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Buskers Festival at Bay & Algoma

Jugglers, circus acts and musicians, all performing on the street and hoping to stop you in your tracks. That is the art of busking. And it's taking over the Bay & Algoma shopping district this weekend. The Valley Fresh Buskers Festival runs this Saturday and Sunday. Brian Hamilton is president of the Bay & Algoma Merchant's Association and one of the festival's organizers. Janie Chadwick is one of the buskers performing at it. They spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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Visit with the Greenbank Trio

Thunder Bay's Greenbank Trio has been travelling for the last several months. Last summer, they were novice touring musicians. This time around they're veterans. But that doesn't mean that everything goes according to plan! The band has landed back in Thunder Bay for a show tomorrow (fri) night at Black Pirates Pub but first they stopped by the studio for a chat with host Cathy Alex.

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Prosvita may become a youth centre

It's known more for hosting shags, and having bands like Trooper grace it's stage. But if a new plan goes ahead, the Port Arthur Prosvita could see new life as a youth centre. The Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre went to city council last night, looking for help with the project. They hope to operate the youth facility. It could serve as many as 4000 people, between the ages of 12 and 24. Bernice Dubec (DOO-beck) is the Executive Director of the Friendship Centre. She spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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Tears 4 Justice walk Northwestern Ontario

If you've been driving along highway 17 East of Thunder Bay over the last few days you might have noticed a caravan of white vans supporting a small group of walkers. The vans are covered in photographs of women, each photograph framed with bright strips of neon and flowered duct tape. The women pictured are all missing or have been murdered. This is a walk in their memory. It is called Tears4Justice. Although the number of walkers fluctuate as people join them, eight women set out from Nova Scotia on June 21st heading to Prince Rupert, BC. They were welcomed to Thunder Bay in a presentation at the Labour Centre this afternoon. The CBC's Heather McLeod went to that presentation. But first she stopped to look at the pictures on the van. There she met the first of walkers with whom she spoke today: Aggie.

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Cabaret on Bay

Steamy, sexy, burlesque.. A silent auction.. And some fun, funky films. That's what the Cabaret on Bay promises to deliver. This Saturday night 314 Bay Street will time travel to the naughty 1920s. And you're invited. It's all in support of the Bay Street Film Festival. Zoe Gordon is coordinating the event. Danny Johnson will be heading up the World's Least Dangerous Band, and hosting the Cabaret. They spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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Farzana Doctor: self and story

Farzana Doctor is the author of Six Metres of Pavement and Stealing Nasreen. She is the winner of the Writers Trust Award for emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender authors, and of the Lambda Award for lesbian fiction. Doctor is in Thunder Bay to speak at the Thunder Pride Literary Festival tomorrow night (tues) at the Mary JL Black Library at 7pm. But first she stopped by our studios for this conversation with Cathy Alex.

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50 Shades of Copyright Grey

Type the name of your favourite TV show or movie into a search engine, add the word fan fiction and you'll probably see hundreds of stories pop up on your computer. Fan fiction is an increasingly common way for people to exercise their creativity. But its popularity is raising questions about copyright. That's because these amateur authors are writing about the characters someone else thought up in the first place. Jenny Roth and Monica Flegel are professors at Lakehead University. They're currently working on a research project called Regulating Fantasies: Fandom, Fan Fiction and Internet Policing. They're being funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. They spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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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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Geraldton Arrest

One of the two men accused of forcibly confining and sexually assaulting a teenage boy in Nova Scotia is in custody today (mon) in Geraldton. Forty-seven year old David James Leblanc was arrested last night near Longlac. Leblanc and 31 year old Wayne Alan Cunningham are alleged to have assaulted a 16-year old boy over a period of two weeks. Jack Julian is a CBC reporter in Halifax. He's been following the story, since news of the boy's escape and ordeal first became public. He spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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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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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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A Century of Sisu

Kathy Toivonen and Kim Manduca came to the studio straight from the printer's. Their book couldn't be newer - they'd just picked up the very first copies printed. It's called: A Century of Sisu 1920 - 2010: 100 years of Finnish Tradition, Culture and Food in the Thunder Bay Area. They spoke with Cathy Alex

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Greenbank Returns

They're baaack! The guys from Thunder Bay's Greenbank Trio have returned home from their first ever tour. They played a number of locations on the East Coast, but the highlight was taking centre stage for the Canada Day celebrations in Saint John, New Brunswick. This weekend, the group will be sharing some of their stories about their inaugural foray onto the road. The Greenbank Trio is playing tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (sat) night at The Foundry in Thunder Bay. Chris Lamont handles duties on the double bass. Jimmy Breslin is on the guitar. They spoke with Cathy Alex.

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Wax or Music?

Singer/songwriter Wax Mannequin is getting set to release his sixth full-length CD, No Safe Home. It's described as a hauntingly spacious, sparsely produced, acoustic gem. You'll be able to sample some of the songs on tonight (thurs) at Black Pirates Pub in Thunder Bay. You'll also be able to check out the unique way Wax Mannequin is marketing his earlier albums. Wax Mannequin spoke with Cathy Alex.

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Itchy Swimmers Want to Know

Ah the joys of a dip in fresh water. On a warm summer's day like today, nothing could be better. If only it weren't shadowed a bit by a fear of swimmer's itch. It can happen to anyone, that itch or tingling, that burning that can only be swimmer's itch. So when a note from the Health Unit came to the station reminding us all to take precautions to avoid Swimmer's itch, it caught Cathy Alex's attention. She spoke with Christopher Beveridge, the manager of Environment Health Programs at the Thunder Bay District Heatlh Unit

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One in a Thousand

Thunder Bay's Farida Hassan is one in a thousand. And now she has the marks to prove it. The International Baccaleurate progam has just released the exam results for 2012. And, for the first time in 11 years, a high school student from the city has achieved a perfect score. Hassan graduated this spring from the IB program at Churchill High School. Her total marks this year were 45, out of a possible 45. It's a major accomplishment because fewer than 100 of the more than 100,000 students who wrote their IB exams received that perfect grade. She spoke with Cathy Alex

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Pole Walk Thunder Bay

Your feet are wanted. An attempt to break the world record for the most people participating in a Nordic Walk is being made right here in Thunder Bay. More than 1026 people are needed to beat the current record - that's a lot of feet. Nordic walking is also known as pole-walking. But even if you've never pole-walked before, aren't sure what exactly it is and don't have the poles, Sari Jamsa-Babcock wants you to register today. She is the Nordic Walk for Guiness coordinator. She spoke with Cathy Alex.

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Pioneer Camp Rocks!

This is the season of day camps. Heather McLeod visited Pioneer Camp at Founders' Museum. She found a real juxtaposition of eras with traffic zooming along highway 61 just a few meters away from heritage buildings full of antiques and staff in historic garb. The campers however looked very 2012, all in shorts, t-shirts and ball-caps. They were gathered in a mesh tent being covered in bug spray when she arrived. But soon gathered outside to give her this review of their camp.

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AFN Leadership Advice

This week, Chiefs from across Canada decide who will lead the Assembly of First Nations for the next three years. Regardless of whether current AFN Chief Shawn Atleo is reelected or replaced, the winner will be under pressure to make the assembly more relevant to aboriginal Canadians. Geraldine King has some thoughts on how this might be accomplished. She's a member of Gull Bay First Nation, and has worked in Strategic Development at the National Centre for First Nations Governance and the National Association of Friendship Centres. She spoke with Cathy Alex.

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In Defense of Local Food

Last Friday on Voyage North we spoke with Pierre Desrochers. He is an associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto. And he's just written a book called The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the Ten-thousand Mile Diet. In that conversation he told Cathy Alex, "what we are arguing in the book is that this is a false dilemma. Unless it provides a better quality product at a competing price, you should make no effort what so ever to buy local food."

Today (Tuesday) we heard a rebuttal to that argument from Ken Deacon and Lucie Lavoie. The two Thunder Bayers are dedicated to eating local food. Heather McLeod visited them in their downtown home. Ken explained why he disagrees profoundly with Mr. Desrochers and Lucie gave a tour of their garden.

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The Road Well Travelled

Hitting the highway in style. Mark Richardson is driving across Canada in a yellow convertible to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Trans-Canada Highway, and the 100th anniversary of the first cross-country road trip. Richardson has written about cars and road trips for years. He's the editor of the MFuel automotive supplements in Macleans magazine. Richardson pulled into Thunder Bay last night, and dropped by our studios earlier today (mon). He spoke with Cathy Alex.

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Clean Diving

Throwing garbage into the water, may get it out of sight. But it certainly puts it into the mind of Len Mason. The Thunder Bay man is the founder of Eco Divers, a group of scuba divers who volunteer to clean up nasty, underwater garbage dumps. Mason and the others strapped on their tanks yesterday (sun) to tidy up at the mouth of the Current River. He spoke with Cathy Alex.

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New LU Students get an EDGE

Starting University is a big change. The idea can make both students and their parents a little nervous. To help ease those fears, Lakehead University hosts new students and their families for two days in a program called EDGE: an intensive orientation to the city and the University. The program wrapped up today (Friday). Heather McLeod caught up with some of the participants on campus.

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Burgers for Beagles

When the Patchnosky family's two beagles Bamdit and Shooter took off after a bear, they feared they'd lost them forever. But the dogs came home, thanks to the kindness of two people the Patchnoskys have yet to meet: Howard and Debbie Ollum who own a small resort in English River, Ontario. The CBC's Heather McLeod brought the story of the Patchnosky Beagles amazing adventure to Voyage North.

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Music for the Masses 2012 unveiled

It's a little bit country and a little bit rock & roll mixed with some folksy charm. Plus a touch of the blues, and the growl of gleaming metal. Actually with nearly 40 acts in 6 different venues, Music for the Masses really does has something for everyone. This year's line-up for the one-day extravaganza was unveiled today (tues). The annual event happens on Friday September 21.
Franz Masini is the driving force behind Music for the Masses. He spoke with Cathy Alex.

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The Colour of Ambition

The Other Colour is one of Thunder Bay's most popular young bands. Then about a year ago, the guys in the group packed up the van, and moved to Toronto, aiming for the big time. Now they're back (if only for a show), playing at Black Pirates Pub tomorrow (thurs) night. And they've got a pretty good reason to be home. They're launching their second EP! AJ Astle plays bass for the band. Stephen Gray is The Other Colour's singer and songwriter. They spoke with Cathy Alex

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Music for the Masses 2012 unveiled

It's a little bit country and a little bit rock & roll mixed with some folksy charm.
There's also a touch of the blues, and the growl of gleaming metal.
The lineup for this year's Music for the Masses was unveiled today (July 10).
The annual event happens on Friday September 21.
At it you'll hear nearly 40 performers playing at 6 venues across Thunder Bay.
Franz Masini is the driving force behind Music for the Masses.
He spoke with host Cathy Alex

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