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 hunder Bay, ON – October 7, 2016  (LSN)  Thunder Bay Hydro has signed a partnership agreement with PowerStream Inc. to enable access to the Power.House®  technology. The partnership between the two electricity distributors will allow Thunder Bay Hydro to establish an initial installation and then determine how to offer the technology to local customers.  

“As a progressive, forward-thinking utility, we are seeking to implement technologies that may benefit our customers,” says Robert Mace. “This is a step forward in the strategic direction for our company. We know that in the future, the way customers use and interact with their electricity supplier is going to change.  We are positioning ourselves to help them.”

Mace continues, “By entering into this partnership with a like-minded utility, we are able to leverage the experience, lessons learned and proven technology of PowerStream.  This puts us several steps ahead of the market to offer our customers different supply options for their electricity service.”

A Power.House installation consists of rooftop solar panels, a bank of high-capacity, utility-grade batteries to store the power and a master control unit that all work together to collect solar energy during the day and convert it into electricity. The electricity is then sent to the battery backup, used in the home or forwarded to the electricity grid for credit. A software management system determines the routing depending on what is best for the homeowner.

After results for the initial installation are in, Thunder Bay Hydro will review how Power.House will impact our customer’s costs and impact our own distribution system. We will also be able to determine how to offer this service to our customers in the future.

At this time, arrangements for an initial local site are being finalized.

Thunder Bay Hydro Corporation is a group of companies serving Thunder Bay and area with electricity distribution, generation and utility services.  Thunder Bay Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. is responsible for the power line system within the city limits of Thunder Bay and for delivering electricity to the homes and businesses here. We are
the local, front-line customer service face of the province's electrical industry providing for the reading of customer meters, billing, and offering energy conservation advice and programs. We build, plan & maintain the local power line system and provide 24-hour emergency response.

PowerStream is a community-owned energy company that provides power and related services to more than 380,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.


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SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT NOIC

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, December 17 2011 —  Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Greg RickfordHonourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, today announced a Government of Canada investment of more than $772,000 in two projects to support small business development across Northern Ontario.

“Friday’s announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to help qualified entrepreneurs take the next step in growing their businesses,” explained Minister Clement. “These concrete measures will better equip small businesses to expand their product lines and markets, strengthening the economy in Northern Ontario.”

“By investing in these initiatives in partnership with community organizations, the Government of Canada is enhancing the success and growth of small businesses across the North, enabling them to compete in today’s ever-changing global marketplace,” added MP Rickford. Economy read more.....>

2011 Holiday Career Festival and Calling all Health Care students!

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  December 15, 2011   --  Holiday Career Festival and Health Care Students Reception will Holiday Career Festivalbe held on December 29th starting first with the Health Care reception at 11 a.m. with the Holiday Career Festival starting at 1 p.m.

Do you know a student in medicine or another health care field who will be in Thunder Bay for the holidays?  The Health Care Student Reception will be held on Dec. 29th from 11 am – 1:00 pm at Confederation College.  The reception is an opportunity for the students to network with local health care representatives about career opportunities, enjoy lunch and tour the new REACH facility. Please call  625-2696 or email jbourgeois@thunderbay.ca to request an invitation.

Hosted by the City of Thunder Bay, Local NOSM Group, RBC Royal Bank & Confederation College Economy read more.....>

New McDonald’s Owner Operator


Thunder Bay, ON (December 7, 2011) – Five McDonald’s Thunder Bay restaurants have a new owner – Rob Prober McDonald's Canadais the newest McDonald’s Owner Operator in the Northern Ontario community. An Operator since 2005, Rob follows in his father, John Prober’s, footsteps as a second generation franchisee. 

“I’m thrilled to become a McDonald’s Franchisee in Thunder Bay,” said Rob Prober. “I’ve been with McDonald’s for many years, working with my father. It’s exciting to join the community and I look forward to helping ensure our customers and staff have the best experience possible at their local McDonald’s.”

A former franchisee in the Stratford and New Hamburg markets, Rob graduated from McMaster University with a degree in business. In July 1999, Rob started with McDonald’s as a Management trainee for his father in Stratford. He continued to move up and became an Operations Consultant in 2003. In 2005, he purchased his first McDonald’s restaurant in New Hamburg from his father. Economy read more....>

Thunder Bay McDonald Stores sold

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   December 4, 2011   ---   Lake Superior News has confirm that all McDonald's store in Thunder Bay have been sold to an McDonalds Memorial Avesouthern Ontario Company, including the one in Walmart.

The sale of the Thunder Bay stores were part of a Southern Ontario ownership shuffe back in mid November.

Rob Prober is the new owner, who purchased four standalone McDonald's Restaurants in Thunder Bay as well as a McDonald's which is located inside a Thunder Bay Walmart.

The new owner is expected to be in Thunder Bay sometime in the near future and and that time there will be a public announcment. According to Kathy Bukovy, Community Relations Representative at McDonald's, they will be making a statment about the sales in the near future.  Economy read more......>

 NEW DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE BILL TO BAN CELL PHONE LOCKS

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   Nov 12, 2011  ---   Repressive cellular phone network locks need to end in order to give Bruce Hyerconsumers real choice and to encourage competition in Canada’s wireless market, say New Democrats Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay-Superior North) and Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody). The MPs re-introduced the Cell Phone Freedom Act on Thursday to ban “network locks” on new mobile phones sold outside of contract.

“Cell phone customers should have the freedom to choose whether they want to be locked into a company’s cell network or not,” Hyer said, after introducing the bill in the House of Commons. “Right now, most consumers don’t even know they can’t switch to another network without throwing out their phone and buying a new one …or trying to unlock their handset at some expensive aftermarket shop. Many resort to trying to download complicated instructions off the internet, but these can result in dead phones if used improperly.” Economy read more....>

THUNDER BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

THUNDER BAY, ON --- November 10, 2012 -- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to Michael Nitzannounce that the following individuals have been elected to the Board of Directors for a three year term, commencing December 1, 2011 Chair of the Board, Michael Nitz stated that he is very pleased with the enthusiasm and strength of the Board, and looks forward to an exciting year. Michael will officially be sworn in at our Annual General Meeting in January or early February – the exact date to be confirmed.

Newly elected are:
Tim Heney (Thunder Bay Port Authority)
Timo Hiiback (Tbaytel)
Joe Moses (Wasaya Airways LP)
Janet Northan (Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute)
Charla Robinson (Thunder Bay Marathon-Miles with the Giant)
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SPCA Responds to Closure of Thunder Bay & District Humane Society

THUNDER BAY, ON -----  November 5, 2011   ---  The Ontario SPCA is saddened Ontario SPCAto hear of the Thunder Bay Humane Societyclosure of the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society (TBDHS).

The TBDHS is a separate non-profit organization from the Ontario SPCA and as such, have their own operations and fundraising initiatives. The TBDHS is affiliated with our organization through their investigation services mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act.

Regardless of being a separate non-profit organization, the Ontario SPCA will offer support to our communities where we are able. Over the last two years, the Ontario SPCA has invested significant resources in the TBDHS board and staff, to build a sustainable organization. The Ontario SPCA has assisted the TBDHS board in developing a new organizational vision as well as providing advice for fundraising strategies. The Ontario SPCA has sent staff to the TBDHS to provide staff and volunteer training in progressive adoption strategies. In 2008, the TBDHS was granted close to $262,500.00 from the Ontario SPCA to assist in their operations and facility improvements.  Economy read more....>

Quality Market wins two major award Campus Hill Store

THUNDER BAY, ON ---- Novmber 2, 2011 --- The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers hosts the  Dan Stezenko (Quality Market), Steve Fox, Exec. V.P. Nestle Canada (Presenter), David Stezenko (Quality Market)national “Grocer of the Year” awards every October. Hundreds of independent grocery stores are inspected throughout the year, and rated on a wide spectrum of criteria.

Photo Dan Stezenko (Quality Market), Steve Fox, Exec. V.P. Nestle Canada (Presenter), David Stezenko (Quality Market)

This year, Quality Market’s Campus Hill store was named “Best Small Surface Store” for the Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario Region. In addition, our store was named “National Bronze Medal Winner” for all small surface stores in Canada.

We are incredibly honoured to win these awards in a competition which featured hundreds of fabulous stores across the nation. We believe this is the first time a store from Thunder Bay has ever won a medal in this contest, which has been going on for over 20 years. Economy  read more.....>

HYER DEMANDS ACTION ON DORION POST OFFICE CLOSURE

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----    October 29, 2011  ----–  MP Bruce Hyer is demanding that Canada Post find a Dorion Post Officereplacement location for the postal outlet that is closing in Dorion this year. The current postal outlet, located in Canyon Country Service, is about to close at the end of November due to highway construction.

"The Canada Post office in Dorion, Ontario is about to close – forcing families to drive up to 75 kilometres just to pick up a package. That’s despite the fact that Canada Post has claimed there is a moratorium on the closure of rural post offices,” Hyer said in Question Period in the House of Commons today. “Mr. Speaker, postal service is vital for rural families, and especially seniors, in communities like Dorion – they shouldn’t have to drive an hour just to get to the post office. Can the Minister stand up and assure Dorion families that their post office will not close?”   Economy read more....>

Matawa Chiefs withdraw  support for Ring of Fire

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO – OCTOBER 21, 2011: Matawa Chiefs withdrew their support for development in the Matawa First NationRing of Fire (ROF) today. The Chiefs and the 8,000 people they represent are calling on Premier McGuinty and Prime Minister Harper to intervene in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process.

“We will be forced to resort to alternative measures if Canada and Ontario continue to ignore the First Nations that are being impacted by Ring of Fire developments,” said Chief Roger Wesley of Constance Lake First Nation.

Matawa Chiefs are outraged that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is proceeding with a Comprehensive Study EA. The Chiefs and their people have been calling for a Joint Review Panel EA for five months but the government is still not listening. Both the provincial and the federal governments are failing in their constitutional duty to consult and accommodate First Nations. According to the Chiefs, the government is telling them what they plan to do, but it is not consulting or accommodating them about how they want to be involved. The Chiefs maintain that the manner in which the government is proceeding with development in Northern Ontario is going to slowly destroy their traditional way of life, extinguish their treaty rights and destroy their homelands and their children’s future. Economy read more....>

Small Business Week High School business students

THUNDER BAY, ON ------- October 20, 2011 --- The Annual Small Business Week in Thunder Bay started off with a Hammerskjold Business Studentsbang on October 17th with 180 High School business students, their teachers and supervisors, event sponsors and organizers gathering at the Italian Cultural Centre to hear from 4 of Thunder Bay’s finest young entrepreneurs. Thunder Bay Ventures ( TBV) was the lead organizer of this 2nd Annual event and Passport to Prosperity, a Northern Ontario Workplace Safety Board program, was the break refreshment sponsor.

Ambition, dedication, enthusiasm and innovation are descriptive of the speaker’s businesses and presentations. The speakers were Milosz Skowronski of Imaginarium Studio Inc., Ken Horton and Kevin Kuchta of Qwantech, Marija Harp of Sweet Peas Home Catering and Erin May of The Bodymind Centre. The presenters shared a commonality in that they were able to transform a passion into a profession. Royden Potvin, manager of Thunder Bay Ventures and MC of the event, summed up the presentations and reminded the students that, “ they too can shape their own futures and create their own employment by developing their entrepreneurial skills and abilities.” Economy   read more....>

Enterprising Women Awards

THUNDER BAY, ON ---  October 16, 2011  ---  In June 2011, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise launched a Cup Cake Girlswebsite in honor of the Enterprising Woman.  A complementary Facebook page was also developed to provide information and a forum for Enterprising Women to interact and support each other. 

In November 2011, we will hold the inaugural Enterprising Women Awards Gala: Growing enterprise in Northern Ontario.
 
This event will be an opportunity for businesses, business clusters, community members, leaders, non-profits and three levels of government to connect, network and share in the success of women-owned business in Northern Ontario.

Workshops will be offered on topics such as “How to Ready Your Business for Larger Contracts”, how to grow your business by hiring staff, connecting with the Aboriginal Community and so much more.
In addition to the learning opportunities, it is also an opportunity for women to showcase their businesses by reserving a spot in our Enterprising Women tradeshow.
During our evening awards event, women who have made a positive impact on the economy and society in Northern Ontario will be honoured by receiving the first ever Enterprising Women Awards. Economy read more....>

DST Recognized as Leaders of Innovation in Northern Ontario

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   September 30, 2011  ---   DST Consulting Engineers were announced the winners of the DST Consulting Engineers Northern Ontario Business Award for Innovation.  This award honours DST for their progressive approach to engineering in Northern Ontario. DST, a Thunder Bay company operating in Northern Ontario for over 40 years, has earned a reputation for taking on tough tasks and delivering outstanding, innovative and “green” engineering  solutions.  “We always look for the best solution to a project and how we can minimize the client’s costs, but also minimize the environmental impact” said Dr. Myint Win Bo, Senior Principal and Partner. Economy 
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Competitive Electricity Prices is all about Attracting and Retaining Jobs!

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  September 23, 2011  ---  A Coalition of Ontario resource and manufacturing industries is pleased to see more and more open debate on electricity prices and energy policies in the upcoming provincial election. We believe it is important that all industries that are major users of power benefit from an electricity price
structure that is competitive with other jurisdictions and will encourage jobs retention and
investment in our province.

Since we represent many energy intensive industries we wanted to reinforce those key policy points important to our coalition members at this critical decision time for all Ontario voters. We believe that the next Ontario government   Economy 
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Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards

 THUNDER BAY, ON -----   September 7, 2011  --  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is excited to Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awardsannounce a brand new regional event in partnership with SHIFT Thunder Bay’s Young Professional Network .

Nathan Lawrence, President of SHIFT, Michael Nitz, Chair of the Board, TBCC and Don Campbell, Pres. & CEO Tbaytel unveil the new Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards (NOVA) for Thunder Bay and region

On January 21, 2012 at Fort William Historical Park we will be hosting the Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards  (NOVA) sponsored by Tbaytel.   During this gala evening we will celebrate the brightest young stars in Thunder Bay and around the region as we honour the regions’ Top 20 under 40.  We are looking for nominations for those under the age of 40 (by Dec. 31, 2011) who show strong leadership and commitment to their community. Economy read more......>

 

New Democrats will stop price gouging at the pump: Horwath

THUNDER BAY, ON - June 9, 2011 - Queen’s Park – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath unveiled her plan to protect drivers at the pumps by setting a weekly price cap on the cost of gasoline.

“Life keeps getting more and more expensive and it’s time to give people a break,” said Horwath. “We can’t fix everything, but we can take steps to protect households from gas gouging.” Economyread more...>

Regional Economic Development Planning – Challenges and Opportunities

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   May 25, 2011 ---  With the recent announcement through the Northern Frank PulliaGrowth Plan that the province is prepared to support Regional Economic Development Planning, there is renewed hope and optimism that this region may get the help needed to push it through the economic difficulties created by the demise of the forest industry and the challenges inherent in our resource dependent economy. 

While 2009-10 population statistics for the city of Thunder Bay and region appearing to stabilize, the trend since 1996 has been one of slow but steady decline. Statistics Canada projections for the city and region over the next 10 and 20 years also indicate a continuation of this trend.  Given some successes on the economic front especially in health, education, and mining, why do these agencies continue to predict a decline? Economy read more.....>

Surprise! Gas prices help drive up cost of living for Ontario families

THUNDER BAY, ON ---  May 21, 2011 --- Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak MPP Gilles Bissonannounced that a PC Tim Hudakgovernment would provide immediate relief for families and seniors facing rising energy costs by removing the HST from home hydro and heating bills, and removing the debt retirement charge from home hydro bills.

 A report today by Statistics Canada shows life is getting more expensive for families and prices at the pump are the leading cause, said NDP MPP Gilles Bisson.

“Life keeps getting more expensive in Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario. It’s time to stop ignoring the problems and give households some help with bills,” said Bisson. “Between hydro price hikes and an unfair HST people are paying more than ever.”

Statistics Canada reported today that year-over-year consumer prices rose by 3.6 per cent in Ontario, well above the national average. The agency indicated that Ontario drivers experienced a 30 per cent increase in gas prices – the highest increase of any province.  Economyread more .... >

HST on Family Hydro and Gas  Bills Adds Insult to Injury

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  May 17, 2011  ---  QUEEN’S PARK — “While Dalton McGuinty is squeezing Christine Elliott MPPOntario families and seniors with his increases to taxes and skyrocketing hydro bills, Tim Hudak and the Ontario PCs are offering Ontario families relief by ending the sweetheart deal with Samsung that is driving up hydro bills.” Christine Elliott, Deputy Ontario PC Leader

Today, Deputy Ontario PC Leader Christine Elliott said Dalton McGuinty has become so out of touch he actually believes slapping the HST on essentials like gasoline and hydro is providing Ontario families with relief. Elliott added slapping the HST on his expensive energy experiments and hydro bills only adds fuel to Dalton McGuinty’s runaway spending.

Unbelievably, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan actually argued last week that slapping the HST on gasoline is saving families and seniors money at the pumps. It’s the same ruse that Dalton McGuinty used when he said his smart meter tax machines will save Ontario families and seniors money, that his Green Energy Act will only add 1 percent to hydro bills, or that his secret sweetheart Samsung deal adds only $1.60 a year. Economy read more.....>

 Liberals say not to economic development as a primary objective

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   May 5, 2011  ----   The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the OFIANorthwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC), the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) are expressing continued concern with the final content of Bill 151, the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act (OFTMA). On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 the Standing Committee on General Government met to vote on final amendments to the controversial Bill, which due to a time allocation motion filed by the McGuinty Government, did not include an opportunity for discussion or debate. Economy read more.....>

NOACC Annual General Meeting - Kenora

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  May 3, 2011  ---   The Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) Commerce (NOACC) held their 76th Spring Meeting & AGM in Kenora, Ontario on April 27-29, 2011.  Area Chambers and business leaders representing the region heard speakers on the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), prospecting and mineral exploration in the Northwest and the Regional Immigration Portal.  In addition, there was debate/discussion on the province’s Northern Growth Plan and a variety of resolutions on important issues on behalf of the Northwestern Ontario business community. Economy read more......>

TBay Chamber 17TH ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARDS

THUNDER BAY, ON   ------   April 16, 2011   ----  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners for our 17th Annual Business Awards, which were proudly presented by Bell. The awards were presented on April 16th at the Valhalla Inn.

COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AWARDS Presented by Dave Farrell, Chair – Chamber Quality Management Committee Activation Laboratories LimitedThunder Bay Janzen’s Pharmacy Economy read more.......>

 

 

Chamber Again Requests Bill 151 Hearing to be held in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  April 5, 2011  ---  Thunder Bay Chamber Again Requests Bill 151 Hearing to be held in Thunder Bay

On March 25th, 2011, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the Chair and Committee Members of the Standing Committee on General Government to request that a Hearing on Bill 151 (Forest Tenure Reform) be held in Thunder Bay prior to 3rd reading in the Legislature.

The issue of Tenure Reform has been the focus of considerable review throughout Northern Ontario, and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce participated in all opportunities to provide input throughout the process to date. We were satisfied that it appeared that many of our concerns and recommendations were being addressed in the legislation as it was developed. Economy  read more.......>

 

 Families won’t be fooled by McGuinty’s latest

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   March 19, 2011  --NDP MPP Howard Hampton says Ontario families won’t Howard Hampton NDPbe fooled by a new study, paid for with public money by the McGuinty Government, allegedly proving that businesses are passing along savings they’ve gained through the HST.

“People won’t be fooled. They know that the HST is costing them more every time they open pay the home heating bill or fill up the car,” said Hampton.

Hampton noted that, until recently, the government wouldn’t admit the HST costs families more. When they introduced the HST, the McGuinty government said the HST wouldn’t cost a thing:

“The effect is revenue-neutral.”
  Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, Hansard Nov. 2009

Then, in June 2010, the McGuinty Liberals released a report saying that in the first year the HST was introduced, the average family would save money Lake Superior News Economy  read more......>

NAN, CALLS FOR TERMINATION. CANADIAN BOREAL FOREST AGREEMENT

THUNDER BAY, ON: March 19, 2011 ----   Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy, as Stan Beardysupported by NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly resolution 10/60, will be looking into taking the next steps in the fight against the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA).  The decision comes after NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy sent an open letter to the signatories of the CBFA on February 16, 2011 calling for its termination by March 18, 2011.

 “The CBFA violates the Aboriginal and Treaty rights of the people of NAN, as well as their long-term social and economic interests,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy.  “The Agreement was negotiated in secret, without any form of involvement or even notice for First Nations.  This is not acceptable.” Lake Superior News Economy  read more.......>

Building A Stronger Northern Economy - McGuinty Government Delivers Growth Plan For The North

THUNDER BAY, ON - March 4, 2011 - The 25-year Growth Plan for Northern Ontario will help create a stronger, more diverse and sustainable Northern economy.
This robust plan was developed with northerners for northerners. It will guide decision-making and investment planning in the region. To move the plan forward, the government will immediately:Lake Superior News Economy read more...>

 GROWTH PLAN FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO WELCOMED BY NOMA

THUNDER BAY, ON - March 4, 2011 – The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) welcomes the introduction of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario as a significant step forward on the long journey towards a more prosperous and diversified region.  The 25-year plan establishes a strategic framework and sets out policies and actions for how the Ontario government will engage, support and work with northern communities, businesses, Aboriginal communities and public sector partners.Lake Superior News Economy read more...>

 

McGuinty Backtracks on off-shore wind farm projects

THUNDER BAY, ON   ---  February 11, 2010  ---  In a stunning backtrack, Dalton McGuinty announced Stop Hydro Hikestoday that he is abandoning his plans for off-shore wind farm projects. This is the latest admission by the McGuinty government that their expensive energy experiments have completely failed.

 In April 2010, the McGuinty Liberals unanimously voted against an Ontario PC motion that called for a moratorium on wind farm projects until an independent, comprehensive study of the health and environmental impacts could be completed. Rather than simply admit the Ontario PCs were right all along, McGuinty tried to sneak his backtrack past Ontario families. While both McGuinty and Duncan held press conferences today, neither announced this backtrack publicly but rather quietly announced it in a late day press release. Lake Superior News Economy  read more.....>


Nishnawbe Ask Development Fund calls for reduce power rates

Thunder Bay ON, February 8, 2011 - Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) called upon the Harvey YesnoOntario government today to find a solution to the high power rates that might deter the construction of Cliffs Natural Resources’ Ferrochrome Production Facility in northern Ontario.  “Several Aboriginal businesses will benefit from the development of this facility, and if not, we stand to miss out on many opportunities”, said Harvey Yesno, President/CEO of NADF. “The Province of Ontario needs to be more visible and aggressive in tackling the power rate issue that is threatening the viability of a production facility in northern Ontario because any final decision to locate the Ferrochrome Production Facility outside of the province negatively impacts Aboriginal business in the region”.

This claim was issued in response to Cliffs’ revelation on Friday, February 4, 2011 during its conference call with the media that while Sudbury had been identified as a ‘base-case’ location for its Ferrochrome Production Facility (FPF), other municipalities within and outside Ontario were not beyond approach and possible selection as a location for its  FPF. Lake Superior News Economy  read more.....>

Liberals and Conservatives come out against extra internet charging

February 1, 2011 – “Liberals believe in more internet competition, not less,” said Liberal Heritage Critic ISP ChargesPablo Rodriquez in a statement released today, seemingly echoing the words on OpenMedia.ca’s homepage: “Canadians want more Internet, not less”.

Led by Rodriquez and Industry and Technology Critic Marc Garneau, the Liberal Party has now become the second major federal party to officially condemn Internet metering.

“We’re elated by this move by the Liberals,” said Steve Anderson, OpenMedia.ca’s national coordinator. “Over the last few months, supporters of Stop The Meter came together as citizens, and today they fundamentally influenced federal politics. This is a groundbreaking example of the power of the online discourse and organization, and why we must protect the open, public Internet.” Lake Superior News Economy read more......>

Ontario Caribou Proposal Will Not Protect Jobs

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  January 29, 2011   ----  Lack of Socio-Economic Impact Assessments Northern Ontario Caribouassociated with Caribou Conservation Plan Continues to RaiseOFIA Concerns/Jeopardize Northern Communities

The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) welcomes the public and stakeholder consultations announced on January 24, 2011 regarding the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) proposed approach to a Caribou Habitat Regulation under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act (ESA).

“We look forward to participating in the town hall meetings because up until now there has been no consideration of the negative economic impacts that the Endangered Species Act and its associated policies, including the Caribou Conservation Plan will have on Ontario’s forest sector and the over 260 communities that it supports” says Jamie Lim, President and CEO. Lake Superior News Economy read more.......>

McGuinty Liberals subsidize electricity consumers in the United States and Quebec

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   January 29, 2011   --- On January 24, when temperatures plummeted to  -40 Peter TabunsCelsius and Ontario recorded its highest domestic demand day in more than two years, the McGuinty Liberals forked over $2.1 million in subsidies to utilities in neighbouring provinces and states, according to information compiled from the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) website. 

 With public outrage still festering over revelations that the McGuinty Liberals paid millions of dollars to give excess power away to the U.S and Quebec on New Year's Day, NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns reveals that they've done it again.

“It’s simply outrageous that Ontario families are getting zapped with high electricity rates, including the HST, while the McGuinty Liberals subsidize electricity consumers in the United States and Quebec,” said Tabuns.

Tabuns wants the McGuinty Liberals to immediately close a loophole in the province’s electricity export rules that has forced Ontarians to subsidize hydro users in neighbouring jurisdictions to the tune of a billion dollars since 2006.  Lake Superior News Economy  read more.....>

BURGER KING Debuts New Restaurant Design

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  January 22, 2010  ---  Burger King Restaurants of Canada, Inc. Friday Burger King Thunder Bayannounced the grand re-opening of the new BURGER KING® restaurant in Thunder Bay, Ontario, featuring the company's bold new 20/20 global restaurant design. The sleek, customer-friendly 20/20 design is an artistic interpretation of the company's "grill-centric" brand and provides restaurant guests with a unique BK® dining experience.

The flagship Thunder Bay location offers a variety of self-seating options for guests and showcases a modern pallet of metallic finishes and black accents, complemented by ceramic tile with rustic wood and concrete finishes. The new restaurant is located at located at 2840 Arthur St East and is the fourth 20/20 location in Canada, following Waterloo, Windsor and Kamloops, and the first in Northern Ontario. Lake Superior News Economy  Read more.....>

 Latest McGuinty Liberals figures on HST bogus

THUNDER BAY, ON    ---   January 21, 2011 ---  Nobody in Thunder Bay will believe the McGuinty Liberal government’s spin on the so-called positive impact of the HST, said NDP Finance Critic Peter Tabuns.

“The estimates will sound ridiculous to anyone that has recently opened their home heating bill, filled up at the pump, or taken their kids for a haircut,” said Tabuns.  “Their figures are simply bogus.”

Tabuns noted that the government’s forecasts are fundamentally flawed because it assumes that businesses will pass on nearly $2 billion in savings to consumers in the form of lower prices.

“Prices are shooting through the roof and families aren’t seeing any of those savings,” said Tabuns.

According to Statistics Canada, consumer prices in Ontario are rising 3 per cent, the highest of any province.  The agency reports that gasoline and electricity – both subject to the HST – are key drivers of recent price increases. Lake Superior News Economy  read more.....>

McGuinty Liberal Fight Grandparents

Hamilton On   ----   January 20, 2011  ----    “Let’s put it right out there”, said Miller, “if these minimum Paul Miller MPPincome grandparents did not step-up-to-the-plate and raise their grandchildren on McGuinty’s paltry $241 per month for the first child and $194 for each additional grandchild, a foster parent would raise them at $900 per month for each child”.  Yes, these monies come from two different Ministry budget lines, but it all comes from one large pot, generously provided by each one of us in the taxes we pay each and every day.

NDP MPP Paul Miller, fighter on behalf of permanent Temporary Care Assistance for grandparents raising their grandchildren, is appalled at the on-going callous response of Minister Meilleur and the McGuinty Liberal government.  These grandparents fight daily to raise their grandchildren on minimum income, then they have to fight the McGuinty Government to make the funding permanent, like the care for their grandchildren inevitably will be; the parents can always take the children back on quite short notice. Lake Superior News Economy  read more....>

 Anishinabek to participate in long-form census

NIPISSING (January 20, 2011) – The Anishinabek Nation is encouraging its citizens to participate in the Anishinabek2011 Census in order to ensure adequate funding for such priorities as education, health care and economic development on and off-reserve.

“We are actively promoting collection of information from Anishinabek communities so we can gather specific data about our on-reserve and off-reserve citizens,” said Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. 

The Anishinabek Nation and Statistics Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today establishing a partnership for the complete and accurate enumeration of Anishinabek citizens in the 2011 Census and the National Household Survey. Lake Superior News Economy  read more......>

SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES & STUDENTS

THUNDER BAY –  January 18, 2011  ----- Thunder Bay–Superior North MP Bruce Hyer is calling on local employers to start thinking about summer student employment, and to apply soon for support funding to create summer job opportunities. 

“Last year, our riding received a record $292,488 in the Canada Summer Jobs program. We’re looking to build on that success in 2011 by creating more high-quality jobs and opportunities for our youth, right in our riding.” said Hyer. “The program is about making sure local employers with less than 50 employees have the support they need to hire students, and students benefit from valuable work experience. It’s about keeping young people working in our local economy.”

Noting that applications for funding would only be accepted from February 1st to 26th this year, Hyer called on interested Thunder Bay-Superior North businesses and non-profit organizations to contact his office at 1-888-266-8004 or visit his website as soon as possible. The MP pointed out that the scope of positions funded had been expanded from previous years, and now included jobs related to sports or culture; jobs supporting the creation of student employment in areas of limited opportunities for students; jobs encouraging Aboriginal employment; and jobs encouraging employment in sectors of the labour market such as tourism, manufacturing, environmental stewardship, health services, the forest sector, social justice, and more. Lake Superior News Economyread more......>

NAN HOSTS FIRST NATIONS  ECONOMIC SUMMIT 

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   January 14, 2011    -- Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is pleased to be hosting First Nations National Chief and President – Ishkonigan Inc., Phil Fontainethe inaugural NAN First Nations Economic Summit. This February, NAN Chiefs and Council, Economic Development Officers, Northern First Nation business owners, NAN membership, industry, government and other interested parties will come together for the three-day event.  The goal of the Summit is to develop a regional economic strategy to ensure NAN First Nations benefit from future economic activity in the North. 
 
 “With looming resource development in NAN territory, it is essential that we gather to determine our future path to best benefit from any resource revenue, employment, economic and business opportunities, and any other spin-offs that may derive from activity on our homelands,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Les Louttit.  “This Economic Summit gives our communities the opportunity to collectively identify where we are today, what our challenges are moving forward, and where we want the NAN economy to be in the future.” 

 The NAN First Nations Economic Summit includes panel discussions, presentations and breakout sessions covering a wide-variety of topics including: negotiating fair and equitable economic/resource development business deals, the environmental assessment process, resource benefit sharing, and the impacts of the global economy in NAN territory. Lake Superior News Economy read more .....>

 Hyder starts Pre-Budget Consultations Today in Geraldton

THUNDER BAY, ON ----  January 10, 2011  ---   Hyder starts Pre-Budget Consultations Today in Bruce Hyer MP Superior North Geraldton  “My latest public forums are designed spark conversation, and give people a chance to tell me their concerns directly about how and where the government is spending their tax dollars.” said Hyer. “Should we be spending billions on Afghanistan? On corporate tax cuts? On EI? Health care? I want to hear your ideas and opinions - they will inform my work in championing local concerns in Ottawa.”

 Thunder Bay–Superior North MP Bruce Hyer will be touring the riding in January, holding public consultations in the lead-up to the upcoming 2011 federal budget.  Lake Superior News Economy read more.....>

 

PEW Report 2010 Who Uses the Internet

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----  January 8, 2010   ---   This is the second report by the Pew Research PEW Internet ReportCenter’s Internet & American Life Project exploring how different generations use the internet.1 All the generation labels used in these reports, with the exceptions of “Younger Boomers” and “Older Boomers,” are the names conventionalized by William Strauss and Neil Howe in their book, Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069 (Perennial, 1992). The Pew Internet Project’s “Generations” reports make the distinction between Younger Boomers and Older Boomers because enough research has been done to suggest that the two decades of Baby Boomers are different enough to merit being divided into distinct generational groups.

Seventy-nine percent of all American adults go online, a number that has remained relatively steady since early 2006. While most generations have internet adoption rates of at least 70%, internet use drops off significantly for adults over age 65: only 58% of adults ages 65-73 (the Silent Generation) and 30% of adults age 74 and older (the G.I. Generation) go online. As a result, younger generations continue to be over-represented in the online population, with adults ages 45 and younger constituting about 56% of the online population, despite making up only 49% of the total adult population. The Millennial generation is particularly prominent online: though they make up 30% of the total adult population, they account for 35% of internet users. (Note: all data regarding generations within the context of the general U.S. population are from the May 2010 Pew Internet tracking survey of 2,252 adults 18 and older.) Lake Superior News Economy  read more.....>

 

 

Take Unfair HST off Hydro & Home Heating

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   Queen’s Park – January 6, 2010   ---   Ontario’s New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath says the Andrea HorwathOntario Government must take the unfair HST off hydro and home heating bills. 

 “In these tough times it's just wrong to stick a new tax on hydro and home heating bills. Today New Democrats are calling for a simple step to make life more affordable for Ontario families,” said Horwath.

 In September Ontario’s New Democrats launched a campaign to take the harmonized sales tax off hydro.  Today’s announcement expands the campaign to take the unfair tax off home heating bills such as natural gas and heating oil.

 Removing the HST from hydro and home heating would save an average family with two children $220 per year. Lake Superior News Economy  read more.....>

 

 

 

 

Liberal MPP Breaks Ranks over HST Tax Grab on Hydro Bills

THUNDER  BAY, ON   ---   January 8, 2010 -----  Niagara Falls Liberal MPP Kim Craitor has broken Dalton McGuintyaway from Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal Party and admitted he does not support Dalton McGuinty’s HST on hydro bills. After months of grumbling behind closed doors, Craitor becomes the first Liberal MPP to publicly break ranks with Dalton McGuinty on the HST.

In an interview this week Craitor told media, “Let me say, this is Kim Craitor the person talking, that I do not approve having the HST on hydro bills”.

For almost two years, Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus have been defending Ontario families and fighting Dalton McGuinty’s HST tax grab.  Since Dalton McGuinty’s HST tax grab came into force this past summer, Ontario families have been paying more for everyday expenses like hydro, gas, airline tickets, haircuts and dozens of other goods and services. Lake Superior News Economy read more....>

 

Hyer – Statement on Receivership of Buchanan Mills

THUNDER BAY ON – January 12, 2011   --  MP Bruce Hyer is offering his support to approximately 750 MP Bruce Hyerarea workers impacted by today’s announcement that two Buchanan mills in the area have been placed into receivership, and two more into the hands of a bankruptcy trustee.

“I was disappointed to hear that Buchanan Northern Hardwoods and Great West Timber have been placed under a bankruptcy trustee today, at the same time that Northern Sawmills and Atikokan Forest Products are being placed in receivership.” said Hyer “This impacts local workers more than anyone else. Forest sector workers and their families have borne the brunt of shutdowns across the region for many years.” Lake Superior News Economy read more.....>

 

The Northwestern Ontario Bio-Economy Corporation - A Grass Roots Approach

THUNDER BAY, ON - March 14, 2011 - Join the Northwestern Ontario Bio-Economy Corporation NOBEC(NOBEC) on March 26, 2011 in Thunder Bay at the Victoria Inn for our annual conference. This year's topic, 'A Grassroots Approach', focuses on entrepreneurs from Northern Ontario who have adopted a unique 'grassroots' approach to doing business by cultivating their business endeavours around natural products and processes, and the current and future federal and provincial programs in effect to assist these entrepreneurs and encourage others to develop their own innovative ideas. Lake Superior News Economyread more...>


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