June 2015

Woman Hurt In North Side Mugging

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 11:44 AM

City police are searching for a suspect after a woman was mugged overnight on the north side.  

They say the culprit tried to grab the woman's purse on North Cumberland Street in front of the Apple Credit Union at around 4:20 am.  

Police say the woman suffered a cut to her head .   

MNR Firefighters In The NW Territories

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 10:59 AM

Ministry of Natural Resources personnel fighting forest fires in Alberta are back home, but help is now being provided to the Northwest Territories.

A total of 44 MNR personnel were deployed on the weekend, just as those in Alberta were sent back.

The MNR is also provided waterbombers and support aircraft to the Territories.

More Road Closures This Week

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 10:47 AM

Watch for more street closures this week as the result of city construction.  

Edward from Arthur Street to Victoria Avenue will close to northbound traffic starting on Wednesday.  The work is expected to take up to five weeks to complete.

River Street from Rockwood to Pine  will close to  traffic for one day on Thursday so storm sewer work can take place.  

New Lappe Helipad Lights Installed

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 10:40 AM

The lights are back on at the helipad in Lappe.  You'll recall they were destroyed by vandals last year at around this time.

  Ralph Bullough of the Lappe and Area Services Board says all that's required now is approval by Ornge ambulance so nighttime emergency landings and take-offs can resume.  He expects that to take place this week. 

 Bullough says the board had to find the couple thousand dollars required to restore the lights since the incident took members by surprise. 

Tories, Grits Butt Heads Over Foreign Policy

Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:41 AM

The Harper government continues to crusade against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's platform on foreign policy.

Things heated up last week when Trudeau said a Liberal government would scale back on Canada's military mission against ISIS.

Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole says the comments show Trudeau's lack of experience, noting the government, alongside its allies, is already doing limited airstrikes, and training Iraqi forces on the ground to defend their own territory.

Métis Nation of Ontario Signs Shared Interest Agreement

Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:37 AM

The Métis Nation of Ontario has a stake in a proposed gold mine near Atikokan.

It has signed a shared interest agreement with Canadian Malartic regarding its Hammond Reef Gold project.

Métis Nation president Gary Lipinski says it's an indication the company is still interested in the project. 

He adds the agreement includes provisions on how the local Métis community will benefit from the development, including economic opportunities and certainly employment  for individuals and Métis businesses, and reflects a shared commitment to protecting the environment.

Region To Move Infrastructure Needs Forward, Come July

Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:32 AM

Northwestern Ontario will be making its infrastructure needs known in the coming month.

Roundtable discussions will be held in Kenora and Thunder Bay to decide how to allocate the remaining $11.5 billion from the Moving Ontario Forward plan.

MPP Bill Mauro says their government's investment of $130 billion dollars over 10 years is the largest in the province's history.

The Thunder Bay consultation is on July 23, though residents can also provide feedback online or in writing by September 18.

Canadian Diabetes Association Back With Clothing Donation Drive

Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:26 AM

The Canadian Diabetes Association is challenging you to lose three pounds.

It's all for the Association's annual clothing donation drive.

Spokesperson William Blain says this year they hope to help fund a cure by collecting three pounds of gently used items from the closets of each person that donates. He says with diabetes growing at such a rapid rate across the country, they need as much help as they can get.

Family Fun Day Is Today At Chippewa Park

Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:24 AM

Chippewa Park is hoping to attrack more people to the city-owned park with its annual Family Fun Day, today.

Organizer Bonnie Shipston says they have several new additions to this year's line up of entertainment, including dancers and martial arts.

A free LIFT plus shuttle bus will operate between the Intercity Mall and Chippewa Park from 11:30 a.m., until 4:30 p.m., for the free event.

Driver Charged After Car Goes Into Current River

Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:17 AM

A 23-year-old driver is facing charges, after his car ended up submerged in the Current River, Friday night.

Police say the man is charged with driving while suspended, and careless driving, after allegedly falling asleep behind the wheel.

They say a 2006 Mitsubishi sedan was travelling northbound on Cumberland Street at a high speed, when it went off the roadway, sailed 11 metres in the air, and landed mid-stream in the Current River.

Gas and oil was discharged into the water, and, as a result, further charges may be laid.