March 2015

Gravelle Waits For City's Next Move

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 17:13 PM

There's no lifeline coming from the province as the result of the latest developments in the event centre saga.

MPP Michael Gravelle has repeated the province's stand there has to be matching federal dollars for the project or even a stand alone arena.  

Gravelle says now that the feds are pulling out, the ball is in the city's court to find out what the next step will be.

City councillors will be debating the next move on April 13th. (File photo)

Jail Time For Kiddie Porn Charges

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 16:19 PM

A 42 year old local man is going to spend four months in jail after pleading guilty to child porn charges.

Court was told the charges stem from a 2013 investigation into a user on a kiddie porn chat room whose internet service provider address linked back to a Thunder Bay home.

Police later searched the residence of Geoffrey Filmore and found several files stored on his computer.

Lawyer David Young says his client is ashamed and calls it a costly lesson but one well learned that won't be repeated. 

Young adds his client is haunted by his time in the military.

River Monsters of Eagle Lake

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 15:24 PM

Vermillion Bay Lodge will make its television debut on the season premier of Animal Planet's River Monsters.

The lodge on Eagle Lake will be a part of the seventh season of the show which starts on April 5th.

The program will focus on the rare encounters of Muskies at the lake and around the lodge. 

CCAC Workers Win Raise

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 14:40 PM

Unionized health care workers with the Northwest Community Care Access Centre will be getting a pay raise.  

An arbitrator has ruled that members of the Ontario Nurses Association with CCAC's in northern Ontario will receive a 1.4% increase, retroactive to last April, and 3.4% more in the second year of a deal.

The second year increase is to help bring the salaries in line with those in southern Ontario.

ONA members across the province staged a 17-day strike earlier this year before agreeing to arbitration.

Bobby Orr To Visit City

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:58 AM

The Staal Foundation Open is announcing a new special guest. Hockey Legend Bobby Orr will make his appearance at the charity golf tournament in the summer.

Spokesperson Scott Smith believes Orr's arrival will benefit the charity.He says several events will be planned for the days he's in the city.

Smith also says hockey lovers who grew up watching Bobby Orr play won't want to miss his arrival.

Foulds Wants To Run Federally

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:54 AM

Andrew Foulds wants to go to Ottawa.  

The Current River councillor is seeking the federal NDP nomination for Thunder Bay-Superior North.  Foulds says the leadership of NDP boss Thomas Mulcair  played a roll in his decision.

He says he's inspired by Mulcair and the direction that the party is going.

The nomination meeting is set for April 16th. (Photo:

Wolf Kills Dog

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:50 AM

OPP are warning area residents about wolf sightings in the rural areas of Thunder Bay.

On Friday police tweeted that wolves attacked two dogs in the area of Kivikoski Road.

One dog was killed and the other was injured. 

Surprise Emergency Test

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:48 AM

Paramedics, emergency officials, and the hospital are preparing for a possible Ebola outbreak.

They took part unknowingly in a surprise infectious disease exercise.

Officials say all who took part aced the test and followed the proper infectious disease guidelines.

Event Centre Hits Major Bump

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 14:26 PM

To some it may seem the event centre project is dead now that the Federal Government has said the City won't get funding unless they build a stand alone convention centre.  

The Feds also took issue with a professional sports team acting as the anchor tenant in the arena portion of the facility.  

However, Mayor Keith Hobbs says he's not taking this letter as the end of the road.

The Mayor admits the project is on wobbly legs but it's not over until it's over.  

DSSAB Gets Cash From Ontario

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 12:34 PM

Ontario intends to spend almost 600-million dollars to combat homelessness.

The money will go to municipalities to fund strategies that meets their needs. 

It could include new emergency shelters, emergency financial assistance programs and other support services such as outreach initiatives, food banks and transportation needs.

Thunder Bay's District Social Services Board is getting 5.4 million dollars over two years.