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December 2012 Archives

"I walked out of there and I cried."

Amanda Perreault says she's having a hard time making ends meet over the holidays.
The woman from Thunder Bay tried to pick up a food and gift hamper from Christmas Cheer. Perreault says she was refused because she didn't have photo ID.

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First white Christmas

Picture.jpgA group of Australians are spending the winter in Thunder Bay, working at the Loch Lomond Ski Area. For many of them, it's their first ever White Christmas. Cathryn Evans, Melissa Ellery, Mack Devlin and Phoebe Anthony spoke with the CBC's Jeff Walters about their first White Christmas expectations.

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Idle No More continues in Thunder Bay

People across the northwest rallied today in support of the Idle No More movement. Grassroots demonstrations for First Nations treaty rights have been gaining momentum across the country for the past two weeks. In Thunder Bay more than 100 people took part in a rally at the Spirit Gardens by the waterfront.

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Flood one of top 10 weather stories

The city's devastating flood in May took Thunder Bay to the #8 spot on the list of Top Ten Weather Stories for 2012, right beside Superstorm Sandy, flooding in BC and The Big Heat. David Philips puts together the list each year. He's the Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada.

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Putting pen to paper

The Third Annual Writing Contest for Children is now accepting submissions. Kids of all ages can share their stories. We get the details.

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Drinking and driving in the northwest

You can't go far these days without hearing an ad that implores people not to drink and drive. The warnings are a part of our culture now, particularly around the holidays,when some people are prone to partying a bit more than usual.

For the past few years, the Ontario Provincial Police have been on the look out for those who don't heed the warnings to drive sober and the OPP has just released the numbers from the past couple weeks. They show a disturbing trend in some communities.

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"We don't take it lightly..."

The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has touched school systems all over North America.

Ontario boards have procedures in place to "lock down" their schools in case something happens that threatens the safety of the children inside.

Charlie Bishop is an education officer with Lakehead Public Schools.

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Deer rescuers had some help

Katrina_Cimini.JPGThere's a happy ending to a story we brought you yesterday. The deer Thunder Bay firefighters rescued from the Kam River is back in the woods safe, and sound. But how did they know there was trouble on the ice in the first place? It turns out the tip came from Katrina Cimini. The Grade 8 student at Churchill High School was on the bus when she noticed something wrong.

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Through the eyes of visitor

Lorraine Antonio is getting on a plane, and heading home to the Dominican Republic, where she's enrolled in Hospitality and Tourism Management. But, the 22-year old spent the fall taking classes at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.

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Save the deer

deerJPGAround nine this morning, CBC Thunder Bay's newsroom heard about a water rescue happening in the city. The CBC's Jeff Walters headed out to check on the situation. It was no ordinary rescue.

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RMYC meets with police

rmyc.JPGRepresentatives from the Regional Multicultural Youth Council in Thunder Bay sat down with the city's top police officers today. They met with Chief J.P. Levesque and Deputy Chief Andy Hay to talk about a variety of issues affecting young people in the community. Meghan Payment is the president of the Regional Multicultural Youth Council.

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Trevor Torseth

TORSETH.JPGLast year it was voted America's favourite TV show and tonight the crime drama, NCIS, will likely be a favourite in Fort Frances as well. That's because Trevor Torseth, who grew up in the border town, is making an appearance in tonight's episode.

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Holiday Pops 2012

TBSO.JPGThe Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will be creating visions of sugar plums this Saturday night at the Community Auditorium. The Symphony is presenting its annual Holiday Pops concert. The seasonal favourite includes carols, choirs, dancers and even actors. Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is the orchestra's resident conductor.

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Idle No More

cropped.JPGProtestors took over the lobby of the federal Aboriginal Affairs office in Thunder Bay today as part of a nation-wide rally to call attention to First Nations concerns. We go inside the reception area as protestors were asked to leave and we hear their response.

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Sheepdogs

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Things just keep getting better and better for the Sheepdogs. First the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Now, an interview on Voyage North! Here's VN host Cathy Alex's chat with bassist Ryan Gullen.

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It's electrifying

cropped-car.JPGIt's now possible to drive right across the country in your electrically-powered car. Charging stations are now operating from coast to coast, including here in Thunder Bay, and throughout the northwest. A company called Sun Country Highway is demonstrating how it all works. Christopher Misch is the Vice President. He pulled into Thunder Bay in a Tesla electric sports car to join host Cathy Alex on the show.

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The Unbuilt Campus

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Voyage North's Josh Lynn brings us a ghost story of a different kind. We hear how unfinished plans still haunt the campus at Lakehead University. An exhibit on the subject curated by former LU professor Gary Genosko runs at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery until Dec 30th.

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Patient's Choice Awards

moir.jpgWe meet a pair of Northwestern Ontario doctors who are getting a pat on the back. Dr. Andrew Siren and Dr. Adam Moir are each receiving a Patients Choice Award tonight in Thunder Bay. It's the first time patients in Northwestern Ontario have been able to participate in the awards.


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Flood report

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The community now knows a lot more about what led up to the flooding of Thunder Bay's sewage treatment plant last May. Our city hall reporter Jeff Walters was at City Hall last night, taking in all the details

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