Thunder Bay dominated the 24th annual Northern Ontario Business Awards. Cook Engineering won the company of the year award for a business with over fifty employees. Architect Ahsanul Habib won the Entrepreneur of the Year award and was honored for his work saving heritage buildings in Thunder Bay. Other Lakehead winners include Salt and Pepper Catering, and Casey Howard.
A fugitive with Hell's Angels connections is now in custody at the Thunder Bay District Jail. 46 year old Paul Douglas Gallagher was wanted on a Canada wide warrant for parole violation. RCMP Staff Sgt. Normand Roy says they knew Gallagher was in the city days prior to his arrest. Roy says that Gallagher was arrested on the north side of the city without incident Wednesday.
There's a new Executive Director at the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Bruce Strapp is taking on the job. Strapp was the CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie economic development commission. He also worked with Red Lake's economic development corporation.
Wasaya Airlines is expanding. The Thunder Bay based First Nations owned company has added a Bombardier Dash 8 to it's fleet. President Tom Morris says that's not where it ends. He says future plans include an additional Dash 8. The new aircraft will be used to fly Goldcorp workers to it's Musselwhite mine site.
There were no arrests in Thunder Bay in connection to yesterday's massive drug bust in Quebec. Police Spokesperson Chris Adams says there was information about a possible person interest here but no-one was arrested. About 370 officers were involved in the raids yesterday. One man was killed after being shot by police in Val d'Or.
An OPP officer in Geraldton is facing charges. Police say Constable Brian Bellefeuille has been charged with theft under 5 thousand dollars following an incident while he was off duty. Bellefeuille has been with the OPP for just over a year and a half and will be in court November 4th.
The Thunder Bay Port Authority is happy about the removal of an import duty on ships built overseas. CEO Tim Heney says the Federal Government decision will greatly benefit shipping on the Great Lakes because it will make the purchase of new ships feasible. Heney says the current average age of the fleet is 38 years old and the expected life span of these ships is 40 years old, which means an upgrade is overdue. The duty was 25 percent and the cost of the new ships is around 45 million dollars.
Mayoralty candidate Frank Pullia says Keith Hobbs inexperience in politics is showing. Pullia is critical of his opponent for saying that it's administration that runs city council. Pullia thinks Hobbs is being presumptuous and that he sees what he wants to see. Pullia says he often challenges administration and calls the relationship a balancing act.
A local McDonalds restaurant employee is still beaming after receiving a 10 thousand scholarship towards his university education. Tim Schonberger is one of only three employees in the province to get the company scholarship. Schonberger is taking computer sciences at Lakehead University.
Over 15 thousand dollars was raised at the Habitat for Humanity's first ever Shoes and Champagne fundraiser. Over 300 people took in the event that auctioned off a number of shoes from celebrities like Jessica Simpson and Mike Weir.
OPP in Sioux Lookout are looking for help after a woman apparently drove her car into Bindo Lake. The underwater search and rescue team has been called in but police are asking anyone who may have seen something in the area to call police.