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Lac Seul First Nation family raising awareness about rare disease

When John Chisel was just 6 months old, the little boy from Lac Seul First Nation was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. It's a rare condition that causes inflammation throughout the body, and in particular the coronary arteries. If doctors catch it early, they can manage the illness.
However, if it goes untreated it can lead to serious complications.

It's the leading cause of acquired heart problems in children. John Chisel is now 7 years old, and he's facing a lifetime of medical appointments and procedures. That's why John and his family want to raise more awareness about, and more funds to research Kawasaki Disease.

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Thunder Bay student essay wins humour award

Madison King is a Grade 12 student at Hammarskjold High School in Thunder Bay. About a year ago, she read an article entitled "If He Pays for Dinner, You Do Owe Him Sex". She was incensed by the misogynistic attitude of the author. So, she wrote a biting, and satirical response.

That essay, "When A Woman Owes You Sex" has just been named the winner of the Student Humourous Story Competition from the Stephen Leacock Association.

The Dirty Dozen

copy-dirtydozen-beginnings-small1.jpgThe Dirty Dozen's story borders on urban legend in Thunder Bay. The brash, Westfort boot hockey team--that's right boot hockey--dominated the sport in the city from 1983 to 1996.

"The Dozen" is a new documentary that tells their story, it's showing this Saturday at Confederation College.
Kirsten and Chris Kosloski are the pair behind the film.

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Flappers, fashion and femininity in the 1920's

The "Modern Girl" was a fixture of 1920s Canadian consumer culture. She had a short skirt and bobbed hair. She also had a penchant for smoking, drinking, dancing, and jazz.

You could find her image in art, film, fashion, and advertising. But she was also real, so you could see her walking down the street of many a town and city across the country.

Jane Nicholas is a professor of women's studies at Lakehead University. In her upcoming book, "Modern Girl" she argues that this image is key to the creation of what it meant to be modern and female in Canada.

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Deer Lake goes solar

The community of Deer Lake relies on expensive diesel fuel for most of its electricity needs. But yesterday, the community unveiled a solar project on the roof of the local school. The CBC's Adam Burns was in Deer Lake for the ribbon-cutting.


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Adapting to climate change in Thunder Bay

The climate is changing. For instance, we're seeing more severe storms more flooding. Communities are now trying to figure out how to adapt to this new normal of extremes and unpredictability. Al Douglas directs the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources.

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Mackenzie Farquhar

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The girl who needs a heart--got one!

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In January of 2012, 14-year old Bronwyn Huffman was diagnosed with leukemia. Just a few months later, in May of that year, she suffered heart failure due to the chemotherapy.

For the past 2 years, she has been moving the blood around her body with the help of something called a VAD - a ventricular assist device. She was the first person the Sick Kids ever released from hospital, while still attached to the device.

But all that changed this week. On Wednesday, Bronwyn received a heart transplant.

Voyage North's Cathy Alex reached her mom Kellie Huffman, in Bronwyn's room at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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Don Newman

Walking in the winter woods is a pretty common activity for many people who live in Northwestern Ontario. Usually you feel pretty safe while you're out for a stroll.

But just south of the border, Don Newman, a trapper from Nashwauk, Minnesota, had an experience that was both unexpected and potentially fatal. He was attacked by a moose.


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Sophia Wallace

A new exhibition currently running at Definitely Superior Art Gallery highlights the work of 16 regional feminist artists. The featured guest is Sophia Wallace, the creator of Cliteracy.

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"Canadian experience"

Ontario's Human Rights Commission rolled out a new policy in Thunder Bay today that's meant stop employers in the province from making "Canadian experience" a job requirement. The commission says the term is too vague, prevents otherwise qualified newcomers from entering the workforce, and is potentially discriminatory.

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Bernard Valcourt

The federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development was in Thunder Bay today. Bernard Valcourt was in the city to address the Chamber of Commerce.


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NAN Grand Chief responds to education act

On Friday, the federal government unveiled the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. The proposed legislation ensures minimum education standards on-reserve that are consistent with provincial standards in towns & cities.

But many First Nations leaders are expressing concerns about the act. For his reaction,
we reached Harvey Yesno. He's the Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.


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Fortress of fun

This winter, you may feel a little like you're under siege. Facing the onslaught of the polar vortex and the deep freeze, you can be forgiven for wanting to spend your time cowering inside.

But one Dryden man, has decided to fight back. And realzing he's up against a formidable enemy, he's started by building fortifications. It's quite possible that Chris Marchand has created the mightiest and most colourful ice fort in all of Northwestern Ontario (and judging by the response online) perhaps the world.

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Thunder Bay Veterans Affairs office closes

The Veterans Affairs office in Thunder Bay is one of nine across the country that's shutting it's doors today. The federal government says the cost saving measure won't affect the quality of service veterans recieve. But, many veterans don't agree with that assessment, and they want the the offices to stay open.

Thunder Bay's Roy Lamore fought in the World War II. He was one of a group of veterans who traveled to Ottawa to meet with Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino earlier this week. Lamore was also rallying in support of the veteran's affairs office today in Thunder Bay.

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Hanging up the skates

After 3 decades, Dave Wilson and his store "Source for Sports" are hanging up the skates.

After 30 years of selling gear to families (including some NHL stars) in Thunder Bay, he and partner, and office manager, Vicki Slater are retiring.

Cathy Alex popped into the shop, as Dave and Vicki were going through the inventory.

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Lazylegz

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His name is Luca Patuelli, but the Montreal man is better known as Lazylegz.

Born with a rare muscle condtion and relying on crutches, Patuelli seemed like a pretty unlikely candidate to become a world class break dancer.

But that's exactly what he is

Patuelli brought his inspirtational story to Confederation College today.


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A new spin on wind power

A group of Lakehead University engineering students could be at work on the next big thing in wind power.

It's called a varying axis turbine, but it's name isn't important. It's what it does that's getting attention.

The prototype design could allow for wind power in places where it previously wasn't practical.

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A marriage made on the trails

Owners and staff at Fresh Air Experience, Static and Cyclepath have been quietly talking about an upcoming partnership for a few weeks.

But their engagement was officially announced at the Banff Film Festival.

Alan Cranston manages Fresh Air. Jeff Pylypchuk is the co-owner of Cyclepath and Static Board shop.

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Reality check

Thunder Bay's John Howard Society is calling it a reality check. They want to dispel some of the myths about the criminal justice system and the idea that it's easy to be granted bail or givin a pardon.

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The future is small

There are already more than 1,600 nanotechnology enhanced products on the market; everything from self-cleaning glass, to sunscreen lotions to stronger car tires.

But Frank Boehm is particularly interested in how this area of research could affect medicine.

He's just published a new book the subject.

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Dean Young

The Thunder B'eh Homecoming Tour gets rolling at 9 o'clock tonight at the Sovereign Room. The headliners are three comedians, all originally from Thunder Bay.

Dean Young is one of the performers, he's based in Toronto, where he not only does stand-up, but has his own weekly comedy podcast, and writes for The Scene music magazine.

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A cold day's work

photo (6).jpgThe recent deep freeze has left many fleeing for the cozy indoors. But what if it's your job to work outside? Mike Ingram works on a garbage truck for the city; he has some tricks for dealing with the cold.

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Every dog has his day

DSC_0671.JPGAfter 10 years of service, Thunder is retiring. The police dog leaves Thunder Bay Police Service with a 70% success rate for locating evidence, suspects and missing people. The provincial average sits around 30%. Constable Joe Prevett has been Thunder's partner for the past decade.


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(You can also check out some video of Thunder at his retirement party.)

Citizenship ceremony

Today is the first day of a new chapter in the lives of the 32 people who took part in a ceremony in Thunder Bay this morning.

They come from 18 different countries, everywhere from the United States to the Philippines.

And they all became Canadian citizens today.

The CBC's Adam Burns was at the event.

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Ontario chiefs reject education bill

The chiefs of Ontario's 133 First Nations are meeting at Fort William First Nation this week, and education has dominated much of the discussion over the last two days.

Many aboriginal leaders have condemned the proposed legislation, saying it flies in the face of their treaty rights to control their own educational systems and institutions.

They say the act also fails to provide desperately needed funding.

This afternoon the chiefs stood beside First Nations young people to publicly reject the bill, and to announce they will develop their own education strategy.

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OFSAA Championship


The OFSAA Boy's Volleyball Championship continues today in Thunder Bay. Sir Winston Churchill CVI got an automatic berth as the "home team" but held their own against the best squads in Ontario, narrowly missing a chance at advancing to quarter-final play.

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Greenstone mayor reacts to Cliffs announcement

Cliffs Natural Resources is suspending their operation in the Ring of Fire indefinitely.
Greenstone is one of the communities that expected to see some benefits from the potentially large mining development. Ron Beaulieu is the mayor there.

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Thunder Bay Art Gallery looking for input

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery wants to hear from you. It`s proposing a move from its current location at Confederation College to Prince Arthur`s Landing.
As part of that plan, administration is hosting an open house.

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Bullying? There's an app for that.

As part of the kick off, Lakehead Public Schools officially launched a new iPhone, iPod touch and iPad App that help students anonymously report severe instances of bullying and gives them some tools to deal with less serious incidents as well.

Phil Bystrician is in grade 12 at Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute, where the app was unveiled today. He's the app's creator.

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Spring bear hunt could return (sort of..)

Today the Ontario government announced it is launching a restricted spring bear hunt. For the next two seasons, a limited hunt, open to Ontario residents only, will be conducted in selected areas of the north. The only area where hunting will be allowed in our region is Thunder Bay.

David Oriazetti is the minister of natural resources.

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Joseph Wesley sentencing hearing

An emotional day in court today for the family of Adam Yellowhead. The CBC's Nicole Ireland has been at the sentencing hearing for the man convicted of killing him and bring sus the details.

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Transportation Safety Board investigates fatal crash in Red Lake

An investigative team from the Transportation Safety Board remains on the scene in Red Lake today. They're trying to determine what caused a twin-engine plane to crash there Sunday night. Five people were killed in the incident, including both pilots.
Two passengers survived. For an update on the investigation, we've reached Peter Hildebrand. He's the regional manager for the Transportation Safety Board.


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Keeping a craft alive

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There aren't too many places left in Thunder Bay dedicated to the art of shoe repair.
In fact, until recently there was only one.

In this hi-tech age of smart phones, internet startupsand 3D printers, opening a shoe repair shop doesn't seem like something that might rate highly on a budding entrepreneur's list of opportunities.

But one former Thunder Bay man, had just such a dream and with a little help from the city's Community Economic Development Commission, Martin Sugg moved backed to city and opened his very own busines: Timeless Shoe Repair.


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Bruce Moonias inquest

Almost seven years after a Neskantaga First Nation man died an inquest jury has handed down 23 recommendations to try to prevent future deaths. The CBC's Nicole Ireland takes us through the many factors that led to Bruce Moonias'tragic death.

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Local support for Mi'kmaq protesters

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The protest came to a head yesterday when RCMP officers clashed with the demonstrators.

IN Thunder Bay, around noon a dozen people were at the Ontario Native Womens Association headqaurters to show their support..


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Bear sighting leads to confusion

Living in Northwestern Ontario you come to expect some close brushes with nature. But sometimes they can seem a little too close.

That's what James Taylor and his wife thought when the saw a black bear heading full steam into a residential area this morning. So they wanted to call and let someone know.

And that's where things get complicated.

We reached James Taylor to find out more.

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Shawn Christie

A Thunder Bay man battling cancer helps kick off a fundraising campaign called Exceptional Cancer Care. Shawn Christie joins us to share his personal story, and what this campaign means to patients like him.


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Scott King

You may have caught Thunder Bay's Soctt King opening for LeAnn Rimes earlier this year.

But tomorrow night at the Foundry, he'll be the main attraction.

Scott joins Cathy Alex on Voyage North, where he explains how early in his career, he ended up appearing in the same CD liner notes as Clint Black and Dolly Parton.

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Jamie McDonald

photoforgephoto.jpgJamie McDonald knows a thing or two about spending long periods in hospital.
As a child, the British man spent nine years being treated for a rare spinal condition and a very weak immune system.
Now that he's recovered, McDonald wants to raise money for the organizations that were so helpful to him, and his family, when he was sick.
He's running across Canada to raise money for for the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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Summer Jobs

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This week, we want to hear about your summer job past or present!
Send your stories to voyagenorth@cbc.ca or give us a call at 625 5077/888-625-5077.

Each day this week, one randomly selected winner will score some nifty CBC swag.

Scroll down for some tales to inspire you.

Here's 12 year-old Joshua Bruyere (pictured above) talking about his impressive sidewalk stand.

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Kirk Maurer is a historical interpreter at the Fort William Historical Park and he's spent his summer making barrels.

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At twenty, Ellia Heroux is the youngest captain for Sail Superior in Thunder Bay. She's spent her summer on the water.

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This summer Megan Murphy traveled throughout northern Ontario with Science North as a camp counselor.

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The Proclaimers

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Now like many people, you may know the Proclaimers from their biggest song I'm Gonna Be(500 Miles).
The Scottish, identical twins are playing Crocks August 19th.
But, there's more to The Proclaimers than a song about a lengthy walk.
They've been going strong for 25 years with a string of U-K hits and even a musical based on their 1987 debut Sunshine on Leith.
VN guest host Heather McLeod reached one half of the band Charlie Reid in Edinburgh, Scotland to talk about the upcoming show.

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Urban farmers market

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A youth-oriented community gardening group is selling fresh produce at Thunder Bay bus terminals as part of a new pilot project.
Voyage North's Josh Lynn checked out this unique, urban farmers market.

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"Some things can't be erased"

Tape is the latest play from Thunder Bay's New Noise Productions. It's a compelling (and disturbing) look at friendship and young love. We hear from Michael Sobota, the director and one of the actors, Andrew Paulsen.


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Thunder Bay man credits pet for saving life

While resting near a lake, 42 year-old Trevor Miller was first attacked, then pursued by a bear. The ordeal ended with the loss of one of the dogs. Miller shared his story with CBC News this afternoon.

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Safety for young workers

The jurors at the inquest into the death of Gustavo Argueta gave their recommendations last night. We find out if they'll be enough to protect younger, inexperienced workers.

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Full contact jousting

SHANE_ADAMS.jpgThe Fort William Historical Park's Celtic Fair gets underway this weekend.

The Knights of of Valour will be at the park; full contact jousting.

Josh Lynn met up with the captain of the group and host of the History Channel's Full Metal Jousting Shane Adams.

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40 years of music on CBC Thunder Bay

We're marking our 40th anniversary here at CBC Radio One in Thunder Bay.

On July 18, 1973, the CRTC granted the station its licence to broadcast.

In December of that year, we hit the on-air switch on the microphones, and we've never looked back.

Here's a historic look back at the role CBC radio has played in the music scene here in Thunder Bay and across the region.


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Xenia Ulok

Some of Thunder Bay's best young musicians are putting on a special concert, to show their support and raise some money for Xenia Ulok.

In March, the 14-year old city girl was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, known as Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.

Now, she's going through two years of chemotherapy, and a lot of her treatments are at the Hospital for Sick Chidlren.


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TV show helps kids build dream playground

This afternoon, Thunder Bay's Picton Park is undergoing a dramatic transformation.
Neighbourhood volunteers are at work building a brand new playground there and their efforts are being documented by a crew from the TVO kids show Giver.


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Cougar?

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During a recent fishing trip on Lake of the Woods, Virginia Potter hauled in a most unexpected catch.

She caught a very soggy wildcat on camera while the animal was swimming out to an island.

Potter says it's not just any wildcat in the snapshot, she believes it's a cougar.

"It was quite a mess."

Life is getting back to normal at Matthews Court in Thunder Bay.
The public housing complex was hit by a sewage back-up last week.
Brian McInnes lives on the ground floor, where some units experienced flooding.
He explains what happened to Voyage North's Josh Lynn.

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Ostrom Outdoors says goodbye

For nearly 30 years he has been constantly desiging backpacks and other gear to help other people travel through the bush, or down the river more comfortably.

In 1994, he was the first to design a canoe/portage pack with an internal frame.

Since then, he's worked with the Canadian military to build better equipment, and he's worked closely with Queens University, researching the mechanics of carrying heavy loads.

But now, Ostrom Outdoors, - the company, and the retail outlet - are shutting down.


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Thunder Bay economic study

Thunder Bay's economy is much more diverse than it was 20 years ago, but it needs to grow. That's the key finding from a study released today by Thunder Bay Ventures.

The report, called Poised for Development, Ready for Growth also offers some suggestions on how to encourage that expansion.

Professor Bahram Dadgostar is the dean of business at Lakehead University and the lead author of the study.

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FoodRide

Megan Clark and Adrian Arts have had plenty of adventures (along with a few misadventures) in the last two months.

The Lakehead University students are on a cross-country bicycling trip.

They're organizing food drives in more than 20 different communities, and hoping to raise over $100,000 in cash and donations for food banks on campuses, and in towns and cities.

Theystarted their "FoodRide" in Victoria at the end of April, and arrived in Thunder Bay this weekend.


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Bronwyn Huffman

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Sixteen year old Bronwyn Huffman is back in Thunder Bay this week to watch her sister Sinead graduate from Hammarskjold high school.

It's journey Huffman's family thought she might never be able to make.

In January 2012, Bronwyn was diagnosed with leukemia. She suffered a rare complication from the chemotherapy. Her heart was severely damaged and she now relies on something called a VAD to keep it working properly, until she can receive a transplant.

That's why she, mom Kellie and dad Barry are now living in Toronto.

But, in a first-ever scenario, the Hospital for Sick Kids has given their approval for someone with the device to not only leave Toronto, but to travel more than 1500 kilometres away.

Kellie and Bronwyn joined Voyage North host Cathy Alex in the studio.

Derek Szeto

DSC_0829a.JPG"Arguably, one of the biggest reasons a company fails is they sort of scale too quickly--and that means many things--but it could be that you...build too much product without getting customer feedback. So, the idea now is to be a...lean start up and to get close to a customer, and get them involved..."

- Entrepreneur Derek Szeto

Szeto founded RedFlagDeals.com (and sold it to the Yellow Pages Group in 2010).

He was debuting his newest idea "Dossiyay" in Thunder Bay, a quick-read summary of the most important information you need to know before meeting a new business contact, client or potential employer.


Hospital goes smoke-free this fall

DSC_0681.jpgToday, officials at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre announced that their grounds will become officially smoke free this fall.

It means, as of September 30th, staff, visitors and patients will not be able to smoke anywhere on the property.

Tamara Rose, works at the Health Sciences Centre and used to smoke herself:

"I've been a non-smoker for about a year and a half, before that I tried to quit at least 20 times."

"When they started introducing (the smoke-free grounds policy) I was...involved in showing managers and supervisors how to approach people about this on the grounds and how to be gentle with them and not get their backs up."

"I was really surprised how positive my staff is (about the change). We had a smoking cessation support session and a few (members) of our staff went, and they've actually quit!"

Bang for their bucks


It's still a ways off, but what's a Canada Day without fireworks?

This year Dryden almost had to find out.

With a cash-strapped city council unable find money for the yearly celebration, people in Dryden decided to pay their own way.

Bruce Walchuck manages CKDR Dryden (the company spearheaded the fundraising effort).

Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

Talking French

L'Association des Francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario is holding it's annual general meeting this weekend in Thunder Bay. The group advocates for Francophones in the region.

Chantal Brochu is AFNOO President. She says in the Northwest, more services are being offered in French.

But Brochu says there's room for improvement.


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Fairy Godmother Project

No matter how old you are, you probably remember what you wore to the prom.

There may be photos that make you smile...or cringe...about your fashion sense.

Or maybe there are no photos, and no memories because you couldn't afford a fancy dress or new suit.

That's a situation librarian Jocelyn Laffin is helping this year's crop of prom-goers in Kenora avoid.


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Kathleen Wynne

KWYNNE-NEWSROOM.jpgathleen Wynne and Ontario's Liberals are breathing a sigh of relief this week. Their minority government has survived its first budget.

Premier Wynne paid a visit to Thunder Bay today and came by our studio.

Here's her full, uncut conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.


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Hammarskjold turns 50

Hammarskjold High School in Thunder Bay officially opened on May 22, 1963.

So today, the school--which is home of the Vikings--is marking its 50th anniversary.

Bob Main is Hammarskjold's first student council president. Emma Tranter currently holds the position.

They joined Cathy Alex in studio to compare Hammarskjold past and present.

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Sunday Wilde

All original, all by women, and of course, all blues.
That sums up Blues Women International: The Hopson Sessions Live.
The album saw some of the world's top female singers gather in Mississippi to share their music, and their passion for the blues.
Atikokan's Sunday Wilde is one of the featured artists on the CD.

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From Thunder Bay cop to G-man

We meet Sgt Neil Herman. He's just back from an intensive 10-week training program with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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A difficult chore

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Thunder Bay's Urban Greenscapes is a volunteer group that works to keep natural areas clean in the city.

Today, they headed over to a homeless camp in the East End, right on the edge of Charry's Park.

The change in seasons hasn't been kind to the place. Blankets and makeshift tents have been left floating in knee-deep water.
Dan Fulton is the founder of Urban Greenscapes. He and Trent Thompson spent the afternoon cleaning up the site.

Don Lalond looked on as they worked, and says he's one of the people who lived there over the winter.

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"That's how serious I think it is."

DORIS_GRINSPUN_CU.jpgThe head of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario made the rounds today in Thunder Bay .

Doris Grinspun was in the city to push for more nurses to be added at the Lakhead Nurse Practicioner-Led Clinic.

Right now the clinic is at capacity, and can't take anymore patients. But Doris Grinspun says with $300,000 in funding, that can change (and would save money in the long run).

Grinspun says if there's no funding announcement by September, she'll return to Thunder Bay and stay until the clinic gets the help it needs.

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Mac's mural

Definitely Superior Art Gallery's Die Active youth art collective has struck again. With the company's blessing, the young artists have covered the walls of the Mac's Convenience Store on Simpson Street.

Voyage North's Associate Producer Josh Lynn checked out the art work in progress.

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Kashechewan flooding

Flooding has forced hundreds of people out of their homes on Kashechewan First Nation.
Many of them have been brought to Thunder Bay.

We check in on how the emergency response is going.

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Campaign aims to tackle hate crime

Today, Thunder Bay District Crime Stoppers and the City of Thunder Bay launched a new campaign tackle hate crime.

We get Thunder Bay Police Constable Larry Baxter's thoughts on the new program.

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Dallas Hogan

dallas.JPGDallas "The Punisher" Hogan has been competing in Strongman and weight lifting competitions for a decade.

And it shows: at 5'9, he's 275 pounds of pure muscle.

Hogan is fresh off a big win at a powerlifting competition in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

But he's not taking his victory for granted.

Hogan recently bounced back from a serious injury which left him barely able to lift himself out of bed.

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A community in crisis

Neskantaga First Nation is in the midst of a mental health crisis. On average, 10 people there attempt suicide each month.

The CBC's Jody Porter has just returned from the community. She joins us in-studio to share her experiences.

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NOMA

The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is holding its annual general meeting this week in Thunder Bay.

The hot topic this morning was the reassessment of the value of several mills in the Northwest.

The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk was at the meeting.

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Zug Island and the Mysterious Hum

A Thunder Bay filmmaker is raising money for a new documentary.

Adam Makarenko wants to find out why a strange noise is coming from an industrial island in the river flowing between Windsor and Detroit.

Makarenko has turned to the social media fundraiser site Indiegogo to get the cash to make a documentary.

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An unlikely place to buy a chinchilla

UKRAINIAN_CHURCH.jpgA vacant church on Thunder Bay's south side is seeing some changes its founders could have never predicted.

The former Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Ascension and the adjoining Star Hall are under new ownership.

And last night, the new owner himself, Rob Di Pasquale got the go-ahead from city council to open a new Thunder Pet location in the old hall.

Voyage North guest host Heather McLeod reached him to find out more.

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Writing help a click away

Every author needs a little help now and then. It could take the form of a manuscript critique, or be as simple as just a few words of encouragement.

Now that support is just a mouse click away.

Marilyn Dumont is an award-winning Canadian poet of Cree/M├ętis descent. This spring, she's serving as the e-Writer In Residence for the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop.


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State of emergency

Neskantaga First Nation has declared a state of emergency. Leaders say the community is crippled by grief after seven deaths in a year, and 20 suicide attempts.

A news release from the community says that all the nearby mining activity isn't helping. It states Neskantaga is facing "overwhelming pressure to respond to the ever increasing demands of the mining industry and the provincial government."


Glenn Nolan is a former chief of Missinabie Cree and the man in charge of Aboriginal Affairs with Noront Resources.

It's one of the mining companies working near Neskantaga in the Ring of Fire.

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"Amped" for all ages show

Five local bands are taking to the stage of Black Pirates Pub tomorrow night for the "Amped" concert.

Aside from all the great music you'll hear, what's noteworthy about the event, is the fact it's an all-ages show.

Those aren't as common in Thunder Bay as they used to be.

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Thunder Bay runner in Boston: "It just went to mayhem."

At least two people are dead... and 23 people have been injured... after two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon earlier this afternoon. We reached Kathy Harris, a runner from Thunder Bay participating in the marathon.


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Space station shout-out for Nipigon-Red Rock HS

A project by students at Nipigon-Red Rock District High School is getting some high praise.

Really high praise.

Like International Space Station high.

None other than Commander Chris Hadfield himself gave a shout-out for a video project they helped put together.

Donna Fry is the school's principal.

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Thunder Bay's Mayor makes arrest

Thunder Bay's Mayor did something you usually don't see at a public meeting - he arrested someone. The CBC's Jeff Walters was there, and he brings us the details.

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Social Media Lowdown

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Kik Messenger, Snapchat: all popular social media sites among teens, and even younger kids.

But for parents, letting your family access to those sites often raises a number of questions and concerns.
Chief among them, how do I keep my children safe?

You'll get some advice on that, at the Social Media Lowdown. It's a panel presentation by the Lakehead School Board.

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Man falls through sidewalk while walking dog

DSC_0288 (15).jpgA stretch of sidewalk on North Norah Street in Thunder Bay, is currently a gaping hole. Right now, the city has it blocked off, while it awaits repairs.

Landon Coley lives just across the street from the spot. He told Voyage North's Josh Lynn the unsual story of what, or actually who caused the sidewalk to collapse.

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Thunder Bay rubble pile transformed by artists

EMERGING_FROM_THE_RUBBLE.JPGThe Northwest Film Festival gets underway tonight with a showing of the Oscar winning documentary Searching for Sugarman.

Alongside it, the locally produced film "Emerging from the Rubble" will have its world premiere.

It's also a documentary, that tells the story of a secret, outdoor art gallery of sorts in Thunder Bay: a pile of rubble, that has been transformed into a showcase for some wildly imaginative artwork.

Dave Clement is the movie's director.

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Tom Mulcair

The leader of Canada's Official Opposition is in Thunder Bay today.

The NDP's Tom Mulcair toured the Bombardier plant this morning. He also met with the Port Authority, and with Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Harvey Yesno.

Then he joined Voyage North host Cathy Alex in the studio


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Experimental Lakes Area funding dries up

The end of March means the end of the Experimental Lakes Area.
Federal funding for the research site west of Dryden is set to stop this weekend.
Workers say they've been told the doors will be shut, permanently, on Sunday.
CBC National TV Reporter Cameron Macintosh travelled to Experimental Lakes Area this week.

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Student living centre

For years now, the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council has said it needs a place to safely house the young people who leave their remote First Nations to study at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay.

Students barely into their teens say goodbye to families and friends so they can pursue their education.

Currently they stay with host families across Thunder Bay. Today, more than 200 people gathered in the DFC school gym to hear how that's going to change.

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Robbi Weldon


Thunder Bay's Robbi Weldon had a winning season in cycling last year.

In fact, she was named Ontario Female Athlete of the Year with a Disability for 2012.

The list of finalists for this sports season was announced today and her name is there again.

Voyage North host Cathy Alex chats with Robbi about her honours on and off the track.


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Coran's legacy

The Roy Coran Big Band said goodbye to their maestro over the weekend. After a music career spanning decades, Roy Coran passed away at age 83.

Coran was an arranger and a conductor, gifted on many instruments and a talented teacher.
Generations of young students learned their scales at his store: Coran's Music Centre.

Ted Vaillant shared conducting duties in the Roy Coran Big Band.

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What budget means for northwest

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has released the Federal government's 2013 budget.

Flaherty is dealing with a multi-billion dollar deficit, and a promise to balance the budget in time for the next federal election.

To help us understand what today's budget means for the region, we reached Livio Di Matteo.

He's an economics professor at Lakehead University.


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Online video prompts investigation


Dryden police have launched an assault investigation after a video of an incident in a local restaurant started spreading across social media.

The video shows a male harassing and assaulting another man in the McDonalds in Dryden.

Investigators are trying to find out who shot and posted the video... and are reaching out to any other witnesses.

The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk has been following this story.

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"Tapping Into Potential" job fair

Thunder Bay's Indepedent Living Resource Center held a unique job fair today.
It was for people living with disablities, looking to find employment.
The event happened at the Lakehead Labour Centre.
The CBC's Josh Lynn talked to some of the job-seekers.

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Grassy Narrows ruling

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned an earlier court ruling on treaty rights and logging in the Grassy Narrows traditional territory.

Could the next step be the Supreme Court?

We find out more about today's decision.

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St. Urho's day


It's a celebration of the legendary Finnish Saint, Urho, who --as the story goes-- drove all the grasshoppers out of Finland because they were destroying the nation's vineyards.

While St. Urho's day celebrates a man who supposedly vanquished hordes of grasshoppers, we wanted to get another perspective.

We reached entomologist Dan Johnson at the University of Lethbridge.

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Another horse in the race

Last Friday, we learned Shy-Anne Hovorka is competing on behalf of northwestern Ontario in the first national round of the CBC Music Searchlight competition.

But it turns out the northwest has someone else in the competition, Andrew Bryan

He's in Hamilton's Poor Angus, also one of the final 24 acts.


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Trackster

It's estimated there are nearly 70 million guitar players on Earth and many of them record their music at home, on a computer.

For years, there have been digital methods to make a dry guitar signal sound like a Fender Bassman or Marshall stack amp.

But what if you could put your guitar signal through a real tube amp (of any type) from a studio located somewhere else in the world?

This novel concept is excatly what a company called Trackster, developed right here in Thunder Bay, wants to do.

Gavin Freitag is one of the people behind Trackster. He gave Gord Ellis a virtual tour.


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Armstrong jersey

Lance Armstrong's jersey will continue to hang on the wall at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. We hear why the decision was made.

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Bob Rae


It's one of the worst kept secrets in Thunder Bay.

Liberal Leader Bob Rae is considering a new job that would give him big sway in the regional economy. Rae could become a negotiator for First Nations in talks with the province about the Ring of Fire.

The veteran politician was in the city today as part of a Liberal branding tour across the country.

The CBC's Jody Porter attended the Chamber of Commerce luncheon where he gave the keynote speech.

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Border officer dismissed for misconduct

A border officer at the Pigeon River crossing has been dismissed for misconduct after an investigation by the Public Sector Integrity Commisioner.

Commissioner Mario Dion filed his report on the investigation with Parliament earlier today.

We reached the Commissioner in Ottawa

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"Have a Go"

Over a 100 elementary and high school students with intellectual disabilities were at a multi-sport festival today at Lakehead University put on by Special Olympics Thunder Bay.

It gave the budding athletes a chance to try different sports in a supportive environment.

Here are some of the people at today's event.


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Save Experimental Lakes Area Day

Today is "Save Experimental Lakes Area Day" as declared by municipal councils in Dryden, Kenora and Sioux Lookout.

The ELA is a decades old environmental research facility.

Last May's federal budget cut the program and on March 31st it's slated to be shut down.

The "Coalition to Save ELA" is holding a forum in tonight in Kenora. Peter Kirby is helping to organize the event.


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UN food report

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The United Nations Council on Human Rights heard a report today about a nation where many people are unable to fufill their basic nutritional needs, because they are too poor. That nation is Canada. We hear a local reaction to the report, which focuses heavily on the challenge of eating healthy while living in remote First Nations communities.

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Traffic (light) jam

Feb 28 TRAFFIC LIGHTS 001.jpgYou may have noticed traffic light problems at a few intersections around Thunder Bay over the last few days. What's happening? The CBC's Nicole Ireland hit the streets to find out.

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Worry study

Researchers at Lakehead University might have a way for you to worry less and they hope it won't take too much of your time.

They're conducting a study where participants undergo something called ultra-brief therapy.

If you're a frequent worrier and over the age of 18 the Lakehead researchers are looking for you.

Alex Penney is heading up the study.

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Paul Born

Who you know, and what you say to them: Paul Born believes these are the connections that can change our world.

Born is the President and Coach of the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement.

He's giving a free public lecture tonight at Lakehead University on the issue of community conversations.


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"A system in crisis.."

A former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada was in Thunder Bay today to deliver his report into First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries. We talk with the Honourable Frank Iacobucci about his findings.

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Lakehead protest

A group of Lakehead University students took their concerns about a course change at the new law school to the President's office. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk fills us in on what happened.

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Harlem Shake

The internet is a fabulous spawning ground for fads.

From funny cat pictures to inspirational quotes with the wrong attribution, there's plenty to waste your time on.

Now you can add the absurd world of "Harlem Shake" videos to the mix (or maybe you already have).

So veteran, or novice, the CBC's Josh Lynn put together a little primer on the newest online sensation.

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Police cameras

Police departments throughout Canada and the US have started using a very modern tool for law enforcement. They're strapping on wearable video cameras.

Soon Thunder Bay police may be doing the same thing. It's hoped that by the end of the year, they'll have a small camera attatched to their uniform.

To find out more we reached Thunder Bay Police Inspector Alan McKenzie.


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Tony Clement

The federal minister responsible for FedNor now has additional responsibilities. Prime Minister Harper has given Tony Clement the Ring of Fire file. Clement joins Cathy Alecx in the studio to talk about what that means.

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Report alleges Thunder Bay police drop charges for sex

CBC News has learned about allegations that a Thunder Bay police officer offered to drop charges against a prostitute, in exchange for sex. We hear from a former child prostitute about the way police here treat sex trade workers.

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Memorial Walk

People around the world are marking Valentine's Day with events to raise awarness and stop violence against women. A memorial walk in Thunder Bay honoured missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Sharon Johnson is one of the organizers. Her sister Sandra was murdered in the city 21 years ago.

Three of Mary Natawance's sisters have been murdered.

The CBC's Jody Porter spoke with Sharon and Mary as they walked.

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Robert King

There's serving hard time, and there's serving the hardest time. We hear the remarkable story of Robert King. He spent 29 years in solitary confinement in one of the most notorious prisons in the United States, all for a crime he did not commit. King is a free man now and he's working to change conditions for other prisoners. He`s speaking tonight at Lakehead University.

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Jay Ingram talks animal consciousness

"Animals are Conscious - What are We Going To Do About It?" is the title of a provocative lecture happening at Lakehead University as part of Research and Innovation Week. The guest speaker is well-known science journalist Jay Ingram. He's the former host of Quirks and Quarks on CBC Radio, and Daily Planet on TV. Here's Ingram's conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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Michael Gravelle

The Minister of Natural Resources heads back to the portfolio where he got his start in the provincal cabinet. We catch up with the new (and old) Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle.


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Winter Blues

Winter blues got you down? Thunder Bay's own Mohammad Escrow is trying to warm up the winter doldrums of with a new EP. Among other things, it pays tribute to all the stuff that can get on your nerves around this time of year.

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Speaking about the unspeakable

We hear how students at Confederation College in Thunder Bay are learning how to talk about the tough topic of suicide.

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The History and Heritage of Northwest Francophones

Thunder Bay's history in both official languages. We hear about a new exhibit that explores Northwestern Ontario's Francophone history.

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Searchlight contest

sl.bmpStart practicing! CBC Music is looking for the best new artist in Northwestern Ontario. The fun doesn't stop there. Regional winners will be pitted against each other, and one act will be declared "Canada's Next Great Musical Act" and will win $20,000 worth of music gear and a CBC recording session in Toronto. You can lsiten to all the cotnest details right here and head to music.cbc.ca/voyagenorth to sign up.

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Thunder Bay Gorelesque

Well, we'd wager it's the most unusual early Valentine's celebration you're likely to come across.
Thunder Bay's "gorelesque" troupe "The Necromancer"s are putting on their "Valentine Blood Bath" tomorrow night at Black Pirates Pub.

Stephanie Wells and Candice O'Connell are the founders of the Necromancers.

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Tim Hudak

Ontario PC party leader Tim Hudak visted Thunder Bay today touting his plan to rebuild the province's manufacturing sector. Voyage North host Cathy Alex talks with him about the plan, and about some of the issues confronting the northwest.

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Help for severe obesity sufferers

People suffering from severe obesity can soon get intense medical treatment or bariatric surgery right here in Thunder Bay. A patient tells us what today's announcement means to her.

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Feeling safe in the city....

We hear from a young First Nations woman living in Thunder Bay who's started carrying a personal safety alarm because she doesn't feel safe in the city. She's one of hundreds of Aboriginal women in Thunder Bay now carrying the device.

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The Trapline Challenge

Vermillion Bay's annual Kin Karnival will see a few more four legged participants this year.
That's because the first ever "Trapline Challenge" will be part of the festivities.
It's a dog sled race that pays homage to the sport's history. Burton Pennner is one of the organizrs behind event.

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Canada Reads in Thunder Bay

Acclaimed Canadian authors Richard Wagameese and Jane Urquhart are coming to Thunder Bay this Thursday for a special Canada Reads: Turf Wars event. Their books have been chosen to represent BC and Ontario in this year's contest, but both authors have strong ties to the northwest. We get more details on that event, and talk about the impact of more than a decade of Canada Reads on the country's literary scene.

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Whoa, Nelly!

Nelly Furtado's Spirit Indestructible Tour to Thunder Bay turned into a very special event for the sold-out crowd. We get the details from the Thunder Bay mother/daughter team who won our Ticket Tuesday package. They got to go to the concert, and to meet Furtado herself.

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Thunder Bay Steampunk Society

STEAM_PUNK.jpgThe first official meeting of the Thunder Bay Steampunk society happens tonight. The Ladies and Gents of Fort William and Port Arthur are invited to participate in a variety of stimulating Victorian themed activities. We hear how participation in the society may improve your mood as effectively as even the most expertly formulated patent medicine.

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Don't You (,) Mean People

They went from freaky to something a little more folky. Thunder Bay's acoustic trio "Don't You (,) Mean People" is launching their first CD tonight. We hear how these heavy metal musicians swtiched off their amplifiers and turned on to acoustic rock.

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Welcome to the deep freeze

After a stint of mild weather, Northwestern Ontario is seeing below zero temperatures--in the double digits. We hear from an Environment Canada meteorologist about the sudden cold snap.


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Nipigon River Bridge protest

Cold and windy weather failed to deter hundreds of First Nations people from a march and rally near Nipigon today. Members of several Ffirst Nations in the Lake Superior area participated in a protest against the actions of the federal government. The CBC's Jody Porter was there,

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What's next?

We get the Union of Ontario Indians Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee's take on last weeks politcially charged meeting between First Nations leaders and the Prime Minister, and look ahead to tomorrow's national day of protest.

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Gull Bay chief pledges financial accountability

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Over the weekend, Gull Bay First Nation elected Wilfred King as chief, returning him to the position he held for eight years up to 2010.

King says when he left, the community was in decent financial shape.

But today, just before he and his newly-elected council held their first meeting, they went to the bank.

They found there's not much there to work with and King says the previous chief and council have just laid off community staff.

The CBC's Nicole Ireland spoke to him about these issues after he called a news conference this afternoon.

CBC tried to reach the previous chief Miles Nowegejick today, but was unable to.

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Ontario chiefs refuse meeting

A politcally charged meeting happened today in Ottawa between First Nations leaders and the Prime Minister. We hear why Ontario's chiefs chose to boycott the session and we also hear from someone who spent the day with "Idle No More" protesters on the streets of the nation's capital.

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"There has to be something concrete"

After weeks of "Idle No More" Protests and a hunger strike by Attwapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, the Prime Minister is meeting down with Aboriginal leaders from across Canada tomorrow afternoon in Ottawa. A regional delgation of chiefs is in the nations capital preparing for the meeting. Harvey Yesno is Nishawbe Aski Nation's Grand Chief . We reached him a little earlier today.

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Winter road concerns

It's no secret that our increasingly variable climate is making it tougher and tougher to build winter roads in our region. We hear fromthe Deputy Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation about his concerns for the roads which link many of NAN's communities to the rest of the province.

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Metis Nation of Ontario reacts to court decision

It's a ruling that's been more than 13 years in the making. The Metis Nation of Ontario reacts to today's federal court decision granting constitutional rights to Aboriginal people living off-reserve.

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Audit reaction

A newly released audit of the federal funds spent by the Attawapiskat First Nation has found a significant lack of documentation surrounding millions of dollars transferred to the community in recent years.

The discovery comes as Chief Teresa Spence remains at the centre of a movement pressing for the recognition of treaty rights.

Dozens of Idle No More events have been held across the country over the past month.

Today there was a "'Teach In" and round dance at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

The CBC's Jody Porter asked some of the people who participated in this afternoon's event for their thoughts on the audit.


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Pattern of abductions

An associate professor at Lakehead University says there is good reason for First Nation women to be fearful in Thunder Bay. She says the aboriginal woman who reported to police she was raped last week is only the latest in a string of such cases spanning two decades.

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There's a deal, but no agreement

We get reaction from the head of the Thunder Bay chapter of the Ontario Elementary Teacher's Federation to today's announcement that the provincial government is imposing a new contract on her union.

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Idle No More boycott in Kenora


We hear about an "Idle No More" boycott happening in Kenora today meant to flex some First Nations economic muscle and how a local business owner feels caught in the crossifire between protesters and the federal government.

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"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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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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The Movember kid

Here's the story of Piper Hynnes. A Kingsway Park Public School 6th grader who managed to out fund-raise staff at the school for Movember, despite being too young to actually grow a moustache.

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Elementary school strike looms

Public elementary school teachers could walk off the job in the next couple of weeks in Thunder Bay and right across the province. Voyage North host Cathy Alex speaks with Ellen Chambers, the head of the Elementary Teachers Federation in the city about the potential strike.

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Moods of the Giant

We hear about a Thunder Bay calendar that uses the pictures of local photographers to highlight the Sleeping Giant, and the role it plays in our community.

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Laid-off workers start job hunt

Last week Resolute Forest Products announced the most of the workers at the pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances would be laid-off.

Affected workers, and their families, are worrying about their uncertain futures andFort Frances is also bracing for the ripple effects of 240 workers being off the payroll.

Jenny Greenhalgh is the executive director at Fort Frances based Northern Community Development Services. The organzation helps people find jobs.

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I'm ready for my close-up

602438_172402716236736_2069722176_n.jpgThe Thunder Bay Museum is celebrating sirens of the silver screen who came from Fort William or Port Arthur during the early days of the movie business. A presentation on the topic--along with a movie showing--happens tomorrow night at the museum. Elle Andra-Warner is one of the event's organizers.

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"We thought everyone loves balloon animals...."

PAUL&NADINE.JPGVandals have damaged the granite balloon animal sculptures at Marina Park on at least four occasions since they've been installed.

The pair of Vancouver based artists who created the pieces even made a trip to the city back in June to mend the little critters.

But now they're in pieces again with their heads missing and limbs removed. The artists are back in town to restore their creations.

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Tackling hospital bed gridlock

We've been hearing a lot lately about patients stuck in the emergency department in Thunder Bay, waiting to be admitted to a hospital bed.

That's partly because they can't get the care they need in the community.

Today the region's Local Health Integration Network announced how it's going to divvy up a pot of government money to combat the problem. It's giving almost 2.5-million-dollars to the North West Community Care Access Centre.

Tuija Puiras is the centre's chief executive officer.

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Reaction to Fort Frances mill shutdown

People in Fort Frances are still trying to come to grips with the news that most operations in the Resolute mill are shutting down, indefinitely. Just one newsprint machine will keep operating.

The question of what happens next is coming up in conversations all around the town, especially in places where people like to get together with their friends and colleagues. Places like Lee Garden Restaurant where Don Eldridge owns the diner.

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Madchild

Vancouver's Shane Bunting is better known to rap fans as Madchild.
He's one of the founding members of Juno Award winning, Platinum selling hip hop group Swollen Members.

But around the middle part of the decade, Bunting became hooked on Oxycontin and his life spun out of control. He's now clean and on the road promoting his new album "Dope Sick"

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A silver lining

Pairs figure skater Eric Radford of Balmertown and partner Meagan Duhamel took second place in a Grand Prix event in France this weekend. We'll hear why doing well this season is so important as the duo looks towards 2014 and the Olympics in Russia.

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Gravelle discusses cancer diagnosis


MPP Michael Gravelle publically announced today that he has cancer. Hear some of what he had to say about his diagnosis.


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Dog-bite victim's mother talks about attack

The mother of a boy who suffered serious facial injuries from a dog attack in Thunder Bay is talking about her family's experiences. We hear her story.

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VIA Rail

It's been over two decades since the last VIA Rail train rolled through Thunder Bay.
A transportation researcher visiting the city this weekend argues that passenger rail service needs to get back on track.

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Kathleen Wynne

Outgoing Premier Dalton McGunity is in Thunder Bay today, along with two of the people looking to take over his job.

Toronto Centre MPP and former cabinet minister Glenn Murray is visiting the city, as well as Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne. The Toronto area politician also served in the Mcguinty cabinet. She has taken on both the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio, and Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Wynne joined Voyage North host Cathy Alex in the studio

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Becoming debt free

Linda FitzgeraldOne of the services offered by the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre helps people get out of debt.

Today, the centre shared a success story to mark Credit Education Week Canada.

Credit Counsellor Cyndi Sereda first met Linda Fitzgerald in 2008. Fitzgerald is a single parent raising her grandson and she came to the centre with a fixed income and a load of personal debt.

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Flamenco Caravan

gallery1-img12.pngLiberation is the title of a brand new CD from Thunder Bay's Flamenco Caravan.

The band is launching the album Saturday at the Community Auditorium.

Flamenco Caravan's Susanna DiGiuseppe and Esteban Figueroa will tell us what was so "freeing" about this latest album.

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Serious inquires only

airport.jpgThunder Bay International Airport wants to unload some old furniture.
They're selling it to make room for something a little more contemporary.

It's your chance to bring a piece of the airport experience home
The CBC's Josh Lynn has some fun inspecting the merchandise.

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A mother remembers

Remembrance Day services will be held Sunday in Thunder Bay and across the northwest.
One of those services is happening at Fort William Gardens.

This year's Silver Cross mother at that ceremony will be Shirley Boneca.
She lost her son Corporal Anthony Boneca six years ago. He was 21 years old when he was killed while serving with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry in Afghanistan.

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Burning out

A7NfjCJCYAATeTp.jpgFirst Nations are tackling an epidemic prescription drug abuse with successful treatment programs they've designed themselves.
But they say they're burning out, and the government isn't listening to their cries for help.
The CBC's Jody Porter takes us to the prescription drug abuse conference in Neskantaga First Nation.

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Back to Our Roots Gathering

Chiefs, recovering addicts and mental health counsellors are all gathered in Neskantaga First Nation this week to talk about moving beyond the prescription drug abuse crisis. We check in with the CBC's Jody Porter, who's just returned from the conference.

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Lace up your skates

The city of Thunder Bay is improving service at some outdoor rinks, while eliminating others. Our city hall reporter Jeff Walters stops in to bring us the details.

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Ontario immigration strategy


Today, the Ontario government released its first-ever immigration strategy.

It sets a new direction for how the province will select, welcome and assist people who want to move here from abroad and is largely focussed on expanding the economy.

Charles Sousa is the minister of citizenship and immigration for Ontario.

Here's his conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Untangling the lines

The idea was to switch Thunder Bay's generating station to natural gas from coal, to cut down on carbon emissions.

But yesterday Ontario Power Generation put the plan on ice, because it can't strike a deal to sell power to the Ontario Power Authority, the agency in charge of energy planning in the province.

An electricity consultant explains why the move may be a symptom of a larger problem when it comes to powering the province.

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Possible Worlds

We meet artist Sylvia Ziemann from Regina. She imagines how we might live in a future where environmental disasters are the norm, not the exception. Ziemann's created those underground bunkers and repurposed windmills right down to the tiniest detail.

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Celebrating a new beginning (and saying goodbye)

The Wasaya Group and the City of Thunder Bay launched a new youth centre at Victoriaville mall. It will serve as a gathering place for young people to socialize and pick up life skills. But the event also was marked with sadness as many in attendance were mourning the death of one of their friends. The CBC's Josh Lynn brings us the story.

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Dracula's castle

Before Twilight and Buffy, there was Dracula.

While Bram Stoker's 19th century novel of the same name is a work of fiction, its title character is loosely based on real life Romanian General Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler.

CBC's Josh Lynn put together this tale of a Thunder Bay history buff who visited one of the landmarks associated with the "real" Dracula.


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Stranded by Sandy

We meet a Thunder Bay couple who are riding out the superstorm in a hotel in Newark, NJ. It's not quite the vacation they'd been planning.

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HMS Bounty

The HMS Bounty is a casualty of Hurricane Sandy, sinking in the waters off North Carolina. We speak with a Thunder Bay woman who sailed on her twice, most recently this summer.

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Kwae Kii Win

Kwae Kii Win is a managed treatment facility where people with severe alcohol addictions are given controlled doses of alcohol in a supervised environment.
It's operated by Shelter House Thunder Bay. CBC's Josh Lynn paid a visit to the centre's grand opening today.

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Thunder Bay becoming less multilingual

New census data came out today. It shows the number of people in Canada who don't speak English or French as their mother tongue is increasing.

However, Thunder Bay isn't part of the trend. Here, the proportion of people with English or French as their first language is up, while other mother tongues are on the decline.

With one exception - the number of Ojibway speakers has increased.

We reached Chris Southcott at Lakehead University to talk about the trend. He's a professor in the department of sociology there.

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Another voice

The Canadian Bar Association is adding its voice to those calling on the federal Department of Justice to launch an inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The association wants the government to work with it, and with aboriginal communities, to learn more about the underlying factors that may have contributed to the disappearance of these women.

Aimee Craft chairs the bar association's National Aboriginal Law Section. Here's her conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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The big 150

The Thunder Bay-based online comic series "Welcome to Hereafter" is celebrating it's 150th update today. Creator Bry Kotyk chats with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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A divisive issue

We hear how a repeated act of vandalism at one Thunder Bay nightspot has it's owners waving a white flag, and how it's going to make the men's washroom there...a little more drafty.

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House explosion


A house that exploded earlier today in Thunder Bay caused quite the commotion in a North-side neighbourhood. The CBC's Jeff Walters has been up since early this morning following this story, and he brings us the latest.

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Quality Market closure impact

We hear how the loss of Quality Market affect people who regularly bought their groceries there.
The closure of the stores may create "food deserts" - a large urban areas where it's tough to buy food.

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Coming attractions

Voyage North's Josh Lynn stopped by a job fair happening at Silver City Cinemas in Thunder Bay today. Nearly 40 employers were there to accept resumes and answer questions. Josh sat down with one of the job seekers to see how the search is going.

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From paperwork to page turner

Have you got a wonderful idea for a book rattling around in your head?

We meet the man who specializes in helping people in this part of the province access funds so they can spend more of their time typing and less trying to make ends meet.

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It's not whether you win or lose

Come from behind victories are the stuff of sports legend. But it's hard to make a combeack when your down 79 to nothing. Especially in football, where the score almost never gets that high.

But those were the odds facing the Superior Gryphons high school senior football team this weekend in Thunder Bay. They were playing the Churchill Trojans. Sadly, there was no story book ending. The final score was 79-nothing.

Warren Nieckarz coaches the Gryphons. We reached him at football practice, to assure us what really matters is how you play the game.

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Laughter is the best medicine

Hundreds of medical professionals paid a visit to Thunder Bay last week for the international Rendezvous 2012 conference. They spent their time soaking up PowerPoint presentations full of research results and meeting with their peers. But they also learned how to lighten up. The CBC's Josh Lynn brings us the story of how laughter may be the best medicine for doctors too.

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Dr. Mom in smalltown

We hear from Mary Johnston. She's a presenter at the Rendezvous 2012 medical conference happening in Thunder Bay this week. She talks to Voyage North host Cathy alex about meshing motherhood with rural medicine.


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The results are in

After months of speculation, the preferred location for Thunder Bay's proposed events centre was announced today. Our city hall reporter Jeff Walters brings us the details.

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Pharmacists will offer more services

The province is introducing changes to give pharmacists the power to offer some services you'd usually get at the doctor's office. We hear more about the changes from a pharmacist in Thunder Bay.

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Talking Windsor/Picton/Blucher

Voyage North broadcasted live from the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club this week. It's right in the heart of the Windsor/Picton/Blucher neighbourhood. Cathy Alex chats about the area with Community Action Group organizer Alana King and Red River Ward Councillor Brian McKinnon.


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One year later

One year ago today Laura Darby and her Ministry of Natural Resources colleague Dan Morrison were surveying wildlife in the bush, about 90-minutes north of Thunder Bay.

The two had just split up so they could walk their separate quadrants and record what they saw.

As Darby explains to Voyage North's Cathy Alex, she had no warning she was about to be attacked, and seriously injured by a large male black bear.

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Ontario Ranger cuts

Learning independence. Learning to love the outdoors. We hear from one woman who says that cuts to the Ontario Ranger program means young people will be losing out.


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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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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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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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Northern Policy Institute

The Ontario government has released details of a think tank it says will give the north a stronger voice in policy making. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk fills us in on what various stakeholders say about that.

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation Food Symposium

Nishnawbe Aski Nation's 3rd annual food symposium wrapped up today at the Nor'Wester Hotel in Thunder Bay. The participants celebrated with a special traditional lunch made entirely with food from Northwestern Ontario.
Voyage North's Josh Lynn was there milling about.

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Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile coming to Thunder Bay

Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile will soon be serving the Thunder Bay market.
The partner companies are scheduled to open retail locations in the city at the beginning of October.
That's when Thunder Bay residents will be able to sign up for local cellular service.
Bell held a job fair this afternoon, at Intercity... it's looking to hire between 15 and 20 people for the two stores.
Eric Faucher is Bell Mobility's Northern Ontario Retail Operational Manager.
Here's what he had to say today about the plans for Thunder Bay, for the record.

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Teachers rally

Negotiate, don't legislate.

That was the message from members of Thunder Bay teacher's unions today.
About 250 people attended a noon-hour rally at Mini-Queens Park on James Street.

They were protesting a proposed bill that would freeze teacher's wages, prevent strikes and cut sick days.

The CBC's Jen Keiller was at the rally. She spoke with Linda Poulin, a grade 8 teacher from Vance Chapman Public School.

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AMO Convention

A delegation from Thunder Bay says the city will benefit from its trip to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario convention last week. Mayor Keith Hobbs chats with Voyage North guest host Gord Ellis about what he took away from the trip.

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Kenora's Stanley Cup Banner recovered by police

Kenora's stolen 1907 Stanley Cup banner has been located by police. We hear from the OPP about the investigation into the theft and Kenora's Mayor Dave Canfield tells Voyage North guest host Heather McLoed about what the banner's return means.

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Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre

Confederation College plans to house Ontario's first hands-on learning facility devoted to bio-energy. It's going to be called the Bio-Energy Learning and Research Centre. The province announced nearly a half million dollars for the project today. Jim Madder is Confederation College's President.


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The search for Kenora's missing Stanley Cup banner

The city of Kenora has lost a treasured piece of history.
The 1907 Kenora Thistles Stanley Cup banner was stolen over the weekend.
Police are investigating the theft. Rod Mckay is Kenora's Deputy Mayor.
He talks to voyage North's Heather McLeod about how people there are feeling.

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You could say it's going to be an international incident...

The Thunder Bay Roller Derby League's last match of the season is this weekend, and the Babes of Thunder will face Duluth's Harbor City Roller Dames in a no holds barred, cross border grudge match. VN guest host Heather McLeod gets the details from league member Julie Harmer (A.K.A. Juana Piece).

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Thunder Bay deer hunt safety

In just a few short weeks, the city of Thunder Bay will open its first ever bow hunt for deer, within city limits.

With the hunt only a few weeks away, the push is on to make sure all bowhunters know the rules and regulations regarding the hunt.

Our city hall reporter, Jeff Walters joins Voyage North guest host Heather McLeod in the studio to explain the rules of the hunt.

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Run for Epilepsy

Thunder Bay hosted its first Run for Epilepsy yesterday. The event started when Trevor Lewis and his daughter Katie came up with what they thought was a little idea a couple of years ago. VN's Heather McLeod called up Trevor Lewis to find out how it went.


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Wax Philosophic Beach Party

Drag out your Hawaiian shirts and grab a beach towel. Wax Philosophic are throwing their 4th annual Beach Party in Thunder Bay tonight.

Jarret Schilke is also known as Reach. He's one of the group's emcees. Here's his conversation with Voyage North guest host Heather McLeod (during which he improvises a beach themed freestyle).

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Nancy Hutchison

Nancy Hutchison was the first woman ever to work at the Red Lake mine. Now she's part of a new provincial task force on work place safety. Heather McLeod chats with Nancy Hutchison about her remarkable career journey on Voyage North.

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Zombie makeup tips

Thunder Bay Rib Fest patrons will have some company on August 24th. A zombie walk is scheduled to take place that afternoon. It's a chance for people to stumble around in full makeup, and give their best impression of the popular movie monsters.
If you don't know where to start when it comes to zombifying yourself, Scotia Waddell is here to help. She's hosting a professional zombie makeup workshop tonight.
But first she spoke with Heather McLeod on Voyage North.


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Tiff Ginn and Bill Poss

Tiff Ginn and Bill Poss live in their RV, fuel it with cooking oil, and are touring through Northwestern Ontario playing music with Fred Eaglesmith. Here's their conversation with Voyage North's Heather McLeod.

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Palliative care researcher honoured by city

Mary Lou Kelley is a professor at Lakehead University. She's being honoured with a Citizen of Exceptional Achievement award at tonight's city council meeting. It's for her work studying aging and end of life care.
Here's her conversation with the CBC's Heather McLeod.

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Classic Roots

Classic Roots (also known as Joshua Deperry) is a musician and DJ. He's a regular fixture in Thunder Bay night clubs, and this weekend he's releasing his first CD. He stopped by the studio to chat with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.


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What medal win means for women's soccer in Thunder Bay

A bronze for Canada in women's soccer could lead to some golden opportunities for female players in Thunder Bay. We hear from Alaine Auger, a board member with the city's Women's Soccer Club. She tells Voyage North's Cathy Alex what today's win in England means for the sport here at home.

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Real rock music

Ojibwe Landscapes is a piece of music, with a special connection to Thunder Bay.
Its composer Brian Hubelit is from the city and it's about several well known sites in the region.

The music has some more traditional elements like a horn, a choir and a tympani drum.
But it also includes some musically tuned rocks straight from Lake Superior's shore.

A performance of Ojibwe Landscapes is happening at St. Paul's United Church tonight, with Susan Marrier conducting.
Here's her conversation with Cathy Alex.

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New Shelter House director has a familiar voice

Thunder Bay's Shelter House is putting out the welcome mat for a new executive director. It was announced this afternoon that Patti Hajdu will be taking over the top job at the 24-hour emergency housing facility. It means she's leaving her position as the coordinator of the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy. Patti Hajdu joins Voyage North's Cathy Alex in the studio.

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From the hockey rink to the ball diamond

We'll meet Carter McEachern of Thunder Bay. The 18-year old shortstop is moving to Texas this month to go attend university on a baseball scholarship. Here's his conversation with VN's Cathy Alex.

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Food bank demand is up, but donations are down

Summer is always a tough time for food banks. But this year the situation is worse than ever. Donations are slow to trickle in as demand continues to rise. Volker Kromm is the executive director of the Regional Food Distribution Association in Thunder Bay. Here's his conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Ontario's Minister of Aboriginal Affairs visits Grassy Narrows

Ontario's Minister of Aboriginal Affairs visited the mercury-ravaged community of Grassy Narrows this week.

In the 1970s, Dryden Chemicals began dumping mercury into the Wabigoon River, contaminating the water and the fish. Today, the neurological effects of that poisoning are widespread throughout the community.

Voyage North host Cathy Alex speaks with Kathleen Wynne about what she saw and what the government can do.

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Darryl "Penasi" Fox Memorial Golf Classic

We find out more about the Darryl "Penasi" Fox Fifth Annual Memorial Golf Classic, happening today in Thunder Bay. Charles Fox is Darryl's dad, Meladina Hardy-Fox is his stepmom.

They stopped by the station earlier today. Voyage North's Cathy Alex begins by asking Fox, the former Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, to to tell her about his son.

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Campfire Stories of Northwestern Ontario

Cool night air, flickering flames, some marshmallows and of course, a good story. We hear about a new book from Thunder Bay author Shannon Robertson. It's called Campfire Stories of Northwestern Ontario. Voyage North's Cathy Alex chats with the author, and her son, Eric, who illustrated the book.


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They're engaged, but will anyone try to stop the wedding?

Today the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and the Canadian Autoworkers Union released a blueprint that could form the foundation of the country's largest-ever industrial union. Each has hundreds of members in the northwest. Dave Coles is the national president of the CEP. Voyage North's Cathy Alex reached him in Toronto.


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Diversity in Policing Project internationally recognized

The Police Service's Diversity in Policing Project has been highlighted in a United Nations agency report on fighting racism and discrimination. UNESCO is citing is an example of a program that works, and one that could be a model for other communities.

Cathy Woodbeck is the Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association. The association helped develop the diversity in policing project here in Thunder Bay.

Here's her conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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After the Flood, The need continues...

On May 28th Stephanie Wesley woke up before dawn, stepped out of her bed and landed in cold water.
She was living in an East End basement apartment. Stephanie talks to Voyage North's Cathy Alex about her experience, after the flood.

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People don't just need help fixing their homes; they need some fun too... a break from the stress of the last two months.

Jeff Jones is the president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Northwestern Ontario. Mark Gleeson is an insurance broker in the city.

They're helping to put on The Community Barbecue and Fun day this Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm at Minnesota Park, a fundraiser for flood victims. Here's their chat with Cathy Alex.

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Have poles, will travel...

Thunder Bay could be moments away from a trip to record books.

Hundreds of people are embarking on a world record attempt in Nordic Pole walking around Boulevard Lake.

The event is part of this weekend's FinnThunder festivities.

Sari Jamsa-Babcock is organizing the record attempt.

We spoke to her recently on the program, and VN's Cathy Alex checks in right before the big event.

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Interwoven Roots

A cedar, a birch and a spruce all growing together. They were the inspiration for the latest CD from Thunder Bay singer/songwriter Shy-Anne Hovorka. The album is called Interwoven Roots. She's releasing it this Saturday night at a special backyard concert . Shy-Anne talks about the new album with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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War of 1812 redux...

Making history come alive. Voyage North host Cathy Alex chats with Thunder Bay's Jim Keigher who is helping to re-enact the War of 1812 this weekend at Fort William Historic Park. Learning about life on that battlefield has been his passion for nearly 20 years.


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Could Ontario follow Quebec's lead on First Nations relations?

A new regional authority in Quebec will see a vast swath of the James Bay area jointly governmed by the Cree and non-aboriginal people living in the territory.

The deal between the provincial government and the Grand Council of the Crees is the first in Canada.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest says it's something that other provinces should be studying closely.

And some people in Northwestern Ontario are already suggesting that a similar deal could ease tensions between First Nations and mining companies in the Ring of Fire.

Bill Gallagher is a lawyer and a strategist with a long history of watching resource deals with First Nations.

Here's his conversation with VN's Cathy Alex.

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Police chief talks crime stats

The rate of serious crime in Thunder Bay is again bringing some notoriety to the city.

New statistics released today show Thunder Bay has the third highest incidence of violent crime among major cities in the country.

Police Chief JP Levesque has been looking at this report, and reflecting on what those figures mean.

Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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Under construction

It's a bumpy road on Algoma these days. Construction workers have ripped up the road from John to Cornwall.

That has meant a sharp decrease in traffic for businesses. Now some owners are complaining. They say the city promised one lane of traffic would remain open throughout construction.

Brian Newman is the city's project engineer for the road work. Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.


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Superior Outdoors Magazine 5th anniversary

Blow out the candles, and cut a slice of cake. Superior Outdoors Magazine celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. Voyage North's Cathy Alex speaks with owner & publisher Michelle McChristie of Thunder Bay.

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Eagle vs. Sparrow

Eagle vs. Sparrow is an Anishinabek legend about the traditional grandfather teaching of humility. It's also a short film, written by and starring a group of Dryden high school students. Now, the birds are flying to the Big Apple. The movie is spending the next 4 months on the big screen at New York's prestigious Museum of Art & Design. Michelle Desrosiers and Dave Clement are with Thunderstone Pictures. They're the filmmakers behind the project.

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MonkeyJunk

Swamp Rock, Soul Boogie and Bedroom Funk. Those are just some of the ways the music of MonkeyJunk has been described. The Canadian band, of many styles, is playing at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival this weekend. We meet Steve Marriner. He plays guitar, harmonica, keyboards and sings in the band.

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Terrace Bay mill buyer

An international manufacturing giant brings hope for out-of-work employees in Terrace Bay. The mill could be up and running in October. The CBC's Nicole Ireland has the details.

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Elizabeth McWeeny

Elizabeth McWeeny of Thunder Bay has spent 30 years helping refugees flee violence and persecution in their home countries and start fresh in Canada. For her efforts, she's been named a member of the Order Of Canada.

During her interview with Voyage North host Cathy Alex, McWeeny talks about her decades of work and why she thinks the government needs to rethink its approach to asylum seekers.

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Parental custody across borders

A Thunder Bay woman is caught up in a heart breaking international custody battle. We meet Mary Damianakas, a mediator who can help you avoid a similar fate.

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Playhouse challenge

Even Litttle Red Riding Hood and the Billy Goats Gruff had to go home sometime.

Voyage North's Josh Lynn brings us the story of some very special playhouses that are on display in Thunder Bay.

They're inspired by fairy tales but they'll be raising some very real money for the city's Children's Centre.

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Tornado Medical Systems closure

Thunder Bay officials have received an explanation from the head of Tornado Medical Systems.
Yesterday, the medical imaging company abruptly informed them it was shutting down a major operation in Thunder Bay.
The Toronto-based company has only been here for about two and a half years.
Tornado's CEO, Dr. Stefan Larson flew up from Toronto today to meet with staff and with city officials.
The CBC's Nicole Ireland caught up with him afterward.

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Getting up to speed

Tbaytel is ramping up spending on 4G wireless technology.

The company originally planned a six million dollar outlay for the upgrade, but now intends to spend nine million dollars on improvements.

Tbaytel President Don Campbell talks to Voyage North's Cathy Alex about the company's plans for improving cellular service.

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Margie Taylor book launch

Thunder Bay is in her heart, and on the pages of every book she writes. We meet author Margie Taylor. She grew up in the city, and is back in town to read from her latest book. She'll be at the Northern Woman's Bookstore. Voyage North Cathy Alex host chats with Taylor about why she's inspired by the people and places of Northwestern Ontario.

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Elsie Macgill

Thunder Bay's Bombardier plant is celebrating it's 100th anniversary this week.
And as part of the festivities two commemorative plaques were unveiled there.
With one plaque, Parks Canada recognized the factory's World War II "Can Car" era.
When a workforce largely comprised of women--around 3,000-- produced more aircraft than any other plant in Canada.

And one woman in particular was honoured with the other plaque unveiled today.
Elsie MacGill worked as a senior engineer at the plant and had a huge hand in the plants wartime production effort.
Voyage North's Josh Lynn talks to historian Gordon Burkowski about MacGill's legacy.

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Stan Beardy elected Regional Chief of Ontario

The new Regional Chief of Ontario for the Assembly of First Nations is a familiar voice.

Stan Beardy won his bid for the role over incumbent Angus Toulouse today in Toronto by a vote count of 59 to 53.

He'll step down as Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation as he takes over for Toulouse. It's a postion Beardy has held for 12 years.

He talks about his new role with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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Past due?

Today Nishnawbe Aski Nation sent the province of Ontario a bill for a quarter of a billion dollars.

Chiefs say it's for resources derived from their traditional lands in Northern Ontario since the treaty was signed more than 100 years ago.

The CBC's Jody Porter has the details.


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Building a relationship

Introduction to the Aboriginal Community is a workshop happening today that offers non-native people an introduction to aboriginal culture.

Cindy Crowe is one of the organizers. Here's her conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Safe cycling for adults

Easy as riding a bike...but is riding a bike really so easy. When you're sharing the road with motorists things can get complicated.

Thunder Bay's Active Transportation Coordinator Adam Krupper talks to Voyage North host Cathy Alex about a new course designed for adult cyclists.

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Movies return to Dryden

The projectors are coming to back to life in Dryden.

Film buffs have been without a place to see movies on the big screen since the city's only cinema closed earlier this year. The drive-in shut down before that.

But now, David Burns-Prouty is taking over both establishments.
Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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National Aboriginal Day

It's National Aboriginal Day and the celeberation has been going strong at Prince Arthur's Landing in Thunder Bay since five this morning, when the event began with a sunrise ceremony.

There's a pow wow happening this afternoon along with a feast.

Voyage North's Josh Lynn spent some time at the waterfront, taking in some of the activities. We meet an aspiring pow wow princess and the man that makes sure everyone has a good time.

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Flooding in Duluth

We're seeing plenty of rain in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

However, our neighbours south of the border have been slammed by thunderstorms.

Duluth, Minnesota is drenched in floodwater that has destroyed roads, unleashed zoo animals and sent residents scrambling for higher ground.

John Myers is a Duluth News Tribune reporter. He gives us his take on what's happening.

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Eye on the sky

People all across Northwestern Ontario are anxiously looking overhead today. A series of thunderstorms is expected to move into the region, and bring some heavy rain along with them. But the question is, where are these storms going to hit?. We get more details from Geoff Coulson at Environment Canada.

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Greenbank Trio

They're a little bit folk. They're a little bit rock. But they're all Greenbank Trio. The young Thunder Bay band is launching its first CD tonight at Crocks. Jimmy Breslin plays guitar. Chris Lamont handles duties on the double bass. Here's their conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Sleeping Giant Brewing Company

Ontario cheese. Ontario ales. Thunder Bay's newest craft brewery - Sleeping Giant Brewing Company - is bringing the two together tonight for a special evening of tasting, savouring and learning about beer. Voyage North host Cathy Alex gets a preview from Beerology's Mirella Amato and Sleeping Giant Brewing Company founder Kerry Berlinquette.

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Sticker shock

Thunder Bay's housing market shows no signs of cooling down.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released it's spring housing market outlook today.
According to the report, resale prices are set to rise nine percent this year.
Voyage North's Josh Lynn helps break down the market.

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Changing the discussion...

We hear from Charlie Cheechoo, a deputy chief who has a different perspective on how his community should remember the young people who commit suicide in Moose Factory and Moosonee.

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Kim Churchill

Detail of Distance is the new CD from singer/songwriter Kim Churchill. He's performing tonight at Crocks in Thunder Bay. The Australian artist has travelled quite a distance to get here. Churchill joins Voyage North's Cathy Alex in the studio.

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Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is the featured writer at tonight's Thunder Pride Literary Festival at the Mary JL BLack Library. She, along with several local authors, will be telling stories and giving readings from their various works.

Here's her conversation wtih Voyage North's Cathy Alex


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Trying to speak up, but wondering who's listening


We hear from Emily Jacobs, an elder in Webequie First Nation about her concerns around the Ring of Fire mining proposals.

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Breathing new life into balloon animals...

Thunder Bay's waterfront balloon animals are on the mend. The sculptures were vandalised back in April.

They were created by two Vancouver based artists. Now the pair are back in town repairing the damage.

VN's Josh Lynn was at the job site.

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Coordinating flood assistance

People in Thunder Bay continue to offer a helping hand to their neighbours affected by the flood.

The city wants to coordinate all those volunteer efforts, to make sure people are getting--and giving--help as effectively and safely as possible.

Acting Mayor Rebecca Johnson fills Voyage North host Cathy Alex in on the city's strategy.

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State of emergency day four


Today is day four of Thunder Bay's state of emergency .The destructive aftermath of Sunday nights flash flood has led the city to declare itself a disaster area. There is some good news today, especially for the hundreds of residents dealing with flooded homes.

The CBC 's Gord Ellis joins Cathy Alex with the latest.

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Volunteers help East End flood victims

People living in Thunder Bay's East end continue to feel the effects of this week's flood.

Many of them are finding comfort at St. Peter's Church in the neighbourhood. People gather there to eat hot meals and pick up supplies like diapers, canned goods and even pet food.

Voyage North's Josh Lynn spent some time with two of the volunteers there this afternoon.

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Down the drain

City officials are still asking people in Thunder Bay not to send so much water into the treatment system due to the flooding at the city's secondary sewage treatment plant. We get some hints on how to slow the flow from Ellen Mortfield of Ecosuperior.

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From Down Under to the Lakehead

Lee Stuesser has been named the founding dean of the university's brand new law school. The appointment means a return to Canada for the professor who is currently working at Bond University on Australia's Gold Coast. Here's his chat with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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The big pump-out


If last night's rainstorm in Thunder Bay didn't leave you with a flooded basement, there's a good chance you know someone who is dealing with that situation. Voyage North's Josh Lynn was out and about in the city, talking to people about the big pump-out.

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Dorothy Chambers celebrates her 90th

She served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, and has been heavily involved in the community for decades. But Thunder Bay's Dorothy Chambers has added a new accomplishment to her list. This week she turns 90.

Chambers has been a familiar sight in Victoriaville for years. So her many friends at the mall threw her a special party there today. Chambers spent the afternoon holding court for well-wishers and local dignitaries at Books & More.

Here's what it sounded like.

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Whalen Building has rich history

Thunder Bay's historic Whalen Building was on the receiving end of a lightning strike yesterday.
We get an update on the damage and VN host Cathy Alex chats with Thunder Bay Heritage Advisory Committee member Andrew Cotter to find out more about this symbol of the city's past.

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Man talks about surviving outhouse bear attack...

A Winnipeg man credits his best friend for saving him after a bear attack near Sioux Lookout over the weekend.

Gord Shurvell's morning quickly turned into a life or death struggle when a bear dragged him from an outhouse. Dan Alexander heard Shurvell's cries for help and came running with a rifle.

We hear from them both as they recount what happened next.

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Creating a positive workplace

We hear about a special workshop happening today in Thunder Bay that aims to create a positive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited and queer/questioning members of our community. Robin Cooper is with the city's Sexuality and Gender Equity Working Group and Devan Nambiar is in the city to help facilitate the workshop.

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Teens plea guilty

Two teenagers were in youth court in Thunder Bay today in connection to the death of another teen back in 2010.

The 16-year-old girl was killed behind the Landmark Inn in September of that year.

What was shocking about the case was the girls who were accused of the crime were just 14 and 15 years old at the time.

The CBC's Jeff Walters was at the courthouse today.


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Garnet Rogers

VN host Cathy Alex checks in with singer/songwriter Garnet Rogers. He's performing in Thunder Bay as part of the Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society concert series. But he won't just be singing. He might also share a little of the book he's writing about touring with his late brother Stan.

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Experimental Lakes Area funding cut

Critics are calling it a travesty and a sad end to an international experiment. The federal government has pulled its funding for the Experimental Lakes area near Kenora. Scientists from around the world are expressing outrage.

Voyage North's Cathy Alex talks to John Smol an Ontario researcher who specializes in environmental change to get his take on the decision.


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Walk on the wild side

Some Thunder Bay high school students explored an urban nature trail to help bring attention to issues facing wildlife. Voyage North's Josh Lynn brings us some of their impressions of the journey.

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Forest of Reading

A chef who solves mysteries and the Last Loon. We meet Kevin Sylvester and Rebecca Upjohn, two of the children's literature authors who were in Thunder Bay for the Forest of Reading event. Over a 1000 kids in the city turned out to cheer on their favourite writers.

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New developments in restaurant outbreak

Health officials are still investigating what caused people who visited a restaurant just outside Thunder Bay last week to become ill. Christopher Beveridge is with the District Health Unit. He fills Voyage North's Cathy Alex in on new developments in the investigation.

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More than just rocks

The 58th Annual Meeting of the Institute on Lake Superior Geology is taking place this week in Thunder Bay, and runs until Sunday.

There are lots of field trips and presentations taking place over the next few days, with particular attention being paid to evidence of an ancient meteor impact in Northern Ontario.

Pete Hollings is the Chair of the event, and a professor of geology at Lakehead University. Here's his chat with the CBC's Jeff Walters

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A hot story....

The inaugural year of Confederation College's Pre-Service Firefighter program is wrapping up.

The students showed off their talents today at the Thunder Bay and District Protective & Emergency Services Training Centre.

Voyage North's Josh Lynn was there for the fiery festivities.

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The ghost of meetings past...

Some of the biggest decisions made in recent months at City Council meetings in Thunder Bay were back in the limelight last night.

To more than a few people, including CBC's city hall reporter Jeff Walters, it might have seemed like a case of deja vu.

Jeff breaks down the evening for Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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"They're going to have to kill me..."

Neskantaga Chief Peter Moonias says he'll lay down his life to protect the rights of his community in the Ring of Fire.

Neskantaga is located at the headwaters of the Attawapiskat River and Cliffs Natural Resources is planning to build a chromite mine along the river.

Peter Moonias spoke to the CBC's Jody Porter about his reaction to the recent government announcement that the project is moving ahead.

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Sasquatch likely done with politics

There's a very unusual "candidate" for Dryden's vacant city council seat. He loves the outdoors, has his own take on the issues and is covered in generous amounts of... fur. Voyage North's Cathy Alex talks to Chris Marchand. He's the mastermind behind a mock political campaign to elect a sasquatch to the vacant council seat.

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Biwaase'aa out of funding

Earlier today, it was announced that the Biwaase'aa program will close its doors at the end of this school year because of government funding cuts.

The program serves about 500 kids in Thunder Bay at seven elementary schools. It provides students with snacks, lunches, and educational, emotional, recreational and cultural programs.

Paul Francis is the program manager. Carlene Spence and Richard Jourdain's four kids have all taken part in the program.

Here they are speaking with the CBC's Jeff Walters.

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Environmental assessment changes

Cliffs Natural Resources announced yesterday that it wants to locate its ferrochrome processing facility in Sudbury. But the processor is just a piece of a larger puzzle that includes other infrastructure as well as the actual mine. All of which require an environmental assessment.

The company's mining project may also be the first test of the federal government's proposed changes to the environmental assessment process.

Warren Mabee is Director of Queen's University's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy. Voyage North host Cathy Alex chatted with him about how potential changes to the environmental process will play out here in Northwestern Ontario.

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Claire Tacon and Jamella Hagen

We meet two new voices in Canadian literature, writer Claire Tacon and poet Jamella Hagen. They're on a cross-Canada tour and made a stop in Thunder Bay.

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Cliffs VP explains decision

One of the major players in the Ring of Fire has announced its plans and it's making leaders in the Northwest very unhappy.

Voyage North's Cathy Alex speaks with Cliffs Senior Vice President Bill Boor about the company's decision to locate its ferrochrome processor in Sudbury.

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Relocating nuisance bears... is it really a waste of time?

Joseph Hamr is a wildlife biologist and a teacher at Cambrian College in Sudbury. He's done several extensive studies on bear behaviour, and what happens when you try to relocate them. Hamr weighs in on the effectiveness of the practice.

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Wilderness Quest


Does wilderness still exist and if's out there somewhere, what is its' value?

Those are the provocative questions that launched Kevin Callan on a paddling journey through Quetico Provincial Park.

His canoe trip of discovery is documented in the film Wilderness Quest.


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Math and art

Students from Agnew H. Johnston, C.D. Howe and Hyde Park elementary schools in Thunder Bay used math to help them create abstract art.

They had to consider adding more paint, subtracting colour or measuring the distance between objects to get the right proportions.

The lessons were provided through a partnership between Lakehead Public School's teachers and artists from the Royal Conservatory's program Learning Through the Arts.

Nicole Walter Rowan is with the Public School board.
Crystal Nielsen is the northern ontario manager for Learning Through the Arts.

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Rock the Park!!!

Thunder Bay's Minnesota Park is going to be busy tonight, starting at six.

It's because the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project and Evergreen: A United Neighbourhood are throwing a party there.

Alanna Forslund is with CAHEP and Chris Sutherland will be there too. You might know him better as hip/hop artist, Shibastik.

Here's their conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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Screening for skin cancer


There's special event happening tomorrow at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

It's designed to help all of us learn more about watching for changes to freckles and moles.

Voyage North's Cathy Alex talks to Dr. Ron Mahler. He's one of the dermatologists taking part.


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Mac's Mural

Definitely Superior's Die Active youth art collective has been busy this week painting a graffiti mural on the Mac's convenience store at the corner of May and Dease.

The company has given the artists free license to let their imaginations run wild on the outside of the store.

The finished product will be unveiled this Saturday (May 5th) at 5 PM but Voyage North's Josh Lynn got a sneak peak at the work in progress.


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Folklore Festival

Take a trip around the world in 48 hours! But you'll need to pack light, so you have lots of room for food!. Here's Cathy Alex's chat with Thunder Bay Folklore Festival organizer Michelle Lander.

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Municipal Golf Course

Thunder Bay golfers will tee up for the last time this season at Municipal Golf Course. City councillors decided last night to dispose of the 9-hole course. CBC's city hall reporter Jeff Walters brings us the details on the decision.

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"You Know Me, I Ride a Bike"

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Safe Cycling Thunder Bay launched a new campaign today. One of the poster boys is CBC's own Ron Desmoulins, producer of Superior Morning. Here's his conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Ruling centre ice

The Thunder Bay Queens are in the playoffs at the Esso Cup. Voyage North host Cathy Alex checks in with the coach and the tournament's MVP in Charlottetown, PEI.

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Cleaning up graffiti

The city of Thunder Bay is targeting graffiti, and it's asking for your help. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk is following the story. He fills Voyage North host Cathy Alex in on the details.

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Perseverance

Perseverance: Making a choice to make a difference. That's the theme of Margaret Wheatley's keynote address at Leadership Thunder Bay's first conference. Here's her conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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Self-reliance in Ottawa

Ryerson University political scientist Wayne Petrozzi weighs in on Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Bruce Hyer's decision to step away from the NDP caucus and sit as an independent.

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Going it alone

Bruce Hyer dropped a political bombshell in Ottawa today. The Thunder Bay-Superior North MP is quitting the NDP caucus. He explains his reasoning behind the decision in this chat with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Collateral Damage recognized

Thunder Bay's Scott Chisholm is receiving the Champion of Mental Health Award from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness. It's in recognition of his Collateral Damage Project, an initiative that gets people talking about the taboo subject of suicide.

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Friend Me

How would you react if the kid who bullied you in high school now wanted to be your friend on Facebook? Thunder Bay's Susan Goldberg turned on her computer one day and confronted that very issue. But being a writer, she turned it into material. Here's her coversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Ignace High School wins unforgettable prize

Instead of worrying about buying decorations they'll be finding spots to park the limos. Prom night is usually one of the biggest events of the year for high schoolers. But Ignace High School's Brayden Moore and his peers used an online contest to make sure this year's prom night is a whole lot bigger.

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My Neighbour - Our Community

A small group of local seniors have taken their weekly book club in a very different direction. For more than two years, they've worked with the Lakehead Social Planning Council to produce a video called My Neighbour - Our Community. The video and accompanying resource book profiles five people in Thunder Bay who have struggled with poverty. John Palko is one of the seniors who started it all...

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Dudley Hewitt Cup

The clamour of sticks and skates will echo inside Fort William Gardens this week. That's where the Thunder Bay North Stars are hosting the Dudley Hewitt Cup. Voyage North host Cathy Alex gets the lowdown from tournament organizer Rob Monty and North Stars defenceman Tyler Osborne.

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Winter's encore

Mother Nature serves up another chilly spring-time sucker punch with a burst of ice and snow blanketing Northwestern Ontario. The municpality of Greenstone and surrounding areas have been hardest hit by the storm. Voyage North host Cathy Alex gets a unique take on the unseasonable--but not unexpected--weather from Geraldton based farmer Jason Napper.


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Local Sea Cadet remembers Vimy Ridge

A vessel of sorrow, a crucible of courage, a hallmark of ingenuity, collaboration and resolve undertaken by men at arms in the cause of peace. That's how Governor General David Johnston described the Battle of Vimy Ridge while speaking at ceremonies marking the 95th anniversary of this major World War One battle. Trevor Kavalchuk has a new appreciation for the soldiers who fought and died in those French trenches. The 17-year old Sea Cadet from Thunder Bay was one of 4000 young Canadians taking part in the event at Vimy. Here's his coversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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Throwing a Curve

Canadian rock icons Our Lady Peace are on tour promoting their latest album, called Curve. Voyage North's Cathy catches up up with OLP guitarist Steve Mazur before the band's Thunder Bay Show.

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Think Pink

Public school students across Thunder Bay were in the pink Wednesday. They were celebrating the annual national Day of Pink. The ultimate goal of the day is to bring an end to bullying by helping kids break down stereotypes and understand the beauty of diversity. Voyage North host Cathy Alex spent the lunch hour at Hammarskjold High School. That's where she met Brandon Belisle, who's in Grade 12 and Kierston Potter. who's in Grade 11. They're both members of the school's Gay/Straight Alliance.

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Subway saviour

He was just doing what his instincts told him to do, but that set him apart from the hundreds of other people in the crowded station. That's what Lakehead University student Nick Lounsbury realized after he rushed to the aid of a man who had thrown himself in front of a subway train in Toronto. Nick share's his story with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Bannock battle royale

Lakehead University's 10th annual Bannock Bakeoff got cooking this week. Bannock maestros tried to take top prize with some unusual recipies that wouldn't seem out of place on a dessert menu. Voyage North's Josh Lynn got a taste of the action.

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If I had a million dollars...

56-year old Louis Chicoski was thinking it was almost time to retire from Resolute Forest Products. But now the Thunder Bay man is giving the idea some serious consideration. Chicoski and his wife Joanne are the winners of $50-million Lotto Max grand prize. Emotions run high in their chat with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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The gift of finely crafted seating

Some students in the Construction Technology Class at Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute have been working hard on a very special project this spring. They built six large benches that will be used by younger students at Nor'wester View Public School. Voyage North's Josh Lynn inspects the finished products.

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An aborginal approach to coaching

Examining coaching through an aboriginal lens is the focus of a special Lakehead Public School Board workshop held recently in Thunder Bay. Rod Jacobs led the workshop. Jacobs is with the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario. Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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The View from the Seventh Sky

Thunder Bay jazz musician Robin Ranger has just released his second CD. It's full of lush, rich arrangements that will have you slowly snapping your fingers. Here's his chat with Cathy Alex.

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Reading, writing and... running?

Learning the basics of every sport means picking up skills like running, jumping and throwing a ball. Colin Pybus is with Physical Health & Education Canada. In his conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex, Pybus explains why physical literacy is important and how he's helping teachers in Thunder Bay foster it in their students.

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Exploring Thunder Bay's urban forest

Tree lined streets aren't just about good looks. Voyage North's Cathy Alex talks to City Forester Shelly Vesico about the practical benefits of Thunder Bay's urban forest and how a pair of open houses happening this week can help you learn more about the city's plans to manage this living resource.

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The #story continues....

Twit Lit success! Voyage North's Cathy Alex checks in with Pamela Coles. She's the Toronto writer who used a 24-hour tweet-a-thon to craft a short story over the weekend. Coles was hoping people in Thunder Bay would join in, since none other than famed author Margaret Atwood had suggested she set the story in this city.

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Twitter epic set in #tbay (because Margaret Atwood says so)

Toronto writer Pamela Coles is crafting a short-story entirely on Twitter in just 24-hours. But she really needs help from people here in Thunder Bay, because Margaret Atwood told her to set her story in this city! Coles fills in Voyage North's Cathy Alex in on all the details.

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This might hurt a little bit ...

Thunder Bay filmmaker Damien Gilbert talks to Voyage North's Cathy Alex about his newest action sports epic The D-Man Project. Parts of the movie might make you cringe, but Gilbert hopes you'll be entertianed as well. Here's his coversation with Voyage North's Cathy Alex.

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On thin ice

In less than a week, the ice on Lac Des Milles Lacs has gone from safe and thick, to dangerous and thin. It's creating a real problem as the frozen lake is the platform for several hundred ice fishing shacks.

Over the past few days, a small group of people have been pulling the shacks off the lake. Archie Hoogsteen owns Sugar Shack rentals and Gary McCourt runs a private access point and shack storage area on Sawmill Bay.They've been helping to clear the lake.

Here's their conversation with the CBC's Gord Ellis.


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Poor Young Things

The 5 members of Thunder Bay's "Poor Young Things" packed up their bags and headed to Toronto, where they didn't know a soul.
Inside of a year, the band has cut their first album and signed a record deal.
Voyage North's Cathy Alex catches up with the band while the'yre back in town to play a show.

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Bike Racks for Business

Voyage North's Josh Lynn talks to some of the people behind a new program that aims to make bike racks a more common sight in Thunder Bay and some of the artists who want to decorate them.


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Urban Boutique owner posts break-in footage online

A Thunder Bay business owner has taken to the web after a weekend break-in. Angelo Petta owns the Urban Boutique, a clothing store located on Memorial Avenue just across from Intercity Mall. Thieves smashed a glass door there late Friday night, and Petta says they made off with around 3,000 dollars worth of goods. In addition to reporting the crime to police, Petta has taken the unusual step of posting security camera footage of the incident online. Here's his conversation with Voyage North's Josh Lynn.


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Lake Superior Through the Ages

Developing Thunder Bay's waterfront again, and again and again. We look back 150 years to the first clash between industrial and recreational use of the Lake Superior shoreline. Voyage North's Cathy Alex talks to Scott Hamilton, a Lakehead University professor who's giving a presentation on the topic Tuesday night.

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Thunder Bay Drug Strategy priorities

Today, the Drug Strategy Panel unveiled what it considers to be the 21 most important priorities. Patty Hajdu co-ordinates the panel. She joins Voyage North host Cathy Alex to fill us in on what the group is focussing on.



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Point North

Point North is making it's debut performance on Saturday night at Black Pirates Pub. Though the band is new, the musicians have been part of the Thunder Bay music scene for a long time. Voyage North host Cathy Alex talks to Shawn Hartviksen and Mike Armenti.

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Climate change in the north

More forest fires, disappearing winter roads? On the heels of a new report from his office, Ontario's Environmental Commissioner weighs in on what climate change means for Northwestern Ontario.


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The sweet spell of success

Jacklyn Spithoff is the winner of this year's Post Media Canspell Chronicle-Journal Spelling Bee here in Thunder Bay. Voyage North's Cathy Alex chats with the Grade 7 student from Crestview Public School, and her mom Cathie.

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Labouring Finns


A Socialist movement which does not attract the women cannot live". 100 years ago, Finnish immigrants to Thunder Bay were so moved by that sentiment they turned their sewing circles into political gatherings.. Cathy Alex talks to Samira Saramo, a writer who's looking at this chapter of our city's history.


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Uncovering the real Jann Arden

Jann Arden talks to Voyage North's Cathy Alex about her new album Uncover Me 2.


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Wilson Cup Final Four

And then there were four. The Lakehead University men's basketball team is packing its bags and heading to Waterloo for the Wilson Cup Final Four tournament this weekend... Voyage North's Cathy Alex checks in with head coach Scott Morrison.

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Thunder Bay's Mini Science Festival


Is green energy the new gold? What about spinning straw into gold? And have you ever heard about the alchemy of miracle berries? You can learn more about about all these subjects during Thunder Bay's Mini Science Festival. It's being put on by Science North in the city. It's happening this week and it offers something for adults and families.


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Next steps for Sandy Lake after school fire

A fire at Sandy Lake's school has put nearly 400 kids out of school indefinitely. Sandy Lake's Chief Adam Fiddler talks to Voyage North's Cathy Alex about what's next for the community.

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Selling crime prevention

Tom Moher--an executive with Mac's Convenience Stores--says retailers, police and communities all have to work together to stop robberies from happening. Here's his conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.


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OxyContin phase-out raises concerns

OxyContin abuse has had a devastating effect on communities across the country.
The company that makes the drug will soon stop manufacturing it in Canada.
It's being replaced with a new formulation that's harder to misuse.
Claudette Chase is a family physician in Eeabmatoong First Nation .
She's also a medical director for the Sioux Lookout Health Authority.
Everyday, Dr. Chase sees people who are Oxy dependent and she has concerns about the change.


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Arts Fiesta

Hundreds of elementary school students from across the city attended the annual Arts Fiesta at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Every year kids create performances and artwork to share with their peers.
And Voyage North's Josh Lynn was on hand to see what these youthful imaginations came up with.

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What's a Physician Assistant?

Britton Sprules wanted to care for people, so she became a Physician Assistant. Here's her conversation about the emerging profession with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.

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Escape to Reality in the Garden

Mark Cullen is often called Canada's best known gardener. Here's his conversation with Voyage North host Cathy Alex.


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The Men's Club

It's got many of the trappings of a regular spa like relaxing music and special treatments that make your skin glow. But The Men's Club has some unique twists intended to make the spa-world more inviting for men. Elizabeth Lepere owns the Men's Club. She gives Josh Lynn a tour.

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Hockey Day in Canada comes to Thunder Bay

Director of Sports for CBC Television Joel Darling talks to Cathy Alex about Hockey Day in Canada.

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Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder discusses touring Northwestern Ontario, songwriting and musical collaboration with Cathy Alex.

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Cop's eye view

The frustration of not being able to help. Emergency services in Thunder Bay are being called repeatedly to deal with intoxicated people setting bonfires in parts of the city. Inspector Alan McKenzie is the commander of the Uniform Branch of the Thunder Bay Police Service. He shares his perspective on the problem with Cathy Alex.

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The Syringa Tree

Olivia Olsen plays over 20 characters in Magnus Theatre's production of the Syringa Tree. Here's her conversation with Cathy Alex.

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Thunder Bay's guitar doctor

Gerry Zeleny is one of the go-to guys in the northwest when it comes to fixing up guitars. Gord Ellis dropped in on Gerry to see how he was coming on a special project and to learn some of the tricks of his trade.

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Thunder Bay woman honoured for 50 years of volunteer work

Catherine Colqhhoun is in Toronto to receive the Award of Ontario, in a special ceremony at Queen's Park. She's being honoured for her 50 years of volunteer work with the city's Symphony. Catherine Colquhoun joined Cathy Alex in the studio, just before boarding her flight Wednesday afternoon.

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Nick Sherman talks about his new album

Nick Sherman talks to Cathy Alex about his new album "Drag Your Words Through".

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Greenstone says goodbye

Michael Power was a fixture in Northwestern Ontario politics for decades. He served as the mayor of Geraldton (and later Greenstone) for close to 30 years - on and off. Renald Beauliu is Greenstone's current mayor; he talks to Cathy Alex about Michael Power's legacy.

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North Spirit Lake Chief visits crash site

The community of North Spirit Lake is struggling to get back to day-to-day life after a fatal plane crash in the remote community last week. Four people were killed when a plane slammed into the frozen lake, within sight of the runway. Chief Rita Thompson took the CBC's Jody Porter to the crash site.

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Playing Possum

A possum has been hanging around the backyard of a man from Lake Helen First Nation. Rob Swainson is a biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Nipigon. He talks to Cathy Alex about how a critter so uncommon in the region might have made it here.

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Thunder Bay film festival needs new home

After this year, the North of Superior Film Association needs to find a new home for it's film festival because Silver City Cinemas will no longer host the event. Cathy Alex talks to NOSFA President Marty Mascarin to find out what this means for movie buffs.

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Printmaker Brian Holden

Cathy Alex caught up with printmaker Brian Holden to talk about his new exhibit "Wilderness" at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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Marina Nemat talks Canada Reads

The "True Stories" edition of Canada Reads is just a few weeks away.
Marina Nemat's memoir "Prisoner of Tehran" is one of the five books being championed.
At the age of 16, Marina was arrested on trumped-up charges and imprisoned in Iran's most notorious prison. "Prisoner of Tehran" relates her experiences.

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Mac's Mart employee speaks out

Larry Larivee is Mac's employee who had a knife held to his throat during a robbery last month. He spoke to reporters today about a letter he received from the company in the wake of the robbery.


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Marina Park impressions

Thunder Bay's revamped waterfront has been open for nearly two weeks.
Josh Lynn finds out what some park-goers think about the changes.

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Making shop class rock

Grade 11 students in Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School's custom woodworking class have finished a unique project. Instead of tables or clocks, they've learned how to make electric guitars. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk listens in on the results.

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Stuart McLean

Vinyl Cafe Stuart McLean host is one of Canada's greatest storytellers, and lucky for us he likes touring. He'll be stopping in Thunder Bay on March 1st. Jordan Lester caught up with Stuart to talk about his upcoming tour date.

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Music for Food

During our "Music for Food" event anyone could stop by and raid our now-digitized CD library for gems in return for donations of non-perishable food. Josh Lynn documented his shift in the room along with the CBC's Jolene Banning and Jordan Lester.


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Rocks and Rings

A program called Rocks and Rings will travel throughout the Northwest this winter showing elementary school students how to curl. The CBC's Jeff Walters stopped by Vance Chapman school, where the program kicked off in Thunder Bay.

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Bad toys

Leanne Shirtliffe runs a parenting blog called "The Ironic Mom".
She's identified the noisiest, nastiest and dumbest toys out there this holiday season. Here's her conversation with Jordan Lester.

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Christmas carol sing-along at Bethammi Nursing Home

Lakehead University music students lead a Christmas carol sing-along at a Thunder Bay nursing home. Josh Lynn speaks with some of the people behind the event.

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Tom Hargadon bids farewell to $600 moustache

Josh Lynn tags along with Tom Hargadon as he gets his moustache shaved off. Tom raised over $600 for prostate cancer research by growing the moustache as part of the "Movember" fundraiser.


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Dr. Jonathan Balcombe talks animal pleasure

Dr. Jonathan Balcombe is Chair of the Animal Studies Department at Humane Society University in Washington D.C. He's written two books about animal pleasure and gave a talk on the subject at Lakehead University. Here's some of his conversation with Josh Lynn.

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Tracing the Columbia

A group of 13 paddlers from Thunder Bay traced the route of explorer and fur trader David Thompson down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. Now a feature-length documentary about the journey is being unveiled. Matt Roy is one of the canoeists who made the trip. Here's his conversation wtih Jordan Lester.

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4-time Gold Medalist Robbi Wheldon

Robbi Wheldon of Thunder Bay dominated the cycling events at the Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Along with her teammate Lynn Bessette (Knowlton, QC), Wheldon won 4 gold medals at the games and was named Canada's flag bearer for the closing ceremonies. Here's some of her conversation with Jordan Lester.

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