November 2014

Minor Injuries In 2 Vehicle Crash

Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2014 15:14 PM

Only minor injuries to report following a 2 vehicle mishap Saturday afternoon on Vickers and Arthur Streets.  A pick up truck and a car collided which brought out the the paramedics and fire personnel.   An official at the scene believes there will be many more such collisions with our weather conditions as they are.  (Staff Photo)


Sluggish Start To The Weekend

Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:39 AM

Area roads are expected to get slippery, Saturday, as Environment Canada is calling for a winter storm in Thunder Bay.

They say a low pressure system that developed over the Rockies is making its way through Northwestern Ontario.

Meterologist Geoff Coulson says we can expect snow turning into freezing rain pellets.

"Well we should finally see the worst of it moving out by Saturday afternoon, just some flurry activity remaining during those afternoon hours," he says.

NOMA Puts Forestry At Forefront

Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:34 AM

Wood supply is on the mind of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.

President Dave Canfield says wood allocations for local mills is winding down, and need to improve.

"We keep taking more and more and more wood supply out, when there's no need to, and we keep forgetting about the socioeconomic impact on communities," says Canfield.

"We can protect the environment - we do that," he says, "but sustainability is number one for municipalities because it's our bread and butter."

Local Research Improves Patient Care

Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:25 AM

New equipment at an area medical research hub is taking discoveries from bench to bedside.

Scientist Dr. Christopher Phenix says the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute is setting up an emerging pre-clinical facility, that will help treat diseases like cancer, before they become deadly. 

Phenix says the equipment makes the work being done in the region among the best in the province.

Breton Gets Nine-And-A-Half Years

Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014 19:05 PM

A Thunder Bay man found guilty in July on drug-trafficking charges is facing another six-and-a-half years in jail.

Marcel Breton was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years, Friday, but given three years pre-trial credit.

The 49-year-old is serving time for possession of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy, and laundering proceeds of crime, after $1.2 million was found buried on his Mapleward Road property. (File photo)

Ontario Enhances Regional Medical Research

Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014 16:33 PM

The region is leading the charge of new advanced health care research in Ontario.

The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute is receiving $650,000, while the Lake Superior Centre for Regenerative Medicine is receiving $241,000.

Thunder Bay MPP's Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro say the funding puts Thunder Bay on the map as a hub for innovation. 

Mauro adds the funding creates six new positions and retains 21 jobs. (Photo: Caryn Ceolin)


Confederation College Alleviates Housing Shortages

Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014 15:04 PM

Confederation College is closer to constructing its student village.

The first two of four new buildings is slated for completion by fall of 2015.

President Jim Madder says the project is addressing an accomodation shortage, by offering an additional 256 beds.

"In Thunder Bay, we have one of the highest occupancy rates in Canada," says Madder. "I still come across students that are couch surfing, they actually don't have an official place to live."

Madder says he estimates several hundred students are currently looking for active accommodation. 

Christmas Cheer Looking For Donations

Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014 14:20 PM
Thunder Bay's Christmas Cheer Fund is looking to raise 130-thousand dollars for their hamper program.
The money is used to purchase a week's worth of food for less fortunate families in the City.  
In partnership with the Christmas Hampers area firefighters collect toys to give with the food hampers through their Toys For Tots program.  
Chair Joleene Kemp says their fundraising goal is 10-thousand dollars less than last year and that's because they want to try to offer the same amount of food for less.