September 2017

Special Pins Going To Local Residents

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 09:58 AM

Several Northwestern Ontario residents can now say they have a piece of the roof of our Parliament Buildings. 

The copper was crafted into a Canada 150 pin and given out to people selected by our community.

MP Patty Hajdu says she asked that people nominate unsung heros.

"I think what I wanted to hear about was those truly every day people that have made differences in ways that we don't even know." 

Hajdu says each MP was given the pins to do with what they want so she decided to recognize the good work people do in our riding.  (Photo by Caroline Redstone)

City Highlights Chinese Partnership

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 08:32 AM

The City is signing a friendship agreement with Nanning, China. 

A seven person delegation from the City is in Thunder Bay today. 

The deal is to enhance and develop cooperation between the two cities. 

Meanwhile, our Chinese sister city Jiaozuo has gifted Thunder Bay with three large statues that will be installed at our Tai Chi park.

Union Gas Bill To Drop Next Month

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 07:54 AM

If you're a Residential 1 customer of Union Gas, this should put a little smile on your face.  

The Ontario Energy board has approved a request by the natural gas company to reduce its rates provincially beginning next month.

This means customers in this area will get a 2-percent reduction.  

The rest of Ontario will get a 6-percent drop.

No Full Contact Ban For Local HS Football Practices

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 17:20 PM

There are no plans by organizers of high school football in Thunder Bay to ban full contact during practices.

The Canadian Football League has instituted the rule to help prevent concussions. 

School's Activity Director Dave Pineau says it won't happen locally since they view it as a pro sports rule.

Pineau says many of the kids are learning the sport for the first time, and at this stage it's necessary for the coaches to teach proper tackling techniques.

No injuries After Small Kitchen Fire

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 16:17 PM

No one is hurt following a small kitchen fire on the 300 block of Simpson Street. 

It was in an apartment unit of the second floor of the building located at Simpson and Bethune.

Platoon chief Kelly Patterson says the blaze was called in around 3 o'clock.

He says when crews arrived they found smoke coming from the second floor and a second alarm was called.

The building was evacuated and the blaze was put out quickly.

Damage appears confined to the one unit. 

Loaded Weapon Seized In South Side Raid

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 15:21 PM

Complaints from residents of possible drug activity at a residence on the 100 block of North Marks Street spurred police to act.

They raided the house at around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon and seized a modified and loaded semi-automatic .22 calibre rifle along with a small amount of crack cocaine.

Charged are Matthew Loubier and  Mariah Sankanee, both 25 years old, and both from Thunder Bay. (Photo supplied)

Counselling Centre Reaching Out

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 15:00 PM

Thunder Bay Counselling is going to offer low income families help with their finances.

It's part of the province's Poverty Reduction Strategy. 

Executive Director Nancy Chamberlain says it's going to help people turn their lives around.

"We know that people with support and coaching around their financial literacy, understanding their rights, understanding how to access housing, and a whole bunch of other things have a much better outcome." 

The centre will help coach people, set up bank accounts, file taxes and understand their government benefits.

54 Year Old Man Dies From Injuries

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 14:52 PM

A 54 year old man is dead following a single vehicle crash in the early morning hours of September 13th. 

Police say he died from his injuries and that his name isn't being released at the request of his family. 

The man's pick up truck left Balmoral Street and rolled over hitting a hydro pole. 

There are no charges being laid. (File photo)

 

Spike Belt Used Near Nipigon

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 14:34 PM

A 19 year old Southern Ontario man is charged with obstructing officer, running from police and assaulting an officer.

The charges stem from an incident earlier this week near Nipigon.

Police say they had a brief chat with a young man driving a black SUV but he appeared to be confused about his whereabouts.

Shortly after he took off on Highway 11/17 and OPP had to use a spike belt to stop him. 

Police then had to break the window of the vehicle and use a taser like weapon to bring the suspect into custody.