November 2015

Greenstone Marketing Themselves In The US

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 07:34 AM

The community of Greenstone is trying to make its mark in the tourism industry.  

Mayor Renard Beaulieu says they've hired the Generator advertising agency in Thunder Bay to sell their brand south of the border.

Beaulieu says at first they plant to concentrate on some nearby markets by advertising in northern Minnesota and in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and selling the region as an outdoor experience. 

Safeway Gives Back To RFDA

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 07:32 AM

The Regional Food Distribution Centre is getting some help from Safeway.  

Customers are being asked to purchase a five or ten dollar care package that are filled with the food banks most needed non-perishable goods.

RFDA Spokesperson Brendan Carlin says the partnership with Safeway is vital when stocking shelves.

Grey Cup Close To Home

Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2015 13:19 PM

There's a Thunder Bay connection to the 103rd Grey Cup game this evening in Winnipeg.  

Nigel Romick, who played his local football at St. Pat's High School, is a member of the Ottawa Redblacks.

The Redblacks are making their first ever appearance in the CFL Championship Game against the Edmonton Eskimos.  

The 24-year old Romick is a defensive lineman with Ottawa, but sees most of his playing time on the Redblacks Special Teams. (Photo supplied)

LU Offers Exclusive Trip To Indonesia

Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2015 13:16 PM

The Lakehead University Alumni Association is offering a once-in-a-lifetime guided trip to Indonesia.

The two-week getaway will support the work being done by Human Origins Research Chair Dr. Matt Tocheri and his team.

He say they'll be leading a safari that will get you up close and personal with the great Asian ape, the Orangutan, and the Komodo Dragon.

Other highlights include a tour of the dig site where the fossils of an extinct species of human was found. (Photo provided)

RFDA To Hand Out 1,100 Holiday Hampers

Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2015 13:11 PM

The Regional Food Distribution Association figures over a thousand people will apply for a holiday hamper this December.

RFDA Spokesperson Brendan Carlin says every last penny helps ensure they'll have enough to make 1,100 hampers with 12-to-13 items in each.

Seniors, single people, and couples on financial assistance all qualify.

Christmas Cheer Fund Puts Out Call

Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2015 13:08 PM

The Thunder Bay Christmas Cheer fund is lowering the bar this holiday season. 

The organization announced a campaign goal of $129,000, a target that's $1,000 less than last year.

Chair Joleene Kemp says, while demand for hampers is rising, she's confident they can still provide the same quality services with a lower goal.

Kemp adds they've been able to get the best deal possible for the food they have to purchase, as well as for the turkeys, which is their biggest cost. (Photo: Caryn Ceolin)

Car Accidents On The Rise

Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2015 13:06 PM

Thunder Bay is moving down in the rankings of safe cities to drive in, according to Allstate Canada’s annual study.

Company collision claims on our roads increased by 14 per cent over last year, landing our city in the 24th spot out 81 Canadian cities.

But local agency manager Tony Bossio says we don't need to worry about findings affecting insurance rates. Bossio adds when we look at the results, the top reasons for these collisions are preventable.

In Canada, the frequency of collisions rose nationally by 7 per cent, with an 8 per cent rise in Ontario.

FN Chiefs Meet With Wynne Government

Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2015 12:56 PM

First Nations leaders plan to hold the government to its word, after a string of meetings with Ontario cabinet ministers last week.

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says he's optimistic about commitments they were able to secure, to move forward on key issues.

Day says there were a series of roundtables on issues such as wealth creation, lands and environment, health, education, remote infrastructure, and child welfare. (Photo provided)