March 2018

OPP Looking Out For Seatbelt Infractions

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:42 AM

It may be hard to believe, but OPP are still on the lookout for people who are not wearing their seatbelts. 

This Easter Long Weekend, police will be making sure that everyone in the vehicle is strapped in. 

They remind you that a driver can be charged and face a fine of $240 and two demerit points for a seatbelt infraction. (File Photo)

Marijuana Producer Not Worried About Recreational Market Delay

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:39 AM

A delay in the legalization of the recreational cannabis market in Canada may actually be a good thing for marijuana producers such as Organigram. 

CEO Greg Engel says the company has been studying areas which have already opened up the market for recreational use.

"That is one of the key learnings we have seen from U.S. states when those programs have launched is that the supply has outstripped the demand very quickly.  So having a couple months of delays wouldn't be a bad thing," he notes.

Employment Service To Lease Space In Waverley Library

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 13:30 PM

City Hall is giving their blessing to the Waverley Library's plan to become a community hub. 

Councillor Joe Virdiramo is excited the facility's remodel will help accomodate an Indigenous employment service. 

"It's also going to provide an opportunity for [Anishinabek Employment & Training Services] to be in a location where they feel is accomodating, and open and flexible," Virdiramo points out. 

He adds the two partnering up shows the good relationship between the City and its Indigenous organizations. 

Ski Hills Considering Ski-Cross Events

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 13:27 PM

Thunder Bay's two ski hills are hoping to attract a new downhill event call ski-cross. 

Dave Bradley is helping to prepare the hills so they can accomodating ski-cross competitions, and he's pretty pumped about the potential. 

"It's going to create more interest in the sport, build up ridership at the ski areas. People are going to have a blast skiing these tracks," 

Bradley tells us ski-cross competitions only require slight modifications to both Loch Lomond and Mount Baldy ski hills. 

No Refunds For Games Complex Members

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 13:06 PM

Canada Games Complex officials are facing some criticism over delays in completing facility renovations.

Spokesperson Donna Perrault understands members are upset the deadline has been pushed back several times, but that couldn't be helped.

"The delays have basically come down to water issues that were found when the spa hole was dug, and plumbing issues that were unforseen," Perrault explains. 

Despite complaints from some members, the complex isn't offering members any fee refunds. 

Learn Signs Of Pot Addiction: Health Officials

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 12:55 PM

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction is raising alarm bells on potential health risks related to the upcoming legalization of marijuana.

Director of Research and Policy Dr. Amy Porath says contrary to popular belief, cannabis can be addictive, and you should be aware of signs of addiction.

Those can include consuming cannabis despite experiencing negative effects, consuming more than intended, inability to cut down on use, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms like craving, irritability and difficulty sleeping.

East End Easter Egg Hunt Today

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 11:27 AM

It's the day hundreds of children in Thunder Bay have waited for, the annual East End-Easter Egg Hunt. 

Joe Woodgate of the Hill city Kinsmen explains it's an extremely popular event and safety is paramount. 

Woodgate tells us it's being held in the Slovak Legion parking lot because it was felt Charry Park wasn't safe. 

Organizers are expecting more than 1,000 kids to take part. 

The event starts at noon. (File Photo)

Good Friday: What's Open, What's Closed

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 00:31 AM

Keep in mind that if you need to go shopping for anything major today, you'll have to wait until tomorrow since most stores in the city are closed.

Here's at look at what's open and closed today and Easter Sunday.

Today's statutory holiday means the only businesses open would be certain  Shopper's Drug Mart locations and convenience stores like Mac's.

Closed  today are the malls and major department and grocery stores.

All government offices and services, federal, provincial, and city are also closed. 

City transit is operating on a holiday schedule.

Police Seize Guns, Drugs & Ammo In Raid

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 16:47 PM

A 20 year old man and 21 year old woman from Toronto are facing drug and weapons charges after a north side raid.

Police report they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun and a sawed off shotgun along with ammunition at a residence on South Cumberland Street.

The raid took place around 11:15 this morning. 

Also seized was about $4,000 worth of cocaine and crack cocaine along with $7,000 in cash. (Photos supplied)

NWMO To Do More Drilling Near Ignace

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 13:41 PM

You might see some more drilling activity in the Ignace area of northwestern Ontario this summer. 

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization says it plans to drill at least two more bore holes. 

Pat Dolcetti is the regional communications manager for the NWMO in northwestern Ontario and says it's all part of their on-going search for an underground nuclear waste storage site.

"We are planning to move ahead with bore holes 2 and 3 near the same site [as bore hole #1]," Dolcetti explains, "Current planning is to get that work underway later this year."