June 2014

Driver Fined 25 Hundred For Harrowing Incident

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 17:41 PM
A 31-year-old Milton man has been fined 25-hundred dollars in relation to a near head-on collision this winter on Highway 11 near Nipigon.
 
Akmal Hayat has pleaded guilty to careless driving.
 
The man was trying to pass a snowplow on the snow covered road this winter and a second transport narrowly avoided a head-on collision.
 
Video of the incident was posted on Youtube and has received more than 2.5-million views since then.
 
Two other charges were withdrawn. (Photo: youtube.com)

Back To Queen's Park For MPPs

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 17:27 PM
It's back to the legislature today  for MPPs who were elected on June 12th.   
 
That includes Thunder Bay's Michael Gravelle who is back as the Minister of Northern Development and Mines.   
 
He says he's ready to get down to business so the government can pass the spring budget.
 
Today the MPP's will be sworn in and then they'll elect a new speaker.
 
The Speech From The Throne will be delivered tomorrow.
 

OPP Search For Missing Canoeist

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 16:51 PM

The community of Oliver-Paipoonge is waiting for word on the fate of one of their own.   

OPP say that the 24 year old resident fell out of a canoe he was in Friday afternoon on Pickerel Lake in Quetico Park.  
 
The Provincial Police Underwater Search and Recovery team is on the scene.   
 
The man's name has not been released. 

Dryden Airport Gets $

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 15:09 PM
Federal funding for the Dryden Regional Airport.
 
Kenora MP Greg Rickford announced today more than 920-thousand dollars in funding for the installation of a new wildlife management fence and the replacement of a snow blower.
 
Rickford says it's important to keep the airport up-to-date.
 
He says the airport is a hub for the Ministry of Natural Resources and believes traffic will become busier as the years go on. (File Photo)
 

Pioneer Ridge Hit With Illness

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 15:00 PM

One section at the Pioneer Ridge seniors home has been hit with a contagious illness.   

Officials at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit are confirming that the gastrointestinal outbreak is only affecting Plaza 4 at the moment.   
 
It's for that reason they are restricting visits to the unit to only family members and caregivers.  

Mauro Surprises Local Pundit

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 13:57 PM
Thunder Bay's Bill Mauro is proving his rise up the ranks of government is no accident.  
 
In last week's cabinet shuffle Mauro was appointed the new Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. 
 
Lakehead University Political Science professor Laure Paquette says the announcement even took her off guard. 
 
Paquette says she confesses that Mauro defied her expectations by being re-elected with a larger majority and being reappointed to cabinet.
 

No Shortage Of Activities For Canada Day

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 13:38 PM
Canada is 147 years old today and celebrating in Thunder Bay won't be a problem. 
 
Canada Day celebrations are running all day today.
 
First there's the annual birthday festivities taking place at Fort William Historical Park where you can get a taste of history while you show your love for our country.   
 
Family activities go from 10 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon.   
 

Pipe Band Continues Tradition

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 12:43 PM
Once again  Hillcrest Park is going to be ringing with the sounds of bagpipes on Thursday evenings.   
 
Brian Berringer says his MacGillivray Pipe Band will be performing during the month of July. 
 
He says it's a century old tradition that allows the group to give back to the community. 
 
The concerts begin at 7:30 Thursday evenings.  (Photo: macgillivraypipeband.com)
 

MP's Speak About Canada Day

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 11:15 AM
Canada Day is here and our local Members of Parliament are expressing their thoughts.
 
For Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Bruce Hyer, Canada Day has some special significance.   
 
Hyer says that's because he was born in the United States and we are his adopted home.
 
He says an an immigrant who came here by choice not by chance, he appreciates Canada because it has an abundance of beautiful natural resources and unbelievable opportunity.
 

It's Shad Valley Time

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 11:04 AM
Some sixty five students are at Lakehead University this month as part of the annual Shad Valley program. 
 
Organizer  Suldan Siddiqui says it's a chance for the students to add to their learning by coming up with with ideas that could help our environment. 
 
He says the challenge is to come up with a new product that will, "shock the world" and help us live large, but have a small carbon footprint. 
 
The students who are here represent 9 of the 10 provinces and one is from Saudi Arabia.