October 2017

Slight Decrease In Local Hydro Rate

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 15:06 PM

The cost of electricity in the city is going down, but for the most part, the monthly saving won't even get you a small double double from Tim Horton's.

Thunder Bay Hydro says when all is said and done, the bill for the average customer will go down by about 30 cents or just over a quarter per cent.  

The rate change  took effect October 1st and customers will begin to see the new rates on bills dated October 27th.

The reduction comes after the local utility made a rate request to the Ontario Energy Board. 

Inquest Ends With Recommendations

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 14:29 PM

An inquest into the 2011 death of 18 year old District Jail inmate Cody Thompson-Hardy is over. 

A jury that spent the last week hearing about his final days came back with a list of 27 recommendations Friday afternoon. 

They include offering cultural and spiritual programs in the jail for inmates, naloxone drug overdose training in the jail for staff and cultural training for workers including the history of the residential school system. 

Indigenous elders and healing practices such as smudging should also be introduced to jails in the province.

Holy Family School Evacuated

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 13:42 PM

A few tense moments for students and staff at a south side elementary school. 

The Catholic school board says Holy Family School on Rosslyn Road was evacuated this morning because of what was thought to be the smell of gas. 

The fire department was also called. 

It turned out that it wasn't gas after all,  but a harmless odour from outside that made it into the building through an air intake system. 

After about 25 minutes everyone was allowed back into the school.

 

Police Looking For Man On Canada Wide Warrant

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 12:41 PM

A Canada wide warrant has been issued for a federal offender, who breached his parole, and is known to frequent Thunder Bay.    

Police are looking for 23-year old Dallas Solomon, an Indigenous man who stands at 5'6 tall, 164lbs, with brown eyes and black hair.

Police say he has several tatoos on his neck and upper torso, including the words "Native" and "Pride". 

He is serving more than four years for robbery, assault, being unlawfully at large, and other charges.   

Police say he is known to frequent Toronto and Sault Ste. Marie as well.   

 

Deluca's Closing After Ten Years

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 12:08 PM

A family restaurant in the waterfront district is going to close it's doors after ten years.

As of 10 pm on October 25th Deluca's Family Restaurant will be closing. 

Ted Deluca tells us ten years ago he was worried they wouldn't have any business and today they are busier than ever. 

Deluca says he'll be using his semi-retirement to spend more time with his grandkids. 

In a Facebook posting they thank their patrons and staff. 

Deluca says they've sold the restaurant to someone else who will be creating a new eatery in its place.

Taxi By-Law Pushed Back Again

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 09:03 AM

Yet another delay for the City's long awaited taxi by-law.

It was to come before councillors Monday night however it's now been pushed to December 11th.

When we last spoke to Councillor Brian McKinnon about when the final version would be presented he noted delays occur.

"I know longer say that's going to be it because things happen.  We keep getting feedback, we keep reacting, and saying lets get this right."

The overhaul of taxi service in our City started in February of 2014. (File photo)

Police Seize Over 200K In Drugs & Cash

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 16:41 PM

A 26-year old man is facing numerous drug and breach of court order charges after a search of a Shuniah home.

Thunder Bay police say they were lead to the residence yesterday following an investigation which had started in the city.

Over $123,000 in cash, $14,000 worth of cocaine and $63,000 in fentanyl pills were found.  

Trevor Beriault of Shuniah is charged.

Kidnapping Court Case Back October 24th

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 15:03 PM

A man charged in a kidnapping case will be back in court October 24th for a video appearance.

46 year old Eric Lindstrom appeared via video Thursday afternoon to set his next date.

He faces kidnapping, uttering threats and assault charges.

Police took him into custody at gunpoint outside of the Victoria Mall earlier this month.

Officials say the 28 year old southern Ontario man that was taken at the time was a a victim of a drug related, targeted abduction. 

 

Over Two Dozen Birch Trees Stripped Of Bark

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 14:53 PM

A lot of people are outraged after learning that over 25 birch trees at the Hazelwood Lake Conservation Area recently had their bark removed. 

A spokesperson for the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority says the trees are not expected to survive.

Ryan Mackett says many on social media are calling it disgusting. 

He says it's one thing to leave garbage or litter on a conservation trail, but to actually damage the eco-system "takes the disrespect to a whole other level."

Mackett says it's not likely they'll be able to catch whoever was responsible.