June 2015

Madder At The Helm Of Con College Until 2021

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 16:24 PM

Confederation College's Board is signing the dotted line on a renewed contract for the institution's President.

Jim Madder received a renewed contract with the College through to 2021. He still has one year of his previous agreement to complete, with the new five-year term beginning in July of 2016.

Madder says he's pleased to be able to continue the work he and his team began just four years ago. The Board notes the College is known on a national scale for a number of projects under his direction. (File photo)

Drunk Man Falls Into Lake Superior

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 16:20 PM

A man is okay after he fell into  Lake Superior on Friday evening.

Police say they responded to a call about two intoxicated people at Marina Park.

They say a man and a woman were drunk and uncooperative, with the man eventually falling over the north edge of the boardwalk and into the water, after bouncing over several large rocks.

One of the officers jumped in and located the man 10 feet below the surface of the water on the bottom of the lake.

The 41-year-old victim had only superficial injuries.

BMX Bike Stolen At Knifepoint

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 15:47 PM

City police remain on the lookout for two males, believed to be about 18 years of age after a BMX bike was stolen from a 12 year old boy at knifepoint.

 Police say the incident took place Sunday afternoon in the area of Brown and Brock Streets.

They say the boy was with his friend when one suspect forcibly took the bike from the victim and another suspect emerged from a laneway with a knife and the bike as taken.

 No one was hurt.  

Pikangikum OPP Detachment Trashed In Riot

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 09:08 AM

The clean-up continues in Pikangikum after several police cruisers and property were damaged during a riot at the OPP Detachment on the weekend.

Pictures sent to the Acadia Newsroom show several vehicles smashed with broken windows. Inside the detachment, offices were trashed and doors were damaged. Messages of "F The Police" were also seen spray-painted on walls of the office.

Reports on Social Media say a protest turned violent.

OPP haven't commented on the incident.


Pikangikum Riot on PhotoPeach

Stuesser Leaving LU

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 15:42 PM

Lakehead University is searching for a new dean for its Faculty of Law.  

After 3 years, founding Dean Lee Stuesser is leaving the post.  

No reason was given for his sudden announcement and he's not granting any interviews.  

LU says under Stuesser’s leadership, Ontario’s newest law school has been a tremendous success, recognized around the world for its unique courses and for breaking new ground in academic legal training.

Porter Airlines Dinged By CRTC

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 14:36 PM

Porter Airlines is learning the hard way about the federal government's anti-spam law.  

The country's telecommunications regulator says the company has agreed to pay 150 thousand dollars for alleged violations of the legislation.  

The CRTC says the airline allegedly sent some commercial emails that did not contain a way to  unsubscribe from further emails. 

Drug Bust Nets Cocaine

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 14:16 PM

A 61 year old  and a 47 year old are facing charges in connection with a recent cocaine bust.

Police say they seized 2 and a half pounds of the white powder said to have a street value of almost  $116,000.

 Charged are Jan Monteith and Nelson Joaquim, both of Thunder Bay.  

They've been released from custody and will appear in court again at a later date.

Domtar Gets Federal $

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 13:48 PM

A big government investment in the Dryden Domtar mill.  

The feds are providing $2 million to support the pulp and paper giant in developing new grades of pulp at its facility there.  

It'll be a bleached softwood kraft pulp and they say will be the first of its kind to be developed for commercial purposes.  

It can be used to make writing and special grade papers, tissues and paper towels.  

Trail Repairs Begin This Week

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 13:24 PM

Repair work is getting underway immediately on a stretch of a new city trail around Boulevard Lake which was heavily damaged by the winter weather.  

City official Kayla Dixon says the problem forced them to close the trail for over a month.  

She notes that it's a unque problem to that section of trail and shouldn't affect other trails the city has laid down.  Dixon says a retaining wall built along side the trail contributed to helping frost heaving.  

She says it'll take about two weeks to complete the job.  

E-Signature Move Praised

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 12:32 PM

The province is now allowing real estate documents to be signed electronically.  

They say it's to make the process of buying or selling a home easier making electronic signatures equal to ones on a paper document.  

That's a move being praised by Carol Anne Wesselius the President of the Thunder Bay Real Estate Board who calls it a "wonderful announcement ".

 She says it'll allow real estate transactions between people who are miles apart.