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January 2012 Archives

Better Housing For First Nations

A bright idea from an architect in Ottawa could mean better housing in communities like Attawapiskat. We'll talk to the designer about his plan for better homes in the North.
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Referendum on Child Care at Lakehead University

Students are being asked to contribute five dollars per year to enhance child care at Lakehead University.

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Barking Dogs - Bad Neighbours?

The town of Neebing has passed a by-law against barking dogs. Will this pit neighbour against neighbour?

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Jody - Final Thoughts

Jody Porter with some final thoughts on her recent trip up north to visit Five First Nations.

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Teachers Housing

In some First Nations here in Northwestern Ontario, the teachers have the best housing. And that can cause problems.
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Apprenticeship

Conservative Leader Tim Hudak visits Thunder Bay to talk about his party's pledge to change the apprenticeship program for Ontario.

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Kasabonika

We'll take you out onto the sewage-tainted lake ice in Kasabonika. And hear about the First Nation's struggles to beat the Aboriginal Affairs bureacracy
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Eabametoong First Nation

The community struggles with 80% of the adults living in the community living with addiction

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Mishkeegogamang First Nation

....We'll take you to the brand new houses in Mishkeegogamang First Nation, and find out why no one is living in them despite the fact hundreds of people are crammed into shacks with no running water.

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A Father's Story

Jody Porter visits Nibinamik First Nation and talks with a father who lost two of his children in a house fire last year.

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Apartment Security

People who live in Andras Court apartments or Limbrick Place will feel a little safer with enhanced security.

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Doctor Shortage

Despite a medical school in the city, Thunder Bay still suffers from a family doctor shortage

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Jody Porter tours First Nations

Jody Porter tells us about daily life for families in three remote First Nations.

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An Opossum in Northwestern Ontario

North America's own version of the kangeroo has taken up roots in northwestern Ontario. We'll hear about one marsupial, those animals with a pouch, that's now living in the Lake Helen area.
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State of the Forest Industry


How will one of our region's biggest industries fare in 2012? We'll ask an expert about the prospects for pulp and paper. Christy Chen, an economist with BMO shares her thoughts


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Hoarding

A city official says the number of cases of hoarding in Thunder Bay has increased in recent years.
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Pikangikum Lawyer

A long time legal advisor to the community of Pikangikum, Joseph Magnet, offers his thoughts on the latest crisis plaguing the First Nation.

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Rental Nightmare

It's really challenging to find an affordable apartment in Thunder Bay. There aren't many, and the waiting list is long.
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North South Partnership

Housing crisis after crisis in northern First Nations... we'll hear from an advocate who says it's time to give a voice to aboriginal communities and their young people.

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More Mould in First Nations

Twenty five teachers have left Pikangikum First Nation because of mould in their homes. Now there are concerns that the school year could be lost
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Fur Prices

Trappers in Northwestern Ontario are enjoying a great year. Prices are good, and the quality of the fur is good.

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Gary Mezo

We have the story of a Thunder Bay man who says his young son was taken far from home, by his fiancé. He wants the boy returned to Canada. A story on international parental abductions in Canada.

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Looking For Workers

There is no shortage of people in the unemployment line these days.
Yet in Thunder Bay there are jobs available, at least in the service and retail sector. But for the stores and companies with help wanted signs in the window there are few people throwing in their resumes.
So where is the disconnect between those looking for work and those looking to hire. One answer is wages and how much the service sector can afford to pay.
Diane Petryna is the owner of the store Take A Hike. She spoke with the CBC's Jody Porter about the challenge of finding new staff for her retail store.

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Baby boom in Sioux Lookout

Meno Ya Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout is on track to have a record year of deliveries. About 500 babies are expected to be born there this year... about twice as many as last year.
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Alison Denton & Bill Heibein

The Thunder Bay Alzheimer Society says people are ignoring the symptoms for too long.. .and they could be paying a high price.
We'll talk about the push for early diagnosis.

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Mayor David Canfield

Kenora's mayor talks about redefining and rebranding his city.
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Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction?

Canada Reads is an annual literature competition between books chosen by well-known Canadian personalities. This year, for the first time ever, Canada Reads will be focusing on non-fiction books. In celebration of Canada Reads, CBC Thunder Bay has matched five local authors with this year's Canada Reads books. Listen to Superior Morning January 30 - February 4 for their reviews and verdicts on whether the truth really is stranger than fiction.

Canada Reads - Something Fierce Author Carmen Aguirre lived through a childhood of constant flux and constant danger, as part of the Chilean resistance movement. She tells about it in her memoire, Something Fierce, one of this year's Canada Reads books. We'll ask Northwestern Ontario poet Al Hunter whether he thinks the truth is stranger than fiction.
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Canada Reads - Prisoner of Tehran A harrowing story of a young girl, held as a political prisoner. We'll ask local author Duncan Weller what he thinks about the book Prisoner of Tehran
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Canada Reads - On a Cold Road Fans, vans, and beer cans. On A Cold Road by Dave Bidini is all about the gritty experiences of Canadian musicians on tour. We'll ask local author Heather McLeod whether truth is stranger than fiction in the world of travelling rockers.
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Canada Reads - The Game Is truth stranger than fiction, on the ice? We'll ask local author Amy Jones that question when she reviews The Game by Ken Dryden
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Canada Reads - The Tiger A man-eating cat stalks a Siberian village, in "The Tiger." We've tracked down local author Michael Christie, and asked him to sink his teeth into the book for our local version of Canada Reads.
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About the Participants

Jones.jpgOriginally from Halifax, Amy Jones is a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at UBC. Her short fiction has appeared in several publications, including Maisonneuve, The New Quarterly, Taddle Creek, and Best Canadian Stories 08 and 09. In 2006 she won the CBC Literary Award for Short Story in English. Her first short fiction collection, What Boys Like (Biblioasis, 2009) was the winner of the 2009 Metcalf-Rooke Award, and was short-listed for the 2010 ReLit Award. After living in Toronto, Vancouver, and Scotland, Amy now calls Thunder Bay home. Amy is reading Ken Dryden's The Game.


McLeod.jpgHeather McLeod is the author of Kiss Me! (I'm a Prince!) recently nominated for the 2012 Blue Spruce Award. She is a former CBC host, a journalist, songwriter and recording artist who toured North America throughout the mid-1990s. She now lives and farms at the northern edge of Thunder Bay with her family.Heather is reading Dave Bidini's On A Cold Road.







Weller.jpgDuncan Weller is a writer and visual artist. Primarily, he writes and illustrates children's picture books. His latest work, Rocket Fish, is a book of short stories for adults. Duncan displays his visual art at least once a year. His picture book, The Boy from the Sun, won two of Canada's top awards for children's books, the Governor General's Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Picture Book Award. Nine new picture books will be launched this year as eBooks through his website, followed by a young adult novel, Undercats, as a printed work and eBook. This year Duncan travels to Africa and the Caribbean to do research for a children's graphic novel, Tiger Dream.Duncan is reading Marina Nemat's Prisoner of Tehran.

Hunter.jpgAl Hunter is the author of 3 books of poetry, Spirit Horses; The Recklessness of Love: Dreams & Regrets; and, thirdly, Beautiful Razor: Love Poems & Other Lies, which will be released in 2012. All are published by Kegedonce Press. His work has appeared in many North American and international journals and anthologies. Mr. Hunter is also a former Chief of the Rainy River First Nations. Renowned novelist and poet, Louise Erdich, writes, "Al Hunter's poems are healing songs for the earth and the human spirit. For the sake of the moon, for the sake of our hearts, I am glad he is writing." Al is reading Carmen Aguirre's Something Fierce.



Christie.jpgMichael Christie is the author of The Beggar's Garden, a linked collection of stories that won the Vancouver Book Award, was a finalist for the Rogers Writer's Trust Fiction Prize and was longlisted for the Giller. His work has been twice nominated for the Journey Prize and his book reviews appear semi-regularly in the National Post. He currently lives in his hometown of Thunder Bay, where he teaches creative writing at Lakehead University and is at work on a novel. Micheal is reading John Vaillant's The Tiger.