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Take a bag, leave a bag: Thunder Bay, Ont., schools partner to reduce plastic use

Students at two Catholic schools in Thunder Bay collaborated on a "take a bag, leave a bag" initiative to reduce the use of plastic bags in the northwestern Ontario city.

The Grandmother Earth Dress: her 'strong presence' gives healing to families of MMIWG

Although the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has issued its final report, the Grandmother Earth Dress will continue her work, says her creator, Collin Graham, a community development program manager with the Ontario Native Women's Association in Thunder Bay.

Canadian aviation 'trailblazer' Elsie MacGill lends name to new Thunder Bay, Ont., school

Trustees with the Lakehead District School Board public board have approved Ecole Elsie MacGill Public School as the name of a new elementary school in Thunder Bay, Ont., slated to open in September 2020. It's a fitting tribute for a trailblazer in engineering, education and human rights, said her biographer.

'How do we get out of here?': Forest fire prompts Pickle Lake to examine second access route

An official with the Township of Pickle Lake, about 550 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont., says the municipality is looking at building an escape route after a swiftly moving forest fire crossed the only road into, and out of the community on June 6.

Thunder Bay police unveil picture of Baby Doe's mother, 25 years after infant's body was found

Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) unveiled a stunning portrait Thursday – the image of a young woman they believe gave birth in 1994 to an infant who came to be known as Baby Doe, after his body was found in a garbage bag near the northwestern Ontario city's  Boulevard Lake.

Journey to Safe SPACES: Ontario Native Women's Association releases report on human trafficking

When it comes to helping people escape from the sex trade, it's helpful to be able to talk the talk, said Jessica Wilson, part of the Ontario Native Women's Association  (ONWA) Indigenous anti-human trafficking liaison project at the launch of the ONWA Journey to Safe Spaces report.

'The biggest smiles': Thunder Bay Muslim community hosts annual 'Breaking Bread' public dinner

The sixth annual 'Breaking Bread' dinner happens Friday night in Thunder Bay. The yearly event brings together Muslim and non-Muslim people in the northwestern Ontario city for an evening of food and fellowship as part of the daily breaking of the fast during Ramadan.

One public health unit to serve nearly half of Ontario, if government plan proceeds

The Ontario government is laying out its plan to collapse the province's 35 public health units into 10 regional entities, news which concerns the two chief medical officers serving the northwest of the province, from the Manitoba border, to Hudson Bay and along the north shore of Lake Superior.

Author of 'The Breadwinner' speaking in Thunder Bay on literature, social change

Canadian award-winning author, feminist and activist Deborah Ellis is speaking in Thunder Bay Friday about the power of literature to bring about social change.

'Walk together': Nishnawbe Aski Nation signs MOU with 2 municipal social service agencies

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) signed two agreements with municipal social service agencies Wednesday aimed at addressing poverty and homelessness in northern Ontario.

From the Holocaust to cyberbullying: Tour for Humanity examines intolerance, teaches empathy

Elementary school students with Lakehead Public Schools and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board in northwestern Ontario learned about diversity, democracy and human rights this week through the Tour for Humanity exhibition from the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

Northern Ontario School of Medicine leads Canada in matching grads to residency programs

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is leading the country when it comes to matching graduates with residency programs with a 100 per cent success rate, according to Dean Dr. Roger Strasser. It is also proud to report that Indigenous doctors account for about 12 per cent of the school's graduates.

Ontario librarian calls minister's suggestion service be 'more efficient' after 50% cut an 'outrage'

Local politicians quizzed provincial cabinet ministers at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association annual meetings Friday in Thunder Bay, with one of the most contentious topics being the government's decision to slice in half the budget of the Ontario Library Service.

'Emotional' public meeting over threats to Hammarskjold High School to be held Thursday

Lakehead Public Schools in Thunder Bay, Ont.,  is inviting parents and guardians of Hammarskjold High School students to attend an information session Thursday night about a series of 14 anonymous threats directed against the school in approximately nine weeks.

Nature Conservancy of Canada, federal government launch $100M program to save habitats at risk

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the federal government area announced Tuesday they are working together to take aim on Target 1 – a national initiative to protect at least 17 per cent of the country's land and freshwater and 10 per cent of our marine areas by 2020 – through a new $100-million, four-year fund.