July 2015

Bombardier Could Face Big Penalty

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:09 AM

Bombardier could be facing a penalty of close to $50 million because it hasn't met its obligations for the Toronto Transit Commission streetcar contract to this point.  

The TTC's Brad Ross says that's an option the commission will be considering next month since Bombardier has already fallen short on delivering the cars.  

City Taking Action Amid Bombardier Woes

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 05:00 AM

The Mayor is hoping to connect with the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission next month, amid concern Bombardier will lose all future contracts with the Commission for not delivering new streetcars on time.

Keith Hobbs says he hopes to assure TTC officials, as well as Mayor John Tory, that we have a first-rate plant here in Thunder Bay, during his August trip to Toronto.

Fire Marshal Inspector To Probe Finlayson Fire

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 00:30 AM

The investigation is expected to begin this morning into the cause of a south side fire this week.  

An inspector from the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office is going to attend the scene at 300 Finlayson Street.  That's where a blaze tore through the two story house causing extensive damage and injuring one person slightly.

 Officials believe the fire to be suspicious. (File photo)

Bombardier Ramping Up Streetcar Production

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 14:32 PM

A Bombardier official says workers at the local plant will be churning out streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission at a more rapid pace.  The TTC publicly scolded the company for how slow it's been in meeting the order.

Bombardier's Marc-Andre Lefebvre says while they won't meet the original target at the end of this year, progress is being made. He says production is being ramped up in September so the plant will be producing four streetcars per month.

 Lefebvre says at this rate,  Bombardier will be able to meet its 204 car target by 2019.

Driver Hurt In Freak Incident

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 13:22 PM

A woman driver is hurt after a Thunder Bay Border Cats official says she was hit by an errant baseball.

 He says that it happened during batting practice this afternoon at Tbaytel Park when a home run ball went through the widow of an SUV which was passing by.  

There's no word on the woman's condition. (File Photo)

Resolute Fires Back At Critics

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:45 PM

Resolute Forest Products is defending its use of a controversial herbicide on a number of its properties in the area.  

A group protested the use of the spray VisionMax in front of Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro's constituency office saying it will harm blueberries.

 Resolute's Seth Kursman says the use of the chemical is safe claiming that when the environmental impacts of other site preparation techniques are factored in, herbicides can be safer than mechanical or manual brush clearing and even fires

Atikokan Hospital To Expand

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:46 AM

The provincial government is injecting over $11 million to build a new addition to the Atikokan General Hospital.  

The money will also be used to renovate existing space which is designed, they say, to give patients better access to care.  

In the end there will be four new acute care beds bringing the total to 15 and four new long-term care beds for a total of 26.  

Construction is expected to be complete in the winter 2017.

NOSM Deal Reached

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:01 AM

Members of the Ontario Public Service Union at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine voting to accept a new, three-year collective agreement.

The group includes staff who work as professors, librarians and professional staff.  

The collective agreement contains no concessions and is retroactive to July 1st.  It includes salary increases ranging from one percent in the first year to 1.75 percent in year three of the deal.  

Quiet Fire Season Continues

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 10:43 AM

A relatively quiet week so far on the forest fire front. Three news fires were reported in the region by the end of the day Monday.

One of the blazes was in the Dryden district and the other two were in the Sioux Lookout area.

At the same time British Columbia continues to get the most support from local crews.

104 personnel are in the Western province. Another two are in Alberta and 61 are in Saskatchewan.


A False Alarm On The Harbour

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 10:27 AM

Coast Guard and search and rescue officials had themselves quite a day on Tuesday in Thunder Bay's harbour.  

They were looking for the source of an emergency locator beacon which was transmitting a signal. An official in Trenton tells our newsroom the signal was picked up by a passing plane earlier in the day.  

 It turns out the owner of a plane, from Manitoba, had sold the aircraft and took the beacon out of his plane and put it in the trunk of his car but failed to disable it.