November 2017

Coast Guard Season Over

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 15:30 PM

It's the end of the season for the Canadian Coast Guard's search and rescue lifeboat stations in Ontario.

That includes Thunder Bay's which wound down operations on Monday. 

The station will reopen in April 2018.

During the winter, search and rescue operations are carried out with icebreakers from our Coast Guard and the US.  

Hospital Still Needs Your Help This Christmas

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 15:02 PM

Thunder Bay's Hospital Foundation is out with its Christmas Wish List for the year.

One of the must have items is a Rapid Infuser Blood and Fluid Warmer for the ER Department. 

Program Director Lisa Beck says it's vital. 

"What it is used for trauma patients who may have been involved in a motor vehicle collision or patients who are losing a lot of blood, so that  can infuse a lot of fluid and blood in a very short period of time."

Meanwhile, the foundation raised over $30,000 on Giving Tuesday towards their $83,000 wish list of four items. 

Council Asked For Fair Tax Policy

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 14:57 PM

There's a call to tax all residential buildings in the City equally.

Susan Cepanec speaks for the new lobby group the Coalition Against Property Tax Discrimination. 

She says they take issue with apartment buildings with more than six units being taxed more than other residential buildings.

VIDEO: Police Search For Robbery Suspect

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 13:27 PM

Police are looking for your help in indentifying the suspect involved in a recent robbery of a Mac's Convenience Store. 

They tell us the man entered the store at Arthur and Mountdale armed with a hammer in the early morning hours last Saturday.

His face was covered as he demanded the 23 year old clerk open the till.   

He got some money and ran off in the direction of the Shopper's Drug Mart. 

No one was injured.

Giving Tuesday A Success For LU

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 10:18 AM

It was a successful Giving Tuesday for Lakehead University. 

The institution raised $57,725 through the donations received from alumni, faculty, staff, students and other donors.

That's an increase from last year's $42,000  and officials indicate they are thrilled with the results. 

Community Foundation Gives Back

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 08:36 AM

Thunder Bay's Community Foundation is playing Santa Claus by handing out over 200-thousand dollars in grants to 23 local charities.

Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Moore says it was hard deciding who was on the receiving end.

"The projects are all really excellent but the decisions are based really on money and once it's gone we're done." 

The Community Foundation's money comes directly from donors in our community.

This year's recipients include: 

Road Projects Up For Discussion Monday

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 08:16 AM

Some road work projects are up for discussion Monday night at City Hall. 

If Council says yes, over a 100-thousand dollars will be put aside for consideration in the 2018 budget for a curb and gutter project on Mountdale Avenue between Mary Street and the north dead end. 

Also up for a vote is a curb and gutter project on Tungsten Street between Alloy Drive and Central Avenue.  

Second Minnesota Angler Fined For Illegal Bait

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 08:06 AM

Yet another Minnesota angler has been fined for trying to smuggle in illegal bait into Ontario.

Carl Brandt of Forest Lake has pleaded guilty and fined 15 hundred dollars for bringing live leeches into the province.

Canada Border Services Agency Officers were conducting an inspection of Brandt's vehicle this past June at the Fort Frances border crossing and discovered a cooler filled with paper bedding and worms.

Under the bedding, the officers found two plastic bags filled with four pounds of live leeches.

Northwest Resident Earns Medal of Bravery

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 07:38 AM

A big honor for a resident of the Sandy Lake First Nation.

Fontaine Robert Fiddler has received a Medal of Bravery from Canada's Governor General at a special ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Fiddler was singled out for running into a burning building on Sandy Lake on the night of April 5th, 2016.

Fiddler, who has been a Canadian Ranger for the past 14 years, managed to save the lives of all four children in the home and two adults.

Kenora M.P. Bob Nault says the heroics Fiddler displayed were nothing short of remarkable.