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Thunder Bay Scotties bid committee says city has 'fantastic history' of volunteering, packing stands

Proponents of bringing the Scotties Tournament of Hearts to Thunder Bay, Ont., say the city has a lot going for it to attract the national women's curling championships to the Lakehead, even though the proposed venue itself provides some "challenges."
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What will single use plastics ban mean for Thunder Bay's blue bag program? City says hard to tell

It's too early to tell what Ottawa's recently-announced proposed ban on single-use plastics will mean for Thunder Bay's blue bag curbside recycling program but the municipality's manager of the local recycling system says these are the types of conversations he expects to have with federal officials over the next two years.

How a Dryden man's front stoop cost him 3 days of door-to-door mail delivery

A resident of Dryden, Ont., says he temporarily lost door-to-door mail delivery at his home because the rise on his front stoop was less than two inches too high.

'Considerable' study this summer to determine if mercury leaching upstream from Grassy Narrows, Ontario says

Officials with Ontario's environment ministry say field studies are continuing along the English-Wabigoon river system and at the site of the pulp mill in Dryden to determine if there is an ongoing source of mercury that's leaching into the water and poisoning two northern Ontario First Nations.

'At a loss for words': Teenage Pikangikum evacuee Kelsey Strang killed in Cochrane, Indigenous leaders say

Leaders with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation say a 16-year-old girl who was killed early Wednesday morning in Cochrane, Ont., when she was hit by a vehicle was an evacuee from a northwestern Ontario First Nation threatened by a forest fire.
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'Speed dating for business': New Indigenous-led forum strives to make connections

A two-day forum taking place in Thunder Bay, Ont., aims to make connections between businesses in a wide range of sectors and First Nations from across northern Ontario.
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Northwestern Ontario municipalities to study own ways of reducing plastic garbage

Mayors and reeves of over a dozen municipalities in northwestern Ontario say even though the federal government intends to ban single-use plastics by 2021, they're committed to coming up with their own solutions to try and curb the amount of garbage that ends up in local landfills.
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Thunder Bay cycling advocates worried about future of 'languishing' north-south link project

Cycling advocates in Thunder Bay, Ont., say they're worried about the future of a proposed, but not completed, project that's been on the books for over 10 years that they say would provide a much-needed safe way to bike or walk between the city's north and south sides.

Grassy Narrows leadership to review Ottawa's latest mercury poisoning care home agreement

Canada's Indigenous services minister says he's got another proposed agreement to build a specialized mercury healthcare facility for sufferers of mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows First Nation but it doesn't include the nearly $89-million-dollar trust leadership of the northwestern Ontario community is looking for.

Federal officials grilled over delays in construction of mercury poisoning care home for Grassy Narrows

Federal officials faced questions from a House of Commons committee Thursday about how Ottawa intends to fund an on-reserve specialized medical facility in Grassy Narrows First Nation to care for people suffering the effects of mercury poisoning.

Indigenous youth initiative now a not-for-profit after closure of Ontario child advocate's office

An initiative that has provided a way for Indigenous youth from across Ontario to meet, talk about problems and offer solutions, and was facing an uncertain future after Ontario's child and youth advocate's office in Thunder Bay, Ont., was shuttered, has incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.

Indigenous Services Minister unexpectedly leaves Grassy Narrows without agreement on mercury health facility

Canada's Indigenous services minister didn't get the signatures he was expecting on Wednesday from the leadership of Grassy Narrows First Nation after a visit to the northwestern Ontario community that continues to live with the effects of mercury contamination brought on by industrial dumping upstream about 50 years ago.

Thunder Bay anti-racism committee member resigns over mayor's town hall comments

A nearly-ten-year member of Thunder Bay's municipal committee on anti-racism and diversity has resigned from the position over comments made by Mayor Bill Mauro at a town hall where he blamed two reports about systemic racism and policing in the city for hurting Thunder Bay's national reputation.

Dease pool supporters bring rally, plenty of questions, to Thunder Bay town hall

A number of supporters of a south-side swimming pool in Thunder Bay that city councillors voted to close in late 2018 brought their request to reconsider that decision to a town hall last night, but Mayor Bill Mauro said city hall rules may make that difficult.

Thunder Bay mayor Bill Mauro blasts police reports during town hall

Thunder Bay's mayor reiterated his view that the city continues to face undue negative attention after a pair of reports released by Ontario police oversight bodies in late 2018.