July 2017

Variety Of Topics Discussed At AFN Meeting

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 12:33 PM

The Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is promising to push for the changes Chiefs want to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls.  

Chiefs narrowly rejected calls for commissioners to step down, but agreed to necessary improvements to the process and mandate.

Perry Bellegarde says that message has been heard.

The country's native leaders also discussed more than 60 resolutions around topics such as education, languages and treaty rights in Regina last week.  


City Looking At Stress Local Paramedics Face

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 09:04 AM

A report could be created about the stress local paramedics face on a daily basis.   

Council is deciding on whether or not to have staff come up with a report on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

If they do it will involve what the Superior North EMS are doing to help combat PTSD.

Funding could also be allocated so they can design initiatives to help paramedics deal with their stress.   


Baggage Strike Won't Affect Thunder Bay

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 08:57 AM

There is a baggage handlers and ground crews strike at Pearson Airport in Toronto, but it won't affect you when leaving from Thunder Bay.  

About 7-hundred workers are on strike.

The President of the Thunder Bay airport told our newsroom the two carriers that fly between this city and Pearson, Westjet and Air Canada, don't use that baggage handling company.

Ed Schmidtke says there's no reason to be concerned, but if you are just remember to carry as light as possible and adher to the carrier's weight and size restrictions, and you'll be fine.


MNR On Top Of Forest Fire Risk

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 08:51 AM

While you may be enjoying this weekend weather, the Ministry of Natural Resources is hard at work making sure forest fires don't become a problem.  

The MNR is reporting five new blazes as of yesterday, adding to the 15 reported by the end of the week in the northwest.

They're spread over the Nipigon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay districts.

Fire crews say they've got a handle on them, adding the fires are either human or lightening caused.   

The Heat Warning Continues....

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 05:58 AM

It'll be another day of heat and humidity, and with that the pre-cautions needed.  

Environment Canada has issued another heat warning for Thunder Bay, with temperatures reaching 29 or higher today.  

Cooler air is expected for Tuesday.  

The effects of heat illness include swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.  

James Begg Found Safe

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2017 13:14 PM

Good news in the search for a missing man in Kenora.  

OPP confirm that 39-year old James Begg has been found safe, and in good health.

He had been missing for about two weeks, and was found in the Kenora area.


Yearly Look At Taxes At City Hall

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2017 08:56 AM

It's that time of year again.  

Bean counters at City Hall will be getting ready for the 2018 tax season. 

City Manager Norm Gale and others will be looking at next years budget and several more after that Monday night. 

If council says yes, they'll ask Gale to find $1.6-million in savings in the upcoming budget as a way of reducing the tax levy.


Hot Weather Has Arrived In Thunder Bay

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2017 06:48 AM

We truly have some hot summer weather upon us now in Thunder Bay.  

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning, with the humidity reaching 40 today and tomorrow.

There is greater risk for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illness and those working or exercising outdoors.

And remember to never leave a pet inside a parked vehicle.

This weather could continue into Monday, with a cooler stretch expected Tuesday.

Big Drug Bust In Greenstone

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 15:13 PM

OPP have charged 11 people as part of an investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine in and around the municipality of Greenstone.

A total of 56 charges were laid against nine people from Longlac and two other from Kapaskasking, ranging in age from 28 to 57.

Approximately $16,000 worth of methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis and Ritalin were discovered.

About $1,500 in cash and three firearms were also seized by police.

Justin Trudeau Addresses A Number Of Issues While In Kenora

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 14:32 PM

The prime minister is proving to be a popular draw in downtown Kenora.

Hundreds have turned out for Justin Trudeau's visit to Lake of the Woods.

Speaking to a media scrum, Trudeau did address the serious issue of youth suicide on first nation communities in northern Ontario.

"We recognize there is two levels we have to take action on. One is the immediate support we can provide whether it is extra aid workers and psychologists and extra health workers. Whether it's improving infrastructure and improving education in the immediate."