September 2017

Thunder Bay To Host Game Design Competition

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 14:29 PM

A video game design competition is coming to Thunder Bay next year. 

The Northern Game Design Challenge will take place over one weekend where teams will compete to create the best game. 

Organizers say it'll run alongside competitions in Sudbury, North Bay, and Sault Ste Marie. 

Online registration opens on September 30th, but organizers haven't revealed the event's date. 

The Thunder Bay Public Library has been announced as the host of the Thunder Bay competition, but organizers also kept the branch where the event will take place under wraps. (File Photo)

Nishnawbe Aski Nation To Honour Veterans

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 14:28 PM

Indigenous veterans will be honoured in a traditional way this Remembrance Day. 

A Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief explains they're going to construct an Eagle Staff to commemmorate their contributions and sacrifices.  

Anna Betty Achneepineskum says they're asking families and communities to contribute eagle feathers, ribbons, or other sacred items for the Eagle Staff. 

Commissioner Defends "Slow" MMIWG Inquiry

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 13:18 PM

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is now into its second year. 

But only this past week did it address a parliamentary committee on Indigenous people for the first time. 

Chief Commissioner Marion Buller admits to MPs that it's been a challenging first year. 

"For many people, our progress has been too slow. But we wanted to do this right, because we know that there are risk associated with doing this work quickly and superficially," Buller notes. 

Counselling Centre To Offer Financial Services

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 13:11 PM

Thunder Bay Counselling is going to play a role in Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy. 

They've been selected as one of five sites that will provide financial advisement to people who need it. 

Executive Director Nancy Chamberlain says low income people face a number of barriers.

She says they includes lack of financial literacy, poor access to neutral financial information, inability to afford financial counselling, failure to file taxes, and lack of awareness about government benefits.  

Inquest Into 18-Year-Old's Death Set For October

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 13:05 PM

An inquest into the death of an 18 year old is being held on October 16th. 

Cody Thompson-Hardy died on August 19th of 2011 at the Regional Health Sciences Centre following a transfer from the Thunder Bay District Jail. 

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding his death and could include recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.  

The inquest is expected to last up to five days and to hear from approximately 20 witnesses. (File Photo)

Firefighters Out With Carbon Monoxide Reminder

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 12:30 PM

A reminder from Fire Rescue officials to use your carbon monoxide alarm. 

One spokesperson says the law requires you to keep a CO alarm outside all sleeping areas if you have a fuel-fired appliance, fireplace or attached garage. 

Anthony Stokaluk says in the past week alone, firefighters were called to four homes to deal with CO, which can cause brain damage, unconsciousness, or death with long exposure. 

"We want people to be aware that carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas, and without an alarm, you wouldn't know it's in your house."

Cross-Country Fundraiser Visiting Thunder Bay

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 11:21 AM

The Million Dollar Bus is coming to Thunder Bay to raise awareness for local projects. 

Ryan Lancaster says he converted a school bus into a mobile home and office, and is on a round-trip across the country from the West to East coast. 

He explains he aims to raise $1 million by selling space on the outside of the bus--one-inch squares that can be covered with advertising, pictures, or the donor's name. 

The bus is on its way to St John's, Nova Scotia, raising awareness for initiatives in each community it stops in. 

Police And Peace Officers Remember Their Own

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 01:01 AM

Today police and peace officers in Thunder Bay and across Canada stop to remember their colleagues who died in the line of duty.

It's their National Memorial Day and local police spokesperson Greg Stephenson says a march is taking place this afternoon at 1:30 starting from the old courthouse on Arthur Street to St. Paul's Anglican Church on Ridgeway Street.

He says it's an emotional affair, and they welcome anyone to wants to help them pay tribute to either march along, or attend the church service at 2 o'clock.

Police Investigating Floodway Death

Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2017 20:46 PM

The death of a man is being investigated after a body was recovered from the Neebing McIntyre Floodway.  

City Police arrived at the scene across from the Thunder Centre just before 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. 

They are asking anyone with information on what happened in the days leading up to his death to come forward. 

Investigators want to hear from witnesses who may have seen an Indigenous man in the Fort William Road area around 8:30 Thursday night.    

More Veggies, Less Screen Time: Kids' Health Initiative

Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2017 16:52 PM

The healthy choice needs to be the easy choice, according to a children's health initiative. 

Officials with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge told City Council recently they've been successful in getting the message out about healthy eating and exercising. 

However, Spokesperson Marianne Stewart says it'll take more than awareness to make healthy living the "new normal". 

"Shift municipal norms to create environments that promote active transportation and play," Stewart says, "And increase the access and availability of water, veggies, and fruits to families."