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Thunder Bay Rain Tax Exposed

Thunder Bay Rain Tax Exposed

City paid a quarter of a million dollars for a study

#LSN_TBay THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, February 18. 2020  (LSN)  City hall is where transparency goes to die. The proof? City...
Why Would Anyone Invest In Canada Now?

Why Would Anyone Invest In Canada Now?

Our country can’t even manage a tiny number of blockading radicals.

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  - February 17, 2020  (LSN) In theory, Canada should be richest country on earth on a per capita...
Thunderwolves edged by Rams in OT

Thunderwolves edged by Rams in OT

eliminated from playoffs

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, February 16, 2020   (LSN) Despite a spirited effort, the Lakehead Thunderwolves fell 2-1 in overtime to the...
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Lake Superior Circle Tour

Celebrating the life of Terry Fox

Celebrating the life of Terry Fox

Put Terry Fox on the new Five Dollar Bill

#LSN_CircleTour THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  January 15, 2020  (LSN)  Terry Fox has always been a beacon of light to me and his...
From tree-killing infestation

From tree-killing infestation

arises hope for diverse forest

TWO HARBOURS, MINNESOTA  February 5, 2020  (LSN)  As the ongoing spruce budworm outbreak turns dense, single-species stands of...
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Public Safety

CDC Confirms 15th Case of Coronavirus in USA

CDC Confirms 15th Case of Coronavirus in USA

spreading coronavirus outbreak will hit the Canadian economy,

Thunder Bay, ONTARIO  February 13, 2020  (LSN)  CDC today confirmed another infection with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in...
OPP Jamie Dryden FEDERAL OFFENDER WANTED

OPP Jamie Dryden FEDERAL OFFENDER WANTED

known to frequent Thunder Bay area

TORONTO, ONTARIO - February 13, 2020  (LSN)  The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public's...
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Arts

TBSO signs up Music Director

TBSO signs up Music Director

Paul Haas for another four years

#LSN_Arts Thunder Bay, Ontario  January 23, 2020  (LSN)   After a brief but thorough renegotiation process, TBSO...
Songwriter Supporting the Carousel Restoration

Songwriter Supporting the Carousel Restoration

One String Wonder project, a Music Video

#LSN_Arts THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  October 7, 2019  (LSN) Thunder Bay: Local Singer-Songwriter Megan Nadin has recorded a music...
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Thunder Bay Rain Tax Exposed

Thunder Bay Rain Tax Exposed

City paid a quarter of a million dollars for a study

#LSN_TBay THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, February 18. 2020  (LSN)  City hall is where transparency goes to die. The proof? City...
Cook County Public Health Community Outreach

Cook County Public Health Community Outreach

County Connections Grace Grinager and Hartley Newell-Acero

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  February 14, 2020  (LSN) Since 1998, Cook County PHHS and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic staff have worked in...
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Economy

Thunder Bay Council ~ Province at ROMA

Thunder Bay Council ~ Province at ROMA

What the Province offered What the TBay Asked

TORONTO, ONTARIO January 22, 2020 (LSN)  While speaking at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) annual conference, Premier Doug Ford announced the province is now accepting applications for a new intake this year under the RED program. As part of the government's Plan to Build Ontario Together, Ontario is helping rural communities across the province attract investment, create jobs and boost economic development through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program.

"Many rural communities are feeling left behind," said Premier Doug Ford. "We need to make sure everyone, no matter where they live, can find a good job, grow a business, start a family, and build a better life for themselves. The RED program is one of the many ways that our government is helping to bring real benefits to more communities in rural Ontario."

Rural communities and regions, Indigenous communities and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and local service boards can all apply for the RED program starting today through February 24, 2020.

As part of the program's Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream, the province will cover up to 50% of the costs for eligible projects that help remove barriers to job creation and attract investment and skilled workers that will help regions grow. The Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream of the program enables the province to cover up to 30% of eligible minor capital projects that help spur economic growth, such as restoring museums and heritage sites, setting up community hubs, and streetscaping.

The Ontario government is also working with our federal partners and the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project to provide a combined investment of nearly $35 million for a broadband pilot in rural communities across Ontario. SWIFT is taking the next step today by awarding contracts to successful bidders to help bring better broadband service to three counties in Southwestern Ontario.

"This investment will help SWIFT move forward on projects that will provide broadband access to approximately 11,000 more homes and businesses across Norfolk, Wellington and Lambton counties," said Minister Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "Having high-speed Internet access is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity that allows our businesses to connect to global markets, enables students and workers to learn and upgrade their skills, and allows people to bank or shop online."

The Ontario government is committed to helping build stronger rural communities that can attract investment and jobs to their region and promote new economic opportunities for their residents.

The government is also supporting rural Ontario through additional measures that include:

  • Responding to farmer and rural municipality concerns by introducing Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019 in the Ontario Legislature. If passed, the legislation will better protect farmers, their families, their employees, animals, livestock transporters, and the province's food supply.
  • Providing $450,000 in new funding for the Rural Ontario Institute, an organization that provides leadership development programs for agriculture, rural businesses and organizations that help drive economic development and promote leadership in rural communities.
  • Hosting a series of economic roundtables to listen to the views of people living in rural Ontario to understand how best to leverage the potential for economic growth in their communities. The first roundtable took place on January 19 at ROMA.
  • Developing the new AgriSuite, a valuable suite of tools for farmers, land use planners and municipalities encompassing a phosphorus risk assessment to support environmental sustainability and Nutrient Management Planning tools that help to protect drinking water sources.

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Thunder Bay Delegation Brings Priorities to Provincial Level

Thunder Bay’s key priorities were addressed during the 2020 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto this week.         

A delegation led by Councillor Brian McKinnon, Chair – Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, along with Mayor Bill Mauro, and City Manager Norm Gale brought forward community issues to lobby for action and/or funding, and promote Thunder Bay’s important issues relevant to the community.

“The ROMA Conference allows us to strengthen our city’s relationship with the Province by providing opportunities to connect with those who can help drive progress for Thunder Bay and indeed the north,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “Our delegation presented on a number of key priorities with a goal to forge ahead in a positive direction.”

The Thunder Bay delegation secured meetings with Provincial Ministers, and/or designates, including:                                        

  • Doug Downey, Attorney General, Ministry of the Solicitor General
  • Sylvia Jones, Ministry of the Solicitor General
  • Parliamentary Assistant, Parm Gill, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Health
  • Parliamentary Assistant Stan Cho, Ministry of Finance

 

“Overall, our efforts at connecting with Provincial Ministers to discuss our priorities were a success,” said Councillor McKinnon, Chair of Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. “We had time to speak to key issues facing our city and region, including lobbying for crucial work needed for the Bombardier Plant.” 

Key priorities the Thunder Bay delegation lobbied for included:

  • Collection of Provincial Offences Act (POA) fines
  • Police Services Funding
  • Next Gen 911
  • Evacuation Procedures
  • Shelter House funding
  • Bombardier
  • Detox beds
  • Crisis Centre for Mental Health and Addictions
  • Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund

 

The ROMA 2020 conference program brought forward a wide range of issues that are critically important to rural municipalities, and brought together municipal leaders from all over Ontario together with Provincial politicians to discuss and advance the priorities of rural communities.

The Thunder Bay delegation was also a part of the NOMA Multi Minister Session where they spoke to many issues.

Overall, the conference saw keynote presenters such as the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, along with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Minister of Health, and leaders of the NDP, Liberal and Green Party of Ontario.

 

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Health

9,000 homes with lead service pipes

9,000 homes with lead service pipes

w...

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  February 10, 2020  (LSN)  As the City of Thunder Bay makes changes to the drinking water, lead levels at...
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Outdoors Tourism

From tree-killing infestation

From tree-killing infestation

arises hope for diverse forest

TWO HARBOURS, MINNESOTA  February 5, 2020  (LSN)  As the ongoing spruce budworm outbreak turns dense, single-species stands of...
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Sports

Thunderwolves secure playoffs

Thunderwolves secure playoffs

They meet again tonight

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, February 7, 2020   (LSN) The Waterloo Warriors defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves 4-3 in overtime, but it...
Law Enforcement Torch Run Donates $44,250

Law Enforcement Torch Run Donates $44,250

Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

THUNDER BAY, Ontario  – February 4, 2020  (LSN) – Local law enforcement personnel including Thunder Bay Police Chief...
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Opinion

Why Would Anyone Invest In Canada Now?

Why Would Anyone Invest In Canada Now?

Our country can’t even manage a tiny number of blockading radicals.

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  - February 17, 2020  (LSN) In theory, Canada should be richest country on earth on a per capita...
states control the press and demand media licenses

states control the press and demand media licenses

Now, that’s where the Liberals are heading.

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  - February 2, 2020  (LSN) Authoritarian communist states control the press and demand media licenses. Now,...
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