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|CEDC Releases New Three-Year Strategic Plan - Monday, October 20, 2014|
CEDC Releases New Three-Year Strategic Plan
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- October 20, 2014 ----- The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) today unveiled its new Strategic Plan. Titled Transitioning to Growth, the new plan outlines the CEDC’s priorities for the next three years.
“Positioning ourselves to use our existing assets to grow and expand our existing business, and attract new ones in these areas is the CEDC’s path forward for the next three years,” said Doug Murray – CEO, CEDC. “The CEDC’s success in implementing our plan will involve working cooperatively and collaboratively with the CEDC’s community partners. We will work closely with existing city and regional businesses to assist them to succeed and expand.” read more ...
|RADON TEST KITS IN DEMAND - Monday, October 20, 2014|RADON TEST KITS IN DEMAND
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- October 20, 2014 --- The recent announcement of a radon study by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has homeowners anxious to have their homes tested for radon. The 500 free test kits offered by the health unit were snapped up in just a few days. In response to the demand, EcoSuperior has brought in a supply of the test kits that are for sale at their Red River Road office.
“Until now, many people were unaware of the risks of radon in this area,” says EcoSuperior Executive Director, Ellen Mortfield. “Other retailers offer the kits, but here in our office we can also offer additional literature from Health Canada and trained staff who can answer people’s questions.”
Radon is an invisible, odourless gas that is naturally present in some soils. It can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation, including open sump pits. read more ...
|TBDHU launch of the season’s first flu clinic - Monday, October 20, 2014|
TBDHU launch of the season’s first flu clinic
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- October 20, 2014 ------ Today, at the launch of the season’s first flu clinic, the Health Unit is reminding the public to inFLUence others to get the flu shot to protect you, your family and the ones you care for from the virus. At the high-risk clinic held at the Italian Cultural Centre, Dr. Williams, medical officer of health for the District, reminded the crowd that getting the flu shot early in the season will boost the body’s natural immunity to fight the flu and is one way to keep a step ahead of the virus that causes illness and death each year.
“The flu is a serious respiratory illness that can lead to pneumonia. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza, so get the flu shot. Get it early. Encourage those around you to get it too,” says Williams. “It can take up to 2 weeks to build up immunity against the virus. The earlier a person receives their flu shot, the sooner their body can make the antibodies to fight off the flu and prevent spreading it to others.”
There will be a flu Clinic in Victoriaville Centre on Thursday October 23rd 10 to 3 p.m.
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|Chugunov Joins TBSO for Classical Plus Series - Saturday, October 18, 2014|
Chugunov Joins TBSO for Classical Plus Series
Thunder Bay, ONTARIO ---- October 18, 2014 ---– Dr. Evgeny Chugunov, a Lecturer at the Department of Music of Lakehead University, joins the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra to showcase his talents as a concert pianist performing Francis Poulenc’s Aubade; concerto choréographique, in the opening Classical Plus concert on October 29, at 8pm at Hilldale Lutheran Church.
Timeless tales and classical symphonies intertwine in this season’s Classical Plus series. Journey with the TBSO to discover what awaits in the musical landscape of fantasy and imagination. The serene atmosphere provides a brilliant and intimate backdrop to the unexpected alongside audience favourites. Classical Plus showcases the talents of TBSO musicians and other classically trained musicians in Thunder Bay. read more ...
|Drastically rising water rates Wolff - Friday, October 17, 2014|
Drastically rising water rates Wolff
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- October 17, 2014 ---One of the big concerns residents have living in this city is the drastically rising water rates according to Andy Wolff. Over the past 10 years, water rates have increased over 60 percent. This is because the operation and maintenance of our water/sewer system is directly supported by our water rates. We will need to spend over $200 million upgrading this system up to acceptable standards which will mean our rates may increase to the point of being higher than our property taxes, if we don’t have upper levels of government funding.
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| SUMMIT TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES NOrthern Ont Tourism Summit - Sunday, October 12, 2014|
SUMMIT TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES NOrthern Ont Tourism Summit
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- October 12, 2014 --- The challenges facing those who live and work in Northern Ontario often require “made in the north” solutions. The tourism industry in this part of the province is no exception, says Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO) Chair Marty Kalagian.
“We have some unique strengths but at the same time we have a number of significant challenges in the Northern Ontario tourism industry that are uniquely ours”, he said.
Kalagian said that it was with these issues in mind that TNO joined forces with Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) to organize the first-ever Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, slated for November 17-20, in Thunder Bay.
The focus, said Kalagian, will be on helping Northern Ontario tourism operators and other tourism stakeholders to develop the skills that they need to attract more visitors and have them stay longer and spend more. read more ...
|TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay coming to Thunder Bay - Thursday, October 9, 2014|TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay coming to Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- October 9, 2014 – The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice, is coming to Thunder Bay next spring.
Three-thousand torchbearers will proudly carry the flame across the Province and share its welcoming Pan Am spirit on the 41-day journey towards the lighting of the cauldron on July 10, 2015, to officially open the Games. Residents of Thunder Bay are invited to enter to be a torchbearer today at TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay.“We’re excited that Thunder Bay has been named as a major celebration community for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay and we look forward to welcoming the Pan Am flame next spring as we showcase our unique heritage and sporting traditions,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs.
“We encourage all of our residents who will be aged 13 and older by May 30, 2015, to sign up to be torchbearers today at TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay. We’ll also be selecting our own special community torchbearer to run on our behalf when the flame comes to town.”
The highly-anticipated relay begins in May 2015 with the traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico. The Canadian journey for the flame starts with its arrival in Toronto on May 30, 2015. It will then visit five other cities in Canada, as well as 130 communities in all corners of Ontario.
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|OFAH welcomes common sense approach to firearms licensing - Wednesday, October 8, 2014|OFAH welcomes common sense approach to firearms licensing
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- October 8, 2014 --- Fall represents one of the most exciting times of the year for the nearly half-million men and women who hunt in Ontario.Unfortunately, along with experiencing the great outdoors and harvesting healthy wild game for the dinner tables, licensed hunters experience a heavy load of paperwork and red tape as law-abiding firearms owners.
That's why the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) welcomes the introduction of the Common Sense Firearms Act, which Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney tabled in the House of Commons this morning.
The new legislation strikes a balance between the need to remove administrative burdens on legal, law-abiding firearms owners in Canada and the government's intention to protect and enhance public safety.
"The merging of the POL and the PAL streamlines licensing and the proposed grace period means law-abiding firearms owners can renew their licenses without fearing criminal prosecution," said Greg Farrant, OFAH Manager of Government Affairs and Policy. "The OFAH has long supported mandatory firearms training for all first time users, ensuring everyone who applies for a firearms license has gone through a rigorous training and certification process." read more ...
|Porphyry Point Lighthouse Tour - Wednesday, October 8, 2014|Porphyry Point Lighthouse Tour
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- October 8, 2014 --- Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc. (CLLS) an incorporated, not-for-profit organization, with a mandate to; manage, maintain, and restore regional lighthouses for public access, today provided a media tour on the accomplishments made this summer at Porphyry Point Lighthouse, on Porphyry Island.
Press reviewed the two dwellings, boathouses, tower and grounds to witness first hand 350 volunteer hours that were offered to help cleanup the lightstation. CLLS an umbrella organization has managed the project to help facilitate future plans in developing a historic trail of lighthouses where people can come and stay. Currently two leases are held with the Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) for Porphyry Point and Number Ten (Shaganash) Lighthouses, with others in the works.
Paul Capon, Chair of CLLS said, ”summer volunteers completed many hours of clearing, cleaning, priming, painting and restoring the site, which opens up opportunities for next years season for visitors.”
He was also joined by Al Cheeseman, Owner of Wilderness North Air, Mark Wiskmann Owner of Wisk Air Helicopters, Archie Hoogsteen of Archie’s Fishing Charters, to explain how guests could be transported to the site. And Greg Wilson, Superintendent, Sleeping Giant and Porphyry Island Provincial Park and Nature Reserve shared some background on the nature reserve. Mayor Harvey of Nipigon spoke to regional economic development opportunities created by CLLS. read more ...
|MUNICIPAL ELECTION CANDIDATES RESPOND TO BUSINESS - QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS - Monday, October 6, 2014|MUNICIPAL ELECTION CANDIDATES RESPOND TO BUSINESS - QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- October 6, 2014 --- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is sharing responses from municipal election candidates to a survey of local business questions and concerns. All candidates in the municipal election were invited to provide responses to ten questions related to the top issues of Chamber members. City spending and competitiveness, economic development, the Event Centre, and crime reduction are addressed in the questionnaire that was completed by 33 candidates.
Chamber President Charla Robinson says, “These survey responses will help to inform voters on the views and opinions of participating candidates regarding priority issues facing our community. We welcome further one-on-one dialogue with candidates regarding the concerns of our membership.” Candidate responses are posted at: www.tbchamber.ca/candidates/
On October 27th, registered voters have an opportunity to choose the Councillors and Mayor that will represent Thunder Bay, Ontario, for the coming four-year term. Our city is changing and the business community needs to get engaged to ensure that the decisions made at the Council table support business growth and competitiveness both now and in the long-term. read more ...
|Mozart & Martinis with host Dee Jaroway - Monday, October 6, 2014|
Mozart & Martinis with host Dee Jaroway
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- October 6, 2014 ----- Join the TBSO and Bight Restaurant for an evening of glitz and glamour at our newest event – Mozart & Martinis. Step into the intimate atmosphere of Bight Restaurant & Bar, where you will sample an exquisite pairing of live symphonic music, delicious appetizers and delectable martinis, designed by Bight exclusively for this event. The evening marries the music of renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, with 4 distinct courses, each featuring a signature martini created with Mozart in mind. The evening will also include a prize blitz. Funds raised at this event support the TBSO’s Youth & Education programs.
- Hosted by Dee Jaroway from Dougall Media’s Rock 94.3FM Morning Show
- Music by renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart featuring String, Brass, and Wind ensembles of TBSO musicians
- 4 distinct courses of sample size Martinis paired with appetizers and dessert
- Shuttle service provided by Prestige Limousine to get you home after the event
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|Canadian Singer-Songwriter Sarah Slean Launches TBSO Season - Sunday, October 5, 2014|Canadian Singer-Songwriter Sarah Slean Launches TBSO Season
Thunder Bay, ON –-- October 5, 2014 ----Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Slean pairs her powerful, bewitching voice and music with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra TBSO. Saturday October 18th. This concert showcases the music of Sea from her album “Land & Seas”, and will include a performance of Lamento composed by Canadian composer Christos Hatzis.
Classically trained since age five, this superstar pianist, vocalist, and arranger has released six albums, stockpiled three Juno nominations, and performs her stunning blend of pop and classical music with orchestras across the country.
About Sarah Slean
Over the course of her 15 year career Sarah Slean has made eight albums, starred in two short films and a movie musical, published two volumes of poetry, held exhibitions of her paintings, written two string quartets, and shared the stage with five of the country's leading orchestras. During that time she was nominated for three Junos, two Geminis, and her records have been released in over 10 countries world-wide.
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|Energy Task Force Makes Gains - Saturday, October 4, 2014|Energy Task Force Makes Gains
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- October 4, 2014 ----- The Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force wound up two days of meetings in Thunder Bay with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), the Independent Electrical Systems Operator (IESO) and the Ministry of Energy (MOE) and reports significant positive movement related to the future of the Northwest.
Co-Chair Iain Angus (Councillor, City of Thunder Bay) indicated that the OPA announced a number of initiatives for the Northwest including:
• Commencement of planning processes for Greenstone and the North Shore, Thunder Bay and the Rainy River Area west of Thunder Bay
• Upgrades to the transmission system serving Red Lake, Ear Falls and Pickle Lake
• Commencement of planning for an extension of transmission facilities connecting Thunder Bay to Atikokan and on to Dryden in order to ensure that the area North of Dryden has the power it needs
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|Empty Bowls/Caring Hearts - Saturday, October 4, 2014|Empty Bowls/Caring Hearts
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- October 4, 2014 --- The 15th Annual Empty Bowls/Caring Hearts Fundraiser Dinner Event will be held on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Moose Hall, 434 Fort William Road. Doors open at 5:00pm
Over the past 14 years this event has raised over $200,000 for the Thunder Bay Food Bank and Shelter House.
For the cost of a $30 ticket, those attending will receive a delicious bowl of soup, rolls, and a homemade dessert, all donated by local restaurants and bakeries, AS WELL AS, a handmade pottery bowl or set of two quilted placemats donated by members of the Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild and group of Community Quilters
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|TBRH Outstanding Emergency Department Performance - Thursday, October 2, 2014|TBRH Outstanding Emergency Department Performance
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- October 2, 2014 ----– The Ministry of Health and Long-Term care has recognized the Emergency Department (ED) at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) for “its commitment to reducing provincial wait times and improving emergency care for the people of Ontario”.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, we are pleased to recognize the outstanding Emergency Department performance that has been achieved at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Your hospital has maintained the lowest 90th percentile for ED Length of Stay (LOS) within the Teaching Hospital-Community Hospital Group in 2013,” wrote Nancy Naylor, Assistant Deputy Minister.
Dr. Dave Mutrie, Medical Program Director, Trauma/Service Director, Emergency & Critical Care at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Emergency Department Length of Stay is defined as the time from triage or registration, whichever comes first, to the time the patient leaves the ED, either to be admitted to hospital or discharged.
TBRHSC’s ED is the second busiest in Canada with over 111,000 patient visits per year.
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|Zebra mussels confirmed in 2 Minn metro lakes - Saturday, September 27, 2014|
Zebra mussels confirmed in 2 Minn metro lakes
DULUTH, MN ---- September 27, 2014 --Two metro Minnesota lakes will be designated as infested after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in them this week, underscoring the need for ongoing vigilance against aquatic invasive species in the state’s waters.
DNR biologists found three of the invasive mussels in Lake Waconia in Carver County, and three in White Bear Lake, which is in Ramsey and Washington counties. Both lakes were investigated after reports from the public.
Last weekend, a local high school science teacher found three zebra mussels while snorkeling around the southeast shore of White Bear, and reported them to DNR aquatic invasive species staff. DNR biologists confirmed the find on Thursday after an extensive search of the area.
The confirmation of zebra mussels in Lake Waconia followed two reports from the public. On Sept. 15, a boater reported one zebra mussel attached to his vessel, which was moored at a private marina on the south end of the lake. On Aug. 30, an angler exiting the lake found zebra mussels attached to aquatic plants on his trailer. DNR biologists subsequently investigating the Waconia reports found no additional mussels at the private marina, but they did find three at the public access on the eastern shore. read more.....>
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