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Killin' it! with Paul Crik

Paul Crik is a philosopher, satirist, and most importantly, he's the keeper of "killin' it!". Jordan Lester spoke to Paul about how we can "kill it" in 2012. Hilarity ensues. Here's part of their conversation.

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Ocean City Defender

Thunder Bay electro-pop act Ocean City Defender has a new album out. It's called "the Golden Hour". Ken Merkley of the group dropped by the studio to chat with Jordan Lester. here's some of their conversation.

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A micro-brewery for Thunder Bay

Sleeping Giant Brewing Company co-founder Kerry Berlinquette has good news for beer drinkers in Thunder Bay. Here's part of her conversation with Jordan Lester.
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Northern Towns

As part of the Northern Towns feature, we profile cities and towns from the Northwest that aren't actually in the Northwest. It's a chance for us to get to know the people who live in our alternate universe.

The feature airs every Friday afternoon on Voyage North. If you missed one of the interviews or really enjoyed one and wanted to hear it again, we're going to post them below. Enjoy!

Place:Dryden, New York
Guest: Mary-Ann Sumner, Town Supervisor
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Place:Fort William, Scotland
Guest: Allan Henderson, Provost (mayor)
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Place:Geraldton, Australia
Guest: Ian Carpenter, Mayor
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Place:Uppsala, Sweden
Guest: Tiina Mykkänen, CEO of Destination Uppsala
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Place:Marathon, Greece
Guest: Lazaros Karaoulis, E-Marathon web-portal
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Place:Emo, Ireland
Guest: Honor Deevy, Tourism Officer for Emo's county council
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Place:Port Arthur, Texas
Guest: Paige Snyder, Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce
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Place:White River, South Africa
Guest: Linda Grimbeek, Chamber of Business & Tourism of White River
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Place:Jellico, Tennessee
Guest: Les Stiers, Mayor
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Place:Murillo, Micronesia
Guest: Mason Fritz, Chuuk State Visitors Bureau
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Place:Armstrong, Argentina
Guest: Florencia Elorriaga, Armstrong resident
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12 Days of Northwestern Ontario Christmas!!!

We here at Voyage North got tired of listening to OTHER people's Christmas Carols, so we decided to invent one of our own (with the help of our wonderfully creative listeners).

The final product is the very festive and hilarious 12 Days of Northwestern Ontario Christmas. We received hundreds of entries throughout the contest: some brilliant, some weird, some inappropriate, but much appreciated nonetheless.

Here is the final list:
Day 1: A trip on a Bearskin plane
Day 2: Two highway closures
Day 3: Three toasted persians
Day 4: Four white-tail deer
Day 5: Five curling rinks
Day 6: Six huts on Lac
Day 7: Seven Hoito pancakes
Day 8: Eight Stanley burgers
Day 9: Nine Border Cats
Day 10: Ten Kenora dinner jackets
Day 11: Eleven pickerel fillets
Day 12: Twelve Egli's slippers

Thank you very much to everyone who called in. We now have our very own Northwestern Ontario carol that can be sung with the family around the Christmas tree. For your listening pleasure, here's the final version of the 12 Days of Northwestern Ontario Christmas:

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A conversation with Randy Bachman

Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman -- best known for his work in The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive -- has written a book chronicling some of his favourite stories, called "Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories". Here's his conversation with Jordan Lester about the book.

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Lakehead University gets an equestrian team

Josh Lynn catches up with the founders of the brand new Lakehead University Equestrian team Kayleigh Redish and Shandell Mathusz at Dell farm in Thunder Bay.

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Thunder Bay immigration forum

Thunder Bay recently hosted an immigration forum. One of the highlights was a panel discussion about the advantages of immigration for Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. Josh Lynn spoke with some of panelists. Here's some of their conversation.

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Dr. Kristofer Helgen

Dr. Kristofer Helgen is a Research Zoologist and Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. He has found over 100 new species during the course of his career. Here's his conversation with Jordan Lester.

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Matthew Good

Juno award winning Canadian rock legend Matthew Good spoke with Jordan Lester about his current national tour and current events. Here's some of their conversation.

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Golf cart dog sledding

You may have heard of dog sledding, but have you heard of dog carting? Josh Lynn certainly has, thanks to his recent visit to Boreal Journeys Sled Dog Kennel just outside Thunder Bay.

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Random acts of poetry

Thunder Bay is being inundated by random acts of poetry! Josh Lynn caught up with some of the rogue poets at the Bean Fiend coffee shop on Algoma Street. Here's some of his conversation with Rene Terpstra from the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

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Josh Lynn goes dancing! (kind of)

Josh Lynn dropped by the World Dance Centre in Thunder Bay to hear about new dance classes coming to the city. Here's his conversation with Dahab.

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Former Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings holds the record for longest ever winning streak on Jeopardy. But there's something he's less well-known for ... his love of maps. Here's his conversation with Jordan Lester.

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Homosexual necrophilia among mallard ducks

Our science columinst Michael Bhardwaj previews the "Ig Nobel awards" and tells Jordan Lester about, among other things, research into mallard ducks' tendencies towards homosexual necrophilia. Hilarity ensues.

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First aid hero

The Canadian Red Cross has honoured a Thunder Bay man for his quick thinking. Last May, Rory Milani, a power line technician with Thunder Bay Hydro, was the first on the scene of a car accident where one of the drivers had suffered a heart attack. Milani performed CPR on the driver until paramedics arrived. His first aid skills saved the driver's life. Here's his conversation with Jordan Lester.
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Greenstone chromite refinery

There's a battle going on to house a chromite refinery. Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Timmins and the municipality of Greenstone all want to host it.

Greenstone is pitching a location called Exton. It's about 300 kilometres away from the Ring of Fire -- much closer than the other contenders. But it doesn't have enough electricity to power a refinery.

So Greenstone hired some consultants to come up with a solution. One of them is George Smitherman -- a former Ontario cabinet minister.

The CBC's Nicole Ireland spoke to Smitherman, Greenstone Mayor Ron Beaulieu and Matawa First Nations representative Raymond Ferris about the Exton location.
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Josh learns Finnish

Amateur linguisist and intrepid reporter Josh Lynn expanded his vernacular by learning Finnish. Here's a clip from his lesson in Thunder Bay with Finnish language instructor Pirjo Einola.
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Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo

A new focal point of Kenora's downtown opened last week. It was the inaugural night for the Harbourfront amphitheatre, which featured a concert by none other than Canadian icons Blue Rodeo. Jordan Lester spoke with singer Jim Cuddy before the show and started off by asking if the band felt any added pressure knowning they were playing the inaugural night. Here's some of their conversation.
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Voyage North is on Twitter!

Voyage North is now in the Twitterverse!

Follow the crew to comment on programming, enter contests, get a preview of what's coming up, even interact with the host during the show!

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