June 2017

A Special Canada Day For One Syrian Transplant

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 16:17 PM

One member of a Syrian family in Thunder Bay is looking forward to attending her first Canada Day celebrations at Marina Park. 

Sama Toubaji and her family came to the city from Lebanon and started the Damascus Donair restaurant on St. Paul Street. 

Toubaji says she's excited. 

While this isn't her first Canada Day, it will be the first time she's participated in the waterfront celebrations and looks forward to seeing the fireworks. 

Toubaji says Thunder Bay has been great in helping her family get settled and is very thankful. (Staff photo)

OPP Sergeant Sentenced For Possessing Child Porn

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 14:25 PM

A Thunder Bay OPP sergeant has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to one count of Possession of Child Pornography.  

47 year old Mark Anthony Maltais received his sentence  at the Thunder Bay Courthouse today.

Maltais was charged in January of last year by the city police after a raid on a Mapleward Road residence where computers and electronic devices were seized.  

At the time of his arrest, Maltais was a sergeant with the OPP working as a unit commander out of the forensic lab and was suspended with pay. 

UPDATE: Interac Takes E-Transfer Service Offline Temporarily To Fix Technical Problems

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 14:15 PM

Significant technical issues have led Interac to temporarily take their E-Transfer service offline.

In a statement, Interac says it is an internal technical issue resulting in transaction delays, and the suspension of a number of transfers.

They are reassuring the public by saying the system and data remains secure.

While the system is offline, banks will not be able to process any transactions.

Interac says any transfers currently in transit will be processed once the system is restored.

Canada's Aboriginal Population Grows Significantly

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 12:43 PM

More and more Canadians are identifying themselves as aboriginal.

A report released by the Fraser Institute shows that the number of people claiming aboriginal, metis or inuit heritage has gone from 374 thousand to
1.4 million in just 25 years.

Tom Flanagan is the author of the report and says very little of that growth is due to an increase in the birth rate.

Rain Could Wreck Canada Day Plans At Marina Park

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 08:00 AM

The organizer of Canada Day fireworks at Marina Park will be watching the sky all day since there is rain in the forecast.   

Ash Young says making the call on whether to have the display or not will be made about five hours prior to 11 pm, when the fireworks are scheduled to go off.

Young says rain will not put a kibosh on the rest of the day.

He says as long as there's little wind, a touch of rain will not stop Power of Ideas Tour in a tent, as well as food vendors with an ATM set up. 

Simpson St. Construction Causing Anxiety For Business

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 07:27 AM

A Simpson Street business owner is on pins and needles because of construction outside of his store.

In a post on social media that has since been removed, Glen Girardin says the sales at European Bakery suffered during last year's road work, and may have to close up shop temporarily because of the road closure.

Speaking with our newsroom, he explains it may be less costly to simply not run the bakery's oven until the street re-opens.

Annual Healing Walk Continues

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 19:11 PM

A 322-kilometre Healing Walk continues as Indigenous people call attention to the issues facing First Nations. 

It's the second year for the Healing Walk, where participants pray each day as they pass communities including Longlac, Sand Point First Nation, Nipigon, and Dorion on their way from Ginoogaming First Nation to Mount McKay.

City Credit Rating Improves

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 16:51 PM

Thunder Bay's financial picture appears to be a little brighter with news that our credit rating has gone up.

Our city treasurer says it went from "double A minus" to "double A".

A the top rating is "triple A".

Linda Evans says it's a sign city hall is doing it's jobs managing your tax dollars reflecting administration and council's commitment to sound financial policies. 

Evans says it also may mean it may cost the city less to borrow money. 

The rate was announced by S&P Global Ratings, formally Standard and Poors