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Lac Seul First Nation family raising awareness about rare disease

When John Chisel was just 6 months old, the little boy from Lac Seul First Nation was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. It's a rare condition that causes inflammation throughout the body, and in particular the coronary arteries. If doctors catch it early, they can manage the illness.
However, if it goes untreated it can lead to serious complications.

It's the leading cause of acquired heart problems in children. John Chisel is now 7 years old, and he's facing a lifetime of medical appointments and procedures. That's why John and his family want to raise more awareness about, and more funds to research Kawasaki Disease.

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Thunder Bay student essay wins humour award

Madison King is a Grade 12 student at Hammarskjold High School in Thunder Bay. About a year ago, she read an article entitled "If He Pays for Dinner, You Do Owe Him Sex". She was incensed by the misogynistic attitude of the author. So, she wrote a biting, and satirical response.

That essay, "When A Woman Owes You Sex" has just been named the winner of the Student Humourous Story Competition from the Stephen Leacock Association.

The Dirty Dozen

copy-dirtydozen-beginnings-small1.jpgThe Dirty Dozen's story borders on urban legend in Thunder Bay. The brash, Westfort boot hockey team--that's right boot hockey--dominated the sport in the city from 1983 to 1996.

"The Dozen" is a new documentary that tells their story, it's showing this Saturday at Confederation College.
Kirsten and Chris Kosloski are the pair behind the film.

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Flappers, fashion and femininity in the 1920's

The "Modern Girl" was a fixture of 1920s Canadian consumer culture. She had a short skirt and bobbed hair. She also had a penchant for smoking, drinking, dancing, and jazz.

You could find her image in art, film, fashion, and advertising. But she was also real, so you could see her walking down the street of many a town and city across the country.

Jane Nicholas is a professor of women's studies at Lakehead University. In her upcoming book, "Modern Girl" she argues that this image is key to the creation of what it meant to be modern and female in Canada.

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Deer Lake goes solar

The community of Deer Lake relies on expensive diesel fuel for most of its electricity needs. But yesterday, the community unveiled a solar project on the roof of the local school. The CBC's Adam Burns was in Deer Lake for the ribbon-cutting.

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Adapting to climate change in Thunder Bay

The climate is changing. For instance, we're seeing more severe storms more flooding. Communities are now trying to figure out how to adapt to this new normal of extremes and unpredictability. Al Douglas directs the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources.

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Mackenzie Farquhar

10245411_426712657472406_93725269264452890_n.jpgFor Mackenzie Farquhar of Thnder Bay it's been 7 years of spinning and stretching, pirouettes and plies. But now all that hard work is paying off. The graduate of the National Ballet School has accepted a position to dance with the Zurich Ballet. It's one of the best, if not the best, professional company in Europe.

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The girl who needs a heart--got one!

In January of 2012, 14-year old Bronwyn Huffman was diagnosed with leukemia. Just a few months later, in May of that year, she suffered heart failure due to the chemotherapy.

For the past 2 years, she has been moving the blood around her body with the help of something called a VAD - a ventricular assist device. She was the first person the Sick Kids ever released from hospital, while still attached to the device.

But all that changed this week. On Wednesday, Bronwyn received a heart transplant.

Voyage North's Cathy Alex reached her mom Kellie Huffman, in Bronwyn's room at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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Don Newman

Walking in the winter woods is a pretty common activity for many people who live in Northwestern Ontario. Usually you feel pretty safe while you're out for a stroll.

But just south of the border, Don Newman, a trapper from Nashwauk, Minnesota, had an experience that was both unexpected and potentially fatal. He was attacked by a moose.

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Sophia Wallace

A new exhibition currently running at Definitely Superior Art Gallery highlights the work of 16 regional feminist artists. The featured guest is Sophia Wallace, the creator of Cliteracy.

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