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Connecting and reflecting Northern Ontario with a mix of stories and music. Up North weekdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM ET.

  • 06:57
    She's been playing to audiences around the world for more than a decade. And now a musician originally from Batchewana First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie has been recognized for her work advocating for Indigenous communities and culture. ShoShona Kish of the band Digging Roots received the WOMEX Professional Excellence Award at a ceremony in Spain late last month. WOMEX, or the World Music Expo, is a Berlin-based organization that promotes global music. Here's Up North host Waubgeshig Rice's conversation with her.
    Nov 14, 2018
  • 08:05
    Cleanup efforts to remove or contain a large patch of pollution in Thunder Bay's harbour MAY be closer to reality. Representatives from the province's environment ministry, two federal departments, the local port authority and several local interests met in October to discuss the project. It was the first formal gathering of stakeholders in years. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk has been following this story, and he gives us the latest.
    Nov 14, 2018
  • 07:27
    The Temiskaming region's Thornloe Cheese is basking in a golden glow. The cheese maker's newest product Temiskaming Valley grass-fed butter won top prize at the Royal Winter Fair. The grand-champion prize at the popular event is a huge honour for the company. That's according to their brand ambassador Pam Hamel. She told Up North's Wendy Bird their grass-fed unsalted butter is a testament to the quality of the milk being supplied by dairy farmers in northern Ontario.
    Nov 14, 2018
  • 06:44
    Yesterday we aired a story about Ontario pharmacists looking to offer point-of-care testing ... like swabbing throats to test for strep infections. We spoke with Catherine Nolin, a pharmacist in Sudbury and a member of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. The association is trying to expand pharmacists' scope of practice. The association says they can offer a test for strep infections that's faster than going to the clinic or doctor's office. They want to start offering a swab to test your sore throat to see if you need antibiotics. Pharmacies in other provinces are offering customers similar tests for about $15. Up North's Wendy Bird has been working on this story, and tracked down Dr. Jeffrey Pernica, head of the division of pediatric infectious disease at McMaster University. He says the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada is basing its lobbying efforts on a recent study. That study concludes strep throat point of care testing in community pharmacies will save governments money.
    Nov 13, 2018
  • 05:10
    According to an Angus Reid survey from earlier this year, half of Canadians don't have a last will and testament in place. So the Ontario Bar Association is promoting November as "Make a Will Month". Lawyers are holding free legal information sessions across the province to help people learn about making a will before they die. Two sessions will take place in northern Ontario: in Thunder Bay tomorrow, and in Timmins on November 26. Lynne Vicars is the president of the Ontario Bar Association. Up North host Waubgeshig Rice reached her earlier to ask why it's so important for people to have a will.
    Nov 13, 2018
  • 05:45
    Back in April, a number of community organizations in Thunder Bay banded together, to conduct a snapshot homelessness count. About 500 people were identified as homelessness, and most of them completed a survey. The information was being collected in order to help stakeholders better understand who is homeless in the city, and what needs to be done to help them. Today the full results of that point-in-time homelessness count were released. The CBC's Amy Hadley spoke to Bill Bradica, the head of the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administation Board, about the findings.
    Nov 13, 2018
  • 08:18
    Stan Lee, the legendary force behind Marvel Comics, died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 95. Lee was a writer, editor and publisher at Marvel Comics for decades, during which he helped usher in heroes such as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Black Panther. Sudbury graphic artist Rob Sacchetto is a huge fan of Marvel comics. He joined Up North host Waubgeshig Rice in studio to talk about the legacy Stan Lee leaves behind.
    Nov 13, 2018
  • 06:31
    Many people are aware that pharmacists can give you your flu shot. It's a service you may already be using. Now pharmacists are looking to do more for patients. They want to start offering point-of-care testing ... like swabbing throats to test for infections. Catherine Nolin is a pharmacist in Sudbury and owns two pharmacies in the city. She is a member of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. The association is trying to expand pharmacists' scope of practice. And she says it's a win-win situation for patient health care and for saving Ontario health care dollars. Up North's Wendy Bird spoke with Catherine Nolin to learn more.
    Nov 12, 2018
  • 04:57
    Remembrance Day ceremonies took place across Canada yesterday (SUN). And, aside from the annual commemmoration of Canada's veterans, this year's events paid tribute to the end of the First World War... a century ago. The CBC's Matt Prokopchuk attended the ceremony at Thunder Bay's Fort William Gardens. Here's some of what he heard...
    Nov 12, 2018
  • 05:53
    When wreaths are added this Remembrance Day at a cenotaph near Sudbury, there will be one laid in honour of LGBTQ veterans. The wreath will be laid by members of a transgender support group. They want to acknowledge the sacrifice of LGBTQ Canadians in past wars. Rita O'Link is a member of the group. She says most of these veterans could not express their true selves at that time ... ... And it's remarkable they still chose to fight for others despite the prejudice they endured. Here's Rita O'Link in conversation with the CBC's Angela Gemmill.
    Nov 9, 2018
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