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|Housing starts Slow CMHC - Thursday, October 30, 2014|Housing starts Slow CMHC
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 30, 2014) - According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Autumn Housing Market Outlook report for Thunder Bay, single-detached and semis, rows and apartment housing starts will slow this year. Expect only marginal increases in both single and multiples housing starts in 2015 and 2016 as the economy improves.
"Weaker employment levels than one year ago coupled with slowing average weekly earnings growth has affected consumer confidence impacting the residential construction market thus far this year in Thunder Bay," stated Warren Philp, CMHC Market Analyst. "Improved employment conditions should boost housing starts, but only slightly, in 2015 and 2016," added Philp.
Listings growth especially in the higher priced ranges is being witnessed in the resale market, but for now, sellers' conditions prevail. Anticipate a 6.5 per cent price growth in 2014 and a further 4.9 and 3.0 per cent in 2015 and 2016. read more ...
|Local Vocalists Join TBSO Cabaret Series - Wednesday, October 29, 2014|Local Vocalists Join TBSO Cabaret Series
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- October 29, 2014 --- For the opening Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Cabaret concert local vocalists Rodney Brown and Bruce Hansen join the TBSO to pay tribute to two of Canada’s great folk musicians, Stan Rogers and Gene MacLellan. You’ll hear selections including, Fogarty’s Cove, Barrett’s Privateers, Snowbird, and Shilo’s Song.
The Music of Stan Rogers & Gene MacLellan
Friday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8, 2014
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|CHAMBER of COMMERCE HOSTS WEDDING SHOW - Monday, October 27, 2014|CHAMBER of COMMERCE HOSTS WEDDING SHOW
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----- October 27, 2014 ---- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Wedding Wishes Formal Fair will be taking place Sunday, November 2nd at the Valhalla Inn. This is the largest wedding exposition from Winnipeg to Toronto.
Show Organizer, Nancy Milani says “This event provides a terrific opportunity for Thunder Bay’s businesses to showcase their products and services. Wedding Wishes Formal Fair is a unique information gathering and one-stop shopping opportunity for those planning on getting married in a traditional or non-traditional setting. Over 100 wedding specialists showcasing the latest in products and services will be on hand including a number of new businesses.”
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|CP Holiday Train Northern Ontario Wisconsin Minnesota North Dakota - Saturday, October 25, 2014|CP Holiday Train Northern Ontario Wisconsin Minnesota North Dakota
THUNDER BAY , ON --- October 25, 2014 --- Plan now to come out and visit the CP Holiday train, in Thunder Bay, Ontario on the evening of December 2st and in CP Holiday Train Lacrosse WI on December 8th and Cottage Grove Mn December 10th. Making a difference, one stop at a time The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again on November 25 and will be visiting over 150 communities across our network. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. Everyone who attends is encouraged to donate food and money which stays in their community.
The CP Holiday Train is North America's longest rolling food bank fundraiser and since we started in 1999, the program has raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food. Over the three weeks of the program, musicians will play more than 150 concerts from a boxcar we've turned into a travelling stage.
The concerts are free, but we encourage you to bring a donation for your local food bank -- either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay in your community.
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|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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|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 ...
|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 ...