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Chill Host Natioal Semi Finals - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#$LSN_Sports   Chill  National Semi Finals 

Thunder Bay, ON Tuesday July 25, 2017 (LSN)  – The Thunder Bay Chill (11-3-2) received some welcomed news this morning when the PDL awarded them one of two National Semi Finals this coming weekend.

The Chill will face FC Golden State Force from Pasadena, CA in one of two semifinals this Saturday at tbaytel place at Fort William Stadium. Game time is 7:30 pm.

The Chill just returned from Pontiac, MI where they defeated KW United and the Des Moines Menace by 2-0 scores won their 5th Central Conference Championship in club history. 

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Magna International Warnings to Leave Ontario - Sunday, July 23, 2017

#LSN_Opinion   Magna International Warnings to Leave Ontario 

High hydro rates, cap-and-trade, and new legislation could push 22,000 jobs out of Ontario.Ontario is at risk of massive jobs losses.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, July 23, 2017  (LSN) Magna International – Ontario’s largest auto sector employeer – is warning that the policies being imposed by the Ontario government could push them out of the province entirely.

The warning comes as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is pushing legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and impose other requirements on businesses that some fear could lead to job cuts and more unemployment.

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Native Plant Species Sale - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#LSN_Outdoors  Echinacea 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  July 19, 2017  (LSN) —A local environmental stewardship organization is hosting a native plant sale to promote biodiversity in neighbourhood backyards and gardens. 

The three day sale will have locally-grown wildflowers, perennial grasses and wild edibles for sale between July 26-28, hosted by EcoSuperior behind its office located at 562 Red River Rd at the corner of Hill St.  

“Native species play an important role in our region by supporting biodiversity, pollinators and natural habitat,” says Julia Prinselaar, program coordinator at EcoSuperior. They’re also hardier and better suited to the local climate and growing conditions than many non-native varieties. 

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Veteran Speaks Out Against Khadr Payment - Monday, July 17, 2017
 Corporal Michael McNeil
#LSN_Opinion  Retired Corporal Michael McNeil

While many Veterans are homeless and taking their lives, Omar Khadr gets $10.5 million

THUNDER BAY, ON,  July 17, 2017   (LSN) In April, I interviewed Retired Corporal Michael McNeil. McNeil has been repeatedly denied treatment from Veterans Affairs Canada after suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury while serving our country in Afghanistan.

McNeil was injured when his Husky vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) – the same kind of device Omar Khadr manufactured while fighting for Al Qaeda.

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Gerald McEachern new Executive Director/General Manager - Sunday, July 16, 2017

#LSN_Arts    TBSO   Gerald McEachern

Thunder Bay, ON – Tuesday, July 9, 2017 – (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is very pleased to announce the appointment of Gerald McEachern as its new Executive Director/General Manager.

Gerald returns to Thunder Bay after 13 years, taking over from Acting Executive Director, Ken Boshcoff. Mr. Boshcoff will be continuing on at the TBSO in his former position, Director of Development.
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Magnus Mama’s Country Record Collection - Thursday, June 22, 2017
Thom Currie, Magnus Theatre

#LSN_Arts  Thom Currie, Magnus Theatre

THUNDER BAY, Ontario - June 22, 2017  (LSN) Mama's Country Record Collection is a blast from the past.  At least it is for Thom Currie, Magnus Theatres Artistic Director and the author of the play.

When I was a kid, we did a road trip every summer.  My brothers and my sister and me would be piled into a Pontiac station wagon at 5:00AM, and we would drive from our home in the suburbs of New York City to a wondrous place called Katrine, Ontario.  Over the 1100 kilometre trip, my mother at the wheel, we would read, talk, snooze and argue.  There was always music on the AM radio.  Mom chose the station, and her preferred driving music was contemporary country and western, because you could sing along.  That, along with chewing gum, would help you stay sane on an 11 hour drive with four kids.

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MN Special Olympics Torch Run - Wednesday, June 21, 2017
MN Special Olympics Torch Run

#LSN_Sports   Special Olympics Torch Run

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  June 19, 2017 (LSN) The Cook County Unified Club was ecstatic to be invited to participate in the Torch run by the Special Olympics of Minnesota organization. Hearing that we were asked to bring the torch across the border: now that was truly an honor.  

Cook County Unified Club is probably one of the youngest in the state of Minnesota, and has only been around for about 6 or 7 months, officially.  It comprises about 20% of our school population, and if you were at the ceremony at the Grand Portage border crossing, it felt like there was a full house!  Over 200 people gathered to take the ceremonial handing of the torch across the Pigeon River on the U.S./Canada border.

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CBP officers seize counterfeit Rocket Copters at International Falls - Monday, June 19, 2017
Rocket Copters

#LSN_Crime  Rocket Copters

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — June 19, 2017   (LSN) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the International Falls Port of Entry (POE) recently targeted a rail container destined to arrive at the Ranier POE. In early June, CBP officers inspected the rail container and discovered merchandise that violated multiple laws and regulations.

The merchandise consisted of 7,760 Rocket Copters. Examination of the merchandise revealed counterfeit trademark violations on the Rocket Copters. As a result, CBP seized those items. The counterfeit merchandise had an aggregate manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $116,322.

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Ride For Dad The Roar Continues - Sunday, June 18, 2017

Crystal Beach Variety
#LSN_Health    Crystal Beach Variety, Shuniah

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO – June 18, 2017  (LSN)  It’s been going strong for 17 years and the combined roar of hundreds of motorcycles each year never gets old. This morning at 9:30 a.m. riders revved their engines as they took off in the Roar for the Cure as part of the Tbaytel Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by WINMAR. This year’s event raised $54,106 in support of prostate cancer education, care and research through the Northern Cancer Fund, bringing the event’s total to $1,002,355!

As in previous years, participants began with a hearty breakfast served at the Victoria Inn, followed by the Roar for the Cure, with a parade around Thunder Bay, a filling lunch at Silver Mountain Station and then back again to the Victoria Inn to enjoy some time together. Throughout the day, riders enjoyed the sights in and around town as they collected poker cards, with prizes awarded for top poker hands.

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Rise In Asylum Claims Under Trudeau - Sunday, June 18, 2017
Rise In Asylum Claims Under Trudeau

#LSN_Opinion   To Cost Taxpayers $2.97 Billion

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  June 18,. 2017  (LSN) A report by the Canadian Press based on an internal government report obtained through Access-To-Information has shown a huge spike in asylum claims under the Trudeau government, which has created a massive backlog, and will impose massive costs on Canadians.

According to the report, government “social supports” for asylum claimants – which means government benefits sponsored by Canadian taxpayers – will cost us $2.97 billion between now and 2021.

Government spends $600 per month on each claimant, and total costs between now and 2021 are forecast to rise to $2.97 billion dollars.

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Ontario Doctors Vote in Favour of Binding Arbitration - Sunday, June 18, 2017

#LSN_Health   Binding Arbitration

 Toronto, ON July 17, 2017 - Ontario's doctors have voted in favour of the tentative 2017 OMA-Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Binding Arbitration Framework Agreement.

 The vote was 65% to 35%, in favour the framework agreement.  Members were able to vote electronically, in person at the General Meeting of Members or by proxy.

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Chill Hit the Road Chicago FC United Des Moines Menace - Friday, June 16, 2017

Thunder Bay Chill

#LSN_Sports  Chill on the Road

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -- June 16, 2016  (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chill (3-1-0) hit the road Thursday morning to play new franchise Chicago FC United (1-1-2) on Friday afternoon and the Des Moines Menace(4-2-1) on Saturday evening. The Chill are coming off a weekend split with the Menace who now lead the Heartland division after sweeping WSA Winnipeg mid-week.

The Chicago FC United game will be played in Rockford, Illinois at 3:00 pm EDT. The team will then bus over to Des Moines right after the completion of the game to face the division leaders on Saturday evening at Valley Stadium. Although the Chicago FC United team is new in name,  ownership and management is the same as the Chicago Fire Premier team, who were in the league for many years.
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World War One Thunder Bay Centennial Project - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Thunder Bay Public Library

#LSN_News Thunder Bay Public Library Receives Provincial Award

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  June 14, 2017  (LSN) Thunder Bay Public Library has been awarded the prestigious Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2016 Dorothy Duncan Award. The award was accepted by Jesse Roberts, Community Hub Librarian, at the OHS Annual General Meeting & Honours and Awards Ceremony held in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

The Dorothy Duncan Award recognizes a not-for-profit organization which has demonstrated an outstanding level of service to its region. 

2016 Dorothy Duncan Award from the Ontario Historical Society. Pam Cain (Vice President, OHS) Jesse Roberts Community Hub Librarian - Learning Supervisor and Ian Radforth (Chair, OHS Honours & Awards Committee

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Thunder Bay CP Canada 150 Train - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Thunder Bay CPRail 150

#LSN_Outdoors   #LSN_Tourism    CP Canada 150 Train

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - June 11, 2017  (LSN) Canadian Pacific (CP) today announced a summer train tour to celebrate
Canada's sesquicentennial while re-connecting generations of Canadians with the nation's iconic and historic roots. Through shared stories and celebration, the CP Canada 150 Train will honour the country's past, while acknowledging the leaders of the present, and looking toward a bright future.

Beginning July 28 in Port Moody, B.C., CP is hosting celebrations in 13 Canadian cities and towns. The train will travel west to east, completing a reverse tour of the very first transcontinental passenger train trip made on June 28, 1886, which started in Montreal and travelled to Port Moody. The final CP Canada 150 Train event takes place August 20, 2017 in Ottawa.

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Chill Vs Menace Friday Saturday - Friday, June 9, 2017
Chill Vs Menace

#LSN_Sports Chill Vs Menace

Thunder Bay, ON  June 9, 2017 (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chill (2-0-0) play their PDL home opener Friday as they host the Des Moines Menace (1-1-1) as the strong rivalry between the two clubs continues. The Chill are coming off a sweep of WSA Winnipeg last weekend while Des Moines played to 1-1 draw with new comers Saint Louis FC U23.


During the past 17 seasons the Chill and the Menace have met 57 times with the Menace holding a 28-24-5 advantage. The Chill are looking to continue their unbeaten streak to start the 2017 season after securing all six points on the road this past weekend. The Menace look to stay in the Heartland Division race after dropping five points on the road in Missouri with a loss against the St. Louis Lions and a draw against Saint Louis FC U23. Failing to earn points this weekend could stifle the Menace’s hope of a fourth consecutive Heartland Division title. During the past 10 seasons the Heartland has been won by either the Menace or Thunder Bay. read more ...
Miminium Wage Automation in Food Service Industry - Wednesday, June 7, 2017
/McDonald Automation

#LSN_Opinion     Automated ordering machines, like these at a McDonald's in Spain, are coming to the United States as a response to higher minimum wages.

HALIFAX, N.S. --- June 7, 2017 /Troy Media/ (LSN) Governments jumping on the $15-an-hour bandwagon are missing an opportunity to look at how the next technological revolution will affect our food systems. And that's a shame.
The minimum wage is rising in many parts of the country. Recently, Ontario announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, to match Alberta.

In the U.S., the push for a higher minimum wage began in 2013 when brave fast-food workers in New York walked off their jobs. This movement, known as Fast Food Forward, was directed at fast-food chains, but has garnered political attention and is causing a change in the minimum wage across the United States.
Several cities and the entire state of New York have adopted minimum wages for various workers. San Francisco will become the first city in the U.S. to have a $15-an-hour minimum wage, in 2018. Vermont, Hawaii and a few other states are gearing up to pass a $15 minimum wage next year.
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TBSO Appoints New Music Director Maestro Paul Haas - Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Maestro Paul Haas TBSO

#LSN_Arts    Maestro Paul Haas TBSO

Thunder Bay, ON  Tuesday, June 6, 2017  (LSN) After a widespread and intensive two-year search, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Maestro Paul Haas as its new Music Director, effective July 1st, 2017. 

Haas steps into the position after Maestro Arthur Post ended his seven-season tenure as Music Director of the TBSO this past April.

Paul Haas, a truly dynamic and innovative musician, composer, and conductor is the Founder and Artistic Director of Symphoy, a New York-based contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation and performance of radically engaging musical experiences in unusual venues and unexpected contexts.

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You can exchange your CDN $20 for a USD $20 - Sunday, June 4, 2017
Border Cats Baseball

#LSN_Sports  Exchange CDN $20 for a USD $20

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  June 4, 2017   (LSN)

The Huskies announce the 20 for 20 recognition they are offering during the June 13th games. Our vision is to continue to have a good relationship with our fellow Canadian NorthwoodsLeague affiliate. The Huskies are offering a deal for any Canadian citizen with proof of citizenshipeither by passport or some other form of ID. They may turn in one Canadian 20-dollar bill toreceive one US 20-dollar bill. Limit one per fan and only once for the day.


For fans coming down to support the Border Cats they can receive a family and friends discounat Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown Duluth or at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hermantown
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DNR loon survey Volunteers needed in Cook, Lake counties - Saturday, June 3, 2017
Loon Survey Minnesota

#LSN_Outdoors  Volunteers needed in Cook, Lake counties

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA -- June 3, 2017 (LSN) The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to help monitor the loon population in Cook and Lake counties in northeastern Minnesota. Volunteers are needed for one day during the June 24 through July 4 monitoring period.

For the past 20 years, with the assistance of hundreds of volunteer observers, the DNR has gathered information about common loon numbers on more than 600 lakes distributed among six regions, or "index areas,” throughout the state.
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Thunder Bay Chill hit the road against WSA Winnipeg - Saturday, June 3, 2017
Thunder Bay Chill

#LSN_Sports  Chill hit the road

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO June 3, 2017  --- (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chill hit the road today to kick off their 18th Premier Development League (PDL) season against WSA Winnipeg (0-4-1). The Chill remains the only team to yet play a game in the 72 team league.
Thunder Bay takes a 21-2-1 all-time record against WSA Winnipeg into this weekend play. The Chill have also outscored WSA 67-15 over 24 matches since WSA entered the league in 2011. Saturday’s contest will be WSA Winnipeg’s home opener after losing four out of five on the road and being outscored 9-1. WSA managed a tie against new comers Chicago FC United. Chill head coach Giovanni Petraglia is very confident in the roster being fielded for 2017. “I feel that the group this year is much stronger and deeper than the 2016 squad. I feel very good going into Winnipeg this weekend”, said Petraglia.

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Potash Loading

#LSN_Shipping Potash Loading

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, June 2, 2017Ã (LSN) Cargo volumes in the Port of Thunder Bay were very strong in May, bolstered by significant grain shipments and decade-high potash volumes.

Outbound potash shipments tallied 134,000 metric tonnes in May, the highest monthly volume for the port since April 2007.  The Port of Thunder Bay is the only potash loading point on the Great Lakes  St. Lawrence Seaway System. The majority of potash shipments in May were direct-export to international ports in Brazil and Europe.

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OPP provide officers with naloxone protective and equipment - Friday, June 2, 2017

#LSN_Crime   #LSN_Health  OPP provide officers with naloxone

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -- June 2,d 2017   (LSN) "We take the health and safety of our members and our communities very seriously. With the increased prevalence of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and synthetic opioid powders on our streets, there is a very real danger of exposure and these steps are being taken to ensure the safety of those we serve and our officers."  stated - Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will provide naloxone to all frontline members and to those in designated specialized units.


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Karnival on the Kam, a thrilling four-day to celebrate Ontario and Canada’s 150th birthdays! - Thursday, June 1, 2017
Karnival on the Kam

#LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_Tourism  Karnival on the Kam

Thunder Bay, ON, June 1, 2017 (LSN) This July, Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) introduces Karnival on the Kam, a thrilling four-day carnival to celebrate Ontario and Canada’s 150th birthdays! Karnival on the Kam will take place July 20th through 23rd, from 12pm to 12am daily.

Karnival on the Kam will feature thrilling spectacles such as skydiving stunts and aerial coordination, a big top circus, jet ski, flyboard and water ski stunt shows, human cannonball stunts, timber sports and lumberjack shows, trapeze and high wire acts, acrobats, and chainsaw jugglers! Visitors will enjoy musical entertainment and video games in the Game RV, and be able to go for an exciting flyboard ride on the Kaministiquia River. Karnival on the Kam will also feature Canada’s largest fireworks show! This breathtaking, multi-component show will combine fireworks and narration to tell the story of Fort William and its contributions to the development of our community.

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Thunder Bay Chamber
#LSN_Econ   Proposed Labour Reforms

THUNDER BAY,ONTARIO – May 31, 2017 (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is expressing concern that the Ontario Government’s Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan does not fully consider the impacts of such broad changes on jobs, consumer costs and the economy. The reforms outlined in the plan do not provide the balance needed to help ensure a competitive environment for Ontario.

Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce says, “I’m extremely anxious about the unintended consequences of these proposals for local entrepreneurs and the jobs and services that they are working so hard to create and maintain in our city. The changes proposed include minimum wage, scheduling, and sick days and will add significant costs to small businesses that are already struggling under rising costs of electricity, heating and transportation.”

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Ontario First Nations call for RCMP to probe deaths - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
River Deaths NAN

#LSN_News  River Deaths

THUNDER BAY, TORONTO, ON: Nay 31, 2017 (LSN)  First Nation leaders are taking action to address the policing crisis around river deaths in Thunder Bay, calling for the province to bring in an outside police force to investigate the deaths of three community members in the city water ways, and a review and oversight of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board (TBPSP). 

The recent losses of Tammy Keeash and Josiah Begg have once again confirmed the inability of the Thunder Bay Police Service to conduct competent and credible investigations into the epidemic of deaths of NAN and Treaty No. 3 community members in Thunder Bay’s rivers. This crisis of confidence in policing has led to the ongoing investigation into systemic racism in the force. We are dismayed by the dysfunctionality of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board, and have called for immediate action by the provincial authority over police boards – the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, said Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, during a press conference today.

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Victim Marks Street Homicide Identified - Monday, May 29, 2017
Thunder Bay Police


Thunder Bay, Ontario, May 29, 2017  (LSN) The victim of the May 22, 2017. on  Marks Street homicide has been positively identified as Edmond Clovis, 21 years old of Toronto. His family has been notified.

Police continue to receive information from the public about various aspects of this investigation. Investigators are very appreciative of the assistance and will follow up all leads to determine if they are relevant to this case.
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North Caribou Lake Community Prayer Walk - Monday, May 29, 2017
North Caribou Lake

#LSN_News  North Caribou Lake First Nation

THUNDER BAY, Ontario,   May 29, 2017 -  (LSN)  On June 1st at 1:00 pm, everyone is North Caribou Lake Community Prayer Walk THUNDER BAY, May 29, 2017 - On June 1st at 1:00 pm, everyone is welcome to take part in a community prayer walk that will be held in memory of Tammy Keeash, who ·was only 17 years old when her body was found in the Nee bing McIntyre Floodway in Thunder Bay.

Tammy, and the late Josiah Begg, a 14 year old from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, both went missing on the same evening (May 6, 2017) and their bodies were found in the same river. The parents, communities, families, and friends are looking for answers to what circumstances led to their disappearance and their deaths in the McIntyre River. These questions need to be addressed.

The walk will start at the Thunder Bay City Hall and end at the Thunder Bay Police Service Station.
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Canada Must Abandon The Toxic Paris Climate Agreement - Sunday, May 28, 2017
Paris Climate Change

#LSN_Opinion  Massive restrictions on Canada

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, May 28, 2017  (LSN)  Despite the BS being peddled by the politicians, the Paris Climate Agreement is a horrendous deal.

It puts massive restrictions on Canada, locking us in to huge emissions reductions over the next decade and a half, while letting China and India – among the biggest emitters on Earth – expand their industrial economies at will. Our ruthless economic competitors probably can’t believe that our “leaders” agreed to it.

Meanwhile, whether the United States actually signs on or not, nobody believes the Trump Administration is going to willingly crush their own economy just to placate the globalist climate cult.

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Trudeau selling Canadians false bill of goods on infrastructure - Saturday, May 27, 2017
Trudeau Infrastructure

#LSN_Opinion    #LSN_Econ    Trudeau and Infrastructure

Little of the federal government's new spending over the next decade is earmarked for projects that will actually improve Canada’s core infrastructure

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 27, 2017  /Troy Media  (LSN)    You’d think the prime minister would be intimately familiar with one of his government’s signature policy initiatives. But a recent
statement by Justin Trudeau suggests he’s detached from the details on Ottawa’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan. 
He told the House of Commons: “We’re going to continue to invest historic amounts in infrastructure that are going to help families get to and from work in a reasonable amount of time; back in time for their kids’ soccer games. We’re going to make the kind of investments that make a difference for small businesses being able to get their goods to market.”

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Cellphone in your pocket? Is it safe - Saturday, May 27, 2017
cellphone Safety

#LSN_Health  Cellphone in your pocket?

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 27, 2017  (:SM) We came across this Youtube video by CBC Market place. We learned about breast  tumors, and head tumors.

As new science fuels the debate about cellphone safety, CBC Market Place  takes a closer look at a little known message inside your cellphone's settings and manual telling you to keep the device 5 to 15 mm away from your body. We ask why this message exists, why it's so hidden, and whether Health Canada is doing enough to protect us.
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Kevin Page Luncheon

#LSN_Econ     Kevin Page Luncheon

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO‚¬  May 26, 2017  (LSN)  Kevin Page a Thunder Bay native, will speak about his experiences as the Parliamentary Budget Officer, his current work with governments around the globe, and the importance of Canada-US relations to our economy.

A Leaders Luncheon will be held on Thursday, June 1st at the Victoria Inn with keynote speaker Kevin Page, President and CEO of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa.  Kevin previously served as Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer from 2008-2013.

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TeamStaal2017 Extra Spot Up for Grabs - Thursday, May 25, 2017

#LSN_Sports    Extra Spot Up for Grabs

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   May 25, 2017  (LSN) The competition to play on #teamstaal2017 this July 10, in the Fountain Tire Summer Classic at the Staal Foundation Open Presented by Tbaytel, was intense. Following just over three weeks of competition between kids ages 9-14 to showcase their best street hockey moves in a video, the Top 15 videos (as determined by number of votes) have been selected, with each contestant moving on to the next stage of the #teamstaal2017 challenge.
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An unforgettable journey Into The Woods - Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Paramount Live theatre

#LSN_Arts    Paramount Live theatre

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  MAY 24, 2017 (lsn) This week the senior students in the Paramount Live theatre program take to the stage with the Broadway musical Into The Woods which features the lush music and often-funny lyrics of Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by James Lapine, takes the fairy tales from our childhood and twists them in knots.

The musical Into The Woods revolves around a baker (Hudson Morash) and his wife (Fae Alexander) and their efforts to reverse a curse, placed upon them by the witch (Olivia McInnis) that lives next door, who prevents them from having children. So the couple set out into the forest in search of finding the four components needed to dispel the spell. Along the way, they encounter the likes of fabled characters Cinderella (Carly Martin), Rapunzel (Frances Loghrin), ‘Little Red’ Riding Hood (Natalie St. Jaques), princes in agony (Cameron Surkan, Kyran Klazek-Schryer), a hungry wolf (Dante Papa), and Jack (Jessica Smith) with his Mother (Sarah Prenger) and cow (Rachel Brown) of Beanstalk fame, each of whom are busy pursuing their own fairy tale fates. Now this musical may start with a once upon a time scenario, but the journey that awaits these characters twists and turns is search of a happily ever after ending.

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Public Safety, Security & Health Recruiting Expo - Wednesday, May 24, 2017
OPP Com Centre Lake Superior News

#LSN_News  OPP Com Centre

Members with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Uniform Recruitment Unit along with the OPP Communications Centre Recruitment will be at the 2017 Public Safety, Security & Health Recruiting Expo May 26 and May 27, 2017. 
The OPP is actively recruiting qualified candidates for the full-time position of Provincial Constable and civilian employees for the position of Call-Taker at the Provincial Communications Centre Thunder Bay.

Come explore this exciting career and speak with Uniform and Civilian Recruiters on site.
This event is free and open to the public.

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FUEL FOLLY: Carbon Tax To Hit Wallets Hard - Monday, May 22, 2017


Liberal carbon tax to increase cost of living, make Canadians poorer

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  May 22, 2017  (LSN)  Fuel is the lifeblood of our economy. Every product we consume uses fuel somewhere throughout its life, whether through transportation or production.

That means there’s no way to increase fuel prices without increasing the price of everything else. As a result, higher fuel costs means the cost of living will go up.

Of course, that’s exactly what we can expect from the carbon tax.

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Rain Garden Rebate expands to businesses, institutions - Monday, May 22, 2017
Rain Garden Rebate

#LSN_Enviroment Rain Garden

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   May 22, 2017  (LSN) Thunder Bay—Property owners looking to beautify their commercial or institutional property and help manage stormwater may be eligible to earn a $500 rebate toward installing a rain garden, thanks to a new EcoSuperior program funded by the Government of Ontario.

Modelled after the popular City of Thunder Bay Rain Garden Rebate program, which offers homeowners a financial incentive to install a rain garden on a residential property, the new program is open to business properties and will act as a pilot in its first year.
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North House Folk School Wooden Boat Show and Solstice Festival - Sunday, May 21, 2017
Wood Boat Show


Cook County, Minn. - May 21, 2017 --   (LSN) Cook County will celebrate the theme of boating with two events on the weekend of June 16-18. There will be the Boundary Waters Expo on the Gunflint Trail and the Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival in downtown Grand Marais.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival will be hosted by North House Folk School (NHFS) in Grand Marais. The school is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the annual event will be bigger and better than ever. The event includes rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, boat and tool auction, and the Summer Solstice Pageant to top it all off. The pageant is a performance, which includes giant life size puppets, artists on stilts and joyful music - all with Lake Superior in the background.
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St. Joseph’s Foundation installs Digital Memorial Recognition System - Sunday, May 21, 2017
St. Joseph’s Foundation


THUNDER BAY ONTARIO  May 21, 2017  (LSN) Using modern technology, enhanced by beautiful art, St. Joseph’s Foundation (SJF) has installed a donor recognition system that will not only pay tribute to passed loved ones, but will do so in a way that provides deeper connection for those who take the time to view it. The technology is a means to tell a human story, the art is a means to reflect the human connection.

Over the 30 plus years of history of SJF, many families have taken the step to pay tribute to their loved ones by making memorial donations. In turn, SJF recognized these individuals through the installment of plaques on a memorial wall. With advancements in technology, SJF is able to do more than just recognize the names of the loved ones; the digital memorial wall allows the use of photos and their story to be included, sharing the essence of who these people were to this community.

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Dead Set on Life visits Thunder Bay - Saturday, May 20, 2017
Vice TV Dead Set On Life

#LSN_News  Vice TV Matty Matheson

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  May 7, 2017   (LSN)  This episode of Dead Set On Life follows Matty Matheson and his friend [who’s name I don't remember, but he is from Thunder Bay] as they go and do activities around Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. I believe that they had gone out to the place where they do ice racing on [I believe] Lac de Mille Lac.

He came to the Fort William Curling Club to learn to curl as apparently that is something Thunder Bay is known for. So we [the four girls in the photo] took on the challenge. We went over the basic curling exercises [the slide, sweeping, shooting] before playing a `game`. I put the quotes around game as it really was just one end and a final shootout that through the magic of tv, it was turned into a whole game.

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37th Annual Kite Festival Celebrates Flight at Chippewa Park - Friday, May 19, 2017
Chippewa Park Kite Festival

#LSN_Outdoors  Kite Festival

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  May 19, 2017 (LSN)  The City of Thunder Bay is proud to announce the 37th Annual Kite Festival presented by Ontario Power Generation. The City’s annual celebration of flight is back at Chippewa Park on Sunday, June 4, from 12 – 4 pm. Families are invited to fly their own kites, watch the pro fliers take over the sky with giant kites, and learn about different forms of flight. Event admission is free. Rides and bouncy castles will also be available for a fee, and food concessions will be onsite.
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River Safety Audits Being Conducted - Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Safety Audit

#LSN_News   River Safety Audit

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  May 17, 2017 (LSN)  As part of the City of Thunder Bay's response to the Recommendations from the Seven Youth Inquest Jury, the City has been working with the Thunder Bay Police Service, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, Keewaytinnok Okimakinak, Independent First Nations Alliance, Shibogama and Matawa Learning Centre, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, CN Rail Police, CP Rail Police, and Shelter House to improve river safety for youth in the city.

Inquest Recommendation #115 calls for named parties to conduct safety audits of the river areas frequented by Indigenous students and youth in the evenings, and identify recommendations to improve safety.

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TBay Chamber Designated Truck Route Consultation - Monday, May 15, 2017
Truck Route Consultation

#LSN_Econ  Truck Route Consultation

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- May 15, 2017  (LSN) Streets, highways, avenues, expressways: our roads are vitally important links that help us move goods and people from one place to another. In recent weeks, the transportation of goods has become a hot button issue in our community because of proposed changes to the allowable usage of roads within city limits.

City Council is considering a new by-law that would restrict vehicles of over 15,000 kg to a designated route rather than the current by-law which identifies certain roads that do not allow heavy traffic. The designated route by-law approach identifies roads and parts of roads that trucks are allowed to use (see DTR by-law with map link below) and makes it illegal for a truck to use any other roads that are not designated except where an exemption applies (ie: for delivering or receiving goods, etc).
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Memorandum of Understanding Signed Between Township of Nipigon and the Red Rock Indian Band - Friday, May 12, 2017
Chief Ed Wawia and Mayor Richard Harvey

#LSN_Econ  Chief Ed Wawia and Mayor Richard Harvey

NIPIGON, ONTARIO  May 12, 2017  (LSN) Wednesday afternoon all members of the Nipigon Council and the Red Rock Indian Band Council met at the Nipigon Town office to discuss the MOU that has taken ten years to complete. The initial MOU was signed in 2010, having been started on 2008. The time ran out and in between there have been ups and downs, but now the MOU has been re affirmed and will go on to the government for signed approval. Once this has been done the Band will be able to move forward with the Chalet development. Plans call for the Chalet to be turned into a cultural centre.

The MOU was signed by Mayor Harvey, Chief Wawia, CAO Mannila and Band Councillor Matt Dupuis. A handshake all round completed the deal. Others attending included Band councillor Muzzi Odawa, Chum Ruth, Nipigon councillors Gord Mackenzie. Levina Collins, James Foulds and Michael Elliott.
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NAN and Keewatin-Patricia District School Board Sign Memorandum of Understanding - Thursday, May 11, 2017
NAN Keewatin-Patricia District School Board


Kenora Ontario - May 11, 2017 (LSN) Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance educational services and opportunities for students and staff. This historic MOU represents an invested commitment and partnership to support NAN and KPDSB students and staff.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation students, whether attending First Nation or provincial schools deserve education opportunities that will enable them to follow their dreams, said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox. For far too long, First Nations students have fallen through the large divide between these two systems. By working together we can ensure that we are focused on student success. We appreciate the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board's commitment to improve education outcomes and we look forward to strengthening our relationship.
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Mississippi River holds great angling for fishing opener - Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Mississippi River

#LSN_Outdoors  Beaver Island Mississippi River

ST PAUL MINNESOTA --  May 9, 2017 (LSN) When Gov. Mark Dayton heads out in the early hours of May 13 in hopes of hooking into a big fish, he be doing something only a few governors have done before: Marking the opening day of Minnesota angling season by fishing on a river.

While the Minnesota Governor Fishing Opener has taken place on the Mississippi three times before, it been on the lower, broader, deeper parts of the river between Red Wing and Winona, stretches that resemble lakes because of the dams and locks that impound the river to facilitate barge traffic. Dayton will see a much different Mississippi in the greater St. Cloud area, a shallower, more lazy river that calls for different angling techniques than those used on lakes and big rivers.
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Charla Robinson

#LSN_News   Charla Robinson was presented the James Carnegie Memorial Award

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- May 8, 2017  (LSN) Representatives of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce have just returned from a successful meeting of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in Sarnia.  The two day conference included presentations by all three Provincial Party leaders, as well as discussion and debate on a broad range of provincial issues that are impacting businesses including competitiveness, infrastructure, skills, and taxation.

The most animated discussion revolved around Ontarios new Cap & Trade program, as delegates came together in support of a resolution, co-sponsored by the Thunder Bay, Windsor-Essex, Greater Kingston, Greater Kitchener Waterloo, Greater Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay & District and Timmins Chambers of Commerce, to suspend Cap & Trade at this time, with appropriate cost mitigation to affected businesses. Should suspension not occur, the Chamber encourages the mitigation of risks of the Cap and Trade system on industry to ensure competitiveness.

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Carbon pricing schemes across Canada don't work as envisioned - Sunday, May 7, 2017
Carbon pricing schemes

#LSN_Opinion   Carbon pricing schemes

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  —  May 7, 2017  (LSN) “Carbon-pricing in Canada doesn’t work the way ivory tower economists envision, and instead has become just another tax,” said Kenneth Green, Fraser Institute’s senior director of energy and natural resource studies and author of Poor Implementation Undermines Carbon Tax Efficiency in Canada.

 Carbon pricing schemes across Canada don't work as envisioned by some economists because they must meet certain criteria, including replacing, not adding to, other emission regulations.

Practical realities of carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems across Canada undermine potential benefits 
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Special screening of The Incredible Journey - Sunday, May 7, 2017
Incredible Journey

#LSN_Arts  Special screening

THUNDER BAY, ONTARO ---May 7, 2017  (LSN) The Thunder Bay's Lakehead Universtiy, Department of History and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is pleased to partner with the Thunder Bay Public Library and Shebafilms to present a special free screening of “The Incredible Journey,” a film based on Sheila Burnford’s 1960 novel about the adventures of two dogs and a cat.

 Sheila Burnford published six books and many articles before her death in 1984.
 Dr. Ron Harpelle and a team of researchers, including MA student Kaitlin Green, are archiving Burnford’s personal papers for public use.

The screening of the film will include a display of some of the items in the collection, an opportunity for local residents to share their memories of Sheila Burnford, and a presentation by Dr. Jonquil Burnford Covello, who will speak about her mother’s life.
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New zebra mussel-sniffing K9s take aim at aquatic invasive species - Saturday, May 6, 2017
zebra mussels. K9

#LSN_Outdoors   Julie Siems DNR

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA,  May 6, 2017   (LSN) With the fishing opener fast approaching, two new K9 dogs, trained to quickly locate zebra mussels on boats and trailers, will be helping the Department of Natural Resources prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The K9s help by quickly sniffing out any zebra mussels attached to boats or equipment. Newly certified K9s Shelby and Storm join veterans Brady and Reggie on the force for 2017.

“The invasive species program is excited to have two more K9 officers ready to detect zebra mussels on water-related equipment in the field and to educate people about aquatic invasive species and what each of us can do to stop the spread,” said Heidi Wolf, invasive species unit supervisor.

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Angelique’s Isle: Angelique Abandoned Becomes a Feature-Length Film - Friday, May 5, 2017
Angelique’s Isle

#LSN+Arts Angeliqueââ‚Isle: Angelique Abandoned

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO May 5, 2017  (LSN) Angelique Mott story may have taken place over 170 years ago, but her strength and perseverance hold messages that are still relevant today. 

Author James R. Stevens anovella, Angelique Abandoned, follows the story of 17-year-old Angelique Mott, a Metis woman who was left for dead by copper hunters on Isle Royale during the winter of 1845-46.  Armed only with a few primitive tools and the traditional knowledge passed down by her Indigenous mother, Angelique survived the winter that claimed the life of her husband.

Stevens had known about this true story for some time before he wrote and released the novella first edition in 2009. What surprised him was how the story surfaced in his mind, demanding to be written.“I was out in Calgary researching another book on Norval Morriseau, the artist, and I was sitting at my brother-in-law table one day and the Angelique story just took me over, he says. 
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Quilt of Hope Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School - Friday, May 5, 2017
Quilt of Hope Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School

#LSN_Arts   Quilt of Hope

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   May 5, 2017 (LSN) Today, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School students unveiled their Quilt of Hope, a three-month quilting project. Supported by the Ontario Native Women Association (ONWA) Youth in Transition Worker program, the new art project brought together students to tell their life stories through individual squares that form the quilt.

Students were assisted by Elder Elsie Stoney, who helped with the sewing and design. ONWAÃ Nicole McKay came up with the idea, and DFC teacher Katie Saj helped students promote the project.
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Port of Thunder Bay

#LSN_Shipping    Reactors being transloaded to rail last week at Keefer Terminal

THUNDER BAY, ONARIO, May 3, 2017   (LSN) Thunder Bay Port facilities were kept busy in April with a variety of waterborne cargo.  While grain shipments continued at a strong pace, the diversity of cargoes handled during the month highlighted the port’s versatility.

In addition to grain, shipments of coal and potash rounded out dry bulk exports from Western Canada.  Other bulk cargoes included inbound commodities for local distribution: road salt, liquid calcium chloride, and liquid petroleum.

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#LSN_News   NAN

GATINEAU, QB: THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   May 3, 2017  (LSN) Following the deaths of two Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) youth last month, Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum is calling on the Coroner’s Office to order an inquest into the deaths of Amy Owen and Courtney Scott, and for the Government of Ontario to make legislative change so inquests are mandatory for all youth who die in group home settings.

We are dismayed to learn that an inquest in these cases is not mandatory under the Coroners Act. We are calling for the Office of the Chief Coroner to exercise discretion and call an inquest as quickly as possible to fully address the issues behind these tragedies,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “This inquest must encompass the full range of systemic issues that led to the tragic deaths of these youth. We are calling for legislative change to the Coroner’s Act so that any death of a youth in a group home setting will result in a mandatory inquest.”

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Deer died from physical injury during the first round of TB testing - Tuesday, May 2, 2017
 Chippewa Park Deer

#LSN_Outdoors   Deer die during TB Testing

THUNDER BAY, ONTAIO  =  May 2, 2017   (LSN) The Chippewa Wildlife Exhibit officially closed Monday as approved during the 2017 Municipal Budget deliberations.

Two veterinarians were on site to assess the animals’ health prior to the testing and all four animals were sedated, tested and awoke from the sedation.
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Magnus Theatre ALES & APPS - Sunday, April 30, 2017
Ale & Apps Magnus Theatre

#LSN_Arts  Dinner Auction

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - April 30, 2017   (LSN)  Magnus Theatre is proud to present the return of our popular Dinner Auction. This year’s theme? ALES & APPS taking place Saturday, May 13
th. We have a fantastic night planned, an evening of local craft beer, tasty appetizers and entertainment.

We’ll also have an exciting variety of auction items, raffles, and door prizes so there won’t be any excuse to leave empty handed. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly towards much needed maintenance and repairs to the Magnus facilities. The auction items will have something for everyone. Numerous local businesses have generously donated items and experiences for the winners to enjoy.

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Dudley-Hewitt Cup preview - Sunday, April 30, 2017
Dudley-Hewitt Cup

#LSN_Sports   Dudley-Hewitt Cup

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---  April 30, 20017  (LSN)  The second of three Canadian Junior Hockey League regional championships begins Tuesday in Trenton, Ont., as game action commences at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Jr. A Championship.

This four-team event will feature the host and defending Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) taking on the respective league champion Georgetown Raiders (OJHL), Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) and Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) as they vie for the Central Canadian Jr. A title and a berth into RBC Cup, which goes May 13-21 in nearby Cobourg, Ont.

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Ontario’s budget opens the spending tap, drowns Ontarians in more debt - Saturday, April 29, 2017

#LSN_Opinion    billions of dollars in new debt to be placed on the shoulders of future generations

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  April 29, 2017  (LSN)  On Thursday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled the Ontario government’s budget for the 2017/18 fiscal year.

The government’s spin has focused on the fact that the operating budget is balanced for the first time in a decade.

But a deeper look at the numbers beyond this year’s operating bottom line shows that the Wynne government has thrown any semblance of spending restraint to the wind, with the consequence being billions of dollars in new debt to be placed on the shoulders of future generations.

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University students are increasingly intolerant with a poisonous cocktail of negativity - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

#LSN_Opinion    Berkley 2017

EDMONTON, Alta. THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO /Troy Media/  (LSN) New York Times columnist David Brooks, in his April 21 piece The Crisis of Western Civ, has opened a serious debate on the collapse of confidence in western civilization. His stunning conclusion: These days, the whole idea of Western civ is assumed to be reactionary and oppressive.

Brooks notes that this cultural pessimism is most fully developed in our institutions of higher learning. For several decades, our universities have stopped teaching western history as a progressive narrative of human liberation and begun blaming the West for all the ills of the world.

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Special Gun Rights for Muslims? - Sunday, April 23, 2017
Faith Goldy


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -   April 23, 2017   (LSN)  When I applied for my Canadian firearms licence after passing my federally mandated PAL and RPAL courses, the RCMP got all of my information. They asked for everything from medical history, relationship history, familial structures, and a photograph.

  However, when I recently logged online to renew my license, I noticed something peculiar: An exception to the usual regulation requiring a photograph, citing religious exemption! So, I contacted the RCMP, and you won't believe what happens next. While I'm no fan of tighter gun control measures, shouldn't all law-abiding gun-owners be treated

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Canada's Air Quality An Environmental Success Story - Sunday, April 23, 2017
Air Quality Fraser Institute

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, April 23, 2017   (LSN) Canadians have long been concerned about the state of our air quality and the belief that air pollution is a major problem seems to be widespread. This publication examines the evolution of air quality in Canada from the 1970s onward and looks at how the current state of air quality compares to the stringent standards established by Canadian government policy. The conclusion is that air quality in Canada has improved substantially and that this significant change over the past four decades occurred at the same time there was considerable growth in Canada’s population, economic activity, energy use, and consumption of motor fuel.

Using data from Environment Canada on emissions and ambient concentrations, the study provides accurate and up-to-date information on the status of five major air pollutants in Canada: ground level ozone, fine particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide. Comparing trends for the five air pollutants on three levels—national, city, and monitoring station—against existing national and international air-quality standards shows that air quality is improving for the most part and is now at levels generally deemed safe.

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Regulating marijuana is a fool's errand - Sunday, April 23, 2017

#LSN_Opinion  Regulating marijuana 

EDMONTON, Alta./THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO /Troy Media/ – (LSN) The federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana is another nail in the coffin of Canada’s expensive and wasteful war on drugs. But at what social cost?

Former justice minister Anne McLellan, who chaired the federal task force on marijuana legalization, and Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief, played key roles in the government’s new legislation. This forthright and responsible group examined the complex issues, listened to many concerned citizens, drafted their reports and made their recommendations.

The good news is that an absurd prohibition on pot is about to end.

The bad news is that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have tied themselves in knots.

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CEDC Starter Company Plus program - Saturday, April 22, 2017
CEDC Thunder Bay

#LSN_Econ   Starter Company Plus program

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -- April 21, 2017 (LSN) Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC), along with the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) announced a call for applications to the new Starter Company Plus program.

Starter Company Plus is open to entrepreneurs over the age of 18 will provide one-to-one counseling with the program coordinator as well as informative workshops for participants to learn from local experts how to effectively start or expand their businesses. Participants have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 upon the completion of a business plan and receive mentorship from local business and community leaders.
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Farndale Ave Housing Estates Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - Saturday, April 22, 2017
Cambrian Players

#LSN_Arts    Cambrian Players

THUNDER BAY, ONTGARIO -- APRIL 22, 2017  (lsn) Cambrian Players final production of the season The Farndale Ave Housing Estates Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery will be opening at the Finlandia Hall on May 17th.

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery
A Comedy by David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin Jr.
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Colin Rosenbaum from Belmont Abbey College

#LSN_Sports    Colin Rosenbaum from Belmont Abbey College

Thunder Bay, ONTARIO – APRIL 21, 2017  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Border Cats are pleased to announce the signing of shortstop, Colin Rosenbaum from Belmont Abbey College.

Rosenbaum, a Junior, is the starting shortstop for the Crusaders and through 42 games this season sits with a .291 batting average, 7 homeruns, 36 RBI’s, and 42 runs scored

The 6’0”, 195lb infielder from Thomasville, North Carolina was named First Team All-Conference and a Coastal Plain League All-Star starter in 2016.
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Fifth Anniversary 10x10 Play Showcase - Friday, April 21, 2017
 10x10 Play Showcase


ITHUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- April 21, 2017  (:SN)  It’s exciting to discover creative people in your neighbourhood! On April 29 and 30, you will have an opportunity to experience dramatic stories created by ten different Thunder Bay playwrights at the Fifth Anniversary 10x10 Play Showcase, Saturday April 29 at 7:30 pm and Sunday April 30 at 4:00 pm at the Finlandia (314 Bay Street).

This year’s showcase features a futuristic sci-fi play by Roy Blomstrom, a retired high school English teacher who lives in Shuniah. Blomstrom has had a play produced in all five 10x10 showcases since 2013. Another playwright whose work has been produced four times by 10x10 is Jordan Lehto, a graduate student at Lakehead University, whose play  Little Endings  explores the relationship of two sisters struggling to find hope in the face of death.  Jordan’s father Michael Lehto wrote The Stranger, about a man facing a difficult choice. When he is not writing, Michael Lehto works as an accountant.
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Nordic Assoc host 2018 Canadian Ski Nationals - Thursday, April 20, 2017
WJ/U23 Trials in 2017

#LSN_Sports  Canadian Ski Nationals at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre between March 10 – 17, 2018

THUNEDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  April 20-,2017  (LSN) After an extensive review of three applications, the Cross Country Canada Events Committee is pleased to announce that Lakehead Superior Nordic Association will play host to the 2018 Canadian Ski Nationals at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre between March 10 – 17, 2018.

After hosting to two highly successful NorAm Selection Trial races and the 2015 Canadian Ski Nationals over the past five seasons, the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre will again welcome skiers from across Canada to the friendly trails just outside of Thunder Bay, Ont.

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Lake Superior Lighthouse Dinner - Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Trowbridge Island Lighthouse

#LSN_Outdoors   Trowbridge Island Lighthouse

THUNDER BAY, OINARIO  April 19, 2017  (LSN) This year will see further work taking place to restore local lighthouses across the north shore of Lake Superior.

Lighthouses have long be a place of refuge from the gathering storm or to signal to ships to stay away. In our area along we have over ten lighthouse in differing states, but located close to Thunder Bay, Trowbridge Lighthouse is getting some extra attention.

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North Stars' Talakoski SIJHL Scholastic Player of the Year - Monday, April 17, 2017
North Stars' Jesse Talakoski


THUNDER BAY, Ontario  – April 17, 2017   (LSN) The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Thunder Bay North Stars' forward Jesse Talakoski has been named the SIJHL’s RBC Scholastic Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season.

With the honour the 20-year-old Thunder Bay product earns a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of RBC to help defer costs of his post-secondary education.

Talakoski also becomes the SIJHL’s nominee for the Hockey Canada/Canadian Junior Hockey League RBC Scholastic Player of the Year Award, which will be announced during next month’s RBC Cup in Cobourg, Ont.

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CBP arrests man on warrant related to Iowa homicide - Monday, April 17, 2017


INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.  / THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO — (LSN) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the International Falls Port of Entry arrested a man Sunday who is wanted as a material witness to a homicide in Iowa.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the International Falls, Minnesota, Port of Entry detained a man Sunday who is wanted as a material witness in a homicide investigation.
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Ontario Chiefs on cannabis - Sunday, April 16, 2017
Trudeau Pot


TORONTO, ON (April 13, 2017) --- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore says that First Nations must have the opportunity to consult and participate fully from the new cannabis legislation announced today.

“First Nations leadership will focus on the priorities of this new legislation as it pertains to the jurisdiction within the health, social, justice and economy sectors of our communities and how it will impact our families. The health and social well being must be the first priority for us,” said Ontario Regional Chief Day.

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'Making Thunder Bay Home' Video Contest - Sunday, April 16, 2017

#LSN_News  Home' Video Contest  Thunder Bay Multi-Cultural Association

ITHUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ----- April 16, 2013  (LSN)  If you made a two-minute long video to tell a stranger about Thunder Bay what would you show them? And what would you think if we told you that your video could win a thousand dollars?

          Thunder Bay Multi-Cultural Association is holding a contest for the video that best describes where we live.

          Our contest is called "Making Thunder Bay Home". We want you to make a video that celebrates our city for someone who can only find out about us on-line.

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Thunder Bay, Ontario Motorsport Extravaganza - Sunday, April 16, 2017

Thunder @ the Bay

#LSN_Outdoors  Motorsport community together

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -- April 16, 2017   (LSN) Thunder at the Bay 2017 is our second year of an annual Thunder Bay, Ontario Motorsport Extravaganza.  It is a two-day event to be held on August 19 and 20, 2017.  Last year we had 243 vehicles and nearly 3000 spectators.  

Thunder at the Bay is different from all the other shows in this area.  The show brings the entire Motorsport community together to share ideas and enjoy the fellowship of the motorsport community.  It was also to provide the public to attend a show where we feature vehicles, demonstrations and activities that they do not normally see at any car show.

This year the show will be bigger and better since we are now inviting Street Motorcycles (original and custom) into the show.

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Inside Canada-USA “Refugee” Trafficking Ring - Friday, April 14, 2017
Canada US Border

#LSN_Opinion   Canada US border

The Rebel has released Faith Goldy's full investigation. She found an underground "refugee" smuggling scheme being orchestrated through taxi companies and middlemen profiteers. Watch the entire shocking video

Now the word is out and fake refugees are flooding in.

After the RCMP announced it would no longer provide weekly reports on the numbers of refugees crossing into Canada from various illegal entry points, Rebel Media decided to investigate for ourselves by travelling to a nearby crossing between Quebec and New York State.

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ONTARIO Chamber ECONOMIC REPORT LUNCHEON - Thursday, April 13, 2017
TBCC Leaders Luncheon

$LSN_Econ   Ontario Chamber of Commerce

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  April 13, 2017  (LSN)  A Leaders Luncheon with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) will be held on April 21 at the Airlane Hotel & Conference Centre. The event will feature the regional launch of the Ontario Economic Report, a definitive platform that will help shape public policy discussions in the lead up to the provincial election.

This session will include a keynote presentation by Karl Baldauf, OCC Vice President of Policy & Government Relations followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Livio Di Matteo, Professor, Lakehead University, and Doug Murray, CEO, Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission, who will highlight the report’s newly uncovered economic data and share their insights about the future of Thunder Bay’s economy.

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Superior Theatre Festival - Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Superior Theatre Festival

#LSN_Arts   Night Wings

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  April 12, 2017  (LSN) Superior Theatre Festival’s Youth Summer Initiative for 2017 focuses on performance skills and play creation.  This youth intensive will take place from July 24th - July 29th, 2017 and lead right up to the Superior Theatre Festival which runs July 27th-30th, 2017.

In its second year of existence Superior Theatre Festival will focus on uniquely Canadi-an stories throughout this summer exploration and they are especially interested in the Northern Perspective and Northern Voice.  How can students access the power they have in their own stories and share those with others around them? How are their sto-ries the same as other youth around the country and how do they differ?  These and other questions will be explored in the workshops and students will have an opportunity for sharing and connection via Skype with another arts group outside of Thunder Bay that are engaging in an arts summer program.  This will create further connections for the young artists with other youth across Ontario.
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Road Closure – East Loon Lake Rd on April 13, 2017 - Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Loon Lake Rd Closure Shuniah

@LSN_News   East Loon Lake Road Closure

SHUNIAH, ON – April 12, 2017: East Loon Lake Rd. will be closed to all traffic on Thursday April 13th, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM commencing at the intersection of Bryan Avenue northerly affecting access to Fire #’s 462-610 inclusive.

Shuniah Fire & Emergency Services will deploy a Rapid Response Unit on the North side of the bridge for the duration of the road closure to provide immediate fire protection and medical response. Arrangements will be made with on-site contractors to provide emergency access if required.

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TBSO Live @ the Shipyard - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
TBSO Live @ the Shipyard

#LSN_Arts   @ the Shipyard

HUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- April 11, 2017  (LSN)  On Saturday, April 29, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will present an epic event in the most unlikely location.  The century old Port Arthur Shipyards industrial backdrop will provide a unique stage for a wondrous musical affair.  Established in 1911,  the Port Arthur shipyard built and repaired many ships during its years of operation, including warships during the First and Second World Wars, passenger steamers, warheads and freighters.

New owners, Current River Holdings, in partnership with Fabmar, have plans to reopen the shipyard  in Spring 2017. But before they do, get your dancing shoes on and dress to impress, because we are throwing a party!
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Eco Depot Waste Diversion - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Eco Depot Waste Diversion


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --- April 11, 2017  (LSN) Eco Depot Waste Diversion (Eco Depot) is Northwestern Ontario’s first & only Category A multi-stream composting facility. At Eco Depot, we believe that Northern Ontario should be a leader in the province in building a cleaner, greener world for future generations.

The facility is approved to receive 30,000 tonnes of organic waste annually, and is designed to operate year-round, and service multiple sectors including businesses, municipalities, industry, and residents. For Eco Depot composting operations, the facility is authorized to accept multiple organic waste streams including: source separated organic waste (such as food waste), biosolids, diapers, leaf and yard waste, green wood, wood waste, boiler ash, drywall, cardboard, and paper.

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5 Forks Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction Raises $67,657! - Monday, April 10, 2017
Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction

#LSN_Health   Bachelor Dance

Thunder Bay, ON –  April 10, 2017   (LSN) A feeling of celebration was in the air Friday night as hundreds of women filled the ballroom at the Valhalla Inn for the 19th annual 5 Forks Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction. Always a popular event, this year didn’t disappoint with a fresh round of 10 eligible Bachelors paired with fantastic date packages up for bidding.

Organizers are thrilled to announce that this year’s event was as successful as ever, raising $67,657, bringing the 19-year total to $1,162,543. All proceeds were directed to the Northern Cancer Fund for breast cancer research, education, diagnosis, and treatment.

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#LSN_Shipping  First Saltie

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  April 10, 2017  (LSN) The Barbados-registered vessel M.V. Federal Schelde became the first ocean-going “Salty” vessel to enter the Port of Thunder Bay during the 2017 navigation season.  The vessel berthed at G3 Elevator Thursday morning, April 6.  The vessel is loading 21,000 metric tonnes of Western Canadian Canola for direct export to Rouen, France. 
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Iron Rangers’ Olschewske commits to NCAA D-III program - Sunday, April 9, 2017
Minnesota Iron Rangers

#LSN_Sports  Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania

HOYT LAKES, Minn. – The Minnesota Iron Rangers of the Superior International Junior Hockey League have announced that defenceman Isaiah Olschewske has committed to attend school at Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania and play for the Lions’ newly-minted NCAA Division III program.

The 20-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., product saw action in 44 SIJHL contests this season with the Iron Rangers picking up 24 points on six goals and 18 assists.

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An Evening with Bill Blaikie - Sunday, April 9, 2017
Bill Blaikie

#LSN_News  Bill Blaikie

THUNDER BAY, ON  - April 9, 2017  (LSN) The two Thunder Bay Ridding Assoc invite you to hear from one of Parliament’s best speakers—the Honorable Bill Blaikie. Bill was a Member of Parliament from 1979 to 2008 representing the railway community of Transcona and subsequently the Minister of Conservation and Government House Leader in the Manitoba NDP Government from 2009 to 2011. During his time in parliament, Bill sat across from and regularly challenged  8 Prime Ministers—from Clark to Harper—4 Liberal and  4 Conservative Governments. Bill was appointed Deputy Leader and Leader in the House in 2003, a position he retained until Jack was elected to the House of Commons the following year. In 2006 Bill was named Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, a position he retained until he retired in 2008.

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Hospice Northwest and You - Thursday, April 6, 2017
Hike for Hospice

#LSN_Health   Hospice Northwest and You

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---  April 5, 2017   (LSN) On behalf of Hospice Northwest, I'm asking you to join hundreds of other people in support of palliative care assistance in Thunder Bay. We're not a place, we're the volunteers that provide essential emotional support to people in their final days and hours.

On Sunday, May 7th at 12:30 p.m. we will gather at St. Ignatius High School for final registration before we walk around Boulevard Lake. You may
come as an individual or get together with friends and create a team of fundraisers. There is no fee to enter, but we ask that individuals try to raise a
minimum of $50. We have lots of prizes for participants as well as a raffle and a penny auction to liven up the event
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DNR to begin trout stocking operations in St. Peter area - Thursday, April 6, 2017
DNR Trout Stocking

#LSN_Outdoors   Trout Stocking Minnesota

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  April 6, 2017   (LSN) The tradition of trout fishing in the St. Peter area will continue as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources begins stocking operations for the April 15 stream trout opener. 

“Stocking trout in Paul’s Creek has been popular with local anglers for many years,” said Craig Soupir, DNR Waterville area fisheries supervisor. “It’s a great opportunity for a fishing experience that is unique to the area. It’s also a great way to introduce children to fishing.”


On the eve of Minnesota’s stream trout opener, April 14, the DNR will stock 1,500 rainbow trout yearlings (about a half pound each) into the St. Peter trout ponds, also known as Paul’s Creek.

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Bobby Orr Returns to Staal Open - Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Staal Open

#LSN_Sports   Staal Open Returns

THUNDER BAY, ON –APRIL 04, 2017 — Today representatives from the Staal Foundation Open
presented by Tbaytel said thank you to over 500 volunteers and caddies that continue to contribute to
the tournament’s success year after year. For National Volunteer Month, the Staal Foundation Open
presented by Tbaytel recognized long-standing volunteers and a caddie that all share special stories
about their involvement with the summer event.

Being inside the ropes brings you closer to the game and the players. As an avid golfer I am intimately
aware of how tough golf is. Because of my experience as a Caddie, I’ve learned how to approach each
shot differently, and how to move past a bad shot by looking to the next with confidence. I also really
enjoyed spending time with the pros, listening to their experiences in golf and in life as a pro golfer,”
explains Michelle McKitrick, a Caddie who has been a part of the Staal Foundation Open presented by
Tbaytel, since the very beginning.

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Thunder Bay – Is Awash In Cash? Since When? - Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Only One Taxpayer

#LSN_Opinion   Thunder Bay – Is Awash In Cash? Since When?

TTHUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  April 4, 2017   (LSN) 

Soooo the City of Thunder Bay is willing to cough up $7 million in tax dollars to fund the movement of yet another piece of infrastructure to the waterfront in order to make the failing Prince Arthur’s Landing a success?  Plus the $750,000 for the planning and design of the gallery?

Almost $8 million of that sweet, sweet Thunder Bay taxpayer cash for an art gallery, which the taxpayers do not own. On top of that, the gallery’s annual operating costs will increase to almost $500,000?

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Canada 150 Canoe Brigade - Monday, April 3, 2017
Lake Superior Voyageur Canoe Brigade

#LSN_Outdoors  replica 36-foot voyageur canoes

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - April 3, 2017   (LSN) To celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in the summer of 2017, Naturally Superior Adventures is recreating the Canadian fur trade experience with the Lake Superior Voyageur Canoe Brigade.
The program consists of 6 guided, all-inclusive wilderness adventures in replica 36-foot voyageur canoes. Starting July 2nd from Sinclair Cove in Lake Superior Provincial Park, each “brigade” will travel 6- to 10-day legs, finishing August 19th at Old Fort William in Thunder Bay.

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Bombardier relies corporate welfare - Sunday, April 2, 2017

#LSN_Opinion  corporate welfare

Bombardier is an organization that relies on perpetual corporate welfare. 
They just got a billion dollars from Quebec taxpayers to bail them out of their failing C-Series jet.

That’s Quebec taxpayers, who are giving a billion dollars to a failing jet company, instead of to hospitals or schools or police or road. 

Bombardier is so bad at running their company, that a billion dollars from Quebec just wasn’t enough -- they needed $372 million more from all Canadian taxpayers. 
But in 2016, Bombardier had the temerity to give six members of their board of directors a total of $43 million in salary increases. 
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Bombardier relies corporate welfare - Sunday, April 2, 2017

#LSN_Opinion  corporate welfare

Bombardier is an organization that relies on perpetual corporate welfare. 
They just got a billion dollars from Quebec taxpayers to bail them out of their failing C-Series jet.

That’s Quebec taxpayers, who are giving a billion dollars to a failing jet company, instead of to hospitals or schools or police or road. 

Bombardier is so bad at running their company, that a billion dollars from Quebec just wasn’t enough -- they needed $372 million more from all Canadian taxpayers. 
But in 2016, Bombardier had the temerity to give six members of their board of directors a total of $43 million in salary increases. 
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Iron Rangers promotes Todd Kreibich to head coach/GM - Saturday, April 1, 2017

Iron Rangers SIJHL

#LSN_Sports   Promotes Todd Kreibich to head coach/GM

HOYT LAKES, Minn. – The Minnesota Iron Rangers of the Superior International Junior Hockey League have announced that Todd Kreibich has been promoted from assistant coach and will become the club’s new head coach and general manager, effective immediately, heading into the 2017-18 season.
Kreibich replaces Jesse Davis, whose contract was not renewed, following a sixth place 7-46-3-0 finish in the SIJHL standings in 2016-17.

Along with spending the campaign as an assistant for the Iron Rangers, Kreibich’s other experiences includes a year of playing with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL as well as a year of college hockey at D-III Gustavus-Adolphus followed a stint at Bemidji State University that included in a national championship.

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Iron Rangers promotes Todd Kreibich to head coach/GM - Saturday, April 1, 2017



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MAGNUS THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SEASON - Monday, March 27, 2017
Magnus Theatre Rock You

#LSN_Arts   Magnus Theatre  2017 - 18 Season

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO    March 27, 2017   (LSN) Thunder Bay's Magnus Theatre will kick off the 2017-18 Season with the regional premiere of WE WILL ROCK YOU, the hit Broadway show featuring the music of Queen.  “This is the full version of the show,” says Currie.

Two Canadian regional premieres.  A gripping mystery.  A door slamming farce. A Christmas classic. A summertime performance.  A heartwarming First Nations comedy.  A fish out of water Canadian play. One of the most popular Broadway musicals of the past twenty years.  These are what Thunder Bay audiences can expect from Magnus Theatre in the next 18 months.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg, says Magnus Artistic Director Thom Currie.

“We have an incredible lineup for next season,” Currie says.  “This is a time of growth for Magnus.  Not only are we putting together a season of fantastic theatre, we will be expanding our Theatre In Education Department, touring schools, offering new and exciting classes for adults and youth.  This is a great time to be an artist in Thunder Bay.”
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Intermodal container terminal in Twin Ports Duluth - Monday, March 27, 2017
Port of Duluth Superior
CN Duluth Cargo Connet

#LSN_Shipping   Photo by:  Duluth Cargo Connect   Intermodal container terminal in Twin Ports Duluth

Duluth, March 27, 2017 — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Duluth Cargo Connect today announced a new alliance establishing the first rail-served intermodal container ramp in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn. and Superior, Wis.

Duluth Cargo Connect, a working partnership of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing, will operate the rail-served facility at the port’s Clure Public Marine Terminal.

Opening CN’s newest intermodal location here in Duluth instantly connects our region to containerized imports and exports via CN’s rail network, avoiding the congestion in large urban intermodal facilities,” said Vanta Coda, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. “Our truck traffic has grown exponentially in recent years, and now we’ve partnered with CN to bring a whole new mode of efficient transportation services to the Twin Ports.”
JJ Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said: “CN’s innovative partnership with Duluth Cargo Connect

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Dead, male cougar was found south west of Thunder Bay - Sunday, March 26, 2017

#LSN_Outdoors   Mandi Weist hand by Cougar Paw

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO March 26, 2017  (LSN)My boyfriend, my two friends Casey Nykyforchyn and Istvan Balogh and I, had gone out shooting Saturday afternoon at a gravel pit on the boreal road, south west of Thunder Bay, Ontgario Canada . On the way back, at about 2:00pm, we noticed this van parked on the side of the road at about km 13 on the road. Making sure they were not in any trouble, we had asked them if they were okay. They had told us they were, and that they were just stopped to check out the dead mountain lion on the bank. Being shocked, we had to check it out as well.
We approached the animal and we realized that it was 100% a mountain lion by the colour, the giant teeth and paws, and of course the long tail, lying dead on a patch of snow partially frozen. The cat had porcupine quills in its shoulder and cheek and had looked really thin and starved. Being as it was such a rare find, and had been solid proof that these elusive cats actually do prowl the forests of northwestern Ontario, we couldn't leave it behind! It would be such an amazing animal to have preserved!
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Federal budget punts major decisions - Thursday, March 23, 2017

#LSN_Opinion    Policy uncertainty hovering over the Canadian economy

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ,  March 23, 2017  (LSN)  Wednesday, federal budget adds fuel to the growing problem of policy uncertainty hovering over the Canadian economy. It’s essentially status quo. It fails to chart a clear course for taxpayers, entrepreneurs and businesses, and risks making Canada even less competitive.

Put simply, the government has punted major policy decisions into the future, causing further uncertainty about the economic environment in Canada. Without a clearly expressed policy vision, entrepreneurs and business investors will likely continue to sit on the sidelines, or worse, take their investment elsewhere.
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Roger Blough cleared the Aerial Bridge - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Roger Blough

#LSN_Shipping   Roger Blough cleared the Aerial Bridge at 7:46 a.m.  Photo by Paul Scinocca

Duluth, Minn., USA -  March 22, 2017  (LSN)  What a glorious way to start the day!  First light, first laker.  The Roger Blough cleared the Aerial Bridge at 7:46 a.m. today – heralding the official start of the 2017 commercial shipping season in the Port of Duluth-Superior.

 The first U.S.-flag laker Roger Blough cleared the Aerial Bridge at 7:46 a.m. today departed the Port of Duluth-Superior , Wed.,  March 22, signaling the start of the 2017 commercial shipping season at this, the farthest inland port on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system.
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Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs Lake - Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Mille Lacs Lake

#LSN_Outdoors  Fisheries Chief Don Pereira                                                       DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA,   March 21, 2017  (LSN)  Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs Lake 21-day walleye closure in July expected to help extend fishing season through Labor Day
Catch-and-release only regulations needed to rebuild Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population will again be in effect when anglers hit the water on Saturday, May 13. The 2017 walleye season on Mille Lacs is scheduled to run through Monday, Sept. 4. 

“Our goal is to have the longest fishing season possible while ensuring the conservation of the lake’s future walleye spawning stock,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “We understand catch and release is a difficult option for anglers who enjoy a fish meal, but we are using everything in our management toolbox to ensure a heathy and plentiful walleye population for future fishing seasons.”
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Canada can build its economy without outside help - Sunday, March 19, 2017

#LSN_Opinion   #LSN_Ecom     Notley  Trudeau  hat in hand begging for money from Wall Street

CHILLIWACK, B.C./Troy Media/ – Over the past few weeks, both Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have travelled to the United States to drum up interest in the energy industry and promote investment in the Canada.

Why do Canadian politicians go to the U.S. for investment capital?
Conventional wisdom says Wall Street (and, to a lesser degree, Bay Street) controls all the investment capital in North America. The premier and prime minister are simply following standard protocol: if you want money, go where the money is.

What’s wrong with this picture?
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Superior Theatre Festival 2017 - Sunday, March 19, 2017
Superior Theatre Festival 2017
#LSN_Arts   Superior Theatre Festival

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---  March 19, 2017  (LSN) This summer Thunder Bay's Superior Theatre Festival is from July 27th - 30th and it will feature a variety of out of town and local productions and it will be home to a youth summer theatre program that will also present a piece that they create during the festival.

This year, in partnership with Urban Abbey, STF is beginning a new venture called the North Shore Indie Stream that is committed to celebrating NorthWestern Ontario voices. 
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Norskies – Lakers 1st round playoff schedule - Sunday, March 19, 2017
SIJHL Norskies – Lakers

#LSN_Sports   Norskies vs Lakers

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – March 19, 2017  (LSN)  The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Sunday the game schedule for its upcoming first round quarter-final play-in series between the No. 4 seeded Thief River Falls Norskies and No. 5 Fort Frances Lakers.

This best-of-five affair will commence Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Ralph Engelstad Arena with Game 1.
The Norskies will also host Game 2 on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Switching venues, the series will then shift to Ice for Kids Arena in Fort Frances where Game 3 while be held on Friday and features another 7:30 p.m. start.
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Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit
#LSN_Outdoors  Chippewa Wildlife can not be relocated

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --- March 18, 2017 (LSN)  In an open letter to City Manager Norm Gale, The Friends of Chippewa Park are expressing their concern that over one third of the animals at the Wildlife Exhibit cannot be relocated to other facilities across the country and will require the continuation of the high level of care that these animals require.

Friends President Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk noted recent media reports that point out an inspection by the Canada Food Inspection Agency veterinarian indicated that the hooved animals could not safely be tranquilized for a series of TB tests, let alone transportation and must stay in the park.  She went on to remind Gale that Fluffy the Bear was also identified as being at risk and must stay but then reported that the aged wolf is also in the same category.

“With over one third of the animals having to stay at the Wildlife Exhibit, and that these animals require nearly 50% of the animal keepers time each day, it does not make any sense whatsoever to close the Wildlife Exhibit” said Lortie-Krawczuk. “These 8 animals require significant care in order to remain healthy and it is not in the best interest of the City, the animals nor the community to remove the trained animal keeper or close the doors of this very popular facility.”

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DANNY JOHNSON & FRIENDS IN CONCERT - Saturday, March 18, 2017
#LSN_Arts Danny Johnson & Friends

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- March 18, 2017 (LSN) For two exciting nights, Danny Johnson, a Thunder Bay favorite, will be rocking the Magnus Theatre stage. On March 24th and 25th at 8pm, Danny will entertain audiences with a vast selection of songs that will have something for everyone. Danny will perform his own songs, as well as hits from his favourite songwriters. Johnson is bringing his friends, as he will be joined by a cast of very special guests including Dan Zadkovich, Jim Differ, Dave Isherwood, Susanna DiGiuseppe, Rob Jardine and other fantastic local talent.

DANNY JOHNSON & FRIENDS IN CONCERT debuted in 2015 and has been a rousing success for the past two years. Funds raised by the concert go toward the Magnus Theatre Capital Fund. As a not-for-profit professional theatre company, Magnus depends on fundraisers such as this, to ensure it can continue to produce top tier Canadian and International plays on its main stage, as well as run it Theatre in Education department, Theatre for Young Audiences School Tour, and summer programming. “I'm excited to share the stage with these great, accomplished musicians. It is a privilege to play one's own music for people and I want to leave the audience with a sense of having experienced something worthwhile and with some depth. We're looking forward to playing and sharing some new music that we've worked on and plan on doing a great show for our audience.” Says Johnson.
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Cutter Alder starts breaking ice Thursday - Monday, March 13, 2017
Cutter Alder Duluth
Cutter Alder #LSN_Shipping

SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — March 13, 2017  (LSN) U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder is scheduled to commence spring break out operations in the Duluth-Superior area Thursday.
These operations will continue periodically over the next few days and weeks to prepare regional waterways for the start of the Great Lakes commercial navigation season.

Initially, ice breaking operations will occur inside the Duluth and Superior Harbors. The ice breaking work will expand in the following days to prepare Two Harbors, Minnesota; Taconite Harbor, Minnesota; Silver Bay, Minnesota; and Thunder Bay, Ontario for commercial ship movements.

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Dramatic Society OPEN AUDITIONs Cambrian Players - Monday, March 13, 2017
Open Auditions Cambrian Players
OPEN AUDITIONs Cambrian Players #LSN_Arts

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---  MArch 13, 2017   (LSN) The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery

A Comedy by David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin Jr.
Directed by Beverley Gravelle-MacLeod

Every community theatre group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen, does as the ladies present their ambitious evening's entertainment with the cunning whodunit, "Murder At Checkmate Manor."  The group rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.

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Magnus Theatre Of Humane Bondage - Friday, March 10, 2017
Magnus Theatre Of Humane Bondage
Magnus Theatre    #LSN_Arts

THUNDER BAY, ON  --  March 10, 2017 (LSN) Of Human Bondage, Magnus Theatre’s latest production, holds something for everybody.  Steamy romance, philosophical commentary, complex human dynamics and nineteenth century history weave their way into this vivid performance.  The production’s portrayal of the best and worst of human nature is capable of breaking down the viewer’s faith in humanity and, just as steadily, building it back up again.  

Written by Vern Thiessen and directed by Thom Currie, Of Human Bondage is based on W. Somerset Maugham’s novel of the same name.  It transports the viewer back to nineteenth England, where Philip Carey is learning medicine.  Around his hospital peers, he presents as cautious and practical in nature. We are quick to learn that Philip is in fact an artist at heart, wistfully reminiscing with artist friends about his painting days in Paris.
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Northern Ontario Falconer Hunting Regs - Thursday, March 9, 2017
Jenn Salo
Jenn Salo  #LSN_Outdoors

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---  March 9, 2-017  (LSN) Being a falconer in Northern Ontario is an exciting and fascinating recreational outdoor activity. It presents a unique and rare experience to hunt and train with a wild bird of prey. This sport gives the hunter a much different perspective into the world of hunting and provides an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. The proposed changes to the small game hunting regulations could potentially have a significant impact on my ability to find suitable game to hunt throughout the season.    

    As an apprentice falconer, I have the permits and licences to legally trap, train and keep in captivity a Red-tailed hawk.
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Elliot stops 33 as North Stars blank Iron Rangers - Sunday, March 5, 2017
North Stars blank Iron Rangers
Elliott second  shutout     #LSN_Sports

HOYT LAKES, Minn. – Thunder Bay North Stars netminder Jordan Eliott turned aside all 33 shots he faced to post his second shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Iron Rangers Saturday in Superior International Junior Hockey League play at Hoyt Lakes Arena.

After a scoreless first period, Thunder Bay struck three times before the middle session was five minutes old to take control.
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO March 3, 2017   (LSN) – Members of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) Board were on hand to address important issues with provincial ministers at the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) conference held this week in Toronto. NOMA met with Minister McGarry (Ministry of Natural Resources), Minister Del Duca (Ministry of Transportation), Minister Bill Mauro (Ministry of Municipal Affairs), Arthur Potts, Parliamentary Assistant (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change), and Joe Dickson, Parliamentary Assistant (Ministry of Northern Development and Mines).

In its presentation, NOMA addressed hunting tag fees and access with Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Hon. Kathryn McGarry. NOMA pointed out that the movement to eat local has increased interest in consumers accessing naturally sourced food including wild game. NOMA encouraged the Minister to look at a reduction in the fee for deer hunting tags siting that the cost of meat from forest to table is higher than commercially purchased meat. NOMA also highlighted the distribution of bear tags in the province with the introduction of the spring bear hunt pilot project.

“Northerners are looking for ways to provide healthy meals in a cost effective manner,” said Mayor David Canfield, NOMA President. “We wanted to highlight that access to naturally sourced food is an important resource to many in our region and encouraged the Minister to consider a reduction in the cost of a deer tag,” added Canfield.

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Thunder Bay CEDC Launches New Attraction Tool - Friday, March 3, 2017
Thunder Bay CEDC Launches New Attraction Tool
New Attraction Tool CEDC     #LSN_Ecom

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- March 3, 2017 –   (lsn) Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission’s (CEDC) new attraction tool was launched today. The kickoff took place this morning at the CEDC’s offices. will be used to promote the city on a global level.  The marketing strategy consists of five pillars: Talent attraction, former resident attraction, specialized manufacturing, opportunity awareness, and business succession.

The CEDC began the project in 2015 after identifying the need to promote economic opportunity in Thunder Bay and attract new businesses and talent. Input was gathered from community partners including local employment agencies, business groups, both educational institutions, as well as other local business support organizations and partners in economic development.

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Chancellor Derek Burney portrait unveiled - Friday, March 3, 2017
Chancellor Derek Burney Lakehead University
Chancellor Derek Burney portrait    #LSN_News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  March 3, 2017   (LSN(  A familiar face is now a permanent fixture of Lakehead University’s Senate Chambers.

Dr. Derek H. Burney, Lakehead’s eighth chancellor, proudly looks out from a portrait hanging next to the University’s seven previous chancellors.

Since his appointment as Chancellor in January 2013, Dr. Burney has used his influence and experience as a diplomat, entrepreneur, and strategist to further Lakehead’s academic, political, and philanthropic endeavours.

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Iron Ore Trade Kicks Off 2017 Shipping Season - Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Paul R. Tregurtha
Iron Ore 2017 Season starts   #LSN_Shipping

CLEVELAND, OHIO  March 1, 2017  (LSN) The 2017 Great Lakes shipping season begins February 28th, when the U.S.-flag tug/barge unit DOROTHY ANN/PATHFINDER departs her winter lay-up berth in Erie, Pennsylvania, and sails to Cleveland, Ohio, where she will initiate the shuttle of iron ore from Cleveland Bulk Terminal to the ArcelorMittal steel mill at the end of the navigable portion of the Cuyahoga River on Wednesday.  The vessel will load approximately 15,000 tons that was mined from Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range.

The next vessel to get underway will be the cement carrier BRADSHAW MCKEE/ST. MARYS CONQUEST on March 1.  The vessel will depart Charlevoix, Michigan, with 8,000 tons of cement for Milwaukee.

The western coal trade will resumed on March 22 when the PAUL R. TREGURTHA loads 62,000 tons at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, for delivery to the power plant in Silver Bay, Minnesota.

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Minnesota Women can learn to bowfish through DNR classes - Monday, February 27, 2017
Women Bowfishing
women Bowfishing      #LSN_Outdoors

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA ----  February 27, 2017    (LSN) Women can learn the fast-growing pursuit of bowfishing through classes taught by the Land of Lakes Bowfishing Association, as part of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“Bowfishing is a sport that is fast, fun and easy for all to enjoy,” said Patrick Kirschbaum, a bowfishing association member. “It’s a great way to improve your archery skills.”

Bowfishing involves seeing, shooting and retrieving fish using specialized archery equipment. People bowfishing in Minnesota can target fish like common carp, buffalo, redhorse, sucker and other species that aren’t considered game fish in Minnesota

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Minnesota Moose population remains low, but stable - Monday, February 27, 2017
Minnesota Moose
Minnesota Moose Survey   #LSN_Outdoors

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA ---   February 27, 2017  (LSN) Minnesota’s moose population shows signs of stability when comparing this year’s population estimate of 3,710 northeastern Minnesota moose with estimates since 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“At this point, results do not indicate that moose are recovering in northeastern Minnesota,” said Glenn DelGiudice, DNR moose project leader. “While it is encouraging to see that the decline in the population since 2012 has not been as steep, the apparent stability does not allow us to forecast the direction of the population’s trajectory into the future.”

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Dryden rallies late to defeat Thunder Bay in OT - Sunday, February 26, 2017
SIJHL Ice Dog North Stars
Ice Dogs defeat North Stars     #LSN_Sports          Photo Chris Marchand, Dryden Observer

DRYDEN, Ontario February 26, 2017 (LSN) A Braedyn Aubin power play goal with 39 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Dryden GM Ice Dogs to a dramatic 2-1 come from behind triumph over the rival Thunder Bay North Stars Saturday in Superior International Junior Hockey League action at Memorial Arena.

With the result, the GM Ice Dogs improved to a SIJHL-best 39-7-4-0 with the victory total also setting a new Dryden single-season record for most wins in one campaign.

The league mark for most decisions in a season was set by the North Stars back in 2005-06 when they had 50 against just two losses in a year in which they went on to capture both the SIJHL’s Bill Salonen Cup and the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. ‘A’ crown.

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Ruth Tye McKenzie Lifetime Achievement Award - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Ruth Tye McKenzie with MC Lisa Laco, CBC Superior Morning Show, .
Ruth Tye McKenzieRuth  Lisa Laco, CBC Superior Morning Show      #LSN_Arts

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   February 22. 2017  “For the 7th Annual Arts and Heritage Awards, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery was honoured to nominate Ruth Tye McKenzie​ for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ruth has been a longtime supporter of the arts and has made a significant contribution to the cultural vibrancy of Thunder Bay as a practicing artist, respected businesswoman, and generous member of the greater Thunder Bay community.

Ruth was instrumental in establishing Artists North of Superior in 1983, has instigated numerous exhibitions, and organized Saturday drop in figure drawing classes for fifteen years at the University.  By establishing the Painted Turtle Art Shop, she helped grow the visual arts in our community, offering high quality artist materials, inspiration, as well as arts education.

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January surprises courtesy of the "Leadership Team" - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Chippewa Wildlife Exhibit
Chippewa Wildlife Exhibit   # LSN_Opinion

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- February 22, 2017   (LSN) So the search begins to find places for the animals at the wildlife exhibit.

Compare that to what my ward councillor told me the situation was. You know, information direct from city bureaucrats. The guys you can trust:

"Plan for Existing Wildlife
There are 23 animals and birds currently at the facility. Other zoos that the City regularly trades animals with have already been contacted and they have indicated they would be happy to take the animals and birds. As per past practice, the receiving zoo is responsible for the cost of transporting the animal, so there is no cost to the City for this. Animals will be kept until they are transferred to another facility or they die naturally. No wildlife will be destroyed."

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Trudeau’s economic policies suicidal in wake of Trump quake - Monday, February 20, 2017

.Trudeau’s economic policies  #LSN_Opinion   #LSN_Econ

VICTORIA, B.C. THUNDER BAY, ON  February 20, 2017  / Troy Media/ LSN/  – Donald Trump’s election victory set off a political earthquake that has deeply shaken Americans. Earthquakes are often followed by devastating tsunamis generating huge waves travelling far beyond the quake epi-centre. Yet, even as those “Trump-quake” waves threaten to sink our economic ship, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems determined to maintain his pre-quake course.

Clinging to his current policies could prove to be the biggest mistake made by any Prime Minister in Canadian history

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Magnus Theatre Of Human Bondage - Sunday, February 19, 2017
 Magnus Theatre Of Human Bondage
Of Human Bondage    #LSN_Arts

HUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ---  February 19, 2017  (LSN)  Up next at Magnus Theatre is Of Human Bondage, an epic tale of obsession, lust, and the pursuit of beauty adapted for the stage by Governor General’s Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen. The play is based on the classic novel by W. Somerset Maugham. “Vern Thiessen’s adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel is a fantastic piece of theatre, and the Magnus production will thrill our audiences, whether they are fans of the novel or not,” said Magnus Artistic Director Thom Currie.

When Philip meets Mildred, a tea-shop waitress, he finds his yearning for art and experience devoured by his intense attraction to her. Mildred, for all her teasing, isn’t all that interested in him, but rather in flattery, possessions, and security. Yet Philip, in a powerful haze of passion and pride, obsessively pursues Mildred despite the anguish and emotional carnage that repels and binds them at all costs.

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Poll Shows Ontarians Oppose Both Wynne and Brown on Carbon Taxes - Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lack of support for Carbon Tax    #LSN_Opinion

TORONTO, ON: Feburary 19, 2017   (LSN) The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) commissioned an Ontario-wide poll with Nanos Research and is today releasing the results. The Nanos poll of 500 Ontarians, conducted from February 3rd-7th found that across Ontario, over 50.5 per cent of those polled “oppose” cap and trade, and 10 per cent are “somewhat opposed,” for an overall opposition of 60.5 per cent. In contrast, 21.1 per cent “support” and 14.7 “somewhat support” cap and trade, for an overall support of 35.8 per cent.

The results also found that 67.7 per cent of Ontarians believe cap and trade will cost them more than the government’s claim of $13 per month.

“These poll results show how deeply unpopular the new cap and trade tax is. People are unhappy with this new tax that is making natural gas and gasoline more expensive, and which is driving up our already out of control electricity bills. What is surprising is politicians’ continued support for carbon taxes in the face of such strong opposition,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn

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Dryden claims SIJHL’s regular season title - Saturday, February 18, 2017
Dryden Ice Dogs
Ice Dogs regular season Champs   #LSN_sports

HOYT LAKES, Minn. – February 18, 2017  _ (LSN)  The Dryden GM Ice Dogs stormed back from a two-goal deficit midway through the contest to score the game’s final seven markers in an impressive 7-2 come from behind victory over the Minnesota Iron Rangers Saturday in Superior International Junior Hockey League play at Hoyt Lakes Arena.

With the result the GM Dryden Ice Dogs captured the SIJHL’s regular season title as well as the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Bill Salonen Cup playoffs as they also recorded their 38th win of the season, which matches a franchise single-season high for the club. They are now 22 points ahead of the second place Thunder Bay North Stars and cannot be caught in the overall standings.

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NAN's Statement of the Death of Moses Beaver - Thursday, February 16, 2017
Moses Beaver
Death of Moses Beaver    #LSN_News

THUNDER BAY, ON  --- February 16, 2017 (LSN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Nibinamik First Nation Chief Johnny Yellowhead have released the following statements on the death of Moses Amik Beaver earlier this week and the death of his sister, Mary Wabasse, three days later.

“The sudden and unexplained death of Moses Beaver was devastating to his family and everyone in Nibinamik. Their grieving had barely started when we were shocked by the tragic news that his sister, Mary Wabasse, was killed in a motor vehicle accident while traveling to Thunder Bay to join with other members of the family,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “For Moses to die under these circumstances is troubling on so many levels, especially as his death has not been officially acknowledged by those responsible for his care. We are doing everything possible to support Chief and Council and the family of Moses Beaver, and we will demand an investigation into the circumstances around his passing.”

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Chief Brown Martel
Chief Brown Martel #LSN_News

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) February 14, 2017  Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum welcomed today’s ruling that the Government of Canada breached its fiduciary duty of care and is liable for failing to protect plaintiffs in the landmark Sixties Scoop class action lawsuit from the loss of their cultural identity.

“Today our hearts are with Chief Brown Martel and all of the Sixties Scoop survivors who were taken from their homes as children and raised far away from their communities without their identity and culture. What was taken away can never be regained, but we pray this is a critical step towards their healing,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “We are inspired by the determination and dignity of Chief Brown Martel, who never lost hope throughout this lengthy and tiring process. Her strength and courage over a decade of legal battles is an inspiration to us all, and we will continue to support the survivors and their communities in every way possible.

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2017 Thunder Bay Chill Schedule - Sunday, February 12, 2017
2017 Thunder Bay Chill Schedule
Chill 2017  #LSN_Sports

Thunder Bay, ON – February 12, 2017  (LSN) The Premier Development League (PDL) released the 2017 schedule today including the 14 game regular season schedule for the Thunder Bay Chill who will playing in their 18th season in the league. The Chill will also face the Winnipeg Lions in the perennial exhibition series on May 27th and 28th.

The Heartland Division is still at six teams, but the Kokomo Mantis who entered the league in 2016 has suspended operations for 2017. However, there is a second franchise in St. Louis with the USL professional team fielding a PDL team, known as St. Louis FC U23. The Chicago Fire Premier has been re- branded as Chicago FC United.

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Trump-style 'Muslim ban' has widespread support — in Europe - Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Rebel Trump Travel Ban
Trump Travel Ban    #LSN_Opinion

LONDON, UK February 11, 2017  (Rebel Media)  (LSN) European attitudes to Muslim immigration are reportedly in line with Donald Trump’s — in fact, according to a new poll, an average of 55% of Europeans agree with the notion that ‘all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped’.


The study, carried out by UK-based think-tank Chatham House found that “majorities in all but two of the ten states [surveyed] agreed” with the aforementioned notion — 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 64% in Hungary and Belgium, 61% in France, 58% in Greece, 53% in Germany, and 51% in Italy. A sizeable minority of 47% in the United Kingdom and 41% in Spain disagreed.

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Coast Guard, rescue 2 people on Keewenaw - Saturday, February 11, 2017
US Coast Guard
Rescue on Keewenaw   #LSN_Outdoors

HOUGHTON, Mich. --February 11, 2017 (LSN) - Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Portage, Mich., and the Houghton County Fire Department saved two people after they broke through ice on Portage Lake on the Keewenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received a report from Houghton County Emergency Dispatch at about 1:35 p.m. that two persons had broken through ice near the west entrance of Breaker’s Beach on Lake Portage in Houghton County, Mich.

Sector Sault Ste. Marie launched Station Portage's ice rescue team. Houghton County Fire Department and local EMS also responded.

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Wynne Plotts for Luxury Vehicle - Friday, February 10, 2017

Cynicism? Or observation?    #LSN_Opinion

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  February 10, 2017  (LSN) The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. So for those non-cynics out there, here are some “observations” about Kathleen Wynne’s newest electric car subsidy scheme, which was announced on February 1st.

First, the Ontario government spent millions of taxpayer money subsidizing the purchase price of luxury electric cars. Second, they capped these subsidies to deal with public blowback for subsidizing luxury cars. Third, they got lobbied by the luxury electric car industry. Then finally, they’ve secretly returned to subsidizing luxury electric cars, now that people have stopped paying attention.

Cynicism? Or observation?

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Employee Gifts Celebrated at Luncheon - Thursday, February 9, 2017
Thunder Bay Regional.
  Employee Gifts Celebrated at Luncheon


THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 9, 2017 (LSN) – Staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation were celebrated today at a recognition luncheon for their contribution to world-class healthcare, but perhaps not in the way one would expect.

  Each employee at the luncheon was celebrated for his or her donation to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, made through payroll deduction. “Our Employee Giving Program is an opportunity for any employee to make a donation that directly supports the world-class health care provided here at the Health Sciences Centre,” said Robert Scott Srigley, Chair, Employee Giving Program. “We have a very generous group of employees who go over and above their roles and make a difference where they work. I’m proud to Chair the Employee Giving Committee that encourages philanthropy and allows all of us to give back to a facility that is important, not only to each of us individually, but to our entire community.”

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Cambrian Players Bares All for The Full Monty - Thursday, February 9, 2017
Full Monty
Director Candi Badanai with six Full Monty men  #LSN_Arts

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  February 9, 2017  In a rehearsal studio just off Simpson Street, six men get ready to bare all. From looking outside of the Cambrian Players rehearsal studio, you would never guess what is going on side this old brick building. I stepped inside the front door, coming out from the brisk winter air, brushed my shoes off at the door and glanced around the room. The walls are covered in old show posters, pipes from the apartments above crossing under the punched tin ceiling high above us. Random chairs scattered around the edges of the room. The rehearsal studio appears to be as industrial looking as the set being constructed in the middle of the room for the musical they are currently rehearsing. The musical is about a town where out-of-work steel mill workers are looking for a new source of income. It begins on the factory floor as the men get their final paycheque. These men don’t have much hope since the factory closed, but after seeing how their wives and girlfriends react to a traveling show featuring Chippendales dancers, they decide to start their own strip-tease act. And so begins the rehearsal for Cambrian Players upcoming musical of The Full Monty.

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Magnus Theatre Of Human Bondage and Flight Path - Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Flight Path Magnus Theatre
Remainder of Season Magnus    #LSN_Arts

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   February 8, 2017  (LSN) Magnus Theatre announces  cast  for the remainder of the 2016-17 Season.  Of Human Bondage and The Flight Path

The final production for the 2016-17 Season sees a pair of Magnus veterans returning to the Thunder Bay stage. Here On The Flight Path will star Stuart Dowling and Amy Sellors in this classic Norm Foster comedy. Mr Dowling, an award winning performer who has performed across Canada and beyond, is a long-time favourite of Magnus audiences, having appeared in Driving Miss Daisy and Night of the Living Dead. Ms. Sellors, herself an award-winning actor who has appeared in theatres across Canada, (including multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival) appeared at Magnus in Looking and Don’t Hug Me.

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Warning signs that current federal deficit spending - Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Warning signs that current federal deficit spending mirrors history   #LSN_Opinion

VANCOUVER BC  February 8, 2017 -- Since Confederation, excluding wartime and recessions, there has only been one period in Canada’s 150 year history when the federal government’s role in the economy—and society more broadly—substantially grew, which in turn plunged the nation into chronic deficits, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

It began under Prime Minister Lester Pearson in the mid-1960s, and continued under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.

“Based on the new federal government’s tax increases and new spending, the question is whether we’re embarking on another period of government growth, financed by deficits and debt,” said Livio Di Matteo, an economics professor at Lakehead University, Fraser Institute senior fellow and author of A Federal Fiscal History: Canada, 1867-2017.
According to the extensive study—which tracks government spending and revenues from Confederation to the present—except for the First World War, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the 2009 recession, the only other time the federal government kicked off a deficit-spending spree and expanded the size and role of the federal government was in the mid-1960s and 1970s under Pearson and then Pierre Trudeau.

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Western moose in free-fall since wolf introduction - Monday, February 6, 2017
Gig Game Forever
#LSN_Outdoors  Western moose in free-fall

Bountiful UT ----   February 6, 2017  America’s moose are in serious trouble. You and millions of other sportsmen, America’s true conservationists, may be the last hope to save America’s moose. We need your help before it’s too late. Here is what is going on.

Just 20 years ago, Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Ecosystem were the heart of the world’s Shiras Moose population. There were literally thousands of moose in the park. People from all over the world traveled to Yellowstone to view and photograph these famous moose. The 1994 wolf introduction environmental impact statement (EIS) indicated that the introduction of wolves into Yellowstone would result in a 7-13% decline of moose. Unfortunately, these commitments have not been kept.

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Duluth Air & Aviation Expo - Saturday, February 4, 2017
Duluth Airshow Blue Angels
#LSN_Outdoors  Duluth Airshow

DULUTH, MINNESOTA  -- February 4, 2017 --- (LSN)  Are you ready for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and CF Snowbirds For the first time in Minnesota's history not one (1) but two (2) major military demonstration teams will perform at this year's Duluth Air & Aviation Expo, presented by St. Luke's.

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Thunder Bay BluesFest 2017 - Saturday, February 4, 2017
Thunder Bay BluesFest
#LSN_Arts  Thunder Bay BluesFest 2017

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ----  February 4, 2017   (LSN)  Thunder Bay's Summer Musical Tradition returns for its 16th year, bringing the best names in
Blues, Roots and Rock to Thunder Bay July 7th, 8h, and 9th! at Marina Park

One of Canada’s best blues festivals, Thunder Bay’s Canada 150 version features a strong array of national and local favourites.

This year is Canada’s 150th birthday and Bluesfest has hired an even stronger, all-Canadian lineup featuring Amanda Marshall, Barenaked Ladies and Randy Bachman.

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Fort william Historic Park Winter Carnival - Thursday, February 2, 2017
Family Day Fort William Historic Park
Family Day Winter Carnival  #LSN_Outdoors

Thunder Bay, ON, January 30, 2017 –  (LSN)  Visit Fort William Historical Park this Family Day Weekend for the 2017 Voyageur Winter Carnival. Come dressed in your warmest this February 18th, 19th & 20th from 11:00am to 5:00pm and enjoy Northern Ontario’s largest winter carnival! Find your way through our giant snow maze, enjoy the tubing and sliding hills, strap on your skates and take a turn around our skating rink, sit back and relax on a horse drawn wagon ride, try your luck at the winter carnival games, enjoy live indoor and outdoor entertainment, and so much more! New this year, take an exhilarating hovercraft ride on the Kaministiquia River!

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EcoSuperior Painted Rain Barrel Art Project - Monday, January 30, 2017

Ray and Angela 2016 Entries    #LSN_Arts

Thunder Bay, On  —    January 30, 2017  (LSN) EcoSuperior is accepting design submissions for the 7th annual Painted Rain Barrel Art Project, presented by Landale Gardens. It’s a fun and creative fundraiser with something for everyone.

Each year EcoSuperior invites local artists, community groups and schools to enter their design ideas to be painted on a rain barrel. The initiative promotes water conservation and offers cash prizes for the artists, while also raising funds for environmental programs in the community.

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Regional divisions will continue to deepen without real Senate reform - Sunday, January 29, 2017
real Senate reform

Trudeau and O’Leary real Senate reform?  #LSN_Opinion

CALGARY, Alta. -- January 29, 2017 /Troy Media/ LSN /Serious or not, O’Leary’s proposal is in keeping with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vision of the Senate as little more than a blue-ribbon advisory panel. Trudeau wants the upper house to be filled with admirable Canadians who provide friendly, non-partisan advice to the government. His recent appointments are a step in this direction.

What O’Leary and Trudeau don’t seem to understand is that the Senate has a much more important role to play – a role that’s vital to the success of our country.
That role is rooted in two facts.

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THUNDER BAY, January 28, 2017   (LSN)

Telemann! Enjoy an evening of gentle chamber music in an intimate atmosphere as Consortium Aurora Borealis commemorates this prolific German 18th-century composer, friend of Bach and Handel, on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his death.

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Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards Tickets - Saturday, January 28, 2017
Honest Heart Collective

Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards    #LSN_Arts

THUNDER BAY ON  --- January 28, 2017 (LSN)  Tickets are now available for the City of Thunder Bay’s 7th Annual Arts & Heritage Awards, presented by Copperfin Credit Union. Over 10 custom-created awards by local artist, boyRoland, will be given out at a gala ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Magnus Theatre. CBC Radio personality, Lisa Laco, will host the awards show. The show will feature live performances including an acoustic set by The Honest Heart Collective, a one-time only grand finale created especially for the awards, and more.

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board appointments - Friday, January 27, 2017
Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board
Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board appointment  #LSN_Shipping

Duluth, Minn., USA  -- Jan. 26, 2017     (LSN)  At its first meeting of 2017, the newly seated St. Louis County (SLC) Board appointed two new commissioners to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority-Patrick Boyle and Pete Stauber. They will complete remaining terms of former commissioners Chris Dahlberg and Steve Raukar, respectively, both of whom chose not to run for reelection to the SLC Board last fall.

Boyle, a nurse practitioner for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was first elected to the SLC Board in a special election in January 2014 to fill out the term of the late Steve O'Neil. At the time, he was a member of the Duluth City Council. He was reelected last November for a four-year term. As a county commissioner, he has chaired the Public Safety Committee and currently chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. Boyle has been active in the community as a member of the Friends of the Lakewalk and the Duluth Preservation Alliance. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters and live in Duluth. His appointment to the Port Authority Board runs through Dec. 31, 2017.

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Chippewa Petition Willdlife Exhibit

THUNDER BAY, ON   January 26, 2017  (LSN) In order to help convince Thunder Bay City Council to maintain the Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit, The Friends of Chippewa Park have launched an on-line petition through their web site and Facebook page and are encouraging supporters of retaining the Exhibit and expanding it into a full-fledged Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centre.

 The petition will also be available at the Wildlife Exhibit on February 20 and 21 when the Exhibit is open to the public during the Family Day Weekend.

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 THUNDER BAY, ON  --  January 24, 2017  ---  The Friends of Chippewa Park were shocked today to learn that City Administration is recommending the closure of the Chippewa Park Wildlife Exhibit on May 1 this year as part of the 2017 operating budget.

“Viewing of wild animals has been part of the fabric of Chippewa Park since 1924” said Friends President, Lorraine Lortie-Krawczuk, “and hundreds of thousands of children and adults alike have had the opportunity to not only see the animals of Northwestern Ontario up close but to gain a better understanding of the way they live and for Council to even consider eliminating this quality of life feature is unacceptable.”
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Ice Dogs stay 10th overall in CJHL rankings - Monday, January 23, 2017
Dryden Ice Dogs
Ice Dogs Ranked 10th  #LSN_Sports

THUNDER BAY, Ont. –  January 23, 2017  (LSN) The Dryden GM Ice Dogs held their place among the national elite as the Canadian Junior Hockey League announced  their weekly Top 20 rankings Monday.

The Superior International Junior Hockey League-leading GM Ice Dogs were tabbed 10th for a second straight week in the 132-team CJHL.

Heading into the SIJHL Showcase, which begins Tuesday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Minn., Dryden continues to pace the league standings with an impressive 28-4-4-0 record.

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East-West Tie Transmission Project - Monday, January 23, 2017
East-West Tie Transmission

East-West Tie Transmission   #LSN_Econ

 THUNDER BAY, ON --- Janyuary 23, 2017  (LSN)  NextBridge proposes to construct an approximately 400 km, 230 kilovolt, double-circuit AC electrical transmission line extending from the existing Hydro One Networks Inc. (Hydro One) Lakehead Transformer Station in the Municipality of Shuniah near Thunder Bay to the existing Hydro One Wawa Transformer Station near Wawa – with a connection at the Marathon Transformer Station.

The expansion involves building a new double-circuit 230 kV line from Wawa to Thunder Bay (approximately 400 km). It will also connect to the Marathon transformer station.

Upgrades at the existing Wawa, Marathon and Lakehead transformer stations will also be undertaken

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Beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs - Monday, January 23, 2017
Minnesota Fly Fishing

Linda Radimecky, Parks Area Naturalist, mentoring and teaching    #LSN_Outdoors

ST PAUL  MN  January 23, 2017   (LSN)  Developing a rhythm of smooth casts over a peaceful stream and catching fish may be goals for the beginner fly angler, but an experienced instructor can help turn initial flailing into finesse.

Registration is open for an event that teaches the basics of fly fishing to pairs of youths and adults, from evening on Friday, June 2, to afternoon on Sunday, June 4, near Lanesboro.

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Run Away From the Cold with Children’s Centre Foundation - Sunday, January 22, 2017
Indoor Marathon

Run Away From the Cold Indoor Marathon  #LSN_Sports

  THUNDER BAY, ON ---January 22, 2017 (LSN) – Children’s Centre Foundation Thunder Bay, in partnership with Lakehead University, is inviting the community to “run away from the cold” with the official kick-off for their 8th Annual Thunderwolves Indoor Marathon, taking place on February 12th, 2017 at the Lakehead University Hanger. Proceeds from this event support Children’s Centre Foundation, helping to provide financial support to children’s mental wellness programs. The Foundation promotes awareness of children’s mental health issues through educational campaigns and engaging the community.

“With the winter season in full force, many are missing those perfect running conditions;” explains Kip Sigsworth, Lakehead University Running Coach. “Not only does the Indoor Marathon provide warmer running weather, but it also gives participants an opportunity to change lives and give back to the community. Runners are racing for a good cause and directly supporting children in Thunder Bay. We're excited to be partnering with Children's Centre Foundation for this event, and our athletes always look forward to the excitement of the marathon and are proud of what it represents: supporting mental health in our community.”

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DineWise Food Safety Scorecards - Wednesday, January 18, 2017
DineWise Food Safety Scorecards

DineWise Food Safety Scorecards  #LSN_Health

 (L-R) Torsten Schulz and Abby Mackie, both public health inspectors, and Lee Sieswerda, manager of environmental health showing the new DineWise scorecards.

THUNDER BAY, ON -- January 18, 2017 (LSN) The Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s new DineWise program launched today in the City of Thunder Bay. TBDHU’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janet DeMille, was on hand to post the first DineWise scorecard. The first restaurant to receive a sign was Chinese Express, located at 601 Arthur Street West. They received an "A"
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Matawa First Nation

THUNDER BAY, ON:- January 17, 2017  (LSN)  Matawa First Nations today announced their plans to commence talks with government officials on new federal broadband funding called Connect to Innovate which was launched by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) on December 15, 2016 and to move forward on establishing a teleco/telecommunications company. These discussions come on the heels of a prior meeting with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, ISED Minister, on October 13, 2016 and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision on December 20, 2016 declaring broadband internet a basic service that all Canadians should have regardless of where they live. Matawa First Nation Chiefs and the Matawa Broadband Working Group will be present for this week’s talks.

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, they will be meeting with Assistant Deputy Ministers offices of the provincial and federal governments to discuss Connect to Innovate with respect to their project exceeding $60 million to connect 5 remote First Nations. It will be the first time that new players from government will be around the table. It will be an opportunity for direct interface with officials administering the Connect to Innovate program. Matawa First Nations will be applying to this program for capital funding before the March 13, 2017 deadline.

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Ontario’s costly coal phase-out did not significantly reduce air pollution - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Ontario Phase out of coal

 coal phase-out did not significantly reduce air pollution   #LSN_Econ


Thunder Bay, On  --- January 17, 2017    (LSN)  Shuttering Ontario’s coal-fired power plants had very little effect on reducing air pollution, helped fuel skyrocketing energy costs, and should serve as a lesson to policymakers across the country, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan, Canadian public policy think-tank.

These findings confirm the government’s own internal forecasts prior to the coal phase-out, and they are especially important as the federal government plans to force the phase-out of coal-fired power generation in Canada by 2030.

“Ontario’s example should serve as a warning to the federal government, which is making the same grandiose claims about the benefits of eliminating coal while seemingly ignoring the crisis of Ontario’s soaring energy costs,” said Ross McKitrick, professor of economics at the University of Guelph,

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Shelter Kwae Kii Win House Managed Alcohol Program - Thursday, January 12, 2017
Shelter House Alcohol Program

Shelter  Kwae Kii Win House Managed Alcohol Program  #LSN_Health

THUNDER BAY, ON  --  January 12, 2017  ----The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has approved short-term funding to support the Kwae Kii Win Managed Alcohol Program (MAP), being operated by Shelter House Thunder Bay.
The North West LHIN will supply one-time funding for the Kwae Kii Win MAP for the continuity of service, and will engage with community stakeholders to ensure that this organization is aligned with current evidence-based practices, service delivery models and is positioned for long-term success.

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Lakers’ Virtanen named performer for Dec - Sunday, January 8, 2017
Fort Frances Lakers forward Jared Virtanen

Fort Frances Lakers forward Jared Virtanen   #LSN_Sports

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that Fort Frances Lakers forward Jared Virtanen has been named its CCM Hockey performer of the month for December.

In seven games played during the final month of 2016, the 20-year-old Abbotsford, B.C., product recorded points in each of them, amassing 20 in total on three goals and 17 assists.

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My investigations into city operations - Friday, January 6, 2017
Shane Judge
#ShaneJudge  #LSN_Opinion

Many of you have appreciated my investigations into city operations. But some folks say if I want to be mayor I have to stop being so negative. They say I should make the case for how I would make things better in the city. This is true. But first you need to understand what prompted my entrance into municipal politics.
As you may know, I've been concerned about the collapse of our industrial tax base. One pulp mill survives where we had four. Our two large sawmills are gone. The grain industry is a shadow of its former self.

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New Design for Arts & Heritage Awards Unveiled - Thursday, January 5, 2017
Arts Award

Arts & Heritage Awards Unveiled  #LSN_Arts

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - January 5, 2017 – The City of Thunder Bay announced a new design today for the awards presented to recipients at the annual Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards. Growth, by local artist boy Roland, was selected by a jury to become the new award distributed in all categories at the 2017 and 2018 ceremonies. The design features a ceramic hand with a piece of amethyst set in the centre of the palm, mounted on a wooden base, representing the continued development and vibrancy of Thunder Bay’s cultural sector.

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U.S.-Flag Fleets to Keep Great Lakes Shipyards Busy - Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin  #LSN_Shipping

CLEVELAND January 4, 2017  (LSN) Temperatures are dropping, but the pace at Great Lakes shipyards is heating up.  Winter is their busiest time and this year is no exception.  U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators are going to spend more than $80 million to maintain and modernize their vessels for the 2017 shipping season.

“Once again Lake Carriers’ Association members are demonstrating their commitment to Great Lakes shipping,” said James H.I. Weakley, President of the trade association representing the major U.S.-flag carriers.  “As a Department of Homeland Security report has emphasized, many steel mills, power plants and stone quarries do not have viable alternatives for the shipment of their raw materials.  If the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet is not primed to meet the needs of commerce in 2017, industrial activity and hundreds of thousands of family-sustaining jobs would be in jeopardy.  This year’s winter work program ensures the vessels will be ready.”

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Lake Superior Outflows - Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Lake Superior Outflows

LAKE SUPERIOR OUTFLOWS January 2017  #LSN_Shipping

 THUNDER BAY, ON   ---  January 3, 2017  (LSN) The net water supplies to Lake Superior were above average in December. The level of Lake Superior declined 8 cm (3 in), which is the average decline in December. The Lake Superior level at the beginning-of-January is 14 cm (6 in) above average, 8 cm (3 in) below the level recorded a year ago at this time, and 30 cm (12 in) above its chart datum level.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,400 cubic meters per second (m3/s) (84.8 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of January, effective January 4th. The outflow is being set to the normal maximum winter flow prescribed by Plan 2012, and may at times vary due to weather events and changes in hydrologic and ice conditions.
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Charitable giving in Canada hits 10-year low - Monday, January 2, 2017
Charitable giving in Canada hits 10-year low

Charitable giving in Canada hits 10-year low #LSN_Opinion

VANCOUVER / THUNDER BAY, ON -----  January 2, 2017  (LSN) The percentage of Canadians claiming charitable donations on their taxes—and the amount they’re giving as a percentage of their income—is the lowest it’s been in a decade, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

What’s more, Americans are far more generous than Canadians, according to Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2016 Generosity Index, which measures donations to registered charities claimed on personal income tax returns and ranks Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories, the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.

“The holiday season is a time to reflect on giving, and with Canadians becoming less generous every year, charities face greater challenges to secure resources to help those in need,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and the study’s co-author.

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Common Voice Northwest to Hold Energy East Meetings Across the Northwest - Sunday, January 1, 2017
Energy East Pipe Line

Common Voice Northwest Energy East Pipe Line   #LSN_Econ

 Thunder Bay On ----  January 1, 2017   (LSN)  The Common Voice Northwest Energy East Task Force is looking for public input into what a significant water crossing looks like along TransCanada Pipeline’s route for their Energy East conversion project.

Common Voice Northwest has received intervenor funding from the National Energy Board to develop a Northwestern Ontario definition of a ‘significant water crossing.” TransCanada Pipelines has promised to provide enhanced protection to those areas where it crosses a significant water crossing and the Task Force wants the public to help define what those crossings as well as sensitive areas look like.

Tanice Marcella, the Chair of the Energy East Task Force announced that public meetings will be held in 12 different communities along or near the line from January 16 to 27. “In addition to the public meetings, our consultants, KBM Resources Group, will be meeting with interested officials from individual Municipalities and First Nations along with various Provincial Ministry representatives with knowledge of the ecology, wildlife, fisheries resources, potable water sourcing along the line” said Marcella.

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