The annual National Day of Mourning for workplace deaths continues to gain popularity in Thunder Bay. About 250 people showed up for Wednesdays ceremony outside the Labour Centre. Labour Council President Melanie Kelso says more and more people are realizing the importance of the day knowing that it could be them that could someday be killed or injured on the job. Kelso says the day will continue to go recognized until workplace injuries and deaths stop.
Relief is still days away for the parched forests of Northwestern Ontario. Debbie MacLean of the Ministry of Natural Resources says that one new fire was reported in the Thunder Bay district 15 kilometres north of the city in the Surprise Lake area. She says it's a 3 hectare blaze with nothing valuable threatened but they consider it a fire of concern and crews continue to attack it. MacLean says the fire hazard remains high to extreme
One man is dead after a fatal collision in the North downtown. Spokesperson Chris Adams says it took place on Red River Road at the entrance to the Heart of the Harbour Parkade just before 7:30 between a Motorcycle and a pickup truck. The 37 year old driver of the motorbike died at the Health Sciences Centre. He is identified as Darren Dolph of Thunder Bay. Police closed a stretch of Red River Road for several hours, to gather evidence.
The dates have now been set for the two public meetings on the proposed multi-plex arena. City Manager Tim Commisso says that's where study results will be presented and the public will be allowed to comment. He says the meeting will be divided into three segments. The first will be the displays, the second a presentation from the city on the Phase One study and the third part will be an open forum for public comment. The meetings will take place May 6th at the Da Vinci Centre and May 13th at the Italian Hall on Algoma Street.
The M-S Society of Thunder is back with its' annual Run N' Roll Half Marathon. Organizer Hal Lightwood says it will be taking place July 18th. Once again it will be held on Lakeshore Drive in the municipality of Shuniah and it's open to runners and inline skaters. Lightwood says they hope to attract 200 particpants with a goal of raising 14 thousand dollars.
The annual Bell Motorcycle Ride for Dad happens on June 19th. The proceeds from the event go towards the fight against prostate cancer. Organizer Tere McDonald feels the event has done quite a bit to raise awareness. In the past 5 years they've seen men become more open about discussing the disease. It's hoped that about 300 riders will take part. Pictured: Glenn Craig, Kerri Spooner and Tere McDonald.
McDonald's Restaurants in Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario are raising money for a new Ronald McDonald House in Toronto. Thunder Bay's Kathy Bukovy says that facility is important for northerners because families from here stay there when their children get cancer treatment. She says one-third of those people who stay at Ronald McDonald House are from Northern Ontario. Bukovy says they hope to raise 1 million dollars for the cause through customer contributions and fundraisers.