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March 2012 Archives

An aborginal approach to coaching

Examining coaching through an aboriginal lens is the focus of a special Lakehead Public School Board workshop held recently in Thunder Bay. Rod Jacobs led the workshop. Jacobs is with the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario. Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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The View from the Seventh Sky

Thunder Bay jazz musician Robin Ranger has just released his second CD. It's full of lush, rich arrangements that will have you slowly snapping your fingers. Here's his chat with Cathy Alex.

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Reading, writing and... running?

Learning the basics of every sport means picking up skills like running, jumping and throwing a ball. Colin Pybus is with Physical Health & Education Canada. In his conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex, Pybus explains why physical literacy is important and how he's helping teachers in Thunder Bay foster it in their students.

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Exploring Thunder Bay's urban forest

Tree lined streets aren't just about good looks. Voyage North's Cathy Alex talks to City Forester Shelly Vesico about the practical benefits of Thunder Bay's urban forest and how a pair of open houses happening this week can help you learn more about the city's plans to manage this living resource.

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The #story continues....

Twit Lit success! Voyage North's Cathy Alex checks in with Pamela Coles. She's the Toronto writer who used a 24-hour tweet-a-thon to craft a short story over the weekend. Coles was hoping people in Thunder Bay would join in, since none other than famed author Margaret Atwood had suggested she set the story in this city.

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Twitter epic set in #tbay (because Margaret Atwood says so)

Toronto writer Pamela Coles is crafting a short-story entirely on Twitter in just 24-hours. But she really needs help from people here in Thunder Bay, because Margaret Atwood told her to set her story in this city! Coles fills in Voyage North's Cathy Alex in on all the details.

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This might hurt a little bit ...

Thunder Bay filmmaker Damien Gilbert talks to Voyage North's Cathy Alex about his newest action sports epic The D-Man Project. Parts of the movie might make you cringe, but Gilbert hopes you'll be entertianed as well. Here's his coversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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On thin ice

In less than a week, the ice on Lac Des Milles Lacs has gone from safe and thick, to dangerous and thin. It's creating a real problem as the frozen lake is the platform for several hundred ice fishing shacks.

Over the past few days, a small group of people have been pulling the shacks off the lake. Archie Hoogsteen owns Sugar Shack rentals and Gary McCourt runs a private access point and shack storage area on Sawmill Bay.They've been helping to clear the lake.

Here's their conversation with the CBC's Gord Ellis.


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Poor Young Things

The 5 members of Thunder Bay's "Poor Young Things" packed up their bags and headed to Toronto, where they didn't know a soul.
Inside of a year, the band has cut their first album and signed a record deal.
Voyage North's Cathy Alex catches up with the band while the'yre back in town to play a show.

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Bike Racks for Business

Voyage North's Josh Lynn talks to some of the people behind a new program that aims to make bike racks a more common sight in Thunder Bay and some of the artists who want to decorate them.


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Urban Boutique owner posts break-in footage online

A Thunder Bay business owner has taken to the web after a weekend break-in. Angelo Petta owns the Urban Boutique, a clothing store located on Memorial Avenue just across from Intercity Mall. Thieves smashed a glass door there late Friday night, and Petta says they made off with around 3,000 dollars worth of goods. In addition to reporting the crime to police, Petta has taken the unusual step of posting security camera footage of the incident online. Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Josh Lynn.


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Lake Superior Through the Ages

Developing Thunder Bay's waterfront again, and again and again. We look back 150 years to the first clash between industrial and recreational use of the Lake Superior shoreline. Voyage North's Cathy Alex talks to Scott Hamilton, a Lakehead University professor who's giving a presentation on the topic Tuesday night.

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Thunder Bay Drug Strategy priorities

Today, the Drug Strategy Panel unveiled what it considers to be the 21 most important priorities. Patty Hajdu co-ordinates the panel. She joins Voyage North host Cathy Alex to fill us in on what the group is focussing on.



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Point North

Point North is making it's debut performance on Saturday night at Black Pirates Pub. Though the band is new, the musicians have been part of the Thunder Bay music scene for a long time. Voyage North host Cathy Alex talks to Shawn Hartviksen and Mike Armenti.

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Climate change in the north

More forest fires, disappearing winter roads? On the heels of a new report from his office, Ontario's Environmental Commissioner weighs in on what climate change means for Northwestern Ontario.


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The sweet spell of success

Jacklyn Spithoff is the winner of this year's Post Media Canspell Chronicle-Journal Spelling Bee here in Thunder Bay. Voyage North's Cathy Alex chats with the Grade 7 student from Crestview Public School, and her mom Cathie.

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Labouring Finns


A Socialist movement which does not attract the women cannot live". 100 years ago, Finnish immigrants to Thunder Bay were so moved by that sentiment they turned their sewing circles into political gatherings.. Cathy Alex talks to Samira Saramo, a writer who's looking at this chapter of our city's history.


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Uncovering the real Jann Arden

Jann Arden talks to Voyage North's Cathy Alex about her new album Uncover Me 2.


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Wilson Cup Final Four

And then there were four. The Lakehead University men's basketball team is packing its bags and heading to Waterloo for the Wilson Cup Final Four tournament this weekend... Voyage North's Cathy Alex checks in with head coach Scott Morrison.

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