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Top 20 rankings for 2017-18 - Monday, September 25, 2017

CJHL names its initial regular season
Top 20 rankings for 2017-18

CJHL regular season Top 20 rankings for 2017-18  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports  CJHLrankings for 2017-18

CALGARY, Alta. --  September 25, 2017 (LSN) The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced Monday its initial Top 20 regular season rankings for the 2017-18 campaign as compiled by an independent scouting service.

Topping the table this week is the Penticton Vees (BCHL) who are off to a 4-0 start in league play.

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Wolf population increases - Monday, September 25, 2017

Wolf population increases with rise in deer density

Minnesota Wolves   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Wolves increase in Minnesota

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  September 25, 2017  (LSN) Results from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2016-1017 wolf population survey suggest Minnesota’s wolf population has increased 25 percent since the 2015-2016 survey. 

After remaining stable during the past four years, the survey estimates that within Minnesota’s wolf range there were approximately 500 wolf packs and 2,856 wolves. The survey’s margin of error is about plus or minus 500 wolves. The 2015-2016 survey estimated the number of packs at 439 and the wolf population at 2,278.

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Choreographer Beats The Odds - Monday, September 25, 2017

We Will Rock You Choreographer Beats The Odds

choreographer Julie Tomaino Magnus  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts Magnus's choreographer Julie Tomaino

The Thunder Bay debut of choreographer Julie Tomaino resulted in the energetic display of talent that brings We Will Rock You to life at Magnus Theatre. Julie’s story is a courageous tale of the dancer’s spirit, passion and a determination to beat the odds.
 
Earlier this year, Magnus Theatre Artistic Director Thom Currie invited Julie to join the We Will Rock You production team.  Julie, who has a successful career as a choreographer and director, readily accepted, thrilled at the opportunity to work in Thunder Bay on the first regional theatre production of the Queen musical.  Life, however, was going to throw her a curve ball.

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Conservatives Lead Trudeau Liberals - Monday, September 25, 2017

Trudeau’s net approval rating is now negative

 Conservatives Lead Trudeau   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion     Conservatives Lead Trudeau Liberals 39% To 35%

A new poll by Forum Research has surprised many in the Canadian political world.
For only the second time since the 2015 election, Forum Research shows the Conservatives are ahead of the Liberals.

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Sheriff Pat Eliasen Completes National Sheriffs’ Institute - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sheriff Eliasen Complete National Sheriff's Institute's Program

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen  ~ Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen


COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA — September 23, 2017  (LSN)  Sheriff Pat Eliasen of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 113th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado, September 18-22, 2017.

The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).       

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Northern Delights nine restaurants - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Northern Delights welcomes nine participating restaurants

Northern Delights welcomes nine participating restaurants Lake Superor News
#LSN_News  Northern Delights nine participating restaurants

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - September 23, 2017   (LSN)  Starting September 26th – October 7, 2017 the ever-so-popluar Northern Delights Harvest is returning to  Thunder Bay’s Waterfront District to offer specially priced Prix Fixe menus.  This event is presented by a collective of downtown north-side restaurants, producers and suppliers and Tourism Thunder Bay.

Prix Fixe menus highlighting the best of Thunder Bay’s culinary delights will be priced at $25 and/or $35.

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Chamber Promotes National Conference to be held in Thunder Bay - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Chamber Promotes National Conference to be held in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Chamber of Comerce  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ Charla Robinson, Kevin Anderson, Kerry Berlinquette, Ken Boshcoff

Fredericton, NB - September 23, 2017  (LSN)  This weekend, representatives of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce are in Fredericton, NB for the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to promote Thunder Bay as the host location for the 2018 conference.  It will be the first time in Chamber history that the national conference is held in Northern Ontario.

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Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards - Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nominations open for 2017 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Awards

2017 Sault Ste Marie Tourism Awards   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors    15th annual awards

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario   - September 21, 2017 – (LSN) With special events like the summer Poker Run and international chess tournaments, coupled with a record-setting season for cruise ship traffic, 2017 has been a solid year for the local tourism sector.

To honour the people and groups responsible for this success, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is calling for nominations for its 15th annual awards.

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Soo Chamber to Host Town Halls - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Soo Chamber to Host Town Halls on Bill 148’s Proposed Changes to Labour Laws

Sault Ste Marie Chamber  Town Hall Meeting    Lake Supeiror News
#LSN_Econ  Proposed Changes to Labour Laws and on Minimum Wage

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – September 20, 2017  (LSN) The Ontario Government’s Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, introduces very significant changes to our province’s employment legislation. It includes a swift increase in the minimum wage by more than 30% to $15/hour in less than eighteen months and also introduces new proposed rules for vacation time, on-call work, equal pay for temporary and part time workers, scheduling and emergency leave days.

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has arranged TWO Town Hall forums and is inviting businesses, associations, government agencies and representatives, unions, social justice groups and interested individuals to take part and share their feedback on the proposed legislation, their concerns or their support.

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Thunder Con 2017 - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thunder Con 2017 Warps


Thunder Con 2017  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ Imperial Forces that are headed to Thunder Con 2017 at the Valhalla Inn

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - September 20, 2017  (LSN)  ThunderCon 2017 is a fan convention and game expo that celebrates pop culture in all its diverse and geeky glory.

For two days, the Valhalla Inn is transformed into something out-of-this-world with performances, demos, workshops, panels, interactive gaming and contests, and fans have a chance to show off their creative side in costume and song. Vendors and artists from around the region will be on hand as the Ballroom becomes Diagon Alley, a place where Imagination is bought and sold. There are activities for children as well as families and with this year2017;s stellar guest list, attendance is expected to exceed 3,500 visitors from around the region as Thunder Bay;s newest tourist hub celebrates Canada;s 150th in true geeky style!

It's that time of year again Thunder Con 2017 Warps into the Valhalla Inn on Saturday September 23 from 10am till 10 pm and Sunday September 24 from 10am till 5pm from daily.

Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun and activities in the game zone , vendor areas kids zone area , artists areasnd Many other activities and Cosplay Costume shows contests and more also special guest panels and special guests from around the country and beyond,

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CN & Duluth Cargo Connect - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CN & Duluth Cargo Connect officially open Intermodal Terminal

CN & Duluth Cargo Connect officially open Intermodal Terminal  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping Duluth Mayor Emily Larson; Vanta Coda, Duluth Cargo Connect/Executive Director, Duluth Seaway Port Authority; Keith Reardon, Vice President, CN Intermodal and Automotive; U.S. Representative Rick Nolan (MN District 8); and Jonathan Lamb, Duluth Cargo Connect/President, Lake Superior Warehousing. 

DULUTH, MINNESOTA  --  September 20, 2017  (LSN) Representatives will joined partners from Duluth Cargo Connect, plus customers and other officials today, for an official ribbon-cutting event at their new Duluth Intermodal Terminal.

 Duluth Cargo Connect today announced a new alliance establishing the first rail-served intermodal container ramp in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn. and Superior, Wis

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Access Point Northwest - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Access Point Northwest

Access Point Northwest
#LSN_Health  dedicated to helping people find the services they need

THUNDER BAY, September 19, 2017 – Several organizations have joined forces to offer a single point of contact called Access Point Northwest, dedicated to helping people find the services they need.

Access Point Northwest simplifies the outpatient referral process for clients and primary care providers in Northwestern Ontario. It is for people and health care providers to access programs specifically in outpatient mental health, supportive housing, case management, and chronic pain management.

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‘Tis the Season Show and Shop - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Chamber Launches ‘Tis the Season Show and Shop'

Chamber Launches ‘Tis the Season Show and Shop'  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ Thunder Bay’s first holiday entertaining show

Thunder Bay, Ontario,  --  September 19, 2017  (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce Thunder Bay’s first holiday entertaining show, aimed at connecting consumers with local business as they begin planning for the holiday season.
‘Tis the Season Show and Shop will take place on Sunday, November 5th at the Valhalla Inn and will feature Thunder Bay’s leading experts in fine foods, cocktails, fashion, home décor and guesting gifts. Attendees will enjoy live demos, fashion shows, product sampling and inventory for purchase.

Chamber President Charla Robinson says the event is designed to offer a wider audience the opportunity to connect with the talent and expertise of Thunder Bay businesses at a time when they’re starting to make their holiday plans.

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Amazing Race Canada - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Amazing Race Canada generated significant marketing results For the Soo

Amazing Race Canada Sault Ste Marie   Lake Superor News
#LSN_Outdoors   $1.18 million of ad coverage

Sault Ste. Marie, ON (September 19, 2017) –  (LSN) The results are in, and they’re amazing! More than 1.5 million viewers watched the Sault Ste. Marie episode of The Amazing Race Canada earlier this month. In terms of promotional value, this represents over $1.18 million of ad coverage for the community in the Ontario market alone.

This assessment is based on figures provided by the Province of Ontario, which is why only the provincial value is included. However, given that The Amazing Race Canada airs across the country, the actual marketing benefit for Sault Ste. Marie was considerably higher.

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Your bills will go up - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  The debate over internet, cable and mobile rates is far more complex

CRTC  ACTRA   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  haggling over how your cable, cellphone and Internet spending should be divvied

All the average citizen knows about their cable, mobile and Internet bills is that – like taxes – they always  go up.

For those who care why this happens, a brief Twitter tour of #crtc will introduce you to the debates surrounding the inexhaustible and often catty haggling over how your cable, cellphone and Internet spending should be divvied up among the hagglers.

All of this is, of course, in the public’s interest.

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Reduce Youth Smoking - Monday, September 18, 2017

Money and Support to Reduce Youth Smoking

Money and Support to Reduce Youth Smoking  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  may be eligible to receive up to $1000

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 18, 2017 (LSN)  With students now back at school, the Northwest Tobacco Control Area Network (NW TCAN) is calling out for high school, post-secondary and community groups to participate in the TRYPs program where they may be eligible to receive up to $1000 for smoking-reduction projects aimed at young people between the ages of 13-24.

TRYPS - the Tobacco Reduction in Youth Partnerships (TRYPs) program - collaborates with schools and organizations on activities that focus on reducing commercial tobacco use among young people in Northwestern Ontario. Through TRYPs, groups can receive funding for their smoking-reduction focused activities along with program support from public health youth engagement staff.

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Tax Changes Could Cause Recession - Sunday, September 17, 2017

RISK: Economist Says Trudeau Tax Changes Could Cause Recession

Trudeau Could Cause Recession  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion   #LSN_Econ   small businesses could “tip the economy into a recession.”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 17, 2017   (LSN)  A prominent Canadian economist says Justin Trudeau’s tax increases on Canadian entrepreneurs and small businesses could “tip the economy into a recession.”

As reported by BNN, David Rosenberg – an economist from Gluskin Sheff + Associates – said, “My disappointment with much of what already has been done, and the pledges to tax capital in all its forms, are only going to act as major constraints on growth.”

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Magnus's WE WILL ROCK YOU - Saturday, September 16, 2017

Magnus's WE WILL ROCK YOU  held over

Magnus Theatre WE WILL ROCK YOU
#LSN_Arts   Held over until September 30th

,THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -- September 16, 2017  (LSN)  WE WILL ROCK YOU has been held over for an extra week until September 30, 2017. Critics and theatre-goers are spellbound by the Bohemian Rhapsody, with their favourite Queen songs being brought to the stage in this sensational production.

Adam Charles and Jessie Cox delight audiences as the cute yet rebellious pairing of Galileo and Scaramouche and the villainous duo of Gabi Epstein and Spencer Hari absolutely “kill” it as Killer Queen and Khashoggi, respectively. Not to be outdone, the phenomenal high-energy rocker-rebel personas of Amy Sellors as OZ and Ryan G. Hinds as Brit. The rest of the cast are providing thrilling performances in front of a live rock band led by Danny Johnson.

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Fall Colors on Superior National Forest - Saturday, September 16, 2017

Catch the Fall Colors on Superior National Forest

Sawtooth Mountains Fall Color Tour   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Sawtooth Mountains Fall Color Tour

Duluth, MN (September 16, 2017) –  (LSN)   The U.S. Forest Service is urging people to get outdoors and enjoy one of nature's most spectacular seasons as leaves of trees begin to change color over the coming weeks.

Shades of fall color have already begun to appear across the Superior National Forest. Leaves on trees this week average 20% of peak color right now, but fall color is highly variable depending on your location. Some areas are still green while other areas are at around 60 or 70% color.  Most of the color is from moose maple and red maple trees, with some sugar maple.  Almost none of the aspen or birch leaves have changed color yet.

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DNR public comment period onPolyMet dam public waters work permits - Saturday, September 16, 2017

DNR public comment period onPolyMet dam public waters work permits 

comment period on draft PolyMet dam
#LSN_Econ   DNR public comment period onPolyMet dam public waters work permits

HOYT LAKES, MINNESOTA,  Septemberf 16, 2017   (LSN) The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 16, on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. The permits relate to a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes in northeastern Minnesota.

This is the public’s opportunity to submit written comments on these draft permits.

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Health Unit asks “Are you in?” - Saturday, September 16, 2017

New Healthy Lifestyle Campaign Asks, “Are you in?”

Healthy Lifestyle Campaign Asks, “Are you in?”  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  Health Unit asks  “Are you in?”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  September 16, 2017   (LSN)  The Health Unit’s  a new multi-media campaign was unveiled to encourage adults in Thunder Bay and District to eat well, be more active and make small changes over time for better health in the future. 

Are you in? features local residents making healthy choices and inviting others to join them in the healthy living movement.

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Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute 

Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute  radioisotopes  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Staying Abreast of Innovation Innovative ideas and medical research combine to improve patient treatments

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   September 13, 2017  (LSN)  There's a unique device under development in Thunder Bay that could radically change the way in which breast cancer is detected. Currently, mammography is used to highlight changes in the breast, including abnormal density of tissue that can be associated with cancer. However, dense tissue can also be a cyst, benign tumour, fibroid or even an infection.

The need for accurate testing is great. According to the U.S. National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., of the two million Canadian and American women a year who are sent for a biopsy following suspicious mammography findings, only 20 per cent are confirmed as having cancer.  Consequently every year, more than one million North American women experience anxiety and stress due to a false positive result and could avoid a biopsy if better technology were available. Four million others, who do not undergo a biopsy, are sent home with inconclusive results, leaving many to worry about their health status until their next test.

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Help Design New Wayfinding Street Signs and Maps - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Help Design New Wayfinding Street Signs and Maps 

Thunder Bay Wayfindings  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports   Pedestrian Cyclist Wayfinding 

   THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--  September 13, 2017 – The City is asking residents to help plan and design new street signs and maps for walkers and cyclists. Good street signs and mapping help people find their way around. This means kids finding their way to school, seniors finding the library, and visitors finding a park or a downtown area. Good signs and maps for cyclists help them know the safest routes across the city. Good signs also make the city streets look great when they’re done well. 

The City wants to know what the signs should look like, and what destinations they should point people to.

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Transit Survey - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TBay Route Optimization Plan Underway Survey 

Thunder Bay Transit   Lake superior News
#LSN_News   Transit Route Optimization Plan Underway Survey

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO September 12, 2017 – (LSN)  Residents are invited to get involved in the Thunder Bay Transit Route Optimization Plan which aims to make transit services more effective and efficient. Comments to improve transit services can be submitted by completing an online survey at http://tbtsurvey.fyi. The survey can also be accessed through the City’s website at thunderbay.ca/transit and will be open until Friday, Oct. 6. 

“As Thunder Bay changes, we want to ensure that its bus services respond to better serve our riders and the community,” said Brad Loroff, Manager – Transit Services. “The project will engage riders, frontline employees and the community as we look to improve the performance of the existing services while adding innovations, catering to our existing ridership and inviting new riders.”

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39th Season 2017-2018 - Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Golden Violin  Consortium Aurora Borealis

Consortium Aurora Borealis The Golden Violin   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   39th concert season, “The Brilliance of Borealis”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  September 10, 2017   (LSN) To open the Consortium Aurora Borealis 39th concert season, “The Brilliance of Borealis”, with the programme “The Golden Violin”, an apt title for the sounds you will hear. We are delighted and honoured to welcome back Thomas Cosbey, Concertmaster of the TBSO, and pianist Heather Morrison, two favourites of Thunder Bay audiences.

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Province bear the burden of legalized marijuana - Sunday, September 10, 2017

Provincial governments bear the burden of legalized marijuana

marijuana  Use   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion   #LSN_Health     Province bear the burden of legalized marijuana

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -- September 10, 2017   (LSN)   There are strong correlations between how a drug or an indulgence, such as gambling, is made available to the public and the propensity for individuals to indulge in it, and the negative health and social outcomes associated with its use.

In other words, it matters how we legalize marijuana, not just that we legalize it.

The federal government is set on legalizing marijuana by summer 2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive, all the problems and the logistics of legalizing pot will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments.

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TransCanada walks away from Energy East - Saturday, September 9, 2017

TransCanada walks away from Energy East: Liberals “lose” pipeline to gain votes

TransCanada walks away from Energy East   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion   TransCanada walks away from Energy East

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  September 9, 2017   (LSN)  TransCanada announced they’ve suspended their application to build the $13.7B project.   The company still wants to build the project, but says it might be cancelled due to significant changes to the regulation process. 

Canada has around the third highest oil reserves on the planet yet still imports conflict oil from Middle East countries where barbaric practices abound, all because professional eco-radicals don’t want a pipeline and some government officials and bureaucrats want to keep their cushy taxpayer funded jobs.

You’d think our feminist Prime Minister, champion of human rights and minorities, would be opposed to bringing blood oil into the country. Instead, he’s responsible for bringing in more of it by putting an end to Energy East.

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Fall Color Finder - Saturday, September 9, 2017

Expect a near perfect fall leaf season in Minnesota state parks and trails

Minnesota Fall Colors    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   #LSN_Tourism   Fall Color Live every Thursday

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  -----  September 9, 2017   (LSN)  Adequate rainfall nearly statewide combined with lots of summer sunshine point to a beautiful fall leaf season.

“It’s that time of year again – kids are back in school, evenings are getting cooler, and leaves are changing color,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. “This fall, I encourage Minnesotans to get outside and enjoy fall colors in their state parks. Minnesotans can even use the DNR’s Fall Color Finder to determine when leaves will be most vivid in every corner of the state. I hope to see you on the trail this fall.”

Rainfall and sunshine throughout the summer months determine the depth of color each fall in Minnesota. Kao Thao, a naturalist with Fort Snelling State Park, said that temperatures also come into play. An early freezing frost, for example, cuts short fall color.

Starting Sept. 7 and on every Thursday throughout fall, people can consult the Fall Color Finder

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Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards - Friday, September 8, 2017

Nominations Now Open for the 2018 Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards:
Top 20 Under 40


Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  SHIFT'S NOVAs Awards

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO September 8th, 2017, -  (LSN)   SHIFT: Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network announces today the 4th Bi-Annual Northwestern Ontario Visionary Awards (NOVAs). The gala event will take place on January 27th, 2018, at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and celebrates Northwestern Ontario’s brightest young stars less than 40 years of age. Awards will be presented to recognize and honour the top 20 under 40 from Manitouwadge to Kenora. A diverse group of talented, accomplished, and very involved young leaders are chosen from nominations received.

“We’re looking for the most exceptional young professionals in Northwestern Ontario,” tells SHIFT President, Samantha Mihalus. “It is our vibrant youth that are investing in their communities, advancing their fields of work, and driving positive change on a monumental scale. The NOVAs are a way to recognize the contributions of the under forty demographic and send the message that their work matters and is valued. SHIFT works to create an environment that nurtures young professionals and encourages them to realize their potential.”

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The Art of Reading and Writing - Friday, September 8, 2017

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

Art of Reading and Writing Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts    The Art of Reading and Writing 

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  - September 8, 2017   (LSN)  The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word.

Readers, writers, and book professionals will all find a multitude of opportunities through which to learn and engage, including classes, readings, panel discussions, and more.

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Punishments For Those Performing Female Genital Mutilation - Friday, September 8, 2017

Canada Must Drastically Toughen Punishments For Those Performing Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  Female Genital Mutilation gainst our values as Canadians

 THUNDER  BAY, ONTARIO,  September 8, 2017   (LSN)  Female Genital Mutilation is against our values as Canadians, and the government must send a clear message that it is unacceptable in our country.

Canadians believe in the equality of men and women under the law. That’s why there is such concern about the rise of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) taking place in our country.
From reports that more people are coming across the border to inflict the horrible procedure on girls in Canada, some people taking their children outside the country to perform the procedure, to a website advocating for the procedure in the country, there is rising concern that the horribly anti-women procedure is growing in the country.

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CHAMBERS EXTENDS INVITATION TO MINISTER OF FINANCE BRING CONSULTATIONS - Thursday, September 7, 2017

CANADIAN CHAMBER EXTENDS INVITATION TO MINISTER OF FINANCE: BRING CONSULTATIONS TO THE CHAMBERS, LOCAL CHAMBER AGREES

Consultations with Finance Minister  Welcomed  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Canadian and Thunder Bay Chambers welcome meeting with Minister of Finance 

Saskatoon, SK – September 7, 2017  (LSN)  In response to yesterday's announcement by the Minister of Finance that he and his colleagues want to discuss his proposed tax changes with small business owners across the country, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is offering to organize 25 cross-country forums.

“I welcome the Minister’s wish to meet with small business owners. To assist, the Canadian Chamber is offering to provide 25 forums across Canada, organized by our network of local chambers between now and the end of November, for the Minister and his colleagues to explain the government's tax reform proposals to small businesses and hear their concerns," said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “This would be without cost to the government. Our only preconditions would be that the government put these massive tax changes on hold to allow time for these meetings to take place and that it commit to fairly consider the issues raised.”

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ShuniahFest 2017 - Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Annual ShuniahFest September 8th and 9th The Zep Show

ShuniahFest    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   The Zep Show  Mackenzie-Riverside Pizzeria and Lounge

The Mackenzie-Riverside Pizzeria and Lounge is throwing the First Annual ShuniahFest this September 8th and 9th 2017.  We have received such overwhelming support from the community over the past year, but especially over the last few summer months that we felt we should do something to return the favour and give other small independent businesses a chance to get their name out and showcase what it is they have to offer.  

This year, we have decided to allow these businesses and vendors free admission into the festival, and also have decided to donate 5% of our ticket sales to Macgregor Rec Centre in Shuniah, to go towards their children’s programs.  MacGregor Rec Centre is also donating their time Saturday September 9th 2017 between the hours of 1pm and 4pm to run children’s activities during our Festival.

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Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL_ SJHL) - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

NHL, NHLPA unveil hockey's Declaration of Principles
Stakeholders pledge to develop, promote, support positive change in sport's culture

NHL, NHLPA unveil hockey's Declaration of Principles  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports    Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL_ SJHL)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) today unveiled hockey's Declaration of Principles - developed by and for hockey stakeholders - to advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community. This joint statement advocates the game of hockey as a powerful platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills that transcend the game.

Including the NHL and the NHLPA, 17 hockey organizations from around the world have joined together: American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA); American Hockey League (AHL); Canadian Hockey League (CHL); Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL); Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL); College Hockey Inc.; ECHL; Hockey Canada; International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF); National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); National Women's Hockey League (NWHL); North American Hockey League (NAHL); U SPORTS; United States Hockey League (USHL); and USA Hockey.

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TBRHSC switch to digital will Improve Patient Care - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Switch to digital at the Hospital will Improve Patient Care

Thunder Bay Hospital  Digital Care Improve Patient Care Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health  TBRHSC switch to digital will Improve Patient Care

Thunder Bay, ON – September 6, 2017) An important tool in patient care officially made the switch to digital today at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (the Hospital).

When patients are admitted to hospital, the next steps in their health care journey are identified and recorded. This system, called order sets, ensures everyone involved in the care team is informed and follows the same instructions. The Hospital is introducing a new way to implement order sets to improve patient care.

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PORT Thunder Bay SHIPMENTS UP 17% - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

PORT Thunder Bay SHIPMENTS UP 17%
BUSY SEPTEMBER AHEAD

Algoma Mariner loading   Grain at Superior Elevator  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Shipping   Algoma Mariner loading   Grain at Superior Elevator

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO September 5, 2017  (LSN)  The Port of Thunder Bay remains well-ahead of last year in cargo volume as of August 31.  Year-to-date grain volumes are 10% higher than last year, while total port shipments of all goods are up 17%. Shipments in August were slightly above the ten-year average for the month at 750,000 metric tonnes.  Potash and coal volumes continued to be strong, offsetting the slight dip in grain movements for the month.

A good mix of cargoes have been crossing port docks this season, including ten-year-high potash volumes and a variety of project cargoes.  

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Alberta a black hole - Monday, September 4, 2017

The Alberta's  overall score on labour market performance is in the bottom half of North American jurisdictions

Alberta Black Hole for jobs   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  Alberta a black hole for private sector jobs

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --  September 4, 2017   (LSN) Go west, young man. Not long ago that was sound advice for a young person struggling to find opportunities in Eastern and Central Canada. While it may still hold true for parts of Western Canada, it’s no longer the case for Alberta, once the pillar of western opportunity. 

A strong labour market is critical for the prosperity of workers. It matches workers looking for the right job opportunity with employers looking for workers with the right skills. 
In a high-performing labour market, opportunities abound with rapid job growth, low unemployment and high productivity. Until recently, Alberta was full of opportunities for those willing and able to work. Times have changed. 

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CRTC greater competition Internet market - Sunday, September 3, 2017

CRTC enables greater competition in the broadband Internet market

CRTC  Shaw  Tbaytel   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ      CRTC  Greater Competition for Internet Market

August 29, 2017 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)  Judith A. LaRocque, Chairperson and CEO of the CRTC “Today, the CRTC is fostering a more dynamic competitive telecommunications market by ensuring competitors have access to the wholesale services they need at reasonable prices. This decision, along with multiple decisions rendered by the CRTC in recent years, continue to help ensure a healthy wholesale market, which is crucial to providing Canadians with choice.”

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Recall Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix - Saturday, September 2, 2017

Food Recall Warning - Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix recalled due to Salmonella

Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix recalled   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health   Shore  Lunch   Salmonella

Ottawa, September 1, 2017 - Industry is recalling Shore Lunch brand Fish Breading/Batter Mix from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

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Changes Happening at Magnus - Saturday, September 2, 2017

"And yes, there are changes happening at Magnus.” 

Thom Currie Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Thom Currie   Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -   September 2, 2017   (LSN) Thom Currie has just celebrated a significant milestone: He has now officially spent one year in Thunder Bay as Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director.
 
“That’s right,” he grins on a break from rehearsal.  “I drove into Thunder Bay last year on August 28th and started work on August 29th.  It’s been a great year.”
 
The upcoming season at Magnus Theatre is the first that Currie has programmed for Thunder Bay audiences, and he has promised a revolution.  He chuckles at the reference.
 
“A revolution, any revolution, is marked by change, a change in the way things are done.  And yes, there are changes happening at Magnus.”

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO FWFN STUDENTS - Saturday, September 2, 2017

RBC FOUNDATION DONATES BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO FWFN STUDENTS

Fort William First Nation Receive School Supplies RBC  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   RBC donates School Supplies To Fort William First Nation

FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION, ONTARIO  –  September 2, 2017    (LSN)  Fort William First Nation would like to acknowledge and extend their sincerest appreciation to the RBC Foundation’s Royal Eagles Back Pack Program for their generous donation for the 2017-2018 school year.  For the second year in a row, RBC has donated funds for the FWFN Education Department to purchase and distribute 300 backpacks, lunch kits and school supplies for the students on and off reserve from the community. 

“Fort William First Nation has a long standing working relationship with RBC.  On behalf of the families of the community, thank you for the extra support towards ensuring our children return back to school ready and equipped with the essentials that they need for a successful year.”  stated, Chief Peter Collins-FWFN. BC

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Marten Falls Ring of Fire Road - Saturday, September 2, 2017

Marten Falls First Nation's North-South Road Goes to the Community and Eventually to Ring of Fire

Martin Falls Road to Ring of Fire     Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ    Road to Ring of Fire  thought Martin Falls

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, September 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --  (LSN)  Marten Falls First Nation was pleased to participate in the August 21st media announcement of the government of Ontario. What is most important for Marten Falls and has been overlooked in the announcement is the reality that the First Nation will finally, after years of negotiating and planning, get a community access road. The road to the community will follow a north-south alignment from around Aroland/Nakina and construction of the road is planned to start in 2019.

Marten Falls views the access road as a means to food security and to improving housing, education and economic opportunities. The First Nation experiences poverty, drug addiction, and social and economic challenges and has also been denied development and employment opportunities due to remoteness. Marten Falls has been looking for options to connect the community to the provincial highway for a while and although four other remote regional First Nations received $785,000 in March 2015 from the federal and provincial governments for studying an all-weather road, Marten Falls only started work on road options with the province late last year.

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CBSA Private Boaring Requirements - Saturday, September 2, 2017

Boaters not landing, anchoring, mooring or exchanging people/goods no longer need to report to CBSA

CBSA  New Boater Requirements  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors      New Private Boaters Reguirements 

HUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  --  Septembert  2, 2017   (LSN)  The reporting requirements for private boaters have changed. You no longer need to report to the CBSA if you meet the reporting exemptions detailed below.

Travellers - Reporting requirements for private boaters

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TBay Chamber NAFTA Discussions DMT - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

​CHAMBERS PARTNER TO ENSURE LOCAL BUSINESSES REPRESENTED IN NAFTA DISCUSSIONS

Thunder Bay Chamber  NAFTA  Lake Superior News
#LSN_ECON   TBay Chamber NAFTA Discussions 

THUNDER BAY, ONNTARIO  – August 30, 2017  ---   (LSN)  The Thunder Bay Chamber is partnering with the Greater Niagara, Sarnia Lambton and Windsor-Essex Regional Chambers to ensure local business interests are strongly represented in NAFTA discussions by bringing their “Protect Canadian Business by Keeping the De Minimis Threshold Low” resolution to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM, September 23-25, 2017 in Fredericton, NB.

Given that NAFTA renegotiations appear to be going forward, the four Chambers recommend that the federal government maintain the current Canadian De Minimis level of $20 to prevent granting an unfair advantage to foreign online retail sellers operating in the Canadian marketplace.

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LUTSEN MOUNTAINS SKI AREA EXPANSION - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED LUTSEN MOUNTAINS SKI AREA EXPANSION

Lutsen Mountains Ski Area   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Lutsen Mountains Ski Area  Cook County  Superior National Forest

DULUTH, MN August 30, 2017, .  (LSN)  The Forest Service would like to hear from the public on the potential expansion of the Lutsen Mountains Ski Area (Lutsen) in Northeast Minnesota.

Lutsen has expressed interest in expanding their ski resort on 550 acres of adjacent National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Superior National Forest that are administered by the Forest Service. Lutsen has documented their long-term vision for the expansion of their ski resort operations in a Master Development Plan (MDP) which is posted on Lutsen’s website. It is anticipated that Lusten will soon submit a formal proposal to the Forest Service outlining their proposed expansion project. 

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SIJHL Eveleth, Minn. All-Stars Game - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Eveleth, Minn. SIJHL Canadian vs American All-Stars

SIJHL All Star Game   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports  SIJHL Canadian vs American All-Stars

THUNDER BAY, Ontario – August 30, 2017   (LSN)  The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that they will be hosting an All-Star Game on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at the Hippodrome in Eveleth, Minn.  
Featuring a "Border Battle" format, the contest will see Canadian All-Stars taking on the American All-Stars with the game being played in the same town of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.  

The players for each team will be selected from the league's six member clubs based on their citizenship as well as by their respective efforts on the ice through the first two and a half months of the 2017-18 SIJHL regular season.

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OPP MADE MASSIVE BUST OF PURE COCAINE - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

OPP MADE MASSIVE BUST OF PURE COCAINE

Project Hope OPP  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Crime     Project Hope $250 million. Streee Value Cocaine

(ORILLIA, ON) -  August  29, 2017    (LSN)  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has concluded an intercontinental investigation that has netted 1,062 kilograms of pure cocaine - the largest single drug seizure in OPP history.

At a news conference at OPP General Headquarters in Orillia, Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES, Deputy Commissioner Rick BARNUM and representatives from the project's partner agencies unveiled details of the investigation and the stack of the evidence seized. The wholesale value of this seizure is estimated to

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Cook County Budget Public Information Sessions - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cook County Budget Public Information Sessions Begin

Cook County Budget Sessions  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Budget Sessions 

GRAND MARAIS,  COOK COUNTY MINNESOTA  - August 28, 2017 – (LSN) Cook County will begin a series of public information sessions this week as the Board of Commissioners move toward setting the preliminary levy on Sept. 19.

Meetings to give residents an update on the County’s financial position, 2018 Budget assumptions and an opportunity to ask questions are scheduled.

Setting the Budget is one of the most important decisions the Board of Commissioners makes. It directly impacts citizens through services and it’s a tool to realize the community’s goals. Each time you drive our roadways, a road is plowed, you call 911 or visit a library, community center or access child/family programs or the Courthouse, you are witnessing your tax dollars at work.

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Magnus Theatre in Education Fall Programs - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Magnus Theatre in Education Announces Fall Programming

Magnus Education  Fall Programming    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts    Magnus Education 

Thunder Bay, ON - It’s a revolution at Magnus Theatre! Magnus is excited to launch several new Theatre in Education programs for the 2017/2018 season.

Magnus is revamping the YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT’S CHALLENGE, after a hiatus of more than a decade. Playwrights between the ages of 13 and 19 are invited to submit scripts between September 8th, 2017 and February 28th, 2018. The scripts will undergo an adjudication process, and a winner and two runners up will be chosen to have their scripts workshopped on the mainstage. Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded.

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Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations at the Waverley

Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts      Vinyl Listening Stations

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  August 29, 2017    (LSN)  Libraries are transitioning from buildings full of books to community hubs forlifelong learning and in the spirit of adding a Business Incubator, Northern Nature Trading Centre and other hands-on opportunities for learning and exploring creativity, we are happy to announce TBPL’s newest installation - vinyl record listening stations.


The two record players are located upstairs at the Waverley Library. The area also features a music-inspired painting by local award-winning artist Duncan Weller and other decorations which reflect the musical history of Thunder Bay’s past. Users may select from a curated collection of fifty vinyl albums.

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2017 Duck and Goose Season - Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 fall duck and goose seasons approaching 


#LSN_Outdoors    Waterfowl season

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA, - August 28, 2017  (LSN)  “Habitat conditions look good in most areas, wild rice reports are good for hunters in the northern portions of the state and waterfowl numbers are favorable,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

Hunters have a lot to look forward to this fall when the Minnesota waterfowl season opens Saturday, Sept. 23. 
The waterfowl season will open with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year. The early goose season will open Saturday, Sept. 2 and extend through Sunday, Sept. 17.

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OMA Welcomes New Federal Health Minister - Monday, August 28, 2017

Ontario’s doctors welcome new federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor

OMA  Minister Petitpas Taylor  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Health   OMA   Look foreward to working with New Federal Heath Minister

Toronto, Ontario August  28, 2017 – (LSN)  Following news of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle today, Ontario’s doctors look forward to building a working relationship with the new federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor.

Physicians in Ontario currently face grave uncertainty following federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed federal tax changes for incorporated professionals. With approximately 20,500 doctors in Ontario holding private corporations, we hope that Minister Petitpas Taylor will act as an advocate for physicians against these changes.

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Plein Air Grand Marais North Shore - Sunday, August 27, 2017

Plein Air Grand Marais North Shore for fall colors

Plein Air Grand Marais Lake Superior News
#LSN_ Arts    Grand Marais Art Colony

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA,  August 27, 2017  (LSN)   Plein Air Grand Marais is just around the corner! Venture up the North Shore for fall colors and meet over 60 artists painting throughout Cook County in this friendly painting competition September 8 – 14th, followed by an exhibition showcasing artist’s work September 15th – October 29th

 Since 1947 the Art Colony has maintained a strong relationship between outdoor recreation and artistic pursuit due to Art Colony founder Birney Quick’s vision to form an outdoor painting school. 

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Charge your Cellphone - Sunday, August 27, 2017

How to charge your Cellphone the right way


#LSN_News  Give those batteries long, healthy lives

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, August 27, 2017  -  (LSN)  We all have Cellphones or Laptops that need to be charged. Here is some great information from Popular Science Shallow discharges and recharges are better than full ones, Once a month, let the battery undergo a full discharge to about 5 percent

Without a battery, your expensive laptop or smartphone becomes a hunk of dead electronics. And these rechargeable powerhouses have a finite lifespan: Over time, they will start losing power faster and taking longer to charge.
To extend the battery's useful life for as long as possible, you need to take care of your device properly. That means adopting good charging habits and taking care with battery storage. Here's what you need to know.

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Fraser Institute study reveals “massive” cash grab - Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fraser Institute study reveals “massive” cash grab

Fraser Institute Massive Tax Grab  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Opinion  Where does it all go?
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO August 27, 2017 (LSN) A new Fraser Institute study shows that the average Canadian family pays 42.5 per cent in taxes, including all types, demonstrating how much the government has been whittling away at our paycheques over the last 55 years

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Lakeview African Children’s Choir - Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lakeview Presbyterian Church hosting African Children’s Choir

African Children’s Choir Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Lakeview has hosted the African Children’s Choir previously on 3 occasions

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  August 26, 2017  (LSN)  Lakeview has hosted the African Children’s Choir previously on 3 occasions (2005, 2008 and 2015).

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.  The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites.  Concerts are free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. 

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Welfare cheques for thousands of illegal border crossers. - Friday, August 25, 2017

The Quebec government is planning to hand out welfare cheques to thousands of illegal border crossers

Welfare cheques for thousands of illegal border crossers
#LSN_Opinion  Welfare cheques for thousands of illegal border crossers

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 25, 2017  (LSN)  Quebec’s employment Minister Simon Laboissonniere estimates that 4,000 people will get the cheques for September.

According to the Canadian Press, the minimum payment per month will be $632 per person, and some will get more based on their family status.

The cheques will be given out over three days starting next Wednesday at Montreal’s Palais des congres convention centre.
After getting the cheques, the illegal border crossers will be asked to find a permanent place to live.

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SIJHL Announces preseason schedule - Friday, August 25, 2017

SIJHL  Announces league’s exhibition Games 2017-18 Season

SIJHL  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports  SIJHL  Announces preseason schedule 

THUNDER BAY, Ont. –  Auguest 25, 2017  (LSN) The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday its preseason schedule heading into the 2017-18 campaign.

There are presently 10 contests on the league’s exhibition slate with preseason action set to begin on Friday, Sept. 8 as the Fort Frances Lakers host the Minnesota Iron Rangers while the Thief River Falls Norskies travel to Manitoba to take on the Winkler Flyers (MJHL) in a pair of 7:30 p.m. CT starts.

Winkler and Thief River Falls will then finish off a home-and-home set the following evening at Ralph Engelstad Arena at 7 p.m. CT.

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First Nations Clarify Infrastructure Development - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Northern First Nations Leadership clarify involvement in Infrastructure Development following Province’s Ring of Fire Announcement

Ring of Fire Road
#LSN_News  First Nations Clarify Infrastructure Development

Thunder Bay, ONTARIO, August 22nd, 2017 - (LSN)  Leaders from Webequie and Nibinamik First Nations are clarifying their position for community members and neighbouring communities today following the recent announcement by the Province of Ontario with Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The two participating First Nations have signed a Joint Community Access Infrastructure Planning Agreement to collaborate on a specific study that could potentially bring a multi-purpose corridor to its communities and the Northern Ontario region. A multi-purpose corridor could connect the two communities to existing regional infrastructure and potential future developments.

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Grandview Lodge Student Education and Care Centre Mataw First Nation - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Grandview Lodge Student Education and Care Centre Mataw First Nation

Grandview Lodge Mataw First Nation Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   Grandview Lodge to be converted

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 22, 2017 – (LSN) City Council will be considering authorizing a Letter of Intent with Matawa First Nations Management at Committee of the Whole on August 28.

The report recommends that the City grant the former Grandview Lodge building and property to Matawa for the purpose of redeveloping it as a Student Education and Care Centre for high school students from Matawa First Nations.

Matawa First Nations Management is a tribal council with nine member Ojibway and Cree First Nations, including Aroland First Nation, Constance Lake First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation, Ginoogaming First Nation, Long Lake #58 First Nation, Marten Falls First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation and Webequie First Nation.

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2,010 JOBS AT RISK IN THUNDER BAY DISTRICT - Monday, August 21, 2017

2,010 JOBS AT RISK IN THUNDER BAY DISTRICT FROM BILL 148

Jobs at Risk Thunder Bay District Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ   
Hardest hit sectors include: accommodations & food services, retail, and private health care and social services

THUNDER BAY. Ontario –  August 21, 2017   (LSN)  Further details were released today regarding the projected local impacts of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. Economic analysis undertaken by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), revealed that if the legislation is implemented as currently drafted, it will place 2,010 jobs at risk in Thunder Bay District.

“The pace of change proposed in Bill 148 will hurt our city and our region,” says Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  “The data shows that the accommodations & food sector will be hit hardest with 220 jobs at risk, followed by 170 retail jobs at risk, and 140 private health care and social assistance jobs at risk.  We are calling on the Premier to slow down the implementation of this legislation to avoid these unintended consequences and protect jobs and the most vulnerable in Thunder Bay.”

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Craft Beer Thirst Benefits Local Charity - Monday, August 21, 2017

Craft Beer Thirst Benefits Local Charity

BrewHa  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   Craft Beer Thirst Benefits March of Dimes

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  August 21, 2017   (LSN)   A portion of the BrewHa Craft Beer Festival 's proceeds of ticket sales plus the funds generated by #CopperfinAle will support the local Thunder Bay Stroke Recovery Canada Chapter, a program of the March of Dimes Canada. The total contribution for the 2017 festival is $7500, bringing the total contribution to local charities to $15,000 over three years.  “When you step back and look at the amount raised through this event over the last 3 years, it truly is remarkable and it also speaks to how much it means to the community to be able to not only enjoy the festival but help support the efforts of our local charities,” said Kerry Berlinquette, Co-Chair of the BrewHa Festival Organizing Committee. "We can't wait to bring this festival back next year for more smiles on Lake Superior."

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Thubnderwolves Season Tickets on Sale - Sunday, August 20, 2017

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY

Thunderwolves Hockey Lake Superior News
#LSN_Sports   Thunderwolves Hockey

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 20, 2017  (LSN) Welcome back for another year of Lakehead Thunderwolves Hockey. The home opener is set for September 29 versus the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks

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“Buy Canadian” In NAFTA Negotiations - Sunday, August 20, 2017

We should take a tough stance in support of our right to “Buy Canadian” for projects funded with our taxpayer dollars

“Buy Canadian” In NAFTA Negotiations
#LSN_Opinion  “Buy Canadian” In NAFTA Negotiations

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  August 20, 2017  (LSN)  A new report says the U.S. government is planning to heavily push their “Buy American” plan in the NAFTA negotiations.
 

According to the Canadian Press, “While it’s being pulled in one direction by Canada and Mexico, urging it to reduce Buy American rules for public-works contracts, and in the other direction by domestic U.S. politicians seeking an increase in Buy American, the administration has issued a reminder that it’s working on a separate path.”

The U.S. says they’re working on a domestic study of the issue – and it’s expected their negotiators will say they can’t discuss it until that study concludes as they have issued a notice asking for public input. This effectively locks in the “Buy American” policy direction in the U.S. which is to be expected under an administration that explicitly campaigned on that idea.
As Dan Ujczo – a trade lawyer in Ohio – pointed out to the Canadian Press, “The issuance of this notice is a deliberate strategy for the USTR (US Trade Representative) to then say, ‘We can’t really talk about procurement, it’s a multilateral issue, it’s much broader than the NAFTA … and we have a process underway so we really can’t put this on the table for discussion.”
“So I think this is a way to essentially shut down that discussion…In my view, the U.S. is playing hardball on this issue.”

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Thunder Bay Host 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games - Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thunder Bay Wins Bid to Host 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games


Thunder Bay to host 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games
#LSN_Sports Thunder Bay to Host Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 18, 2017 –  (LSN)  Special Olympics Canada announced today that Thunder Bay has been awarded the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. The finalists were Thunder Bay and Regina, Saskatchewan.

The bid theme was “Hearts of Gold” to highlight Thunder Bay’s community spirit and the fact that 2020 will be the City of Thunder Bay’s 50th Golden Anniversary year.

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Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour - Friday, August 18, 2017

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tou
#LSN_Outdoors    Fall Studio Tour’

Cook County, Minnesota. – August 18, 2017 –   (LSN) A group of local artists and gallery owners joined with Visit Cook County to revive and reimagine the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, which retired last year after 20 successful years. 

The new event, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, will feature 14 stops and more than 40 artists along one of the most scenic fall color drives in Minnesota. The event will give visitors an opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local art galleries. The dates for the Fall Studio Tour are Sept. 29 – Oct. 8, 2017.

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CBSA seize firearm and stun gun - Thursday, August 17, 2017

CBSA  seize firearm and stun gun 

CBSA Seize hand gun Pigeon River
##Crime CBSA  seize firearm and stun gun Pigeon River

THUNDER BAY, PIGEON RIVER, ONTARIO  August 17, 2017  (LSN)  On August 8, 2017, two individuals seeking entry to Canada were referred for secondary examination.

During examination of the vehicle, border services officers found a list of things to pack, which included an item “pistol/shells.” Upon questioning, the driver admitted to having a concealed loaded handgun in the camper.

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WTIP 10th Annual Radiowaves Music Festival - Thursday, August 17, 2017

WTIP 10th Annual Radiowaves Music Festival

WTIP Radiowaves
#LSN_Outdoors WTIP 10th Annual Radiowaves Music Festival

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  August 17, 2017  (LSN)  The 10th annual Radio Waves Music Festival will take place September 8-10th at Sweetheart's Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. This marks the 10th year of the family-friendly festival, which features three days of live music from a diverse mix of local and regional artists. 

Sponsored by WTIP North Shore Community Radio, the Radio Waves Music Festival features a diverse line-up that reflects the incredible talent and diversity of North Shore musicians. This year’s line-up offers a variety of genres, from rock to folk, jazz, swing, and country.

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Kubota mini excavator stolen in Shuniah - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kubota mini excavator stolen in Shuniah

 Kubota mini excavator Shuniah Stolen
#LSN_Crime    Kubota mini excavator stolen in Shuniah

THUNDER BAY, ON - August 16, 2017  (LSN)  Officers from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a theft that occurred in the Municipality of Shuniah.

The item stolen is a Kubota mini excavator. The theft occurred at the parking lot of the Shuniah Volunteer Fire Hall on Lakeshore Drive sometime between August 10 and August 14, 2017.

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LU Thunderwolves add  NCAA DEFENCEMAN Callum Fryer - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

LU Thunderwolves add NCAA DEFENCEMAN Callum Fryer

Lakehead University Thunderwolves Callum Fryer
#LSN_Sports  LU Thunderwolves add  NCAA DEFENCEMAN Callum Fryer

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  Auguest 15, 2017  (LSN)   Lakehead University and the Thunderwolves hockey team are pleased to announce that defenceman Callum Fryer has committed to the program.

The 21-year-old rearguard played the past two seasons with the University of Massachusetts where he led the team in blocked shots both years. Like his former UMass teammate Nic Renyard who committed to Lakehead last month, Fryer has three years of athletic eligibility remaining.

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Northwest Region Fires August 14th - Monday, August 14, 2017

Northwest Region Fires August 14th

Summer Beaver
#LSN_Outdoors   An Incident Management Team is in place to manage the fire and limit its spread toward the community of Nibinamik  (Summer Beaver) to the south.

THUNDER BAY, August 14, 2017  (LSN)  Northwest Region   There were 6 new fires confirmed by the afternoon of August 12 in the Northwest Region and new lightning strikes in the north were bringing in more reports.

There were 35 new fires confirmed by day’s end on August 11. Multiple fires remain active in the region, totaling 125 fires at the time of this report. One fire of note is Red Lake Fire 066 within the community of Sandy Lake First Nation. It required aggressive attack from the ground and the air under extreme fire hazard conditions. It is responding well to suppression efforts.

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185,000 ONTARIO JOBS AT RISK FROM BILL 148 - Monday, August 14, 2017

185,000 ONTARIO JOBS AT RISK FROM BILL 148

Thunder Bay Chamber Commerce Jobs at Risk
#LSN_Econ   185,000 ONTARIO JOBS AT RISK FROM BILL 148

THUNDER BAY - ONTARIO - August 14, 2017  (LSN)  Today the Keep Ontario Working Coalition (KOW), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, released the first and only independent economic impact analysis of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. Conducted by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), the study revealed that if the legislation is implemented as currently drafted, there will be significant, sudden and sizable uncertainty for Ontario jobs, economy and communities.

The study concludes that these vast, unprecedented reforms will put about 185,000 jobs at risk in the first two years, greatly impacting Ontario's most vulnerable workers.

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CREE FIRST NATION’S EMMA MORRISON, CROWNED MISS TEENAGE CANADA - Monday, August 14, 2017

CREE FIRST NATION’S EMMA MORRISON, CROWNED MISS TEENAGE CANADA 

Emma Morrison Miss Teenage Canada
LSN_News  Emma Morrison Miss Teenage Canada  with parents Roland & Alana Morrison

THUNDER BAY, ON:  August 14, 2017  (:SN) Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates 17-year-old Chapleau Cree First Nation member Emma Morrison, who was crowned Miss Teenage Canada over the weekend

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Badanai Theatre presents GREASED - Summer Theatre with a Twist - Monday, August 14, 2017

Badanai Theatre presents GREASED - Summer Theatre with a Twist

Badanai Theatre presents GREASED
#LSN_Arts   Badanai Theatre presents GREASED 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   August 14, 2017   (LSN)  Greased takes us back to 1959 and it’s back to school for Danielle Zippo (Carly Martin), the leader of the T-Birdies the "mean girls" of Rydell High, and new “good boy” Sandy Olsen (Hudson Drew Morash) who try to relive the high romance of their “summer nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances it way through popular 50’s tunes such as “Yakety-Yak”, “Leader of the Pack”, “Book of Love”, “Mama Said”, “The Twist”, and many more. The cast is rounded out with Buddy Rizzo (Micheal Bogensberger) a shy, rather awkward young geek who befriends Sandy, Penelope (Katherine Nemec) as Danielle’s best friend and a great mechanic and fighter of boys, Sunny (Olivia McInnis) who enjoys putting other people on by pretending she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and Mr. Jack Hass (Spencer Hari) an algebra teacher, Chess club coach and Glee club adviser. This actors cast in these roles will surely deliver a full throttle of laughs in this production of Greased.

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Algoma Street Closed for Open Streets Program - Saturday, August 12, 2017

Algoma Street Closed for Open Streets Program

Algoma Street Closed
#LSN_Outdoors  Algoma Street Closed to Vehicles for Open Streets Program

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -- August 12, 2017  (LSN)  On Sunday, August 20th people can experience Algoma St. like never before! The public is invited to walk, bike, skate board, roller blade, dance, and play at Open Streets Thunder Bay. From noon to 3 pm, Algoma St. from John St. to Boulevard Lake will be closed to cars, save for police-directed intersections at Bay St, Pearl St, Red River Rd and River St where traffic may cross. Algoma residents are encouraged to park their vehicle on a side street before 11:30 am if they will need to travel before 3:30 pm on August 20th.

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OFAH  EcoSuperior Invasive Plant Walking Tour - Saturday, August 12, 2017

OFAH EcoSuperior Invasive Plant Walking Tour

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#LSN_Outdoors   OFAH  EcoSuperior Invasive Plant Walking Tour

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  August 12, 2017  -(LSN)  Ontario is home to 441 invasive plant species. Many of these plants have been introduced to Thunder Bay and the surrounding area, and they are a threat to local biodiversity. On Thursday, August 17th at 6:00 p.m., Sarah Friesen, OFAH Invasive Species Community Outreach Liaison, will host the Invasive Plant Walking Tour to increase awareness of invasive species and how they spread. The tour will begin with a short introduction to invasive plant identification, monitoring, and control. There will be free invasive species informational resources for participants to take.

The walk will take place in the trails beside Boulevard Lake, and will start and finish in the parking lot at the end of Clarke St. off of Algoma. The route is mostly flat but there may be some uneven footing. The tour will be approximately one hour total at an easy to moderate pace. Participants are advised to bring sturdy walking shoes, a reusable water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing.

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BATTLE OF FORT WILLIAM - Saturday, August 12, 2017

 BATTLE OF FORT WILLIAM

FORT WILLIAM HISTORICAL PARK’S BATTLE OF FORT WILLIAM
#LSN_Outdoors   FORT WILLIAM HISTORICAL PARK’S BATTLE OF FORT WILLIAM

Thunder Bay, ONTARIO, August 11, 2017 –  (LSN) Hear the cannons roar during Fort William Historical Park’s (FWHP) Battle of Fort William on August 19th and 20th from 10am to 5pm daily.

FWHP staff and volunteer re-enactors from across North America come together to present this thrilling event, filled with action, drama and suspense. This fictional battle is based on the North West Company’s military tactics during the Battle of 1812, which was a conflict fought between the United States of America and the British Empire.

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KEEWAYWIN AWARDS RECOGNIZE ACCOMPLISHMENTS - Thursday, August 10, 2017

KEEWAYWIN AWARDS RECOGNIZE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

NAN KEEWAYWIN AWARDS
#LSN_News   KEEWAYWIN AWARDS

LAC SEUL FIRST NATION,  Ontario   August 10, 2017  (LSN) Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the NAN Executive Council, congratulates recipients of the 2017 Keewaywin Awards for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to our Nation.

“On behalf of the Chiefs and Councils of NAN I am honoured to congratulate this year’s award recipients for their outstanding achievements and commitment to improving the lives of others,” said NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “Their accomplishments are the result of hard work and dedication, and the leadership they demonstrate on a daily basis is an inspiration to us all.”

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Stillwater artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stillwater artist wins trout  and salmon stamp contest 

Stillwater artist wins trout  and salmon stamp contest  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Stillwater artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA -  August 10, 2017   (LSN) Stillwater artist Nicholas Markell has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brown trout. The painting was selected by judges from among 14 submissions for the annual contest.

Markell is now a two-time winner of the trout stamp contest, having previously won in 2012. Four entries advanced to the final stage of judging during the contest Aug. 3 at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. Other finalists were Scott Wenner, second place; Ted Hansen, third place; and Richard Goodkind, fourth place.

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August 8Board of Commissioners Meeting - Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 8Board of Commissioners Meeting 

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#LSN_News   August 8Board of Commissioners Meeting

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA - August 10, 2017 – (LSN) Following are highlights and key priorities covered at the Tuesday, Aug 8 Board of Commissioners Meeting:

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Minimum wage hikes hurt most vulnerable - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Minimum wage hikes hurt most vulnerable

Minimum wage hikes hurt
#LSN_Opinion   Minimum wage hikes hurt most vulnerable

VANCOUVER, B.C./Troy Media/ August 8, 2017  (LSN) – With many of Canada’s largest provinces (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia) either committing to or considering a minimum wage of $15 per hour, many analysts – including us – note that this policy will hurt many vulnerable workers by reducing job opportunities.

But in an open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, 53 “economic experts” dismissed this concern as “fear-mongering” and “out of line with the latest economic research.”

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SIJHL team training camps - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SIJHL Team Training Camps

SIJHL team training camps
#LSN_Sports  SIJHL team training camps

THUNDER BAY, Ont. –  August 8, 2017   (LSN) With the start of the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s 2017-18 season just six weeks away, the main training camps for each of its respective clubs is rapidly approaching.

The following a breakdown on each team’s upcoming camps along with other related information:

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Small game hunter survey results released - Monday, August 7, 2017

Small Game Hunter Survey Results Released

Minnesota Small Game Hunting Survey
#LSN_Outdoors  Minnesota Small game hunter survey results released

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA  August 7, 2017   (LSN)  Fewer small game hunters took to the field in 2016 as compared to the previous season. By species, grouse hunters were up slightly, but duck, goose and pheasant hunters were down slightly, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual small game survey.

There were 67,301 duck hunters in 2016, fewer than the previous year, which led to a decline in the duck harvest from 663,811 in 2015 to 606,458 but the take per active hunter was up slightly in 2016 (9.0 ducks per hunter compared to 8.7 ducks per hunter in 2015).

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CBP officers seize counterfeit goods at Ranier Rail Facility - Monday, August 7, 2017

CBP officers seize counterfeit goods at Ranier Rail Facility

CBP International Falls
#LSN_Crime     CBP officers seize counterfeit goods at Ranier Rail Facility

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. —  August 7, 2017   (LSN)  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the International Falls Port of Entry (POE) recently targeted a rail container destined for the Ranier POE. In early August, CBP officers inspected the container and discovered merchandise that violated multiple laws and regulations.

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Trudeau Refuses To Say Illegal Border Crossings Should Stop - Sunday, August 6, 2017

Trudeau Refuses To Say Illegal Border Crossings Should Stop

Trudeau Refuses To Say Illegal Border Crossings Should Stop
#LSN_Opinion  Trudeau Refuses To Say Illegal Border Crossings Should Stop

THUNDERE BAY, ONTARIO,  August 6, 2017  (LSN)  As resources are strained due to a massive surge of illegal border crossings, Justin Trudeau is facing increasing criticism for not doing anything to reduce the influx.

While at an event in Ontario, reporters tried to ask Trudeau if he thought the illegal border crossings should stop.

Trudeau Refuses To Say Illegal Border Crossings Should Stop - Spencer Fernando 

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Movies Night Marina Park - Sunday, August 6, 2017

Movies Night Marina Park

Movie Nights Marina Park  ~ Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors  Movie Nights on the Waterfront

THUNDER BAY, ONTAIO  August 6, 2017 (LSN)  Movie Nights on the Waterfront are a series of free outdoor film screenings that take place at Marina Park. Movie Nights include the summer Family Series (August & September), a Special Halloween Screening in October and, new for 2017, a ThunderCon Movie Night, scheduled to coincide with the main ThunderCon event. 

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SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS IN NORTH WEST REGION - Saturday, August 5, 2017

SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS IN NORTH WEST REGION

OPP Northwest Region
#LSN_Crime  SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS IN NORTH WEST REGION

(THUNDER BAY, ON) -  August 5, 2017  (LSN)  The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in North West Region has investigated 11 fatal motor vehicle collisions between January 1, 2017 and July 31, 2017. This is a significant increase form the same time period in 2016 where 4 fatal motor vehicle collisions occurred.

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City Hall Sounds - Saturday, August 5, 2017

City Hall Sounds

City Hall Sounds  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News   City Hall Sounds

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - August 3, 2017 (LSN)  The City of Thunder Bay’s Crime Prevention Council announced the fifth annual edition of City Hall Sounds today, which will bring live entertainment, local food trucks, and community partner information booths to the South Core neighbourhood. 

“City Hall Sounds is about celebrating Thunder Bay and its people. It’s about building our sense of community and making our city safer and more inclusive,” said Jeff Upton, Chair of the Crime Prevention Council. “I invite everyone to come out and enjoy these community events and the urban public space at City Hall. It’s a great way to spend a lunch hour and it contributes to community safety.”

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Abortion Pill Available Across Ontario at No Cost - Saturday, August 5, 2017

Abortion Pill Available Across Ontario at No Cost

Abortion Pill Available Across Ontario  ~ Lake Superior News
LSN_Health   Abortion Pill Available Across Ontario at No Cost

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 5, 2017   (LSN)  Ontario is giving women more choice over their reproductive health by making Mifegymiso, a safe and effective medical alternative to surgical abortion, available at no cost.

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, on behalf of Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre in Toronto today to announce that, as of August 10, 2017, women with a valid health card and prescription from their doctor or nurse practitioner will be able to get the drug for free at participating pharmacies across the province.

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Largest Beer Festival in the North Just Got Bigger - Saturday, August 5, 2017

 Largest Beer Festival in the North Just Got Bigger

BrewHa Craft Beer Festival Lake Superior News
#LSN_Outdoors   BrewHa Craft Beer Festival

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  August 5, 2017 –  (LSN)  BrewHa Craft Beer Festival August 11 and 12 mark the dates for BrewHa! Craft Beer Festival brought to you by Copperfin Credit Union. Over eighty varieties of craft beer will be available for sampling paired with local food vendors and local musicians performing at the Festival Area of Prince Arthur’s Landing. It is expected that over 5000 beer fans will be together to celebrate all that is craft over the weekend making this the largest craft beer festival yet in Northern Ontario.

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

Magna International Warnings to Leave Ontario

Ontario Premier Wynne
#LSN_Opinion   Magna International Warnings to Leave Ontario 

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

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

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

    As reported by BNN, the warning from Magna was clear: ‘”We find ourselves in the very untenable position of questioning whether we will be able to continue to operate at historic levels in this province,” warned Magna Chief Human Resources Officer Marc Neeb in a submission to a committee studying the legislation.”

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