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Imagining the audience, finding ways to connect: Ontario musician on challenges of sharing songs in pandemic

Back in January 2020, Thunder Bay-based musician Nick Sherman had plans for a busy summer of touring and promoting his new album Made Of, but due to the global pandemic, "life is very different" for the northwestern Ontario musician.

'Beautiful part of the world': Northwestern Ontario MP encouraging people to spend summer travelling close to home

The Liberal MP for Thunder Bay - Rainy River in northwestern Ontario is encouraging people to spend their time and their money close to home this summer.

Thunder Bay mayor hopes silence around financial aid to municipalities indicates action between feds, Ontario

The Mayor of Thunder Bay, Ont., isn’t surprised federal finance minister BIll Morneau did not mention aid to municipalities during Wednesday’s economic statement. Instead, Bill Mauro said he hopes the silence was a sign that negotiations around transfer payments are taking place behind the scenes and will be announced soon.

'Remarkable feat': Port of Thunder Bay sees record-breaking grain train in 'strong' shipping season

The global increase in home baking and cooking during the pandemic is making 2020 one of the busiest years yet for the Port of Thunder Bay, and helping it set a record in the process. As of June 30, the port had handled 3.2 million metric tonnes of grain, which is 35 per cent higher than the five-year average.

The Marathon Man; Thunder Bay, Ont., runner completes 150 marathons

What began as a dare from his twin brother, has turned into a rare accomplishment for a man from Thunder Bay, Ont. On June 20, John Friday successfully completed his 150th marathon.

'Hidden homelessness' an issue for many women in northwestern Ontario, says city's Elizabeth Fry Society

The closure of the Midtown Inn in Thunder Bay - a hotel where a number of violent incidents have taken place - has left some women in the city homeless, said the program coordinator for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario (EFSNWO).

City of Thunder Bay offers rent relief to its commercial tenants

The City of Thunder Bay is offering rent relief to its commercial tenants.

See you in September: Thunder Bay school bus drivers send video goodbye to their riders

A video of school bus drivers saying goodbye to their riders in the Thunder Bay area is giving the group some closure at the end of this strange school year.

Progam pairing police officers, mental health workers seeks permanent funding for 24/7 service

While a number of Canadian cities grapple with who should be responding to mental health calls after recent instances of police shooting the people they came to help, the Thunder Bay Police Services Board (TBPSB) is throwing its support behind the Joint Mobile Crisis Response team initiative.

'Defunding police' through better use of resources: Thunder Bay police board discusses city bylaws

Nuisance and loitering bylaws in Thunder Bay are coming under the scrutiny of the northwestern Ontario city's council and now its police services board.

Non-Indigenous MPP will co-chair Ontario's new Indigenous Women's Advisory Council

A community organizer on social issues in the Kenora area says she’s “personally insulted” the Ontario government has named a non-Indigenous MPP as the co-chair of the new Indigneous Women’s Advisory Council.

Seeing the world through the eyes of a Black woman: Thunder Bay writer shares her experiences in new poetry book

A writer in Thunder Bay, Ont., hopes her new book of poetry will give people a glimpse of what it’s like to be Black woman in Canada.

'Just assume it's fentanyl:' Thunder Bay police say about most street drugs

Almost all street drugs in Thunder Bay are now contaminated by fentanyl, Thunder Bay police say. The warning comes after the quick actions of an officer likely saved the life of a man who had overdosed on Sunday.

A new 'structure of praise, prayer': Houses of worship make plans for reopening

The Ontario government has given the go-ahead to churches, temples, mosques and synagogues to open their doors again Friday, but with the exception of the Thunder Bay Masjid it will likely be several weeks before most houses of worship in the city are ready to welcome the faithful.

Calls to defund police provide push to look at systemic reform, says Thunder Bay police board chair

As demands to defund police grow louder in many Canadian communities, the chair of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board (TBPSB), said systemic change is required but did not call for cuts to the service’s budget.