March 2016

Woman Found Dead On The South Side

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 16:55 PM

City police are investigating a sudden death of a 28 year old woman.

She was found just after eight am Tuesday morning in medical distress near the Neebing Floodway bike path on the southeast side of the CN train trestle.

She was pronounced dead at the hospital yesterday and the coroner says a post mortem will be conducted today in Toronto.  

Police will continue to hold the scene until the post mortem is completed.  

Program Deals With Sick Days At Public Board

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 15:33 PM

The Lakehead Public School Board says it's confident it has a handle on sick days among its teachers and staff.  

A report indicates that across the province it's costing boards close to $1 Billion.  

However local board spokesperson Trish Glenna says they've been able to organize a program to deal with the problem.

She says it's designed to assist workers who struggle to attend work regularly and in some cases helps to point out disabilities employees may have but haven't recognized on their own.

Glenna stresses those who take part do not get disciplined.

Kembel Retiring From United Way

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 14:51 PM

It's the end of an era at the Thunder Bay United Way.  

After almost three decades at the charity organization Executive Director, Joanne Kembel, announced she's retiring.  

To show how much has changed, the first year Kembel was in her position, the campaign raised $665,000 and now, the 2015 Campaign successfully raised $2,655,000.  

She also helped it to grow from an organization that funded 13 member agencies, to a Campaign that supports 64 programs.  

Kembell's last day will be May 20th.

Film Festival Returns To The Spotlight

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 14:33 PM

Film buffs in Thunder Bay are gearing up for the annual North of Superior Film Festival.

 It'll be taking place at the Silver City Cinema starting on Thursday evening and for the following two Sundays.

Organizer Marty Mascarin says it's a chance to catch those critically acclaimed movies that normally don't make it here.  

Mascarin says the festival will be screening the Best Picture winner this year, Spotlight, the Best Documentary winner,  Amy and the Best Foreign Language film, Son of Saul. (File Photo)

Scotiabank To Close In Beardmore

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 14:12 PM

Scotiabank is putting the community of Beardmore on notice that as of September 21st the branch there will be closing.  

Spokesperson Heather Armstrong says the accounts will be consolidated with the Hewitson  Street branch in Thunder Bay.  

He says they're meeting with customers on an individual basis to help make the transition as painless as possible and teach them how to use their online banking services.  

Armstrong says the bank did everything it could to make the Beardmore branch viable, but nothing worked. 

Reports Say Legislative Session May End Soon

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 13:41 PM

The Wynne government may be on the verge of ending this session of the Legislature.

 Premier Kathleen Wynne is remaining coy about her options and when asked about about proroguing the legislature, she doesn't deny it. 

 Meantime,  Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle doesn't appear in the loop on this one even though he too has heard the rumours but claims he hasn't heard anything in that regard. (File Photo)


CRTC Ponders Extending Alert System

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12:40 PM

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission is looking at adding wireless service providers to its National Public Alerting System.

The system currently sends warning messages over radio and television.

The CRTC says with the expansion of wireless devices, the industry’s involvement could further enhance its effectiveness of the alerting system.


Cancer Society Launches Run To Quit

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 12:34 PM

The Cancer Society is making it easier for you to quit smoking.

  It's launching the first ever Run to Quit program.  

You can win a car or cash prizes.

Spokesperson Jeff Werner says the 10 week course encourages smokers to quit and during that time run or walk in a 5 kilometre event.  

The goal is to increase physical activity and decrease your smoking to the point where you stop smoking on June 12th.  

You can register online until April 23rd by following this LINK.

Governor General Visits City

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 11:04 AM

Canada's Governor General is in Thunder Bay today.

 He started his tour off with a visit to City Hall and spoke with our Mayor Keith Hobbs and the Chief of the Fort William First Nation Peter Collins.  

David Johnston also handed out Caring Canadian Awards to some 16 local volunteers.

 Recipient Sharon Bak says she's honoured and thrilled to get the award from Johnston. (Photos: Sheri Leviski-Kotyk)

Governor General's Visit on PhotoPeach

Labour Centre Demolished

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2016 18:58 PM

The former Lakehead Labour Centre building on Fort William Road is is now just a memory.

 It was demolished by Bruno's Contracting today.  

It's making way for a new commercial development which will include a number of outlets including The Beer Store. (Facebook/Ted Tiboni)