March 2018

Police Investigating Two Store Robberies

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 16:49 PM

City police are looking for a suspect in a robbery at Alley's Variety on Franklin Street last night.

Police say he demanded cash and cigarettes and then ran away. 

He's described as 5'7 tall with a thick build, he was wearing grey sweat pants and a black Air Jordan hoodie. 

Meanwhile, officers are also looking for a white man they say robbed the Mac's Convenience Store on Waterloo Street last night. 

He's described as a white man between 35 to 40 years old.  He has a thick build and was seen wearing grey sweat pants and a hoodie.  

Plenty Of City Employees On Sunshine List

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 12:58 PM

A list of people working in the public sector in our city making over 100K a year is out.

The provincial government has released what is known as the 2017 Sunshine List.

For City Police, the Chief JP Levesque brought home over $233,000 last year.  Acting Chief of Police Sylvie Hauth earned over $221,000.

Executive Officer Chris Adams salary came in at over $129,000.

In other emergency services, Fire Chief John Hay earned $184,000 and Superior North EMS Chief Wayne Gates brought in almost $133,000.

Marathon Voting Continues In Ottawa

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 10:50 AM

It's a marathon voting session in Ottawa. 

Federal lawmakers have been in the House of Commons since last night, after the Conservatives put forward almost 270 items to vote on. 

It comes after the Liberals voted down a Conservative attempt to make a national security advisor speak about the Prime Minister's trip to India. 

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak says on social media that they'll continue voting throughout the day, noting they've decided on over 100 motions since Thursday evening. (File Photo)

Mixed Reaction To Youth Tracking App

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 09:46 AM

Calling it a slippery slope, one Thunder Bay resident is concerned about the idea of tracking the whereabouts of youth by using their cell phones.

Andrew Melroe addressed the issue at a city councillor's information meeting, worried about privacy.

"How is this data going to be used, we've seen recently last there's potential for data to be used in nefarious ways".

The technology requires data to be stored, similar to social media, something he had to address.

VIDEO: Environmentalists Rally Against Pipeline

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 09:40 AM

Environmentalists rallied in front of MP Patty Hajdu's office today.

Citizens United For A Sustainable Planet are taking a stand against the Kinder Morgan Tar Sands pipeline.

They say the pipeline would carry 590,000 barrels of petroleum product causing potential pollution problems. 

The protest took place at noon at Hajdu's office on Red River Road.

CUSP spokesperson Paul Berger led the protest, saying it's one of many taking place across the country. 

TB Cases Double In Thunder Bay

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 09:24 AM

The number of cases of tuberculosis in our City has doubled from four to eight.

Health Unit officials say that most of the cases identified have been in people who are homeless.

They'll be holding clinics to test for the disease at the Shelter House. 

They are also contacting people who may have been exposed. 

You can read our previous story on the TB outbreak by clicking HERE.

Electricity Coming To First Nation Communities

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 07:05 AM

$1.6-billion is being granted to an Indigenous power company in the northwest. 

Wataynikaneyap Power is getting the money to help it connect remote First Nation communities to the provincial power grid.

The announcement was made yesterday afternoon by Premier Kathleen Wynne and federal Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpot.

It was also attended by Indigenous leaders from around the region during the lengthy election-style announcement by the premier.   


City Hall Releases Salary Figures

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2018 16:08 PM

According to figures from City Hall, the Mayor earned over $101,000 last year.

That includes his salary and money he's paid for work on local committees and boards.

Next on the list is Councillor Iain Angus at almost $44,000 and Shelby Ch'ng at $42,000 

The City is required to provide these details publicly as well to the provincial government.

Meanwhile, Police Board Chair Jackie Dojack makes just over $4,000 for her work, according to new figures from City Hall.