July 2016

Body Pulled From McIntyre River

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 12:40 PM

A grim discovery in the Intercity area today.  

City Police have now taken down the crime scene tape and left the area of the McIntyre River at the foot of Carrick Street, where the body of an adult male was found floating this morning around 10:30.  

Police say it was discovered by a person who was walking along the bike path located next to the river.  

Another Regional Drug Bust

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 09:39 AM

Treaty Three Police have charged two people in relation to seizure of a controlled substance. 

Following an investigation on Wednesday Treaty Three Police seized Cannabis Marijuana and Canadian Currency . 

In total one pound of Cannabis Marijuana was taken along with Canadian Currency and other drug related items with a street value of $10,000. 

A women from Grassy Narrows was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. 

No Other Federal Avenue For Event Centre: Hajdu

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 09:36 AM

The MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North is offering few options for the city after federal funding dried up for the event centre.  

Patty Hajdu says the arena and convention centre just didn't meet the criteria the government set out and knows of no other direction the city could take in seeking federal funding for the project.  

Hajdu says it's time to look at funding other city infrastructure projects and she's prepared to support city proposals surrounding housing and wastewater. (File photo)

Province Sunk $70 Million Into Defunct ORPP

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:36 AM

The provincial Liberals are revealing that $70 million  was spent setting up the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

The Liberals scrapped the plan after agreement was reached to enhance the Canada Pension Plan.

A statement from Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the decision to move ahead with the Ontario's plan.

He says with the uncertainty about whether CPP enhancement would be achieved, the need to address the retirement savings gap was too important for the government to sit idly by.

Workforce Planning Board Running Pilot Program

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 07:09 AM

A local think-thank is part of a provincial pilot program examing the local labour market.  

The North Superior Workforce Planning Board has been selected by the province to deliver one of eight Local Employment Planning Council pilot projects.

Spokesperson Madge Richardson says its a chance to gather current data for the government.  She says they're looking at how the employment planning councils can help them at the local level in integrated planning and making sure that employers have access to programs and services that are available to them.

Flushable Wipes Clogging Sewers

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 20:02 PM

The City of Thunder Bay is asking you to stop from flushing certain items down the toilet, including flushable wipes.  The pre-moistened toilettes are being used by people in the bathroom, and ending up in the sewer system, causing problems. 

City spokesperson Michelle Warywoda says the popular bathroom product has caused problems in some individual homeowner's sewer connections that lead to the City's sanitary sewer.  

Sewer Construction To Stop Flooding

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 15:32 PM

As a result of flooding that happens in Thunder Bay from storms such as the one in June, and in 2012, storm sewer contruction will start on Churchill Drive from the Neebing/McIntyre Floodway to Edward Street, and Wiltshire Crescent and Westminster Street.  

The goal is to redirect water to the Neebing River, away from peoples' homes.    

Councillor Shelby Ch'ng says there'll be a public meeting in September to discuss the two floods.  

Update: Pedestrian Charged In Morning Collision

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 15:27 PM

Thunder Bay Police have charged a 45-year-old pedestrian with a by-law violation, after a truck knocked her down in the north core this morning.  

Police say that around 9 AM, the woman was crossing Cumberland Street outside of the marked crosswalk, and did not have the right of way.  She sustained non-life-threatening injuries when a 57-year old male driver of a pickup truck turned left onto Cumberland, hitting her.  

Police are reminding you that both pedestrians and drivers need to use extra care at intersections.  

Falun Gong Supporters Stop In City

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:57 AM

A couple, who say their family member is in jail in China for practicing Falun Gong, are in Thunder Bay today.

Jay  Brauneisen and his wife Hongyan Lu are travelling across Canada to draw attention to what they feel are human rights abuses to people who follow the spiritual practice in that communist country. He says if you want to support them they encourage you to call your MP and support their call for help.   

Rusnak Offers Suggestion For Event Centre Funding

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:24 AM

 

A Thunder Bay MP is offering a glimmer of hope for a possible event centre for the city now that his government has rejected funding the proposal.  It was turned down because it didn't fit the criteria for Build Canada or Gas Tax funding.  

However, Don Rusnak says he's come up with an alternative.  It's the possibility of private sector funding for the facility.  

Rusnak says he's willing to sit down with the city to discuss other ideas or partnerships for a project of this scope.