Just in time for Christmas, a Kakabeka Falls woman is 250-thousand dollars richer. The 36 year old mom of three won the cash by playing an instant win game. Monique Dixon says she'll use the money to pay her bills.
The top man in the Thunder Bay Port Authority says it proves the St. Lawrence Seaway is here to stay. Tim Heney says the decision by Algoma Central to buy 4 new lake freighters from China is a significant shot in the arm for the system. He calls it excellent news and shows the removal of the 25 per cent seaway duty is having an impact. He adds, the purchase shows a lot of faith in the seaway system.
It's another success for Thunder Bay Firefighters Toys for Tots Campaign. The Charity raised over 137 thousand dollars for the Christmas Cheer fund. Chair Bob Vander Ploeg says they raised about 5 thousand more than last year which was a big surprise. Vander Ploeg hopes people will now turn their attention to the other charities and help them reach their goals.
The mayor and two city councillors took the city bus today. Keith Hobbs says it's his way of helping to boost ridership on city buses and not to suggest numbers are down. He says it's also his own personal way to find out how the transit system works since he hasn't ridden a bus in years. Hobbs was joined by Councillors Hebert and Virdiramo.
A first appearance in court today for a city man charged in a weekend traffic death. 25 year old Christian Hernandez remains in custody following a video appearance in a Thunder Bay court room Wednesday morning. Hernandez is charged with Impaired Driving Causing Death and Failing to Stop at the Scene of an Accident in connection with the weekend death of 45 year old Richard Carmichael. He was struck by a vehicle on High Street. Hernandez appears in court again on Friday.