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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ONLINE RESOURCE - Sunday, May 20, 2018

BOREAL COMMUNITY MEDIA LAUNCHES
NEW EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ONLINE RESOURCE

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ONLINE RESOURCE  Lake Superior News

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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA —  May 20, 2018  (LSN)  Boreal Community Media has received a major grant for development and launch of an on-line clearinghouse for emergency preparedness information, outdoor recreation safety tips, law enforcement alerts and other important information for residents and visitors of northeast Minnesota’s Arrowhead region.

The Boreal Emergency Preparedness Portal website was launched recently and will be accessed through the www.boreal-emergency.org domain address and from links from the www.boreal.org website.

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Strategic Growth Plan Required - Saturday, May 19, 2018

Strategic Growth Plan Required To Keep Ontario Competitive

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ 

THUNDER BAY, Ontario  May 18, 2018: (LSN)  With election day just weeks away, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is calling on all political parties to commit to reducing input costs and the regulatory burden felt by businesses across the province.

In the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity platform, strengthening business competitiveness is not only fundamental for employers but also the success of the entire province. With industry struggling to compete under increased costs and regulations, the OCC and Thunder Bay Chamber would like Ontario’s next government to establish a publicly available analysis of the cost of doing business, as well as adopt a robust approach to reducing red tape.

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Thunder Bay Mining day - Saturday, May 19, 2018

 6th Anniversary Thunder Bay Mining day 

Thunder Bay Mining Day Panning for Gold  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ   Panning for Gold

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 19, 2018  (LSN)  On June 23, 2018 Mining Day will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary. It is organized by a group of volunteers from various mining and associated service companies in NW Ontario.

The Festival is free to the public to enjoy with their families. Games and activities with a mining related theme are presented by the many exhibitors. The kids get to pan for real gold, use a metal detector, make jewelry from rocks and gems, ask geologists tough questions, enter draws for prizes and learn about the rocks beneath their feet.

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Cook County Brief Planned Over Night Phone Outage - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cook County Brief Planned  Over Night Phone Outage

Cook County Minnesota Sheriff  Lake Superior News

#LSN_Crime  Cook County

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  -  May 17, 2018  (LSN) All Fire Halls in Cook County and Grand Portage will be staffed by Fire Departments during this outage. Deputies will be on patrol.

Fire Halls Staffed for 911 Connection During Brief Overnight Phone Outage

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ob Training Program Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Job Training Program Preparing Participants for Job Opportunities  for Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line

Job Training Program Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line
#LSN_Econ Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line

THUNDER BAY, ONTAIO - May 17th, 2018 (LSN) Today, a training program that is designed for those looking to gain direct or indirect employment in the construction of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line was introduced in Northwestern Ontario, and is already being deemed a success by all participating partners. Wataynikaneyap Power, Opiikapawiin Services, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), PowerTel and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute have joined together to deliver training programs including Line Crew Ground Support Training, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skills and Partnership Fund. The First Nations have been working together since 2013 on community engagement, participation and capacity building to capture maximum employment, training and business opportunities. They recognized that it will be required to develop capabilities and initiate specific training for the people.

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Migration Paths, Collective Creation Project - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Migration Paths, a story about the experiences of Newcomers to Canada

Migration Paths, Collective Creation Project Magnus Threatre   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Magnus Theatre 

  THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 17, 2018 (LSN) June 4th through the 6th will see Magnus Theatre in Education present its annual Collective Creation Project on stage. This year’s presentation is MIGRATION PATHS, a story about the experiences of Newcomers to Canada.

MIGRATION PATHS is part documentary theatre, retelling the stories of newly-landed Syrian teenagers in Thunder Bay, and part fiction based on real life accounts. The play follows three characters that must leave their home in search of a safer place, and the dramatic journeys that they embark on to get there.  MIGRATION PATHS challenges audiences to consider: What if their story was your story?

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Unconditional basic income is a bad idea - Monday, May 14, 2018

Unconditional basic income is a bad idea

Basic Income Fraser Institute  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  Fraser Institute 

Such a program would weaken the incentives to work for lower-income Canadians and people not strongly tied to the labour force

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  May 14, 2018  (LSN)  Almost 50 years ago, a Canadian Senate report declared that a basic income “is an idea whose time has come.” Ever since, the idea resurfaces every so often, with support that spans the political spectrum.

Most recently, a Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) report reinvigorated the debate by estimating the cost of a particular version of a basic income program. 

In our view, however, an unconditional basic income is a bad idea whose time should never come.

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SSMEDC 2017 Annual Report - Monday, May 14, 2018

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ SSMEDC

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  May 14, 2018  (LSN) What impact does the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) have on the community? To answer this question while sharing information with citizens and partners, the organization released its 2017 Annual Report this week. The publication highlights activity and results generated. Staff presented the figures at the May 14 City Council meeting.

 

In 2017, the SSMEDC processed more than 1,900 inquiries from entrepreneurs and delivered over 950 client consultations. The organization also made 17 formal pitches to external investors and companies, facilitated 85 business support seminars and workshops, and took part in 66 outreach and networking events.

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SSMEDC 2017 Annual Report - Monday, May 14, 2018

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ SSMEDC

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  May 14, 2018  (LSN) What impact does the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) have on the community? To answer this question while sharing information with citizens and partners, the organization released its 2017 Annual Report this week. The publication highlights activity and results generated. Staff presented the figures at the May 14 City Council meeting.

 

In 2017, the SSMEDC processed more than 1,900 inquiries from entrepreneurs and delivered over 950 client consultations. The organization also made 17 formal pitches to external investors and companies, facilitated 85 business support seminars and workshops, and took part in 66 outreach and networking events.

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Celebrity poker tournament - Monday, May 14, 2018

Celebrity poker tournament added to
WTF Festival lineup

Celebrity poker tournament added to WTF Festival lineup  Lake Superior News
LSN_Arts   WTF Festival

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - May 14, 2018   (LSN)  You’ll raise. You’ll fold. You’ll laugh. Want a chance to go all-in against some of Canada’s best comedians? The WTF Comedy Festival added a Celebrity Jokers’ Poker Tournament to the event lineup. The challenge is taking place at Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday, June 7 at 6 p.m.

 

Space is limited to three tables of 10, and seats are expected to sell quickly.

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Jordan Larson Thunderwolves - Monday, May 14, 2018

Jordan Larson is Lakehead’s
first 2018 commitment

Jordan Larson joins Thunderwolves  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 14, 2018  (LSN)  Lakehead University and the Thunderwolves hockey team are pleased to announce that Jordan Larson of Fort Frances, Ontario is the program’s first commitment of the 2018 recruiting class.

The 5’10”, 190-pound forward played four seasons in the CCHL from 2012 to 2016 with the Pembroke Lumber Kings and Carleton Place Canadians.  In his final year of Junior “A”, he averaged well over a point a game, scoring 23 goals with 29 assists for 52 points in only 38 contests after missing time with an injury.

Larson then went on to play two years of NCAA hockey at the University of Alabama-Huntsville before deciding to transfer to Lakehead.

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Help manage Minnesota elk populations - Monday, May 14, 2018

Apply to hunt elk in Minnesota

Apply to hunt elk in Minnesota  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   DNR  Help manage elk populations

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - May 14, 2018  (LSN)  Hunters have through Friday, June 15, to apply for one of 22 elk licenses offered this year by the Department of Natural Resources. Elk hunting is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Minnesota residents.

“A number of antlerless-only elk licenses are being offered this year for the Kittson-Central herd to reduce that population,” said Erik Thorson, DNR acting big game program leader. “Our latest survey counted 75 elk in this herd, which is above the population goal of 50 to 60 identified in the elk management plan.”

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Judge Announces Running For Mayor of Thunder Bay - Sunday, May 13, 2018
Judge Announces Running For Mayor of Thunder Bay 

Shane Judge Announces Running for Mayor of Thunder Bay,  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Municipal Elections #LSN_News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  May 13, , 2018  (LSN) I am running for mayor to begin the process of restoring balance between the city’s finances and our local economy, to make our city a more attractive place to live and invest.

Today, those problems have not gone away. In fact, things have gotten worse. Many of our larger companies have appealed their property assessments. We’ve lost millions more from our tax base.

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Magnus Theatre Announces 2019 Season - Sunday, May 13, 2018

Magnus Theatre  Announces 2019 Season

Magnus Launches 2019 Season  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Magnus   

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  May 13, 2018  (LSN)  Magnus Theatre’s Artistic Director, Thom Currie, laid out his vision for the upcoming 2018-19 season today. As always, the new season has something for everyone, but the new season will be packing even more entertainment into the mix.

The season kicks off in July with the unofficial first show, BACK IN 59, written and conceived by Thom Currie. This jukebox musical featuring hits from the late 1950s and early 60s has been a smash hit it every theatre it has played at.

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Kristen Oliver for Westfort Ward - Saturday, May 12, 2018
Campaign of Kristen Oliver for Westfort Ward Councillor

Kristen Oliver  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 12, 2018  (LSN)  Kristen Oliver announced that she is joining the race for City Council of the Westfort Ward. The lifelong resident of Westfort, filed her nomination papers at City Hall today.

Oliver is the Executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA). She oversees the advocacy and lobbying efforts of NOMA and attributes this role as the main driver to seeking office on the municipal level.

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Fire Fighters Ten Mile Road Race - Friday, May 11, 2018

85th Annual Fire Fighters Ten Mile Road Race

85th Annual Fire Fighters Ten Mile Road Race  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  May 11, 2018  (LSN) This Victoria Day, close to 1,000 runners will be participating in the 85th Annual Fire Fighters Ten Mile Road Race, a Thunder Bay tradition promoting active, healthy lifestyles and a community celebration for runners at all levels.

Today, race representatives, sponsors and members of the running community gathered for a media conference to help kick off the race, which will be taking place on Monday, May 21st.

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Anything Goes Paramount Live - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Musical production of Anything Goes 
Paramount Live

Anything Goes Paramount Live  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Paramount Live

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  May 9, 2018  (LSN) This week young actors at Paramount Live are setting sail with their new musical production of Anything Goes (Young Performers Edition). Anything Goes is a classic musical comedy that is filled with delicious songs by Cole Porter. The co-directors of the show Olivia McInnis and Carly Martin said that “show has been close to our hearts for as long as we can remember. It is a piece of art that gives us the inspiration and courage to follow what drives our souls and the ability to break the stereotypes that have divided us.”

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Celebrities in Epic Road Hockey Game - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Kids to Compete for Chance to Play with Celebrities in Epic Road Hockey Game

 

Staal Foundation Open  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports   Get Your Spot on TeamStaal2018

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO –  May 9, 2018  (LSN) What: TeamStaal Fundraising Contest. Winners will play in the Fountain Tire Summer Classic - an epic road hockey game during the Staal Foundation Open, presented by Tbaytel, out at Whitewater Golf Course on July 9, 2018. Join the Staal brothers, among other celebrities, including past and present NHL stars, hall-of-famers, Mackenzie Tour–PGA TOUR Canada players and TSN personalities.

The contest encourages kids to fundraise for the Northern Cancer Fund. The Top 3 fundraisers will be guaranteed a spot on the team, with the other 2 players to be drawn randomly from ballots accumulated in the contest. Kids must raise a minimum of $20 to be eligible for the draw.

Who: Kids aged 7-12 who live in Northwestern Ontario are eligible to sign up for the contest and play on TeamStaal2018. A love of hockey is encouraged!

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Roller Derby Mahem Mixer - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thunder Bay Roller Derby League

May Hem Mixer  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  May 8, 2018  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Roller Derby League is hosting an event on May 12th, the second annual Mahem-Mixer.

This is our Pre-pride Event which includes a Junior Roller Derby Bout where our junior league gets to show off their skills in an official Roller Derby bout.  This is followed by a Mahem-Mixer Adult Bout, where two teams are randomly selected from our adult league to battle it out on the track.

As well it’s our Mother’s Day Event where we are honouring our local Moms by providing free admission to our bout with the purchase of one adult ticket.
 

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Commercial Property Showcase - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Commercial Property Showcase
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Soo Michigan Block Party   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan  May 8, 2018  (LSN)   –  On May 15th several historic properties will be open to the public in the 400 block of Ashmun.  With the initial idea coming from the Sault Ste. Marie Main Street Economic Vitality Committee, several entities are partnering to showcase four available commercial properties in the heart of our downtown. 

“This is our first real estate block party, and we hope to slate more for this year.” reported Justin Knepper of the Downtown Development Authority. “The Economic Vitality Committee along with several DDA board members and the help of the Convention & Visitors Bureau we will be able to clean up these storefronts, hang up historic banners and get new businesses moving in the right direction.”

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Sheriff’s Office and Deputies Carry Narcan - Monday, May 7, 2018

Thanks to Donation Sheriff’s Office and Deputies Carry Narcan

Cook County Sheriff  Carry opioid antidote Narcan  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Crime #LSN_Health

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA, May 7, 2018 (LSN)  The Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Deputies, including K-9 Deputy Eddy, are now equipped to carry the opioid antidote Narcan, thanks to a citizen donation through their 501(C)(3) charitable medical organization. The overdose reversal drug protects the public as well as the officers themselves.

 

“We are extremely grateful for this donation and for the Schloot family’s concern for our law enforcement officers’ and life safety in the community,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. “Unfortunately, these dangerous substances are out there and we are now protected should we be exposed.”

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Ice-Breaking is a Team Effort - Monday, May 7, 2018

Great Lakes Ice-Breaking is a Team Effort

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter and Canadian Coast Guard ship assists a vessel through an icy waterway.  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping A U.S. Coast Guard cutter and Canadian Coast Guard ship assists a vessel

DETROIT, MICHIGAN -  May 7, 2018  (LSN) The Ninth District is proud to be part of the team effort meeting the challenge of a record season in Great Lakes ice-breaking operations. Working with the Canadian Coast Guard and members of the shipping industry throughout the region, our cutters have logged thousands of hours and miles to keep commerce moving in what has been, to date, the iciest Winter of the past 25 years.

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards and their industry partners have developed a broad ice-breaking strategy, which is reviewed at a yearly conference held in the Fall. During the Winter season, we all participate in daily “ice calls,” conference calls which set the current ice-breaking priorities. It is here that both U.S. and Canadian assets are allocated as industry provides information on commercial traffic as well as local conditions.

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DNR Grants available for groups - Monday, May 7, 2018

DNR Grants available for groups
that help more people hunt and fish

Women Bird Hunting   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors    DNR

 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA,  May 7, 2018  (LSN)  Grants are available for groups that help more people hunt and fish through a program that, so far, has funded 34 projects ranging from an outdoor adventure club at Roseville Area High School to classes for the Fairmont community that get friends and family fishing together.  

“We’re excited about being able to continue this grant program that aims to help groups get more people hunting and fishing, and ultimately supporting conservation,” said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

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Bird Festival at Horicon Marsh - Monday, May 7, 2018

21st annual Bird Festival at Horicon Marsh

Black-throated Green Warbler  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Black-throated Green Warbler

HORICON, WISCONSIN  - May 7, 2018  (LSN)   Bird enthusiasts can experience the sights, sounds and natural beauty of birds in peak spring migration as the Horicon Marsh Bird Club hosts the 21st annual Bird Festival at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center May 10-14.

From the backyard birder to the world traveler, four days of adventure await by foot, boat, bus and bicycle at Horicon Marsh, one of the largest freshwater marshes in the United States. The Horicon Marsh Bird Festival is the oldest bird festival in Wisconsin.

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Watch and You Decide who is best for your family - Saturday, May 5, 2018

Watch TV Debate Make your own Decesions 

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High water levels in the upper Great Lakes - Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lake Superior is 15 cm (6 in) above average

International Lake Superior Board of Control  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping   high water levels in the upper Great Lakes

THUNDER BAY, ONATAIO  -  May 5, 2018  (LSN)  The Lake Superior water level declined by a record 3 cm (1 in) in April, normally the month that it begins its seasonal rise, and at the beginning-of-May, Lake Superior is 15 cm (6 in) above average (1918 - 2017), but 4 cm (2 in) below the level at this time last year. Lake Michigan-Huron saw wetter weather in April and levels resumed their seasonal rise, increasing 10 cm (4 in) last month. Lake Michigan-Huron is currently 41 cm (16 in) above average, 10 cm (4 in) above last year’s beginning-of-May level and the highest since 1998. The seasonal water level rise is expected to begin on Lake Superior and continue on Lake Michigan-Huron in May.

Despite the recent decline on Lake Superior, the above-average levels coupled with strong winds and waves continue to result in shoreline erosion and coastal damages across the upper Great Lakes system. Additional shoreline erosion and coastal damages may occur this spring and summer should active weather continue.

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Apollo Suns at the Foundry - Saturday, May 5, 2018

Winnipeg jazz rock / psychedelic band, Apollo Suns

Winnipeg jazz rock / psychedelic band, Apollo Suns  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   TBShows

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO –  May 5, 2018  (LSN) As part of their eastern Canadian tour, Winnipeg jazz rock / psychedelic band, Apollo Suns will be making a stop in Thunder Bay on Friday, May 25th to play the Foundry stage. 
FOR FANS OF: Snarky Puppy, Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck, Five Alarm Funk.

 Born from the fusing of eight uniquely talented Winnipeg, MB based musicians, Apollo Suns have created a refreshing and innovative sound combining instrumental, rock, jazz and psychedelic music.

Apollo Suns constantly challenge themselves in their writing by constructing jazz influenced songs with the end goal of maintaining an overall accessible and catchy track for listeners of all kinds. 

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Magnus Theatre PERFECT WEDDING - Saturday, May 5, 2018

A raucous finale to the 2017-18 season,
PERFECT WEDDING by Robin Hawdon

Magnus Theatre  Perfect Wedding  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Magnus   

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  May 5, 2018  (LSN)  Magnus Theatre is happy to present a raucous finale to the 2017-18 season, PERFECT WEDDING by Robin Hawdon.
Two hours before his wedding, a bridegroom wakes up beside a woman he doesn’t recognize.  Chaos ensues with the arrival of the best man, the bride, a meddling chambermaid and finally the mother of the bride.  The madness reaches a fevered pitch as the groom desperately tries to remember the night before and explain himself to everyone in the hotel, making for a side-splitting night at the theatre.
 
It is a non-stop hilarious ride of unbridled proportions!  “This is an uproarious story of a young man who is desperately trying to keep control of an out of control situation,” says Magnus Theatre Artistic Director Thom Currie. “It is a classic farce with classic farce situations.”

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McKellar Island Bird Observatory - Saturday, May 5, 2018

McKellar Island Bird Observatory
on 30 acres of land on McKellar Island

McKellar Bird Observatory John, Noah and his dad studying birds   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  John, Noah and his dad studying birds

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 5, 2018  (LSN)  McKellar Island Bird Observatory (MIBO) is a place where people can connect with nature and see an outstanding example of ‘citizen science’. The observatory was established in 2014 by John & Maureen Woodcock on 30 acres of land on McKellar Island in Thunder Bay leased from Husky Energy

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Scotlund Crompton charged with aggravated assault - Friday, May 4, 2018

Scotlund Crompton charged with aggravated assault of 82 year old Rockwood Avenue man

Scotlund Crompton  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Crime  Scotlund Crompton

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 4, 2018  (LSN)  Scotlund Crompton arrested in aggravated assault of elderaly 82 year old men on Rockwood Ave.  19 year old Scotlund Crompton is appeared Frida morning  May 4,2018 via video from TBPS station.morning

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Pop-Up Patio Pilot - Friday, May 4, 2018

City Thunder Bay Launches Pop-Up Patio Pilot

Bean Fien Algoma Street  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  The Bean Fiend Cafe  and Algoma Business Area

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 4, 2018  (LSN)   The City of Thunder Bay will be launching a two-year Pop-Up Patio Pilot beginning this summer to allow local businesses to build temporary, seasonal patios and seating areas using sidewalks and on-street parking spaces.

 

This pilot has been requested by businesses within the Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and Business Association (BA) areas who believe the establishment of pop-up patios would contribute to the attractiveness and vibrancy of the areas, attracting additional visitors and increased spending.

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Nexus Enrollment Workshop in Grand Portage a success - Friday, May 4, 2018

Canada Customs and U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Nexus Enrollment Workshop in Grand Portage a success

 CBP and Canada Border Services Agency NEXUS  Lake Superior News
LSN_Crime   CBP and Canada Border Services Agency

GRAND PORTAGE, Minnesota – May 4, 2018  (LSN)   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations held two Nexus enrollment workshops in the Pembina Area Port over the weekend.  The NEXUS Enrollment events were in Dunseith, North Dakota, and Grand Portage, Minnesota.  During these enrollment events, CBP and Canada Border Services Agency conducted interviews for conditionally approved Nexus applicants. 

 

NEXUS enrollment workshops were held in Grand Portage on April 27-29 and Dunseith April 27-28.  Grand Portage planned for a two-day workshop but, due to high demand, a third day was added.

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Concerns of Business Cannot Be Ignored - Thursday, May 3, 2018

Concerns of Business
Cannot Be Ignored this Election

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  May 3, 2018  (LSN)  – The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its network of chambers of commerce and boards of trade, will be mobilizing during the upcoming election campaign to bring the recommendations outlined in their Vote Prosperity platform to political leaders and local candidates across the province. Over the course of the campaign, local chambers and boards of trade will be boldly pushing the Vote Prosperity message through local debates, events and stakeholder meetings.

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Ford speaks at NOMA Rally in Thunder Bay - Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Ford speaks at NOMA
Rally in Thunder Bay

Ford Speaking at Thunder Bay Rally  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  #LSN_OntElection  

KENORA, THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - May 2, 2018  (LSN)

Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today addressed the annual meeting of the Northwestern Ontario Municipalities Association (NOMA) during which he shared how his Plan for the People of Ontario will deliver real respect, real change and real hope for the people of Northern Ontario.

“I know that Northern municipalities, families and businesses feel like they are being taken for granted,” said Ford. “Things are getting more expensive, life is getting harder and harder and it’s getting tougher to get by.

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Moose Vs Car Highway 17 - Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Moose Vs Car Highway 17

Moose vs Car OPP  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Crime

MARATHON, ONTARIO  -  May 2, 2018  (LSN)  -Members of the Marathon and Manitouwadge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments responded to two separate motor vehicle collisions involving moose that occurred on Highway 17 and 614.  

Officers are reporting seeing lots of moose that have wandered out near and onto the roadways in the area over the past couple of weeks. Black bears have also been seen in the area as well and pose as much of a hazard as moose when on the roadways.

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Drug Take Back Nets 130 Pounds of Medication - Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Prescription Drug Take Back Nets
Over 130 Pounds of Medication

Cook County Collect 130 pounds of Medications   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Crime

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA - May 1, 2018   (LSN)  Over 130 p ounds of unwanted medication was collected in Cook County and Grand Portage through the Cook County Sheriff’s Office Prescription Drug Take Back program - an increase over the 125 pounds accounted for last year.

 

“We want to thank everyone who took the time to turn in unused medication,” said Chief Deputy Will Sandstrom. “Cleaning out medicine cabinets and ridding homes of unneeded medication greatly contributes to the prevention of pill abuse.

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Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation - Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation
May 15 & 17

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation May 15 & 17  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Crime

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA - May 1, 2018   (LSN)  As part of the local Safe Routes to School program, and ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in Cook County and Grand Portage, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a two-day pedestrian safety enforcement operation that will focus on motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at crosswalks.

 

Recent events have highlighted the need for focus on the school zones and educating motorists and pedestrians on the crosswalk laws. The Sheriff’s Office and Safe Routes to School Committee are conducting this public awareness and enforcement program to educate and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking and bicycling throughout our county, especially as we enter the busy summer months.

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Hook a catfish and get hooked on fun - Monday, April 30, 2018

Hook a catfish and get hooked on fun

Hook a catfish and get hooked on fun  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_CircleTour

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA - April 30, 2018  (LSN)  Consider the lowly catfish. With its long, whisker-like barbels and flattened face, it might not be the prettiest fish swimming in Minnesota’s waters. But more and more anglers around the state are finding it an attractive species, both for sport and for the frying pan.

“Catfish are hard fighters, and they’re widely considered fine table fare,” said Mario Travaline, a fisheries biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program. “Usually, if you can find one, you’ll find several. And they can be fished with simple tackle and a variety of baits.”

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ATC cables capped, sealed - Monday, April 30, 2018

ATC cables capped, sealed
Straights of Mackinac

ATC cables capped, sealed  Lake Superior News
#LSN_shipping

MACKINAW CITY, MICHIGAN , — April 30, 2018  (LSN)   All of the affected utility cables owned by American Transmission Company have been soldered, capped, sealed and laid on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac in its original position, Sunday.

ATC is preparing a long-term plan to remove the damaged cables, under the oversight of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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SSMEDC client receives 6-figure investment - Monday, April 30, 2018

SSMEDC client receives 6-figure investment from Silicon Valley

Melissa Kargiannakis, founder and CEO of skritswap  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - April 30, 2018  (LSN) Melissa Kargiannakis, founder and CEO of skritswap, is riding high. Her company recently received a six-figure investment from Boost VC, a venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley, California.

Skritswap uses artificial intelligence to replace complex jargon with plain language. Its software is able to swap any document, like a mortgage or tax code, from its original wording to three different levels of complexity.

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Robinson elected to OCC Board - Monday, April 30, 2018

Thunder Bay Chamber President Charla Robinson
elected to OCC Board of Directors

Charla Robinson to the OCC Board of Directors  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  -  April 30, 2018 (LSN)   Representatives of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce have just returned from a successful meeting of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in Hamilton.  The two-day conference included presentations by Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario PC Opposition Leader Vic Fedeli, and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, as well as discussion and debate on a broad range of provincial issues that are impacting businesses including employment standards, infrastructure, competitiveness, and the growing skills shortage.

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82 year old male attacked - Saturday, April 28, 2018

82 year old male attacked
11 am  Rockwood Ave

Thunder Bay Police Crime   Lake Supeiror News
#LSN_Crime

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  April 28, 2018  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Police Service is currently investigating an assault that occurred on the 100 block of Rockwood Avenue yesterday morning.

An 82 year old male was out walking when he was approached at approximately 11:00 a.m. by two males and assaulted. The suspects fled the area and neighbours came out to assist the male and contact police. The male was taken to hospital by ambulance for medical attention.

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Ford to Visit Thunder Bay May 2nd - Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ford to Visit Thunder Bay
May 2nd The Davinci Center

Doug Ford Speaking   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  April 28, 2018   (LSN)   After fifteen years of the Wynne Liberals letting hydro insiders and executives get rich off the people’s hydro bills, it is time for change. My friends, relief is on its way. I am going to put more money in your pocket, and this is how I am going to do it.

The FIRST thing we’re going to do is return all Hydro One dividends to Ontario families, lowering your hydro bill. That money should be in your pocket, not the government's.

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plan to cap, seal severed utility cables - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Unified Command approves plan to cap, seal severed utility cables

Broken Cable Straits of Mackinac Lake Superior News
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MACKINAW CITY, MICHIGAN. —  April 26, 2018  (LSN) The Unified Command approved a plan developed by American Transmission Company, contracting with Durocher Marine and T&T Subsea, to cap and seal the two severed utility cables in the Straits of Mackinac, Wednesday.

Thursday, a tug, barge, and remotely operating underwater vehicle commenced operations to cap the ends of the two severed ATC utility cables.

One by one, the ends of severed cables will be lifted to the surface of the water, to solder and affix a permanent cap. The caps will be wrapped with the existing outer steel armor wires of the cables and banded with steel clamps

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Ford on Auditor General’s report - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ford on Auditor General’s report

Doug Ford Speaing on Ontario Auditor General  _ Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  #LSN_OntElection    Speakin on Auditor General Report 

TORONTO, ONTARIO  April 26, 2018  (LSN)  This week, the Auditor General performed a valuable public service and uncovered one of the largest financial scandals in Canadian history. Ontario’s real deficit is 75% higher than reported.

Ontario’s Auditor General exposed that the Wynne Liberals used a variety of accounting tricks to hide a $5 billion deficit off the government’s books. This deficit is in addition to the $6.7 billion deficit that the Liberals were unable to hide.

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Thunder Bay Police Chief Retires - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thunder Bay Police Chief Retires

Thunder Bay Police Chief Retires  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Crime

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -April 27, 2018 -  (LSN)  J.P. Levesque, Chief of Police of the Thunder Bay Police Service, has announced his retirement after 31 years of service. Chief Levesque became the 8th Chief of Police for the service in 2011.

 

Thunder Bay Police Services Board Chair Jackie Dojack accepted Chief Levesque's retirement saying, "Chief Levesque has had an accomplished career which has been marked with distinction, leadership, and tremendous integrity in service to the community. We wish J.P. all the best as he enters a new chapter of his life."

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Transport Illegal Border Crossers To Their ‘Preferred’ Destination - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Trudeau Government Spending Taxpayer Dollars To Transport Illegal Border Crossers To Their ‘Preferred’ Destination


_LSN_Opinion

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  - April 21, 2018  (LSN)  This will create an even bigger incentive for people to enter Canada illegally. It is now clear that the Trudeau government has no intention of stopping illegal border crossings.

Instead, they’re increasing the incentive to violate Canada’s borders

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Attempted Armed Robbery Shuniah - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Attempted Armed Robbery Shuniah
Flying J Travel Plaza

Attempted Armed Robbery Shuniah   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Crime  

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - April 25, 2018   (LSN)  - On April 24, 2018, at approximately 11:38pm, officers from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of an armed robbery at Flying J Travel Plaza located on Highway 11/17 at 587 in the Municipality of Shuniah.

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Emergency Services Conference - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cook County Emergency Services Conference

Cook County has nine volunteer fire departments Colvill’s Pumper Lake Superior News
#LSN_News Cook County has nine volunteer fire departments Colvill’s Pumper

COOK COUNTRY, GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA - April 25, 2018  (LSN)

The Cook County Emergency Services Conference will be taking place on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. As part of the conference, many of Cook County’s emergency responders, including the Fire Departments, Search & Rescue and Law Enforcement, will be participating in field exercises in the City of Grand Marias. On Saturday, you may see a number of people down by the harbor near the East Bay at the Grand Marais Rec Park. These responders will be completing Cold Water Rescue Training through a variety of techniques and may be in the water with immersion suits.  Rotations of this exercise will take place at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.

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Tbaytel gives $18.55M - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tbaytel gives $18.55M to city of Thunder Bay
in dividend payments

TBaytel  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - April 25, 2018  (LSN) Tbaytel contributed $17.375 million through a fixed annual dividend payment as well as a $1 million special dividend payment and a performance dividend of $175,123. In addition to total dividend payments in the amount of $18.55 million made to the City of Thunder Bay, Tbaytel also reported $191.4 million in revenue for the year.

 

 Tbaytel has proven through its annual financial results that it continues to be a major economic engine and an integral part of the northern Ontario business community,” says Tbaytel Municipal Services Board chair Jack Jamieson. “2017 was a very strong year for Tbaytel’s entire workforce, made up of 429 dedicated employees who are helping the company continue to grow, expand and explore new business opportunities.”

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Federal Bering Opens Ocean Season - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ocean Shipping  Season  Opens
Port of Thunder Bay

M.V. Federal Bering  Port of Thunder Bay, Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping Federal Bering Captain Philips Kuruvilla with Top Hat

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  April 24, 2018 (LSN) The vessel M.V. Federal Bering became the first ocean-going “Salty” vessel to enter the Port of Thunder Bay during the 2018 navigation season, berthing at Richardson’s Main elevator Sunday, April 22.  The vessel is loading 21,200 metric tonnes of Western Canadian Wheat in Thunder Bay.  The supply chain for Canadian grain is the longest grain supply chain in the world, and the Seaway route through Thunder Bay is a critical link.  Once loaded, Federal Bering will embark on a 7,800 kilometre journey to the destination port of Casablanca, Morocco. 

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Superior Voices gala concert - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

UW-Superior Music Department presents
Superior Voices gala concert

UW-Superior Music Department presents Superior Voices   Lake Superior News
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SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN. –  April 24, 2018  (LSN)  The University of Wisconsin-Superior Music Department presents its annual gala concert Superior Voices on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Thorpe Langley Auditorium.

“Superior Voices is an annual scholarship benefit concert to raise funds for UW-Superior Voice Scholarships,” said Dr. Vicki Fingalson, Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera Workshop at UW-Superior. “It is a celebration of all the great singing that is happening on campus. The concert will feature Opera Workshop, A Cappella and Chamber Choirs, Voice Faculty and even an appearance from the cast of this spring’s musical, ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.’”

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Drug epidemic in Thunder Bay - Sunday, April 22, 2018

We have a drug epidemic in Thunder Bay

Drug epidemic in Thunder Bay  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  April 22, 2018  (LSN For the past six years, I spend a considerable amount of time on the streets and in other places with those suffering from alcohol and substance abuse. Some are homeless, some engage in illegal activities that provide the drugs that their raging bodies scream for. Some have become sex trade workers.   I have listened to the horrors of their inner pain and struggles.  I have held many with tears and I have smudged with many. 

I listen to stories about the gangs from Ottawa and Toronto—how these gangs operate on “crack for credit” This operation of “lending” crack is contributing to the drug epidemic in Thunder Bay.  In addition, it is a known fact that crack cocaine is being laced with fentanyl and the gangs hunt for the vulnerable ones—ones that may be homeless, ones that live in specific low income areas. These gangs “lend” crack in exchange for the use of the borrower’s home which in turn, is used for the gang’s drug base.

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Dryden GM Ice Dogs win SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup - Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dryden GM Ice Dogs  win SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup

Dryden GM Ice Dogs  win SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports    photo by Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  – April 22, 2018  (LSN)   A Ted Davis power play tally 55 seconds into the third period would be his third game-winner of the playoffs as the Dryden GM Ice Dogs rallied to defeat the Thunder Bay North Stars 3-2 in Game 6 of the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s Bill Salonen Cup final Saturday at the Fort William Gardens.

The result sees Dryden win their second consecutive SIJHL title, taking their latest crown in six games.

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Environmental Ranking for Canada - Saturday, April 21, 2018

Environmental Ranking for Canada
and the OECD

Fraser Instutute and Enviromental Ranking   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  Fraser Institute 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  April 21, 2018 (LSN)  Canadians care about the state of their environment. Over the past few years, several reports have presented Canada as an environmental laggard, ranking it near the bottom of the list of OECD countries. But we regard the methodologies behind these studies as flawed: they unfairly represent Canada’s environmental performance in some respects and do not always use the most meaningful and relevant performance measures. We therefore sought to develop an improved and transparent methodology that would allow us to measure and compare environmental performance among OECD countries.

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Still Winter in Northern Wisconsin - Saturday, April 21, 2018

Still Winter in Northern Wisconsin

April Winter still around   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors NOAA about noon April 19 shows snow cover across almost all of Wisconsin

The weather kept many fishermen inside this week, but warm weather this week should bring out lots of anglers. Walleye fishing was picking up on the Oconto, Peshtigo, Menominee and Wolf rivers prior to the snow, but then water temperatures dropped dramatically. There have still been hundreds of shore anglers and boaters out on the Fox River to catch a trophy walleye. Sturgeon are in the Wolf River, but with cold water it will be at least a week or longer before spawning will occur.

Most Door County ramps and access points are blocked with snow. Before the storm fishing was fairly productive. Boats launching at Sturgeon Bay were trolling for browns. Steelhead fishing was good before the storm with numbers of fish showing up in creeks.

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400 Illegals Per Day This Summer - Saturday, April 21, 2018

400 Illegals Per Day This Summer,
In Quebec Alone
Trudeau’s solution, send them to Ontario

Rempel-vs-Hussen-Illegal-Border-Crossings  Lake Superior News
_LSN_Opinion

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  - April 21, 2018  (LSN)  The Trudeau government keeps creating more and more of an incentive for people to enter Canada illegally.

During a recent showdown in Question Period, Conservative Immigration Critic Michelle Rempel asked Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to stop giving excuses, and finally explain how he will end the growing illegal border crossing crisis.

Hussen responded with excuses.

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Hospital welcomes Second Vascular Surgeon - Friday, April 20, 2018

Thunder Bay Regional Hospital welcomes 
Second Vascular Surgeon

Dr MacDonald Dr Osman  Second Vascular Surgeon  Lake Superior News

#LSN_Health Dr. Mary MacDonald and Dr. Elrasheed Osman

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  April 20, 2018  (LSN)  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is another step closer to offering a full cardiovascular program. In January, Dr. Elrasheed Osman joined our team of talented physicians. He is the second vascular surgeon at our Hospital, and key to our commitment to deliver comprehensive cardiovascular care. 

 

The addition of Dr. Osman and his knowledge and experience improves our capacity to provide much needed vascular services, closer to home, for patients across Northwestern Ontario. Dr. Osman joins our other vascular surgeon, Dr. Mary MacDonald, who joined our team in October of 2016.

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Thunder Bay Airport Partners with URIDE - Friday, April 20, 2018

Thunder Bay Airport Partners with URIDE

Thunder Bay Airport Uride  Lake Superior News
#Econ   Uride 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - April 20, 2018  (LSN)  Passengers coming to and from the Thunder Bay Airport now have the option to access URIDE, a local ride sharing app native to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

“We’re excited for this new partnership between URIDE and the Thunder Bay Airport. My team and I look forward to providing reliable, affordable rides to the people of Thunder Bay for years to come. The partnership with the airport allows URIDE to help provide other transportation options to passengers, as well as the potential to save substantially compared to parking options.

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Change in Leadership at the North West LHIN - Friday, April 20, 2018

Change in Leadership at the North West LHIN

Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott  LHIN Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health   Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott

THUNDER BAY,ONTARIO, - April 19, 2018- (LSN)  Gil Labine, Chair of the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announced today the appointment of the new CEO for the North West LHIN, Dr. Rhonda Crocker-Ellacott.

 

“The Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge the high caliber of skills and abilities that Rhonda brings to this prestigious position with the North West LHIN; her leadership experience and her passion for quality health care in Northwestern Ontario will be an asset for the LHIN. She brings a strong work ethic and demonstrated ability to mobilize teams toward a common goal.

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WTF Festival Variety Show lineup - Friday, April 20, 2018

WTF Festival announces Variety Show lineup

WTF Variety Show is being hosted by The Doo Wops Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts J ohn Catucci and David Mesiano from the comedy duo The Doo Wops

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  April 20, 2018   (LSN)   With comedy superstar Russell Peters set to headline the inaugural WTF Festival, organizers have since inked deals with other entertainers. On the evening of Saturday, June 9, a number of top Canadian acts are set to perform a gut-busting Variety Show at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

The WTF Variety Show is being hosted by The Doo Wops. This hilarious Italian-Canadian comedy duo features John Catucci and David Mesiano. They blend song and satire while maintaining their unique cultural flavour. The following entertainers are also scheduled to perform at the evening show:

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Three Day Nexus Enrollment - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Canada Customs and U.S Border Protection
Three Day Nexus Enrollment
Workshop in Grand Portage

 CBP and Canada Border Services Agency NEXUS  Lake Superior News
LSN_Crime   CBP and Canada Border Services Agency

GRAND PORTAGE, Minnesota – April 19, 2018  (LSN)   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations would like to announce a Nexus enrollment workshop in Grand Portage. During this enrollment event, CBP and Canada Border Services Agency will conduct interviews for conditionally approved Nexus applicants. April 27 to 29th

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Moose Tag Allocations cut Northwest Region - Thursday, April 19, 2018

NOSA responds to Moose Tag Allocations cut Northwest Region Wildlife Management Unit

NOSA responds to Moose Tag Allocations cut Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors    

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  April 19, 2018  (LSN) The office of the Northwester Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance(NOSA) is citing inconsistent moose management policy as one of the key reasons for yet another large cut to moose tags for the region. NOSA Executive Director John Kaplanis is blaming the Northwest Regional office of OMNRF for signing off on the decisions to cut tags in this manner.

NOSA is citing OMNRF's over estimated harvest calculations in the formula as one of the primary contributors to seeing tags reduced so drastically in many wildlife management units(WMU's), therefore as a "fail safe" measure OMNRF is simply knocking back the adult moose tag allocations to a level that basically brings moose hunting to a near stand still in many WMU's. For example in WMU 13 around the city of Thunder Bay, only one resident bull archery tag is being allocated for the 2018 fall moose hunting season. NOSA believes that tag reductions such as this are simply a demonstration on the part of OMNRF to "punish" moose hunters for not participating in a voluntary moose hunter "post card survey" in recent years.

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Andy Wolf NOP Candidate - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Andy Wolf NOP Candidate
Thunder Bay – Superior North

Andy Wolf Northern Ontario Party  Lake Superior News
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