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Co-operative still hoping to buy Finnish Labour Temple despite set-backs, director says

A director of the co-operative hoping to buy the Finnish Labour Temple in Thunder Bay, Ont., says it’s still looking for partners to make the purchase.

Thunder Bay hospital seeing increased mental illness severity as admissions surge

COVID-19 has yet to overwhelm the intensive care unit at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, but one department says dealing with the fallout from the pandemic risks becoming unsustainable.

Man who missed out on COVID-19 benefit warns others to claim money before it's too late

An Ontario man on social assistance is warning others in his position not to miss out on a provincial emergency benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cambridge ready for its spotlight as film industry re-opens in Ontario

Ontario’s film industry is ramping back up as part of the province’s reopening strategy, and people in Cambridge, Ont., say they can’t wait for the lights, cameras and action to return to their city.

Local cycling advocate buoyed by NDP private members bill on road safety

One Thunder Bay, Ont., cycling advocate says he plans to talk to his MPP about supporting an NDP effort to improve road safety.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation preparing NWO First Nations for COVID-19

The grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation says he's working closely with the federal and provincial governments to prepare northern Ontario First Nations for COVID-19. NAN is currently doing an inventory of the health equipment in its communities to determine the availability of medical devices such as ventilators, Alvin Fiddler said. It's also assessing the need for hygiene products, medications, and other necessities.

Warm temperatures still hampering winter road access to northern First Nations

Warm weather continues to play havoc with winter roads to northwestern Ontario First Nations. Roads to all communities are now open to at least partial loads, according to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation's winter road update published Friday. However roads to three communities - Deer Lake, Bearskin Lake and Eabametoong - remain open to only partial loads, and some roads that are listed as open to full loads may need to restrict them at times. 

Matawa partnering with business sector to solve First Nations infrastructure deficit

The chief of Eabametoong First Nation says he hopes a new partnership between Matawa First Nations and a series of mostly private sector partners will finally help address the infrastructure deficit in Matawa communities. The Matawa chiefs announced last week that they are in discussions with several large enterprises, including Ontario Power Generation,  EPCOR Canada and PCL Construction, as well as the strategic communications firm Enterprise Canada, about addressing infrastructure needs in the communities in a systematic and efficient way using private financing.

Sioux Lookout, Ont. dwelling for Indigenous students celebrates success

The Independent First Nations Alliance held an official grand opening for its Home Away from Home Community Student Dwelling in Sioux Lookout, Ont., this week, but the event doubled as a celebration of the project's early success.

Ontario government signs agreement with two First Nations on Ring of Fire road

Premier Doug Ford and Kenora MP Greg Rickford signed an agreement with Webequie and Marten Falls First Nations to move forward with a north-south road to the Ring of Fire. But the chief of Neskantaga says his community will oppose the development.

Con College president says change to nursing programs could help RPNs

The president of Confederation College says a stand-alone nursing degree program at the college could make it easier for registered practical nurses to further their educations but it might not create any more seats for nursing students in the city.

Thunder Bay teachers, supporters join province-wide strike

Thousands of teachers across Ontario are off the job Friday as part of a one-day strike. In Thunder Bay, dozens of picketers could be seen Friday morning walking along Arthur Street and surrounding Pope John Paul II School and the Lakehead Public Schools board office on Sills Street.  

Personal interactions respectful but many still lack trust in Thunder Bay Police Service, survey finds

A new survey of northwestern Ontario residents shows fewer than half of the respondents feel the Thunder Bay Police Service is good at building relationships with community members and groups. However more than 85 per cent of people who had interacted with police said officers treated them with respect. 

Federal government orders regional impact assessment in Ring of Fire

The federal minister of environment and climate change has ordered a regional impact assessment in the Ring of Fire, the mineral-rich region around 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont, which is targeted for mining development. 

Bombardier union rep hopes Alstom sale means more work in Thunder Bay

Dominic Pasqualino says local work force is skilled and productive, and the French transportation giant "would be wise to use our assets."

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