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Up North

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

  • 06:25
    It may not be the Stanley Cup playoffs ... but it's close enough. Around 145 minor hockey teams are in Thunder Bay this weekend for the 28th edition of the Robins Minor Hockey Classic. The 2500 or so players range in age from four to 17. Play got off to an epic start this morning in Bantam double-A action as the Thunder Bay Beavers took on the Fort Frances Canadians. The Beavers lead the standings in the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association - but they fell to Fort Frances in a tournament in Kenora last weekend. So did Thunder Bay exact revenge on the visiting team? The CBC's Heather Kitching has this recap.
    Jan 18, 2019
  • 08:08
    For many kids, science and art can seem like worlds apart. But scientists at Laurentian University are hoping to inspire kids to combine both in order to make learning fun. Laurentian is holding its sixth annual SciArt exhibition in March. And the people behind it are putting out the call for submissions. Up North host Waubgeshig Rice speaks with Thomas Merritt, a professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Laurentian University, and Kyelle Byne, a graduate student in the masters of science communication program.
    Jan 18, 2019
  • 08:04
    Imagine being able to give your pet the benefits of a one-hour walk with only 10 minutes of effort. It's a concept that's being tested by an animal hospital near Sudbury. The Walden Animal Hospital is home to an underwater treadmill. It's an exercise machine on which dogs -- and sometimes cats -- can get a really good workout in a short amount of time. The treadmill is being used to help pets recovering from surgery, or to help them lose weight and become more active. Up North's Wendy Bird recently stopped by the animal hospital to check out the treadmill in action.
    Jan 18, 2019
  • 05:57
    A residential school survivor in Sioux Lookout says he wants Canada's justice department to investigate the Law Society of Ontario... ...specifically how the provincial regulator reviewed the conduct of Kenora lawyer Doug Keshen. More than a dozen residential school survivors accused him of mishandling their claims from the residential schools settlement agreement. But hearings stopped in 2017, with the regulator pledging to regularly review Keshen's work. Angeconeb says, despite the law society meeting with survivors, many still feel let down by the whole process. Here's what Angeconeb told the CBC's Matt Prokopchuk about his call for a probe into the matter.
    Jan 17, 2019
  • 03:58
    This Saturday, social media will likely be abuzz with pictures from Women's Marches around the world. The global women's march is a women-led movement providing education on a diverse range of issues. And it is a way for new grassroots activists to engage in their local communities. The community of Kagawong on Manitoulin Island is jumping aboard the march for the first time. And according to march organizer Meg Middleton, there are many important reasons to take part in this event.
    Jan 17, 2019
  • 06:32
    Staff at Sudbury's Health Sciences North are dealing with a widespread computer virus. The hospital says technical difficulties began yesterday morning at around 8:00. The virus is affecting its information technology systems, resulting in delays with some hospital programs. HSN warns there may be longer wait times in the emergency room as a result. For the latest, HSN's Mark Hartman, senior vice President of Patient Experience and Digital Transformation, spoke with Up North host Waubgeshig Rice.
    Jan 17, 2019
  • 06:01
    It's a big number - just over three million dollars. It's how much Thunder Bay mayor Bill Mauro wants to potentially cut from the 2019 budget - to bring this year's tax levy increase to just under two percent. Cutting that much, poses an issue. City services would be reduced, but what is not yet clear. Budget deliberations are underway in communities across northern Ontario - including Thunder Bay. Here's some of the debate that took place last night, from Mayor Bill Mauro, City Manager Norm Gale as well as councillors Andrew Foulds and Aldo Ruberto.
    Jan 16, 2019
  • 05:24
    It was a big day for the Waubetek Business Development Corporation yesterday. The First Nations economic development agency is located on Birch Island, about an hour's drive southwest of Sudbury. The agency received more than one-and-a-half million dollars in federal government funding. It's so that First Nations can participate more fully in Northern Ontario's mining and minerals industry. We speak with agency chair Martin Bayer about what they're going to do with that funding.
    Jan 16, 2019
  • 06:51
    A group in Sault Ste. Marie is looking to get like-minded people together to talk about climate change. The Crane Institute for Sustainability wants to form a Community Climate Hub. It is driven by citizens to look for ways that municipalities can take action to try and mitigate climate change. Robert Rattle is the executive director of the institute and Kevin Yang is the project officer.
    Jan 15, 2019
  • 05:45
    Police in Thunder Bay introduced their newest, and definitely youngest recruit this morning. Lucek is just 20-months old and has only been working about a week, but he's already been involved in an arrest and several searches. Lucek is one-half of the new canine unit in Thunder Bay. He, and his handler, Constable Josh Berube were officially introduced at the Thunder Bay Police Services Board meeting.
    Jan 15, 2019
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