April 2018

Nine Dead After Van Plows Into Pedestrians In Toronto

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 15:31 PM

A tragic incident in Toronto  where nine people have been killed after a van plowed into pedestrians in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area

Numerous people were struck down and there are about 16 people injured.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale reports the investigation remains in its early stages. 

The driver of the van is said to be in custody. 

Goodale indicates it's too early to say if the situation is terror related and the country's threat level has not been increased. 

Wabason Looking For New Lawyer

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 15:07 PM

Sheldon Wabason is in the process of getting a new lawyer for his new trial in relation to the death of 54 year old Robert Topping.

Wabason recently won his appeal in Ontario court after being sentenced to ten years on manslaughter and breaking and entering charges.

He's in the process of getting a new lawyer who told court by May 28th, he should know if he's been retained and what his next steps are.

Wabason remains in custody in Saskatchewan.

 

Fraud Case Heading To Sentencing

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 14:41 PM

A local contractor facing numerous fraud charges will be back in court for sentencing in June on one set of offenses. 

Richard Belbas is expected to hear his fate on June 8th in relation to money he owes from jobs he didn’t finish in 2013-2014  

A pretrial for Belbas is set for May 9th and that deals with 11 fraud charges he faces from January of this year. 

He was already convicted in 2015 on similar fraud charges. 

 

 

 

Drug Case Back In Court May 28

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 14:20 PM

A 2016 drug case is going to court May 28th to set a trial date. 

One of the co-accused Steven Lalonde is still looking to hire a lawyer and that’s what is causing the delay. 

The assignment court judge today urged him to hire representation quickly since his actions are impacting his co-accused’s rights that include his wife Amanda and Sam Elliott. 

Lalonde faces several charges including trafficking in marijuana and cannabis resin, money laundering and a criminal organization. 

He’s meeting with a potential lawyer in Toronto in mid May. 

Dangerous Offender Hearing Pushed To May

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 13:52 PM

A Thunder Bay man who was convicted of aggravated assault and sexual interference involving a minor in 2016 is going to be back in court in a months time. 

The lawyer for Ricky Lionel Keewasin is looking to bring in a defence expert for a dangerous offender hearing. 

The prosecution has asked that Keewasin be considered a dangerous offender which carries with it either ten years of supervision of a person that has left prison, a sentence with no set release date or just the sentence for what they were convicted on.

LU Students Win 1st In Competition

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 13:18 PM

Bridge building skills of five Lakehead University students has earned them first place at a regional competition in Iowa City.  

Team leader Matt Olinski adds this allowed them to see bridge building from design on paper to testing of the bridge, but on a smaller scale.

He says from the 1st designs on paper to the final design, fabrication and testing of the bridge, it was a long process.

The team beat 11 others from the states and Manitoba, and will compete in Illinois at the 2018 National Competition.

Mobility Coordinator Gets Fellowship

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 12:15 PM

The City's expert on walking and cycling is taking part in a Walking College Fellowship.

Adam Krupper will be taking part in the program that's offered through America Walks.
 
The Fellowship covers the registration and travel costs for Krupper to complete a six-module, distance-education training program this summer, followed by an independent study project in Thunder Bay.

He'll also then attend the Walk/Bike/Places conference in September. (File photo)

Councillor Experiences 'White Knuckle' Flight

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 12:06 PM

It was a flight that City Councillor Shelby Ch'ng soon won't forget.  

She tells us that a bird hit the Porter Airlines flight she and her husband were on shortly after it took off from Toronto and they had to turn back .

Almost immediately after it happened the pilot turned the plane back, but because Billy Bishop Airport was so busy, they had to circle for about 20 minutes before they landed and switched planes. 

Ch'ng tells us the passengers on the plane appeared not to panic and suggested the crew were very professional. 

City Stays Silent On Border Cats Deal

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 10:50 AM

There's a cone of silence around City Hall when it comes to the compensation deal between the City and the Thunder Bay Border Cats.

City Manager Norm Gale won't comment to us about that agreement referring instead to the original contract from May of 2016 that deals with the use of the Port Arthur Stadium which he claims has a confidentiality clause in it.

Details became public after a successful application through the Freedom of Information Act but Gale notes they are still bound by the confidentiality agreement and won't comment.