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Friday February 8, 2013
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.
Friday December 7, 2012
It'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.
Monday October 1, 2012
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.
Friday September 21, 2012
'"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.
Friday September 21, 2012
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.
Thursday September 13, 2012
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.
Friday July 20, 2012
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
Friday July 20, 2012
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.
Thursday July 19, 2012
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.
Thursday July 19, 2012
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
Thursday July 19, 2012
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
Thursday July 19, 2012
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.
Wednesday July 18, 2012
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.
Tuesday July 17, 2012
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.
Tuesday July 17, 2012
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.
Tuesday July 17, 2012
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.
Tuesday July 17, 2012
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.
Friday July 13, 2012
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.
Thursday July 12, 2012
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.
Thursday July 12, 2012
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.
Wednesday July 11, 2012
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
Tuesday July 10, 2012
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
- Cathy Alex
- Jordan Lester
- Jan. 6 – Killin' it! with Paul Crik
- Jan. 6 – Ocean City Defender
- Jan. 3 – A micro-brewery for Thunder Bay
- Dec. 30 – Northern Towns
- Nov. 21 – A conversation with Randy Bachman
- Nov. 9 – Thunder Bay immigration forum
- Nov. 7 – Dr. Kristofer Helgen
- Nov. 1 – Matthew Good
- Oct. 25 – Golf cart dog sledding
- Oct. 7 – Random acts of poetry
- Oct. 4 – Josh Lynn goes dancing! (kind of)
- Sep. 23 – First aid hero
- Sep. 21 – Greenstone chromite refinery
- Sep. 20 – Josh learns Finnish
- Sep. 20 – Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo
- Sep. 19 – Voyage North is on Twitter!
- Joshua Lynn
- Feb. 7 – Speaking about the unspeakable
- Feb. 4 – Searchlight contest
- Feb. 1 – Thunder Bay Gorelesque
- Jan. 31 – Tim Hudak
- Jan. 31 – Help for severe obesity sufferers
- Jan. 29 – Feeling safe in the city....
- Jan. 28 – The Trapline Challenge
- Jan. 22 – Canada Reads in Thunder Bay
- Jan. 21 – Whoa, Nelly!
- Jan. 18 – Thunder Bay Steampunk Society
- Jan. 18 – Don't You (,) Mean People
- Jan. 17 – Welcome to the deep freeze
- Jan. 16 – Nipigon River Bridge protest
- Jan. 15 – What's next?
- Jan. 11 – Ontario chiefs refuse meeting
- Jan. 10 – "There has to be something concrete"
- Jan. 9 – Winter road concerns
- Jan. 7 – Audit reaction
- Jan. 4 – Pattern of abductions
- Jan. 3 – There's a deal, but no agreement
- Jan. 2 – Idle No More boycott in Kenora
- Dec. 28 – "I walked out of there and I cried."
- Dec. 28 – First white Christmas
- Dec. 21 – Idle No More continues in Thunder Bay
- Dec. 20 – Flood one of top 10 weather stories
- Dec. 19 – Putting pen to paper
- Dec. 18 – Drinking & driving in the northwest
- Dec. 17 – "We don't take it lightly..."
- Dec. 14 – Deer rescuers had some help
- Dec. 14 – Through the eyes of visitor
- Dec. 13 – Save the deer
- Dec. 12 – RMYC meets with police
- Dec. 11 – Trevor Torseth
- Dec. 11 – Holiday Pops 2012
- Dec. 10 – Idle No More
- Dec. 10 – Sheepdogs
- Dec. 6 – The Unbuilt Campus
- Dec. 5 – Patient's Choice Awards
- Dec. 4 – Flood report
- Nov. 30 – The Movember kid
- Nov. 29 – Elementary school strike looms
- Nov. 28 – Moods of the Giant
- Nov. 27 – Laid-off workers start job hunt
- Nov. 26 – I'm ready for my close-up
- Nov. 22 – Tackling hospital bed gridlock
- Nov. 21 – Reaction to Fort Frances mill shutdown
- Nov. 21 – Madchild
- Nov. 20 – A silver lining
- Nov. 19 – Gravelle discusses cancer diagnosis
- Nov. 16 – VIA Rail
- Nov. 15 – Kathleen Wynne
- Nov. 14 – Becoming debt free
- Nov. 13 – Flamenco Caravan
- Nov. 12 – Serious inquires only
- Nov. 9 – A mother remembers
- Nov. 8 – Burning out
- Nov. 7 – Back to Our Roots Gathering
- Nov. 6 – Lace up your skates
- Nov. 5 – Ontario immigration strategy
- Nov. 2 – Untangling the lines
- Nov. 1 – Possible Worlds
- Oct. 31 – Dracula's castle
- Oct. 30 – Stranded by Sandy
- Oct. 29 – HMS Bounty
- Oct. 25 – Kwae Kii Win
- Oct. 24 – Thunder Bay becoming less multilingual
- Oct. 23 – Another voice
- Oct. 22 – The big 150
- Oct. 19 – A divisive issue
- Oct. 18 – House explosion
- Oct. 17 – Quality Market closure impact
- Oct. 17 – Coming attractions
- Oct. 16 – From paperwork to page turner
- Oct. 15 – It's not whether you win or lose
- Oct. 15 – Laughter is the best medicine
- Oct. 11 – Dr. Mom in smalltown
- Oct. 10 – The results are in
- Oct. 9 – Pharmacists will offer more services
- Oct. 5 – Talking Windsor/Picton/Blucher
- Oct. 4 – One year later
- Oct. 2 – Ontario Ranger cuts
- Sep. 28 – Calming the Monster
- Sep. 27 – Mining study
- Sep. 27 – Ukrainian dancing in just 90 minutes
- Sep. 26 – Just Another Hat Trick
- Sep. 20 – A difference in opinion
- Sep. 19 – Al Hackner
- Sep. 18 – Human rights complaint
- Sep. 17 – Mitomics layoffs
- Sep. 14 – ROTFL
- Sep. 12 – Hotel announcement
- Sep. 11 – Guess who's coming to dinner...
- Sep. 10 – Dying for an Education
- Sep. 6 – Preventing crime through design
- Sep. 6 – The Physics of Video Games
- Sep. 5 – Party's over
- Sep. 4 – Out of control party
- Aug. 31 – Northern Policy Institute
- Aug. 30 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation Food Symposium
- Aug. 28 – Teachers rally
- Aug. 27 – AMO Convention
- Aug. 23 – Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre
- Aug. 20 – Thunder Bay deer hunt safety
- Aug. 20 – Run for Epilepsy
- Aug. 17 – Wax Philosophic Beach Party
- Aug. 16 – Nancy Hutchison
- Aug. 15 – Zombie makeup tips
- Aug. 14 – Tiff Ginn and Bill Poss
- Aug. 10 – Classic Roots
- Aug. 9 – Real rock music
- Jul. 30 – After the Flood, The need continues...
- Jul. 27 – Have poles, will travel...
- Jul. 26 – Interwoven Roots
- Jul. 26 – War of 1812 redux...
- Jul. 24 – Police chief talks crime stats
- Jul. 23 – Under construction
- Jul. 6 – Eagle vs. Sparrow
- Jul. 6 – MonkeyJunk
- Jul. 5 – Terrace Bay mill buyer
- Jul. 4 – Elizabeth McWeeny
- Jul. 3 – Parental custody across borders
- Jul. 3 – Playhouse challenge
- Jun. 29 – Tornado Medical Systems closure
- Jun. 28 – Getting up to speed
- Jun. 28 – Margie Taylor book launch
- Jun. 28 – Elsie Macgill
- Jun. 26 – Past due?
- Jun. 25 – Building a relationship
- Jun. 22 – Safe cycling for adults
- Jun. 22 – Movies return to Dryden
- Jun. 21 – National Aboriginal Day
- Jun. 20 – Flooding in Duluth
- Jun. 18 – Eye on the sky
- Jun. 15 – Greenbank Trio
- Jun. 14 – Sleeping Giant Brewing Company
- Jun. 14 – Sticker shock
- Jun. 13 – Changing the discussion...
- Jun. 13 – Kim Churchill
- Jun. 12 – Zoe Whittall
- Jun. 1 – Coordinating flood assistance
- May. 31 – State of emergency day four
- May. 31 – Volunteers help East End flood victims
- May. 30 – Down the drain
- May. 29 – From Down Under to the Lakehead
- May. 28 – The big pump-out
- May. 25 – Dorothy Chambers celebrates her 90th
- May. 24 – Whalen Building has rich history
- May. 23 – Creating a positive workplace
- May. 22 – Teens plea guilty
- May. 22 – Garnet Rogers
- May. 18 – Experimental Lakes Area funding cut
- May. 18 – Walk on the wild side
- May. 18 – Forest of Reading
- May. 17 – New developments in restaurant outbreak
- May. 16 – More than just rocks
- May. 16 – A hot story....
- May. 15 – The ghost of meetings past...
- May. 14 – "They're going to have to kill me..."
- May. 14 – Sasquatch likely done with politics
- May. 11 – Biwaase'aa out of funding
- May. 10 – Environmental assessment changes
- May. 10 – Claire Tacon and Jamella Hagen
- May. 9 – Cliffs VP explains decision
- May. 8 – Wilderness Quest
- May. 7 – Math and art
- May. 4 – Rock the Park!!!
- May. 4 – Screening for skin cancer
- May. 3 – Mac's Mural
- May. 2 – Folklore Festival
- May. 1 – Municipal Golf Course
- Apr. 30 – "You Know Me, I Ride a Bike"
- Apr. 27 – Ruling centre ice
- Apr. 26 – Cleaning up graffiti
- Apr. 25 – Perseverance
- Apr. 24 – Self-reliance in Ottawa
- Apr. 23 – Going it alone
- Apr. 23 – Collateral Damage recognized
- Apr. 20 – Friend Me
- Apr. 18 – My Neighbour - Our Community
- Apr. 17 – Dudley Hewitt Cup
- Apr. 16 – Winter's encore
- Apr. 16 – Local Sea Cadet remembers Vimy Ridge
- Apr. 13 – Throwing a Curve
- Apr. 12 – Think Pink
- Apr. 4 – Subway saviour
- Apr. 3 – Bannock battle royale
- Apr. 2 – If I had a million dollars...
- Apr. 2 – The gift of finely crafted seating
- Mar. 30 – An aborginal approach to coaching
- Mar. 30 – The View from the Seventh Sky
- Mar. 29 – Reading, writing and... running?
- Mar. 29 – Exploring Thunder Bay's urban forest
- Mar. 28 – The #story continues....
- Mar. 23 – This might hurt a little bit ...
- Mar. 20 – On thin ice
- Mar. 19 – Poor Young Things
- Mar. 15 – Bike Racks for Business
- Mar. 12 – Lake Superior Through the Ages
- Mar. 9 – Thunder Bay Drug Strategy priorities
- Mar. 8 – Point North
- Mar. 7 – Climate change in the north
- Mar. 5 – The sweet spell of success
- Mar. 5 – Labouring Finns
- Mar. 5 – Uncovering the real Jann Arden
- Mar. 1 – Wilson Cup Final Four
- Feb. 29 – Thunder Bay's Mini Science Festival
- Feb. 22 – Selling crime prevention
- Feb. 20 – OxyContin phase-out raises concerns
- Feb. 17 – Arts Fiesta
- Feb. 10 – What's a Physician Assistant?
- Feb. 8 – Escape to Reality in the Garden
- Feb. 6 – The Men's Club
- Feb. 3 – Serena Ryder
- Feb. 2 – Cop's eye view
- Jan. 31 – The Syringa Tree
- Jan. 27 – Thunder Bay's guitar doctor
- Jan. 23 – Nick Sherman talks about his new album
- Jan. 20 – Greenstone says goodbye
- Jan. 18 – Playing Possum
- Jan. 13 – Thunder Bay film festival needs new home
- Jan. 12 – Printmaker Brian Holden
- Jan. 11 – Marina Nemat talks Canada Reads
- Jan. 9 – Mac's Mart employee speaks out
- Dec. 28 – Marina Park impressions
- Dec. 14 – Making shop class rock
- Dec. 13 – Stuart McLean
- Dec. 9 – Music for Food
- Dec. 7 – Rocks and Rings
- Dec. 6 – Bad toys
- Nov. 25 – Tracing the Columbia
- Nov. 24 – 4-time Gold Medalist Robbi Wheldon
- Heather McLeod
- Feb. 8 – 50 Shades of Copyright Grey
- Dec. 7 – It's electrifying
- Oct. 1 – Geraldton Arrest
- Sep. 21 – Immigrant
- Sep. 13 – Whooping Cough in Thunder Bay
- Jul. 20 – A Century of Sisu
- Jul. 20 – Greenbank Returns
- Jul. 19 – Wax or Music?
- Jul. 19 – Itchy Swimmers Want to Know
- Jul. 19 – One in a Thousand
- Jul. 19 – Pole Walk Thunder Bay
- Jul. 18 – Pioneer Camp Rocks!
- Jul. 17 – AFN Leadership Advice
- Jul. 17 – In Defense of Local Food
- Jul. 17 – The Road Well Travelled
- Jul. 17 – Clean Diving
- Jul. 13 – New LU Students get an EDGE
- Jul. 12 – Burgers for Beagles
- Jul. 12 – Music for the Masses 2012 unveiled
- Jul. 11 – The Colour of Ambition
- Jul. 10 – Music for the Masses 2012 unveiled