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AV Terrace Bay Announces upply Agreement With Mkwa Timber LP - Saturday, February 6, 2016

AV Terrace Bay Announces upply Agreement With Mkwa Timber LP #LSNeconomy

Supply Agreement

 THUNDER BAY, ON  --  February 6, 2016  ---  AV Terrace Bay Announces New Supply Agreement With Mkwa Timber LP TERRACE BAY, February 5, 2016 - AV Terrace Bay Inc. (AVTB) Friday announced a contractual agreement with Mkwa Timber LP which initiates a long term partnership where Mkwa Timber LP becomes a significant fibre supplier to AVTB.

AVTB and Mkwa Timber have been working diligently towards this agreement for the last year as Mkwa Timber developed their harvest capacity / investment strategy. The wood fibre being harvested by Mkwa Timber is part of AV Terrace Bay’s committed Crown fibre supply from the Pic River Forest, being sustainably managed by the Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation. 

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TBRHSC Family CARE Grants Announced - Thursday, February 4, 2016

TBRHSC Family CARE Grants Announced #LSNhealth

TBRHSC Family CARE Grants Announced

$68,000 made available to fund grants to enhance patient care

 Thunder Bay, ON – February 4, 2016  --- The spirit of giving was alive and well today at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. This morning, $68,000 in new grant funding was announced by the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and the Volunteer Association as they presented the 2015 Family CARE (Care Advancements Recommended by Employees) grants.

Employees at the Health Sciences Centre are encouraged to apply for the grants with ideas for new or improved equipment that will enhance the exceptional care they provide to patients and families. To ensure that the grants have a significant impact, each application requires a Patient and Family Advisor’s endorsement along with that of a Manager and Executive Vice President.


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TBSO Brew & Beethoven Returns - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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TBSO Brew & Beethoven Returns

 Thunder Bay, ON – February 2. 2016 ---- The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra’s popular Brew & Beethoven returns for its fourth year!  Enjoy a cold one while listening to the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra perform works ranging from Beethoven to John Williams. Presented in a unique casual atmosphere, B&B is your chance to hear the musicians up close and personal. Funds raised at this event support the TBSO’s Youth & Education programs and SHIFT Thunder Bay’s Young Professional Network.


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hunder Bay Chill 2016 Schedule - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thunder Bay Chill 2016 Schedule #LSNsports

Thunder Bay Chill

 Thunder Bay, ON –  February 2, 2016 --- The Premier Development League (PDL) released their 2016 schedule today including the 14 game regular season schedule for the Thunder Bay Chill. The Chill are going into their 17th season in the league, and coming off their 8th playoff appearance in the last 9 years.
The Heartland Division is still at 6 teams, however the Springfield Synergy has moved to the Mid South Division with the Kokomo Mantis from Indiana coming in to fill their spot. 

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Conference celebrates waterfowl and habitat - Monday, February 1, 2016

Conference celebrates waterfowl and habitat #LSNoutdoors

Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium

 Bloomington, MN  ---    February 1, 2016  ---  Waterfowl experts from a variety of agencies and organizations will discuss waterfowl and waterfowl habitat with the public at the Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium, a one-day conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Bloomington.

“The public can talk about issues surrounding wetlands and waterfowl,” said Ricky Lien, DNR wetland habitat team supervisor. “The enthusiasm people bring to these topics makes for great back-and-forth, and that’s why we look at the conference as an annual celebration.” 

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Interest payments are Ontario’s fastest growing expense - Friday, January 29, 2016

Interest payments are Ontario’s fastest growing expense #LSNeconomy

Interest payments are Ontario’s fastest growing expense —faster than health and education spending growth

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  January 29, 2016  --- This year, Ontario is projected to run its eighth consecutive budget deficit, which will be approximately $7.5 billion. And since 2007/08, it will have racked up an additional $141.7 billion in government debt.

The provincial government has repeatedly promised that it will finally eliminate the deficit and achieve a balanced budget by 2017/18. However, the government’s own Financial Accountability Office has pointed out significant risks to the government’s plan, including the fact that it has not yet provided a clear, specific plan to achieve the kind of spending restraint required to meet this target. 

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Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
Ontario business confidence drops by 17 points to a five-year low

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  January 28, 2016 ----   This week, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Mowat Centre, released the fifth and final iteration of Emerging Stronger. A detailed economic agenda for Ontario, Emerging Stronger 2016 identifies the immediate steps that government and the private sector must take to enhance Ontario’s economic competitiveness and spur job creation in the province.

Ontario businesses are increasingly unsure about the direction of the provincial economy, according to a new survey from the OCC and Leger. The annual Ontario Business Confidence Index, featured in Emerging Stronger 2016, shows that business confidence in the Ontario economy is at a five-year low. 

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OPP Marine

 THUNDER BAY, ON ---  January 26, 2016 --- The Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently seeking applications for Marine Assistant positions for the summer 2016 marine season.

The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity to gain exposure and experience within the field of Law Enforcement through hands-on experience 

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Career Fair to Help Attract New LA-Based Company to TBay - Monday, January 25, 2016

Career Fair to Help Attract New LA-Based Company to TBay #LSNeconomy

VXI Global Solutions

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   January 25, 2016  --- – A career fair hosted by VXI Global Solutions, LLC to gauge available workforce in Thunder Bay will take place on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30, at the contact centre facility located in Victoriaville Mall.

The City of Thunder Bay’s Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Realty Services Division have been working as a team to attract a new contact centre to the community.   VXI responded to the opportunity, and the Thunder Bay team in partnership with local employment services agencies, is working with the company to help organize the Career Fair.  

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Expansion franchise in Thief River Falls, Minn. - Friday, January 22, 2016

Expansion franchise in Thief River Falls, Minn.  #LSNsports


 THUNDER BAY, ON. –--   January 22, 2016  ---  The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Friday that it has awarded a conditional expansion franchise to Thief River Falls, Minn., which once confirmed, would begin play in the 2016-17 season.

The SIJHL’s board of governors voted unanimously to award the franchise, contingent on approval by Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League as well as an arena lease agreement between TRF Junior Hockey LLC and the City of Thief River Falls.  

The franchise already received formal approval from USA Hockey during its annual winter meeting on Jan. 15 in Orlando, Fla.   

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Employment After Graduation? Yes, with StayNorth - Friday, January 22, 2016

Employment After Graduation?  Yes, with StayNorth  #LSNecomomy


 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  January 29, 2016  --- “Graduation is only a few months away for many students and finding employment is a concern for some.  StayNorth is helping to take employment worries away for qualified students.”  said Dr. Ron Common, President Sault College.

Our migration statistics seem to indicate Northern Ontario continues to suffer from youth moving south for education and employment.   StayNorth is offering students an opportunity to finish their eduction in the North and to start their career in the North.  The StayNorth initiative is part of a cooperative effort by the six Northern Ontario colleges*  through their Study North program.  
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Sleeping Giant Loppet - Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sleeping Giant Loppet  #LSNoutdoors

Sleeping Giant Loppet

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ------  January 20, 2016  - Today, at Kamview Nordic Centre, NDC’s Bob Thompson took part in a head to head sprint vs. Klister, the Cross Country Canada mascot.  You would think Bob, an elite skier and seasoned sprinter would have the advantage over the floppy-footed rabbit.  However, Bob was pulling some important cargo in a Chariot child-carrier, his teammate Alannah MacLean (he was supposed to pull coach Timo’s daughter, but we think Timo got cold feet at the last minute and sacrificed one of his athletes instead). Bob got out-touched at the line by fleet-footed Klister.  It was all in the spirit of good fun, as Loppet organizers highlighted a new addition to the 2016 event, Chariot child carriers will be welcomed in the RBC 8km Mini-Loppet.  “The Loppet is a family-friendly event” says coordinator, Peter Gallagher, “we wanted to ensure the youngest families members could be included in the fun”.  

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Canadian Pianist Katherine Chi Returns to Thunder Bay - Sunday, January 17, 2016

Canadian Pianist Katherine Chi Returns to Thunder Bay #LSNarts

Pianist Katherine Chi

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   January 17, 2016  ---  Guest conductor Les Dala makes his TBSO debut in a dynamic concert, featuring Overture to Alceste by Christoph Willibald Gluck and Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony. Pianist Katherine Chi returns to Thunder Bay to mesmerize in a captivating performance of composer Edvard Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto.

Gluck: Overture to Alceste / Grieg: Piano Concerto, Op. 16 / Schumann: Symphony No. 2

Free Pre-Concert Chats
Want to learn more about the music or guest artist of a Masterworks concert? Attend our FREE pre-concert chats at 7:10PM on the mezzanine before all TBSO Masterworks concerts. Pre-concert chats are available for free to ticket holders for each specific Masterworks concert.
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How will the Trudeau government handle challenging economic environment in 2016? - Sunday, January 17, 2016

How will the Trudeau government handle challenging economic environment in 2016?  #LSNeconomy

Justine Trudeau

 THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   January 17, 2016  ----    The Trudeau government has a full agenda on its plate for 2016 given the global political and economic environment, as well as its own list of election promises.  

Yet, the fundamental issue that Ottawa must deal with is simple: how Canada will continue to make its economic way in the world given the end of the commodity boom and the tightening of global credit markets. With a lackluster Central Canadian economy and a depressed Western Canadian resource sector, rising interest rates will reduce what has been an important source of stimulus for the Canadian economy. 

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Whooping Cough in Thunder Bay District - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Whooping Cough in Thunder Bay District  #LSNhealth

Whooping Cough

 January 11, 2016 - With an increase in whooping cough (pertussis) cases reported in the city and district over the last 4 months, the Health Unit is urging that individuals ensure they are up to date with their immunization against this disease, particularly those Individuals who are or will be around newborns and infants less than 6 months of age.

The Health Unit is aware of ten cases of whooping cough that have been identified through laboratory testing, with additional cases in close household contacts. Five people have been hospitalized;
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Nipigon River Bridge open One Lane - Monday, January 11, 2016

Nipigon River Bridge open One Lane #LSNnews

Nipigon River Bridge

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   January 11, 2016  ---   One lane is open for cars and regular weight transports.  Staff are continuing to work to determine when oversized trucks can use the bridge

On Sunday afternoon, the OPP closed the Nipigon River Bridge to traffic due to safety concerns.
Ministry staff worked through the night to rectify the situation, using counterweights to level the bridge surface. An engineering inspection was also completed to ensure the safety of the bridge and the traveling public 

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Nipigon River Bridge Closed - Sunday, January 10, 2016

Nipigon River Bridge Closed  #LSNnews

Nipigon River Bridge


Municipality of Greenstone declare state of emergency because of the Nipigon River Bridge closure. Other northshore communities have not as yet.
OPP are now saying Nipigon River Bridge is closed indefinitely in both directions for repairs

Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey has announced that arrangements have been made for emergency vehicles and foot traffic can cross. Vehicles are being turned away to keep traffic from poling up here causing congestion.

Groceries Stores
Metro is the only chain that gets its stock from Southern Ontario. Loblaws (superstore and No Frills and Shoppers) and Sobeys (Safeway) source their stock from Manitoba distribution centers

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   January 10, 2016 ---  Highway 11 - 17 is closed at the Nipigon River bridge. Do to one section of the bridge dropping

Vehicles are being encouraged to travel west to go through the United States at the border crossing in Sault Ste. Marie. and those heading east can cross into the states at Pigeon River.

Mayor of Nipigon, Richard Harvery said If anyone is stranded because of the bridge we will be keeping the community center open for people to stay warm. 

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Flavours of the Northwest - Sunday, January 10, 2016

Flavours of the Northwest  #LSNnews

Formn North Food

 THUNDER BAY, ON ---  January 10, 2015  ---   This one-day conference in Thunder Bay on January 19th, aims to make new connections between agricultural, foodservice, industrial and hospitality stakeholders from across Northwestern Ontario.  Inspired by keynote speaker Jamie Kennedy and guided by experts with the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, we'll explore ways to promote foods produced within the region both to visitors and among our own communities.

75 exhibitor spaces were available in the networking space where meals and breaks will be held throughout the day, along with the evening wrap-up reception.   Each exhibitor space comes with one 8′ table and table cloth.

Keynote Speaker Jamie Kennedy: 

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First Resident Moves Into Hogarth Riverview Manor - Thursday, January 7, 2016

First Resident Moves Into Hogarth Riverview Manor  #LSNhealth


THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  January 6, 2016  --- St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) is excited to welcome the first residents to the new Hogarth Riverview Manor (HRM) expansion. Current HRM residents are moving to the expansion today, to allow additional construction to occur in the original building. The planned closure of both Dawson Court and Grandview Lodge is occurring over the next two months. We will be welcoming residents from Dawson Court starting tomorrow.


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Free Workshops for Entrepreneurs - Monday, January 4, 2016
Free Workshops for Entrepreneurs  #LSNeconomy

free workshops for entrepreneurs


THUNDER BAY, ON    ----    January 4, 2016   ----  The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre (EC) along with the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre will be hosting a series of free workshops for entrepreneurs starting in February 2016.

Running through to March, the seminars are aimed at small business owners and will cover topics in marketing and communications, media, online advertising, as well as research & development tax credits. Organizer Lexie Penko says, “We’re finding that clients are looking for training and education around online advertising, blogging, and public relations, so we’re bringing in presenters with a lot of knowledge in those areas.
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Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre announces new President & CEO - Sunday, December 27, 2015

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre announces new President & CEO 

THUNDER BAY, ON ----- December 22, 2015 ------  The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute are pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Bartkowiak as new Jean BartkowiakPresident and CEO of TBRHSC and CEO of TBRRI.

The announcement was made by TBRHSC Board Chair Nadine Doucette and TBRRI Board Chair Dr. Gary Polonsky today.

“We are thrilled to have secured a candidate with such an extensive background in hospital and health system leadership,” said Doucette in making the announcement. “We have a long tradition of strong CEOs at this institution and Jean will continue in that tradition.”

“He is recognized for his accomplishments in bringing innovation to care and effective fiscal management in challenging times at large and complex organizations,” said Dr. Polonsky. “He also has a passion for and experience in research. I think we have found the right person for this job and this time.”
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Climate change “solutions” must demonstrate effectiveness - Sunday, December 27, 2015

Climate change “solutions” must demonstrate effectiveness #LSNenviorment

Wind Generation


THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   December 27, 2015  ----  Now that a second Auditor General’s Report has severely criticized Ontario’s electricity system, it is time to rethink a politically motivated energy policy. Action on climate change must not squander crucial time and resources on schemes that may be ineffective, economically unfeasible, or harm human health and the environment.

Why did the Government of Ontario choose to ignore the 2011 Auditor General’s Report that questioned the negligible ability of intermittent wind power to lower carbon emissions because natural gas-fuelled back up is required 24/7?

The Multi-municipal Wind Turbine Working Group, made up of councillors from jurisdictions where wind turbine development has been most intensive, is ideally positioned to observe first hand the effects of wind turbines on the local community. Adverse health effects are occurring to citizens exposed to wind turbines at approved setbacks. Noise and health complaints have been ignored by government officials. Restrictive Environmental Review Tribunal procedures under the Ontario Green Energy Act make residents’ participation meaningless. Biologists’ observations of degradation of significant habitat and loss of biodiversity near wind turbines have been disregarded.  

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TBSO holds Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees with Thunder Bay’s Multicultural Association - Monday, December 14, 2015

TBSO holds Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees with Thunder Bay’s Multicultural Association #LSNarts

THUNDER BAY, ON –---  December 14, 2015  ----  On Friday, December 18th, at 7PM at St. Agnes Church, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will be holding a Free Benefit Concert in support of Syrian Refugees who will be resettling in Thunder Bay, in partnership with the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association.

This Free Benefit Concert will include Baroque Christmas music, including selected movements from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and a Carol Sing-Along. 

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