Jon Thompson


Jon Thompson is a journalist and author who belongs to Northwestern Ontario. You can contact him by email at or Twitter @JonSThompson.

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Why this Thunder Bay folk singer brought back his 1979 protest song to speak out against nuclear waste

More than 40 years after Rodney Brown recorded Freight Train Derailed, the Thunder Bay folk singer has re-recorded the song and is releasing a music video to once again protest a plan to store nuclear waste in northwestern Ontario.

Indigenous populations in Thunder Bay and Kenora may be undercounted. Officials say that's a problem

New studies suggest urban Indigenous population in two northwestern Ontario cities are significantly higher than what's been recorded in the census, and municipal officials say that means their communities are missing out on provincial funding as a result. 

First Nations leaders, critics urge more radical changes after panel's 1st report on Thunder Bay police

A first report from the panel aiming to provide recommendations to restore faith in the Thunder Bay Police Service and its oversight board is underwhelming First Nations leaders and police board members as the service's critics say more radical changes are needed. 

Thunder Bay police board panel calls for expanded board, with guaranteed seats for Indigenous people

The expert panel recruited to restore faith in the Thunder Bay Police Service in northwestern Ontario says it is proposing to have assured positions for Indigenous people, while suggesting the next police chief be either Indigenous or come from a racialized group. 

Identity documentation is northwestern Ontario's 'invisible problem,' researchers say

Researchers with Lakehead University, Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic and the NorWest Community Health Centres surveyed 600 people seeking identification, finding barriers such as cost, bureaucracy, accessibility, and health making the process inaccessible.

Dryden, Ont., was all set to host a weekend drag event. Then police responded to an unfounded prank call

The lead organizer of upcoming drag events in Dryden is confused and upset that what she calls a malicious prank prompted the police to visit her workplace on Thursday.

Outgoing Fort William First Nation chief to take new job in energy industry

After three decades in politics, the chief of Fort William First Nation is resigning to work in the energy industry.

Why a cellist with some of Canada's most prestigious orchestras is herding goats in Thunder Bay

The brothers who own the Mount Baldy ski hill in Thunder Bay, Ont., received resumes from across Canada and as far away as Australia after they posted an unusual help wanted ad for a summer goat herder. But the pair found the person they wanted right here.

Can you top this swimming achievement? 30 swims in 30 spots around Thunder Bay in 12 hours

Kevin Sidlar isn’t saying he’s set the record for hitting the most swimming holes in a single day. But he is challenging anyone to beat his new personal best.
Thunder Bay Votes

For Thunder Bay business leaders, this fall's election is about who'll tackle social issues

As voters begin to mull their choices for mayor and council in the Oct. 24 election campaign, Thunder Bay’s business owners have identified public safety as their highest priority.