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June 2012 Archives

Tornado Medical Systems closure

Thunder Bay officials have received an explanation from the head of Tornado Medical Systems.
Yesterday, the medical imaging company abruptly informed them it was shutting down a major operation in Thunder Bay.
The Toronto-based company has only been here for about two and a half years.
Tornado's CEO, Dr. Stefan Larson flew up from Toronto today to meet with staff and with city officials.
The CBC's Nicole Ireland caught up with him afterward.

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Getting up to speed

Tbaytel is ramping up spending on 4G wireless technology.

The company originally planned a six million dollar outlay for the upgrade, but now intends to spend nine million dollars on improvements.

Tbaytel President Don Campbell talks to Voyage North's Cathy Alex about the company's plans for improving cellular service.

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Margie Taylor book launch

Thunder Bay is in her heart, and on the pages of every book she writes. We meet author Margie Taylor. She grew up in the city, and is back in town to read from her latest book. She'll be at the Northern Woman's Bookstore. Voyage North Cathy Alex host chats with Taylor about why she's inspired by the people and places of Northwestern Ontario.

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Elsie Macgill

Thunder Bay's Bombardier plant is celebrating it's 100th anniversary this week.
And as part of the festivities two commemorative plaques were unveiled there.
With one plaque, Parks Canada recognized the factory's World War II "Can Car" era.
When a workforce largely comprised of women--around 3,000-- produced more aircraft than any other plant in Canada.

And one woman in particular was honoured with the other plaque unveiled today.
Elsie MacGill worked as a senior engineer at the plant and had a huge hand in the plants wartime production effort.
Voyage North's Josh Lynn talks to historian Gordon Burkowski about MacGill's legacy.

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Stan Beardy elected Regional Chief of Ontario

The new Regional Chief of Ontario for the Assembly of First Nations is a familiar voice.

Stan Beardy won his bid for the role over incumbent Angus Toulouse today in Toronto by a vote count of 59 to 53.

He'll step down as Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation as he takes over for Toulouse. It's a postion Beardy has held for 12 years.

He talks about his new role with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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Past due?

Today Nishnawbe Aski Nation sent the province of Ontario a bill for a quarter of a billion dollars.

Chiefs say it's for resources derived from their traditional lands in Northern Ontario since the treaty was signed more than 100 years ago.

The CBC's Jody Porter has the details.


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Building a relationship

Introduction to the Aboriginal Community is a workshop happening today that offers non-native people an introduction to aboriginal culture.

Cindy Crowe is one of the organizers. Here's her conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Safe cycling for adults

Easy as riding a bike...but is riding a bike really so easy. When you're sharing the road with motorists things can get complicated.

Thunder Bay's Active Transportation Coordinator Adam Krupper talks to Voyage North host Cathy Alex about a new course designed for adult cyclists.

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Movies return to Dryden

The projectors are coming to back to life in Dryden.

Film buffs have been without a place to see movies on the big screen since the city's only cinema closed earlier this year. The drive-in shut down before that.

But now, David Burns-Prouty is taking over both establishments.
Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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Celebrating 25 years as a Lutheran Pastor

As a pastor in Thunder Bay, Matthew Diegel helps joyous couples plan their weddings, and grieving families plan funerals. Every Sunday, he delivers his weekly sermon from the pulpit of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Then he jumps into his car, drives across town and preaches to the congregation of Our Saviour. For 25 years, Diegel has been shepherding people through some of the best, worst and most ordinary days of their lives. We'll meet him, as he prepares to celebrate that anniversary.

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National Aboriginal Day

It's National Aboriginal Day and the celeberation has been going strong at Prince Arthur's Landing in Thunder Bay since five this morning, when the event began with a sunrise ceremony.

There's a pow wow happening this afternoon along with a feast.

Voyage North's Josh Lynn spent some time at the waterfront, taking in some of the activities. We meet an aspiring pow wow princess and the man that makes sure everyone has a good time.

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Flooding in Duluth

We're seeing plenty of rain in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

However, our neighbours south of the border have been slammed by thunderstorms.

Duluth, Minnesota is drenched in floodwater that has destroyed roads, unleashed zoo animals and sent residents scrambling for higher ground.

John Myers is a Duluth News Tribune reporter. He gives us his take on what's happening.

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Eye on the sky

People all across Northwestern Ontario are anxiously looking overhead today. A series of thunderstorms is expected to move into the region, and bring some heavy rain along with them. But the question is, where are these storms going to hit?. We get more details from Geoff Coulson at Environment Canada.

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Susan Aglukark donates proceeds of single to Collateral Damage Project

Canadian singer Susan Aglukark has decided to Take A Little Less, but give a whole lot more. Aglukark is donating the proceeds from the song to the Collateral Damage Project.
Scott Chisholm of Thunder Bay started the project a couple of years ago, nearly 3 decades after his father died by suicide. Cathy Alex spoke with Aglukark about her decision.

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Greenbank Trio

They're a little bit folk. They're a little bit rock. But they're all Greenbank Trio. The young Thunder Bay band is launching its first CD tonight at Crocks. Jimmy Breslin plays guitar. Chris Lamont handles duties on the double bass. Here's their conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Sleeping Giant Brewing Company

Ontario cheese. Ontario ales. Thunder Bay's newest craft brewery - Sleeping Giant Brewing Company - is bringing the two together tonight for a special evening of tasting, savouring and learning about beer. Voyage North host Cathy Alex gets a preview from Beerology's Mirella Amato and Sleeping Giant Brewing Company founder Kerry Berlinquette.

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Sticker shock

Thunder Bay's housing market shows no signs of cooling down.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released it's spring housing market outlook today.
According to the report, resale prices are set to rise nine percent this year.
Voyage North's Josh Lynn helps break down the market.

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Changing the discussion...

We hear from Charlie Cheechoo, a deputy chief who has a different perspective on how his community should remember the young people who commit suicide in Moose Factory and Moosonee.

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Kim Churchill

Detail of Distance is the new CD from singer/songwriter Kim Churchill. He's performing tonight at Crocks in Thunder Bay. The Australian artist has travelled quite a distance to get here. Churchill joins Voyage North's Cathy Alex in the studio.

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Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is the featured writer at tonight's Thunder Pride Literary Festival at the Mary JL BLack Library. She, along with several local authors, will be telling stories and giving readings from their various works.

Here's her conversation wtih Voyage North's Cathy Alex


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Trying to speak up, but wondering who's listening


We hear from Emily Jacobs, an elder in Webequie First Nation about her concerns around the Ring of Fire mining proposals.

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Breathing new life into balloon animals...

Thunder Bay's waterfront balloon animals are on the mend. The sculptures were vandalised back in April.

They were created by two Vancouver based artists. Now the pair are back in town repairing the damage.

VN's Josh Lynn was at the job site.

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Building a living, green, roof


It gives new meaning to a rooftop garden. A living roof, covered with green plants, can help you reduce storm water run-off, and make the birds & bees happy too!. We'll hear from Leslie Doyle, a certified live roof installer. For more information, contact EcoSuperior.

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Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas - A Retrospective

Vison Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas - A Retrospective. This special exhibit runs from June 7 to September 9, 2012 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Cathy Alex talks about it with guest curator Elizabeth McLuhan. Her connection to Roy Thomas goes back over 30 years

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Tour of Thunder Bay's flooded sewage plant

On Thursday June 6, Thunder Bay city officials took members of the media for a tour around the site of the flooded secondary sewage treatment plant on Atlantic Avenue. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk gives us the details of what he saw, and learned during the trip.

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Coordinating flood assistance

People in Thunder Bay continue to offer a helping hand to their neighbours affected by the flood.

The city wants to coordinate all those volunteer efforts, to make sure people are getting--and giving--help as effectively and safely as possible.

Acting Mayor Rebecca Johnson fills Voyage North host Cathy Alex in on the city's strategy.

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Coroner's Inquest into First Nations students deaths

On Thurs May 31, 2012 Ontario's chief coroner announced a joint inquest to answer some of the questions surrounding the deaths of seven First Nations students. They had all left their home communities, and died while attending high school in the city. Terry Waboose welcomed the news. He's a deputy grand chief with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
Waboose spoke to the CBC about the commonalities among the deaths.

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