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Lure of money pulls northern workers into long commutes

The Long Commute

Lure of money pulls northern workers into long commutes

Mike Towill is a pilot, living in Thunder Bay, working out of Pickle Lake. He kicks off our series, The Long Commute by telling us about his experiences of living out of duffle bags and tote bins for about seven years.

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Long commutes can stress relationships

Long commutes can stress relationships

Jordan Tetreault is new to commuting, working and living on the road for the past year. Tetreault is an ironworker, currently at the Detour Lake Gold Mine, north of Cochrane. He lives in Thunder Bay, in a house that he bought, without ever seeing. Tetreault talks about the trust he has in his family, and how his relationship with his girlfriend is affected by his long commute.

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Long commutes can stress relationships

Commuting for hours can take a toll on families. Abi Sprakes, with the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre says with more families are apart for longer periods because of work. She explains what relationship counsellors are seeing, and provides some tips on how to keep families together, when they are hours away.

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Long commutes can stress relationships

Some workers make day-long commutes

Commuting for hours can take a toll on families. Abi Sprakes, with the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre says with more families are apart for longer periods because of work. She explains what relationship counsellors are seeing, and provides some tips on how to keep families together, when they are hours away.

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Miners have to trek far for work in Thunder Bay region

Miners have to trek far for work in Thunder Bay region

The trend of commuting seems to be here to stay. Madge Richardson, with the North of Superior Workforce Planning Board says expect to see more commuters coming home, return home, and more workers coming in and out of our region.

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