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2012-12-22 at 10:04

Look back: June

By Jamie Smith,
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Everyday, for 12 days, 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 June. 


The first steps were taken to set up a disaster relief fund when council kicked in $500,000. The initiative would later become the Thunder Bay Disaster Relief Committee which raised funds to take advantage of the province’s disaster relief fund. The total amount of damages to the city is still to be determined.

Adam Capay, 19, was charged with the city’s first homicide of the year after an incident at a local prison. Sherman Kirby Quisses died of injuries he received from a sharp object at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre. The matter is still before the court, and none of the allegations against the 19-year-old have been proven. 

People in Thunder Bay could flush guilt free after the city lifted water restrictions. For more than two weeks after a May 28 flood people were asked to send as little water as possible down drains to help get the Atlantic Avenue treatment plant back online.

City council approved in principle a plan to overhaul  public transit. The plan will reroute the system, including a new central bus terminal to make it more efficient and user-friendly .

A local businessman found himself charged with assault after allegedly dousing pro-life protestors with chocolate milk. Brian Hamilton said he was irked when the Calgary-based New Abortion Caravan set up on Algoma Street during a local sidewalk sale. He called the police himself before allegedly pouring chocolate milk on the protestors. Hamilton later discovered the protest was legal. The matter is still before the courts.

Sidney Crosby and other Pittsburgh Penguins were spotted around the city as they came to Thunder Bay to celebrate then-teammate Jordan Staal’s wedding. Staal learned that he was traded to brother Jordan’s Carolina Hurricanes later that weekend.

After launch hype in 2009, Tornado Medical Systems walked away from the city. The company had promised up to 300 jobs by 2013 but only produced seven before shutting down its local laboratory, citing growing expenses.

Michael Antcliffe led survivors at the annual Relay for Life. Antcliffe, 37, wrote a book on his two-time battle with the disease. He passed away in August.

A local law firm was putting together a class-action lawsuit against the city after May’s flood. Lawyer Sandy Zaitzeff said the suit could be more than $500 million if it included the Ministry of the Environment. The law firm claims at least 100 people are on board with the suit. 

Thunder Bay residents said the waterfront fuss was worth the wait after people crowded to Prince Arthur’s Landing. June marked the official opening of the Baggage Building Arts Centre, along with the popular splash pad.

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