January 2016

Cause Unknown In Fire That Destroyed Sioux Lookout Business

Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2016 09:26 AM

D & D Sports Bar and Tavern in Sioux Lookout is considered a total loss, after a fire in the community yesterday afternoon.

OPP say the business burned to the ground in the blaze, which started just before 3:30 p.m., and lasted well into Friday night.

Neighbouring businesses and houses were temporarily evacuated, as the fire forced the closure of Front Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

Emergency responders remained on scene overnight. 

There are no injuries to report, and a cause has not been disclosed at this time.

Replica Gun Lands Man In Hot Water

Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2016 08:26 AM

A man could face charges, after he was arrested outside the Polish Legion with a replica handgun, Friday.

Police say witnesses reported seeing a man with a gun in his jacket pocket, at the Simpson Street hall at around 10 p.m., last night.

He was later located by police and taken into custody. The investigation continues.

Man Bear Sprayed In Robbery

Posted on Saturday, January 30, 2016 08:21 AM

City police say a man was bear sprayed in a theft at a north side residence last night.

They say just after 10 p.m., the victim was sprayed with bear repellent and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money.

He was treated in hospital. No arrests have been made.

Police Name Casablanca Apartments Murder Suspect

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 13:51 PM

City police are naming the suspect in yesterday's homicide at Casablanca Apartments.

37-year-old Nicholas Joseph Necan is facing charges including second degree murder and assault with a weapon, in relation to the death of 60-year-old George James Gerard.

Gerard died in hospital yesterday afternoon, from injuries suffered during an assault.

They add Necan wasn't a resident of the Simpson Street apartment building, but is believed to have loosely known Gerard.

He remains in jail and is back in court on Feb. 19. (Staff photo)


NDP Call For Gas Ombudsman

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 11:38 AM

Gas prices have been dropping, but a northern Ontario MP says it's not enough.

Timmins-James Bay's Charlie Angus says the latest Bank of Canada report shows the price at the pumps isn't reflecting the lower oil prices.

He says it's time for action from the federal Liberal government like a gasoline Ombudsman.

Angus says this adds to the growing inequality in the north where residents are already paying high prices for electricity and food.

Record Set For Bell Let's Talk

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 11:30 AM

A record setting day for Bell's Let's Talk Day.

The campaign to get Canadians talking about mental health led to almost 126-million calls, texts, tweets and shares, an increase of 3.1 per cent over last year's one days initiative.

Bell says its means more than 6.3 million dollars will be donated by the company to mental health programs.

Energy Use Stats Are Out

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 11:27 AM

Statistics Canada is out with a new figure for electricity use in our province.  

Statistics Canada says demand in November dropped 4.8 per cent over 2014.  

Electricity generation was also down, 6.1 per cent.

Despite the decline, more power was sold being sold to the United States.  

The 1.8 megawatts is a 15 per cent increase over the amount exported in November 2014. 

Safeway Plans To Cut Produce Prices

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 11:22 AM

Safeway stores in Thunder Bay, Dryden, Fort Frances and Kenora are attempting to offer lower produce prices for Northerners.

The initiative is part of Sobeys’ commitment to help Canadians eat better which was launched in 2013 with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.  

Starting today, stores will feature deals, produce picks and more organic options. 

Job Fair Today & Tomorrow

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 11:16 AM

VXI Global Solutions is hosting a career fair at the Victoriaville Mall today and tomorrow.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company operates a number of call centres worldwide, and is considering Thunder Bay as the location of its first Canadian operation.  

City Economic Development Officer Richard Pohler says they're looking to hire for all positions, ranging from customer service reps to senior management.

Interested applicants are encouraged to drop off a resume from noon until 7 o'clock today, or between nine and noon on Saturday.

Police Probe Homicide

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 18:52 PM

Thunder Bay police are reporting a homicide.  

They say that a 60 year old man died after being assaulted in the Casablanca Apartments at 1021 Simpson Street.  

Police say when they arrived at the scene at around 3:30 they located a man in the process of assuaulting the victim.  

They say the accused was not apprehended peacefully.

A 37 year old man is in custody.  

The victim was taken to the Health Sciences Centre where he died of his injuries

.No names have been released and further information is expected once police end their investigation.