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Home takeovers for illegal activities growing problem in Thunder Bay, says crime prevention council

The Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council (TBCPC) is raising the alarm about home takeovers in the northwestern Ontario city by launching a public education campaign to make people more aware of this growing problem, and providing information on where to go for help.

Vehicles, cameras, computers top Thunder Bay police $1.4M capital budget

The Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) will be asking city council in the northwestern Ontario community for approximately $1.4-million to cover capital costs in 2020, chief Sylvie Hauth told the police services board during its monthly meeting Tuesday.
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Droning.. On! Lakehead University helps design The Amazing Race Canada challenge

A professor at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay said he was "pretty excited" to help design a challenge for the popular television program, The Amazing Race Canada.
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A 'community of practice' to help chronic pain sufferers in northwestern Ontario

Doctors, nurses and physiotherapists across northwestern Ontario are getting more information on the best way to treat chronic pain, thanks to an innovative program operated by St. Joseph's Care Group in Thunder Bay.
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Agent of social change: Innovative northwestern Ontario educator moving south

The director of education with the Keewatin Patricia District School Board in northwestern Ontario is leaving to take over the same role with the Director of Education for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Sean Monteith is known for many progressive initiatives.
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Body-worn cameras could build 'trust, public support' Thunder Bay police pilot project finds

Body-worn cameras (BWC) could help restore trust in the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) and have become a necessary piece of equipment, the northwestern Ontario city's police board was told Tuesday at its monthly meeting.
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Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay 'enthusiastic' about building relationship with police, focus groups find

Despite feeling "somewhat jaded," Indigenous young people in Thunder Bay are "engaged" and "very enthusiastic' about the prospect of changing the relationship between their community and the police service in the northwestern Ontario city.

Dental health needs of seniors examined in new survey by Thunder Bay public health unit

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is inviting people aged 65 and older, living in the northwestern Ontario city and surrounding area, to participate in a new study examining their dental health care needs and any problems they face in accessing that care.

Want to live to be 100? 'Hug, smile, walk, talk' advises this Thunder Bay, Ont., woman

Ella 'Sis' Angus of Thunder Bay, Ont., has seen many changes in the world since she was born on October 1, 1918. But her four-word mantra for how to lead a long and happy life has remained constant.
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Canada flag, moose and dock make 'a perfect picture'

Serendipity, a handy cellphone and some excellent advice from his wife helped a Thunder Bay, Ont., man captured a quintessential image of Canada.
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'Turban Up' at Canada Day festivities in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Volunteers with the Thunder Bay Sikh Society (TBSS) are hosting the northwestern Ontario city's first Turban Up event as part of Canada Day festivities at the waterfront. It's a way to raise awareness about the history and signficance of the turban.
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Less 'playing with your poop': Ontario introduces new colon cancer home screening kit

"One and done" could be the motto of a new home screening test for colon cancer, the Ontario government is introducing. The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is replacing the fecal occult blood test (FOBT). It is more sensitive to blood in stools and can detect pre-cancerous polyps. The test requires only one sample.

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.
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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.
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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.