January 2018

New Dog Flu Not Found In The City

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 16:58 PM

Dog owners in Thunder Bay should note the recent outbreak of canine cough in the area is not the new type of dog flu discovered in the U.S. and in southern Ontario.

News broke this week that several dogs were found with the disease in the Windsor region.

Local veterinarian Dr. Alec Smith says the new strain of dog flu is not a concern in Thunder Bay. 

Smith stresses however, they have now identified the local virus which was reported in the fall, and it's a completely different ailment. (File photo)

 

New Kindergarten At Fort William First Nation

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 15:55 PM

A new full day kindergarten will be launched in the fall at the Fort William First Nation.

It's a partnership between the community and the Thunder Bay Catholic School Board.

Director of Education Pino Tassone says it's beneficial. 

"Easier access to school, no more bus rides for young children, and also we are looking at before and after school care.  We feel this will positively impact attendance and late arrivals."

The school will be a sister site of St. Anne elementary school and will be run out of the community centre. (File photo)

Municipal Levy Set For Social Service Board

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 15:02 PM

The amount of money area communities pay the district social services board has been set.

Board CAO Bill Bradica says some saw their bills go up while others saw them go down.

"Conmee, Dorion, Gillies, O'Connor and Neebing will see increases and the rest will see decreases in their levy from 2017." 

Bradica says area municipalities will pay for $20 million dollars of their $107 million dollar operating budget. (File photo)

Subdivision Developers To Face Critics

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 14:56 PM

The mayor of Oliver Paipoonge says the developer of a new 50 lot subdivision in the Hamlet of Rosslyn still needs to face any critics at the end of this month. 

Lucy Kloosterhuis tells us a few people who showed up for Wednesday's open house expressed concerns about the project as it relates to the delivery of water and the subdivision's  proximity to the Kam River.

Kloosterhuis indicates a council meeting is scheduled for January 31st where the public's views on the proposal will be heard. 

Three Men Charged With Robbery

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 13:19 PM

Three men are charged with robbery after police responded to a 911 call Wednesday at the Commissary Convenience Store.

A man entered the store wearing a balaclava, pointed a syringe at the clerk and demanded cash. 

He was seen leaving with two other men. 

Police arrested the three middle aged men are in custody after appearing in court today. (File photo)

Plans For Expansion For URide

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 13:13 PM

The creator of URide feels he can't thank the people of Thunder Bay enough for the success he's experienced since starting the service in his hometown in April.    

Cody Ruberto claims URide is one of the fastest growing companies in Canada.

He says he's looking forward to expansion in Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Dryden and Sioux Lookout, with business booming by 80% in December.

He claims the taxi bylaw will improve transportation in Thunder Bay, with hopes more drivers will be hired.  

 

Local MP's Hear Ideas For Budget

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 09:24 AM

The region is being consulted about what should be in the upcoming federal budget.

Along with Don Rusnak, MP Patty Hajdu says a number of local issues came up during talks this week in Thunder Bay. 

"People talk about struggles they're facing, such as housing, infrasture or health.  These issues will be taken to the Minister of Finance."  

Click on the link below for details.

https://www.budget.gc.ca/2018/prebudget-prebudgetaire/index-en.html

Man In Custody After Street Closure

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 06:57 AM

Police have a man in custody, following the closure of Donald Street, with more information expected today.  

They took a phone call from someone yesterday afternoon, resulting in the shutdown of Donald from Marks Street to Vickers for a short time.  

They won't say much more at this point why the man is charged, or why the road was closed.

 

Phone Call To Police Results In Street Closure

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 16:39 PM

City police are remaining tight lipped about why they closed off a section of Donald Street beween Marks and Vickers.

They tell us someone called them this afternoon with a report of something but police wouldn't tell us what that was all about or why they needed to close down that section of street. 

The person who called them they say, was nowhere to be found.