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Nature Conservancy Powder Islands - Monday, September 26, 2016

Nature Conservancy Powder Islands #LSN_Tourism

THUNDER BAY, ON ----  September 26, 2016 (LSN) The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved a forested site in Lake Superior — the 399-acre (162 hectare) Powder Islands. The Powder Islands are located less than one kilometre off the coast of Lake Superior near Rossport in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. These two islands are almost completely forested, supporting bald eagles and rare Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
The Powder Islands are comprised of two large islands: Anguros Island (299 acres/121 hectares) and a smaller, unnamed island located to the west (100 acres/40 hectares). These islands are almost completely dominated by Lake Superior coastal forests.
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Minnesota state forests for fall color driving tours - Monday, September 26, 2016

Finland State Forest Minnesota  #LSN_Tourism

ST PAUL, MN ---- September 26, 2016  (LSN) Driving a scenic route through a state forest is a great way to view fall color, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“Routes through hilly or rugged areas dominated by deciduous trees tend to have the best mix of color,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “And the dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees in mixed forest.”

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Sesquicentennial Festival - Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sesquicentennial Festival  #LSN_Arts

THUNDER BAY ON  -- September 25, 2016  (LSN) On October 20th, the TBSO’s Sesquicentennial Festival celebration begins. The festival combines three different concerts  individually, or they can opt for the Festival Pass (saves 10% off single ticket prices).

The festival includes: Visions of Paradise, Celtic Superstars Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, and James Ehnes’ Recital.
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Beer-barrel economics - Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • Beer-barrel economics

  •  HALIFAX, N.S. September 25, 2016  / Troy Media/ (LSN) – The lesson of lower beer prices in New Brunswick has implications on a broad array of provincial taxes.

    Not long ago, many New Brunswick consumers living near Quebec routinely crossed the border to purchase less expensive beer. Prices in Quebec are considerably cheaper because taxes are lower.

    But these cross-border shoppers weren’t just getting a cool deal. They were also breaking the law, since it’s a crime to purchase more than 12 pints of beer (about 20 bottles) outside of the province and enter New Brunswick.


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    Path of the Paddle - Saturday, September 24, 2016

    Pam Cair
    Path of the Paddle #LSN_Tourism

     The Path of the Paddle announces that Pam Cain has assumed the position at General Manager.
    Pam has extensive involvement in North-western Ontario with heritage tourism initiatives and has participated in a number of organizations that have developed and promoted the natural and cultural heritage of the area.  Through the Man-O-Min, Heart of the Continent and the Canadian Heritage Rivers Initiative she has gathered knowledge of the importance of the waterways as the path that traversed the region.  With over 27 years as Curator at the Fort Frances Museum, and close to six with arts and heritage organizations in Thunder Bay, she has an extensive background in the non profit sector and development of community engagement projects.

    The  Path of the Paddle connects the trans-Canada trail from Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border and Pam will be working with the communities along the way to  ensure that the 1200km trail is complete for July 1st of 2017.
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    Wake up with the Wolves - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Thunder Wolves
    Wake up with the Wolves #LSN_Sports

    Thunder Bay, ON ---- September 21, 2016  (LSN) The 'CBC Wakes up with the Wolves!' special is a chance for players on the Lakehead University Thunderwolves hockey team to experience 'something different' in advance of their 2016-2017 regular season, says the school's athletics director.

    Tom Warden was a guest on CBC Thunder Bay's Superior Morning on Tuesday. He said that players are ready for a new challenge as training camp winds down.
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    THUNDER BAY –-- September 20, 2016  (LSN) Mining issues were  discussed and adopted including a call for federal partnership in developing mining infrastructure and the need to recognize the Ring of Fire as a project of national significance.

    “We were pleased to bring local and regional concerns to this national discussion,” says Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  “Our accepted proposal on Softwood Lumber is especially important to lumber mills across the region from Kenora and Emo to Longlac and White River. It ensures that Chambers across Canada are on te same page in the call for defense of free trade and the need for government support for the legal and financial challenges that may lie ahead for these companies.”
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    Thunder Bay Hydro Customer Consultation - Monday, September 19, 2016

    Thunder Bay Hydro Survey
    Thunder Bay Hydro Customer Consultation #LSN_Econ

    Thunder Bay, ON- September 19, 2016  (LSN) Thunder Bay Hydro customers are being invited to voice their opinions about the projected outcomes of the company’s 2017 Distribution Rate Application.

    From September 19 through October 3, an online survey will collect feedback on the impact of the 2017 Distribution Rate Application



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    Meet Thief River Falls Norskies - Saturday, September 17, 2016

    Thief River Falls Norskies
    Meet Thief River Falls Norskies #LSN_Sports

    THUNDER BAY, Ont. –-- September 17, 2016 (LSN)  With their first exhibition game in the books and over 1,000 fans in attendance in that home contest, optimism abounds in Thief River Falls, Minn., as the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s franchise is less than a week away from making their regular season debut.

    Despite a preseason setback vs. the Winkler Flyers (MJHL) last night, things remain positive for the Thief River Falls Norskies.
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    Magnus Theatre Million Dollar Quartet - Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Magnus Theatre Million Dollar Quartet
    Magnus Theatre Million Dollar Quartet #LSN_Arts

    THUNDER BAY, ON  -  September 15, 2016 (LSN) Thunder Bay’s Magnus Theatre has a stellar production in its hands. I attended the very sold out Monday evening performance and right from the start I am going to recommend this show. This show is all about the music, but there is a story behind it as well that may in general terms reflect some of the actual happening of a December night in 1956.
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    St. Lawrence Seaway sees slight uptick in August traffic - Thursday, September 15, 2016

    St. Lawrence Seaway sees slight uptick in August traffic #LSN_Econ

    Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2016) – “As we approach the mid-year point of the 2016 navigation season we continue to see a diversified mix of cargoes moving throughout the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway System,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “Cargo diversification is an important factor in keeping our Great Lakes ports busy, and that was clearly reflected in last month’s Seaway traffic.”  
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    Wynne Throne Speech Plan for Failing to Address Cause of High Hydro Rates - Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Taxpayers Federation Slams Wynne Throne Speech Plan for Failing to Address Cause of High Hydro Rates #LSN_Econ

    Throne Speech plan will remove 8 per cent provincial HST from hydro bills, while rates rise average 8 per cent per year

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    THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   September 12, 2016 (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual Prosperity Northwest Business Forum and Tradeshow which takes place on Wednesday September 21st at the Valhalla Inn will have a new focus this year. 

    The Chamber is pleased to have Suzanne Cormier, Senior Trade Commissioner from the Consul General in Canada, US office, address the business community on “Doing Business in the U.S. Upper Mid-West – A Land of Opportunity for NW Ontario Business”.

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    The Future of Northwestern Ontario ....Be Part of Creating the Solution - Sunday, September 11, 2016

    Wendy Landry Common Voice

    The Future of Northwestern Ontario ....Be Part of Creating the Solution #LSN_Econ

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -----  September 11, 2016  (LSN) Common Voice Northwest (CVNW) is hosting a one-day conference in Thunder Bay designed to assist the region in preparing for a significant population shift over the next 25 years. 

    With the population of Northwestern Ontario projected to shrink by 50,000 or more people between now and 2045 Common Voice Northwest is hosting a one-day conference to start the process of figuring out what to do about this fundamental change.  “From an economic stability perspective that means we will need 25,000 new workers just to keep current businesses, industries and public institutions running” said CVNW Chair, Wendy Landry. “The challenge facing the region is how can we replace those people and those workers that support both the public and private sectors,” added Landry.
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    starry stonewort confirmations may provide new clues - Monday, September 5, 2016

    starry stonewort
    starry stonewort confirmations may provide new clues #LSN_Tourism

    Starry stonewort, an invasive species of macro algae, has been confirmed in Lake Winnibigoshish in Itasca and Cass counties, Moose Lake in Beltrami County and Rice Lake in Stearns County.

    According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a resort owner on Moose Lake said he noticed a dense growth in the same area of the lake for several years. DNR invasive species specialists said the extent of the spread and depth of starry stonewort in Lake Winnibigoshish indicate it has also been there for several years. Rice Lake is connected to Lake Koronis and Mud Lake, where starry stonewort was first confirmed in Minnesota in August 2015.

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    Anti-tax’ accusation is simply wrong #LSN_Econ - Sunday, September 4, 2016

    Taxes Anti-tax’ accusation is simply wrong #LSN_Eco

    VANCOUVER, B.C. / Troy Media/ LSN / September 4, 2016– A recent column by the Toronto Star editorial board had some choice words about a recent Fraser Institute study finding that the total amount of taxes paid by the average Canadian family now consumes over 42 per cent of income, more than the 38 per cent spent on food, clothing and housing all combined.

    Unfortunately, the Star labelled the Fraser Institute “anti-tax crusaders” who help drive the narrative that “any tax is a bad tax.” This could not be further from the truth.

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    12th Annual Bay Street Film Festival - Saturday, September 3, 2016
    Sculptures Unveiled on Algoma Street - Thursday, September 1, 2016

    Sculptures Unveiled on Algoma Street
    Brandon Vickerd, artist of the Wild Life sculptures #LSN_Arts

    THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  August 31, 2016  (LSN) Two new sculptures were unveiled today by the City of Thunder Bay on the Algoma Street curb extensions between Bay Street and Cornwall Avenue. The curb extensions have been being transformed into displays of Public Art with the addition of two pedestrian-scale bronze sculptures titled Wild Life by Hamilton-based artist Brandon Vickerd.

    “It is a priority of the City’s Public Art Committee to commission works of functional public art. The sculptures increase visibility of the curb extensions while integrating art into our daily lives.” said Daniel Hansen, Chair – Public Art Committee. “The addition of public art will undoubtedly enhance the cultural vibrancy of the Bay & Algoma neighbourhood.”

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    FREE TRADE NEEDED ON SOFTWOOD LUMBER - Thursday, September 1, 2016


    THUNDER BAY, On  -  Sept 1, 2016  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is speaking out about the need for free trade on softwood lumber for the local forest industry.  Canadian and U.S. government officials are working to reach a new deal before the one-year freeze on any new countervailing and anti-dumping duties expires in October but time is running out.

    “The United States has been clear that they want a one size fits all solution that would manage lumber imports and reduce Canada’s share of the US market,” says Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  “A hard cap quota would have a detrimental effect on the Northwestern Ontario forest industry and is not a good deal for Canada.”
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    CONSORTIUM AURORA BOREALIS 38th SEASON - Tuesday, August 30, 2016


    THUNDER BAY, ON --  August 30, 2016   (LSN)  CONSORTIUM AURORA BOREALIS  begins their 38th SEASON under the direction of Elizabeth Ganiatsos – Artistic Director.  Northwestern Ontario’s Chamber Music Group ~ Baroque and Beyond September 17th at St Paul's United Church

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    Taxes, not basic necessities - Sunday, August 28, 2016

    Taxes, not basic necessities make up largest Canadian household expense #LSN_Econ

    THUNDER BAY, ON ----  August 28, 2016  (LSN) The average Canadian family spends more on taxes than on housing, food and clothing combined, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Most people don’t realize it, but the average Canadian household now pays more in taxes than they spend on the basic necessities of life combined,”
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    Fishing Extravaganza Raffle - Friday, August 26, 2016

    Neebing Fire/Rescue Association

     Fishing Extravaganza Raffle #LSN_Tourism

    THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  August 26, 2016  (LSN)  Neebing Fire/Rescue Association is offering a raffle with prizes that include fishing trips ( each for 3 people ) donated by Darrell Splett of Big Fish Ontario  and some great fishing gear from D & R Sports. Darrell Splett is famous in these parts for bringing his clients to the best fishing spots on Lake Superior, Lake Nipigon or other “secret” spots. Customers rave about his service and it was our own members that experienced this first hand and knew that a raffle with these prizes would bring great excitement and pleasure to the winners.

    Fishing Extravaganza Raffle by Neebing Fire/Rescue Association is a sure bet!

    You won’t be wishing when you go fishing because after you win this raffle, you will be catching! 

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    When the time is right! - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    When the Time is right! #LSN_Arts

    Mario Crudo Magnus Theatre

    Mario Crudo receives a watercolour of Magnus Theatre from Treasurer Ernie Epp and President Kathleen Lynch on his retirement.

    THUNDER BAY, ON  --  August 23, 2016  (LSN) The first time I attended Magnus Theatre, it was a cold, wet and wintery night. As I stepped out of my car, my foot quickly found a deep puddle and I ended up walking up the steps to the old east end theatre with a twisted ankle. The play must have been good that night because I have kept on coming to Magnus Theatre. Mario Crudo has been Artistic Director of this theatre for nearly 25 years. He is just as passionate about the theatre as he ever, only that passion has changed a little.

    From its early days in the City’s East End, no one could have imagined the state of the art modern theatre now occupying the historic Central School in Waverley Park. At the time the vacant school had become a political white elephant for the city, so many were opposed to developing this property commercially. Everyone it seems was against the destruction of the old building.  

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    2016, Doors Open - Saturday, August 20, 2016

    Open Doors 2016

    2016, Doors Open  #LSN_News

    THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  August 20, 2016  (LSN) In 2016, Doors Open recognizes the city’s legacy of medical science and innovation with sites that tell the story in our community. 

      Lakehead University and Confederation College will be opening laboratories, simulation classrooms and research facilities.  Centres for innovative health care in modern and heritage buildings and residences that once housed doctor's offices and homes are tour highlights.

    Doors Open also highlights the heritage and cultural places that have shaped our community.  Visitors can go behind the scenes at a working grain elevator, an old cordage facility and the storage rooms of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  
    A visit to local places of worship will reveal cultural places that have become neighbourhood landmarks and reflect the development of the city.
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    City Hall Sounds Fourth Season - Wednesday, August 17, 2016
    City Hall Sounds Fourth Season

    City Hall Sounds Fourth Season #LSN_Tourism

    THUNDER BAY. ON ---Auguest 17, 2016 (LSN) The City of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council announced the fourth annual edition of City Hall Sounds, which will bring live entertainment, local food trucks, and community partner information booths to the South Core neighbourhood.    
    An initiative of the Crime Prevention Council’s Strong Neighbourhoods Working Group, City Hall Sounds will run each Thursday in August from 12 - 1 pm in McGillivray Square - the public space in front of City Hall. Each event will include live music, food trucks, and community partner information booths. These events are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend at no cost. The aim is to create vibrant, well-used public spaces, which are major determinants of community safety.
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    David Murray executive director Northwest Health Alliance - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    Northwest Health Alliance

    David Murray executive director Northwest Health Alliance LSN_Health

     Thunder Bay, ON ─ August 16, 2016 ─ Jocelyn Bourgoin, Chair of the Board of the Northwest Health Alliance (NWHA), is pleased to announce that David Murray will be joining the NWHA as its new executive director effective September 1, 2016. David brings considerable experience to his new role having spent the majority of his career in health care within the community and hospital sectors. The NWHA is pleased to have found a unique northern solution in its choice of a new executive director. David has been a force of transformation in health care across the region and the province and his leadership talents are best used where they are needed the most, in Northwestern Ontario. Bourgoin stated; “David’s unique abilities to bring different views together at the table and his varied experience in community and institutional care are what is needed for the NWHA’s future in the coming years. We are happy to have him lead our team”.

    The NWHA is expanding its role as a shared services corporation with the intent to provide a range of shared services to all of the Health Service Providers (HSPs) in the Northwest Local Health Integration Network (North West LHIN). Murray mentioned that “The benefits of working together are significant. It allows providers to standardize their operations and introduce best practices which are key factors in improving quality and outcomes. Also working together creates better economies of scale. The opportunity to build on the successes we have already achieved will allow the NWHA to improve access to services and help to make our system more sustainable. I’m excited to be part of the expansion of the NWHA over the next few years.” 

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    Tall Ship "The Mist of Avalon" - Grand Portage National Monument - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    Tall Ship 'The Mist of Avalon'

     Tall Ship "The Mist of Avalon" - Grand Portage National Monument #LSN_Tourism

     Grand Portage, MN  --- August 2, 2016  (LSN) The Tall Ship “The Mist of Avalon” will be in port at Grand Portage National Monument during the 2016 Rendezvous Days weekend as part of the National Parks Service Centennial Celebration.

    The ship arrives the afternoon of Friday, August 12, 2016 and departs mid-day Sunday, August 14, 2016 for Duluth and the Tall Ships Festival.

    Tours will be available all day Saturday, August 13, 2016.
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