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Flappers, fashion and femininity in the 1920's

The "Modern Girl" was a fixture of 1920s Canadian consumer culture. She had a short skirt and bobbed hair. She also had a penchant for smoking, drinking, dancing, and jazz.

You could find her image in art, film, fashion, and advertising. But she was also real, so you could see her walking down the street of many a town and city across the country.

Jane Nicholas is a professor of women's studies at Lakehead University. In her upcoming book, "Modern Girl" she argues that this image is key to the creation of what it meant to be modern and female in Canada.

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Deer Lake goes solar

The community of Deer Lake relies on expensive diesel fuel for most of its electricity needs. But yesterday, the community unveiled a solar project on the roof of the local school. The CBC's Adam Burns was in Deer Lake for the ribbon-cutting.

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Adapting to climate change in Thunder Bay

The climate is changing. For instance, we're seeing more severe storms more flooding. Communities are now trying to figure out how to adapt to this new normal of extremes and unpredictability. Al Douglas directs the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources.

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Mackenzie Farquhar

10245411_426712657472406_93725269264452890_n.jpgFor Mackenzie Farquhar of Thnder Bay it's been 7 years of spinning and stretching, pirouettes and plies. But now all that hard work is paying off. The graduate of the National Ballet School has accepted a position to dance with the Zurich Ballet. It's one of the best, if not the best, professional company in Europe.

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The girl who needs a heart--got one!

In January of 2012, 14-year old Bronwyn Huffman was diagnosed with leukemia. Just a few months later, in May of that year, she suffered heart failure due to the chemotherapy.

For the past 2 years, she has been moving the blood around her body with the help of something called a VAD - a ventricular assist device. She was the first person the Sick Kids ever released from hospital, while still attached to the device.

But all that changed this week. On Wednesday, Bronwyn received a heart transplant.

Voyage North's Cathy Alex reached her mom Kellie Huffman, in Bronwyn's room at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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Don Newman

Walking in the winter woods is a pretty common activity for many people who live in Northwestern Ontario. Usually you feel pretty safe while you're out for a stroll.

But just south of the border, Don Newman, a trapper from Nashwauk, Minnesota, had an experience that was both unexpected and potentially fatal. He was attacked by a moose.

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Sophia Wallace

A new exhibition currently running at Definitely Superior Art Gallery highlights the work of 16 regional feminist artists. The featured guest is Sophia Wallace, the creator of Cliteracy.

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"Canadian experience"

Ontario's Human Rights Commission rolled out a new policy in Thunder Bay today that's meant stop employers in the province from making "Canadian experience" a job requirement. The commission says the term is too vague, prevents otherwise qualified newcomers from entering the workforce, and is potentially discriminatory.

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Bernard Valcourt

The federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development was in Thunder Bay today. Bernard Valcourt was in the city to address the Chamber of Commerce.

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NAN Grand Chief responds to education act

On Friday, the federal government unveiled the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. The proposed legislation ensures minimum education standards on-reserve that are consistent with provincial standards in towns & cities.

But many First Nations leaders are expressing concerns about the act. For his reaction,
we reached Harvey Yesno. He's the Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

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