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August 2012 Archives

Northern Policy Institute

The Ontario government has released details of a think tank it says will give the north a stronger voice in policy making. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk fills us in on what various stakeholders say about that.

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation Food Symposium

Nishnawbe Aski Nation's 3rd annual food symposium wrapped up today at the Nor'Wester Hotel in Thunder Bay. The participants celebrated with a special traditional lunch made entirely with food from Northwestern Ontario.
Voyage North's Josh Lynn was there milling about.

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Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile coming to Thunder Bay

Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile will soon be serving the Thunder Bay market.
The partner companies are scheduled to open retail locations in the city at the beginning of October.
That's when Thunder Bay residents will be able to sign up for local cellular service.
Bell held a job fair this afternoon, at Intercity... it's looking to hire between 15 and 20 people for the two stores.
Eric Faucher is Bell Mobility's Northern Ontario Retail Operational Manager.
Here's what he had to say today about the plans for Thunder Bay, for the record.

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Teachers rally

Negotiate, don't legislate.

That was the message from members of Thunder Bay teacher's unions today.
About 250 people attended a noon-hour rally at Mini-Queens Park on James Street.

They were protesting a proposed bill that would freeze teacher's wages, prevent strikes and cut sick days.

The CBC's Jen Keiller was at the rally. She spoke with Linda Poulin, a grade 8 teacher from Vance Chapman Public School.

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AMO Convention

A delegation from Thunder Bay says the city will benefit from its trip to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario convention last week. Mayor Keith Hobbs chats with Voyage North guest host Gord Ellis about what he took away from the trip.

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Kenora's Stanley Cup Banner recovered by police

Kenora's stolen 1907 Stanley Cup banner has been located by police. We hear from the OPP about the investigation into the theft and Kenora's Mayor Dave Canfield tells Voyage North guest host Heather McLoed about what the banner's return means.

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Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre

Confederation College plans to house Ontario's first hands-on learning facility devoted to bio-energy. It's going to be called the Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre. The province announced nearly a half million dollars for the project today. Jim Madder is Confederation College's President.


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The search for Kenora's missing Stanley Cup banner

The city of Kenora has lost a treasured piece of history.
The 1907 Kenora Thistles Stanley Cup banner was stolen over the weekend.
Police are investigating the theft. Rod Mckay is Kenora's Deputy Mayor.
He talks to voyage North's Heather McLeod about how people there are feeling.

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You could say it's going to be an international incident...

The Thunder Bay Roller Derby League's last match of the season is this weekend, and the Babes of Thunder will face Duluth's Harbor City Roller Dames in a no holds barred, cross border grudge match. VN guest host Heather McLeod gets the details from league member Julie Harmer (A.K.A. Juana Piece).

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Thunder Bay deer hunt safety

In just a few short weeks, the city of Thunder Bay will open its first ever bow hunt for deer, within city limits.

With the hunt only a few weeks away, the push is on to make sure all bowhunters know the rules and regulations regarding the hunt.

Our city hall reporter, Jeff Walters joins Voyage North guest host Heather McLeod in the studio to explain the rules of the hunt.

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Run for Epilepsy

Thunder Bay hosted its first Run for Epilepsy yesterday. The event started when Trevor Lewis and his daughter Katie came up with what they thought was a little idea a couple of years ago. VN's Heather McLeod called up Trevor Lewis to find out how it went.


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Wax Philosophic Beach Party

Drag out your Hawaiian shirts and grab a beach towel. Wax Philosophic are throwing their 4th annual Beach Party in Thunder Bay tonight.

Jarret Schilke is also known as Reach. He's one of the group's emcees. Here's his conversation with Voyage North guest host Heather McLeod (during which he improvises a beach themed freestyle).

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Nancy Hutchison

Nancy Hutchison was the first woman ever to work at the Red Lake mine. Now she's part of a new provincial task force on work place safety. Heather McLeod chats with Nancy Hutchison about her remarkable career journey on Voyage North.

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Zombie makeup tips

Thunder Bay Rib Fest patrons will have some company on August 24th. A zombie walk is scheduled to take place that afternoon. It's a chance for people to stumble around in full makeup, and give their best impression of the popular movie monsters.
If you don't know where to start when it comes to zombifying yourself, Scotia Waddell is here to help. She's hosting a professional zombie makeup workshop tonight.
But first she spoke with Heather McLeod on Voyage North.


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Tiff Ginn and Bill Poss

Tiff Ginn and Bill Poss live in their RV, fuel it with cooking oil, and are touring through Northwestern Ontario playing music with Fred Eaglesmith. Here's their conversation with Voyage North's Heather McLeod.

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Palliative care researcher honoured by city

Mary Lou Kelley is a professor at Lakehead University. She's being honoured with a Citizen of Exceptional Achievement award at tonight's city council meeting. It's for her work studying aging and end of life care.
Here's her conversation with the CBC's Heather McLeod.

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Classic Roots

Classic Roots (also known as Joshua Deperry) is a musician and DJ. He's a regular fixture in Thunder Bay night clubs, and this weekend he's releasing his first CD. He stopped by the studio to chat with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.


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What medal win means for women's soccer in Thunder Bay

A bronze for Canada in women's soccer could lead to some golden opportunities for female players in Thunder Bay. We hear from Alaine Auger, a board member with the city's Women's Soccer Club. She tells Voyage North's Cathy Alex what today's win in England means for the sport here at home.

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Real rock music

Ojibwe Landscapes is a piece of music, with a special connection to Thunder Bay.
Its composer Brian Hubelit is from the city and it's about several well known sites in the region.

The music has some more traditional elements like a horn, a choir and a tympani drum.
But it also includes some musically tuned rocks straight from Lake Superior's shore.

A performance of Ojibwe Landscapes is happening at St. Paul's United Church tonight, with Susan Marrier conducting.
Here's her conversation with Cathy Alex.

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New Shelter House director has a familiar voice

Thunder Bay's Shelter House is putting out the welcome mat for a new executive director. It was announced this afternoon that Patti Hajdu will be taking over the top job at the 24-hour emergency housing facility. It means she's leaving her position as the coordinator of the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy. Patti Hajdu joins Voyage North's Cathy Alex in the studio.

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From the hockey rink to the ball diamond

We'll meet Carter McEachern of Thunder Bay. The 18-year old shortstop is moving to Texas this month to go attend university on a baseball scholarship. Here's his conversation with VN's Cathy Alex.

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Food bank demand is up, but donations are down

Summer is always a tough time for food banks. But this year the situation is worse than ever. Donations are slow to trickle in as demand continues to rise. Volker Kromm is the executive director of the Regional Food Distribution Association in Thunder Bay. Here's his conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Ontario's Minister of Aboriginal Affairs visits Grassy Narrows

Ontario's Minister of Aboriginal Affairs visited the mercury-ravaged community of Grassy Narrows this week.

In the 1970s, Dryden Chemicals began dumping mercury into the Wabigoon River, contaminating the water and the fish. Today, the neurological effects of that poisoning are widespread throughout the community.

Voyage North host Cathy Alex speaks with Kathleen Wynne about what she saw and what the government can do.

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Darryl "Penasi" Fox Memorial Golf Classic

We find out more about the Darryl "Penasi" Fox Fifth Annual Memorial Golf Classic, happening today in Thunder Bay. Charles Fox is Darryl's dad, Meladina Hardy-Fox is his stepmom.

They stopped by the station earlier today. Voyage North's Cathy Alex begins by asking Fox, the former Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, to to tell her about his son.

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Campfire Stories of Northwestern Ontario

Cool night air, flickering flames, some marshmallows and of course, a good story. We hear about a new book from Thunder Bay author Shannon Robertson. It's called Campfire Stories of Northwestern Ontario. Voyage North's Cathy Alex chats with the author, and her son, Eric, who illustrated the book.


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They're engaged, but will anyone try to stop the wedding?

Today the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and the Canadian Autoworkers Union released a blueprint that could form the foundation of the country's largest-ever industrial union. Each has hundreds of members in the northwest. Dave Coles is the national president of the CEP. Voyage North's Cathy Alex reached him in Toronto.


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