September 2017

John Jones, Bob Kelly Among Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 14:16 PM

Six local athletes are being inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame this year. 

Executive Director Diane Imrie highlights one of the inductees, Thunder Bay's John Jones, who had a very successful auto racing career. 

Dryden's Chris Pronger is also being inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Imrie says they picked him since he's one of hockey's most decorated defensive stars. 

"Many have ranked Chris very close to Bobby Orr, in terms of his amazing abilities," she points out. 

Rusnak Creating Youth Council

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 14:09 PM

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak is creating a new youth council.

It follows up on a similar one created last year.

It's to give youth, between the ages of 15 and 25, a chance to discuss key issues with the local MP and provide a youth perspective to the federal decision making process.

Applications are now being accepted with the deadline to apply today. (File Photo)

Unknown Injuries In Arthur St. Crash

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 13:20 PM

One person has been taken to the hospital following a south side collision. 

City police are investigating to the two vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. 

It happened just after 1 o'clock on Arthur Street West across from the Victoria Inn. 

The road remains closed to traffic.

There's no word on the severity of the injuries. (Staff Photo)

OPP Stressing Seatbelt Safety

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 13:06 PM

Ontario Provincial Police are keeping a close eye on motorists and their passengers for the next week. 

Their annual Fall Seat Belt Enforcement campaign is underway. 

Sergeant Shelley Garr says everyone in a moving vehicle must wear one, adding there's no excuse not to buckle up. 

"Wearing a seatbelt is crucial to surviving a crash," Garr explains, "Even one unbuckled vehicle occupant can increase the risk of serious injury and death to other people in the vehicle."

Wasaya Responds To Fatal Crash Review

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 12:58 PM

Wasaya Airways is acknowledging the findings of a Canadian Transportation Safety Board review of a fatal plane crash on December 15th, 2015. 

The company says the loss of Captain Nick Little and flight 127 near Pickle Lake can't be undone, however they can learn from the event and take every precaution to make certain that it never happens again. 

Officials say they have enhanced and implemented safety procedures based on the findings, and stress changes to their flight operations department along with aircraft loading and maintenance procedures have been made. 

Southern Ontario Men Fined For Fishing Violations

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 11:42 AM

A fishing outing north of Sioux Lookout has netted a group of southern Ontario men a $3,600 fine. 

David Gallagher of Toronto, David Griffiths of Barrie, and Gordon Harrison of Leakside have pleaded guilty to possessing fish that were packaged so the number couldn't be easily counted. 

Harrison was also fined for possessing two walleye over the legal limit. 

Conservation officers stopped the three men last October on Vermilion River Road. 

Orange Shirt Day Walk Promotes Residential School Awareness

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 11:07 AM

Many people are expeceted to show their support of First Nations with Orange Shirt Day.  

A residential school awareness walk is taking place from 11:00 until 2:00 today.

It begins at Paterson Park across from the court house and will walk to Pope John Paul II, the site of the former St. Joseph's residential school.

Officials say it's a step forward in the reconciliation process and to honour those that did not return from the schools. (File Photo)

Autism Ontario Hosting Charity Walk

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:24 AM

Autism Ontario's Walk With Me is going into its sixth year.

Their charity walk starts at 11am at Boulevard Lake.  

A variety of people are walking to support their peers and family living with autism. 

Last year saw over 200 people come out for the walk with many travelling from the region. (File Photo)