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December 2011 Archives

Northern Towns

As part of the Northern Towns feature, we profile cities and towns from the Northwest that aren't actually in the Northwest. It's a chance for us to get to know the people who live in our alternate universe.

The feature airs every Friday afternoon on Voyage North. If you missed one of the interviews or really enjoyed one and wanted to hear it again, we're going to post them below. Enjoy!

Place:Dryden, New York
Guest: Mary-Ann Sumner, Town Supervisor
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Place:Fort William, Scotland
Guest: Allan Henderson, Provost (mayor)
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Place:Geraldton, Australia
Guest: Ian Carpenter, Mayor
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Place:Uppsala, Sweden
Guest: Tiina Mykkänen, CEO of Destination Uppsala
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Place:Marathon, Greece
Guest: Lazaros Karaoulis, E-Marathon web-portal
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Place:Emo, Ireland
Guest: Honor Deevy, Tourism Officer for Emo's county council
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Place:Port Arthur, Texas
Guest: Paige Snyder, Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce
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Place:White River, South Africa
Guest: Linda Grimbeek, Chamber of Business & Tourism of White River
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Place:Jellico, Tennessee
Guest: Les Stiers, Mayor
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Place:Murillo, Micronesia
Guest: Mason Fritz, Chuuk State Visitors Bureau
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Place:Armstrong, Argentina
Guest: Florencia Elorriaga, Armstrong resident
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Marina Park impressions

Thunder Bay's revamped waterfront has been open for nearly two weeks.
Josh Lynn finds out what some park-goers think about the changes.

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12 Days of Northwestern Ontario Christmas!!!

We here at Voyage North got tired of listening to OTHER people's Christmas Carols, so we decided to invent one of our own (with the help of our wonderfully creative listeners).

The final product is the very festive and hilarious 12 Days of Northwestern Ontario Christmas. We received hundreds of entries throughout the contest: some brilliant, some weird, some inappropriate, but much appreciated nonetheless.

Here is the final list:
Day 1: A trip on a Bearskin plane
Day 2: Two highway closures
Day 3: Three toasted persians
Day 4: Four white-tail deer
Day 5: Five curling rinks
Day 6: Six huts on Lac
Day 7: Seven Hoito pancakes
Day 8: Eight Stanley burgers
Day 9: Nine Border Cats
Day 10: Ten Kenora dinner jackets
Day 11: Eleven pickerel fillets
Day 12: Twelve Egli's slippers

Thank you very much to everyone who called in. We now have our very own Northwestern Ontario carol that can be sung with the family around the Christmas tree. For your listening pleasure, here's the final version of the 12 Days of Northwestern Ontario Christmas:

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Making shop class rock

Grade 11 students in Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School's custom woodworking class have finished a unique project. Instead of tables or clocks, they've learned how to make electric guitars. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk listens in on the results.

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Stuart McLean

Vinyl Cafe Stuart McLean host is one of Canada's greatest storytellers, and lucky for us he likes touring. He'll be stopping in Thunder Bay on March 1st. Jordan Lester caught up with Stuart to talk about his upcoming tour date.

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Music for Food

During our "Music for Food" event anyone could stop by and raid our now-digitized CD library for gems in return for donations of non-perishable food. Josh Lynn documented his shift in the room along with the CBC's Jolene Banning and Jordan Lester.


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Rocks and Rings

A program called Rocks and Rings will travel throughout the Northwest this winter showing elementary school students how to curl. The CBC's Jeff Walters stopped by Vance Chapman school, where the program kicked off in Thunder Bay.

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Bad toys

Leanne Shirtliffe runs a parenting blog called "The Ironic Mom".
She's identified the noisiest, nastiest and dumbest toys out there this holiday season. Here's her conversation with Jordan Lester.

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Christmas carol sing-along at Bethammi Nursing Home

Lakehead University music students lead a Christmas carol sing-along at a Thunder Bay nursing home. Josh Lynn speaks with some of the people behind the event.

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