November 2017

New Survey Out On Abuse In Our Community

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 00:31 AM

A new survey is shedding some light on the high rates of violence in our community.

Thunder Bay's Health Unit, Crime Prevention Council and Drug Strategy are behind the initiative that saw over a thousand surveys completed.

72 percent of people who said they experienced abuse in the past 12 months were women and 24.7 percent were men. 

The highest amount of people who said they were experiencing violence were Indigenous, followed by those who have a disability and 11 percent who said they identified as part of the LGBTQ community.

VIDEO: Weapons Incident Has Police Searching For Minivan Owner

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 15:41 PM

Police are looking for the owner of a light coloured minivan following a weapons incident on the 1100 block of Brown Street. 

A man told police that on Saturday night just before midnight someone shot two holes through his front window.

Police indicate it was probably the result of a pellet gun. 

The resident says he saw the minivan driving past his home.   

Police have released a video of the van which you can view below.

Hydro One Cutting Eight Thunder Bay Jobs

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 13:06 PM

Thunder Bay's loss is Sudbury's gain when it comes to Hydro One administrative jobs.

Spokesperson Tiziana Baccega Rosa says the utility will be moving eight positions from its local office on Burwood Road  to the Sudbury facility over "the next while."

According to Rosa the workers affected are being offered the first crack at the Sudbury jobs adding, they'll be consulting with each employee individually to find out what they would like.  

She also states that it could mean taking another job elsewhere within Hydro One or getting training. 

Woman "Shocked" By Police Response To Hit & Runs

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:05 AM

A Thunder Bay woman is perplexed as to why city police refused to look into a hit and run in front of her home at 89 Ray Blvd. 

Sharon Wynn says her vehicle had considerable damage in the Monday afternoon mishap, but was told police don't investigate hit and runs because there are so many of them. 

Wynn tells us she was "shocked" by the response because if there is no investigation, then why would anyone bother to stop if they were the person responsible?

Mexican Workers Help Bombardier

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 05:40 AM

The local Bombardier plant is getting some help from workers from Mexico.  

Union spokesperson Dominic Pasqualino says they're here to fix an issue with a streetcar part they built. 

They're working during the night to minimize impact on regular operations, and are here for about a week.

Pasqualino says it's not unusual to bring in workers from outside the country in these circumstances.  

 

Alexander Henry About To Be Moved

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 01:01 AM

The former icebreaker Alexander Henry could be moored at its permanent home at the old Pool Six elevator site by the end of this week.

Coordinator Charlie Brown says once it's at the north waterfront location, then they'll start converting the vessel into a museum.

According to Brown initial preparations include setting up security around the site as well as making sure there is electricity and heat . 

Avoid Water This Winter: Firefighters

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 15:15 PM

Cold weather is here and Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds you to stay off all ice-covered bodies of water. 

Parents, guardians and teachers are encouraged to speak to their children about the dangers of walking on ice covered lakes and rivers, and the risk of injury or death associated with exposure to cold water. 

Fire Rescue officials say the strength of ice can vary day to day, and no ice can be declared "safe" to walk on. 

It comes as city fire crews were called to three seperate ice rescues this week. (File Photo)

December Court Date For Hobbs

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 13:55 PM

There are some delays in finding an out-of-town judge to hear the case against Mayor Keith Hobbs. 

Local lawyer Gil Labine, representing Hobb's out-of-town lawyer Brian Greenspan, explained this morning that more time is needed to coordinate with a judge. 

Neither the mayor nor his wife Marisa appeared in the courtroom. 

They're facing extortion charges, with Keith Hobbs facing an additional charge of obstruction of justice. 

None of the charges have been proven in court. 

Hadju Announces Federal Help For College Students

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 13:44 PM

There's help coming from the federal government for college students affected by the five week long teacher's strike.

Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says students who have government loans,  such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program, will receive additional money to pay for unforseen expenses.

Hajdu says that may include costs involving housing, food and other living  expenses in the event their study term is extended. (File photo)