November 2017

Alexander Henry About To Be Moved

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 01:01 AM

The former icebreaker Alexander Henry could be moored at its permanent home at the old Pool Six elevator site by the end of this week.

Coordinator Charlie Brown says once it's at the north waterfront location, then they'll start converting the vessel into a museum.

Brown says initial preparations include setting up security around the site as well as making sure there is electricity and heat . 

Avoid Water This Winter: Firefighters

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 15:15 PM

Cold weather is here and Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds you to stay off all ice-covered bodies of water. 

Parents, guardians and teachers are encouraged to speak to their children about the dangers of walking on ice covered lakes and rivers, and the risk of injury or death associated with exposure to cold water. 

Fire Rescue officials say the strength of ice can vary day to day, and no ice can be declared "safe" to walk on. 

It comes as city fire crews were called to three seperate ice rescues this week. (File Photo)

December Court Date For Hobbs

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 13:55 PM

There are some delays in finding an out-of-town judge to hear the case against Mayor Keith Hobbs. 

Local lawyer Gil Labine, representing Hobb's out-of-town lawyer Brian Greenspan, explained this morning that more time is needed to coordinate with a judge. 

Neither the mayor nor his wife Marisa appeared in the courtroom. 

They're facing extortion charges, with Keith Hobbs facing an additional charge of obstruction of justice. 

None of the charges have been proven in court. 

Hadju Announces Federal Help For College Students

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 13:44 PM

There's help coming from the federal government for college students affected by the five week long teacher's strike.

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says students who have government loans,  such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program, will receive additional money to pay for unforseen expenses.

Hajdu says that may include costs involving housing, food and other living  expenses in the event their study term is extended. (File photo)

Decision On Bonobo's Foods Postponed

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 13:01 PM

City councillors couldn't come to a decision on whether to grant the owners of Bonobo's grocery store, on Oliver Road, permission to operate as a restaurant as well.

It was revealed that the establishment is already operating a restaurant at the location, and a rezoning is required to make it comply with city rules.

However the parking around the store dominated talk last night at City Hall and councillor Andrew Foulds, speaking with John Ongaro this morning, admitted that was "a bit surreal"

Grainhandlers Land Three Year Contract

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:11 PM

There will be labour peace in the local grain industry for the next three years now that grainhandlers have voted to accept a new contract. 

Union spokesperson Herb Daniher believes it's a deal that reflects an industry that is operating under fewer government regulations. 

He says the competition extends from Thunder Bay right across Canada and internationally and this will help to sustain the local industry going forward. 

The new collective agreement was reached with the help of a provincial mediator.

The contract affects 225 grainhandlers. (Staff photo)

Festive RIDE Program Begins

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:04 PM

Expect to see more police on the street stopping vehicles as part of the festive RIDE program to nab drunk drivers. 

City police Constable Mark Cattani helped kick off the program this morning on Facebook Live by saying they plan to be on the road frequently, especially most nights. 

Cattani hints they'll also be setting up checkpoints some mornings since "you'd be surprised at what times you'll find impaired drivers." 

No Arrests In Latest Mac's Robbery

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:25 AM

No one is hurt following the latest armed robbery at a Mac's Convenience Store. 

Police say a man brandishing a knife walked into the location at River and Balsam just after 3 o'clock this morning and demanded money from the clerk. 

The man received some cash and ran off. 

No arrests have been made. (File Photo)


Areas Roads OK, But Not Further West

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 06:53 AM

Thunder Bay OPP and local police say no problems to report on area roads, although highways across the Rainy River district are reported as being snow covered with poor visibility.  

A section of the Trans-Canada highway between Kenora and Vermilion Bay was briefly shutdown last night because of a jack-knifed transport.


A Classic Winter Is On Its Way

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 01:01 AM

Expect a classic winter in Thunder Bay with near to above normal snowfall. 

In his winter forecast, Weather Network meteorologist Michael Carter predicts that temperature wise, it could get quite harsh. 

Carter thinks we will get multiple shots of cold weather that will see the thermometer dip well below normal. 

He believes we will also get above near to above normal snowfall this winter with a number of Colorado Low's heading in our direction during the winter months.