Every day, for 12 days, tbnewswatch.com will be taking a look back at the news stories that had our attention throughout 2012. Here are some of the top stories published in April.
The city declared a state of emergency after it was hit with more than 100 millimetres of rain and caused millions of dollars in damages on May 28. Along with washed out roads and flooded basements, the rain caused a massive failure at the city’s Atlantic Avenue Sewage Treatment Plant. It was later learned that the plant took on 30 per cent more water than it was designed to handle.
Leaders in the region were angry when it was announced that a proposed ferrochrome processor would be built near Sudbury. The location of the Cliff’s Natural Resources $1.8 billion processor was a hot topic for leaders in Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario.
After a dozen years as grand chief for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Stan Beardy announced his candidacy for regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations. He later went on to win the election. In May Beady also met with Prince Charles, who was visiting Canada, to remind him of the Crown’s treaty rights.
City council gave residents the go ahead to hunt deer in certain parts of Thunder Bay. The bow hunt by-law is in place to help manage the increasing deer population and prevent collisions with drivers.
The Special Investigations Unit was looking into a crash that claimed the life of a 67-year-old man on the city’s south side. The SIU claim a Thunder Bay police officer was tailing a reportedly stolen truck and flashed its lights but the driver failed to stop. The truck was involved in a fatal crash on Northern Avenue minutes later. Shane Kolody, 20, was charged with criminal negligence causing death and possession of stolen property
Norovirus was confirmed in a gastrointestinal outbreak at This Old Barn that caused 141 people to get sick on Mother’s Day. The restaurant was allowed to reopen a month later.
Bombardier celebrated 20 years in Thunder Bay. The company and its 1,300 local employees have built more than 1,400 railcars. That number is expected to nearly double by 2020. Premier Dalton McGuinty rolled into Thunder Bay earlier in May to announce another $200 million contract for the plant.
The century-old Whalen Building was struck by lightning, damaging a terra-cotta turret on the landmark’s Northwest side. Debris fell from the building, smashing through windshields on the street below. The repairs were estimated at $250,000.
A 12 hour radio marathon by Dougall Media stations raised more than $300,000 for flood relief. The company originally intended to raise $10,000 but smashed the original goal thanks to the community. The broadcast was given the top prize at the Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ Community Service Awards.
Friends of Big Thunder were going to ask Ottawa to fund up to $25 million to reopen the Nordic facility. The money would be part of public-private partnership funding. The ski area has been vacant since closing in 1996, one year after hosting the World Nordic Ski Championships.