April 2016

Body Found Near County Boulevard

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 16:26 PM

Police are investigating after the body of a woman was found in a wooded area off of Brant Street this afternoon. 

Police say the body was discovered by a passerby in a popular walking trail. 

The cause of death and identity of the woman is not known at this time. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers. (Photos: Caryn Ceolin)

Bank of Canada Announces Short List Of Women

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 12:45 PM

12 nominees are on a short list of iconic Canadian women to be featured on the next bank note.

That's out of more than 26-thousand submissions nominating 460 women.

The Bank of Canada Advisory Council released the list this week, saying the women should resonate with Canadians, and reflect the diversity of our country.

The list will be further narrowed to about five candidates with the help of a public survey and input from historical experts.

Criminal Investigation Against Dole Foods Launched

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 11:15 AM

The US Department of Justice is investigating a deadly listeria outbreak linked to Dole packaged salad produts produced at their processing plant in Ohio.

33 people in the US and Canada became ill in the outbreak from May of 2015 to February of 2016, including one person in New Brunswick.

All of the people who felt ill were hospitalized and three people died.

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Report Looks To Lower First Nations Cancer Rates

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:45 AM

Health officials now have a better understanding of the cancer risk factors facing the province's First Nations population.

Cancer Care Ontario has joined with the Chiefs of Ontario in releasing a report aimed at improving cancer screening and prevention initiatives for native people.

Senior Scientist Doctor Loraine Marrett says until now, there was a lack of data to identify priority areas around prevention and ducation.

She says the report includes information concerning First Nations living both on and off reserve.

River Erosion Update Heads To Council

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:42 AM

The Mayor is looking forward to knowing more about what can be done to mitigate soil erosion along the banks of the Kam River.

An update heads to council Monday night.

Keith Hobbs says  it's always been an issue, and the city needs to keep an eye on it. He notes the Victor Street properties are at the highest risk.

Administration is suggesting speed signs be installed along the river...so boaters slow down to avoid causing wakes...and roadside drainage to reduce surface run off down the slopes. (File photo)

MPAC Doesn't Want Any Surprises

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:41 AM

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation is vowing to work more closely with area communities, after several were blindsighted when their mill properties were undervalued last year.

MPAC President Antoni Wisniowski says this time around, they'll be speaking with community leaders.

He says they don't want anyone to be surprised by the values that come out of this year's assessment.

Traffic Signals Legitimate Concern: Angus

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:39 AM

Iain Angus is in favour of looking into how well crossing-countdowns are serving pedestrians across Thunder Bay.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee is looking for council's support Monday night to have city staff review light timing, and locations of push-to-cross buttons in a report.

Angus says anybody with mobility issues is already having a tough time crossing the street, without having to worry about getting to the other side in time.

If the report is approved, it will head back to council in September. (File photo)

Plans Underway To Evacuate Kashechewan

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:37 AM

Planning is ongoing, as the city prepares for the arrival of up to 300 Kashechewan evacuees as early as Sunday.

The Emergency Control Group met yesterday afternoon, after the northern Ontario First Nation declared a state of emergency due to potential flooding.

The city accepts evacuees in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, the federal government, and the Office of the Fire Marshal...among other organizations.

They say they continue to monitor the situation.

A full cost recovery agreement is in place between the city and the federal government.

Grand Marais Competes For Second 'Top Town' Title

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:35 AM

Grand Marais is in the running to be named "Best Town Ever" by an American magazine.

Our neighbour to the south got a nod in the contest, after Outside Magazine asked its social media followers to nominate their favorite places.

Competition is stiff, as the Minnesota beach town is competing against more than 60 others across the States for the top town title.

One In Jail After Drug Bust

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016 09:47 AM

A 46-year-old man faces drug-related charges, following a small seizure of crack cocaine earlier this week.

Police say $3,600 worth of the white stuff was seized from a home in the 200 block of Egan Street. The Drug and Gang Unit searched the residence on Thursday, in response to several complaints from neighbours.

Wilfred James English is charged with possession, breach of recognizance and breach of probabtion. He remains in jail.