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|Superior Man Triathlon Launches 2015 Registration - Friday, December 19, 2014|
Superior Man Triathlon Launches 2015 Registration
Duluth, MN, December 18, 2014— Today the Superior Man Triathlon launched 2015 registration with a new VIP+ Package add-on giving athletes the ability to protect their investment along with a number of other benefits.
The VIP+ Package affords athletes a “no questions asked” option to defer their entry to 2016, an option to drop down to the shorter 41.5 event, and the option to transfer their entry. Other athlete benefits include: receiving race packet, numbers, and shirt in the mail a week before the event, free parking passes ($10 value), and an expedited packet pickup process. The price of the VIP+ Package is just $35 and athletes can easily decline the package during registration to lock in the standard registration rate.
“Twenty three percent of our registrants on average never even make it to the starting line”, says Executive Race Director Clint Agar. “As a destination race there are a number of barriers including travel, vacation time, injury, and things in life that pop up after registering for an event as far out as 9 months. So protecting our athlete’s investments seemed like a problem worth solving. “
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|TBay Chamber calls for Deferal of Ont Pension Plan Legislation - Tuesday, December 9, 2014|TBay Chamber calls for Deferal of Ont Pension Plan Legislation
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----– December 9, 2014 ---- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is joining with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in urging the government to defer legislation that will lay out a framework for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). The business group is calling on the Government of Ontario to answer outstanding questions about the impact the plan could have on the province’s economic competitiveness.
On Monday, the Government introduced legislation that will pave the way for a new public pension plan for Ontario. The ORPP, which aims to supplement the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), will require employers to match employee pension contributions and will further increase the cost of doing business.
Example: for a business that employs 10 people who earn $45,000 each, the employer will be obligated to pay almost $8,000 per year in additional pension contributions.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Ontario Chamber, 72 percent of businesses in the province believe that pension reform should be a priority for government. However, the same businesses are also clear about their concern for Ontario’s broader economic picture, in which the economy is projected to grow slowly for the foreseeable future. read more.....>
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|Thunder Bay November 2014 Housing Starts - Monday, December 8, 2014|Thunder Bay November 2014 Housing Starts
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 8, 2014) - "November's mild increase in housing starts' trend in Thunder Bay is a continuation of the improvement seen in new construction since May. Nonetheless, the number of year-over-year housing foundations poured is clearly lower than in 2013. This weakening, due to weaker multi-family starts, is reflected in the declining SAAR for the last two months," commented Warren Philp, CMHC Market Analyst.
Housing starts in Thunder Bay, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 269 units in November up from 263 units in October according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)  of housing starts.
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|Live From the Rock Gets Highway Signs - Monday, December 8, 2014|Live From the Rock Gets Highway Signs
RED ROCK, ONTARIO --- December 8, 2014 ----- The Live From the Rock Folk & Blues Society now has permanent signage promoting their annual festival thanks to a generous grant from Superior North Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) and the 2014 Local Initiatives Contribution. The Local Initiatives Contribution program is funded by FedNor.
Two signs were produced using funds from the grant. The signs are visible to drivers travelling both east and west from Thunder Bay, and will compliment other forms of annual promotion currently being used .
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|Ontario Hydro Rates the Highest in North America - Friday, December 5, 2014|
Ontario Hydro Rates the Highest in North America
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- December 5, 2014 --- The Liberals claim Ontario,s hydro rates are competitive but they remain the highest in North America. I am going to give you a few examples of hydro rates from British Columbia , Manitoba and Quebec .
I will give you a example what this means if you had a hydro bill in Ontario of $ 681.00
- In B.C their price is 10 cents per KWH and there only service fee is $6.81 cents
- In Manitoba their price is 7.1 cents per KWH and there only service fee is $7.38 cents
- Quebec,s hydro prices are about the same as Manitoba prices.
including all of our service charges per month.
In B.C your total bill would be $ 337.00 including their service charge half the price
In Manitoba the same bill would be $ 243.00 including their service charge just over a third of the price and once again Quebec,s total bill would comparable to Manitoba
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|Canada’s Ballet Jörgen & the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra present Cinderella - Wednesday, December 3, 2014|Canada’s Ballet Jörgen & the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra present Cinderella
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- December 3, 2014 – Treat your family to a live performance of Cinderella, performed by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, February 4 2015, at 7pm, at the Community Auditorium.
When Cinderella encounters an old lady, a magic seed, and a flock of enchanting fairies, she begins an adventure that will change her life – and upset her snooty stepsisters! Come and see the ballet critics have hailed as “Destined to lively happily ever after.” (Paul Citron, The Globe and Mail)
TBSO Special: Cinderella
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 / 7PM
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen – Bengt Jörgen, choreographer
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra – Arthur Post, conductor
Sergei Prokofiev, music
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|NOMA & FONOM Expresses Concerns about Anti-SLAPP Bill - Wednesday, December 3, 2014|NOMA & FONOM Expresses Concerns about Anti-SLAPP Bill
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- December 3, 2014 ----- Northern Ontario Municipal leaders are expressing concerns that the Government of Ontario has moved forward with re-introduction of its anti-SLAPP legislation without proper consultations with industry, municipalities, and others who will be impacted by the proposed changes.
The law will weaken the protection of victims of public attack by allowing individuals and organizations that cause harm to others to seek a ruling without a proper legal case having been heard as to whether the complaint is valid.
“It is rare to see a level of government pass a law that is designed to give an aggressor more power than the harmed party, but as it is currently written Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation does just that,” said Al Spacek, Mayor of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM.
Of particular concern is the support this legislation has received from eNGOs that have been documented to receive foreign funds for the express purpose of harming Canada’s resource economy.
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|Wendy Landry Sworn in as Reeve Shuniah - Tuesday, December 2, 2014|Wendy Landry Sworn in as Reeve Shuniah
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--- December 2, 2014 --- Today is a great day, a new day for Shuniah, I am humbled by the trust and the confidence the residents of Shuniah have placed in me. I am pleased and look forward to serve our community as your Reeve. said Wendy Landry the New Reeve of Shuniah.
I am excited for our Municipality, and for our council. This is a time for a new and positive energy to take our diverse and amazing community into the future. As a council we have the opportunity to take Shuniah to its full potential. This will take time, we as a committed team will work together in a progressive manner to begin the development of a strategic community plan. A plan; that will continue to offer a safe, clean, friendly and prosperous community. A plan, that includes growing our community and connecting with our neighbors. I believe that we are one large community with smaller diverse neighborhoods who have a rich history and strong connection to the lands. We need to plan how to maintain our tax base without jeopardizing our quality of life. A plan, that will offer us guidance for our decision making, land management, land use, planning and day to day business.
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|TBSO Annual Holiday Pops Highlights Local Talent - Tuesday, December 2, 2014|
TBSO Annual Holiday Pops Highlights Local Talent
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- December 2, 2014 ----– This season’s annual Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert, on Friday December 12 at 7pm, welcomes mezzo-soprano Melissa Davis, Thunder Bay actor Robert Perrier, and talented community groups – Experience Dance, Rafiki Youth Choir, St. Paul’s United Church Handbell Choir, and the Stringlings – to the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium stage for fun-filled collaborations, carols, holiday favourites, Baroque masters, Gospel selections, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
The evening will also feature the world premiere of a new choral composition, People Look East, by William Beckstrand commemorating the TBS Chorus’ 40th anniversary. Beckstrand’s People Look East is a bright work in the holiday spirit based on a traditional French carol and features a collaboration with the splendid sounds of the St. Paul’s United Church Handbell Choir. Plus, the TBSC’s founder Dwight Bennett returns to Thunder Bay for a special guest appearance.
Oh, and we’re expecting a visit from a certain holiday VIP! It’s a jam packed holiday show not to be missed!
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|Duluth Seaway Port Authority names new CFO - Monday, December 1, 2014|Duluth Seaway Port Authority names new CFO
Duluth, Minn. USA (12/1/14) – The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has named a new Chief Financial Officer – just the third CFO in its history. Kevin Beardsley officially joins the staff on Dec. 1, 2014, bringing with him 20 years of experience in accounting, taxation, financial management and strategic planning. Beardsley succeeds John Kubow, who is retiring after a 28-year career with the Port Authority.
A Two Harbors native, Beardsley, a CPA, has directed the financial operations of a handful of dynamic organizations in this region. His early experience as credit manager at a vehicle dealership in Two Harbors (Benna Ford) led to a position as controller for Flatwater Fleet, Inc., a family-owned, international manufacturing company based in Saginaw, Minn., that designs custom drill rig support trucks. He returned to work in Two Harbors in 2000 to become office manager for Cooperative Light and Power, overseeing its financial operations and strategic planning for six years. Most recently, Beardsley has been part of the management team at Midwest Energy Resources Co. in Superior, Wis., serving as the company’s manager of financial services since 2008.
In making the announcement, Port Authority Executive Director Vanta Coda highlighted Beardsley’s broad range of credentials and knowledge of Great Lakes shipping. “What’s most impressive about Kevin’s skill set is the breadth of experience he’s packed into one career. His work has encompassed managing resources at small privately owned companies, an energy cooperative and a large corporation. He has been a steward of financial reporting for a publicly transparent organization similar to ours and is familiar with accounting procedures as they relate to working with Federal funds. His connection to the Great Lakes and familiarity with the energy industry, commodities movement and multimodal transportation will be valuable additions to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority team.”
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|Minnesota Christmas Tree Arrives at White House - Saturday, November 29, 2014|
Minnesota Christmas Tree Arrives at White House
WASHINGTON, DC ---- November 29, 2014 ---- Obama family greets White House Christmas tree Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and Sunny Obama greet the White House Christmas tree after it was delivered to the first family’s residence by a horse-drawn carriage. Michelle Obama asked, “Are they sure they can get this in the door?” Minnesota Tree Arrives at White house
The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree travelled 2,864.7 Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota provided the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. The tree is ee 60 – 70 feet tall and mis a White Spruce (Picea glauca), which is the same species as was first provided by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in 1992. In addition, companion trees will be provided by the Minnesota Tree Growers Association to be placed inside offices in Washington D.C., such as the Chief of the Forest Service Office and the USDA.
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|WILDERNESS NORTH IS THE NEWEST ONTARIO SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE - Friday, November 28, 2014|WILDERNESS NORTH IS THE NEWEST ONTARIO SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- November 28, 2014 --- Canada’s premier fly in adventure destination joins a select group of experience providers in this sought after recognition Wilderness North, an exclusive collection of lodges and outpost cabins in Northern Ontario offering lodge-to-lodge adventures and world-class angling, has been awarded recognition as an Ontario Signature Experience (OSE). The collection of experiences is selected by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership and seeks to showcase a range of extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experiences rarely found anywhere on earth.
“We are truly honoured to be identified as an Ontario Signature Experience,” says Alan Cheeseman, Owner, Wilderness North. “We are proud to provide unique Canadian adventures and activities that you simply can't find anywhere else, and we look forward to offering these quintessential northern experiences to our intrepid travellers, explorers and anglers for years to come.” read more ...
|Personal Support Workers Opportunities - Thursday, November 27, 2014|Personal Support Workers Opportunities
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- November 27, 2014 --- St. Joseph's Care Group and Confederation College working together to meet high demand for Personal Support Workers As a Personal Support Worker, Shane Hintikka (right) is able to combine his two passions: helping others, and caring for seniors. He recently helped Bethammi Nursing Home resident Mary Keatley celebrate her 100th birthday.
St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) is working collaboratively with Confederation College to meet the growing demand for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Northwestern Ontario.
PSWs help people with the tasks of daily living, such as home management, personal care, family responsibilities, social and recreational activities. As unregulated healthcare providers, PSWs work under the supervision of Registered Nurses or Registered Practical Nurses in hospital, community and long-term care home settings.
“We anticipate that by this time next year, we will need approximately 40 additional PSWs in our organization alone,” said Tracy Buckler, SJCG’s President & CEO. “I encourage anyone who is interested in a fulfilling career to consider becoming a PSW. It’s a satisfying job, where you can help people live with dignity and respect.
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|The province has surpassed Quebec as the largest federal total transfer recipient in the country - Thursday, November 27, 2014|The province has surpassed Quebec as the largest federal total transfer recipient in the country
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- November 27, 2014 ---- Troy Media ---- - Ontario’s economic prospects have declined, with implications – despite Finance Minister Sousa’s insistence he can balance the budget – for both its future standard of living and its fiscal position.
Although employment, fueled by a lower dollar, has rebounded, the province’s economic fall from grace over the last two decades is evident from a number of key economic indicators.
While still the largest economy among the 10provinces, its share of provincial output dropped from 42 per cent in 1990 to 37 per cent by 2013. Its real per capita GDP was the second highest (after Alberta) in 1990 but has dropped to fifth place, behind British Columbia and above Manitoba. Its real per capita GDP growth has been one of the lowest in the country.
Ontario’s economy reached a crucial point after the 1980s economic boom that saw free trade with the U.S. and a shift away from the traditional east-west economic alignment. After the jarring recession of the early 1990s, its decline was forestalled by both a combination of a lower dollar and booming U.S. economy, which drove Ontario’s export sector, and a public sector restructuring that lowered taxes.
But this boost petered out in the early 21st century with the return of more interventionist government economic policy, with a corresponding increase in taxes, and a flawed green energy industrial strategy that raised energy costs. Economic productivity faltered and the 2009 tilt into recession was compounded by an appreciating Canadian dollar and Ontario’s trade dependence on the United States for its manufacturing exports.
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