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When the time is right! - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

When the Time is right! #LSN_Arts

Mario Crudo Magnus Theatre

Mario Crudo receives a watercolour of Magnus Theatre from Treasurer Ernie Epp and President Kathleen Lynch on his retirement.

THUNDER BAY, ON  --  August 23, 2016  (LSN) The first time I attended Magnus Theatre, it was a cold, wet and wintery night. As I stepped out of my car, my foot quickly found a deep puddle and I ended up walking up the steps to the old east end theatre with a twisted ankle. The play must have been good that night because I have kept on coming to Magnus Theatre. Mario Crudo has been Artistic Director of this theatre for nearly 25 years. He is just as passionate about the theatre as he ever, only that passion has changed a little.

From its early days in the City’s East End, no one could have imagined the state of the art modern theatre now occupying the historic Central School in Waverley Park. At the time the vacant school had become a political white elephant for the city, so many were opposed to developing this property commercially. Everyone it seems was against the destruction of the old building.  

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2016, Doors Open - Saturday, August 20, 2016

Open Doors 2016

2016, Doors Open  #LSN_News

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  August 20, 2016  (LSN) In 2016, Doors Open recognizes the city’s legacy of medical science and innovation with sites that tell the story in our community. 

  Lakehead University and Confederation College will be opening laboratories, simulation classrooms and research facilities.  Centres for innovative health care in modern and heritage buildings and residences that once housed doctor's offices and homes are tour highlights.

Doors Open also highlights the heritage and cultural places that have shaped our community.  Visitors can go behind the scenes at a working grain elevator, an old cordage facility and the storage rooms of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  
A visit to local places of worship will reveal cultural places that have become neighbourhood landmarks and reflect the development of the city.
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City Hall Sounds Fourth Season - Wednesday, August 17, 2016
City Hall Sounds Fourth Season

City Hall Sounds Fourth Season #LSN_Tourism

THUNDER BAY. ON ---Auguest 17, 2016 (LSN) The City of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council announced the fourth annual edition of City Hall Sounds, which will bring live entertainment, local food trucks, and community partner information booths to the South Core neighbourhood.    
An initiative of the Crime Prevention Council’s Strong Neighbourhoods Working Group, City Hall Sounds will run each Thursday in August from 12 - 1 pm in McGillivray Square - the public space in front of City Hall. Each event will include live music, food trucks, and community partner information booths. These events are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend at no cost. The aim is to create vibrant, well-used public spaces, which are major determinants of community safety.
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David Murray executive director Northwest Health Alliance - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Northwest Health Alliance

David Murray executive director Northwest Health Alliance LSN_Health

 Thunder Bay, ON ─ August 16, 2016 ─ Jocelyn Bourgoin, Chair of the Board of the Northwest Health Alliance (NWHA), is pleased to announce that David Murray will be joining the NWHA as its new executive director effective September 1, 2016. David brings considerable experience to his new role having spent the majority of his career in health care within the community and hospital sectors. The NWHA is pleased to have found a unique northern solution in its choice of a new executive director. David has been a force of transformation in health care across the region and the province and his leadership talents are best used where they are needed the most, in Northwestern Ontario. Bourgoin stated; “David’s unique abilities to bring different views together at the table and his varied experience in community and institutional care are what is needed for the NWHA’s future in the coming years. We are happy to have him lead our team”.

The NWHA is expanding its role as a shared services corporation with the intent to provide a range of shared services to all of the Health Service Providers (HSPs) in the Northwest Local Health Integration Network (North West LHIN). Murray mentioned that “The benefits of working together are significant. It allows providers to standardize their operations and introduce best practices which are key factors in improving quality and outcomes. Also working together creates better economies of scale. The opportunity to build on the successes we have already achieved will allow the NWHA to improve access to services and help to make our system more sustainable. I’m excited to be part of the expansion of the NWHA over the next few years.” 

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Tall Ship "The Mist of Avalon" - Grand Portage National Monument - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tall Ship 'The Mist of Avalon'

 Tall Ship "The Mist of Avalon" - Grand Portage National Monument #LSN_Tourism

 Grand Portage, MN  --- August 2, 2016  (LSN) The Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” will be in port at Grand Portage National Monument during the 2016 Rendezvous Days weekend as part of the National Parks Service Centennial Celebration.

The ship arrives the afternoon of Friday, August 12, 2016 and departs mid-day Sunday, August 14, 2016 for Duluth and the Tall Ships Festival.

Tours will be available all day Saturday, August 13, 2016.
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SIJHL 2016-17 Regular Season schedule - Friday, July 29, 2016
Superior Internatgional Juniorf Hockdey League

 SIJHL 2016-17 Regular Season schedule #LSN_Sports

THUNDER BAY, ON ---  July 29, 2016 (LSN) Thunder Bay North Stars have their SIJHL home opener on September 28th against the Minnesota Iron RangersThe Superior International Junior Hockey League, in conjunction with its six members clubs, announced Friday its 2016-17 regular season schedule.

Each SIJHL side will play a 56-game regular season slate with 27 being played at home, another 27 on the road as well as two league showcase contests, which will be held Jan. 24-25 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Minn., the home of the league’s newest franchise, the Thief River Falls Norskies.
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Opinion Why are so many Canadians using food banks? - Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Food Banks

Why are so many Canadians using food banks?  #LSN_Opinion

WINNIPEG, Man. / Troy Media/ – Canadian households are paying more for a nutritious basket of food and rising prices hit low-income households hardest – especially those receiving government assistance. Food Banks Canada estimates that just over 850,000 Canadians use a food bank on a monthly basis.

The ability to afford food is increasingly problematic. Average prices run as high as $900 a month for a family of four in major cities like Vancouver and Toronto. This increased cost, along with escalating housing prices and stagnant incomes, has certainly contributed to rising food bank use.

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Superior Theatre Festival - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Superior Theatre Festival

Superior Theatre Festival #LSN_Arts

 THUNDER BAY, ON  --  July 26, 2016 (LSN) Superior Theatre Festival Launches FIRST Professional Summer Theatre Festival in Thunder Bay August 4th-7th, 2016 Thunder Bay will be home to the first ever Superior Theatre Festival that will feature a variety of performances and ancillary programming such as workshops, poetry readings, a Finnish breakfast with the artists and an interactive community-based installation. This multi-faceted festival builds on Thunder Bay’s cultural community and will showcase professional and emerging actors from our area and from across Canada.
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PDL Central Conference Finals - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PDL Central Conference Finals

PDL Central Conference Finals #LSN_Sports

Pontiac, MI --  July 21, 2016 --- (LSN)   The Michigan Bucks are hosting the 2016 Premier Development League (PDL) Central Conference Championship.  Included are all the important details of the tournament and team information.    

PDL Central Conference Finals  *Michigan Bucks are the host

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Opinion: What is it like to be a NAN Police Officer - Thursday, July 14, 2016

 Opinion: What is it like to be a NAN Police Officer #LSN_Opinion

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----   July 14, 2016  (LSN)  My name is Evan Polini. I have been a constable with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service since August 2012. As you probably know we recently voted in favor of a mandate to strike to help receive more funding so are police service can be run comparable to other services in the province. The following is a story from my experience as a police constable with NAPS. Hopefully it will help get across to everyone why we are threatening job action. Due to confidentiality reasons the name of the reserve cannot be included and names and certain details have been removed.
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Two Border Cats Selected for NWL All Star Game - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Two Border Cats Selected for NWL All Star Game #LSN_Sports

Thunder Bay, Ont. July 13, 2016  (LSN)  There will be two members of the 2016 Border Cats roster headed to Kenosha, Wisconsin July 19th for the Northwoods League All-Star Game.

Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston) who has put up five home runs, 18 RBI, and leads the team with five stolen bases so far will be the only member of the Cats roster to participate in the 2016 All Star Game and Home Run Derby. 

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2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games Begin July 16 - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games Begin July 16 #LSN_Sports

2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games

Heidi Kruger, Ashley Goodlad, Jonathon Balabuck, Mikkai Jones

2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games Begin July 16

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  July 12, 2016 –  (LSN)  Participants from Australia, England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, the United States and across Canada will be arriving in Thunder Bay in just a few days for the 2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games. The Games are taking place July 16th to 24th.

Participants are law enforcement, fire, emergency and protective services personnel who will be competing in over 30 skill-testing, physically-challenging and entertaining events for the community to watch and enjoy.


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Millennials a generation bubble wrapped from failure - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Too special to fail: When the status quo keeps people comfortable, there is little incentive to challenge or change it

 By Lauren Millar
Troy Media

OTTAWA, Ont. / Troy Media/ – “Youth, today! They’re lazy and entitled because everyone received participation trophies!” is a quip millennials hear so often that it has nearly lost all meaning.

But in fact, this joke points to a much larger issue – one that extends beyond millennials to all of society. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” Calling out my generation on its ‘delicate flower persona’ ignores how it emerged in the first place: from older generations and big government.

Most articles I’ve read in defence of millennials argue one of two things: our ‘failure to launch’ is because of the unprecedented combination of a bad economy, high housing prices and skyrocketing student debt; or our generation is not all that different than any previous one and complaining about us is the equivalent of crotchety Grampa Simpson shaking his fist at a cloud.

I don’t disagree with either argument, but they miss the larger point.
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Barry Streib Executive Director/General Manager TBSO - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Barry Streib Executive Director/General Manager TBSO #LSN_Arts

Thunder Bay, ON - July 12, 2016  (LSN) The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) is pleased to annouBarry Streib TBSOnce that Barry Streib has accepted the position of Executive Director/General Manager. With his executive experience in business, public service work, and community event management, Barry is ideally suited to lead the organization. He will officially be in his new role with TBSO starting Monday, July 18, 2016.

"The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is important to Thunder Bay and our region as it contributes greatly to our Arts and Culture community," said Barry Streib. "The fact that we have a symphony here in a smaller market speaks to the dedication and determination of the many individuals and organizations who have supported this very worthwhile asset."

Barry added, "It is an honour and a privilege to be selected to serve the symphony in this capacity, and I look forward to leading the organization in its future success."

TBSO Board President Paul Inksetter expressed his delight with Streib's decision to work with the symphony.  

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Lake Superior Outflows to increase in July - Sunday, July 10, 2016
Lake Superior Outflows

Lake Superior Outflows to increase in July #LSN_Shipping

THUNDER BAY, ON ---   July 10, 2016  (LSN) 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 2,890 cubic meters per second (m3/s) (102.1 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of July, effective July 1st.  The July outflow is 70 m3/s (2.5 tcfs) more than that prescribed by Regulation Plan 2012.
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Chill to finish road trip in Des Moines - Saturday, July 9, 2016
Thunder Bay Chill

Chill to finish road trip in Des Moines #LSN_Sports

Thunder Bay, ON –--  July 9, 2016  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Chill (7-2-2) have jumped positions in the Heartland division standings with an impressive 7 game undefeated streak. Impressively the last 4 games have been on the Chill’s longest road trip of the season which has seen them depart Thunder Bay on June 30th and will wrap up this Saturday in Des Moines.   

The Saturday contest will the final match of a 5 game road trip for the Chill and the match up certainly looks to have all the elements of a play-off game. The Chill sit 5 points behind the Menace with one game in hand. The teams met twice already in Thunder Bay where the Menace captured both wins in Canada.
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Donors Fund Over $100,000 in Equipment for Operating Room - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Donors Fund Over $100,000 in Equipment for Operating Room #LSN_Health

Dr. Ian Dobson, Chief of Anesthesia, describes the new anesthesia machines

Dr. Ian Dobson, Chief of Anesthesia, describes the new anesthesia machines


Thunder Bay, ON –-- July 6, 2016 (LSN) The Operating Room at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is an area most people have never seen, but is one of the busiest areas in the building. With over 15,000 cases done annually, there is a critical need for up-to-date equipment to ensure each patient receives high-quality care.

Today, it was announced that $109,806 was granted through the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, thanks to the generosity of donors, to provide enhancements to equipment within the Operating Room.
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Friends of Chippewa Park Announce the Summer Schedule - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Friends of Chippewa Park Announce the Summer Schedule #LSN_Tourism

The Sundays Chippewa Park Concert series

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  June 30, 2016  (LSN) It will be another jam packed schedule at Chippewa Park this year, thanks to the efforts of The Friends of Chippewa Park. The Friends, which have been responsible for raising and investing $6.4 Million into this prime family park, also assist in programming activities throughout the summer.

“We are excited to kick off another summer season at Chippewa Park” said newly re-elected President Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk..  

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Learn about ticks and Lyme Disease - Monday, June 27, 2016

Learn about ticks and Lyme Disease  #LSN_Health

Blacklegged tick commonly known as the deer tick

Blacklegged tick commonly known as the deer tick and it can carry Lyme disease but not always.

Thunder Bay, On --- June 27, 2016 (LSN)  EcoSuperior and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit are hosting an information session about ticks and their potential health risks in response to increasing populations in the area.

Certain species of ticks can carry Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that can affect the lungs, heart, joints and central nervous system in humans if left untreated. This summer, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is actively searching for ticks in and around Thunder Bay as it works toward designating Thunder Bay as a risk area for Lyme disease. 

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