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Badanai Motors Invests in Electric Vehicles

The auto industry is changing quickly and Badanai Motors Thunder Bay is getting ready for their new electric vehicle offering.

The Badanai family has operated the dealership for 98 years and October 2024 will be 100 years!

“ The auto industry is moving quickly to electric vehicles and I feel by the

this industry in the next 24 months than we have seen in the last 100 years.” said George Badanai, Dealer Principal, Badanai Motors Thunder Bay.

“We are currently installing the first 9 of 11 charger’s for our customers as we continue to ramp up with the launch of the Cadillac Lyriq today. The Silverado EV, which we have close to 50 reservations for right now, will be here for the first quarter of 2023. They will start to be produced next year followed by the Equinox and then the E

The new Cadillac Lyriq was on display at Badanai Motors and will replace the Cadillac XT5. All Cadillacs going forward will have a E version to succeed it.

“ We have had 7 people put in orders for the Lyriq with our first order put in to the system two weeks ago. That vehicle will arrive the fourth quarter of this year starting with a rear wheel drive unit. All wheel drive production will start in the fourth quarter. There will be light availability for the first 6

The range is about 400km so you can charge in about 5 hours with the fastest charger,” said George Badanai. “Our dealership will have 50 kilowatt charger’s which will charge in about 20 minutes. Our customers will have the option to charge their vehicles here for a price. We will recharge our customers vehicle to 80% charge at no charge when they bring them in for service.”

“ Iam told there could be a 20 to 40% loss of range in the very cold winter

end of 2025 there will be a 30% auto penetration of electric in North America. We have never seen the likes of it and we will see more change in

to 8 months, maybe two as they ramp up the battery plant in Detroit.” George said.

“ The rear wheel drive Lyriq only has one electric motor in the back. The all wheel drive will have two electric motors one in the front and one in the back. The batteries are underneath the seats taking the whole floor. The Lyriq weighs 6600 pounds similar to the current Cadillac Escalade weight.” said Omar, product specialist who was on tour with the vehicle across Canada.

Badanai Motors has also just put in a new four post alignment rack that can lift 18,000 pounds because of the higher weights with electric vehicles. The new GM Hummer EVelectric will weigh almost12,000 pounds.

Batteries are important with electric vehicles. How will the charging work?

“ You can charge your vehicle with 110 volt, 240 volt or a 19.2 Kilowatt charger. The 240 volt, which is similar to your clothes dryer at home plug in, will charge the vehicle at 30 to 40 km of range per hour. The 19.2 kilowatt will charge at 80 to100 km per hour.

months. The battery warranty is 8 years or 160KM. Every battery has a health. If it stays over 70% it is still good with GM. In 8 years the price of batteries will drop a lot as everyone is working on the same thing.” said Badanai.

The retail price of the Cadillac Lyriq is $ 70,000 to $73,500. You can also lease the vehicles if you want with GM financial.

The inventory of all vehicles at Badanai Motors will improve this month.

“ Right now we have 243 vehicles coming at us today in the system with 122 Crew Cabs and 30 Equinox so we are starting to see vehicles.We will actually have inventory in October for the first time in 20 months. If the shipping is timely by the end of October we might have 40 vehicles in stock to sell.”said George Badanai.

Blazer. We will start to see significant quantities of electric vehicles here in the next 18 to 24 months.”

The fall means a change of weather and for me a change of sports. It’s always good to have some interests you enjoy and for me they have always been golf and snowmobiling! In fact I like them so much I took the advice of a visiting business person in my office many years ago and started two unique publications one called NW Ontario Golfing News and the other NW Ontario Snowmobile News. They both allowed me to further explore my interests.

Shorty after this I started the unique websites www.golfingnews.ca and www.slednews.com They allowed me to travel far afield to pursue my interests and get more indepth into the sports.

This summer has been a good one for golf with pretty nice weather. I always feel lucky to be able to play a beautiful course right in our own backyards- Whitewater Golf Club! It took quite a bit of vision for the owner to build such an elaborate, professional course in a small market but the people are enjoying it. Next year will be the 20th for this course so reason to cele-

When The Seasons Change!

Last season I was able to get a longer track machine for the first time and it was really like having four wheel drive on a snowmobile. Last season we had so much snow in the Thunder Bay region it was a good choice, even if it was made for me by the pandemic supply change issues.

There is always a time wait between sports now a days. In the past I can remember going from golf one weekend to snowmobiling the next. Now the snow comes later and it might be a month or two before you can begin riding. Of course it is always

When the course closes I turn my attention to snowmobiling. In that sport I began as a 12 year old in Manitouwadge, Ontario. It has been fun to see the progression of the industry including the amazing development of the sleds themselves. Yes they are so advanced now with engines, suspension and different market segments. Amajor trend has been to longer tracked machines to allow for more deep snow off trail riding. This has really pushed the sport forward and accounts for much of the riding.

Why Every Athlete Should Use Chiropractic Care, Even If They Are Not Injured

There are some chiropractic skeptics and uninformed people who will say “once you start seeing a chiropractor, they never let you stop”.People make their own decisions on whether any health care intervention is of value them.Just like in many other aspects of life, there are those who want the quick fix, those that invest in a more robust solution and those that, when the crisis is over will invest in a preventative and proactive strategy to minimize the chances of another crisis. This can apply to your car, your home, your relationships and most definitely your health.The key to a good health practitioner is understanding the mindset of their patient and helping them achieve their health goals, regardless of where they may

be in their concept of health.Many people of all ages and abilities participate in athletic activities.Most do it because it is fun.Many do it for the health benefits.

An elite athlete’s level of performance and health awareness are often much higher than the average person.For them every millisecond, every bit of strength and flexibility can mean the difference between winning or losing.That is why when injury occurs, many look towards chiropractic care to help. Taking medications always comes with side effects which may make them drowsy and can become addictive. Alternatively, surgery can mean months of sitting on the sidelines.

On the other hand, chiropractic care can often help reduce pain while keeping the body balanced and flexible.

Most common sports

injuries either directly or indirectly cause misalignments in the spine causing stress to the joints, muscles, nerves, discs, and ligaments.This can interfere with the functions of other systems and parts of the body. Study after study have shown that chiropractic care outperforms other medical interventions in restoring normal function faster and safer.

Chiropractors can help athletes with a wide range of sports injuries including tennis elbow, hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, head, neck, and back injuries.But helping with injuries is only one reason most elite athletes use chiropractic care.

Approximately, 90% of world-class athletes routinely use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and boost their performance. All NFLteams, 72% of PGAgolfers and most NBA, MLB and NHLteams all have chiropractors on staff.Other than pain

relief and just feeling better these elite athletes use chiropractic care for improving their performance, more effective training, reducing the frequency of injuries and reducing recovery time if they do get an injury.

However, one does not need to be an elite athlete to also receive these benefits from chiropractic care.People of all ages who engage in sporting activities young and old alike also see positive results.The body of a young athlete must not only deal with the demands of the sport but also the ongoing growth and development of their bones, joints, and muscles.This makes them particularly prone to the effects of overtraining.Older athletes often have issues with decreased flexibility and agility.Chiropractors have the knowledge and

skill sets to help all athletes overcome these challenges.

James DiGiuseppe is a local chiropractor with a busy family and wellness practice.For more health information or to contact Dr. DiGiuseppe visit: www.portarthurchiropractic.com

Publisher’s Note

I am not the sort to say that COVID is going away (I still wear a mask often) but the pandemic is no longer as big a part of our daily lives. Atremendous public health effort and sacrifices by all of us have made COVID a critical concern, but we now are concerned more like the flu or pneumonia than a death sentence.

For me, the latest evidence was attending the two-day Thunder Bay Law Association annual continuing professional development conference held at the Victoria inn in Thunder Bay. This was the first time since 2019 that the conference was held in person rather

than virtually. Because I always get lots of continuing professional development credits early in a calendar year, I did not attend the virtual sessions.

life-threatening illness, so for them see me fully participating in person is a key step on my road to recovery.

Life really is all about overcoming challenges. Some of us face more than others. I have had a life full of challenges that I have overcome. Cancer is just the latest for me. For society, I see COVID in the same light.

our future.


But this year I had to attend in person. Not for the credits, but the people. There were over 100 lawyers each day, plus exhibitors and guest speakers.

The conference was less about what I might learn about the law, and more about seeing and being seen. Alot of my colleagues had heard that I had a

Just like COVID, my challenges have not simply gone away and I am still recovering. I very much thank the conference organizers and especially the staff of the Victoria Inn for cheerfully accommodating my needs so that I could attend the conference comfortably. This caring and kindness made me optimistic about Thunder Bay and

As you continue your journey of recovery from COVID, remember it is a journey and a process not a destination. I hope that one day I will be able to work on a file for you. Until then, my colleagues at Weilers Law are as marvelous about the mutual benefits of my new role as I recover as they are at making sure that clients continue to receive the exceptional legal services that haveconstituted our proud tradition for over 75 years.

CEDC Tourism Development Fund Provides $150,000 To Magnus Theatre – The Next Stage

The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Tourism Thunder Bay are pleased to provide $150,000 in funding support to Magnus Theatre – The Next Stage through the CEDC Tourism Development Fund.

The Next Stage is a major infrastructure project for Magnus Theatre to restore, upgrade, and expand the facility to meet the community’s needs and

maximize on the Theatre’s impact as a cultural and economic force. The project will see the addition of a 125-seat Studio Theatre, expansion of the Production Shop, renovations to the Lounge, and general building improvements.

Applicants of the Tourism Development Fund are encouraged to leverage partnerships and other financial resources in order to maximize the growth of Thunder Bay’s tourism

economy. This project is also funded [in part] by the Government of Canada, proudly supported by FedNor, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Trillium Community Building Fund and the Trillium Resilient Communities Fund.

“Magnus Theatre has been a pillar of arts and culture in Thunder Bay for over fifty years, and we’re excited to enter this Next Stage of growth with

generate room nights at local accommodations. The fund is supported by tax revenues collected quarterly on short-term stays at local hotels, motels, and other accommodation providers at the rate of 4%. The CEDC and Tourism Thunder Bay administer 50% of the total collected tax revenues in support of the continued growth of tourism focused events and products.

“Magnus Theatre is an important,

the support of the CEDC and the provincial and federal governments,” says Thom Currie, Artistic Director for Magnus Theatre. “The addition of the Studio Theatre and expansion of the Production Shop will open our spaces up for more community use and increase our economic impact to the City of Thunder Bay to over $3.5 million dollars. We’re thrilled the CEDC has chosen to invest in this project and know that it will serve the citizens of Thunder Bay and draw tourists from across the continent for our next halfcentury of operations.”

The CEDC Tourism Development Fund provides financial support to projects and events with the capacity to attract more visitors to Thunder Bay, increase visitor spending, and

vibrant and successful cultural attraction that contributes to our community’s fabric.” states Tourism Thunder Bay Manager, Paul Pepe. “It offers visitors a unique experience that extends their stay and economic contribution while here. Theatre guests often extend their stay to include culinary and accommodation elements.We’re proud to support Magnus’s capital expansion project that will enable them to expand programming and offer enhanced opportunities for residents and visitors alike well into the future.”

Visit www.visitthunderbay.com/tourismdevelopmentfund for more information about the program.

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Local Firm Provides Valuable Services: Ageless Aesthetics Studio

Alodie Mergulhao is the Owner/Operator of Ageless Aesthetics Studio located on Court Street and has been a Paramedical &Permanent Makeup Professional for almost 5 years, operating for the last two years in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She previously operated in Las Vegas, Nevada but has moved back to Thunder Bay to be closer to family.

Her services include Scar & Stretch Mark Camouflage, Scalp Micropigmentation, Eyebrow Microblading & Microshading, Lip Micropigmentation, Body Sculpting, Lash Extensions and more.

“I perform Scar Camouflage and Permanent Make-up. Whether it be, recreating eyebrows for cancer patients or due to other medical issues. We use sterilized pigment that is implanted into the skin using a specialized device in a pixelated effect that can take 3 to 5 sessions of several hours each to get the desired result. The scar has to be over a year old and lighter than your original skin tone. I can conceal the scar to a point where itis undetectable. "said Alodie.

The pigment used is almost similar to tattoo pigment but is a different sized molecule which doesn’t last in the skin for a long time and is broken down by

Alodie received hertraining from Jody Stoski Paramedical Tattoo Academy based in Calgary, Alberta.

“ I love my work and what I do. I keep telling my clients I would do it for free if there was no requirement for money to survive in this world. I am an Artist

and do my little part with the skills I have to help.” said Alodie. “ It has been going very well and I involve everyone. My schedule is filling up but if there is an urgency, I work to fit clients in as necessary.”

On the wall, in thereception area at Alodie’s studio is the phrase:

“Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is going to happen”

“Always speak about things that you want in your life, not about what you don’t want. Say you will and your mind will project you in that direction. The mind has the capacity to heal your body.” smiles Alodie.

You can find out more about Ageless Aesthetics Studio, on their website: www.agelessaestheticsstudio.com

the body over time, the pigment is implanted into the epidermis level of the skin. It is recommended to apply sunscreen, when in the sun after this procedure to avoid fading and discoloration.

“The main purpose of my work is to make people feel more confident in being able to face the public without worrying about how they look or feel. I have had clients with burn scars on their face or neck area and would avoid going out in public.There is trauma and pain attached to these scars and our services can help create a sense of normalcy for the client, for regular activities in their life.”notes Alodie. “Our work can transform a person's life and I have had people recommending their family members, friends and even get referrals from around the region, who travel here for the services.”

and previously worked for over 15 years as a Business Consultant in the corporate world & an Entrepreneur,” said Alodie. “ I always wanted to get into a creative field and do something that would help positively impact people's lives. I was introduced to this field of work in 2016, through a friend I met while atdesign school in Toronto. Which led me to secure my training, apprenticeshipthrough The Swiss Color Academy based in Miami, Florida that is world renowned.”

The Swiss Color brand stems out of Europe and operates with the highest standards and regulations.

“Scar Camouflage is very artistic work but at the same time it has a human mental health aspect to it. I am an empathetic person and when working on my clients, I feel their emotions. I want to make the world a better place for them

The work falls under the category of Paramedical Tattoo or Restorative Tattoo and is done in conjunction with Plastic Surgeons.
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WAR!! … Is never really over!!Is it? B y Sherry Hanes

Yes!It is nice to relax in our homes, watch T.V., read this paper or go to our jobs, or venture out over our country, take in the sites and special events and enjoy all that is ours, to embrace, to basque in!We can freely do this while, someone else Stands on Guard for Thee!

How many times a day…a week…or even in a year…do you think of and feel really grateful for your freedom?Do you ever think about how fortunate you are to be living in a country that is basically free from militant enforcement? Are you grateful you can raise your family in a land that prospers and affords education and equality?Do you ever think about how privileged we are to have the lives we do and that WE didn’t have to lift a finger to get it this way?Someone did!And those someones’are the men and women who fought the oppressors of the world!

Who fought and continue to fight the bullies who live on our planet!The men and women who gave and give the ultimate gift of their own lives to free ours!!

Be charitable in your actions to express your gratitude.Don’t be afraid to see everyone as equal.Don’t practice ‘contempt’prior to investigation!Don’t wait to say ‘thank you’to a soldier, man or woman, when you see them out and about!Practice peace.Eliminate distain for others.Don’t stereotype certain ethnic groups… ‘individuals’do not represent an entire race or ethnicities, or their intentions!If we wish for peace throughout the world, we must practice principals of peace on our homeland, in our homes and in our communities and in our schools and places of employment!We must teach our children well so that they will have peace in the land that they will inherit.WE are all soldiers in our homeland, when it comes right down to it and WE should be soldiers of peace or at least we should be practicing that each and every day and

in every situation.WE should be standing together as one, to dissolve all discrimination, all abuses and all acts of oppression!WE should not blame and point fingers, but should all come together and do what is right, not what is easiest!WE must, especially as individuals, take responsibility for our own sake and that of our future families!

The Colour Red.Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. The colour red is incorporated into our National Flag!The colour red is the primary colour of the famed Poppy flower, and is a symbol of Remembrance Day, as depicted in the poem, ‘In Flanders Field’, by John McCrea, May 1915, during the Great War of 1914-1918,(Belgium - Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial, a World War I]cemetery on the southeast edge of the town of Waregem, Belgium. Poppy flowers began to grow after the burial of the fallen soldiers. In Flanders Fields, a

famous poem about World War I written by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.)The colour red is what we wear to show our support, respect and gratitude to our soldiers here and now and those that have passed.

Life is fragile at best!History presents a clear indicator of that!Wear your red as often as you can!Express your respect!Your support!And your GRATITUDE!

And then … imagine if we hadn’t won????

June 6th, 1944!Juno Beach and our Canadian Forces!

Juno or Juno Beach was one of five beaches of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944 during the Second World War. The beach spanned from Courseulles, a village just east of the British beach Gold, to SaintAubin-sur-Mer, just west of the British beach Sword.





Taking Juno was the responsibility of the Canadian Army, with sea transport, mine sweeping, and a naval bombardment force provided by the Royal Canadian Navy and the British Royal Navy as well as elements from the Free French, Norwegian, and other Allied navies. The objectives of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division on D-Day were to cut the Caen-Bayeux road, seize the Carpiquet airport west of Caen, and form a link between the two British beaches of Gold and Sword on either side of Juno Beach.

The beach was defended by two battalions of the German 716th Infantry Division, with elements of the 21st Panzer Division held in reserve near Caen.

The invasion plan called for two brigades of the 3rd Canadian Division to land on two beach sectors—Mike and Nan—focusing on Courseulles, Bernières and Saint-Aubin.[a] It was hoped that the preliminary naval and air bombardments would soften up the beach defences and destroy coastal strong points. Close support on the beaches was to be provided by amphibious tanks of the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade. Once the landing zones were secured, the plan called for the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade to land reserve battalions and deploy inland, the Royal Marine commandos to establish contact with the British 3rd Infantry Division on Sword and the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade to link up with the British 50th Infantry Division on Gold. The 3rd Canadian Division's D-Day objectives were to capture Carpiquet Airfield and reach the Caen–Bayeux railway line by nightfall. The landings initially encountered heavy resistance from the German 716th Division; the preliminary bombardment proved less effective than had been

hoped, and rough weather forced the first wave to be delayed until 07:35. Several assault companies—notably those of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada— took heavy casualties in the opening minutes of the first wave. Strength of numbers, coordinated fire support from artillery and armoured squadrons, cleared most of the coastal defences within two hours of landing. The reserves of the 7th and 8th brigades began deploying at 08:30 (along with the Royal Marines), while the 9th Brigade began its deployment at 11:40.

The subsequent push inland towards Carpiquet and the Caen–Bayeux railway line achieved mixed results. The sheer numbers of men and vehicles on the beaches created lengthy delays between the landing of the 9th Brigade and the beginning of substantive attacks to the south. The 7th Brigade encountered heavy initial opposition before pushing south and making contact with the British 50th Division at Creully. The 8th Brigade encountered heavy resistance from a battalion of the 716th at Tailleville, while the 9th Brigade deployed towards Carpiquet early in the evening. Resistance in Saint-Aubin prevented the Royal Marines from establishing contact with the British 3rd Division on Sword. When all operations on the Anglo-Canadian front were ordered to halt at 21:00, by which time The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada had reached its D-Day objective, and the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had succeeded in pushing farther inland than any other landing force on D-Day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_Beac h

All the wars, over all the years, have taken more lives than one could actually ever count.War robs us, everyone, all over the world, of a true, pure sense of freedom and security!The threat of

war is always present!It can happen without notice! So, our armed forces, STAND ON GUARD FOR THEE!We cannot change the history of war but we can honour those who gave their lives and fought for freedom!And not only fought for we, here at home but also, for

those who live and have lived in faraway countries, who could not defend for themselves.

Thank all those in the Armed Forces every day, who fought for, and continue to fight for, what we have today!



Electric Vehicle Owners Enjoy Driving Electric!

I talked to three electric vehicle owners at the Electric Vehicle Show September 24th at the CLE Coliseum building.This show was organized by the City of Thunder Bay, Electric Vehicle Association of Northern Ontario and Earth Care Thunder Bay.

Jim Moffat from Manitouwadge is self employed operating a snow removal business, convenience store and does property management. He owns a 2021 Mach E extended range Mustang fully electric.

It is silent power and you only hear your air conditioning run.”

Paul Berger is a LUProfessor and Climate Change Advocate in Thunder Bay. He owns a 2022 Hyundai Kona fully electric purchased a few months in June with it now having 5000 km.

“ I’m not someone who follow cars a lot or cares too much about them- it is something to get me somewhere. I absolutely love being able to look up at the price of gas and not stop. More than that I like not putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That is really why we bought the car, being part of the great transition now to cleaner way of doing things.”


Eric Tribe is a Tesla owner and started the Facebook group Thunder Bay Tesla owners with 40 members.

“ I have been driving a Tesla for about 6 years in Thunder Bay.This is my second one. In the cold winter you lose some battery power as the car is actually using the batteries to keep the batteries warm.The rule I use is when it is minus 30 you lose 30%. This car has a 570 Km range in the summer and 400 km in the winter. It charges off peak automatically. I have a stove type outlet in my garage which is 240 volt 40 amp and it charges 40 to 50km a hour.”

the weight is all low in the vehicle. The battery is under warranty for 8 years so that doesn’t worry me. The battery life is related to the charge cycles. If you bring it all the way down and recharge everyday that is hard on the batteries. That 8 years is based on that use pattern so I expect to get longer on these batteries. I won’t own the car that long in any case.”

and it has gone excellent. We drive it all year round with all wheel drive and studded tires- it is a everyday driver.”

“ It charges with a 220 amp plug- equivalent to a stove plug. It takes 7 to 8 hours to charge which lasts us 3 weeks in the sum-

mer around town for the highest range of 440 Km for 100% charge. Winter time you are going to lose up to 40% of your battery capacity because of the cold. When you run the heaters, etc in the winter it takes more energy- just like a gas or diesel truck in the winter you are gonna burn more.”

“The car is amazingly quick-Isay it goes like a scared rabbit! 0 to 60MPHin 5 seconds and this is the regular version with two motors. The whole undercarriage is a battery which has a 7 year warranty.”

“We liked the car because it was more comfortable to get in and out of than my previous gas Mustang. It is all wheel drive so you can drive it all year. Once we got it we just love it. It is much cheaper to run. My purchase price was $72,000 last year.

need cars but for me being to drive on electric is really quite amazing.”

“ The car range is over 400 km and charging at night costs under 15 cent a kilowatt to charge, so really cheap. The whole range of 400 km would cost something like $9-10 dollars about 25% of gas cost. The vehicle is more expensive with capital cost after rebates and with taxes at $48,000 to buy, about $15,000 more than a gas version. All the reports say over the life of the car it is cheaper to own the electric version with no oil changes etc.”

“ Iam trying to raise awareness on climate change to act more strongly to a quieter and cleaner future. People should feel safe biking here as well. Solar, wind and battery technology is coming along so quickly. We need to get going on changechange is hard for us.We don’t want Canada to be left behind on climate

“ This is the standard performance factory Tesla model that does 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds, which is pretty quick. The handling is great because it is a pretty heavy car but

“ The car is really a computer with 4 wheels. I set the charge to be about 70% and that extends the battery life. The lithium battery has really improved. The reason I got the Tesla at the beginning was the cool factor but the second one was the features like instant heat in the winter, no waiting for an engine to warm up,the handling and it is good for the environment. You just go on line choose it, configure it and pay for it. They take a deposit and then you pay when it comes in.”

“ We have had the car for 1 1/2 years now
“ I teach climate change in the Faculty of Education at LU and am quite terrified in what we are doing to our planet. It is like we are on a suicide mission because we aren’t tackling climate change like we need to. I would like to have fantastic public transit and have less people feeling they
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Eric Tribe is a Tesla owner Paul Bergerowns a 2022 Hyundai Kona EV Jim Moffat from Manitouwadge owns a 2021 Mach E extended range Mustang

Maria Vidotto, General Manager of Thunder Bay Ventures, is pleased to announce the results of the 2022 edition of the Thunder Bay Economic Activity Index (TBEAI).Dr. Camillo Lento and Dr. Braham Dadgostar, professors in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University, presented the results to a group of partners recently.

The TBEAI is a unique, customized regional index that considers the nature of Thunder Bay's economy. The objective of the TBEAI is to better reflect the reality and dynamic of Thunder Bay's economy and to help the community stay informed about changes in economic activity. This year's TBEAI focuses on the following:

Thunder Bay's GDPand economic activity outlook

The pandemic's economic impact on Thunder Bay relative to …………the Province

·Trends in employment, retail sales, and real estate

·Inflation, interest rate, and recession outlook

A full report is available online at https://www.thunderbayventures.com/wpcontent/uploads/2022/10/TBEAI_2022_Fin al-1.pdf

Some comments from the presenters.

“ It was good to see people show up today for our presentation to see how the economy of Thunder Bay is doing. It seems we are doing not that bad but with the problem of the pandemic and inflation we may

run into a little bit of trouble, not only us but the rest of the country also.”

“ How deep we go to a recession is a question but it seems it shouldn’t be that bad.

If we go into a recession some of the areas will be impacted such as restaurants, hospitality, travel those type of industries where people may not have money. One

year of higher interest rates, higher for long term investments like mining for example which is a ten year plan, won’t stop the process of investing into mining.”

“Unskilled labour might find it a little bit more difficult in a recession because it is easy to lay them off. For skilled labour it won’t be too bad.”

“Thunder Bay will have an opportunity to attract more people here because jobs are available and cost of living is lower than many cities in Canada.Thunder Bay should develop a plan to bring more people here. We have to go after these people because there are lots of people after them as well.”

“ Thunder Bay is not very well known and people need to know what kind of city it is and what kind of opportunities are here.Thunder Bay needs to work together with all entities to attract people. The city has changes quite a bit since I left 3 years ago tomove to Vancouver.

Based on the Conference Board of Canada, 2022 Q2 GDPat Basic Prices for Thunder Bay ($ 2012) is estimated to be $5.4 billion. Source Dr. Camillo Lento.

The NWMO sought feedback from siting community residents on theirvision forthe design of the Centre of Expertise

A Centre of Expertise will be one of the first large-scale physical features of Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel and an important landmark for host communities.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) invited residents of the two remaining areasin the site selection process to host a deep geological repository to imagine what is possible for their community by providing feedback on the latest conceptu-

al architectural drawings of the Centre of Expertise.

“The Centre of Expertise will be an important landmark for local residents and visitors, and we want to make sure it reflects the unique character of the communities,” said Lise Morton, VicePresident of Site Selection at the

The Centre of Expertise will be a multi-million-dollar investment making it one of the most tangible benefits and most exciting commitments made by the NWMO as part of the project. A place for world-class science and innovation and enriching social services identified by residents of the host communities, the Centre will also bring

new, high-value jobs to the area including scientists and experts from a wide variety of disciplines for generations to come.

The current drawings are based on continuing conversations with the communities about the design and use of the Centre.

Public feedback will be reflected in updated concepts of the facility which will be shared with the communities as part of the NWMO’s ongoing journey of learning and dialogue with siting communities.

About the NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-forprofit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of

guided for 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative

Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been

and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selec-

tion process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.

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NWMO. “By hearing the aspirations of local residents we will learn what they envision for their community and can
reflect that in the design.”
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Local Snocross Racers Ready forUS Series

I talked to Kenny Mandryk, age 25, at the KBMX last motocross race of season about his upcoming ISOC National snocross season.

heat race and in 2019 raced the whole series as a Pro Lite rider with Judnick Motorsports.

“I’m excited to get racing again after a year off last season. I needed to heal my back. I’m used to Polaris sleds so will enjoy the season.”

Earl Reimer, age 54, was also at the KBMX races and started motocross in 1984 and still does at least one snocross race per year in the CSRAseries. Earlwon Duluth Pro class in 2003.

Last years snocross season was a difficult one foryou Kenny?

“ I was signed last year as a satellite rider with Hentges Racing but a series of events happened in the first race. I had to have surgery on my knee right away in Toronto and was out for the season. We had started early November testing til January riding and testing everyday until the first race which was my only race last year.”

This yearlooks like a new start foryou?

“ Iam very excited to be with Arctic Cat this year for snocross and not working out of my own trailer so I can strictly focus on racing. It is a big step and I worked my whole life for this kind of opportunity. Iwill be with Zandstra Motorsports in the Pro Lite class. My team owner Nick used to race in Semi Pro so he loves the sport.”

“The Pro Lite is a very competitive class with some riders moving up and some Pro riders moving down with some coming from overseas so should be tough racing, tough to even be in the final.”

“My very first snocross race in 2014 was on an Arctic Cat.”

You work during the summers as a carpenter?

“I work full time with Boreal Carpentry until November 1st and have my own business as well. We will be on the snow the first week of November at the Scheuring Speedsports compound in Aurora,MN with the first race in Fargo mid December. I think there will be close to 40 riders in my Pro Lite class. Iwill be living at my team shop near Minneapolis until the first week of April. They have a house there.”

“ Ihave a good deal with Zandstra where it won’t cost me money to race but have the potential to make lots of money on a contingency basis.”

“ My former mechanic Christopher will be a working with SRTRacing Ski Doo who have Pro Riders.”

ThunderBay Resident RJRoy To Race Pro Class RJRoy, age 27, started racing motocross when he was 8 years old in Timmins. He recently moved to Thunder Bay to work for Tycon Construction and Shannon Campbell and then go racing snowmobiles in the US this winter. He started snocross at age 18 in the CSRAseries and this year will do the ISOC races as a Pro rider. In 2018 he won a
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