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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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NAN WELCOMES SIXTIES SCOOP DECISION - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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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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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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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Wynne Plotts for Luxury Vehicle - Friday, February 10, 2017
Wynne

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.
#LSN_Health
  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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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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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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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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CONSORTIUM AURORA BOREALIS CELEBRATING TELEMANN - Saturday, January 28, 2017
– BOCCHERINI: A NIGHT IN MADRID

–CELEBRATING TELEMANN    #LSN_Arts

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 PARK PETITION IN FOR WILDLIFE EXHIBIT - Thursday, January 26, 2017
Chippewa Petition Willdlife Exhibit
CHIPPEWA PARK WILDLIFE EXHIBIT PETITION  #LSN_Outdoors


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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CITY PROPOSES CLOSING CHIPPEWA PARK WILDLIFE EXHIBIT - Tuesday, January 24, 2017
CHIPPEWA PARK WILDLIFE EXHIBIT

CHIPPEWA PARK WILDLIFE EXHIBIT  #LSN_Outdoors

 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 NATIONS COMMENCE TALKS ON BROADBAND FUNDING - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Matawa First Nation
MATAWA to ESTABLISH A TELECO #LSN_News


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
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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
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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
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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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Putting a price on carbon, from farm to fork - Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Sylvain Charlebois

#LSN_Opinion  Putting a price on carbon, from farm to fork

The Trudeau government's aggressive carbon campaign could inspire even more companies to pack up and leave, harming our economy 

HALIFAX, N.S. - December 27, 2016   / Troy Media/ LSN/ – Every bite we take has carbon tax implications.
From farm to fork, food is responsible for about 25 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. And every decision consumers make when selecting food impacts the environment.

Many want to do something about it.

In Canada, the federal government has decided that means a tax on carbon emissions. The program starts in 2018 with a $10-per-tonne carbon price plan and ramps up to $50-a-tonne by 2022.

Many have pointed out that energy costs will rise because of a carbon tax.

But little attention has been given to what will happen to food costs. However, the carbon file is filled with food economic nuances.

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OpEd on Ontario Spring Bear Hunt from MNR Minister - Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Spring Bear Hunt

#LSN_Opinion  #LSN_Outdoors  OpEd on Ontario Spring Bear Hunt

  This year, Ontario made changes to enhance the spring black bear hunting pilot that began in 2014. Our government has extended the pilot to 2020 and expanded the hunt to all 88 Wildlife Management Units that have a fall season. In addition to these changes, Ontario will now allow non-residents to participate in the spring hunt.

The expanded spring bear hunt pilot has two objectives: to address concerns voiced by communities about human-bear conflicts, and to support economic growth and tourism in northern and central Ontario.

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Neebing Fire/Rescue raffle for 10 bush cords - Monday, December 26, 2016
Firewood Raffle Neebing

#LSN_News  Neebing Fire/Rescue raffle for 10 bush cords

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  December 26, 2016  (LSN)  Neebing Fire/Rescue Association is  launching their 3rd annual raffle for 10 bush cords of birch firewood donated again  by Chaschuk Enterprises Ltd. The wood,  that is cut and split,  will be delivered to within a 100km radius of Neebing Municipal office on Hwy 61. Last year’s winner, Ron Iwanonkiw, managed to find a place for all his prized wood , but others may choose to share with a group.

Other prizes are up for grabs. Second prize is a Champion  3000 watt generator and a Dewalt job site radio donated by Canadian Tire on Arthur St  and 3rd prize is a Husqvarna Husky 16” chainsaw donated by Northern Turf Equipment.  Thank you to our generous donors!

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