December 2015

Hope Remains For Ag Research Station

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 10:39 AM

The local provincial agricultural research station remains on life support.  

The government funding for the facility on Highway 61 was supposed to run dry today. However, Kevin Belluz of the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association, which runs the station,  says they've been able to stretch the budget to keep it open another three months hoping there will be a lifeline.  

He says funding could be possible again through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, FedNor or through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

NWO Low Income Families Studied

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 09:30 AM

Some insight into the number of families considered low-income from a provincial think tank.

The Rural Ontario Institute finds just 10 per cent of all families in northwestern Ontario can be considered in the low-income bracket.

Director Norman Regatlie says looked three different measures to arrive at that common figure, including the basic measure of the cost of a basket of goods and services and total income.

For the entire province, the figure is about 8.8 per cent.

Shelter House & Social Media Mourns Support Worker

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 08:56 AM

Friends are mourning the loss of 60 year old Wilfred Pott and his 50 year old partner, Anne Chuchmuch ,on social media.  

Pott was an alcohol management program support worker at Shelter House andhe and Chuchman have been identified by friens as the victims of the weekend the house fire on Brant Street in County Park.  

Acting Executive Director Brad King says his whole staff is saddened about Pott's death.  

City police have yet to confirm the identities of the two people who died in the fire.  (Photos from Facebook)

Helium Highs Closes Today

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 07:27 AM

In the world of business, after close to 35 years, the locally owned novelty store Helium Highs is closing its doors on Simpson Street for good as of today.

Owner Cindy Floyd says a new era of pop-up costume shops and big box retailers has affected their bottom line.

Floyd says the company will continue to cater to special events and have a presence on the Internet.  (Photo supplied)

Hometown Hockey Coming

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 07:24 AM

It's going to be a weekend to remember in Thunder Bay as Rogers Hometown Hockey makes it's way into the city.  

It's star attraction is veteran hockey announcer Ron MacLean who says it's a two day affair at Prince Arthur's Landing that starts on Saturday and wraps up on Sunday.  

MacLean says Sunday evening there's a live broadcast from the waterfront on Sportsnet that begins at 6:30. 

May Street Mac's Robbed

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015 07:22 AM

City police are on the lookout for a man who they say nabbed some cash from the May Street Mac's store.  

The incident happened last night around 10:30 and no one was injured. He's described as six feet tall and wearing a light coloured hoody.  

He took off on foot towards Dease Street. 

No Injuries In Rural Fire

Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 20:12 PM

The cause of a fire which heavily damaged a home on Highway 608 in Neebing Township around 4:30 this morning is thought to be accidental.

Fire Chief Dale Ashbee says no one was injured since a smoke alarm awoke the two occupants in time to allow them to escape and call 9-1-1. 

Ashbee estimates the blaze caused $250,000 in damage.  He says his investigators are zeroing in on a cause but he wouldn't be more specific. 

Cornell Back In Court In January

Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 13:53 PM

A correction on a story we broadcast last week.  

A Thunder Bay man is now due to appear in court January 19th on a total of eight charges including Child Sexual Exploitation and Interference and Possessing Child Pornography.  

At a recent court appearance two charges against  49 year old John David Cornell from an April arrest were not withdrawn, as we originally reported,  but instead were pulled from one file and combined with other charges from July.   

Hajdu Tops Acadia News Stories For 2015

Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 16:40 PM

The top news story as selected by the Acadia Newsroom was the election of Patty Hajdu and her subsequent selection to cabinet as the top local story of 2015.  

Next was the riot and hostage taking at the District Jail followed by the problems with the Toronto Transit Commission street car contract at the local Bombardier plant.  

Tied for fourth place were the two major fires of the year, the former Great West Timber on the waterfront in June and the blaze which destroyed Fresh Air Experience and Cyclepath in August.

Minor Injuries In Expressway Crash

Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 12:35 PM

Only minor injuries to report following a two vehicle crash just before 10:30 this morning at the intersection of John Street and the Thunder Bay Expressway.  

OPP say the driver of a car that came into collision with a pick up truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries.  

Police couldn't confirm a report that one of the drivers is charged with a traffic light violation. (Staff Photos)