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Thunder Bay Woman Fights Off Lynx With Bare Hands, Stiff Fine For First Nickel — Northern Ontario Today

Updated on February 21, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

A lynx in the Yukon Territory
A lynx in the Yukon Territory | Source

Highest-Ever Fine For Ontario Mining Company

First Nickel Inc. was ordered to pay the largest fine levied against a mining company in the province's history on February 20. The crown sought $1.5 million in fines; in the end, Justice David Stone ordered $1.3 million, as reported by

As a result of the May 6, 2014 incident, where "12 tonnes of material fell from above, trapping and asphyxiating" 49-year-old Norm Bisaillon and 34-year-old Mine Marc Methe at First Nickel's Lockerby mine, the company was found guilty on six counts, including "Fail to give notice in writing when a fuse, detonator or explosive is found to be defective."

"First Nickel did not step forward in court, the time has come to send a message that companies that act this irresponsibly are going to be made to pay," Crown attorney David McCaskill was quoted.

OPP Officer Back: On One Leg

In 2014, OPP Constable Peter Tucker underwent six surgeries in less than two weeks, was comatose, suffered kidney failure, and had his left leg severed. All because a wayward goose took the motorcycle cop down. The North Bay Nugget reports that had one of his partners not been carrying a tourniquet, he would probably have "bled to death at the side of the road."

Not being satisfied with detective work at a desk, Constable Tucker had to keep "badgering" the force to allow his return to front-line duty.

"They thought they were protecting me," Constable Tucker was quoted by the Nugget. "They had the best intentions, but they kept coming up with new hurdles. I kept my mouth shut and did everything they asked. I knew it was the only way."

The Ottobock Genium, the cutting-edge leg the officer uses, is made possible by joint efforts between "the U.S. military and Ottobock, a German company that’s been manufacturing prosthetics since 1919." It is reported to include a micro processor.

Funding For Mattice-Val Côte And Moose Factory

Mattice-Val Côte, Ontario
Mattice-Val Côte, Ontario | Source

$14,750 In FedNor Funding To Mattice-Val Côte Community Hall

Moose Factory and Mattice-Val Côte are two beneficiaries of a recent FedNor funding announcement. Moose Factory will receive $98,508 toward a "more modern gymnasium and recreation space," as reported by The Kapuskasing Times.

Mattice-Val Côte has been allotted $14,750 for a covered accessibility ramp for the municipality's community hall.

"This funding will address the facility’s accessibility issues so that all residents may take advantage of the programming and services offered through the centre. I would like to express my gratitude to the Government of Canada and FedNor for supporting this priority project as it will benefit residents of our community for years to come," Mattice-Val Côte Mayor Michel Brière was quoted by the Times.

Thunder Bay Woman Battles Lynx — And Wins

A spate of lynx sightings in Thunder Bay on Monday culminated with an attack on Molly, a McVicar Creek white maltipoo. Nowell Sleep was walking the dog at about 8 p.m. when she suddenly felt a "tug on her leash," as reported by the CBC.

Ms. Sleep described knowing that "Molly would die" if she didn't take quick action.

"I picked the lynx up behind the front paws and I shook it so it would disengage Molly," the dog's owner described the ordeal, "and I picked up Molly and then ran inside the front entrance."

Despite Ms. Sleep's experience, Ron Moen, a biologist with the University of Minnesota, told the CBC that "people should still avoid" lynxes and "keep their distance as they are known to attack if they feel chased or cornered."

Northern Ontario Weather And Gas Prices

At 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Terrace Bay

Clear. Temperature of -11 degrees, windchill -18, falling to -14, overnight, with a 10 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: 127.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.


Clear. Temperature of -17 degrees, windchill -25, falling to -19, overnight, with a 10 to 40 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.


Clear. Temperature of -7 degrees, windchill -12, falling to -16, overnight, with a 10 to 20 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: 119.9, in nearby Haileybury, as reported by Gas Buddy.

© 2018 Stephen Sinclair


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