Search User Login Menu

News Ontario

News from Across Northern Ontario, Northwestern, Northeastern, Ontario, Lake Superior New From Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Marathon, Terrace Bay, White River, Greenstone, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, and North Bay, Ontario

Latest Ontario News

Province Moves to Step One of Reopening on Friday

Province Moves to Step One of Reopening on Friday

Thunder Bay District Health Unit Annonced

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~  June 10, 2021  (LSN)   The Government of Ontario has announced that the province will be...

Northeastern Ontario (Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay)




THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~   June 3, 2021   (LSN) Today, Thursday June 3,2021 Mirror Mirror Salon located at 2613...


Northwestern Ontairo Kenora, Dryden Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay, Marathon

Serving up a Multi-Use Pig's Breakfast

Serving up a Multi-Use Pig's Breakfast

Multi-Use Turf Facility Plus New Police Station

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  May 9, 2021  (LSN)    Well, the goings on at Thunder Bay City Council are about to take another interesting turn as the options regarding the Multi-Use Turf Facility are about to be reserved as a re-warmed back to the future option.  As we all know, Thunder Bay City Council voted 7-5 against awarding a tender for construction of the project which with a debenture and interest would have cost $46 million.  Many in the community balked at this type of expense coming at a time when economic prospects are uncertain given the pandemic as well as the incidence of other infrastructure issues including the ongoing leaky pipe saga and a new police station.

In the wake of this setback for the proponents of the project, there has been a regrouping to consider further options including perhaps relocating to the area near the Canada Games Complex given the better soil conditions as well as access to municipal infrastructure.  The previous project was quite expensive in part because of the need to extend some municipal infrastructure (such as water) as well as drive piles more than a few stories underground to support the structure. 

Now the options include going back to a bubble dome concept at the CLE Grounds as articulated by one councillor in an op-ed which essentially amounts to rebuilding what was there in the same manner.  Apparently this might cost about $5 million on the part of the City of Thunder Bay (which is indeed substantially lower than the previous $46 million fixed roof option) and has even garnered nearly 60 percent support in a TBNewswatch Poll.  Needless to say, there will likely be pushback from the Mayor and other supporters of the fixed roof option.  And while the new proposal for reconstituting the bubble on its former site makes a lot of sense, the question remains why spend $5 million on that when private interests would have built it out of their own money – an option the city of Thunder Bay did not support.  Indeed, this alternate proposal now seems to have lapsed.

This has become a veritable pig’s breakfast of a policy issue and in the end a lot of time has been wasted in this discussion coming full circle like this.  Apparently vehicular roundabouts are not the only circular projects Thunder Bay City Council likes, as policy roundabouts and turns are also another specialty.  While this is the most sensible option, it has become pretty clear that it is was not a more expensive turf facility per se that was the preferred option of Thunder Bay City Council but any option that involved spending municipal money rather than allowing a private sector solution.  Still, at $5 million, this may swing over a number of others on Council.  This type of facility is actually something that should occur  by the current needs of the recreation community in Thunder Bay. 

If this is really about providing a venue for soccer, then this is probably as good as it gets. The savings of going with a bubble dome option are substantial and needed.  After all, the City of Thunder Bay faces numerous expenses from assorted lawsuits in the years to come over issues with its water system going back to the 2012 flood.  And there are likely more lawsuits to come from insurance companies as they quietly collect samples of leaky pipes from assorted households and do their own analysis before launching massive suits to recover their costs.  If Thunder Bay City Council really wants to get a facility in place before other unforeseen expenses pile up, they might want to act quickly before they are diverted again on the policy roundabout.

LSN_TBay  #LSN_Econ 

My photo


The Northern Economist blog started on Shaw Webspace as commentary and analysis of economic issues and policy from a Northern Ontario perspective by Livio Di Matteo, Professor of Economics at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It had regular posts from November 2010 to February 2012. Posts continued on Northern Economist 2.0 until 2013 when I took an extended break. Occasional posts resumed effective December 2016. With Shaw terminating its blog space functions, I have archived the old posts at:


Follow LSN on Twitter

Ontario Events

«June 2021»
  • Magnus Theatre Presents Stolen, Azhen
    Magnus Theatre Presents Stolen, Azhen

    Magnus Theatre Presents Stolen, Azhen

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  June 10, 2021  (LSN)  What does reconciliation look like in Canada today? That’s the idea behind Magnus Theatre’s upcoming student-led Collective Creation Project. The Collective Creation Project is an annual cooperative effort between Magnus Theatre and local high school students from across the city to create a play around a relevant social issue. Students are guided by professional theatre staff in all aspects of creation, including writing, staging, and performance.

    #LSN_TBay  #LSN_Arts 

    Read more
  • Kam River Fighting Walleye: Fishing Derby
    Kam River Fighting Walleye: Fishing Derby

    Kam River Fighting Walleye: Fishing Derby

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~~ May 13, 2021 (LSN)  The Kam River Fighting Walleye is excited to announce details on it’s 1st Annual catch-and-release Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 10th: “KRFW Fishing Fest presented by Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. in support of the Staal Family Foundation. On Saturday, May 15th, registration for the event will open at 12pm. The early bird registration fee is $50, and Under 16 participants can fish for free if accompanied by a registered participant. Being that the official date of the derby is amid family fishing weekend, all types of participants are encouraged to register: especially families, veteran and rookie anglers. 

    #LSN_Sports  #LSN_Outdoors  #LSN_CircleTour

    Read more

Latest News

No content

A problem occurred while loading content.

Previous Next

Lake Superior News
Grand Portage Minnesota

Lake Superior Media

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Northern Ontario

Send Media Releases to:

Lake Superior News

Thunder Bay, Ontario


    You Tube Lake Superior News   Twitter Lake Superior New  Face Book Lake Superior News

Website Powered by DNN 4 Less

Copyright 2007 ~ 2021 Lake Superior Media.
Back To Top