The Thunder Bay man accused of murdering another local man in the Elk Lake area is dead. 55 year old Dwayne Turk died in the North Bay District Jail. Police would not give the cause of death saying it's in the hands of the Regional Coroner's Office. Turk was charged with second degree murder of 32 year old Christoper Jean.
Mayor Keith Hobbs' efforts to reach out to the Aboriginal community is bringing out the worst in some people. Hobbs says he's received some letters and e-mails that indicate they aren't pleased with his stand. It includes one from Edmonton which was checked out by police there, but no charges were laid.
Thunder Bay Superior North MP Bruce Hyer has decided he won't support the Federal budget as it stands. Hyer says he's ready for a possible election. Kenora MP Greg Rickford says he's surprised Jack Layton moved as quick as he did in tossing out the budget. Rickford believes the Conservative Government struck a perfect balance in the budget.
Timmins MPP Gilles Bisson's is expressing his displeasure to the McGuinty government. Bisson is not happy with the province's choice to name Dr. Leonard Ritter as the head of the Agent Orange investigation panel. Bisson says Dr. Ritter approved the use of Agent Orange in the past. Bisson raised the issue in the Legislature on Wednesday.
Members of the Conservative Government continue to sell their budget despite election talk in the air. John Baird is the regional Minister of Northern Ontario and says the opposition is voting against the 4 million dollar Cyclotron. The Liberals plan to introduce a non-confidence motion.
It looks like the sale of bottled water will be banned on the campus at Lakehead University. A survey of 5 thousand students, faculty and staff shows almost 60 per cent think it's bad for the environment. The student union and administration will now meet to figure out a plan to eliminate the sale of botted water
There's another clue in the search for Jordan Wabasse. The 17 year old has been missing since February 7th and the search has been centred around the Kam River near the area of the James Street bridge. Police spokesperson Chris Adams says a running shoe has been found. He says there's a "high probability" the shoe belongs to the missing youth. Adams says as a result of the discover the area will remain the focal point of the search
The Provincial Government has rolled out its share of cash to area communities. Thunder Bay's share of funding for policing and social programs comes in at almost 650-thousand dollars. Shuniah will see 97-thousand, and Neebing over 33-thousand.
The Northern Ontario economy could recieve a big boost thanks to a new concept. The Northwestern Ontario Bio-Economy Corporation will be introducing a "Grassroots Approach". Spokesperson Natalie Hughs hopes the approach will help promote entrepreneurship. An annual "Grassroots" conference will be held Saturday at the Valhalla Inn.
Adam Leon is now free on bail. The former Confederation College student made a court appearance this morning in Thunder Bay. He was allowed out on 10 thousand dollars bail and will be back in court April 13th. Leon is charged with theft in connection with an incident almost 2 years ago that caused an international sensation after a Cessna was taken from the college flight school and flown into the United States.