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January 2013 Archives

Anna Gibbon

And justice for all. Thunder Bay's aboriginal liaison talks about leaving her job and taking up a new appointment.
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Building Back Trust

Building confidence and trust in the police. We'll hear what the Vancouver force is doing to reach out to First Nations people.
B-C's Civil Liberties Association is taking a keen interest in the relationship between police forces and First Nations people. Josh Paterson is the executive director of the association,

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February - The Walleye

We peruse the pages of the February edition of "The Walleye" Thunder Bay's Alternative Arts and Culture Magazine.

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Legal Go Between

Bridging the gap between First Nations people and police. A First Nations organization says it can help Celina Reitberger is the executive director of Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services.
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Abduction Witness

A teenager who says he witnessed the December 27th abduction of a First Nations woman in Thunder Bay is speaking out for the first time in a CBC exclusive. CBC has agreed not to identify the witness for his safety. We can't independently verify his story, but details match that of the victim's. The teen says he was hiding from two men in a van who'd tried to attack him, when he saw them go after a woman.

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Local Reaction to Wynn Election

Local MPP's Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle as well as Political Science Professor Laure Paquette talk about the election of Kathleen Wynn to Premier of Ontario.
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Strained Relationship

A recent series of incidents in Thunder Bay has strained the relationship between local police and First Nations. We'll hear what the police service is doing to mend the situation.

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Anonymous - Primer

Who is Anonymous, the hacking group who posted an on-line video challenging the Thunder Bay Police Service? Kate Milberry is an expert in social media and surveillance

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Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese talks about his Canada Reads Nominated book "Indian Horse" and returning to his roots here in Northwestern Ontario.

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Anonymous - Police Reaction

A hacker group has issued a on-line challenge to the Thunder Bay police service about that force's investigation into the sexual assault of a First Nations woman, we'll hear what the police have to say about the You Tube video posted this week.

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Overcrowded Hospital

The co-chair of the Thunder Bay Health Care Coalition is not surprised about the ongoing crisis with Hospital Gridlock. Jules Tupker says the hospital is never going to have enough room.

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Lance Armstrong Jersey

Hanging at the entrance to the Chemotherapy clinic at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center, is a framed, signed yellow jersey belonging to disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. But Armstrong is also a fierce advocate for cancer survivors. Some want the jersey moved. Others are not so sure.

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Social Housing #3

In the first two parts of our series on social housing we heard about tenant concerns about safety and physical living conditions operated by Thunder Bay Housing.
Today, we ask the association representing social housing providers about the issues.

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Social Housing - The Infrastructure

In the first part of our three part series on social housing we looked at safety concerns, this morning we look at the physical living conditions at some of the complexes in Thunder Bay.

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Social Housing Safety

Tenants who live in some of Thunder Bay's social housing apartments say they do not feel safe in their homes. Nicole Ireland has a series of reports. Today, part one.

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First Nations Policing

No running water. No toilets. That's the reality for some First Nation police stations. Deputy Chief Bob Herman says it's unacceptable for his officers.

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Hospital Gridlock

It's been a week since emergency measures were put in place to get people out of the hospital and into more appropriate care. It's been a challenge but progress is being made
Tuija Puiras is the CEO, Northwest Community Care Access Centre

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Free Speech Vs Hate Speech

The Idle No More movement certainly has people talking... and commenting in the newspaper and online. But some people are worried those comments are inciting hate.
We'll talk about the responsibility of the media as a gatekeeper. Maurice Switzer the director of communications for the Anishinabek Nation and he edits the Anishinabek news.

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OPP & Idle No More

Today Idle No More supporters hold another day of action. As protests ramp up across the country, we'll find out how police decide when to step in.

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Community Safety Meeting

An Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal perspective on last night's community safety forum in Thunder Bay.

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Broken Relationship

The deputy Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation says the relationship between police and First Nations people in Thunder Bay is broken. And Alvin Fiddler hopes tonight's meeting will be the beginning of reestablishing that trust.
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Family Love and Support

: Hope is always on our side! That message from mom to daughter and back to mom again...We meet Capri and Nina Roberto Anderson
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State of Forestry

Has the forest industry made it through the woods? We'll hear from an analyst who says things are on the upswing. Alex Koustas is an economist at BMO economics.

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Poor Lil' Critters

You may be cursing this winter for ruining your big snow fort plans. But if you think you've got troubles - just think of the wild animals depending on that snow cover. We'll talk to wildlife biologist Don Barnes

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Canada Reads 2013: Meet two of this year's authors

Meet two of this year's five authors in CBC's annual battle of the books, Canada Reads 2013: Turf Wars.

Richard Wagamese: Indian Horse
Jane Urquhart: Away

Join us for readings and an open discussion about roots and writing. Hosted by Superior Morning's Lisa Laco.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 7- 9 p.m.
Location: Thunder Bay Public Library, Waverley Branch
Admission: Free tickets available at all branches: 2 per person

For more information about Canada Reads, visit the official website.

Away.jpgAn epic family saga spread across multiple decades and countries, Away details the history of an Irish family in Canada. Esther O'Malley Robertson is the last occupant of her family's homestead in Ontario, where she is being forced out by an encroaching limestone quarry. Esther relates the 140-year history that brought her family from the inhospitable shores of Ireland during the potato famine to the challenging realities of the Canadian Shield. Shot through with Irish mythology, Away also vividly depicts the 19th-century pioneer life in settlements in Ontario at the time of Canadian Confederation.

Away is Jane Urquhart's third novel. It was first published in 1993 by McClelland & Stewart, and won Ontario's Trillium Award in 1994.

Away is being defended by Charlotte Gray for Canada Reads 2013.

Jane.jpgJane Urquhart is the internationally acclaimed author of seven award-winning novels, three books of poetry and numerous short stories.

Born in Little Long Lac, Ontario, she grew up in Toronto. As a novelist, Jane is well known for her evocative blending of history with the present day. Her first novel, 1986's The Whirlpool, gained her international recognition when she became the first Canadian to win France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (Best Foreign Book Award). Her subsequent novels were even more successful. Away, published in 1993, won the Trillium Award and was a national bestseller. The book was also one of the six finalists for the inaugural Dublin IMPAC International Literary Prize.

In 1997, her fourth novel, The Underpainter, won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. Jane has also won the Marian Engel Award and is a recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been named to France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as a chevalier.

She currently lives outside of Toronto.

Indian Horse.jpgRichard Wagamese's latest novel deals with Saul Indian Horse, an alcoholic Ojibway man who finds himself the reluctant resident of an alcohol treatment centre after his latest binge. To come to peace with himself, he must tell his story. Wagamese takes readers on the often difficult journey through Saul's life, from his painful forced separation from his family and land when he's sent to a residential school to the brief salvation he finds in playing hockey. The novel is an unflinching portrayal of the harsh reality of life in 1960s Canada, where racism reigns and Saul's spirit is destroyed by the alienating effects of cultural displacement.

Indian Horse is Richard Wagamese's sixth novel. It was published by Douglas & McIntyre in February 2012.

Indian Horse is being defended by Carol Huynh for Canada Reads 2013.

Richard.jpgOne of Canada's foremost Native authors and storytellers, Richard Wagamese has been a professional writer since 1979. His impressive body of work includes six novels, a book of poetry and five non-fiction titles, including two memoirs and an anthology of his newspaper columns.

An Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Richard has garnered a number of awards in different fields over the course of his career. In 1991, he became the first Native Canadian to win a National Newspaper Award for column writing. His debut novel, Keeper 'n Me, published in 1994, won the Alberta Writers Guild's Best Novel Award. He has twice won the Native American Press Association Award for his journalism, and he received the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature for his 2011 memoir One Story, One Song. He was also awarded the Canadian Authors Association Award for fiction in 2007 for his third novel, Dream Wheels. Most recently, Richard was honoured with the 2012 Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communications.

Richard is well known as a storyteller and a teacher, both in British Columbia, where he now lives with his wife and their dog, and across the country. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, in recognition of his lifetime of achievement in writing and publishing, and in 2011 he was the Harvey Stevenson Southam Guest Lecturer in journalism at the University of Victoria.

Idle No More - Thunder Bay

What will happen when a grassroots movement meets political procedure? Local supporters of Idle No More will be here to share their thoughts on the planned meeting between the Prime Minister and First Nations leadership. Joyce Hunter, Frances Wesley and Jackie Alto join Lisa in the studio.

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Teaching Moment - Idle No More

When current affairs spill over into the classrooms., the Anishinabek Nation is calling on school boards to ensure that First Nation students are not subject to any backlash from the ongoing aboriginal issues playing out in Ottawa and across the country with Idle No More.
John Hodson is an Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Aboriginal Education at Lakehead University.

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Hospital Overcrowding

The president of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre says Emergency Department overcrowding has reached an all-time high. She'll tell us why the problem has reached crisis proportions.
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Teacher's Day of Protest

Elementary school teachers are holding a one day protest on Friday that will close schools across the province. We'll ask the local union leader why they're taking this latest action.
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Dr. David Williams

It hit early. It hit hard. This year's influenza outbreak in Northwestern Ontario seems especially virulent. Dr. David Williams is the District Medical Officer of Health.
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Ring of Fire - 2020?

The long road to the Ring of Fire. One mining expert says prepare to wait a little longer... the digging may not start until 2020. Stan Sudol produces the blog Republic of Mining.

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Starlight Tours

A First Nations man alleges Thunder Bay police drove him to the edge nof town, and left him there. We'll hear from a Saskatchewan lawyer about some tragic cases in that province involving similar allegations.

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Teachers and the Ontario Government

Public teachers in Ontario head back to classes today with a new contract imposed on them. What does the contract mean? We have labour lawyer Michael Lynk to help us figure it out.

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Nurse Practioner Clinic

The provincial government has refused to fund any more nurse practioner positions in Thunder Bay. The head of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario thinks that is a big mistake.

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Victim's Mother Speaks Out

The mother of a Thunder Bay rape victim worries about her daugher, and calls for an inquiry into systemic racism.

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Outdoor Column - Ice Fishing Warmth

Yet another excuse to go shopping for our Outdoor Columnist Gord Ellis. It's ice fishing season, and there's nothing worse than being out on the ice.. shivering and cold. Gord has some tips on staying warm.

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Candlelight Vigil

We hear from the organizer a candle light vigil for the First Nations woman who says she was the victim of a brutal rape and abduction that police are investigating as a hate crime.

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Gichagami Dog Sled Race

There's a brand new Dog Sled event kicking off this weekend in our area. Beth Drost is the race director of the Gichagami Express.
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Sport Tourism - 2013

Thunder Bay will be hosting nine big National or Provincial Championship events in 2013. And Tourism Manager Paul Pepe says that will bring millions of dollars into the local economy.

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Jeff Walters - Economic Outlook

Thunder Bay's economy was great in 2012. Will 2013 measure up? Jeff Walters has a special report.

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The Walleye - January Edition

The January edition of The Walleye magazine is out... including the results of the "Best Of Thunder Bay" poll. Michelle McChristie has the details

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