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September 2012 Archives

Calming the Monster

Create the fun, the results will come. That's the advice of the Chief Monster Slayer, when it comes to getting kids to practise their music - be it piano, violin or guitar. We hear about Calming the Monster, an interactive workshop for music teachers, students and parents, happening this weekend in Thunder Bay.

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Mining study

It's almost an unimaginable sum: 136 billion dollars. According to a new study, that's how much money stands to be made from nine mining operations planned in this region. The study also identifies some key hurdles to getting that money out of the ground. The CBC's Jody Porter fills us in on the details.

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Ukrainian dancing in just 90 minutes

In Thunder Bay this weekend as part of Culture Days a you can learn Ukrainian dancing in 90 minutes. Voyage North's Josh Lynn tries to do it in five. It doesn't go so well.

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Just Another Hat Trick

Ross Brewitt has been around the NHL for over 40 years. Now the former Thunder Bay resident is putting all that inside knowledge to use, in his first novel. Brewitt is launching the book tomorrow night at Chapters. But he dropped the puck on this story today on Voyage North.

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Thunder Bay man fought off bear with knife

A Thunder Bay man who fought off a bear that was mauling a co-worker received a citation for bravery today. Daniel Morrison came to the aid of a fellow Ministry of Natural Resources employee in a remote area near Armstrong last October.

Here is Morrison's story.


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Immigrant

'"The inescapable burden of the immigrant is forever to be pulled between two worlds"

Those words are written across one of the pieces in a new exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. It's called Immigrant, and it's by southwestern Ontario artist Rosemary Sloot. She was born in Simcoe, just two months after her family moved to Canada from Holland. Her work blends her family's experience with what is shared by all immigrants : the mix of fear, and hope, and the need to leave behind some traditions, and embrace others.

Rosemary Sloot speaks about her collection tonight (fri) at the Gallery. But first she spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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Thunder Bay Police Services Board calls for healing

This week started with a human rights complaint being filed against Thunder Bay police. It's ending with the police services board issuing an open letter in response to that complaint.

All of this was prompted by an email mistakenly sent out by police earlier this month. It appeared to be making a joke of the murder of an Ojibway man.

First Nations leaders wanted a police investigation into whether the joke implied there was racism on the police service. The police chief, and mayor Keith Hobbs as a member of the police services board, denied there were any racist overtones. First Nations say they were compelled to file the human rights complaint to find out.

This afternoon, chair of the police services board issued an open letter to media about the email. It apologizes for the hurt it caused, but does not mention race.

The CBC's Jody Porter asked board chair Joe Virdiramo about the purpose of the letter.

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School Garden Tour in Thunder Bay

Reading, writing and raising root vegetables!!That's what children at a number of schools in Thunder Bay are doing. On Saturday Sept 22 2012, thanks to the Healthy Eating Makes The Grade Coalition, you can visit 5 different school gardens in the city, and see what's growing in each of them. Jennifer Lailey is one of the people helping to organize this first-ever school garden tour. She also co-ordinates the garden at Agnew Johnston Elementary in Thunder Bay. Host Cathy Alex met up with her there, and asked her to describe the school's vegetable patch.

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A difference in opinion

Two northern ontario MPs, two different opinions as to whether or not it's okay for a corporate giant to buy you a plane ticket. We hear from Bruce Hyer and Charlie Angus.


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Al Hackner

Thunder Bay curler Al Hackner has two Brier and World Championships under his belt. He even has a shot named after him: the Hackner Double. Now Hackner is tackling a new challenge, he's joining the coaching staff on the U-S National Curling Team. Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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Human rights complaint

Earlier this month Thunder Bay police mistakenly sent out a news release about the death of a First Nations man. The release was a 'spoof', not meant to be publically shared and was quickly retracted.

But some people raised concerns that the apparent light-hearted treatment of the death of a First Nations man amounted to racism. Today those concerns became an official human rights complaint against the police, and against Thunder Bay's mayor.

The CBC's Jody Porter joins Voyage North host Cathy Alex with the details.

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Mitomics layoffs

A Thunder Bay biotech company has laid off 8 people. Voyage North's Cathy Alex talks to Mayor Keith Hobbs about the cuts at Mitomics, and what this means for the city's future as a research and development centre.

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ROTFL

Thunder Bay's ROTFL is playing at Croc's tonight. The cover band brings the glitzy pop group LMFAO's music to life with an elaborate stage show complete with costumes, special effects and some mean dance moves. Here's the pair of gentlemen behind ROTFL, explaining how their act came together.

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Whooping Cough in Thunder Bay

There have been four cases of laboratory-confirmed whooping cough, also known as pertussis, since August in the district of Thunder Bay. Public health officials are urging people to make sure their whooping cough vaccine is up to date. Darlene Binette manages infectious disease programs for the District Health Unit. She spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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Hotel announcement

The hotelier at Prince Arthur's Landing was announced today. and many in the community wanted to know about the holdups in making that announcement. We hear from the developer behind the project.


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Guess who's coming to dinner...

Jennifer Bean-Anderson lives on the outskirts of Thunder Bay on King Road. Last night she and her 11 year old daughter had an unexpected visitor show up for dinner. A bear tried to climb in her window while she was cooking. She tells her story to Voyage North's Josh Lynn.

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Dying for an Education

In a special report this week, CBC Thunder Bay is asking what has changed since the days of residential school? The series is called: Dying for an Education and today, we have an artist's answer to that question.

Roy Kakegamic lives in Sandy Lake. About 20 years ago he was a student at Trent University in Peterborough. That's when he first heard the story of Charlie Wenjack, a little boy from this area who died while running away from residential school in Kenora

It's a story the CBC's Jody Porter is re-visiting today. She joins Voyage North host Cathy Alex with more about Charlie, from an artist's perspective.

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Walking Together: Sharing Our Journey

CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers is in Thunder Bay today. She's been participating in Walking Together: Sharing Our Journey, the 4-day conference in the city examining the residential school experiences. She tells us what brought her to the event, and what it means to her to be a part of it.

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Preventing crime through design

Barry Horrobin has a habit of looking at the forest and the trees.

He's the director of planning and physical resources for the Windsor Police Service. That means he spends his days figuring out what factors in the urban environment either contribute to criminal activity, or conversely, might make a neighbourhood safer.

Horrobin is in Thunder Bay today to teach officers here about Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

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The Physics of Video Games

For his teachers college placement, Daniel Laughton taught physics at Churchill High School in Thunder Bay. While he was there, he discovered many of his students seemed more interested in their Xboxes and Playstations than Sir Issac Newton.
So to keep his class engaged, he started coming up with examples based on video games. It ended up leading to a much larger project. Laughton created an e-book, exploring the physics of video games.


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Party's over

How can you safely shut down a large, out of control party? It's a question police in Thunder Bay had to grapple with this past weekend. But it's an issue for police forces all across the province. We find out how officers are learning to deal with this growing problem.
Party's over

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Out of control party

Late Friday night Thunder Bay Police responded to a call about a large number of vehicles parked on the outskirts of the city. When they arrived, they discovered a huge party already well underway. In the end, it took more than two dozen police officers several hours to get things under control. Constable Julie Tilbury is with the Thunder Bay Police Service. She tells Voyage North host Cathy Alex what happened.

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