July 2015

Morning Excitement on Alloy Drive

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 12:40 PM

City Fire crews called this morning to Carrell and Partners Law Firm on Alloy Drive.  Platoon Chief Dan McDevitt says firefighters arrived on the scene at around 8 o'clock after a report came in of smoke in the building.

He says it appeared that an electrical transformer "blew up on the street or something to that nature." He says that in turn it appears to have caused a problem for a mechanical unit in the building which produced some light smoke.  

No one was injured. The building was evacuated for about an hour until the all clear was given. (Staff photo)


Body Found In The Kam River

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 12:22 PM

OPP Divers report a sad discovery on the Kam River last night.  City Police say the body of 35-year old Shawn Perring was located in the river near Kingston Street around 6:15.  

He was seen a week ago and was officially reported as missing this past Tuesday.  Foul play is not suspected.

Perring played hockey locally for both the Thunder Bay Flyers and Lakehead Thunderwolves. 

Missing Boaters Found

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 07:18 AM

There's a happy ending in the search for two missing boaters west of Thunder Bay.  A woman and an elderly man were reported missing late Wednesday night after they didn't return following a day of fishing on Dog River, east of Upsala.  

Provincial Police conducted a water and air search and located the missing pair yesterday around noon.  The boaters reported they had become lost on the river and then ran out of gas.  OPP say the two were in good health and were flown back to Thunder Bay.


New Apartments Highlight Permit Requests

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 15:17 PM

A number of business people in the city have irons in the fire these days.  

The city says Frank Marino's received a building permit to convert the old gym at 228 Red River Road into a new nightclub.  

The Keg Steakhouse  & Bar is getting the thumbs up to expand and renovate its Hewitson Street restaurant.  

The old Shaw Bakery location on Algoma is being turned into a 12-unit apartment, and there's an application for two new nine-unit apartment buildings on High Street across from the old Hillcrest High School. 

TTC Dilemma Results In Job Losses

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 13:54 PM

Bombardier is confirming that there have been job losses at the local plant as the result of the delays in the Toronto Transit Commission streetcar contract.  

Spokesperson Marc-Andre Lefebvre wouldn't say how many people have been let go, but says it was throughout the entire organization from top to bottom.    Lefebvre says the workers who've been replaced didn't have the quality of the project at heart.  

City Hall Sounds Returns For Third Year

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 13:36 PM

Everyone is invited to spend their Thursday-lunch hour at McGillivray Sqaure for the rest of the summer, with the return of City Hall Sounds.

The Crime Prevention Council initiative, which features weekly, live performances from local musicians in front of City Hall, started in 2013 as a pilot project.

Coordinator Lee-Ann Chevrette says the event has seen success in the last couple of years, with an increase in the number of people who come out every week, as well as an increased diversity in the range of users.

Driver Escapes Tractor Trailer Blaze

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 13:16 PM

No one is hurt, but a tractor trailer unit is heavily damaged after it was engulfed by fire on the Trans Canada Highway.  

Police say it happened 35 kilometres east of Marathon on Highway 17 Wednesday evening at around 7 o'clock after the driver says he experienced mechanical problems.  The local fire department as well as Ministry of Natural Resources firefighters put out the inferno.  

The highway was closed for approximately one hour while the fire was being extinguished.

Domtar Shows Good Results

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:40 PM

Solid second quarter earnings for Domtar.

The company is reporting quarterly profits of  $38 million, with sales accounting for $1.3 billion.

Domtar reported $40 million in earnings during the second quarter of 2014. President John Williams says their pulp and paper business performed largely in-line with expectations and their paper shipments are outperforming projections.  

Domtar operates a mill in Dryden.  (File Photo)

Sioux Lookout Airport To Expand

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:31 PM

The Sioux Lookout airport is getting a facelift thanks to the Federal and Ontario governments.

 MP Greg Rickford says both levels of government will be each providing $4.2 million towards an expansion and renovation of the airport terminal building.  

Rickford says the upgrades will help the efficiencies of what the airport offers including aircraft maintenance along with emergency and security services. 

Study To Look At FN Cancer

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:42 AM

The University of Toronto, with financial support from Health Canada, is investigating claims of a high incidence of cancer among First Nations in northern Ontario and Manitoba.

The research will surround Northwest Angle 33 but other area communities will be looked at as well. Research will consist of looking into environmental and lifestyle components.

The feds are providing $200,000 for the investigation.