November 2015

Blast Shakes Buildings In Shuniah

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 17:09 PM

Residents in the Township of Shuniah can be relieved to know that a huge explosion around noon today is not anything to be concerned over.  

According to Fire Chief Blair Arthur it was a planned blast at a Bruno's Construction pit near the McGregor Landfill site.  Some said the blast was so intense that the buildings they were in shook.

 Bruno's did not return our call for comment.

Eco-Superior Promotes Radon Awareness

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 14:54 PM

Radioactive radon gas remains a front and centre concern for Thunder Bay's Eco-Superior.

The environmental organization is helping to take away some of the mystery about radon by opening up a demonstration area that you visit and learn from. Spokesperson Caroline Cox says it'll display a variety of ways to lower levels in your home.  

The Radon Demonstration Area is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 until 4:30 at the Eco-Superior building at 562 Red River Road. 

TBay Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assaults

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 14:48 PM

A local man is pleading guilty in connection to a string of historical sexual assaults.

In court today, Gary Bruce Lamont pled guilty to five counts of sexual assaults occuring in the Thunder Bay area between the years of 1993 to 2007. A trial was scheduled to take place.

Lamont was originally charged with additional counts of assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, and sexual exploitation. Those charges were withdrawn.

He's to be sentenced in February of next year. (File photo)


Chinese Trip Set To Go

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 13:34 PM

Thunder Bay is taking the next step in its Sister Cities program.  

A delegation of First Nation dancers and drummers is heading to Jiaozuo, China tomorrow.   Aboriginal Liaison Ann Magiskan says it's with the eventual aim of adding them to our other Sister City exchange agreements.

Earlier attempts by the group to make the trip overseas were stymied by a lack of fundraising dollars, however this time around they were able to raise the necessary funds.

Seniors Grant Program Returns

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 13:29 PM

The provincial government is now accepting applications for next year's Seniors Community Grants Program.  

It's designed to help the elderly stay active and engaged in their communities.  

In making the announcement in Thunder Bay today, Ontario Seniors Minister Mario Sergio said the program is part of a $2 million provincial seniors initiative. (Photo: Caryn Ceolin)

Choose Thunder Bay First

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 07:45 AM

The Chamber of Commerce wants you to shop local.  

They've launched a new campaign called "Choose Thunder Bay First".

The Chamber says shopping at home provides jobs for friends and family members.  

They go on to say that every dollar spent in the community multiplies up to five times in the local area.  

Over 60 local businesses are taking part.  

LU Planning New Building For Aboriginal Programs

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 07:39 AM

Lakehead University is planning on constructing a new building for their aboriginal programs.

President Brian Stevenson says the new facility is their number one infrastructure priority.

Stevenson says they are trying to get the base funding for the project from the provincial government. He hopes to have it shovel ready by the summer.  (File photo)

PARO Picks Social Enterprises

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 07:38 AM

Six area businesses are taking part in the new Social Enterprise program from PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise.

Each business was selected because they want to give back to their community.

PARO Spokesperson Aleksa Shermack says they've started another round of applications for their next session.  

Dryden's Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op is one of the businesses taking part as is Willow Springs Creative Centre, Blue Sky Social Enterprise, and the Beehive Cuisine.

Nipigon Senior Gets Award

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 07:37 AM

A Nipigon senior is being recognized by the province with an achievement award.

Levina Collins received her award last week from Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell.

Collins served on the town council for several years, helping to boost tourism and local economic development.  

She also serves as a member of the PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise and as a project coordinator for the Royal Canadian Legion.  

The award is the highest honour for seniors over 65.  (Photo supplied)