September 2017

Culture Days Returns

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 09:40 AM

There's plenty to do at Thunder Bay's 8th Culture Days event, featuring 30 local groups sharing their activities including art, film, dance and more all over the city. 

You can check out the Fort William First Nation Pow Wow, outdoor screening of The Sleeping Giant movie and Tale of a Town performances today. 

Cultural Development Supervisor Ash Young says this helps keep people aware of culture in Thunder Bay. 

Summit Highlights Youth Mental Health

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 17:14 PM

Local youth mental health agencies are coming together for two days of workshops on health and well-being. 

Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6:30, youth from ages 12 to 24 can attend the Dare to Dream Youth Summit at the Sister Margaret Smith Centre. 

Organizers say there will be food, activities, entertainment, and motivational speakers.  

Around 60 youth are expected to attend the free event. (File Photo)

Charges Pending In Animal Welfare Investigation

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 17:09 PM

Charges are pending against one man after number of animals were found in distress at a rural property. 

On Thursday, officials with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confiscated 15 puppies and three dogs who they say were living in "deplorable" conditions. 

The OSPCA say one puppy was found dead at the scene, two later died, and one injured dog had to be euthanized. 

They say there were a large number of animals on the property and they've ordered the 67-year-old owner to relieve the distress of the remaining animals. (File Photo)

Tentative Contract Reached At Avenue II

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 14:39 PM

Support workers at Avenue II Community Program Services are one step closer to labour peace with their employer. 

Their union, OPSEU, has reached a tentative agreement following day long talks on Thursday and prevents, for the time being, any chance of a strike or lock out. 

There are about 100 staff members who are affected by the new contract who work work  the developmentally challenged.

Details of the tentative deal will not be released until after results of the vote are revealed after tomorrow's ratification vote. 

Bids Open For More Beer & Cider Locations

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 14:21 PM

The province is now accepting bids from grocery stores interested in selling beer and cider.

Ninety five new locations will be approved to sell by next April.

Currently, there are more than 200 grocery stores in Ontario authorized to sell beer and cider.

Of the six locations in northwestern Ontario, only one, located in Sioux Lookout, is located west of Thunder Bay.


Friendship Agreement Signed

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 13:25 PM

The city, Fort William First Nation and North Caribou Lake First Nation have a new parthership. 

The three communities and the Thunder Bay Police Service signed a Friendship Agreement to work together on issues like public safety, anti-racism, and education. 

The agreement follows the prayer and unity walk for the late Tammy Keeash and Josiah Begg. 

North Caribou Lake officials say working together will help discourage "us versus them" attitudes and prepare First Nations' youth for the future. (Photo supplied)

Threading Water Quilt Kicks Off Culture Days

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:49 AM

Culture Days is here, and to get it underway a quilt focusing on the Great Lakes has been unveiled on the wall at Mariner's Hall.

Called Threading Water-Great Art for Great Lakes, it was made in part by Betty Carpick, who wants people to think of how to preserve the Great Lakes.

She jokes part of the reason she made the quilt is because she wasn't very good at her home economics sewing class.

Culture Days features 30 local groups sharing art, film, dance and more at venues all over the city. (Photo by Geoff Waterfield)

Moose Hunters Get Fined

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:08 AM

Conservation officers are cracking down on naughty hunters.

They've laid 8 charges and issued 15 warnings during a three-day aerial patrol of remote outpost camps on lakes north of Geraldton.

20 resident and 29 non-resident hunters were checked by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Infractions including leaving loaded firearms in vehicles, failing to wear orange, not having enough lifejackets in the boat, hunting without a big game licence and failing to carrying a hunting licence when hunting. 

College Golf Team Takes Part In Championship

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:01 AM

Confederation College's Thunderhawks Golf team is competing at the Ontario Colleges Championships.

They start the competition tomorrow in Sault Ste. Marie.

It wraps up on Thursday.

The team boasts two veterans and three rookies.

Coach, David Reid is excited to introduce this year’s experienced team: veterans Nathan Lohnes and Cam Zappitelli, and rookies Tyson-Skylar Morrisseau, Ben Erwin and Ryley Plewes. 

Northern Ontario Business Awards Announced

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 09:58 AM

In the world of business, a big honour for Thunder Bay's Rudnicki Industrial. 

They took home the Innovation Award from the magazine Northern Ontario Business. 

Mike Runicki's machine shop specializes in repairs, fabrication and product manufacturing. 

The other winner from Thunder Bay last night includes Sara Yeo who won the Union Gas Essay Scholarship. 

She is studying Applied Life Sciences at Lakehead University with hopes of being accepted into the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.