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Crossing Borders Tour - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Crossing Borders Tour #LSNarts

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   Sept 1, 2015  ---   Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a professional artist? Are you curious to discover how art is made? Are you looking for an excuse to visit the North Shore of Lake Superior during the fall color season? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will be interested in taking the Crossing Borders Studio Tour Friday September 25 through Sunday October 4, 10 AM to 6 PM daily.

The Crossing Borders Tour is in its 19th year. A tour of professional artists in their studios allows the public to visit studios and learn how art is made. The tour follows Minnesota’s North Shore from Two Harbors to Grand Portage with six stops along the way. The host studios also invite colleagues to bring additional art to show and sell.
 

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Popular DNR fish pond at State Fair - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Popular DNR fish pond at State Fair  #LSNoutdoors

DNR Stocking at State Fair

 Minneapolis, MN -----  August 26, 2015  ----  Outdoor fish pond and indoor fish tanks at the DNR's State Fair exhibit will be stocked. Approximately 45 different species of fish ranging from sunfish to paddlefish will be added to the exhibits.

The DNR’s live fish exhibit is one of the State Fair’s most popular attractions.

Started in 1905, the State Fair’s first live fish exhibit used aquariums purchased from the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. This year’s exhibit is expected to display about 45 species of fish.

One of the most popular fish with fairgoers has been the paddlefish. Characterized by their long, paddle-like bill, paddlefish are found in the lower Mississippi River below Minneapolis. Paddlefish grow to be quite large, with fish up to 200 pounds being recorded.  


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25th anniversary NAN Legal Services - Monday, August 24, 2015

25th anniversary NAN Legal Services  #LSNnews

NAN Legal Services

 Thunder Bay, ON ---- August 24, 2015 ----  This year marks the founding of Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation (NALSC). It is from the vision of Treaty No. 9 chiefs in the late 1980s, and the hard work and dedication from the many individuals who have contributed to our work over the years that has shaped NALSC to what it is today. NALSC is excited to be celebrating 25 years of providing various legal services.

In April 1990 when NALSC first its opened doors, the office was a trailer located on the Fort William First Nation reserve. Today, NALSC has offices located throughout the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) territory, and 54 employees to service the 49 First Nations of NAN. 


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Coast Guard, Joseph L. Block, Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department rescue man - Monday, August 24, 2015


Coast Guard, Joseph L. Block, Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department rescue man #LSNoutdoors

MILWAUKEE MI —--- August 24, 2015 ---  The motor vessel Joseph L. Block responded to a distress call and rescued a boater out of Lake Michigan’s waters Monday morning USCoast Guardafter the boater’s 28-foot vessel began to sink 10 miles off of Port Washington, Wisconsin.  

The man's name is not being released by the Coast Guard and there are no photos or video available for this case.

Search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, received a distress call just before 8:30 a.m., Monday, that a vessel was taking-on-water 10 miles east of the Port Washington pier heads. The Coast Guard launched a crew aboard a 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and a helicopter crew aboard a Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Waukegan, Illinois, to respond. 


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CHIEFS OF ONTARIO SIGN POLITICAL ACCORD WITH THE PROVINCE - Monday, August 24, 2015

CHIEFS OF ONTARIO SIGN POLITICAL ACCORD WITH THE PROVINCE #LSNnews

 Signing of Accord

Toronto, ON -----  August 24, 2015 --- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day and Premier Kathleen Wynne signed a historic political accord at a ceremony at the Ontario legislature today.
 
“This political path forward for First Nations in Ontario is the most important collective milestone in modern times. With this Accord, First Nations and Ontario have committed to strengthening a new relationship,” said Regional Chief Isadore Day. “I look forward to working with Ontario in developing a comprehensive strategy and framework that will fully utilize this Accord to advance our jurisdiction and Treaty rights on our terms.”
 
The Chiefs in Assembly adopted the Political Accord June 18 at the 41st Annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference in Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation (Rat Portage) Treaty #3 Territory. 


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KEEWAWYIN AWARDS HONOUR ACHIEVEMENTS - Saturday, August 15, 2015

KEEWAWYIN AWARDS HONOUR ACHIEVEMENTS #LSNnews

KEEWAWYIN AWARDS HONOUR ACHIEVEMENTS

 THUNDER BAY, ON / AROLAND FIRST NATION --- Aug 15, 2015  --- Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the NAN Executive Council, congratulates the recipients of the 2015 Keewaywin Awards for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

“On behalf of the 49 Chiefs and Councils of Nishnawbe Aski Nation it is my honour to congratulate all of this year’s award recipients for their commitment to strengthening their communities and improving the lives of the people of Nishnawbe Aski,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “The dedication, leadership and compassion of these outstanding individuals has made a tremendous impact on the lives of our people and their accomplishments are an inspiration to us all.”
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Ian's Walk Hospice Northwest - Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ian's Walk Hospice Northwest #LSNhealth

Ian Bos Kathy Kortes-Miller

Ian Bos here in Thunder Bay with Hospice Northwest Chair, Kathy Kortes-Miller

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---   August 13, 2015  ---  Ian Bos walking across Canada Visited Thunder Bay's Hospice Northwest. On May 21 2015, 39 year old Ian Bos, alone and on foot with nothing but a backpack and a cell phone, embarked on an incredible cross country journey in memory of his late father, Ted Bos, in hopes of raising awareness and funds for hospice palliative care in Canada.

Bos is walking an average 40 km a day, stopping along the way to participate in local events and fund raising activities to generate awareness regarding the benefits of hospice palliative care.  On August 5 and 6, he will be stopping in Thunder Bay, meeting with the local palliative care community and speaking about his experiences. His stay here will be hosted by Hospice Northwest.  Hospice Northwest is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate support to individuals and their caregivers as they face the challenges of living with a life-threatening illness.

 


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ALVIN FIDDLER ELECTED NAN GRAND CHIEF - Thursday, August 13, 2015
ALVIN FIDDLER ELECTED NAN GRAND CHIEF #LSNnews

THUNDER BAY, ON /AROLAND FIRST NATION/ ---- August 13, 2015  --- Chiefs and proxies from Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s (NAN) 49 First Nation communities elected Alvin Fiddler, of Muskrat Dam First Alvin FiddlerNation, as Grand Chief this afternoon during the XXXIV Keewaywin Conference.

“I am honoured to be elected Grand Chief and it is humbling to receive such a strong mandate from our Chiefs. I am inspired by the leadership of our Chiefs and the spirit of our citizens and I believe that by working together there is nothing we cannot achieve,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, who has previously served three terms as Deputy Grand Chief (2003-2006, 2006-2009, 2012-2015). “There are many expectations of this Executive Council and I look forward to hitting the ground running to address the many issues facing our communities. We will ensure that all NAN members, especially our youth, are fully engaged as we work together for a better future for people and our communities.
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City Hall Sounds to Return to McGillivray Square - Thursday, July 30, 2015

City Hall Sounds to Return to McGillivray Square #LSNoutdoors

Robin Ranger City Hall Sounds

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  July 30, 2015 –--- The City of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council today announced the third annual edition of City Hall Sounds, which brings live entertainment, great local food, and other activities to McGillivray Square - the public space in front of City Hall.
 
“City Hall Sounds brings such an energy to the Square,” said the Mayor. “I invite everyone to come out and participate in these awesome community building events and enjoy the urban public space at City Hall. It’s a great way to spend a lunch hour and contributes to our community.

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Are you up for the Challenge? Paju Mountain - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Are you up for the Challenge? Paju Mountain  #LSNoutdoors

  Paju Mountain Run

THUNDER BAY, ON   -----   July 29, 2015  ----  The Paju Mountain Run should be on every runners bucket list! The 33rd Annual Paju Mountain Run registration is now open. The race celebrated its 30th year in 2012 and is looking forward to 30 more years of conquering the 11.2km course. The run will be held on August 8, 2015. The race is a challenge and once runners leave the quiet street of Red Rock will tackle a red gravel road to the top of Paju Mountain.
 


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Ontario's fiscal crisis keeps growing - Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Ontario’s deficit, public debt and rising electricity prices are undermining business confidence  # LSNeconomy

THUNDER BAY, ON/ Troy Media/ ---  July 28, 2015   ---   Ontario’s private sector job creation finally seems to be picking upLivio Di Matteo, but two important factors threaten to undermine continued recovery: the provincial debt and high electricity prices. While they are seemingly different issues, both will work to undermine investor confidence in Ontario’s economic future.

The provincial gross outstanding debt has grown to $315 billion and, at nearly 40 per cent, the net debt-to-GDP ratio now exceeds the federal government’s. Interest on the debt is $11.4 billion and, with the budget still not balanced, the debt and interest payments will continue to grow.

The lack of confidence in Ontario being able to get a firm grip on its budgetary performance was most recently highlighted by Standard and Poor’s reduction of Ontario’s credit rating from A plus to A double-negative. While Ontario is not on the road to Greece, it nonetheless appears to be merrily meandering along the hiking trail to fiscal perdition. The Finance minister has essentially downplayed the debt downgrade and the provincial government is on a $130-million infrastructure spending plan designed to kick-start Ontario’s economy that will add to its borrowing.

Then there is the cost of electricity. Since 2009, the average value of the Electric Power Selling Price Index for Ontario compiled by Statistics Canada has grown by 32 per cent for those using more than 5000Kw of electricity and 42 per cent for those using less than 5000 Kw. Compare that to the increases for Canada as a whole over the same period of 23 and 25 per cent respectively. Moreover, the industrial rate for electricity in Ontario is expected to increase another 13 per cent over the next five years.

Electricity prices began escalating in Ontario starting in 2000. Since then, manufacturing employment in the province has dropped 30 per cent. The 2009 economic downturn and the high dollar only compounded the carnage. Of course, the rise in electricity prices not only affects firms but also consumers by reducing the disposable income they have for spending on other goods and services. 

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Premiers must make up their minds on energy - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Premiers must make up their minds on energy #LSNenergy

THUNDER BAY, ON / CALGARY, AB/ Troy Media/ - July 28, 2015  ---  Canada’s premiers concluded theirenergy sector most recent meetings last week with the release of Canada’s Energy Strategy, a document that “charts a path for shaping the sustainable development of Canada’s energy future.” The plan includes such undefined recommendations as to “promote energy efficiency and conservations,” “transition to a lower carbon economy,” “facilitate the development of renewable, green and/or cleaner energy sources,” and “promote market diversification” for Canada’s energy resources, among others.

The real problem with the strategy is that, on many levels, it continues the somewhat contradictory approach the premiers have long displayed regarding energy development.

While playnig up the importance of the energy sector to the Canadian economy, the premiers’ report actually promotes policies that will cripple it. While laudinig the industry that directly contributes 10 per cent of Canada’s GDP and directly and indirectly employs more than 900,000 Canadians, making it one of Canada’s most important industries, they then accept politically-derived climate change goals that would require most of that industry to stop growth in only a few years if the targets are to be reached.

For example, the premiers accept the internationally set goal of limiting climate change to 2 C. But a recent study in Nature, a weekly journal, suggests that to achieve this Canada will have to leave 85 per cent of its bitumen in the ground. Another study of fossil fuel growth potential under the 2 C target, recently re-crunched by environmentalists, concluded that we must produce zero net new emissions by 2018.

If the premiers mean what they say about that 2 C target, they’re accepting the end of Canada’s hope for fossil fuel production growth in only three years.

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EcoSuperior Announces 2015 Open Streets 'Court Street - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

EcoSuperior Announces 2015 Open Streets 'Court Street'  #LSNoutdoors

 Open Streets 2014

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- July 28, 2015  ----  EcoSuperior is excited to announce that Open Streets will be returning to Thunder Bay this September 27, 2015 to coincide with the City of Thunder Bay’s Culture Day. Court Street from John Street to Camelot Street will me closed to motor vechicles,

Last year Open Streets Thunder Bay shut down Algoma St to motorized vehicles and opened it up to pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and dog walkers. Along the route local organizations hosted a variety of activities that were free and accessible to all ages and abilities.

“We were so happy with the public response and support that we received last year that we really wanted to keep the program running, “says program coordinator Ashley Priem. “Thanks in part to a We Are Cities: Community Innovation Grant, EcoSuperior can continue the Open Streets initiative with one event in 2015.

Photo from 2014 Algoma Street.


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CWB Marquis Christen at the Port of Thunder Bay - Monday, July 27, 2015

CWB Marquis Christen at the Port of Thunder Bay #LSNshipping

WB Marquis Christening

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   jULY 23, 2015  ---  CWB christened its first Equinox class laker vessel, CWB Marquis, in Thunder Bay at Mission Terminal on July 22, 2015. Pronounced Mar-kwiss, it was named after the historic "Marquis" wheat variety, the first variety bred specifically for the short Canadian growing season. Its consistent high quality and yield set the stage for Canada to become a first-class wheat exporter.
 

Dayna Spiring, CWB’s Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel, served as the ship’s sponsor, performing the honour of breaking the traditional bottle of champagne across the ship’s bow while the CWB Marquis’ name was unveiled.


Around 100 people from the marine and grain communities were at the ship’s christening, which was the first in Thunder Bay since 1983. 


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Bringing the Keewatin Back To Canada - Monday, July 27, 2015

Bringing the Keewatin Back To Canada #LSNshipping

The  Assiniboia and the Keewatin completed her last voyage in December 1965. The ships traveled between Fort William, now Thunder Bay, and Port McNicoll 

By  Kevin Griffin

In June of 2012, I was privileged to be invited to join the s.s. Keewatin s.s Keewatinfor her tow from Mackinaw City, Michigan, to her old home port of Port McNicoll, Ontario. The Keewatin is not only the last  Canadian Pacific passenger ship, but also the world’s last surviving Edwardian passenger liner. My connection with her is that at the age of seventeen, in the summer before I entered university, I landed my first real job working as a waiter on her sister ship Assiniboia.

 

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Lakehead Aeromodeller’s Fun-Fly 2015 - Saturday, July 25, 2015


Lakehead Aeromodeller’s Fun-Fly 2015 #LSNoutdoors

 

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  July 25, 2015   --  When I arrived at the Flying Field there was exactly one parking spot left in the parking lot and that was for me! There are a couple of RC aircraft clubs in Thunder Bay the Lakehead Aeromodeller’s was the group I chose to belong to when my interest in flying these planes began, and I have been a member ever since. The club’s annual fun-fly day is about several things all at once and this year the weather co-operated to produce a truly successful event.

First and foremost, this day is about family and friends. There were more “guests” than there were pilots at the event. The club put up sun shelters and picnic tables so the public could enjoy a snack from the canteen, young children received a small model glider or rubber powered helicopter for the asking so many of the tables were busy with mom or dad helping the kids put these models together.

 


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Staal Foundation Open presents Donations - Sunday, July 19, 2015

Staal Foundation Open presents Donations #LSNhealth

Photo by Ken Boshcoff

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ----- July 19, 2015 - The Staal Foundation Open raised a total of $190,500 this past week that will be distributed to local charities and organizations. Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario, Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation are three of the charities receiving proceeds as part of the Staal Family commitment to supporting children with Cancer.

Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario is a non-profit volunteer organization that, in addition to its signature week-long camping experience, provides year-round support for children (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families. Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario was established in 2001 and is dedicated to providing uplifting experiences for kids with Cancer. 


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Life Jackets for Junior Canadian Rangers - Sunday, July 19, 2015

Life Jackets for Junior Canadian Rangers  #LSNoutdoors

Junior Canadian Rangers OPP
Junior Canadian Ranger Autumn Sutherland of Fort Albany tries on one of the life jackets donated by OPP Sergeant Marty Singleton,
while Ranger Jessie Sutherland, centre, looks on.


THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   July 19, 2015  --- There are few life jackets in the First Nations of the Far North of Ontario, an area with the highest number of aboriginal drowning deaths of any part of Canada.

But thanks to the personal efforts of an Ontario Provincial Police officer almost 150 Junior Canadian Rangers from 19 remote First Nations will take a life jacket home with them at the end of Camp Loon, a training camp they are attending in the bush near Geraldton. 


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PLAYOFF BERTH ON THE LINE - Friday, July 17, 2015

PLAYOFF BERTH ON THE LINE #LSNsports

Thunder Bay, ON –-- July 17, 2015  ---- The Thunder Bay Chill (7-2-3) has left it to its final two games of the seasThunder Bay Chillon to see if it can get back to the post season. A major goal set by head coach Giovanni Petraglia at the start of the season, the Chill will see its fate determined in two back to back games when they face WSA Winnipeg (0-10-2) at Tbaytel Place at Fort William Stadium on Friday July 17th and Saturday July 18th. Both games are slated for a 7:30 pm start.

The Heartland Division playoff battle is down to two teams. The Des Moines Menace clinched a post season spot on Tuesday with a win over Springfield Synergy FC. The Menace need at least one win in their two games this weekend against the Chicago Fire U-23 to clinch the Heartland Division title. However, any aspirations that the Fire U-23 have of making the post season rests on winning both matches against Des Moines.

A Chill win or a Chicago Fire U-23 tie or loss against the Des Moines Menace on either night will put the Chill into the Central Conference Playoffs. However, a combination of two Chill losses and two wins by Chicago and the Fire U-23 would head to the playoffs. If Chicago were to beat Des Moines twice on the weekend and the Chill accomplish the same feat against WSA Winnipeg, the Chill would win the Heartland Division. 


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NAN WELCOMES JUNIOR CANADIAN RANGERS - Thursday, July 16, 2015

NAN WELCOMES JUNIOR CANADIAN RANGERS #LSNoutdoors

Junior Canadian Rangers

 

Junior Canadian Rangers join with Canadian Rangers and other soldiers to form a giant circle
as a ceremonial fire is lit during the opening ceremony for Camp Loon.

 
THUNDER BAY, ON -----  July 16, 2015  ----Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Harvey Yesno, on behalf of the Executive Council, looks forward to the arrival of nearly 160 Junior Canadian Rangers for Camp Loon, an annual summer training event in NAN territory this week.

“We are encouraged by the growth of the Junior Canadian Ranger program and the positive influence it is having on our youth, and we are pleased that so many young people are attending Camp Loon this year to improve their safety and survival skills and develop their abilities as leaders,” said NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno. “Through hands-on experience these Junior Rangers are building self-esteem, learning new skills and developing teamwork that will help them become healthy, responsible and productive young leaders. We recognize their dedication to improving the health and well-being of their communities.” 


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LAKE SUPERIOR DAY IN FISHERMAN’S PARK - Thursday, July 16, 2015

LAKE SUPERIOR DAY IN FISHERMAN’S PARK #LSNoutdoors

Lake Superior Day

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---   July 16, 2015  ---   A really great lake deserves a really great celebration, and it’s happening this Sunday all around the shores of Lake Superior. In Thunder Bay, EcoSuperior and EarthCare are inviting residents to pack a picnic and head down to Fisherman’s Park from 12-3pm to participate in the festivities.

Lake Superior Day is a free, family-oriented event designed to promote appreciation for a great natural resource. Events will kick off at 12noon with the cutting of a celebration cake. Several local organizations will be showcasing the work they are doing to help protect and promote Lake Superior. 


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Thunder Bay Oktoberfest 2015 - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Thunder Bay Oktoberfest 2015  #LSNoutdoors

Oktoberfest 2015

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  July 15, 2015  ---- On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the Port Arthur Rotary Club in partnership with the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company is hosting their 3rd annual Oktoberfest in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Already named one of Canada’s top 11 Oktoberfest’s by the Huffington Post, this year will prove to be even bigger and better.

This year Oktoberfest Thunder Bay is expanding to a full day event incorporating Beer and Brawn to engage and delight visitors. Daytime activities will begin at 9:00am at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition and will include a Crossfit and Strongman Competition, a 5km Fun Run and a Home Brew competition. 

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CANDIDATES FOR THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION ANNOUNCED - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CANDIDATES FOR THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION ANNOUNCED  #LSNnews

NAN Elections 2015

 THUNDER BAY, ON ----  July 14, 2015  ---   Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Electoral Officer Larry Amos has received and approved nomination papers from the following persons for the position of Grand Chief (1) and Deputy Grand Chief (3) for the August 2015 election for the Executive Council of Nishnawbe Aski Nation:
 


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STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF MONDAY - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF MONDAY #LSNSPORTS

Bobby Orr STAAL Open

 THUNDER BAY, ON - JULY 7, 2015 — Organizers of the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel say that they are ready to host next week’s event in style. Monday is the official kick off with Opening Ceremonies in the morning and the Porter Celebrity Pro-Am scheduled for the afternoon. The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy these activities preceding the official competition days of Thursday through Sunday.

Adding to the previously announced line up for Monday of Grant Fuhr and Marc Savard, the Porter Celebrity Pro-Am will also include former Edmonton Oiler Mike Krushelnyski, New York Ranger

Derek Stepan, TSN’s Gino Reda and Glenn Schiller and a host of other celebrities playing in the event.

Scott Smith, Executive Director of the Tournament says that there are even more names to announce leading up to the event.

“We have finalized the roster of celebrities for this year, and they are all looking forward to supporting the event” said Executive Director Scott Smith. “We promise you, Tuesday will be an exciting day for fans to come out and watch and collect autographs.”

Hockey Hall of Famer and Legend, Bobby Orr will be at the course on Tuesday, supporting the Staal Family Foundation. 


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TIGHT RACE SHAPING UP IN HEARTLAND DIVISION - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

TIGHT RACE SHAPING UP IN HEARTLAND DIVISION #LSNsports

Thunder Bay Chill 

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  July 7, 2015   ---    The Thunder Bay Chill (6-2-3) can take one step closer to the post season with a win against the Chicago Fire U-23 (5-3-2) on Wednesday night when the two teams clash at Tbaytel Place at Fort William Stadium. Game time is 7:30 pm.

This is Chicago’s first trip to Thunder Bay since July 22, 2006 which is the last time these two teams met during the regular season. At that time the team was known as the Chicago Fire Premier. The Fire Premier moved to the Great Lakes Division in 2007, but was moved back to the Heartland Division this year. 


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Public sector employment on rise in Canada - Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Public sector employment on rise in Canada  #LSNeconomy

THUNDER BAY, ON/ Troy Media/ July 7,  2015  ---- Think back to the early 1990s, a period when Canada’Livio Di Matteo The Fraser Institutes federal and provincial governments faced a major fiscal crisis driven by massive red ink at both the federal and provincial levels. Governments responded with sweeping action, including restraint and spending reforms, which helped position the country for stronger economic performance thereafter.

As part of their response, governments reduced transfers and their payrolls, resulting in a smaller share of Canadians employed in the public sector. Specifically, the public-sector share of employment in Canada (excluding the self-employed) fell from 26.1 per cent in 1992 to 22.3 per cent in 2003.

However, since then the share increased, peaking at 24.4 per cent in 2010 before dropping slightly to 24.1 per cent by 2013. The public sector now employs a bigger chunk of Canadians than it did in 2003. In fact, over the 10 years leading up to 2013, all provinces (except Newfoundland and Labrador) saw an increase in their share of public-sector employment. Today, over 3.6 million Canadians work for the public sector.

So how did we get here?

From 2003 to 2013, employment in Canada’s public sector increased by 22.6 per cent, more than double the rate of increase in the private sector (10.7 per cent). During this period, public-sector employment grew at a faster rate than the private sector in all the provinces except, again, Newfoundland and Labrador.

By a considerable margin, this phenomenon was most pronounced in Ontario. From 2003 to 2013, public sector employment growth in Ontario (27.6 per cent) dramatically outpaced private sector employment growth (5.6 per cent) by a whopping 22 percentage points. Interestingly, Ontario’s 10-year increase in public sector employment coincides with a period of dramatic increases in provincial government spending, rising government debt, and sluggish economic growth.

There are important adverse economic and fiscal implications that may result from growing public-sector employment. Empirical research points to a so-called “crowding-out” effect where employment through public-sector job creation is offset by a reduction in private sector employment elsewhere in the economy. This is a concern because it’s the private sector – through investment and innovation – that ultimately generates the wealth and taxes needed to provide the public services that we all hold dear.
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Hovland Arts Festival - Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hovland Arts Festival  #LSNoutdoors

Sandra Updyke Hovland Mn

Sandra Updyke with some of her photographs along with Diamond Willow furniture hand crafted by her husband Bruce..

HOVLAND, MINNESOTA  ---  July 2, 2015 -----  This year marks our 10th annual festival.  That is somewhat of a milestone for a small group of community artisans to put something together that worked well the first year and to make it grow each year.  We can’t expand our festival very much because of space restraints.  However, we have started trying to pull in a guest vendor or two each year to give a bit more variety.  The first few years, we limited it to strictly our community.  We are self-funded and get no grant money what-so-ever.  Some of us have been at every event.  

 


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33rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic - Sunday, July 5, 2015

33rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic  #LSNoutdoors

Teddy Bears Picnci

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  July 5, 2015   ---  Calling all Teddy Bears and Owners!   Parents, caregivers, children and their teddy bears are invited to Thunder Bay's Vickers Park for an afternoon of free crafts, activities and entertainment featuring The Grumpy Grampas, Rodney Brown and Jim ’n’ I.

“The Teddy Bears Picnic is a long-standing favourite event for young children and families,” said Dave Mossman, Events Supervisor. “With 33 years of history, we now see parents bringing their children to enjoy the event that they loved as a child.”

The Picnic begins at noon and runs until 3 pm. Highlights of the day include the Teddy Bear Parade and the Boo-Boo Bear Station where teddy bears can get a quick repair with a bandage or needle and thread. 


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Thunder Bay get new LCBO Store - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thunder Bay get new LCBO Store #LSNeconomy

THUNDER BAY, ON ---  JUNE 24,2015  ----  ● The official opening of the relocated LCBO Thunder Bay store was Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

 The new location at 1095 Arthur St. W. will provide convenient and one-stop beverage alcohol service to more than 52,000 residents.

The14, 500 square-foot store has more than 9,000 square feet of display space – almost twice as much as the previous store it is replacing.

 This relocated store carries a wide selection of more than 2,000 wines, spirits, beers, ready-to-drink cocktails and coolers. It also features a selection of up to 350 VINTAGES premium wines and spirits.

The store has a prominent Ontario wine display showcasing about 440 Ontario wines, including some 290 VQA wines. 


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Baking With Chef Michael Smith - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Baking With Chef Michael Smith  #LSNhealth

Danny Klodt and Chef Michael Smith

 

Danny Klodt and Chef Michael Smith

 THUNDER BAY, ON --- June 24, 2015   ----   St. Joseph’s Care Group, in partnership with Sodexo welcomed Chef Michael Smith to St. Joseph’s Hospital today

In 1884, the Sisters of St. Joseph opened St. Joseph's Hospital (the first hospital in Port Arthur) to meet the healthcare needs of the community. Since then, St. Joseph’s Care Group has responded to the unmet needs of the community by changing over time and delivering new and innovative programs. St. Joseph's Hospital has undergone many renovations, but one item that has endured is a Baker's deck brick oven, originally purchased in 1948. The oven is still functional and is used daily to prepare fresh baked items for our clients, visitors and staff. Danny Klodt, a baker at St. Joseph’s Hospital, has been using this oven for 32 years.
 
Danny describes himself as being "lucky that things just fell into place for me." Danny was 19, and fresh out of high school when he started working at St. Josephs’ Hospital in 1983 


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UNDEAFEATED CHILL AWAIT LIONS - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UNDEAFEATED CHILL AWAIT LIONS #LSNsports

Thunder Bay Chill

 THUNDER BAY, ON  --- June 24, 2015  --  – The undefeated Thunder Bay Chill (5-0-2) took over sole possession of first place in the Heartland Division last Friday evening with a 2-0 win over the Des Moines Menace. Wednesday night they will face the St. Louis Lions (2-5-1) who roar into Thunder Bay after a big 2-1 home win against the Springfield Synergy FC last Saturday night. Game time is 7:30 pm at Tbaytel Place at Fort William Stadium.

Thunder Bay had a solid outing against the Menace Friday night. Both teams were very structured in their defending leading to very few looks at goal on either end. Brandon Swartzendruber opened the scoring for the Chill in the 44’ when he finished off a cross from midfielder Paul Sunderland. The Chill had a couple of other opportunities to get an insurance goal, but Menace keeper Blanchette kept the Menace in the game. Chris Hellmann appeared to have tied the game for the Menace in the 65’, but it was called back offside. Hellmann’s displeasure with the call earned him two cautions and an ejection from the game. 


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Senate Passes C-61 for Creation of Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Senate Passes C-61 for Creation of Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area #LSNoutdoors

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

 (OTTAWA)- June 22nd, 2015 Bruce Hyer MP Thunder Bay Superior North and Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada) issued the following statement regarding the passage of Bill C-61 An Act to amend the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act, by the Senate:  

 “After eight years of postponement on a promise made by Prime Minister Harper in Nipigon in 2007, I was pleased to see all Parliamentarians, in both the House and now the Senate, unanimously support my non-partisan, cross-party motion to pass Bill C-61. Without my motion last week, Bill C-61 would have died in the House of Commons.  The passage of this Bill is an important milestone for the people and ecosystems of Northern Ontario, and indeed all of Canada and beyond. This is now the largest freshwater marine protected area in the world.  


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TBCC 2015 Schollarship Winners - Monday, June 22, 2015

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Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Scholarships

 THUNDER BAY, on  --  June 22, 2015  --   - The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the winners of the 2015 Chamber of Commerce Scholarships are Mariah Dykstra of Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate & Vocation Institute and Danielle Sargent of St. Ignatius High School.

The Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is now in its 23rd year. We are pleased to have supported so many students in advancing their education and careers, and wish Mariah and Danielle every success in their post-secondary education pursuits. 


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DNR Minnesota Great Outdoor Volunteer Experiences - Monday, June 22, 2015

DNR Minnesota Great Outdoor Volunteer Experiences # LSNoutdoors

 Minnesota,  June 22, 2015 ----  Summer is here!!!  All of the newest DNR volunteer opportunities are now avail. Here are a select few more can be found on theMinnesota Department of Natural Resources Website. From Loon counting to removing Wild Parsnip to organizing Historical DNR documents.

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Woofstock outdoor dog celebration - Monday, June 22, 2015

Woofstock outdoor dog celebration #LSNoutdoors

 

Woofstock outdoor dog celebration

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---  June 22, 2015   --- Woofstock 2015, an outdoor dog celebration for dogs and their two-footed companions, takes place on Sunday, June 28 from 10 am to 4 pm at Waverley Park.  The event, hosted by the Thunder Bay's  Waterfront District BIA will feature pet-related exhibits, rescue groups, animal shelters and different events for dogs including a dog walk, a fashion show and a doggie look-alike contest.

“This is a highly anticipated event”, said James Comuzzi, Waterfront District BIA Chair. “We’re hoping pets and their owners will come out to indulge in a day of doggie food, fashion and fun”. 


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Trans Canada Trail Get $3 million - Sunday, June 21, 2015

Trans Canada Trail Get $3 million #LSNoutdoors

Minister Rickford Trans Canada Trail
THUNDER BAY, ON, June 20, 2015 /CNW/ - The Trans Canada Trail is thrilled to announce it has received a $2 million joint gift from TD Bank Group and the Ontario Trillium Foundation – funds that have been matched by the Government of Canada with another $1 million grant, for a total of $3 million in Trail development funding.

These funds will help the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) to enhance and complete its route in Northern Ontario, between the City of North Bay and the City of Thunder Bay. The Trail sections under development include water and land routes, connecting 44 municipalities and aboriginal communities.  

 


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HYER Receives UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR CREATION OF LAKE SUPERIOR NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREA - Saturday, June 20, 2015

HYER Receives  UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR CREATION OF LAKE SUPERIOR NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREA  #LSNoutdoors

Bruce Hyer

 THUNDER BAY, ON – June 20, 2015  ----- Thunder Bay-Superior North MP and Green Party Deputy Leader Bruce Hyer successfully sought unanimous consent in the House of Commons today, June 17th, for the passage of Bill C-61, the Lake Superior Marine Conservation Area Act.


MP Hyer said: “After eight years of postponement on a promise made by Prime Minister Harper in Nipigon in 2007, the Conservatives supported my motion to pass Bill C-61. Today I successfully called upon all parties for unanimous consent to pass Bill C-61 before the House of Commons rises. Without my motion, Bill C-61 would have died.  The passage of this Bill is an important milestone, if also passed by the Senate.”  

 


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Sergio Campano Franco (Sota) looks to add to scoring lead - Friday, June 19, 2015


Sergio Campano Franco (Sota) looks to add to scoring lead #LSNsports

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---   June 19, 2015   ----   – After completing a weekend sweep in Winnipeg last weekend the Thunder Bay Chill (4-0-2) host the Des Moines Menace (3-1-1) Friday evening at Tbaytel Sergio Campano Franco (Sota)Place at Fort William Stadium.

The Menace who are the defending regular season PDL Champions with a record of 12-1-1 in 2014 faced their only regular season loss last year at the hands of the Chill. The Chill beat the Menace 3-1 on June 13, 2014 here in Thunder Bay, but then went on to lose the following night 3-2 at home and the next two games in Des Moines. Des Moines who are entering their 22nd year in the league leads the all-time series against the Chill with a record of 25-23-4. 


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TBRHSC High Among Other Teaching Hospitals in Ontario and Canada - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TBRHSC High Among Other Teaching Hospitals in Ontario and Canada  #LSNhealth

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   June 16, 2015  --- Emergency department wait times for physician initial assessment and the cost of a hospital stay are two of several indicators in which Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) compares favourably against other teaching hospitals in Ontario and Canada.

That is according to the latest data released from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) made available to the public via Your Health System, a web tool created by CIHI to show how health systems across the country compare with one another. Many of the indicators were recently updated to reflect 2014 data.

The data reveals that TBRHSC compares favourably to other hospitals in several areas, including the cost of a hospital stay. That measurement takes into consideration both costs and length of stay, so is a good overall measure of efficiency and effectiveness. TBRHSC has improved since 2010-11 and rates better than Canadian teaching hospitals, and both the Ontario and Canadian hospital average.  


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Friends of Chippewa Park to Hold Annual General Meeting - Monday, June 15, 2015

Friends of Chippewa Park to Hold Annual General Meeting  #LSNoutdoors

Chippewa Park Beach

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   June 15, 2015  --   The Friends of Chippewa Park, a not for profit organization dedicated to improving Chippewa Park will be holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM at the Chippewa Park Pavilion.

In addition to the usual reports of officers and filling of Board vacancies, this meeting will focus on getting a head start on the development of a new Master Plan for the Park. 


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St. Joseph's Care Group Breaks Ground on East Wing - Monday, June 15, 2015


St. Joseph's Care Group Breaks Ground on East Wing  #LSNhealth

St. Joseph's Care Group Breaks Ground East Wing

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   June 15, 2015  ---  On Monday, June 15th, St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG) Thunder Bay,  held its official ground breaking ceremony on the much anticipated East Wing of St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister Michael Gravelle (MPP Thunder Bay - Superior North), and Minister Bill Mauro (MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan) were in attendance to celebrate the beginning of this important project.

The East Wing will be home to the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Program (SMHRP) and will include 38 inpatient beds, outpatient and outreach services. The SMHRP will serve people with serious mental illness and co-existing issues including substance use and development issues, dual disorders and/or geriatric psychiatric illness.  


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CHILL COMPLETE SWEEP - Sunday, June 14, 2015

 
CHILL COMPLETE SWEEP #LSNsports

Winnipeg, MB –---  June 14, 2015  ---- The Thunder Bay Chill (4-0-2) took a 4-1 win this afternoon at the Winnipeg Indoor Soccer Complex and completed a weekend sweep of WSA Winnipeg for a huge six points to Thunder Bay Chilltake over first place in the Heartland Division.


Thunder Bay controlled most of the game outshooting WSA Winnipeg 21-9. Although the Chill had some real good looks at goal in the first half it wasn’t until added time that Sergio Campano Franco scored his second of the weekend and fifth of the season to put the Chill up 1-0.

The second half saw complete domination by Thunder Bay, and saw Brazilian youngster Daniel Farias De Oliveira score twice and Brandon Swartzendruber score his third of the weekend to put the game away. WSA was awarded a PK late in added time to make the final 4-1.

Chill head coach Giovanni Petraglia felt “that the team played much better today, and has been improving with each game”. “ I am happy with finally getting six points in the back to back games and taking over the division lead”, he said. “This is our spot” he commented.
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CHILL FACE WSA WINNIPEG - Friday, June 12, 2015

CHILL FACE WSA WINNIPEG  #LSNsports

THUNDER BAY ,ON  ----- June 12, 2015  ---  – The Thunder Bay Chill (2-0-2) head to Winnipeg for their second road trip of the season for two back to back games against WSA Winnipeg (0-4-2) at the WSF Indoor Soccer Complex. Both games are being played indoors due to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

WSA Winnipeg entered the PDL in 2011, and have only managed 2 wins and 1 tie in 16 tries against the Chill. Thunder Bay has outscored WSA Winnipeg 40-11 during the past 4 seasons.  


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Great Lakes Seaway Ports Busy in May - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Great Lakes Seaway Ports Busy in May   #LSNshipping

Great Lakes Seaway Profile

 Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2015) – The month of May was a busy one at U.S. ports along the Great Lakes Seaway System.

“Our Canadian and European trading partners kept U.S. Great Lakes ports extremely busy during the month of May,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “Over 100 vessels arrived in the Great Lakes Seaway System carrying cargoes of windmill components, aluminum, clay, steel and iron ore.  Our ports are certainly ramping up for what looks to be another robust navigation season.”

While it may take awhile for shipments of iron ore and other bulk commodities to rebound, the 2015 shipping season is shaping up to be a strong year for project cargo at the Port of Duluth-Superior with upwards of 20 vessels booked so far 


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Downward trend in Housing Starts continues - Monday, June 8, 2015


Downward trend in Housing Starts continues  # LSNeconomy

Thunder Bay Housing starts decline

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 8, 2015) - Housing starts in Thunder Bay, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 106 units in May, almost the same as 107 units in April according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) 1 of housing starts.

"The downward trend in housing starts in Thunder Bay, in evidence since January, continued in May. Abundant listings at the high end of the resale market are restraining new housing demand. Households considering building a new home may find something that meets their needs among these higher-priced listings in the resale market that are close substitutes to new houses. Weakening employment levels may also be dampening demand for new singles, as homeowners looking to sell a resale home before buying new may face a greater challenge finding a buyer," observed Warren Philp, CMHC Market Analyst. 


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More On-Road Access for ATC & UTV Vehicle - Monday, June 8, 2015


More On-Road Access for ATC & UTV Vehicle
#LSNoutdoors

New Rules for ATV UTV

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  June 8, 2015  ---  Bill Mauro, Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP,  announces Ontario is enhancing on-road access for more types of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) while increasing safety requirements for riders.

Beginning July 1, 2015, the province is implementing the following changes to ensure that ORV and ATV riders safely reach their destination:  
    More types of ORVs and ATVs, including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ATVs and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs), will be allowed to use the shoulder of public roads
    All riders — including drivers and passengers of all ages — will have to wear a helmet and use a seatbelt or foot rests, where applicable  

This month, the province is promoting the new rules before they come in force July 1st, 2015 to ensure that municipalities have enough time to make necessary by-law amendments and to remind riders and drivers about the change.

The province is also allowing an education period to take place between July 1 to Sept. 1, 2015, before violation tickets are issued. However, during this time police officers may still lay a charge through a summons.      


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Eco-Friendly Day Camp for Children - Monday, June 8, 2015


Eco-Friendly Day Camp for Children #LSNoutdoors

Eco Superior Day Camp

 THUNDER BAY,M ON ---  June 8, 2015  ---  Thunder Bay, parents looking for options to keep the kids occupied this summer will be happy to hear about the eco-friendly activities planned by EcoSuperior. The local non-profit organization is offering 4 water-themed weeks of day camp for children ages 7 – 10 with an emphasis on outdoor fun and building connections with nature. Activities will take place at Central Natural Environment Gardens with a different theme for each week:

 


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McNair Butterfly Area rare Nabokov's blue - Sunday, June 7, 2015

 

McNair Butterfly Area rare Nabokov's blue #LSNoutdoors

McNair Butterfly Area


DULUTH, MN ------  June 7, 2015 ---- The McNair Butterfly Area is located on national forest system lands within the Superior National Forest near the Langley River, about 20 miles north of Two Harbors, MN. The site is habitat for about 50 species of butterflies, nearly every butterfly, common or rare, found in northeastern Minnesota.  One butterfly, the grizzled skipper (Pyrgus centaureae freija), has not been found elsewhere in the state.  Another species of greatest interest is the rare Nabokov's blue (Lycaedes idas nabokovi), a subspecies found only at a few dozen locations in the Great Lakes Region. A field assessment by faculty of North Dakota State University in 1993 recommended maintaining the McNair site as a forest opening for rare butterfly species of openlands, and with a special emphasis on Nabokov's blue.   The site was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in the 1980s and was later acquired by the USDA Forest Service.

Since acquiring the site, Superior National Forest managers have worked to restore and maintain this important habitat. Beginning in the summer of 1998, crews cut most of the trees and brush that had colonized the McNair opening during the previous decade or two. Forest crews have enlarged the opening to its former size by clearing invading spruce trees. A burn plan for the site identifies seven units within the opening

 


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Neebing Fire/Rescue Tailgate Sale - Saturday, June 6, 2015

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Neebing Fire Tailgate Sale

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   June 6, 2015  ---   The 10th annual Neebing Fire/Rescue Association ( NFRA) Tailgate Sale is coming up on Saturday, June 20th from 10 am – 2 pm at 4766 Hwy just south of Thunder Bay, on highway 61. Our neibours from Minnesota  as well as the community and district are invited to attend, participate and celebrate the many good things that these community volunteers do. NFRA was one of the recipients of  June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteerism in 2015. This recognition comes from their dogged determination to provide funds for needed fire and rescue equipment for Neebing Emergency Services The fundraising efforts of this group continues to be diverse throughout the year and celebrating 10 years with one event, shows dedication and ingenuity. This year's Tailgate features a new event, The  Lumberjack Contest, where contestants 18+ will be timed  through a circuit of  four woodcraft skills: piling, splitting, nailing and sawing. The best times for this completed circuit will result in prizes for both female and male participants. This event starts at 11am and registration is $5 onsite. Safety apparel should be worn. Tools will be provided.

 


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Lighthouse Lake Superior Trail - Saturday, June 6, 2015

 

Lighthouse Lake Superior Trail  #LSNoutdoors

Lamb Island
Lamb Island

 

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   June 6, 2015  ----   Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior (CLLS) inc. a registered not for profit charity, is pleased to announce developments regarding the Lighthouse Trail on Lake Superior.

The Lake Superior Water Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail network that stretches from Thunder Bay, through the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) island archipelago, to Rossport, also follows pPorphyry Point Lighthouse Stationart of the Lighthouse Trail. Porphyry Point Lighthouse Station, and Shaganash Lighthouse will receive $20,000 total for on-site signage to orientate and direct tourist, guests, and visitors on an interpretive journey through Lake Superior attractions.

Trans Canada Trails has announced, funding for way finding signage on the Lake Superior Water Trail for two CLLS sites; Porphyry Point and Shaganash.

The Lake Superior Water Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail network that stretches from Thunder Bay, through the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) island archipelago, to Rossport, also follows part of the Lighthouse Trail. Porphyry Point Lighthouse Station, and Shaganash Lighthouse will receive $20,000 total for on-site signage to orientate and direct tourist, guests, and visitors on an interpretive journey through Lake Superior attractions.

 


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Increasing Minimum Wage Increase Youth Unemployment - Friday, June 5, 2015

Increasing Minimum Wage Increase Youth Unemployment #LSNeconomy

minimum wage Youth unemployment

VANCOUVER, B.C. / THUNDER BAY, ON / Troy Media/ -  June 5, 2015 ---  The new NDP government in Alberta has indicated it will aggressively increase the province’s minimum wage from $10.20 to $15 per hour over the next three years. There are a number of problems with this campaign promise that is now becoming policy. Ignoring experience and pursuing policies based on good intentions and ideology will not solve the province’s pressing problems.

First, and contrary to some pundits, there is a preponderance of evidence, particularly from Canada that minimum wage increases adversely affect low-skilled and young workers. A recent comprehensive review of international research led by Professor David Neumark concluded the balance of the research shows that minimum wage hikes negatively affect employment among low-skilled and young workers.

Canada is often used for minimum wage research because of the variation between provinces. There are more than a dozen Canadian studies examining provincial minimum wage increases. The Canadian evidence finds, on average, a 10-per-cent increase in the minimum wage decreases youth employment by between 3 and 6 per cent.

 


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Chill host Division Leaders Springfield Synergy - Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chill host Division Leaders Springfield Synergy #LSNsports

 Chill Home Opener

Thunder Bay, ON –  June 4, 2015  --- The Thunder Bay Chill (1-0-1) welcome the Heartland division leaders Springfield Synergy FC (2-1-2) for back to back games this Friday and Saturday at tbaytel Field Thunder Bay Chillat the Fort William Stadium. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

Since Springfield (formerly Demize) entered the PDL, they have never beaten the Chill and managed to get their first point from Thunder Bay last year in a 1-1 draw in Springfield. The Chill are 18-0-1 lifetime against Springfield and have outscored them 51-6. However, this is a team not to be taken lightly. Springfield improved significantly in 2014 and are coming into Thunder Bay after tying their last two games 1-1 against WSA Winnipeg Wednesday night and 0-0 against the Menace in Des Moines last Saturday night.

“We have been working very hard this week to prepare for Springfield”, said Chill head coach Giovanni Petraglia. “It has been two weeks since we played in St. Louis, and we need to bring the intensity to an even higher level in order to beat Springfield this weekend,” he commented. The Chill are expecting captain Zetroy Robertson to see his first PDL action of the year after being sidelined with a groin injury and not playing in St. Louis. With injuries to goaltenders Daniel Alvarado and Michael Miller, the Chill may have 18 year old and former Canadian National U17 keeper Daniel Milton in goal this weekend. Milton is still awaiting International Clearance prior to being approved to play. Milton won a bronze medal with Canada at the CONCACAF Men’s U17 Championships in Panama in 2013 and also represented Canada at the FIFA U17 World Cup that same year in the UAE. 


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OFAH calls for better black bear management - Wednesday, June 3, 2015


OFAH calls for better black bear management #LSNoutdoors

 Black Bear Management Needed

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---  June 3, 2015 ---- Black bear incidents in Southern Ontario highlight the need for improved black bear management. Media coverage is extensive when black bears are seen in heavily urbanized areas, but these types of situations are a common occurrence for many people in Ontario.

Many people are suggesting that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is at fault for the increase in human/bear conflicts and/or how they are dealt with, but the calls for fully restoring the Bear Wise program to its former level will not solve the problem. There is significant evidence that showed the Bear Wise trap and transfer program was unsuccessful and an unjustifiable use of limited resources needed for wildlife management. What we need is better management of black bears.

 


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Vital Upgrades to Cardiac Catheterization Lab - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Vital Upgrades to Cardiac Catheterization Labs #LSNhealth

TBRHSC Cardiac Catheterization Labs

Dr. Andrea MacDougall (left), Interventional Cardiologist, Medical Program Director Cardiovascular and Stroke and Chief of Cardiology, TBRHSC, along with Marnie Javis, Registered Nurse, show the new equipment in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Thunder Bay, ON – June 3, 2015  ----  Northwestern Ontario has higher than average rates of cardiac disease. Now, those in need of treatment for complex heart disease, including heart attacks, have access to brand-new equipment in the cardiac catheterization labs at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).

“Since 2011, we have had two catheterization labs in Thunder Bay, providing 24/7 service to patients in our community,” remarked Dr. Mark Henderson, Executive Vice President, Patient Services, TBRHSC and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario. “Direct angioplasty is the gold standard for treatment of a heart attack and having two labs available meant we could treat patients right away, prevent further damage and save lives. The equipment in our older lab was installed in 2005, and after 10 years of heavy use, it needed to be replaced to ensure we could continue to provide life-saving care for our patients.”

The catheterization labs provide 24/7 services for emergent cardiac cases, as well as 80 hours of scheduled cases each week. Altogether in one year, interventional cardiologists provide 2,150 cardiac catheterizations, 710 percutaneous coronary interventions (angioplasty with a stent), and 210 pacemaker insertions.
 

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Cessna Grand Caravan Loading in Pickle Lake - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Cessna Grand Caravan Loading in Pickle Lake - 1st shipment of food supplies under new supply chain partnership #LSNeconomy

North Star Air

 THUNDER BAY, ON – June 2, 2015 – Nine (9) First Nation communities are pleased to announce a change in their supply chain. These communities have identified significant cost-efficiency improvements in the air freight-handling component of their existing food and everyday needs supply chain by partnering with North Star Air of Thunder Bay. To complete the supply chain, their partner North Star Air has also entered into an agreement with The North West Company.

This contract driven by the nine (9) First Nation communities will bring long term benefits to all respective parties but most importantly to all First Nation communities served under this contract. First Nation community benefits will include improvements with on-time delivery, security of supply and overall service level improvements. The core value of this new relationship is to improve the quality of life for the First Nation communities.

 


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Lake Superior June outflows to increase - Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Lake Superior June outflows to increase
  #LSNshipping

International Lake Superior Board of Control.

 THUNBDER BAY, ON  ---   June 2, 2015  ---  The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2640 cubic metres per second (m3/s) for the month of June, effective June 3rd. The June outflow is expected to exceed the combined capacities of the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River, which will be approximately 1974 m3/s in June, and the excess flow will be released through the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids.

The gate setting of the control structure will be increased to an equivalent of approximately four gates fully open in June. The gate change will be conducted in two stages to help facilitate flow measurements at the rapids.  


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Staal Family Foundation Million Dollar Shootout - Thursday, May 28, 2015

Staal Family Foundation Million Dollar Shootout #LSNsports

Million Dollar Shootout

 The Staal Foundation Open (SFO) organizers are excited to host the Staal Family Foundation Million Dollar Shootout as part of their 2015 event schedule on July 18th in Thunder Bay.

At the qualifying events for the Million Dollar Shootout, participants will pay $5.00 for 2 shots or $10.00 for 5 shots in an attempt to get closest to the pin to qualify in their region. Each area will produce one lucky participant that will travel to Thunder Bay to be a part of the Million Dollar Shootout Saturday, July 18, hosted on the 18th green following play at the Staal Foundation Open event.

There will be a host of prizes for participants and all funds raised will go to support families and children battling cancer. Along with the opportunity to compete for the $1 Million prize, finalists from each area will also be given an entry into the Can-op Official Pro-Am, provided accommodation as well as VIP passes to the event. Local and regional golf courses will host qualifiers in their communities. The events have been grouped into the six areas as follows:

 


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MNR Seeking Help in Forest Fire at Swallow Lake - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MNR Seeking  Help in Forest Fire at Swallow Lake #LSNcrime

Swallow Lake Fire
Swallow Lake, Boreal Road area west of Thunder Bay, May 23, 2015

THUNDER BAY, ON  ------  May 27, 2015  ----  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for starting a forest fire that burned part of an island on Swallow Lake, in the Boreal Road area, west of Thunder Bay, on May 23 to 24, 2015.  


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NOMA EXPRESSES OPPOSITION TO THE SALE OF HYDRO ONE ASSETS - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NOMA EXPRESSES OPPOSITION TO THE SALE OF HYDRO ONE ASSETS ##LSNeconomy

 Hydro One Crews

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---  May 27, 2015  --- The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) wrote to Premier Wynne today asking that the Government of Ontario reconsider its plan to sell off Hydro One assets.

As announced in the Provincial Budget, the Government of Ontario will begin selling up to 60% of the value of Hydro One starting this fall. The government projects that it will receive $9 billion as a result of the sale and that $5 billion will go towards reducing outstanding debt and $4 billion will be allocated towards transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects across the province.

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North Star Air Expanding its Coverage of the North - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

North Star Air Expanding its Coverage of the North  #LSNeconomy

North Star Air

 
New operating base in Red Lake and new services for Neskantaga First Nation from Pickle Lake

THUNDER BAY, ON - May 26, 2015 – Effective May 25th 2015 North Star Air of Thunder Bay, Ontario is opening up its new operating base in Red Lake and effective June 1st 2015 they are offering new services to Neskantaga First Nation from their operating base in Pickle Lake as part of their ongoing growth and expansion plans for servicing the North.

From the new Red Lake base they will be offering their full suite of cost-effective air transportation solutions that include Charter, Passenger and Freight/Cargo services. The initial communities that will be serviced from Red Lake with North Star Air’s flex-flight services are Deer Lake, Pikangikum and Poplar Hill.

 


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Greater clarity needed on Aboriginal title - Sunday, May 24, 2015


Greater clarity needed on Aboriginal title  $LSNeconomy

Troy Media

 
The law of unintended consequences coming back to bite First Nations communities after the Tsilhqot'in decision

THUNDER BAY, ON / Troy Media/ - Last summer I wrote that the Supreme Court’s Tsilhqot’in decision, which for the first time granted Aboriginal title outside an Indian reserve, was going to be a real game changer and would “increase uncertainty in Canada’s natural resource sectors in areas lacking treaties with First Nations.”

Since then we’ve seen First Nations in British Columbia serve eviction notices to corporations, take resource companies to court over title claims, and most recently, the Lax Kw’alaams band reject a billion dollar deal from Pacific NorthWest LNG for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project proposed on Crown land. Last Wednesday, Premier Christy Clark said that project will move forward, although negotiations are ongoing with the band. This project, if it eventually breaks ground, could net up to 4,500 construction jobs and an investment of $11 billion in B.C.

All of this this uncertainty, spurred by last summer’s court decision, has reduced confidence in B.C.’s mining sector. For example, in 2014, 50 per cent of respondents to the Fraser Institute annual survey of mining company executives indicated that land uncertainty was either a strong deterrent to investment or a reason to simply not invest, up from 32 per cent in 2013. Increased uncertainty also threatens LNG investment in B.C. The LNG sector is expected to yield great returns for British Columbians if projects come to fruition. The provincial government states that if five LNG plants are built, they would add $1 trillion to the province’s GDP, more than $100 billion in provincial tax revenue and draw $175 billion in new investment into the province.

 


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A brief history of the Greek Crisis - Saturday, May 23, 2015

A brief history of the Greek Crisis  #LSNeconomy

Creek Crisis TroyMedia

 

THUNDER BAY, ON/ Troy Media/ - May 23, 2015  ---  The Greek debt crisis is the fiscal gift that just keeps on giving.

The Greek government is running out of money and will be unable to pay its public sector workers. Moreover, it will be unable to make its next debt repayment – due on June 5th – without another loan. If Greece defaults on its debt repayment it may be forced to exit the Euro. 


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10 zebra mussels found in Christmas Lake during follow-up search - Friday, May 22, 2015

10 zebra mussels found in Christmas Lake during follow-up search  #LSNoutdoors

Diver Zebra Mussels

 MINNEAPOLIS, MN  ---  May 22, 2015  -----Teams of divers this week found a total of 10 zebra mussels in a second search of Christmas Lake. None of the 10 were found in the area treated late last year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

“The follow-up searches suggest that the treatment in the Christmas Lake public access area was effective in eliminating mussels from the area,” said Keegan Lund, DNR aquatic invasive species specialist. “Unfortunately, we found zebra mussels outside the treatment area. These zebra mussels have probably been attached to native mussels in the lake since last summer or fall.”  


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“Raven’s Wing” By Kim Erickson - Friday, May 22, 2015


“Raven’s Wing” By Kim Erickson  #LSNarts

“Raven’s Wing” By Kim Erickson

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  May 22, 2015  --- Thunder Bay’s singer – songwriter Kim Erickson,  will be presenting her latest CD “Raven’s Wing” on Saturday June 13th at Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship on 129 Algoma from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Presenting a new CD is a lot of work so I asked a few questions about this CD project.

 


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The Writer's Pro Shop ~ "How You See the World" - Friday, May 22, 2015

The Writer's Pro Shop ~ "How You See the World"  #LSNwriters

Hubert O'Hearn Writer's Pro Shop

 
Tips and Exercises for the Professional Writer

Top actors and athletes have a common routine – they stay in training throughout their careers to find that extra edge to keep them ahead of the competition. Pro means you never stop learning. Yet writers tend to work in isolation with only an editor to offer advice and suggestions. The exercises presented here will get you to the top, or keep you at the top.  


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How did Caribou end up on Ontario's Endangered species List? - Thursday, May 21, 2015

How did Caribou end up on Ontario's Endangered species List?  #LSNoutdoors

Ontario Caribou

 THUNDER BAY, ON   -----  May 21, 2015 ---- Despite declarations by special interest environmental groups that there is a caribou crisis in Ontario, a review of Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) research, scientific evidence, and an assessment of all available and up-to-date data demonstrates that caribou populations are persisting in Ontario.

Jamie Lim, President and CEO of OFIA, explained, “Considering the information contained in the OFIA Woodlands Committee’s Op-Ed, we are asking Government to hit the pause button and review all new and existing woodland caribou policy in Ontario.” 


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When is the last time you heard a recital for Double Bass? - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When is the last time you heard a recital for Double Bass? #LSNarts

Chris Lamont

 THUNDER BAY, ON ---  May 20, 2015  --- Chris Lamont is an easygoing University student and is currently wrapping up his time as a student in Thunder Bay. As a music student he came to the right place to study bass, because Thunder Bay Symphony’s Martin Blanchet is also the instructor for bass at the university.

If you know Martin at all it only takes a moment to realize how much he identifies himself as a bass player. He can and does play bass for all kinds of music in every genre where a bass might be needed. Over time he has developed an incredible technique and talent and love for playing the bass.
 

 

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Spring Recitals - Madrigals in May - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spring Recitals - Madrigals in May  #LSNarts

Spring Recitals - Madrigals in May

 THUNDER BAY, ON ----  May 19, 2015  ---  Thunder Bay has a wealth of talent. For many amateur groups the fruits of their labour are found in spring recitals.

Small groups such as Polyphony have found some expertise in the performance of madrigals. For hos who love to sing in harmony, madrigals are at once a challenge and a source of great satisfaction.

Madrigals can be performed with as little as one voice with instrumental accompaniment,  or several singers each singing their own part. 


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Wasaya Airways Announces Michael RodyniukNew President & CEO - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wasaya Airways Announces Michael RodyniukNew President & CEO  #LSNeconomy

Wasaya Airways Michael Rodyniuk

 THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 19, 2015  ---- Wasaya Airways of Thunder Bay,  is pleased to announce the appointment of its new President and CEO, Michael Rodyniuk, effective June 8, 2015..

Rodyniuk brings to Wasaya Airways 25 years of airline experience. He has worked in various executive positions including Air Canada's Zip Air, WestJet Airlines and the Winnipeg Airports Authority and was Chief Operating Officer of Exchange Income Corporation's (“EIC”) aviation division. Most recently, Rodyniuk was a Senior Advisor to Willis Lease Finance Corporation in Novato, California and Executive Vice Chairman of Gavarnie Holding, where he successfully developed and implemented a new business plan for Hawaii Island Air. 


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A conversation with Gregory Lewis - Monday, May 18, 2015

A conversation with Gregory Lewis #LSNarts

Gregory Lewis

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---  May 18, 2015  ---- When Gregory Lewis was a small boy of about 4 years old, audience members recall him standing up in the balcony playing an imaginary violin at a Thunder Bay's  Consortium Aurora Borealis concert. From that time onwards many people in Thunder Bay have been watching his musical development with interest.

In my first ever Facebook interview I have posed some questions about one of our own classical musicians.

 


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astics Awarded Gymnastics Canada Club of Excellence Awa - Saturday, May 16, 2015

Giant Gymnastics Awarded Gymnastics Canada Club of Excellence Award  #LSNsports

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -----  May 16, 2015  ----  Jen Nedgial, Owner/Operator of Giant Gymnastics, Thunder Bay, Ontario. has been invited to the 2015 Gymnastics Canada Achievement Gala to accept the 2015 Ed Brougham Club Award on June 20, 2015 in Ottawa, ON.

The 2015 Ed Broughman Club Award is a very prestigious award (3 in total are awarded across the country), given to Canadian Clubs with athletes a different levels, that demonstrate exceptional service and outstanding long-term contribution to the development and promotion of the sport of gymnastics. 


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Wasaya Airways New Nonstop Flights Sandy Lake and Big Trout Lake - Saturday, May 16, 2015


Wasaya Airways New Nonstop Flights Sandy Lake and Big Trout Lake
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Wasaya Airways.

May 16, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON – Wasaya Airways announces that, effective Tuesday, June 9th, the airline will begin to offer new nonstop flights out of Thunder Bay, Ontario to the communities of Sandy Lake and Big Trout Lake, also known as Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation. In addition, these new flights will allow Wasaya to offer one stop, same plane service to Webequie and Pikangikum. 


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Chippewa Park is seeking entertainers - Saturday, May 16, 2015

Flipper Flanigans

 THUNDER BAY, ON ---- May 16, 2015  -----  The Friends of Chippewa Park, Thunder Bay, Ontario,  are seeking entertainers for the annual Sundays in the Park Concerts held on the TBayTel Family Stage at Chippewa Park from July 5 to September 6.  Sponsored by the City of Thunder Bay, the concerts are designed to entertain old and young alike.  Applications for entertainers can be obtained by emailing your request to www.chippewapark.ca.  The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, May 22.

 
Certfied Character Background Services - Thursday, May 14, 2015

Certfied Character Background Services  #LSNeconomy

Certfied Character Background Services

 THUNDER BAY, ON  -----   May 14, 2015  --  Certfied Character Background Services has been providing Non-Vulnerable Criminal Background Checks since 2013. .CCSB are the only private accredited criminal record check agency here in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

CCBS is certified by the RCMP to provide Digital Fingerprinting and Non-Vulnerable Background Checks.  These results may be used for Canadian & International Adoptions, Immigration, Permanent Residency, Canadian Citizenship, Canadian Pardons, U.S. Entry Waivers, Employment, Visa Applications, Foreign Travel, Foreign Work/Student Permit, & Federal/Provincial Government Employment
 

 

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Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre  #LSNoutdoors

Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   May 13, 2015  ----  The Township of Red Rock is pleased to announce the opening of the new Red Rock Marina Interpretive Centre to the public on Saturday May 16th at 8:30am. The centre hosts 9 interactive exhibits that focus on the historical, biological and geological aspects unique to Red Rock and the area. The largest permanent exhibit, sponsored by Parks Canada, showcases the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area through a four seat, animated submarine ride. One hour east of Thunder Bay,

The centre tells the story of Red Rock from the beginning of the community to today, including the significance of the mill, prisoner of war camp and the evolution of the community 


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Want to taste 200 Year Old Chocolate? - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Want to taste 200 Year Old Chocolate?  #LSNoutdoors

Heritage Chocolate Fort St-Joseph

 A new program was presented at Fort St-Joseph last summer all about chocolate! Not your standard store-bought chocolate, but Heritage Chocolate. Visitors enjoyed a presentation, took part in the preparation of a chocolate treat, and got to taste the fruits of their labour.

Mariette, a Heritage Presenter at the fort, greeted visitors in period costume and then introduced the Heritage Chocolate telling them they were going to make their own chocolate ‘bar’ using toppings of their choice. While melting chocolate for the visitors, Mariette explained how chocolate was imported from England at the time Fort St. Joseph was occupied. Soldiers received chocolate as part of their rations because it was considered a good source of energy. Chocolate also has a connection with the fur trade. During long expeditions, chocolate, which did not spoil, was left in caches for fur traders and exploration parties.

 


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National Aboriginal Day 2015 - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

National Aboriginal Day 2015  #LSNoutdoors

THUNDER BAY, ON ------  The National Aboriginal Day Committee is now accepting nominations for its Honouring OuNational Aboriginal Dayr Men Recognition Award. The award will be given to an outstanding First Nations, Métis or Inuit leader, mentor or individual who has made a major difference in the lives of Aboriginal people in the Thunder Bay area. The awards will be given on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, at Fort William First Nation powwow grounds (Mount McKay).

“National Aboriginal Day happens to fall on Father’s Day this year and our committee felt it was important to honour our men as part of this year’s event to celebrate the important role they play in supporting and nurturing positive change in our community,” said Dr. Amy Farrell-Morneau, chair of the National Aboriginal Day Committee. “We want every day, unsung heroes who live and work among us to be recognized, therefore we are looking to the community to identify those individuals and nominate them.”

The National Aboriginal Day Men’s Recognition Award will recognize men for honouring and demonstrating the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth. The three categories are youth, adult and elders. Nominees must also be male. We welcome 2-spirits who identify as male. In addition, nominees must be from the Thunder Bay area, and be of First Nation, Métis or Inuit descent. 


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FORT FEST Returns FORT WILLIAM HISTORICAL PARK - Monday, May 11, 2015

FORT FEST  Returns FORT WILLIAM HISTORICAL PARK #LSNarts

 Fort Fest

Thunder Bay, ON, May 11, 2015 – Thunder Bay's Fort William Historical Park’s amphitheatre will be rocking as it hosts Fort Fest; a community music festival taking place July 17 & 18. Taking the stage will be Bret Michaels, Loverboy, Blue Oyster Cult, Great White, Harlequin, The Romantics, Tommy Tutone plus a variety of local talent. Tickets are on sale now! Friday $20, Saturday $30 and weekend pass $45.

Fort Fest is a two-day family friendly music festival; gates open Friday, July 17 at 5pm and Saturday, July 18 at 12pm with entertainment to 11pm both nights. Nightly 19+ After Parties to follow 


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ST. MARYS RAPIDS FLOW TO BE INCREASED TOMORROW - Thursday, May 7, 2015

ST. MARYS RAPIDS FLOW TO BE INCREASED TOMORROW   #LSNoutdoors

International Lake Superior Board of Control

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  May 7, 1015   ----  The International Lake Superior Board of Control advises that the gate setting of the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids is expected to be increased to an equivalent of three gates fully open tomorrow, Friday May 8th. This will be accomplished by opening gates #3 through #14 of the Compensating Works an additional 31 cm (12 in) for a total gate opening of 62 cm (24 in).

Anglers need to remain cautious of the changing flows and water levels in the rapids on May 8th, and the unusually high flows and levels that will be experienced thereafter. With ice remaining on Lake Superior, ice conditions also continue to pose a potential hazard. These gate movements will primarily affect water conditions in the main rapids. Gate #1, which supplies water to the channel north of the Fishery Remedial Dike, remains unchanged, and Gate #2 currently remains closed to provide lower velocities and potential angling opportunities along the northern portion of the main rapids. Gate #15 will remain closed to facilitate collection of field data measurements, and Gate #16 will remain closed until later this season, when it may be opened to facilitate sea lamprey trapping. 


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NAN STATEMENT ON JOINT INQUEST SCOPE RULING - Thursday, May 7, 2015
THUNDER BAY, ON May7, 2015  Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Nishnawbe Aski Nation Alvin Fiddler has issued the following statement following today’s ruling on the scope of the seven youth inquest:

“Late this afternoon the coroner on the seven youth inquest, Dr. David Eden, issued a ruling dismissing the motion by the families and Nishnawbe Aski Nation seeking to put the quality of the Thunder Bay Police Service investigation into the deaths of the seven youth directly in issue. The concerns of the families have been communicated to the office of the Chief Coroner, and Dr. Eden in particular, on repeated occasions over the last several years. NAN is deeply disappointed that the voices of the families and communities leadership have yet again gone unheard by the coroners system. NAN is considering its legal options.”
 
Lakehead Canoe Club To Host Waterwalker Film Festival - Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lakehead Canoe Club To Host Waterwalker Film Festival  #LSNoutdoors

Lakehead Canoe Club To Host Waterwalker Film Festival

THUNDER BAY, ON  -------   May 7, 2015  ---  The Lakehead Canoe Club of Thunder Bay, is hosting its very first film festival to kick off the spring paddling season.

The Waterwalker Film Festival will be held on May 22, 2015 at The Finlandia Club, Thunder Bay. The festival is put together by Paddle Canada, the governing body for national paddling certifications.
The festival will be a tribute to the late Bill Mason. Mason was a great conservationist, canoeist and filmmaker. For Mason, film was about more than just entertainment.

“The medium of film is for me a means of expressing my love and enjoyment of the natural world, and of sharing my concern for what’s happening to it with anybody who looks and listens,” he said. 


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Barrett renews push for action on Lyme Disease - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Barrett renews push for action on Lyme Disease  #LSNhealth

Lyme Disease

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   May 6, 2015  ---  Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett renewed the push for answers on Lyme disease in front of a Queen’s Park gallery crowded with those afflicted by the disease.
 
May is recognized as Lyme Awareness Month. Barrett attended an awareness rally in Caledonia last weekend, met with representatives of those afflicted at Queen’s Park and asked the Premier for an update during Question Period today.
 
Dunnville Lyme disease victim Well Yelland and 150 Lyme awareness supporters attended the Legislature on Wednesday. 


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NAN CONGRATULATES KUNUWANIMANO FOR RECEIVING CHILD WELFARE AGENCY DESIGNATION - Sunday, May 3, 2015

NAN CONGRATULATES KUNUWANIMANO FOR RECEIVING CHILD WELFARE AGENCY DESIGNATION #LSNnews

 Kunuwanimano Child and Family Services

 

THUNDER BAY, ON ----  May 3, 2015  ---   Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic today expressed congratulations on behalf of the Executive Council as Kunuwanimano Child and Family Services will receive designation as a fully mandated child welfare agency by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services on May 1, 2015.

“We are pleased to congratulate the Kunuwanimano Board of Directors, staff and the Chiefs of the First Nations served by this agency who have worked for years to reach this very important milestone,” said Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic, who holds the Social Services portfolio at NAN. “Kunuwanimano means ‘keeping our own’, and designation will ensure that our children and families are cared for in a culturally appropriate manner closer to home where they can continue to live and grow in supportive surroundings where customary care practices of caring for children will be respected and practiced.” 

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Sunwing Adds Direct Flights From Thunder Bay to Cancun - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sunwing Adds Direct Flights From Thunder Bay to Cancun #LSNoutdoors

 

National Marine Park of Cancún,
400 permanent statues have been installed in the National Marine Park of Cancún, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc. The installation is the first endeavor of a new underwater museum called MUSA,

THUNDER BAY, ON --(Marketwired - April 30, 2015) - Mexico's Caribbean coastline will become a short flight away next winter for residents of Northern Ontario, as Sunwing adds direct weekly flights from Thunder Bay to Cancun, beginning December 23, 2015.

The new route will be the only option to fly direct to Cancun from Thunder Bay, and will be offered in addition to the weekly flight service to Varadero, Cuba that Sunwing has been operating over the past five years. So vacationers will be able choose between two convenient flight options from their doorstep this coming season.  

 


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Renewable energy all pain, little gain - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Renewable energy all pain, little gain  #LSNenviroment

Renewable energy all pain, little gain

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   Apr 30, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Renewable energy all but guarantees higher electricity bills BC Hydro’s planned project for a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River – known as the Site C dam – is proving to be controversial, with some industry groups panning the plan while touting renewable energy sources such as wind. One wind energy champion recently claimed “it would be a breeze for $10-billion worth of wind-energy projects to inflate B.C.’s economy.”

In the debate over how electricity should be provided, we often hear such lofty and optimistic projections. But if national and international experiences can teach us anything, it’s that, so far, more renewable generation leads to one thing – higher prices.

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Lake Superior Outflows to Increase for May - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 Lake Superior Outflows to Increase for May  #LSNshipping

 The International Lake Superior Board of Control

UpDate:
Thunder Bay, On  ----  April 30, 2015  --- Providing ice conditions allow it, the Compensating Works are expected to be set to the equivalent of approximately two gates fully open tomorrow, Friday, May 1st.  This will be achieved by partially opening twelve gates (Gates #3 to #14) a total of 31 cm (12 in.) each.  Anglers should remain cautious of changing flows and water levels and the potential for hazardous ice conditions in the St. Marys Rapids.  Note that conditions will be reassessed and the gate setting may be increased again later in the month, once ice conditions improve.  We will advise of any changes at that time.

As usual, there will be no change to Gate #1, which supplies water to the channel north of the Fishery Remedial Dike.  Furthermore, Gate #2 will remain closed for the time being in order to provide lower velocities and potential angling opportunities along the northern portion of the main rapids.  This is something that’s been suggested in the past and we’d welcome feedback on this approach.  

THUNDER BAY, ON ---   April 29, 2015 ---  The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), expects to increase the Lake Superior outflow for the month of May. The increased outflow is expected to exceed the capacities of the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River in May, and therefore excess will beeleased through the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids. The outflow of Lake Superior will be adjusted over the next several months to accommodate expected maintenance at he hydropower plants, and to reduce the potential for adverse consequences of high and fluctuating flows in the St. Marys Rapids.

 

 


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Canada's tax compliance cost fall dispoportionately on lower-income - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Canada's tax compliance cost fall dispoportionately on lower-income Canadians  #LSNeconomy

 

 Canada's tax compliance 

 THUNDER BAY, ON / VANCOUVER, BC/ Troy Media/ LSN/ ----- April 28, 2015 ---   Canada’s tax system requires swift simplification Complex tax system imposes costs on those least able to afford them  Filed your taxes yet? You’ve got until Thursday at midnight. After that, according to the federal government, you’re officially in arrears.

Unfortunately, due to Canada’s increasingly complex tax system, Canadians today face greater challenges filing their taxes than they did just 20 years ago. Things have gotten a lot more complicated.

For instance, consider the actual legislation – the federal Income Tax Act – which is literally growing in size.

As noted in a recent Fraser Institute study, between 1990 and 2014, the Act’s text area (the number of pages multiplied by the size of the pages) increased by 62 per cent—from 974,050 cm2 to 1,575,537 cm2.
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Canada's tax compliance cost fall dispoportionately on lower-incom - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Canada's tax compliance cost fall dispoportionately on lower-income Canadians  #LSNeconomy

 

 Canada's tax compliance 

 THUNDER BAY, ON / VANCOUVER, BC/ Troy Media/ LSN/ ----- April 28, 2015 ---   Canada’s tax system requires swift simplification Complex tax system imposes costs on those least able to afford them  Filed your taxes yet? You’ve got until Thursday at midnight. After that, according to the federal government, you’re officially in arrears.

Unfortunately, due to Canada’s increasingly complex tax system, Canadians today face greater challenges filing their taxes than they did just 20 years ago. Things have gotten a lot more complicated.

For instance, consider the actual legislation – the federal Income Tax Act – which is literally growing in size.

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CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN - Tuesday, April 28, 2015


CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN
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 Volunteers Staal Open
Photo Credit: Walter J. Flasza

 THUNDER BAY, ON - APRIL 28, 2015 — Staal Foundation Open organizers are making a call for volunteers for this year’s tournament scheduled for July 13th through the 19th, 2015.

Many positions are available including scoring, hosting and caddying to name a few. Interested persons can visit staalopen.ca and register, indicating their area of preference.

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Approval of East Wing at St Joseph's Hospital - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Approval of East Wing at St Joseph's Hospital #LSNhealth

East Wing at St Joseph's Hospital

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   April 28, 2015  --  The East Wing addition to St. Joseph’s Hospital at 35 Algoma Street North, Thunder Bay, Ontario  will expand the site by approximately 100,000 square feet, to a total of 332,000 square feet. The construction project is approximately two years in duration and will be completed in the spring/summer of 2017.

St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG) is pleased to announce we have received approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to award the contract to proceed with construction of the East Wing at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The successful General Contractor through the open tender process is Bondfield Construction.

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Canada’s greenhouse gas story better than advertised - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Canada’s greenhouse gas story better than advertised  #LSNenviroment

 

THUNDER BAY, ON /CALGARY, AB/ Troy Media/LSN/ -----  April 28, 2015  ---- There has been a 31% decrease in the amount of emissions per unit of economic production since 1990 A new report from the government of Canada, on Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2013, is making news. And as usual, the bad news leads.

The media focus is on the probability that Canada will miss its Copenhagen emission-reduction targets from 2009. (Canada agreed to cut emissions by 17 per cent from a 2005 base-year by 2020). In reality, however, this is less about Canada being an environmental laggard, and more a problem with agreeing to politically-derived targets you have no idea how to hit. But, fair enough, a miss is a miss –whether you think we should have accepted that target or not. read more ...
Bulk carrier Mississagi offloaded - Monday, April 27, 2015

Bulk carrier Mississagi offloaded #LSNshipping

Bulk carrier Mississagi offloaded
Cargo from the grounded 603-foot Canadian bulk carrier Mississagi (right) is offloaded onto a barge as lightering operations commenced to refloat the vessel April 25, 2015. The Mississagi became grounded early Wednesday while transiting downbound the St. Marys River near De Tour Village. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Traverse City)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The grounded 603-foot Canadian bulk carrier Mississagi was successfully refloated on the St. Marys River following operations to offload approximately 2,000 tons of stone, Saturday.

The motor vessel, carrying more than 17,000 tons of stone, was transiting downbound the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario early Wednesday when it ran aground in the Potagannissing Bay, approximately 4 miles northeast of De Tour Village.

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Love Us Chip Us Chip-a-thon Keep Pets Safe - Monday, April 27, 2015

Love Us Chip Us Chip-a-thon Keep Pets Safe  #LSNnews

 THUNDER BAY, ON ---- April 27, 2015 –---- The City of Thunder Bay Animal Services Centre in partnership with Friends of the Animals and local veterinarians will be hosting a Chip-a-thon on Saturday, May 9, at the Animal Services Centre, 882 Alloy Place, from 10 am to 3 pm. Appointments must be booked by Monday, May 4.

The Chip-a-thon allows pet owners to have their pets microchipped by local veterinarians for only $35 for the first pet, and $30 for each additional pet.
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Travel the World in 48 Hours - Sunday, April 26, 2015

Travel the World in 48 Hours   #LSNoutdoors

Folklore Festival

 

 Travel the World in 48 Hours” at the 42nd Folklore Festival May 2-3 at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay



The two-day festival will include more than 40 performances, as well as the always popular food court with more than 15 different groups offering tastes from around the world in the adjoining Fort William Curling Club. Imported beer and wine will also be available. As well, many different groups will be selling art and treasures from regions all over the globe. There are also children’s activities to make the festival more family friendly. Involving children is an important part of the festival’s mandate.



The festival runs May 2 and 3rd  at the Fort william Gardens,  Saturday from noon until 11 p.

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Wisk Air’s new Bell 412 Supporting the Northwest - Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wisk Air’s new Bell 412 Supporting the Northwest  #LSNeconomy

Wisk Air’s new $4 million Bell 412 Helicopter
Wisk Air’s new $4 million Bell 412 Helicopter 

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---    April 26, 2015 ---–   Fire Fighting, supporting essential Hydro services and First Response are a few of the vital missions planned for Thunder Bay's Wisk Air’s new Bell 412 helicopter. It is one of only 12 helicopters of it’s kind in Canada.

In terms of regional business and economic development, the helicopter will support Mining and the Ring of Fire.  

 


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Enhancements to Regional Cancer Care - Sunday, April 26, 2015


Enhancements to Regional Cancer Care 
#LSHhealth

 Exceptional Cancer Care

THUNDER BAY, ON –---  April 26, 2015  ---- Donors contribute more than $7 million for enhancements to Regional Cancer Care   “We have exceptional cancer care, right here, right now, thanks to you!” said Paul Fitzpatrick, Chair, Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign, as the campaign total was unveiled this afternoon in front of hundreds of donors and staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Continued Fitzpatrick, “Thanks to you, we have ensured that each person who walks through the doors of our Cancer Centre will have the confidence that they will have access to the very best equipment to find and treat their disease. They’ll know that research is continuing to ensure the next generation of equipment is even better.”

Launched in October 2013, the goal of the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign was to bring exceptional cancer care to Northwestern Ontario, through the goals laid out in Regional Cancer Care’s 4-year Cancer Plan. To achieve the plan, an investment of $32+ million was required, with a portion of funds coming from the community. This afternoon, it was announced that, through the generosity of donors, $7,054,963 was raised (and counting), exceeding the original goal of $5.9 million. 

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Baroque to Broadway ~ Theresa Thibert and Sean Kim in Concert - Saturday, April 25, 2015

Baroque to Broadway ~ Theresa Thibert and Sean Kim in Concert #LSNarts

Theresa Thibert and Sean Kim in Concert
Opera live in Thunder Bay Theresa Thibert and Sean Kim in Concert

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----    April 25, 2015  ---- Thunder Bay mezzo-soprano will take the stage at St.Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on May 9th, with Sean Kim at the piano to perform a diverse program of classical to broadway repertoire. Theresa has had a busy 2014-2015 performing at many venues locally, such as Cabaret on Bay, anthems at the Lakehead Thunderwolves games, the ORAS Chamber Choir, and as a soloist with Mood Indigo this past year. More recently, Thibert performed in Cambrian Player’s The War Show at the Paramount Theatre, singing a wide variety of roles and musical solos. A Master of Music (vocal performance) degree holder from the University of Western Ontario, Theresa has had the opportunity to study with renowned opera singers and coaches such as Sophie Louise Roland, Mel Braun, Ted Baerg, and Laura Loewen. Thibert’s most recent opera credits include roles in The Magic Flute, Suor Angelica, and I’Incoronazione di Poppea. Theresa has had the opportunity to perform as an a soloist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, as well as Orchestra London Canada, under the direction of conductors Geoffrey Moull, Mark Payne, Daniel Bartholemew-Poyser, and Simone Luti. This summer, Theresa will return to Lucca, Tuscany(Italy) to perform the role of Thisbe in Rossini’s Cenerentola, with the Academia Europa dell’ Opera company.


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Ontario budget an exercise in wishful thinking - Saturday, April 25, 2015


Ontario budget an exercise in wishful thinking  #LSNeconomy

Ontario Budget 2015

THUNDER BAY, ON / VANCOUVER, BC/ Troy Media/ --- April 25, 2015  ---   The government continues to delay making the tough decisions  Ontario’s 2015 budget, like those of years past, needed a concrete plan to get government finances on a sound footing. Yet again, the budget failed to deliver. Instead, the government continues to delay the tough decisions while doing nothing to enact policies that improve the economic environment and help foster long-term prosperity.

With respect to the broad strokes, not much has changed since last fall’s update. This is problematic for a host of reasons, including the concerns of credit rating agencies and a recent study finding Ontario’s fiscal policies are unsustainable and may prompt further credit downgrades and higher interest payments.

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Mega Precious to be Acquired by Yamana Gold - Friday, April 24, 2015

Mega Precious to be Acquired by Yamana Gold  #LSNeconomy

The Monument Bay Project, Mega Precious Metals Inc.'s,

 

The Monument Bay Project, Mega Precious Metals Inc.'s, most advanced project, is located 570 km northeast of Winnipeg and 340 km east southeast of Thompson, Manitoba.

 
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 24, 2015) - Mega Precious Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MGP) ("Mega" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement (the "Agreement") with Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI)(NYSE:AUY) ("Yamana"), whereby Yamana will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Mega under a plan of arrangement for consideration of 0.02092 of a Yamana share and cash of C$0.001 per Mega share, equivalent to C$0.10 per Mega share, based on the closing price of Yamana shares on the TSX on April 23, 2015. The total consideration to Mega shareholders is approximately C$17.5 million, based on the Company's issued current and outstanding shares. Yamana has also agreed to purchase the outstanding convertible debentures held by Pacific Road Capital Resources Funds. 

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Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River - Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River
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 Mississagi sits aground
The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015.

The Mississagi is a 603-foot bulk carrier.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan —---  April 23, 2015  ---  The Coast Guard is responding to a 603-foot bulk carrier which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan, early Wednesday.
The motor vessel Mississagi, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario, when it ran aground in the Potagannissing Bay approximately 4 miles northeast of De Tour Village.

There are no reported injuries to the crew and no reported pollution.
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Canada’s federal budget lacks big picture thinking - Thursday, April 23, 2015

Canada’s federal budget lacks big picture thinking #LSNeconomy

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  VANCOUVER, BC/ Troy Media/ ----  April 23, 2015  ---  The policies outlined in the budget simply do not give Canada the economic shot in the arm it needs In many Canada’s federal budgetways Tuesday’s federal budget wasn’t all that surprising. Many of the government’s key initiatives were already announced (the so-called “Family Tax Cut” package) or telegraphed as part of the Conservatives 2011 platform (raising the TFSA annual contribution ceiling to $10,000). The remainder included a smattering of relatively smaller initiatives to satisfy various interest groups in advance of the federal election.

What it lacked, and what Canada so desperately needed, was a robust, big-thinking budget to push Canada’s economy forward.

Start with the biggest news item in the budget: the fiscal balance. Finance Minister Joe Oliver and fellow Conservative politicians had long trumpeted the return to a balanced budget this fiscal year, ending a seven-year period of consecutive deficits totalling nearly $150 billion.

With an election approaching, the government’s position obviously did not waver, despite sliding oil prices and the expectations of a weakening economy.

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HOCKEY HALL OF FAMER GRANT FUHR TO PLAY IN STAAL OPEN - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HOCKEY HALL OF FAMER GRANT FUHR TO PLAY IN STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN  #LSNsports

HOCKEY HALL OF FAMER GRANT FUHR


THUNDER BAY, ON - APRIL 21, 2015 — Hockey Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr will tee it up at this year’s Thunder Bay's Staal Foundation Open after accepting a sponsor’s exemption to play in the event.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to get an exemption into this event and can’t wait to tee it up this summer. I have a great deal of respect for the players I’ll be competing against and know the level of play on

PGA TOUR Canada is incredibly strong. I’ve been working hard on my game and look forward to seeing how I stack up against the competition this summer,” said Fuhr, who will also play in the Celebrity Pro-Am on the Monday of the week-long event.

 
SJCG recognized for work with high school students - Monday, April 20, 2015

SJCG recognized for work with high school students  # LSNhealth

 Courtney Martin and Anna Grenier
Courtney Martin and Anna Grenier of Volunteer Services


THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   April 20, 3015   ---  Courtney Martin and Anna Grenier of Volunteer Services The Provincial Partnership Council has awarded St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG) of Thunder Bay, Ontario,  the 2014 Ontario Employer designation. This award recognizes extraordinary employers that are supporting the futures of significant numbers of high school students across Ontario.  SJCG is the only Northwestern Ontario organization receiving this annual designation.

“Fostering an environment of learning that ensures a positive student experience is essential to future recruitment of healthcare workers in our community.  That's why, at St. Joseph's Care Group, students are welcomed as valued team members who help us achieve our core values of providing care, compassion and commitment to our clients,” says Tracy Buckler, President and CEO.  “It is an honour to be recognized for our work with high school students.”
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Divers confirm effective treatment of Christmas Lake zebra mussels - Monday, April 20, 2015

Divers confirm effective treatment of Christmas Lake zebra mussels #LSNoutdoors


Potash solution is injected into one of six holes
Potash solution is injected into one of six holes drilled in Christmas Lake
as part of an experimental effort to control zebra mussels.


DULUTH, MN ----- April 20, 2015   --  Initial searches indicate a three-step treatment of Christmas Lake in Shorewood for zebra mussels has been effective, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The results show the successful treatment of a small, isolated infestation of zebra mussels that was detected early.

A survey April 13 by divers from Blue Water Science and Waterfront Restorations found no evidence of zebra mussels. The dive was conducted inside and directly outside the treatment area around the public boat access in the city of Shorewood.

“We are encouraged by these early results,” said Keegan Lund, DNR aquatic invasive species specialist. “We used every available tool to respond to this isolated zebra mussel infestation and learned valuable information in terms of responding to new infestations.” read more ...
Lions Clubs Multi-Colour Laser System for Ophthalmology Care - Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lions Clubs Multi-Colour Laser System for Ophthalmology Care #LSNheath

Lions Clubs Multi-Colour Laser System for Ophthalmology Care

THUNDER BAY, ON     –---   April 19, 2015 ----  Inside the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre stands the Lions Vision Care Centre; a space easily missed should vision care not be required. However, patients can rest assured that when their eyes need treatment, the necessary equipment will be there.

Today, another piece of critical equipment was unveiled – a Lumenis Vision One Multi-Colour Laser System – thanks to the generosity and ongoing commitment to vision care from local and regional Lions Clubs, including those in Manitoba and Northeastern Minnesota, along with the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Together the Lions committed a gift of $104,450, and together, with other generous donors, were able to purchase this Laser.


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Colin Redekop in Organ Recital - Sunday, April 19, 2015

Colin Redekop in Organ Recital   #LSNarts

Colin Redekop in Organ Recital

THUNDER BAY, ON, -----  April 19, 2015  --  Thunder Bay has several very fine pipe organs to its credit. The Warren/Letourneau instrument at First – Wesley United on Brodie Street is unique with its’ English inspired stop list. There are plenty of 8’ registers to choose from many of them give this organ its very own sound. Many years ago the original organ underwent a major renovation and restoration; this was done by the reputable firm of Letourneau. When this instrument was re-installed what was once an eclectic English organ, was now an English inspired concert instrument capable of performing a much wider repertoire than it could in its original state.

Last Friday’s recital at First-Wesley was performed by Colin Redekop, one of the travelling clinicians that the National Royal Canadian College of Organists make available to regional centres on a bi-annual basis.

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Health Unit offer free Vaccination for people who ate at Bights - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Health Unit offer free Vaccination for people who ate at Bights #LSNhealth

Hepatitis A Graphic

 

THUNDER BAY, ON,   ----  April 17, 2015 - The Thunder Bay, District Health Unit is investigating a case of hepatitis A in an employee at Bight Restaurant and Bar. located in Thunder Bay's Marina Park. The Health Unit is offering a free vaccination clinic on April 18 from 12:00 to 3:00pm for people who visited the establishment between March 23 and April 12.  Click here for more information.

 Hepatitis A is an acute disease of the liver caused by a virus and can spread from person to person or through contaminated food or water.

It is found in the stool (bowel movement) of persons infected with the virus.

Thunder Bay District Health UnitHepatitis A is not spread by coughing or sneezing. Hand hygiene including proper hand washing is extremely important in preventing the spread of the virus.

Most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage. In rare cases, hepatitis A can be serious or life threatening to older adults or people with chronic liver disease.

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Avian influenza surveillance Wild turkey hunters asked - Friday, April 17, 2015

Avian influenza surveillance Wild turkey hunters asked #LSNoutdoors

Wild Turkey Minnesota

 

DULUTH, MINNESOTA ---  April 17, 2015  --  Wild turkey hunters in 5 counties asked  to help with avian influenza surveillance. 

Successful wild turkey hunters in Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns counties can help determine if highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is present in Minnesota wildlife by allowing a sample to be collected from their turkeys.

“HPAI has not yet been found in wild turkeys, but it has been found in domestic turkeys in these and other Minnesota counties,” said Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We chose those five counties to enlist the help of hunters because they have sufficient wild turkey populations.”


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Transport Canada Approves Deicing Fluid Wasaya Airways - Friday, April 17, 2015


Transport Canada Approves Deicing Fluid Wasaya Airways
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Wasaya Airways Beech

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----  April 17, 2015 – – Wasaya Airways of Thunder Bay, announces a major enhancement to its ground de-icing program by introducing Type IV de-icing fluid. Transport Canada has approved Wasaya Airways for the use of Type IV fluid, which will enhance its capabilities for safe, fast and reliable air travel.

Wasaya’s ground de-icing program ensures that the critical surfaces of all aircraft are free from contamination by snow or ice before they become airborne. The benefit to moving to Type IV is the improved holdover time. This is the time period during which the fluid will ensure the aircraft is free from contamination prior to take-off. 


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Hunters bear burden of moose management restrictions - Thursday, April 16, 2015


Hunters bear burden of moose management restrictions
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Bow Hunters
Bow Hunters Confusion Lake Outpost Ontario  ~ Wilderness Air

 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----  April 16, 2015  ----Moose hunting in Ontario is undergoing a dramatic change. Despite a clear lack of public support, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has approved changes to the licensed moose hunting season in Northern Ontario.

"We're disappointed that no alterations were made to the proposal to reflect the comments received from the public. The Ministry itself admits that the majority of public comments did not support the proposed changes," said Mark Ryckman, OFAH senior wildlife biologist.

 


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OPEN QUALIFIER AT STRATHCONA PART OF STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN - Thursday, April 16, 2015


OPEN QUALIFIER AT STRATHCONA PART OF STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN 
#LSNsport

 

Staal Open At Strathcona
Tom Forsythe (Manager Golf Services), Walter Keating Jr (President - TBDGA), Joe Quaresima (Tournament Director Committee), Scott Smith (Executive Director Staal Foundation Open) Photo Credit: Sean Davies

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- APRIL 16, 2015 —--- The Thunder Bay District Golf Association (TBDGA) has once again received two exemptions for the Staal Foundation Open at this summer’s event slated for July 13-19, 2015 at Whitewater Golf Club.

At a media conference today, Scott Smith, Executive Director of the PGA TOUR Canada stop in Thunder Bay confirmed that the District Golf Association will once again have two sponsor exemptions available for two local golfers to participate in the tournament.

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INNOVATIVE BALLAST WATER SOLUTION ON THE GREAT LAKES - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

INNOVATIVE BALLAST WATER SOLUTION ON THE GREAT LAKES  #LSNshipping

INNOVATIVE BALLAST WATER SOLUTION ON THE GREAT LAKES INNOVATIVE BALLAST WATER SOLUTION ON THE GREAT LAKES 

 Thunder Bay, Ontario ---- Montreal,  ---   April 15, 2015 ----  Fednav Limited, the largest Canadian operator of international ships in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, today announced an order for 12 ballast water treatment systems to equip its ships currently under construction. This makes Fednav the first shipping company in Canada and the Great Lakes to announce the installation of ballast water treatment systems, well before the regulatory requirement.

"Our company is committed to stimulating trade and enhancing Canada’s economy while protecting the Great Lakes against the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species,” said Paul Pathy, President and Co-CEO of Fednav Limited. “After extensive analysis and testing, we are confident that the technology we are choosing is an affordable and effective means to ensure that Canada meets its ballast water requirements. We are proud to be leading the way, along with government and industry partners, in establishing a level playing field for the Canadian, U.S., and international fleets to operate together in the Great Lakes region.”

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Raising minimum wage won’t help most struggling families - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

 
Raising minimum wage won’t help most struggling families  #LSNeconomy

minimum wage

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -- VANCOUVER, BC/ Troy Media/ --- April 15, 2015  ---- Increasing the minimum wage not the most effective way to fight poverty The B.C. government recently announced it will increase the minimum wage in September to $10.45 per hour. Thereafter, annual increases will be automatically pegged at the rate of inflation.

Shortly after the announcement, Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training, said: “We want to protect the most vulnerable British Columbians in our province and . . . deal with the issue of those who are struggling with their families.”

The goal of helping struggling families and the most vulnerable in society is laudable. But the problem is the minimum wage is the wrong policy to achieve this end. Before determining what the right policy is, we first need to understand who the impoverished really are. It turns out they are overwhelmingly not minimum wage earners.


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Doing your taxes good for your health - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Doing your taxes good for your health  #LSNhealth

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO TORONTO, ON/ Troy Media/ ---- April 14, 2015  ---   Taking advantage of tax credits can go a long way to making things easier for low-income Canadians.  Tax season is upon us and my practice is humming. I am not an accountant, I am a family doctor. My patients are not bank executives, they are largely people who live in poverty, many of whom are homeless and on social assistance. Yet I have set out to remind my patients - each and every one of them - to fill out their tax returns.

Is this a case of confused professional identity? Have I confused RRSPs with ECGs? I don't think so. This is a powerful health intervention.  read more ...
DNR offers guidance for turkey hunters in areas near avian flu - Monday, April 13, 2015

DNR offers guidance for turkey hunters in areas near avian flu #LSNoutdoors

     Turkey Hunting

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  --- April 13, 2015  ---  While avian influenza has not yet been found in wild turkeys, hunters are nonetheless reminded of ways to avoid potentially spreading the virus.

To date, highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been found in Cottonwood, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lyon, Meeker, Nobles, Pope, Stearns and Watonwan counties. So far, it has only been confirmed in domestic turkey farms. Waterfowl are the natural reservoirs for the virus.

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Time ripe for a national drug plan - Monday, April 13, 2015

Time ripe for a national drug plan  #LSNhealth

Time ripe for a national drug plan

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO / Troy Media/ LSN  - Aoril 13, 2015  --  A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal with health economist Steve Morgan as lead author argues a national universal care drug program would not result in substantial tax increases. Indeed, such a plan reduces public and private spending on prescription drugs by $7.3 billion annually – or by 32 per cent.

According to Morgan and his co-authors, the private sector would save $8.2 billion (worst-case scenario $6.6 billion, best-case scenario $9.6 billion), whereas costs to government would increase by about $1 billion (worst-case scenario $5.4 billion net increase, best-case scenario $2.9 billion net savings).

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CFIA has quarantined 29 premises In Ontario - Sunday, April 12, 2015


CFIA has quarantined 29 premises In Ontario  #LSNhealth

 Bird Flu

 he Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established an Avian Influenza Control Zone in Ontario to control the movement of animals, products and equipment in the area to minimize disease spread.

The boundary of the Avian Influenza Control Zone covers a 10km radius from the single premises confirmed to be infected with avian influenza, located in Oxford County, Ontario.

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Magnus Theatre Moose on the Loose Review #LSNarts - Sunday, April 12, 2015

Magnus Theatre Moose on the Loose Review  #LSNarts

Magnus Theatre Moose on the Loose

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----   April 12, 2015   ---  It was a packed house at Thunder Bay’s Magnus Theatre. The audience had turned up to see “Moose on the Loose” written by former Thunder Bay resident Dina Morrone.

Maintaining a family requires a lot of effort and sacrifice, since in the end it is about the survival of the family more than it is about the survival and even happiness of the individual. While that may be a downside to the family, it has existed since time in memorial because there are benefits to belonging to a family.

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Delays in Cambie Surgery Centre trial - Sunday, April 12, 2015

 
Delays in Cambie Surgery Centre trial #LSNhealth

Thunder Bay, Ontario /  BELLEVILLE, ON/ Troy Media/ ---  April 12, 2015  ---  Bureaucratic inertia may have led to Delay in Cambie Surgery Centre trial Government reveals it failed to disclose 300,000 pages of documents.  British Columbia residents frustrated by waiting lists for medical services will be disappointed to learn of a bureaucratic delay in a court case that could help unstop the backlog.

The case – which involves Dr. Brian Day, the Cambie Surgery Centre, and four patients who suffered adverse effects when their healthcare was delayed – has been moseying its way through the court system for more than five year

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Too much fun in the Twin Cities for just a weekend #LSNoutdoors - Saturday, April 11, 2015

Too much fun in the Twin Cities for just a weekend #LSNoutdoors

Target Field Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL, Minnesota/ Troy Media/ - Minneapolis - St Paul is just a 6.5 hour drive south of Thunder Bay, Ontario. There is a small restaurant-bar right in the middle of downtown Minneapolis called The Keys at the Foshay. The pies are to die for. Breakfast is a feast. And after a ball game at Target Field or a basketball game at Target Center, there is no better place for a late night snack.

The Keys is one of a handful or bar/restaurants in downtown Minneapolis near the theatre district, the baseball stadium and the basketball arena that make an evening in the heart of the Twin Cities something special.

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EcoSuperior’s Painted Rain Barrel Auction #LSNoutdoors - Thursday, April 9, 2015


EcoSuperior’s Painted Rain Barrel Auction #LSNoutdoors

EcoSuperior’s Rain Barrel Auction

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ----- April 9, 2015   ----  You could choose noisy wind chimes, those creepy garden gnomes, or an ornate fountain, but if you really want a unique piece of outdoor art, a painted rain barrel is what every backyard needs. Not only is it functional, but the painted rain barrels at EcoSuperior’s annual auction event are one-of-a-kind creations by local artists. Plus, each one helps support environmental programs in our community.

The 5th Annual Painted Rain Barrel Auction, presented by Landale Gardens and DST Consulting Engineers, takes place once again this year at the Home and Garden Show from April 10 to 12, 2015. Thirty hand-painted rain barrels make an impressive display, and the event draws thousands of visitors each year.

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Restraining compensation ease Ontario’s budget woes #LSNeconomy - Thursday, April 9, 2015

Restraining compensation ease Ontario’s budget woes #LSNeconomy

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO VANCOUVER, BC/ Troy Media/ ---  April 9, 2015  ----   Government worker compensation consumes more than half the provincial budget. Amid a gathering fiscal storm, the Ontario government will soon table its budget for the coming fiscal year and beyond. There’s a lot riding on getting things right.

A recent study found that debt is growing at an unsustainable rate and there are real concerns about the government’s ability to deliver on its plan to eliminate the deficit by 2017/18. Further credit downgrades and higher interest payments could be on the horizon if the government fails to fix its financial troubles.  


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HIKE FOR HOSPICE #LSNhealth - Thursday, April 9, 2015

HIKE FOR HOSPICE  #LSNhealth

  Hospice Northwest

 Thunder Bay, Ontario, April 9, 2015 – On Sunday  May 3rd, the city of Thunder Bay will join thousands of Canadians as they come together to hike in support of hospice palliative care. 2015 marks the fourth year that Hospice Northwest has hosted this unique national event, which has been raising funds for end-of-life care and grief support services for the past 13 years.  Hospice Northwest staff and volunteers are more excited than ever to host this year’s Hike, which begins at 10:45 AM on Sunday May 3rd at Boulevard Lake. This family-friendly event will feature a 3 km and 5 km walk around Boulevard Lake, and will include great entertainment, face painting and clowns for the kids, a fun photo booth, a special remembrance ceremony and some wonderful prizes, including a WestJet trip for two.

Hike Chairman Shane Judge explains, “As we hike around scenic Boulevard Lake on May 3rd, our hikers will have an opportunity to pause for a moment of quiet reflection on the historic Black Bay Bridge and gently release a flower into the waters below, in celebration of the lives of those we are here to remember”

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Ice stacked up 8 feet deep #LSNshipping - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ice stacked up 8 feet deep #LSNshipping

Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Alder

 U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw (foreground) and Alder continue ice breaking operations on eastern Lake Superior, creating tracks that will enable 18 vessels currently being staged to continue transiting to and from the lower Great Lakes, April 7, 2015. Ongoing ice breaking operations are part of the Spring Breakout phase of Operation Taconite. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard)

 
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. –  April 8, 2015  --- The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard continue to break ice on eastern Lake Superior for vessels that are waiting to transit to and from the lower Great Lakes.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw and Alder are teaming up with the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Samuel Risley to create tracks that will enable vessels to continue transiting with cargo to and from various ports. A second Canadian Coast Guard Cutter, Pierre Radisson, is expected to arrive in the area this afternoon.   

 


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Moose on the Loose By Dina Morrone #LSNarts - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Moose on the Loose By Dina Morrone  #LSNarts

 Moose on the Loose By Dina Morrone

 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ------  April 8, 2014  ----  Dina Morrone, has returned to Thunder Bay from Los Angeles, a place she now calls home. A playwright,  her play, “Moose on the Loose”, will soon open at Thunder Bay’s Magnus Theatre under the direction of Mario Crudo. This will be the Canadian premier for this play.

This play was produced at Los Angeles Theatre West; the City’s longest running theatre which was started with Betty Garret and members of the Bridges family. 


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NOMA PLEASED NIER Announcement #LSNeconomy - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 
NOMA PLEASED NIER Announcement  #LSNeconomy

Michael Gravelle

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----  April 7, 2015  - The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) was on hand for the announcement today that the Province of Ontario will move forward to make the Northern Industrial Energy Rebate (NIER) program permanent and funded at $120 million annually.

The NIER program reimburses industry, including mining and forestry with a 25% energy cost rebate per year. Valued by both industry and the region, NOMA has been requesting that the government make the program permanent. read more ...
APEX Aboriginal Partnership Exchange Chief Clarence Louie #LSNeconomy - Sunday, April 5, 2015


APEX Aboriginal Partnership Exchange Chief Clarence Louie  #LSNeconomy

Chief Clarence Louie

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  --- April 5, 2015  ----  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce renowned speaker Chief Clarence Louie will be the Opening Keynote for the APEX Aboriginal Partnership Exchange, June 4th at the Victoria Inn.  
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A lifelong student of Native American Studies,  Chief Louie, the Chief and CEO of Osoyoos Indian Band has been widely recognized in Canada, the United States and overseas. Clarence shares his experiences and best lessons learned to native people, government and corporate agencies across the U.S, Canada and Australia

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Sidewalk Chalk Fest #LSNarts - Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sidewalk Chalk Fest  #LSNarts

Sidewalk Chalk Fest

Chalk A Lot
Chalk.a.Lot – Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival in Two Harbors, MN
July 18-19, 2015

TWO HARBORS, MINNESOTA  ---- April 4, 2015 Once again everyone from chalk novices to solid sidewalk artists will be taking part in the 4th Annual Chalk.a.Lot Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.  Whether you come to draw on the sidewalk, or be there for the sights and sounds of the art event, vendors, and musicians, there is something for everyone.

 


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SEAWAY OPENS 57th NAVIGATION SEASON #LSNshipping - Saturday, April 4, 2015


SEAWAY OPENS 57th NAVIGATION SEASON #LSNshipping

CWB Marquis


CWB Ship Opens Season, Seaway Looks to Repeat 2014’s Cargo Record

 
Washington, DC (April 2, 2015) – The U.S. and Canadian Seaway Corporations marked the opening of the Seaway’s 57th navigation season today, with the transit of the newly-built CWB Marquis through the St. Lambert Lock. The vessel is the first of two Equinox-class lakers ordered by Winnipeg-based grain marketer CWB that are being purpose-built for trade in the Great Lakes Seaway System. In 2014, over 12 million tons of grain moved through the Seaway, the highest volume recorded since the beginning of the 21st century.

“The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System provides global access to the heartland of North America, where opportunities abound,” said U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) Administrator Betty Sutton. “Through a new Regional Outreach Initiative, we are working to expand our reach and role across the Great Lakes region - North America’s ‘Opportunity Belt’. Helping our cities, states, and provinces in the Great Lakes region realize further economic growth and productivity via our binational waterway is the overarching point. Additionally, the significant financial investments we are making in infrastructure and new technologies through our Asset Renewal Program are enabling the entire Great Lakes Seaway System to realize increased safety and efficiencies.”
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MANAGING FOR MULTIPLE RESOURCES AND VALUES SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST #LSNoutdoors - Saturday, April 4, 2015

MANAGING FOR MULTIPLE RESOURCES AND VALUES SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST #LSNoutdoors

 

patrol along control line

Fire crews igniting prescribed fire unit and patrol along control line with hose line and back pack pumps.

 
DULUTH, MN – April 2, 2015  Multi-tasking is a common term in our culture today but do you thought about how this applies to management on a national forest?   Imagine having a daily task list that includes:  manage fuels and respond to wildfire; provide motorized and non-motorized recreation and roads for hundreds of thousands of visitors; maintain habitat for thousands of species of plants, wildlife and fish; provide a sustainable flow of timber, minerals, and other forest products; protect air, water, and wilderness quality; and more. In Forest Service lingo, we use the term ‘multiple-use’ and it is the basis for management on the Superior National Forest.  
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NUTRITION NORTH FOOD SUBSIDY PROGRAM #LSNnews - Saturday, April 4, 2015

 
NUTRITION NORTH FOOD SUBSIDY PROGRAM #LSNnews

Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- April 4, 2015 ---  Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), Thunder Bay, Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic released the following statement in response to a proposal announced by the NewDemocratic Party regarding the flawed Nutrition North food subsidy program:

“We are pleased to see the Official Opposition challenge the Harper government on this very important issue and we hope this signals a strong commitment to helpingus secure access to high quality, affordable food


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Third year, the 10x10 Play Showcase #LSNarts - Saturday, April 4, 2015

 

Third year, the 10x10 Play Showcase #LSNarts

10 by 10 Plays

Third year, the 10x10 Play Showcase

 
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -----  April 4, 2015  ---  Now in its third year, the 10x10 Play Showcase will feature original works written by Thunder Bay playwrights.

“The 10 minute play is a new dramatic form that is practiced around the world,” says Cathi Grandfield, the 10x10 artistic director. “The audience experiences a complete story, with a beginning, a middle and an end, all in 10 minutes. The play is not just a vignette or one scene from a longer work. Each play is intended to stand on its own as a unique and original piece of theatre.”

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Big Oscar Winners Headline Film Fest #LSNarts - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 

Big Oscar Winners Headline Film Fest #LSNarts

Film Fest 2015

 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---   April 1, 2015  ----  Film fans who missed seeing the major Academy Award winners on the big screen in Thunder Bay will finally get their chance thanks to the 22nd Annual Northwest Film Fest, staged by the North of Superior Film Association (NOSFA)---and that's no April Fool!

Oscar winners including Birdman, Still Alice, Selma, and Citizenfour  headline a stellar line-up of 21 films that will be screened at SilverCity April 12th and 19th during the film fest.

 


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HOCKEY HALL OF FAMER Bobby Orr to attend Staal Open #LSNsports - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 HOCKEY HALL OF FAMER Bobby Orr to attend Staal Open  #LSNsports

Bobby Orr to attend Staal Open

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - MARCH 31 — Hockey Hall of Fame legend Bobby Orr will lend his support to the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel this summer. Bobby Orr will be onsite at Whitewater Golf Club,in Thunder BAy,  on Tuesday July 14th and Wednesday July 15th participating in various events to support the tournament’s charity efforts.

“Learning that Bobby has decided to participate in our event this summer is absolutely thrilling,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director. “Bobby has shown a strong interest in supporting Thunder Bay and region and our efforts to raise money for charity along with the Staal Family Foundation. We hope his presence will help us take our event and its community impact to the next level.”


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Ambulance fees obstacles on the road to care #LSNhealth - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ambulance fees obstacles on the road to care #LSNhealth

Ambulance Care

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, and CALGARY, AB/ Troy Media/ --  March 31, 2015  --   Imagine you’re a physician seeing a six month old child in clinic. She has a fever and cough, she’s working hard to breathe and her oxygen levels are falling. You know she needs assessment in the emergency room and requires transportation in an ambulance in case her condition worsens en route. Her family understands the urgency of the situation, but asks, “Could we take her there in our car?”

Experiencing a medical emergency is an incredibly stressful experience for patients and their families. This stress should not be compounded by worries about getting an ambulance bill they can’t afford. As physicians, we know the importance of the first few minutes of an emergency situation, and the crucial role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in saving lives. And yet ambulance fees remain a significant barrier to people receiving necessary care across Canada.

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Antibiotics: When the bad outweighs the good #LSNhealth - Saturday, March 28, 2015


Antibiotics: When the bad outweighs the good #LSNhealth

Antibiotics: When the bad outweighs the good

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ Troy Media/ THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO /LSN / March 28, 2015 --- Antibiotics are important medications; without them, diseases like strep, pneumonia and syphilis can be fatal. However, when antibiotics are overused or not taken exactly as prescribed, serious complications can occur. What's more, even when used properly, some antibiotics are associated with serious side effects, some of which can have lasting effects on health and well-being. 


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Thunder Bay Population Declining #LSNeconomy - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thunder Bay Population Declining #LSNeconomy

 Cumulative Population Change

 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ----  March 25, 2015 – A new report and video podcast released by Northern Policy Institute shows the close relationship between Northern Ontario’s overall declining population and the struggling primary industry sector. The report, Diversify, Innovate, Invest…and Grow, was researched and written by Julien Bonin and examines the trends in population throughout the 11 census districts in Northern Ontario from 2001 to 2013.

According to the report, the districts of Sudbury, Rainy River, Cochrane, Timiskaming, Algoma, and Thunder Bay saw declines in population, while Kenora, Greater Sudbury, Manitoulin, Parry Sound, and Nipissing saw some growth.

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Poe Lock Opened #LSNshipping - Friday, March 27, 2015

 Poe Lock Opened  #LSNshipping

Soo Locks Opened

 The Soo opened at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. 2015, the Edwin H. Gott owned by the Great Lakes Fleet at the Poe Lock and she was the first ship of the 2015 shipping season.

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  March 25, 2015  --– At 12:01 a.m. today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2015 Great Lakes shipping season. The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system which extends from Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway. Together these 16 locks lift or lower ships 600 feet – the height of a 60 story building.
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CoastGuard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing #LSNshipping - Friday, March 27, 2015
CoastGuard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing  #LSNshipping


 

Coast Guard cutter fleet flushing ice down river systems to prevent ice jams, facilitate shipping


CLEVELAND, OHIO —--  March 27, 2015 --- The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates.

Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures, and rain has caused plate ice to weaken, creating large and small ice floes through the Great Lakes and its river systems.
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HAGI's Wilderness Discovery Resort #LSNoutdoors - Thursday, March 26, 2015

HAGI's Wilderness Discovery Resort  #LSNoutdoors

HAGI's Wilderness Discovery Resort

 
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---  March 26, 2015 -----  I spend most of my life living in a world that is not designed for me. I have Multiple Sclerosis and an acquired brain injury, similar to Cerebral Palsy.  I use a power chair to move through life and a hospital bed to rest at night.  Throughout my days, I encounter “accessible” businesses that have no power doors or have “just one step to be lifted over.”  I use sidewalks that suddenly dip to one side when I get to driveways, or that have curb cuts with large bumps at the end.  I go to restaurants, malls and even the regional hospital that have washrooms with tiny stalls and low toilets from which I could never get up.  I visit my friends and family members in their yards because their homes are not wheelchair accessible.  I try to move through my city on a transit system that includes buses upon which people who use mobility devices must ride backwards, a practice that all of my doctors say is dangerous for me.  I get motion sickness and because of weak muscles, I also get neck and back injuries.

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TBCC CONCERNED WITH FINANCIAL PLAN #LSNeconomy - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

 
TBCC CONCERNED WITH FINANCIAL PLAN  #LSNeconomy

Propsed Events Centre

 THUNDER BAY. ONTARIO ---– March 25, 2015  ---  The Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre is an aspirational project that continues to receive broad support from the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce membership although concerns are being raised about the proposed financial plan.

President Charla Robinson says, “The business community is well-informed about both the short and long term benefitsCharla Robinson that a new Event Centre offers to the local economy through job creation and investment attraction. Business owners also place great importance on ensuring the business plan makes financial sense and does not contain undo risk. The apparent lack of new federal funding support towards financing for the Event Centre project and the change from an equal three-way split between federal, provincial and municipal portions are big concerns.”
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Food that is good for the soul at St. Joseph's Care Group #LSNhealth - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 
Food that is good for the soul at St. Joseph's Care Group #LSNhealth

St. Joseph's Care Group

Through home-cooked meals at St. Joseph's Heritage, Pauline Swanson and Darla Young-Premack (seated) have forged a special friendship, based on trust and compassion

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,   ---  March 24, 2015   ---Two eggs, sunny-side up. Sounds simple, but for Darla Young-Premack and Pauline Swanson, it’s much, much more than just a nourishing breakfast. It’s about trust, friendship and support.

The two women met about eight months ago, when Darla moved into PR Cook Apartments at St. Joseph’s Heritage. Following a brain injury, the 64-year-old isn’t comfortable in her kitchen anymore, and isn’t capable of cooking for herself.

“I decide I want to cook something, then I get to the kitchen and I can’t remember why I’m there, or what it was I was looking for,” she said. “I just can’t do it.”

So, nearly every day, she heads down to the café on the main floor of the Heritage, where Pauline serves her a hot meal, usually breakfast.  The two swap tales and poke fun at each other. It’s the sort of intimate banter usually reserved for long-time friends or family.  

“Being here settles me, this is my family,” said Darla on this particular morning, glancing up from a hefty plate of French toast, cooked ham and hash browns. “I feel safe and calm here. Not to mention she’s a damned good cook. I give her a hard time, but I mostly just want to give her a big hug.”
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Members vote to Merge Bay Apple Credit Unions #LSNeconomy - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 
Members vote to Merge Bay Apple Credit Unions  #LSNeconomy

Bay Apple Credit Union Merge

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---   March 24, 2015  ----  The legal name of the new Thunder Bay, credit union will be Bay Credit Union Limited.  Lynne LeGros added that “although all official business transactions will be done under the Bay Credit Union name, we recognize the history of both credit unions and will honour and preserve the legacy of Apple Community Credit Union.”

Richard Atkinson, Chair of Bay Credit Union, and Lorne Kellar, Chair of Apple Community Credit Union, are pleased to announce that their members have voted at well attended Special Meetings to overwhelmingly approve a merger combining their Credit Unions into a new, truly local Credit Union.
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VIA considering Northshore of Superior #LSNoutdoors - Monday, March 23, 2015
VIA considering Northshore of Superior #LSNoutdoors

VIA Rail Thunder Bay
File Photo: The Canadian at CP Rail Station on Syndicate Ave Thunder Bay.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, ---  March 23, 2015 ---  LSN---   VIA is looking to review it's rail corridor between Toronto and Winnipeg.

VIA suspended Canadian service between Winnipeg and Toronto, March 11, citing the impossibility of maintaining schedules as CN dealt with the oil train mishaps near Gogama. It is imperative now to simply get the train running again before the summer tourism season, according to CP Rail.

David Thomas, Contributing Editor, writes in the March 20th edition of Railway Age, one option is to shift to CP trackage between Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Sudbury, Ontario, something Via Rail CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano hinted at last November during an interview with Railway Age. The motive, he said then, would be to provide passengers with a more scenic route closer to the Great Lakes, while at the same time serving more communities.


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2015 Shipping Season to get underway Monday in Port of Duluth-Superior #LSNshipping - Saturday, March 21, 2015

 
2015 Shipping Season to get underway Monday in Port of Duluth-Superior #LSNshipping

Mesabi Miner

Mesabi Miner headed out into Lake Superior through the Duluth Ship Canal 2013

Duluth, Minn., USA --- March 21, 2015 —-- The first two U.S.-flag lakers are on schedule to depart the Port of Duluth-Superior on Monday, March 23,  signaling the start of the 2015 commercial shipping season at this end of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system.

On Sunday morning, the John G. Munson, with an assist from Heritage Marine tugs, is set to move from its winter berth at Fraser Shipyards in Superior to first fuel at the Port Terminal then shift over to the CN Duluth Dock to load 24,000 short tons of iron ore pellets. On Monday morning, the Munson is slated to depart beneath the Aerial Bridge, destined for Gary, Indiana.  

Late Monday afternoon/early evening, the Mesabi Miner is expected to depart from the Superior Midwest Energy Terminal with some 57,000 tons of coal onboard for the power plant at Taconite Harbor. After making that delivery, the 1,000-footer will return to the Twin Ports for a couple of days of scheduled maintenance work and to load its next coal cargo.


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New Development for the Red Rock Mill Site #LSNeconomy - Saturday, March 21, 2015

 
New Development for the Red Rock Mill Site  #LSNeconomy

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  March 21, 2015  --  Through the work of Riversedge Developments and their vision for the community of Red Rock, a memorandum of understanding was signed Town of Red Rocktoday between the Port of Algoma Inc.,a subsidiary of Essar Ports Global Holdings and North Port Canada, a subsidiary of Riversedge Developments for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a deep water port at the former Red Rock mill site. The agreement is for a 15 year period exclusively with Port of Algoma Inc.  


Essar Ports Global Holdings is a subsidiary of Essar Global Fund Limited (EGFL), a global investment fund with majority ownership in a number of world class assets diversified across core sectors of Energy, Metals & Mining, Ports & Infrastructure, and Services. The portfolio has aggregate revenues of over US$30 billion, employing over 60,000 people and has adopted international standards of accounting, health & safety, environmental protection and governance.

The Port of Algoma management with strong expertise in developing state of the art port facilities globally, will be responsible for overseeing all assessment and developmentof the new Red Rock Port.
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TBCC BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS NOMINEES 2015 #LSNnews - Saturday, March 21, 2015

 TBCC BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS NOMINEES 2015  #LSNnews

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   March  21,  2015  ----  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is holding its 21st Annual Business Excellence THUNDER BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCEAwards on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.  The event is proudly presented by BELL.   


We are pleased to announce the 66 nominees in 13 categories:
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RMYC Receives Respect Award #LSNnews - Thursday, March 19, 2015

 
RMYC Receives Respect Award  #LSNnews

 

RMYC Receives Respect Award

 Congratulations to the Regional Multicultural Youth Council receiving the Respect Award at the 9th Annual Celebration Breakfast of the United Nations International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination at the Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay
Photo by Frank Pullia 

 
THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   March 19, 2015  ---  Close to 400 people were on hand this morning at the Victoria Inn to take part in Diversity Thunder Bay’s 9th annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Celebration Breakfast.  Despite the early hour, attendees came away both enthused and inspired. 


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Recall Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner #LSNhealth - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Recall Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner #LSNhealth

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

NORTHFIELD, Ill., March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner – due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the "Best When Used By" dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code "C2" directly below the date on each individual box.  The "C2" refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made.

Some of these products have also been packed in multi-pack units that have a range of different code dates and manufacturing codes on the external packaging (box or shrink-wrap), depending on the package configuration (see table below).

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Giant Gymnastics ends season winning #LSNsports - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Giant Gymnastics ends season winning #LSNsports

Giant Gymnastics ends season winning

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  ----   March 18, 2015  ---  Team Giant Gymnastics had another successful weekend south of the border.  24 gymnasts travelled to the Minneapolis area to compete in 3 different divisions – Xcel Gold, Platinum and Diamond.
 


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Geotourism ~ Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place #LSNoutdoors - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 
Geotourism ~ Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place #LSNoutdoors

DULUTH, MN; THUNDER BAY, ON ----   March 18, 2015  ----—   Travelers seeking unspoiled places and culturallyGeoTourism authentic experiences now have a valuable new resource in a comprehensive “Geotourism MapGuide” and website for the Heart of the Continent region. The landmark project has taken two years to plan and execute and is a historically significant asset for everyone who visits or lives in the region.


The Geotourism MapGuide, with its Heart of the Continent Mobile App, highlights the enchanted landscapes and enduring people of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario.  It is designed to showcase to local, national and international audiences the natural, cultural and historic attractions that define the region.
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Room for improvement in pharmaceutical drug regulation #LSNhealth - Sunday, March 15, 2015

Room for improvement in pharmaceutical drug regulation #LSNhealth

pharmaceutical drug regulation

OTTAWA, ON/ THUNDER BAY, ON/ Troy Media/ ---- March 15, 2015   -------  Prescription pharmaceuticals have saved and improved many lives, but they can also be deadly. How can we make sure Canadians get the prescription drugs they need without causing unnecessary harm?

The federal government plays a vital role in pharmaceutical drug regulation. We have many reasons to be proud of the systems for drug safety already in place in Canada. Yet there’s room for significant improvement.


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NASCAR Pit crew to Coast Guard Boat Crew #LSNsports - Sunday, March 15, 2015

 
NASCAR Pit crew to  Coast Guard Boat Crew #LSNsports

Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Terry

 Justin Terry helps set up the pit box before a NASCAR race in Charlotte, N.C. in May of 2009. Terry joined the Coast Guard in 2010 after working in NASCAR pit crews for more than three years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by J.D. Terry)

Portsmouth, Va -----    March 15, 2015  ---- Ever wonder what it's like to respond to a distress call as a member of a Coast Guard boat crew, in the dark, in high winds and heavy swells? How about to work as part of a NASCAR pit crew? To be surrounded by thousands of fanatics with cars screaming by in excess of 200 mph? Just ask Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Terry, an intelligence specialist stationed in Portsmouth, Va. He's done both.

Military members sometimes have unique, exciting and rewarding work experiences prior to joining the service, performing jobs that develop skills and traits that later translate into their military missions. Terry worked for more than three years as a NASCAR pit crewman before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2010, taking what he learned trackside to the seas off North Carolina.


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Oil-train derailments expose folly of anti-pipeline movement #LSNenviroment - Saturday, March 14, 2015

Oil-train derailments expose folly of anti-pipeline movement #LSNenviroment 

CALGARY, AB--- March 14, 2015 ------ Four recent oil-train derailments – two in the United StatKenneth P. Greenes and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama – have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil.

The most recent spills and explosions in Illinois, West Virginia and Ontario all involved long oil trains of about 100 cars. So far as we know, they all met the most recent railcar designs and regulatory requirements in the U.S. and Canada.

The barrage of derailments continues to illuminate the folly of the anti-pipeline movement.

Because of an artificially created shortage of pipeline capacity in the U.S. and Canada, more petroleum products are moving by rail. This issue was deeply analyzed in a 2013 study I co-authored on Intermodal Safety in the Transport of Oil. Using the most comprehensive available U.S. data, we observed that while the vast majority of oil transported by any mode arrives safely at its destination, there are still discernable differences in relative safety. On virtually all metrics of safety, whether environmental or occupational, it was clear that movement of oil and gas is safest via pipeline and less safe via rail.
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TBay Chamber Gives Failing Grade to Development of Ring of Fire #LSNeconomy - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 
TBay Chamber Gives Failing Grade to Development of Ring of Fire  #LSNeconomy

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -----  March 11, 2015  ------ A new report from the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ring of Fire of Commerce finds that permit delays, an absence of infrastructure, and intergovernmental quarrelling have stalled development in Ontario’s Ring of Fire, the mineral resource-rich region in the province’s Far North.


The report, ‘Where are we Now? A Report Card on the Ring of Fire’, evaluates progress against seven key challenges to development in the region. It finds that it will be years before a first mine is opened in the region.

The provincial government receives a failing grade when it comes to clearing the regulatory logjam. Delays in issuing exploration permits and approving environmental assessments are preventing mining firms from breaking ground on their projects.  

The federal government also earns a failing grade, as it has yet to demonstrate that the Ring of Fire is a national economic development priority. Ottawa has declined to match the provincial government’s commitment of $1 billion for the development of transportation infrastructure.
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Paterson Foundation $500,000 Gift to Cyclotron #LSNhealth - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 
Paterson Foundation $500,000 Gift to Cyclotron  #LSNhealth

Paterson Foundation $500,000 Gift to Cyclotron

Thunder Bay, ON ---– March 11, 2015  -----  Today, standing just outside the bunker of the newly installed Cyclotron in Thunder Bay's the Health Services Centre, Chair of the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign, Paul Fitzpatrick, welcomed representatives from The Paterson Foundation to announce a spectacular gift to the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign, specifically directed to the Cyclotron. 

“We were delighted to witness the Cyclotron’s arrival here in Thunder Bay exactly one month ago today,” remarked Donald Paterson, President, The Paterson Foundation. “This incredible equipment is a beacon of hope for cancer patients across Northwestern Ontario, and, indeed, even further afield as the research completed here will, ultimately, guide diagnoses and treatment potentially worldwide. Recognizing the tremendous value of the cyclotron and its potential, the Paterson Foundation would like to issue a challenge to our community to ensure we have the required funds to commission the Cyclotron now that it is here.”
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Neebing Fire Tailgate Raffle #LSNnews - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

 
Neebing Fire Tailgate Raffle  #LSNnews

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -----  March 10, 2015   ----   This year, Neebing Fire/Rescue Association’s just south of Thunder BNeebing Fire Rescue Associationay, Ontario,  (NFRA)Tailgate Sale Raffle will be drawn June 20th, for a “truly Rural” prize.

  Local business men Colin Chaschuk of Chaschuk Enterprises and Ray Johnson of Ray Johnson Services, have donated 10 cords of birch firewood
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Property rights dispute takes a short break #LSNnews - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Property rights dispute takes a short break #LSNnews
CALGARY, AB/ Troy Media/ LSNews/ ---- March 10, 2015  --- Amid the current focus on provincial red ink, one iMark Milkessue has slipped off the public radar screen in Alberta: Property rights.

The lack of attention is understandable given the nearness of the provincial budget and the province’s poor finances. But until recently, property rights, and more broadly land-use issues (which involve regulation of both private and leased land), were a continual, high-profile source of conflict in Alberta.

For example, in 2009 and 2010, the province introduced a series of four bills – 19, 24, 36 and 50 – to which Keith Wilson, the lawyer for one property rights organization, asserted that the bills would a) concentrate power in the hands of the provincial cabinet, b) limit rights to compensation, c) seek to remove the role of the courts, and d) diminish adherence to the rule of law in Alberta. read more ...
St. Joseph’s Care Group Honoured for Work in Client-Centred Care #LSNhealth - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

St. Joseph’s Care Group Honoured for Work in Client-Centred Care #LSNhealth

SJCG Ontario’s 20 Faces of Change

  THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -----  March 10, 2015   ----  Jessica Saunders, Client and Community Relations Coordinator at Thunder Bay's,  St. Joseph’s Care Group, has been selected as one of Ontario’s 20 Faces of Change.

The awards were created by The Change Foundation to honour those who have inspired positive client and patient-centred change within the provincial healthcare system.

Saunders, who received the award last night at a ceremony in Toronto, was selected from among 80 submissions.  The 31-year-old calls it “a group achievement.”
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Coast Guard urges caution on ice as temperatures increase #LSNoutdoors - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Coast Guard urges caution on ice as temperatures increase #LSNoutdoors


SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. (LSNews)—  March 10, 2015  ---  The Coast Guard is urging people to use extreme caution on waterwaysthroughout Lake Superior and northern Lakes Michigan and Huron since warmer temperatures are forecast through next Tuesday.

The above freezing-temperatures could pose safety concerns on waterways which have been frozen during the past couple of months.
There have already been cases in the lower Great Lakes in which people have fallen through the ice. This is also the time of year when ice breaking operations are increasing throughout the Great Lakes in preparation for the Sault Locks opening on March 25 and commercial traffic starting to transport goods. This will create especially hazardous conditions in harbors, ports and waterways  in which these operations are taking place.
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February 2015 Housing Starts in Thunder Bay #LSNeconomy - Monday, March 9, 2015

 February 2015 Housing Starts in Thunder Bay #LSNeconomy

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -----  March 9, 2015 ----- Housing starts in Thunder Bay, Census Metropolitan Area (CMCMHC Thunder BayA) were trending at 210 units in February down from 243 units in January according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) [1] of housing starts.


"February's decrease in the housing starts trend in Thunder Bay followed January's softening. The two consecutive declines have now clearly reversed the strengthening trend witnessed in the final eight months of 2014. No starts in February helped to moderate the trend. A low February figure is not uncommon given difficult winter construction conditions present in Northwestern Ontario," commented Warren Philp, CMHC Market Analyst.
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STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN, PRESENTED RETURNS IN 2015 BIGGER THAN EVER #LSNsports - Monday, March 9, 2015

 
STAAL FOUNDATION OPEN, PRESENTED  RETURNS IN 2015 BIGGER THAN EVER  #LSNsports

Staal Foundation Open

THUNDER BAY, Ontario ---- MARCH 9, 2015 ----— The Staal Foundation Open, presented by Tbaytel, returns to Thunder Bay's, Whitewater Golf Club, July 13-19 with crowd-pleasing additions to the week-long event.

Continuing on the success of the inaugural event last year that saw over 12,000 people PGA Canadawatch PGA TOUR Canada players from around the world, organizers have been busy planning the activities for this coming year.

“Last year was our first year and our focus was primarily on hosting the best event on PGA TOUR Canada and making certain the competitors, organizers and crowds would look forward to coming back. We are planning to add some additional crowd-pleasers this year, expanding on our objective of providing a week-long festival associated with the golf event for the community to enjoy,” said Joe Quaresima member of the Tournament Director Committee. “Planning is in the works for additional recreational events and expanded viewing opportunities. It’s really about creating a festival atmosphere for the whole family.”
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Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Tours West #LSNarts - Monday, March 9, 2015

 
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Tours West  #LSNarts

Thunder Bay, ON –--- March 9, 2015  ---   This week the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra heads out in thTBSO On the Roade region for its semi-annual TBSO on Tour. This week the TBSO heads west, stopping in Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Kenora to perform community and education concerts and lead masterclasses under the direction of guest conductor Adam Johnson.


School concerts will take place at The Dryden Regional Training and Cultural Centre (Dryden, ON), Pelican Falls First Nations High School (Sioux Lookout, ON), and Knox United Church (Kenora, ON).
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NEW KAWISHIWI DISTRICT RANGER TO JOIN SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST #LSNoutdoors - Monday, March 9, 2015

NEW KAWISHIWI DISTRICT RANGER TO JOIN SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST #LSNoutdoors 

Gus Smith, District Ranger on the Kawishiwi Ranger District

DULUTH, MN  (March 9, 2015) Gus Smith, new District Ranger on the Kawishiwi Ranger District of the Superior National Forest, comes with extensive fire experience and familiarity with our region. 

Before joining the Forest Leadership Team on the Superior National Forest, Gus served at Yosemite National Park for six years as the Fire Ecologist. At Yosemite he worked with academic and federal researchers on fire science research in the Sierra Nevada, ran the fire effects monitoring program, and developed science-based planning tools for wildland fire management. Prior to that, he was on temporary detail to the Sierra National Forest for four months and spent another four months in Washington D.C. working on a detail for the Department of Interior in the Office of Wildland Fire.
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PGA TOUR Reaches Record Charity Total #LSNsports - Sunday, March 8, 2015

PGA TOUR Reaches Record Charity Total  #LSNsports

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL ----March 8, 2015 ---– The PGA TOUR announced today that charitable donations in 2014 PGA Tour Charity Recordwere a record $140.5 million. This total includes donations made by tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR China and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

With the announcement, the all-time total donated to charity is $2.14 billion since the first-ever charitable contribution of $10,000 at the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational. Of that total, more than $1 billion has come since the TOUR surpassed the $1-billion plateau in 2005. The $2-billion mark was passed in January of last season.
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Magnus Theatre “Doubt” #LSNarts - Sunday, March 8, 2015

Magnus Theatre “Doubt” #LSNarts

Magnus Theatre “Doubt”
THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  March 8, 2015 ------Thunder Bay’s Mario Crudo is once again bringing some of the greatest contemporary literature alive on stage at Magnus Theatre. Set in a Catholic Church in the Bronx N.Y of the early 60’s “Doubt” is both a parable as well as a story of a Church in transition. It was a change that fundamentally affected most aspects of the Church, under their new Pope; services were now to be conducted in the vernacular, rather than in Latin. The rigorous Christian disciplines as practiced by the more conservative monastery orders were right at home with a Latin service, and much of their approach to the secular influences in the world was to show their faith and dedication by being “cruel to be kind”. I have known people like Sister Aloysius Beauvier, as a youth my father insisted that I be given instruction at the piano. Living in Terrace Bay in the early 60’s the only place to get piano lessons was at the “Sister’s “place in nearby Schreiber. I am not too certain if they were good piano teachers or not but they were excellent at practicing the cruel to be kind doctrine.
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Liberals Doubling Down on Failed Energy Program #LSNeconomy - Saturday, March 7, 2015

Liberals Doubling Down on Failed Energy Program #LSNeconomy

Queen’s Park. Ontario ------  March 7, 2015  ----- Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski expressLiberal Smart Metered his shock at Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s comments earlier this week that smart meters are a ‘good-news story’ for the province and that the Liberal government is contemplating yet another increase to time-of-use pricing.

Despite the fact that the Auditor General has found that the smart meter program has run almost a billion dollars past its original budget—and the devices often do not relay accurate information back to the utilities—the Energy Minister continues to sing their praises. “From the very beginning the smart meter program has been a boondoggle” said Yakabuski. “These devices are one of the leading reasons why ratepayers have seen skyrocketing increases in their hydro bills in recent years.”  
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U16 Ontario Provincial Alpine Ski Championships# LSNsports - Friday, March 6, 2015

 
U16 Ontario Provincial Alpine Ski Championships #LSNsports

U16 Alpine Ski

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   March 6, 2015  ---- Thunder Bay and Loch Lomond Ski area are hosting the Mackenzie Investments U16 Ontario Provincial Alpine Ski Championships March 7-11.  This event moves around the province each year and returns to Thunder Bay every 4 years.  

170 of Ontario’s best 14 and 15 year old athletes will be competing at Loch Lomond for Provincial Championship honours as well as for the opportunity to represent Ontario at the Eastern North American Can Am races and the International FIS Kinder races in Whistler, British Columbia.  

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Mobile apps to streamline your construction business #LSNeconomy - Friday, March 6, 2015

 Mobile apps to streamline your construction business #LSNeconomy
SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO / -  ----- March 6, 2015  ---  Mobile apps might hold the key to aMobile Appschieving streamlining success Streamlining operations of any kind in the construction businesses has always been a challenge. This is primarily due to the fact that construction involves so many unpredictable variables, from municipality complications to unreliable labour forces.

In order to save both time and money, but without compromising on the quality and reliability of the products it offers to its customers, the construction industry has been looking to streamline its various processes and operations for some time now,.
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Canadian Food Inspection Agency restriction poultry products Confirmed Avian Influenza Minnesota #L - Friday, March 6, 2015

 
Canadian Food Inspection Agency restriction poultry products 
Confirmed Avian Influenza Minnesota
#LSNhealth

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -----  March 6, 2015  ---New cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in the Avian Flustate of Minnesota. The CFIA advisory to travellers has been updated to reflect this information.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada's poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, USA.

Travellers should know that, due to this outbreak, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, or packaged from the states of Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are under restriction until further notice. You may not bring these items into Canada.
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Sleeping Giant Loppet Kit Pick-Up and Late Registration #LSNoutdoors Sleeping Giant Loppet 2015 - Thursday, March 5, 2015

THUNDER BAY, MARCH 5, 2015  ---  It's not too late to sign up for the 2015 Loppet! The warmer temperatures forecast for Friday, will harden up the trail beautifully Friday night
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TBSO The Ultimate Symphonic Rock Show #LSNarts - Thursday, March 5, 2015

TBSO The Ultimate Symphonic Rock Show  #LSNarts
Thunder Bay, ON –--- March 5, 2015  ---  It was an era of the mega tour, the classic album, and iconic banTBSO Ultimate Symphonic Rock Showds and songs. Featuring the music of: Electric Light Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull, Procol Harem, Supertramp, and of course, The Moody Blues.

About Jeans ‘n Classics Peter Brennan's Jeans 'n Classics is a winner! Since its inception, it has been a star performer in the arts and entertainment scene. Its concept of combining rock musicians and headlining stars with world-class symphony orchestras has drawn record setting capacity crowds.

Pops 5
The Ultimate Symphonic Rock Show
Saturday, March 21, 2015 / 8PM
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Get your tickets now!  Tickets range from $20-45 (HST included), and under 30s pay only $15 with the TD Under 30 Access Pass (available free at www.tbso.ca). Tickets are available through the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Box Office, 1 Paul Shaffer Drive, 807.684.4444, www.tbca.com.
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Pullia comments of City of Tbay Budget #LSNeconomy - Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pullia comments of City of Tbay  Budget  #LSNeconomy
THUNDER BAY, ON ----  March 5, 2015  ---  On Monday night March 2, Council finalized the 2015 budget which now stands at 3.18% tax levy Frank Pulliaincrease after taking into account the net growth in the tax base (new commercial building and new homes). While this is a vast improvement on the original 6.33%, it is still an increase over the 2.14% average of the last four years. If we add the water and wastewater increase, it becomes quickly apparent that all taxpayers but especially the low-income and middle-class families are feeling the pinch and are telling Council that they cannot afford it anymore.

The chart below tells a compelling story and validates the sentiment. I call this the Affordability Index as it compares the tax plus water increase as a percentage of household income, and as it can be seen, we are now trending above provincial average and cities with a population of over 100,000. To put this into perspective, Thunder Bay was below provincial averages in 2010, so the jump is the result of mainly a substantial increase in water and wastewater rates. The chart also does not include the 2015 increase, so unless we take action now, Thunder Bay will become a less affordable place to live vis-à-vis other cities in Ontario and it will make it more difficult to attract investments and people to move here.


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TBCC EXTERNAL CORE SERVICES REVIEW URGENTLY NEEDED #LSNeconomy - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

 
TBCC EXTERNAL CORE SERVICES REVIEW URGENTLY NEEDED #LSNeconomy

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  –---  March 3, 2015  ---   Last night, City Council ratified the 2015 BThunder Bay Chamber of Commerceudget resulting in a