October 2015

ATV Safety Raised Locally

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 10:08 AM

OPP, the Ministries of Natural Resources and Transportation are working together today to teach people about hunter and off road vehicle safety.  

They'll be handing out information at the Canadian Tire Fort William Road store until one today.

Since 2010, there have been six people who have died in these type of accidents in the Northwest.

Former Eaton's Building Owner Fined

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 10:00 AM

The owner of the old Eaton's building on Park Avenue is paying $25,000 in fines after they were found guilty on three charges of failing to comply with an inspection order from Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue.  

The building owner was also found guilty on five additional fire code violations.  

The charges relate to a complaint made just after last year's Halloween fundraising event the Hunger with the basement of Eaton's acting as Hell.  

Fire Chief John Hay says they're working with the building owner to bring it into compliance.    

Speculation About Mauro Announcement

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 17:09 PM

Lots of speculation about what Natural resources Minister Bill Mauro is going to be announcing in Thunder Bay tomorrow morning.  

The media invitation says that Mauro will make an important announcement related to black bear management in Ontario.  That leads some observers to believe it could be about the spring bear hunt and whether it's being brought back or not. The minister has been mulling over the results of a two-year pilot project.

A report for the Northern Policy Insitute recommends the reinstatement of the spring bear hunt in Northern Ontario. (File photo)

Inquest Hears Accusations Against Police

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 16:15 PM

There's more accusations against Thunder Bay police at the city inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation youth.

The treatment of Aboriginal youth by police has been addressed by lawyers at the hearing.  Witness Skye Kekekagumik testified about one night when she and a friend were stopped by police.  She claims one of the officers grabbed her by the hair and slammed her head against a car.

 Later in the police lock-up,  she claims police taunted them by drawing racist cartoons and calling them names. 

Weapons Case Pushed Back

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 15:58 PM

The trial of a Thunder Bay man facing weapons charges is being pushed back.

The case was slated to be heard today and tomorrow.

James Murray Hinter was charged last year, after police seized over 20 firearms and a large quantity of ammunition in 2012 from a North Edward Street apartment, allegedly belonging to the former tenant.

The Justice agreed to allow Hinter, who has self-represented himself thus far, more time to seek legal advice. Hinter's first court date was in May of last year. 

The trial is now set for December 9 and 10. (File photo)

Inquest Hears From Victim's Friend

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 15:51 PM

More testimony about the last hours of Robyn Harper's life at the city inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation students.

Her friend, Skye Kekekagamic told the inquest she and Harper met up with a few other friends that night, and drank vodka and beer at the Friendship Gardens. She admitted some First Nation teens believe drinking is the way to make friends.  

She also suggests students from remote communities coming here for school should be given a thorough orientation of the city and how to get around and stay safe.  

 

Police Charge Drunk Driver

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 15:24 PM

Police are charging a Dauphin, Manitoba man with impaired driving and failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Wednesday night a 28 year old woman was hit while crossing the intersection at Donald Street and May near City Hall.

The driver didn't stay to help the pedestrian and was later taken into custody for drunk driving.

Emerald Ash Borer In Duluth

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 15:12 PM

The City is sounding the alarms after the invasive bug the Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Duluth. 

The green jewel beetle isn't here yet but if it gets here it could kill our ash trees. 

City Forester Shelley Vescio isn't hopeful when it comes to our fate adding it's not if but when will the insect arrive.

Vescio says the only way to prevent the bug is to not transport firewood from other areas. 

North Star Air Expands

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 15:06 PM

North Spirit Lake First Nation is now being serviced by North Star Air and Cargo North.

Chief Caroline Keesic says they'll benefit from revenue sharing and will also be able to rely on an airline to get elders and patients to other cities for medical service.

North Spirit Lake joins ten other First Nations who have deals with North Star Air.

Missing Winnipeg Man May Be In Kenora

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 13:28 PM

The Winnipeg Police Service is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing Winnipeg Man. 

33 year old Reid Bricker was last seen in downtown Winnipeg on early Saturday morning. 

Police say Bricker may have been heading to the Whiteshell or the Kenora area. 

Bricker is described as a white male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall,  with a thin build, short black hair and a short beard. 

He was last seen wearing a grey and black North Face Jacket, black hooded sweater, red t-shirt, black pants, and black and grey shoes.