March 2017

Three Charged In South Side Drug Bust

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 17:13 PM

About $20,000 worth of drugs are off city streets after the latest city police raid. 

They say it happened late Wednesday afternoon on the 400 block of West Arthur Street. 

Police say that drugs seized in the bust were hydromorphone pills, cocaine and crack cocaine along with about $2,500.00 in cash.

Three people are charged, one from Thunder Bay and other two from Ottawa and Hamilton. 

Indigenous MPs Call Out Sen. Beyak

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 16:28 PM

Embattled Senator Lynn Beyak is still getting raked over the coals for her comments on the residential school system.  

Thunder Bay MP Don Rusnak sent a letter to the senator asking her to meet with members of his Indigenous Caucus to talk about what he calls her inexplicable resistance to acknowledging the realities of what happened at the schools. 

Rusnak says Beyak can't speak on behalf of First Nations people while refusing to meet with Caucus members. 

Man's Disappearance Now Considered A Murder

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 15:21 PM

The disappearance of an Ottawa man in Thunder Bay is now being considered a murder. 

23 year old Justin Duncan disappeared back in November.  

Even though no body has been found, city Detective Sergeant Ryan Hughes says they believe Duncan met a violent end. 

He says the decision was made after tips they received and interviews they've conducted.   

Hughes says they found "small bits of evidence" when they searched the Fort William First Nation this week and the targeted areas will be searched again once the snow melts. 

Chief Coroner Ponders Inquest Options

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 14:30 PM

A call for an inquest into the house fire deaths of nine residents in Pikangikum First Nation may not go unheeded. 

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation believes such a hearing would address fundamental issues that could be an underlying cause. 

Ontario's Chief Coroner, Dr. Dirk Huyer, says he's thinking of looking at all Ontario First Nation fire deaths over the last several years.

Huyer states he's considering at an approach that may allow them to look for those systemic issues across more deaths, and not just the ones in Pikangikum.

NAN Wants Inquest On Pikangikum Fire Tragedy Anniversary

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 10:11 AM

It's been a year since the tragic house fire on the Pikangikum First Nation which claimed nine lives.

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is calling for an inquest into that blaze.  

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen, have sent a letter to the province's Chief Coroner asking for the inquiry.

They say the deaths appear to have resulted from a common cause and these systemic issues, if they're exposed, would advance public safety. 

Uneventful Spring Thaw Predicted

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 19:55 PM

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority isn't predicting any significant flooding as we head into spring.  

Chair Donna Blunt says so far, the spring melt has been uneventful, with little rain or snow this month and a relatively slow thaw.    

"We've only received about 50% of the average for this time of year, and we also have below-average snow pack on the ground for this time of year."

Blunt says we're not expected to get any significant precipitation for the next two weeks.

City Resident Wins $1 Million

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 15:10 PM

The "pot got hot"  for Thunder Bay's Geraldine Tennant. 

She hit the jackpot, winning a million dollar prize in the Heart and Stroke Lottery.

Tennant is one of two grand prize winners of $1 million announced today by the Foundation. 

The other lives in Brantford. 

She's the only  resident to have won any prizes in the contest, including in the early bird draws. 

Immigration Update On Monday

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 14:12 PM

Immigration is on the agenda for Monday evening's city council meeting.  

That's when the Multicultural Association will be telling city councillors the state of immigration over that period.

Spokesperson Cathy Woodbeck says it's designed to keep city lawmakers updated by discussing the recent arrival of new refugees, employment among those immigrants and the city's ability to handle the new population.

She says there'll also be an update on how immigrant children have been doing in the local school system.