November 2016

Falcons Are Simcoe Bowl Champions

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 15:54 PM

The St. Ignatius Falcons high school fooball team are winners of the Simcoe Bowl held this afternoon  in Southern Ontario.  

They defeated Bear Creek 29-16.

It's the  Falcons first Ontario Federation of School Athletics Association Bowl win in three consecutive OFSAA Bowl appearances. (Photo: Ryan McCabe)

Nipigon Residents Still Reeling

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 15:16 PM

The community of Nipigon remains in shock following a weekend tragedy.   

The province's civilian police watchdog continues to investigate the shooting of man during a confrontation with an OPP officer.   

In the latest development Monica Hudon of the Special Investigations Unit confirms that there was a stun gun used by police in the incident. 

She says "the nature of the interaction" is part of the investigation. 

FWFN Elder Advising Province On Justice System

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 13:55 PM

A big honour for a woman from the Fort William First Nation.  The provincial government has announced Marlene Pierre will advise the Attorney General as part of Ontario's new Elders Coucil.  

The province says she's one of 13 elders chosen to help better support Indigenous people through the court system. 

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Elder Barney Batise, and Gilbert Smith of Naicatchewenin First Nation near Fort Frances are also on the council.  

Traffic Stop Leads To Charges

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:57 PM

City police say a routine traffic stop just after midnight turned into something that was anything but routine.  

They say a vehicle was pulled over on Powley Street, but before they could talk to the driver, he ran away. 

Police say the suspect was chased down and caught a short distance away on the 500 block of Cumberland Street.  

They say a later search turned up cocaine and a large amount of cash.  

In addition they say the 22 year old gave them a false name and refused a breath sample .

He now faces numerous charges. 

Report Coming Back On Live Streaming

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:54 AM

A report is coming back to City Council on the possibility of offering live streaming at ward meetings.

Council seemed divided on the issue with Councillor Shelby Ch'ng being in favour and others wanting more information on it.

Councillor Frank Pullia says he was against it but has seen the error in his ways.

A report on having a policy in place dealing with live streaming will now come back at a future meeting. (Photo supplied)

Civic Pride Sparks North South Divide

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:52 AM

A plan to promote civic pride is bringing back the decades old beef between Fort William and Port Arthur.  

A three year plan to promote pride in our community was presented to council last night.

Councillor Larry Hebert says many feel the City only focuses on improving the north side.

Westfort Councillor Joe Virdiramo chipped in saying civic pride events need to be planned in all wards and not just downtown PA. (File photo)

Hospital's Christmas Wish List

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:51 AM

Thunder Bay's Hospital Foundation is looking for your donations this holiday season.

They want ten pieces of vital medical equipment that comes with a price tag of over 107-thousand dollars.  

Spokesperson Lindsay Doran says they need six vital signs monitors.

You can find out more about this year's campaign by clicking HERE.

Renewed Calls For Funding For New Jail

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:48 AM

December 7th will mark the one year anniversary of a riot at Thunder Bay's district jail.

Recently it was announced it cost $132,000 to repair the jail's cameras, cell doors and lights.  

In the lead up to the one year anniversary, there are renewed calls for provincial funding for a new facility.

Corrections Officer Michael Lundy says he's hopeful Minister David Orazietti will take action.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is the latest to push for funding for a new jail. (File photo)

Unifor Demands Help For Health Care

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:45 AM

The union representing workers at several local health care faculties says they've reached their breaking point with under funding and a lack of staff.  

Unifor Local 229 is calling for immediate action from the provincial government.

President Kari Jefford says they can't continue on the way they have.

Unifor Local 229 covers staff at St. Joe's Care and several seniors homes.