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THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  August 28, 2014  ----  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pAndrea Holmes Ontario Chamber of Commerceleased to announce the lineup of speakers for itsBusiness Forum, September 24th, 11am – 7pm at the Valhalla Inn.  

This year’s focus goes beyond resource based business, with presenters speaking on growth opportunities in new sectors such as health sciences and address labour issues for local and regional business.

Andrea Holmes of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will be the luncheon keynote who will address  “Ontario’s Labour Market Challenges & Solutions:  An Employer Perspective” along with the local viewpoint from Madge Richardson of the North Superior Workforce Planning Board.

With  five new mines opening in our area in the next three years, we  are pleased to  present “New Gold Mines – New Opportunities”  a  Supply Chain Panel on Procurement with Brian King of Rubicon Minerals Corp. and Sarah Thompson of New Gold Inc. Economy Lake Superior News

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Green Werks Garden at St. Joseph's Care Group - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Green Werks Garden at St. Joseph's Care Group

THUNDER BAY, ON  ------- August 27, 2014  ---Green Werks Green Werks Garden at St. Joseph's Care GroupGarden at St. Joseph's Care Group is celebrating another successful harvest. The Green Werks Garden produces organically-grown vegetables and provides employment experience for consumers of mental health services. This year, the Care Group will start using seasonal produce from the garden in its cafeteria and catering menus. Green thumbs are enhancing food services at St. Joseph's Care Group in Thunder Bay.
Organic vegetables and herbs grown in a co-op garden behind Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital (LPH) will be used in cafeteria and catering fare, served up at St. Joseph’s Hospital and LPH. Health Lake Superior News

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Wendy Landry Runs for Reeve Shuniah - Friday, August 22, 2014


Wendy Landry Runs for Reeve Shuniah

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  August 21, 2014 – Veteran Councillor Wendy Landry is taking on 26-year-incumbant Maria Harding for Office of the Reeve of the Municipality of Wendy LandryShuniah. The four-year Shuniah Council veteran says it’s time for some new blood to help the community of Shuniah work towards the future.

“I bring a wealth of successful business experience along with passion for community development,” said Landry. “I believe the people of Shuniah deserve a boost of positive, new energy and more diverse experience to contribute to economic development and to bring this unique community together. I have a proven track record, I am a community builder.”

Landry is a recent recipient of the Ontario Volunteer Award and a City of Thunder Bay Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Award, and a graduate of Leadership Thunder Bay. She has held extensive leadership roles both in municipal politics and through extensive volunteerism
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The Thunder Bay People Project Makes Its Debut - Monday, August 18, 2014

The Thunder Bay People Project Makes Its Debut

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- August 18, 2014 – The Thunder Bay People Project is a photography-based initiative that aims to showcase the diversity and creativity of the residents of Thunder Bay People ProjectThunder Bay.

The Thunder Bay People Project (TBPP) was created by Madison Ranta, who drew inspiration from the viral photography campaigns Humans of New York and Project Unbreakable. “In both of these photography projects, photographs of people are paired with quotes in order to convey a message,” Ranta says. “Because Thunder Bay is such an interesting city populated by unique residents, I wanted to showcase members of the population by taking a snapshot not only of their physical person but also of their thoughts and personalities.”

Once they have chosen their favourite question from a list of options that includes queries such as “What’s one piece of advice that you would give to a group of people?” and “What are you most thankful for?”, TBPP participants write their own personal and uncensored response on a chalkboard. They are then photographed at a Thunder Bay location while holding the chalkboard that displays their personal quote. Arts Lake Supeiror News

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The Meaning of Trust in a Bad and Ugly Time - Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Meaning of Trust in a Bad and Ugly Time

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   August 16, 2014  --- This essay has been prompted by, let's call it Accidental Research. I have long been an admirer of the work written by the Naomi WolfAmerican journalist Naomi Wolf. That admiration first began as a result of her work on feminism and the rights of women. Later in her career, she became one of the rare voices in public media (along with Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky and too few others) to warn of the rise of the corporate security state with its resultant loss of liberties. In my work as a privately contracted speechwriter on the subject of Human Rights, I happily state that Ms Wolf has unknowingly assisted me many times over the years.

In the last month or so, since the latest war erupted between Israel and Palestine, Naomi Wolf has worked tirelessly and constantly – principally through her Facebook page – to disseminate the latest verifiable information, reflective opinions drawn from around the world, and above all encouraging peaceful and respectful discussion. And so, really for the first time in my life, I started to comment on another journalist's posts. Normally I just observe; however, the encouragement that Wolf has offered to a growing brigade of Citizen Journalists led me to feel that I should be involved.

What has been fascinating and instructive to me is reading the comments made to my own replies.It is very much the feeling of being the rope in a Tug of War as both those 100% supporting the cause of the Palestinians weigh in against those 100% supporting the policies of Israel. Ar its worst, it is a shouting argument fought amongst the deaf; at its best, there is within it a framework for peace. 


THUNDER BAY, ON  -------   August 12, 2014   ----  Councillor at Large Iain Angus will be asking his colleagues to ensure that the funds from the sale of any parkland, Iain Angusincluding Municipal Golf Course are transferred to the existing Park Reserve Account which is used to buy land for park purposes.

 In a memo to be considered on August 25, Angus advises Council that the vast majority of lands used today for parkland have been either donated or set aside for park and recreation purposes through the subdivision process and under the 18 year old Land Development Policy all proceeds from the sale of park lands, like Municipal Golf Course, are to go into the Land Development Fund and used for land acquisition for a wide range of for development.

“Parks like Vickers and Boulevard were donated outright, while Chapples was created through a significant financial donation from a local family. Others, like the majority of the community centres, have been built through thousands of hours of labour by local residents. If any of these should be sold in the future it is imperative that the funds go to further the development of parks and open spaces in our community” said Angus.

 Angus will tell his colleagues that “Should this policy remain in place Parks, which invested significant public funds into these recreation facilities will see none of the benefits of the disposal of these lands – further restricting their ability to improve the remainder of the properties under their care. At the same time, diverting funds away from the original purpose of the financing of a park goes against the original intent of either the 5% land conveyance, the cash-in-lieu provisions, outright land or cash donations or the extensive work by volunteers. “

 Angus encourages the public to let Council members know if they support keeping park money in parks.  Lake Superior News
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Live from the Rock Folk Festival - Thursday, August 07, 2014
Live from the Rock Folk Festival


THUNDER BAY, ON ---  August 7, 2014  ---The 12th annual Live from the Rock Folk Festival kicks off this weekend with a full weekend of music beginning on Friday at noon and Red Rock Folk Festivalrunning through Sunday at 5:00pm. The festival will be held in Pull-A-Log Park along the shores of Lake Superior in Red Rock.  

This year’s line up features 21 artists performing on four stages, including several from Northwestern Ontario and the city of Thunder Bay. A full lineup, including links to artist websites, is available at Outdoors Lake Superior News


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Gaza: Of Snow, Wolf, and a Slate Wiped Clean - Monday, August 04, 2014
Gaza: Of Snow, Wolf, and a Slate Wiped Clean

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----   August 4, 2014   ---Everything about the current Hubert O'Hearnslaughter in Gaza troubles me, as indeed it should trouble you, too. From the slaughter of children, the bombing of hospitals, babies dying because their respirators had their electricity cut off, the rain of bombs, the ceasefires that only cease as soon as they are begun. This is not a war, it is hunting. A stag may have horns and it may threaten a charge, but the hunter has bullets and it kills from distance; not exactly an equal competition.

When Channel 4's veteran newscaster Jon Snow broke into tears on live television in the UK because of the broken and dead children he had seen in Gaza, that brought to mind two thoughts. One was a memory – that of Walter Cronkite who, on February 27, 1968 stated this about the Vietnam War: But it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could. Thus ended whatever majority support there still was for that war. The second thought was this: Why are there not more Jon Snows breaking into tears, or Cronkites reporting the actuality of the situation? Those thoughts spurred this commentary that you are now reading.
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