landing on top of her.

It's not known how long she was there, until a passerby discovered her and called 911.

The woman was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, but later released after being treated by medical staff.

Levesque's Next Court Appearance In September

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 10:51 AM

The city's embattled police chief, J.P Levesque, was a no-show for a scheduled court appearance.  

Levesque was represented in court this morning by Thunder Bay's Neil McCartney, who in turn, was standing in for Brian Grover of Toronto.  

McCartney said the prosecution and the defense are still discussing on going pre-trial issues.  

It means the case is not close to getting to the trial stage yet.  

The next court date is now September 6th.  

Levesque is charged with breach of trust and attempting to obstruct justice.  

Florida Man Charged With Smuggling

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 10:04 AM

Charges of smuggling have been laid against a 73-year old Florida man, after an inspection at Pigeon River crossing earlier this month. 

Border patrol officers say on August 8th, two people attempted to cross into Canada, and were referred to secondary inspection.

When questioned further, the driver admitted to having a concealed loaded gun in the camper, and a stun gun was also found.

The weapons were seized, and Edward Candela faces numerous charges, with a court date of September 26th in Thunder Bay.

He was also slapped with 15-hundred dollars in fines.

MNR Continues Its Battle Against Forest Fires

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 07:28 AM

Four new forest fires were added to the total count of 152 blazes, most caused by lightning, that the Ministry of Natural Resources is battling across the northwest.  

The ones that remain of concern are Nipigon district #29, #99 and Big Trout Lake, as they are stubborn, but crews remain on top of them.

A travel advisory remains for Camp 81 road.

(Photo: Top Nipigon #29, Bottom #99) 

Rainfall Warning From Environment Canada

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 06:22 AM

Make sure you've got that umbrella, as Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Thunder Bay and surrounding areas.  

Meteorologist Kelly Hobelman says it'll drop up to 50mm of rain today, continuing into the overnight.

The radar shows the system stretches from Thunder Bay right through International Falls and into the States.

She has good news though, saying the weekend is looking pretty good.

Police Seek Mac's Robbery Suspects

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 16:39 PM

Police are looking for your help in identifying the people responsible for the robbery of the Mac's Convenience Store on Simpson Street. 

They say it happened on Monday  night at around 10:45. 

Two women entered the store, one of them was armed with a knife.

They made off with some cash and no one was hurt. 

Both are described as Indigenous and between 5'4" and 5' 7" in height.

There was a silver vehicle in the vicinity of the store at the time.

Rainfall Warning In Effect

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 16:13 PM

The city is currently under a rainfall warning.   

Environment Canada is tracking a system in southwestern Minnesota which is currently bringing rain to the Duluth area.

Geoff Coulson says the rain is expected to begin in Thunder Bay after midnight.

It will continue into tomorrow and not stop until early Friday morning.

When it's all over, we could get between 30 to 40 millimetres of rain, maybe even more, by the time it tapers off after midnight tomorrow.

City Makes Deal With Border Cats

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 16:10 PM

The City won't kiss and tell when it comes to an agreement they reached with the Border Cats over their delayed home opener.

Our baseball team was without a home for the first two weeks of the season while repairs were made to Port Arthur Stadium.

Manager Norm Gale says they're pleased they were able to reach a deal.

"The Border Cats are very important of course not just for baseball fans, but they are an economic driver and support the culture of Thunder Bay. We are pleased that they are going to stay and keep playing baseball here."