August 2015

Rally Held To Oppose Energy East, Council Delays Decision

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 23:57 PM

TransCanada officials say to oppose the Energy East pipeline at this time would be premature.

Councillors considered opposing the project last night, but agreed the decision should be made only after the National Energy Board deems TransCanada's application complete.

Ontario director of Energy East Stefan Baranski says the project is still in the early stages of its regulatory review process.

City To Launch Cat Control Program

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 23:53 PM

The city is launching a trap, neuter and return program in hopes it'll be the cat's meow.

Council approved the six-month pilot project at their meeting last night, in an effort to reduce the population of free-roaming cats in Thunder Bay. 

Councillors heard that euthanization for 800 cats last year carried a price tag of $15,000.

The city will also do its due diligence before placing parking limits on a pair of city roads.

Coast Guard Oversees Oil Spill

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 15:14 PM

The Canadian Coast Guard is overseeing a cleanup of a small oil spill at the Superior Elevator Terminals port. 

On Sunday night, a bulk carrier, spilled an estimated 200 litres of oil during a transfer of oil between tanks aboard the ship. 

The ship’s crew activated their spill response plan and took action to contain the spill. 

The owners of the ship have contractors on site for the clean-up.

Drug Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 14:06 PM

Thunder Bay's Drug Strategy hopes the public will use this week to think about those we lost to drug overdoses.

A special ceremony marking International Overdose Awareness Day was held this morning at City Hall. 

In 2013, Thunder Bay saw 37 drug related deaths. 

37 t-shirts were displayed at City Hall marking their deaths. 

Drug Strategy Coordinator Cynthia Olsen says they want to honor those who have died due to an overdose.  (Photo from the Thunder Bay Health Unit)

Green Party Ontario Stands Up For Grassy Narrows

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 13:24 PM

The provincial government is being urged to step in and do something to improve water quality issues on the Grassy Narrows First Nation. 

Mike Shriner is the leader of the Green Party and says the province needs to clean up any existing mercury contamination in that community.

Last week Grassy Narrows declared a water emergency and began distributing bottled water to all homes.  

OPP Charge Two Men For Citizen's Arrest

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 13:20 PM

It doesn't pay to take the law into your own hands.  

A couple of Sioux Lookout residents learned that lesson the hard way. 

The OPP say they have arrested two people after they made a citizen's arrest over the weekend. 

Officers met the dynamic duo outside their detachment Saturday.

They say they apprehended a suspect they say committed a crime. Upon further investigation, police discovered the suspect was not responsible and the actions of the two citizens was not legal. 

Candidate Activity For Monday

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 12:51 PM

Local Federal Election candidates continue to stump for votes.

In Thunder Bay Rainy River, Conservative Candidate Moe Comuzzi is door knocking in the Green Acres area today. Liberal Don Rusnak says he's meeting at the Boys and Girls Club and then canvassing. NDP John Rafferty spent some time with Canada Post today and will be canvassing in the Thunder Bay area. Green Party Candidate Christy Radbourne will be taking part in an Energy East rally at City Hall.

Fresh Air Experience Looking For Temporary Site

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 12:47 PM

Fresh Air Experience is looking to set up a temporary store after a fire destroyed their May Street location.  

Co-owner Jeff Pylypchuk says it's not looking good inside with the smoke and water damage.  

Pylypchuk adds they want to rebuild their former site and expects it to take several months.

He thanks customers for their support and kind words.  (Photo by Sheri Leviski-Kotyk)

UPDATE: Two Seriously Injured In Highway Crash

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 11:53 AM

A three vehicle crash caused Highway 61 to be closed for several hours yesterday.

Three people were sent to the hospital after the accident last night near Chippewa Road.  

OPP Constable Diana Cole says it was a chain reaction with one vehicle colliding into another and so on.  

A man and woman suffered serious injuries.  

Police are looking to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash.  (File photo)