February 2016

Crash Lands Vehicle In Snow Bank

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 16:22 PM

City Police are comparing a Monday afternoon collision between two cars to a hockey check.

They say around 11:30 in the afternoon a Chevy pick-up truck was southbound in the center lane on Algoma Street when it hit a Honda Civic that was right beside it in the curb lane.  

A 75 year old man is being charged with making an unsafe lane change.

Traffic was tied up in the area while the Honda was pulled out of the snow bank.  (Photo supplied)

Mayor Takes Heat For Suggestion

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 15:14 PM

Mayor Keith Hobbs says he's getting some heat from some councillors over his suggestion that the city sell Strathcona Golf Course.

However, Hobbs says he's not changing his mind that the option should be explored next year as a way to keep city tax increases from getting out of hand, especially if the city is looking at being responsible with taxpayer's dollars.

He believes the land could be sold to a developer for a new housing subdivision.

Hobbs hopes to put the issue out for discussion at public budget meetings later this year. (File Photo)

Provincial Consultation Session Tuesday

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 13:13 PM

You have a chance tonight to speak your mind to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

The Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister is going to be holding a public consultation tonight in Thunder Bay.  

The government is looking for your feedback on how they can develop a framework for First Nations policing to ensure equitable and culturally responsive policing in Aboriginal communities.

They are also looking to improve interactions between police and those living with mental health issues.  

Skills Ontario Championships Start Tuesday

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 13:04 PM

Skills Ontario will host nearly 200 students on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

It's part of their annual Cardboard Boat Race Championships at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Wawa's Saint Joseph school and Thunder Bay's Pope John Paul the second are competing in the elementary championship.

Marathon High School and Hammarskjold are also competing in the Secondary championships.

Staal Foundation Gets Active

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 13:02 PM

This year's Staal Foundation Open is boasting a new interactive zone to get spectators moving at the PGA Tour Canada event.

It's being put on by Live Better...a division within Janzen's Pharmacy that promotes active living.

Spokesperson Mike Tallari says the emphasis is on physical and fun activities for people of all ages.  

Tallari says it's part of their sponsorship in the tournament, as the company will once again represent volunteers. 

Scrapping Zoo Gets Shot Down

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 12:58 PM

City lawmakers shot down a plan to close down the Chippewa Park Zoo.

The idea was brought up at a recent budget meeting and if it passed it would have saved the city almost 90-thousand dollars.

Councillor Shelby Ch'ng was in favour of the motion and says five pin bowling on May Street gets more stars on Trip Advisor than the wildlife exhibit.  

Ch'ng feels the zoo makes Thunder Bay look backwards and dated. 

Other councillors voted to keep the zoo since closing it immediately would put the fate of the animals in jeopardy. 

Citizenship Study Book Gets Updated

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 12:55 PM

It's not just citizenship laws that are changing in Canada.  

Immigration Minister John McCallum says the citizenship history lesson is also changing.  

He says those people who are applying to become new Canadians will have a revised book to study from.

He says the language will be modified because currently they focus too much on the War of 1812 and what he calls barbaric cultural practices.

Missing Kenora Girl

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 12:52 PM

The Kenora OPP are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 16 year old girl.

Delaine Copenace was reported missing yesterday and was last seen in the downtown area on the evening of February 27th.

She is an aboriginal girl, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with long black hair and brown eyes.  

She was last seen wearing black boots, black jacket, “bullet for my valentine” T-shirt and black jeans with zippered pockets.

Chamber Giving Out Grants Again

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 12:47 PM

The Chamber of Commerce is offering up scholarships to local students again.

The $500 grants are for high school grads who want to attend a business related program at either Lakehead University or Confederation College for the coming school year.

The application deadline is May 6, 2016.