June 2016

Water Main Problems On West Arthur St.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:17 PM

Crews are working on  a water main break that occurred this morning on Arthur Street West, near the Ministry of Natural Resources base just before Vanguard Avenue.

The city says the break has been isolated and work is underway to repair the pipe. Traffic is not being affected..

As a result of the break, residents in the surrounding area may experience low water pressure or discoloured water, and a limited number of customers may have no water service.

Lawyers Discuss Inquest Recommendations

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:03 AM

The reverberations continue from the city inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation youth.  

Julian Falconer, the lawyer who represented the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, said he was glad the jury felt at least three of the deaths were undetermined which he feels keeps the spotlight on city police.  He also  believes all the 145 recommendations are doable with the political will.

OPP Arrest Wanted Man In Dryden

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 07:14 AM

A man wanted in Alberta has been arrested in Dryden.

Provincial Police received information from the RCMP yesterday that the man was possibly in our area and travelling with a female companion.

The two were located on Highway 17.

OPP say 32-year-old Jason Masse was wanted by police in Provost, Alberta for multiple offences including assault with a weapon, pointing of a firearm, forcible confinement, uttering threats, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a restricted firearm and failing to comply with conditions.

Turkish Airport Attacked

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 07:10 AM

Turkish authorities believe an attack carried out by three suicide bombers at the airport in Istanbul was the work of ISIS.  

36 people have died thus far with 140 other people injured. There are fears the death toll could rise.  

Three gunmen began shooting and then blew themselves up after being fired on by police.

Video taken from inside the terminal shows one of attackers falling to the ground after being shot and then less than a minute later later blowing himself up.

61 million people pass through Istanbul airport each year.

School Board Passes Budget

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 07:06 AM

The Public School Board is approving it's 133 million dollar budget for 2016-2017.

The operating and capital budgets was developed through community and stakeholder input and is mean to support student achievement.

Board Chair Deborah Massaro says the budget will help students but is also reflective of the current financial times in the province. 

Police Comment On Inquest Recommendations

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 07:04 AM

City Police are commenting on the recommendations from the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation youth in our community.

Chief JP Levesque says he looks forward to moving on the suggestions police are responsible for.  

Levesque acknowledges the families and the loss they've suffered and knows the inquest won't answer all of their questions but the recommendations if put in practice should help prevent similar deaths.  (File photo)

Province Commits $16.5M For City's Schools

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 18:35 PM

$16.5 million dollars are going to Thunder Bay schools, as part of Ontario's $1.1 billion dollar commitment to renewing school buildings.  

On top of funding previously earmarked for the area's school boards, Thunder Bay schools are receiving a total of just over $42 million for infrastructure repairs and improvements.  

The province is handing out the funding over the next two years.  The investment is part of the provincial government's 12-year, $160 billion infrastructure plan. 

Inquest Recommendations Released

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 17:43 PM

The recommendations are out, following the seven-month inquest into the deaths of seven first nation youths in Thunder Bay. 

The jury's 145 suggestions included ensuring every First Nation community has a high school.  Regional Supervising Coroner David Eden says the parties involved, including the City and Nishnawbe Aski Nation, have one year to respond to the non-legally-binding recommendations.  

Eden adds they are comprehensive and have a good chance of preventing similar deaths in the future. (Staff photo)

Arthur Street Collision

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 17:17 PM

Emergency responders are on scene at the site of what is being called a major collision in front of the Arthur Street Macdonald's.  

Two pickup trucks are involved and there are unconfirmed reports of injuries.  

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.  



Canada Dropping Visa Requirement For Mexican Visitors

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 14:25 PM

The Trudeau government is dropping the visa requirement for Mexican travellers to Canada as of the beginning of December and Mexico, meantime, has decided to lift restrictions on Canadian beef.

This comes during a state visit to Canada by the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and comes ahead of the Three Amigos summit with Justin Trudeau, Nieto and U.S. president Barack Obama in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted that growing their partnership with Mexico is a priority and thanked the Mexican president for today's productive meeting.