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Small Business Showcase - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Small Business Showcase #LSNeconomy

Small Business Showcase

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   October 2, 2015 – Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre (EC) present Small Business Showcase during BDC Small Business Week™, on Oct. 22, 2015 at the Victoria Inn, Embassy Ballroom.

Small Business Showcase is a new event designed to improve and develop core communication and networking skills. Under the theme of effective communication, the event begins with a luncheon keynote presented by Barry Spilchuk, speaker and coauthor of A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul.  He will later host an interactive workshop and share many strategies on how to grow your business. Valerie Marasco, Supervisor – Corporate Communications at City of Thunder Bay, will host the second interactive workshop titled How to Deal with the Media.
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New General Manager of Infrastructure & Operations - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New General Manager of Infrastructure & Operations  #LSNnews

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  October 6, 2015 – Following an extensive search and hiring process, Thunder BAy City Manager Tim Commisso is pleased to announce Kerri Marshall as the new General Kerri MarshallManager of the City’s Infrastructure & Operations Department.

Ms. Marshall, former Director of the City’s Environment Division has been serving as the Acting General Manager since early June of this year, following the retirement of Darrell Matson. Ms. Marshall is a nationally recognized Professional Engineer with more than 18 years combined direct experience in the administration, design, construction and operation of public waste, wastewater, solid waste, transportation and parks infrastructure. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration. Ms. Marshall has been with the Corporation for 12 years, starting as a Project Engineer, and steadily progressing through various leadership roles.
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THUNDER BAY ON  ---  October 4, 2015  ----   The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Thunder Bay Chamber of CommercOntario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a report in response to the government's decision to implement a province-wide cap and trade system. With this decision, Ontario is joining a growing number of jurisdictions who are taking action to address climate change, including large emitters like China and the United States.  

The report, Clean Profits, highlights seven key recommendations that government should address throughout the development and implementation process of the cap and trade system. Adopting these recommendations will help to maximize the environmental and economic benefits of the system while minimizing the cost on business.

“Ontario’s business community understands the need to address climate change,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the OCC. “If designed correctly, the government’s proposed cap and trade system could present significant opportunities for Ontario and make us a more competitive jurisdiction. If designed poorly, however, it could lead to negative outcomes; hurting jobs, the economy, and even our environment.”

To inform this report, the OCC worked with employers of all sizes and across major sectors of the economy, many of whom have practical experience in other jurisdictions that currently employ carbon pricing policies. Based on this consultative process, the report identifies a set of common recommendations regarding the proposed system, including around system design.  

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Canadian Juno Award Winner Meaghan Smith Launches TBSO Season - Saturday, October 3, 2015

Canadian Juno Award Winner Meaghan Smith Launches TBSO Season  #LSNarts

Meaghan Smith

THUNDER BAY, ON --- October 3, 2015 --- Meaghan Smith, launches Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Season, Canadian Juno Award winner, brings her honest, insightful songwriting, vintage sound, and smooth, evocative voice to the TBSO stage in a brand new orchestral concert. This concert showcases music from her Juno Award winning album The Cricket’s Orchestra and her brand new album Have A Heart.


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Government Extends Deadline on Intercity Bus Consultation - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Government Extends Deadline on Intercity Bus Consultation #lsnECONOMY

NOMA Have your say

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---- September 30, 2015 –  The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) is applauding the Government of Ontario for providing an extension to the period for public comment on the future of inter-city bus services until Friday, October 23.  NOMA, along with a number of individual municipalities and the Common Voice Northwest Transportation Task Force had called for the extension after it was recognized that no one in the region even knew about the consultation. 

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A Big Lake Man of Good Cheer - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Big Lake Man of Good Cheer #LSNoutdoors

Paul Pepe.


THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  September 29, 2015  ----  His official title is “Manager of Tourism for the City of Thunder Bay,” but Paul Pepe’s real job seems to be “Cheerleader for the Whole Lake Superior Neighborhood.”

“I have a lot of strong connection with the States. For me, the border has always been invisible.”

Indeed, Paul has made a mark around all of Lake Superior, drawing visitors – and their positive economic impact – to all shores while making friends and politely ignoring the state, provincial and international borders that can hinder cooperation.

For his enduring enthusiasm in promoting the full circle of the Big Lake and for thinking outside the borders to create partnerships, Lake Superior Magazine has chosen Paul Pepe for its 2015 Achievement Award, announced in its recently published October/November issue.

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TBRHSC new energy saving addition to central plant - Sunday, September 27, 2015

TBRHSC new energy saving addition to central plant #LSNeconomy

ThunderThunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
New combined heat and power plant will save $500,000 annually

 THUNDER BAY, ON --– September 27, 2015  ----  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) celebrated its new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant which promises to reduce the hospital’s average annual electricity bills by a half million dollars.
For the past two years, TBRHSC has been working with Thunder Bay Hydro and Johnson Controls to develop and implement the CHP project, which will be operational by the end of 2015. The project is not only beneficial to TBRHSC, but also the City of Thunder Bay and the people of Northwestern Ontario.  

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“Ring of Fire” Magnus Theatre - Thursday, September 17, 2015

“Ring of Fire” Magnus Theatre  #LSNarts


Thunder Bay’s Magnus theatre

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   Sept 17, 2015 --- This show is Titled “Ring of Fire”, the music of Johnny Cash and that is exactly what Thunder Bay’s Magnus theatre delivered. The show begins with an orange background that reminded me of a large Halloween pumpkin. Randomly the image was changed with bursts of sound until a man with a guitar in hand came onstage and introduced himself as Johnny Cash. Three more men also came on stage introducing themselves as Johnny Cash and one woman, also Johnny Cash. In this photo Hillary June Hart and Danny Johnson appear in full guitar strumming song.

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Greyhound NOMA

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  September 14, 2015 - - The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) is sounding the alarm bells following the discovery that Greyhound Canada will reduce services in Northern Ontario by 50 percent.

Greyhound confirmed to the Northeastern Ontario media in late August that effective September 25 bus service through Northwestern Ontario will be cut in half. Currently, there are two runs in each direction. After the cuts there will only be one. There has been minimal publicity throughout the Northwest on Greyhound’s decision. 

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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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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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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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 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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 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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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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