May 2015

Creekside Nursery Marks 10th Annual Pink Day

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 09:44 AM

The Canadian Cancer society is accepting donations at Creekside Nursery today.

It's part of the greenhouse's annual Pink Day, which runs until 6 p.m.

Vice president Leanne Lavoie says the initiative began in 2006 as a contest for greenhouses across North America.

She notes all money raised stays local, and a portion of the nursery's proceeds for the day will also go towards breast cancer support in Thunder Bay.

Anyone who makes a donation will get 10 per cent off their purchase.

Robocall Filmmaker Visits City

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 09:40 AM

An award winning journalist and filmmaker is in Thunder Bay today working on his new documentary. 

Peter Smoczynski's "Election Day In Canada: When Voter Suppression Comes Calling" is about the 2011 election robocall scandal.

Smoczynski says Thunder Bay is an interesting part of his documentary, because the whistleblower who alerted the RCMP about wrong doing worked at the call centre Responsive Marketing Group.

He'll be doing three interviews with locals who were impacted during his stay. (Photo supplied)

EcoSuperior Collecting Old Tires, Electronics

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 09:34 AM

EcoSuperior is collecting waste that doesn't belong in our landfills for recycling today.

City residents can dispose of old electronics and tires free of charge, from 10 a.m., until 3 p.m., at the OLG Casino parking lot on Cumberland Street.

Spokesperson Shannon Costigan says tires are a new addition to this year's event, noting when diverted from our local landfill, they're transformed into products like landscape tiles, playground surfacing and athletic flooring. 

She adds it's also crucial to ensure e-waste is managed safely.

Local Military Unit Changing Command Today

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 09:30 AM

The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment is marking the arrival of a new Commanding Officer today.

A change in command will happen this afternoon at 2 p.m., at the O'Kelly Armoury on Park Avenue.

Captain George Romick says, normally, a CO is a position of authority held for three-to-four years, and the formal transfer of responsibility from the departing Commanding Officer to the incoming one ensures there's always new blood in command.

He adds it's an important part of military tradition. Lieutenant Colonel David Ratz will be replacing Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Abthorpe.

Alzheimer Society Launches #SeedsofHope

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 09:23 AM

The local Alzheimer Society is hosting a planting party this morning as it kicks off its first annual #SeedsofHope campaign.

The campaign invites city residents to plant a Forget Me Not flower as a reminder to never forget those who have been lost to the disease.

The planting party kicks off at 11 o'clock at the Centennial Botanical Conservatory.

Pan-Am Games Torch Visits The City

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 00:30 AM

The Pan-Am Games torch starts its journey through the province this weekend.  

It'll be in Thunder Bay tomorrow morning as it makes it's way through the city starting at the Fort William First Nation at sunrise.  

From the Airlane Hotel,  the flame will make it's way down Arthur Street and to City Hall for a 9 am ceremony featuring Thunder Bay Olympian Curt Harnett.  

From City Hall the flame will be taken to the Regional Hospital  and then to the Terry Fox Monument.  

Chill Playing Friendly Matches This Weekend

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 17:58 PM

The Thunder Bay Chill are playing their first home games this weekend at the Fort William Stadium.

Head Coach Giovanni Petraglia says they'll be playing two friendly matches against the Winnipeg Lions. 

He adds they'll be using these games to perfect their game in advance of an important league game next week. 

The 2015 roster was introduced to fans at a special event Friday night.  (Photo by Sheri Leviski-Kotyk) 

Domtar-Tree Planters Set World Record

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 13:10 PM

A world record for Domtar and some of its tree planters working on the Wabigoon Forest near Dryden.

A team of 25 tree planters from Brinkman and Associates Reforestation will soon be in the Guinness Book of Records for safety planting over 10,000 trees in an hour.

Domtar Regional Spokesperson Bonny Skene says the effort helps both the forestry industry and the environment.

She says the future of our forests depends on the actions on these kind of initiatives to ensure our regional forests remain healthy and productive for generations to come.