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CITY HALL By Leith Dunick – TB Source reanna Atkinson says if the city shuts down its daycare facilities, she might have to stop working or drastically reduce her hours. The mother-of-two on Monday began a push to convince city councillors and administration to put aside thoughts of getting out of the daycare game, starting an online petition at she hopes to present before a decision is made. Atkinson also started a Facebook page, For Our Children, late last week. “I started it just to inform parents and other people in the city of what city council is talking about doing to our city-run daycare programs, and that is to cut them, essentially. That’s not what we need. We need a change, not a cut.” Atkinson said she fears closing the facilities would mean she and other parents could be faced with lengthy waiting lists for spots in private facilities. According to a report presented to council last month during budget deliberations, city daycare facilities are expected to lose about $3,250 per day, about $500 more than they lost per day in 2013. That amounts to about $774,000 over the course of a year. Atkinson, whose children are both younger than four, said she passed up several opportunities to put her children in private daycare centres because of the convenience of the




UPSET MOM: Breanna Atkinson is one of 278 parents with children in city daycares. Algoma Child Care Centre, which is just down the street from where she works as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The city facility also offers extended hours, early drop-off and late pick-up options, something she needs as a shift worker.

It’s a quality of life issue, she added. “I would have no expendable money to take my kids to do things,” Atkinson said, worried about having to return to part-time work. Danielle Legacy was one of the first people to sign Atkinson’s

petition, which at last count had 15 signatures. “My children attend this daycare and I need this service,” she said. Mayor Keith Hobbs has openly said he doesn’t think the city should be in the daycare business, but added now isn’t the time to get out, with 278 families utilizing the service. “What’s going to happen to those families?” Hobbs was quoted as saying at the time. Not all councillors agreed. At-large Coun. Rebecca Johnson was adamant municipal taxpayers shouldn’t have to cover the shortfall, and asked that Thunder Bay follow the lead of other Ontario cities in pulling out of the daycare industry. “If Kenora can do it, so can Thunder Bay,” she said. Earlier this month council did vote against extending a child-care pilot program at Grace Remus, which is slated to close by June, according to the city budget. Only 15 children attended the program, which was slated to cost the city more than $90,000 before it was axed. Atkinson said she plans to voice her concern at council when the issue is brought up later this spring and hopes enough people sign her online petition to force council to listen. She also plans to bring hard copies of her petition to local daycares for concerned parents to sign. She suggested city daycares could consider taking in younger children to help make up the financial shortfall. At present children must be at least 18 months old to qualify.

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By TB Source Thunder Bay man guilty of sending a series of threatening letters has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Eric Wirkkala, 46, pleaded guilty Nov. 25, 2013 to 16 counts of uttering threats for 65 letters he sent between July 2012 and October 2013 to police, politicians, businesses, media outlets, financial institutions, churches, the military, advocacy groups and individuals. Wirkkala was sentenced Wednesday at the Ontario Court of Justice to 18 months in prison minus time served with two years of probation following his release. He is to serve his sentence in either the Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton, Ont. or the St. Lawrence Valley Centre in Brockville, Ont. where he can receive psychiatric and alcohol abuse treatment. Each letter written and sent by Wirkkala included a death threat from poisonings to bombings. Seventeen of those letters were sent to the Thunder Bay Police Service.


The letters also included references to surveillance and of the letters being drafted on behalf of a criminal organization. In some letters, Wirkkala referenced victims' loved ones that had passed away and claimed those deaths were the work of this organization. There was no apparent motive to have a dispute with any of the victims. Sentencing submissions were put on hold in January when the judge ordered further risk assessment to determine Wirkkala's potential risk to the community. The report, written by a psychiatrist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, said Wirkkala has a mixed personality disorder with antisocial, borderline and avoidant features and he also has an alcohol dependency. The report said Wirkkala posed a low to moderate risk if released into the community, but the doctor expressed concerns about his lack of genuine remorse and emotional detachment. Wirkkala also admitted writing the letters made him feel good, but he

had no plans to follow through on the threats. Justice Dianne Petit Baig said Wirkkala was "terrorizing the community" throughout the year he was sending these letters and although the accused said he was suffering blackouts from his drinking and couldn't remember writing many of the letters, they were planned and premeditated. "He set out to frighten the community in which he lives," she said. The judge said she was concerned of even a low risk of recidivism and that Wirkkala needs serious ongoing therapy. "This report reveals someone that is very dangerous," said Justice Petit Baig. The letters were full of "sick, hateful threats" and the harm they caused to the community is "enormous." The judge said they were not random off-the-cuff threats and that the victims have a right to feel safe in their homes. "(Wirkkala) needs to be rehabilitated before being released into the community," she said.



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Child-porn seizures are disturbing THUNDER BAY By Jodi Lundmark – TB Source hris Dunnill's job comes with serious risk of psychological wear and tear. That’s why the detective-constable with the Thunder Bay Police Service is required to undergo annual psychological assessments. It’s a requirement not expected of most city police officers, but most city police officers aren’t sifting through the kind of evidence that Det.-Const. Dunnill is. "It is disturbing," he says, describing the millions of files that can be found on a single computer seized in a child pornography investigation. "When we talk about the child pornography being collected, it's a full range of ages. I'd like to be able to tell you it's teenagers, but that wouldn't be



TRACKING: Det.-Const. Chris Dunnill of the Thunder Bay Police Service's two-man cybercrime unit shows the Child Protection System mapping program. the truth. It's newborns, infants, toddlers."

Dunnill is one of two computer forensic examiners that make up the

Thunder Bay Police Service's cybercrime unit. With the prevalence of electronic devices today, the pair have a hand in almost every investigation the force is involved with. But their principal mandate is still to investigate child exploitation on the Internet. Two years ago police were introduced to the Child Protection System mapping program, which shows the rough location of computers that make child pornography available for download. The map of Thunder Bay shows about four or five graphical pushpins across the city indicating an area where there has been online child pornography activity since October 2013. A single pin does not represent a single incident, rather it represent a

larger cluster of cases. When Dunnill clicks on one of those pins on the city’s northside, a firework-like graphical display of suspected computers, or other electronic devices, pops up and spreads across the digital map. There is a similar graphic for a pin on the city’s southside. "These (graphical) representations are child pornography files, whether they are pictures or movies, sitting in a shared folder allowing others from around the globe to download them," Dunnill says. When Dunnill and his partner first saw the map, they knew they needed to take action and put a larger focus on investigating child pornography in the city. In April 2012 the Thunder Bay Please see Worldwide on page 5

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Police held a news conference announcing the arrests of four individuals for possession of child pornography. During that announcement, police promised more arrests were coming. The promise was fulfilled in 2013, when about half a dozen more cases were reported to the media of individuals charged with possession of child pornography. In some of those cases thousands of files were found on computers. In one November 2013 case, an arrest resulted in police seizing 15 computers, six hard drives and about 10,000 DVDs from a southside home. In every case, the officers of the cybercrime unit are required to examine every single file and determine if it is child pornography as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada. "These aren't nude pictures of children in the bathtub. That isn’t even considered child pornography," says Dunnill. "We're talking about the sexual abuse and assault of children. What prompts people to generate this type of media, I don't understand, but it is there." The door of the cybercrime unit's office is always closed. Behind that door the two officers look through millions of files of child pornography on multiple, large computer screens. It's something that takes a toll on Dunnill. Dunnill believes there is a large number of potential perpetrators in

Thunder Bay, but understands that even as a member of a local police force he’s dealing with a worldwide problem. "Every city, every country has the same problem," he says. Dunnill can’t discuss how they track down people suspected of possessing, distributing or accessing child pornography. He knows the suspects his unit is trying to track are getting better at it. "The response around the world is going to slow this down, but at the same time, it's a bit of a cat and mouse game. As our skills become better and we start catching more, the people that collect this type of material, they go to different places, find different ways of eluding us," he says. Offenders have also started doing live shows online to evade law enforcement. The live streaming is difficult for police to detect unless they’re tipped off about a time and web address. "For a very short period of time, they will broadcast the sexual abuse of a child," Dunnill says, adding people can watch or record the event. With so many files to examine, Dunnill admits the two-person cybercrime unit could easily use more people. . Thunder Bay Police Service Chief J.P. Levesque says if resources were no issue, they could easily double the unit. "That's not in the cards right now," he says, adding that officers from other units can't easily be transferred either.

"You can't just take somebody and say 'oh, by the way, today you're a computer crime expert.' It takes some time, some training." There are potential solutions on the horizon. With the increasing use of electronic devices, Levesque says the force is looking to partner with other agencies to tackle cybercrime. "The prevalence of the Internet now has just exploded really,” the chief says. “There's some speculation that by 2016 all crime being committed will involve something to do with computers or tablets or smartphones. "It's an area we really have to be in touch with and make sure we stay on top of it as a police organization." In Thunder Bay, most child pornography charges are possession or distribution. Levesque says his concern is that those offences can lead to the individual committing more serious acts, like sexual assault. "It's disputed whether or not you can cure a pedophile or change them. If we can prevent more serious types of things through these investigations, that's our goal as well." In the shortterm, the city’s police force will continue to operate with its two-man cybercrime unit. The officers will continue to play the twisted cat-and-mouse game behind that closed door within the police station. They will continue to try and find the people behind the graphical pushpins that the average citizen cannot see. And, at least once a year, the two officers will check on their potential mental wear-and-tear through the mandated psychological exam.

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Program is working he evidence is in, according to an expert in addictions research. Tim Stockwell, the director of the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. on Monday told city council that a study of clients involved in Shelter House’s alcohol management pilot program are better off than those who aren’t using it. Looking at the program’s 18 users, who are given regulated doses of alcohol, and comparing them to 20 people who could be in the program but aren’t involved, show dramatic results. Program participants are less likely to drink other forms of alcohol, like hairspray or mouthwash. They’re 37 per cent less likely to be admitted to hospital and 88 per cent less likely to find themselves in a detox facility. Contact with police is down 20 per cent. The cost is expensive. It runs about $500,000 a year. But if Shelter house executive director Patty Hajdu has her figures correct, it’s a lot less expensive than leaving them to their own devices. According to Hajdu it would cost more than $2.3 million to take care of those same people if their alcoholism went unchecked – through increased medical costs, police intervention, housing, food and other associated costs. While controversial, the program appears to be having the desired effects. Let’s keep it going.


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ome significant milestones have been realized related to the Thunder Bay event and convention centre project over the last few months. The city remains committed to the project, and will continue to do our homework to make sure it is right for Thunder Bay, and if so, to see it built. The proposed event and convention centre has prompted a great deal of discussion in the community, and this being an election year, the idea of putting a question on the ballot (informally referred to as a plebiscite) has come up frequently.



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It’s something I publically supported four years ago during my campaign for mayor of Thunder Bay.

Since being elected mayor, I have developed an in-depth understanding of the proposed event and convention centre. I have personally come to the conclusion that a ballot question is simply not the right tool for this project. There are several limitations to a question on the 2014 election ballot. One important one is inherent and unavoidable – a question on the ballot must be answerable by a simple yes or a no. Multiple-choice questions are not permitted. The proposed event and convention centre is a very complicated project.A ballot question doesn’t lend itself to clear answers to complex questions. A question on the ballot also captures responses at a specific point in time. The proposed event and convention centre project is continually evolving. Other city councillors, city administration and I have repeatedly said we will not go ahead with the project if funding from other levels of government is not in place. There is no guarantee that funding will be in place this year. Related to federal and provincial

funding, one thing is important to note: although we recently received $1.2 million in federal and provincial funding for the schematic design of the facility, unless the proposed event and convention centre is brought to a “project ready” state, it will definitely not be eligible for capital construction funding from the other levels of government.

Not set in stone The event and convention centre is still very much a proposal. We are moving ahead with Phase 3, which includes a more in-depth study of the project, including a schematic design, a revised capital cost update, a detailed business plan, and an updated economic impact study including the expected number of new jobs to be created. We now have a solid private sector partner in Thunder Bay Live!, a consortium of companies with experience in designing, developing and operating large venues such as the proposed event centre. This partnership is still subject to council’s approval of a letter of intent by April 14, 2014.

Let me be clear: we have not agreed to build anything yet. We are still investigating. This is important, because we remain committed to garnering public input and opinions. We have done so already through our 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, which shows the majority of residents have a positive attitude towards the project. The city will also undertake a random, scientific and statistically valid survey of taxpayers, which will focus specifically on the proposed event and convention centre. It will provide all the necessary and factual information, and allow for a variety of questions. A scientific survey will allow us to develop a better understanding of the opinions of the voters than would a yes/no question on the ballot. We remain dedicated to performing our due diligence and making sure this project is right for Thunder Bay. The proposed event and convention centre may become a reality. If that happens, you can rest assured that it will not move forward until after your views have been heard and considered carefully.


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Canada keeps rolling By J.R. Shermack Special to TB Source hen Prime Minister Stephen Harper was asked recently if he was a pot smoker, his answer was a little evasive. He replied with a question of his own, “Do I seem like I smoke marijuana?” That’s a good one Mr. Prime Minister but since you are asking, the answer is yes you do seem like the type. Mr. Harper has preconceived notions about the Canadian potsmoking stereotype and he probably thinks a straight arrow like him doesn’t fit the profile. But the fact is, some of his political colleagues and cronies have sheepishly admitted to rolling doobies in the ’60s and ’70s and they appear to be forcing his hand on this issue. His current nemesis, Justin Trudeau, has used his position as Liberal Leader to call for legalization, taxation and regulation. Thomas Mulcair’s office has confirmed some pot-related indiscretions by the NDP leader years ago but staffers are hush-hush about details. His party supports the decriminalization of marijuana although not legalization. Two of our national leaders have openly admitted to using pot and who knows how many other elected officials are hiding their own secret shame.


Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she once puffed a little but that was 35 years ago – surely the effects have worn off by now. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is surprisingly good with numbers considering he readily admits to smoking pot during his teenage years – we should probably check his addition. Even our beloved Jack Layton, when asked if he had ever used marijuana, answered with that sparkle in his eyes, “Yes, and some might say I never exhaled.” And of course, last but not least, Jimmy Kimmel’s good friend Rob Ford has proudly disclosed that he has smoked pot, and lots of it, and mind your own business.

small changes. He and some of his Conservative buddies are considering a ticketing system for simple possession of small amounts of pot. That way when the police catch you with a suspicious baggie in your pocket they can write you a ticket and levy a fine instead of sending you to federal prison. One observer notes that although this change appears to be better than the status quo, it could be a cleverly disguised shakedown. Because there are no regulations in place now, police may turn a blind eye on minor pot violations instead of wasting valuable resources on victimless crimes. If Mr. Harper gets his way, they can slap a ticket and a fine on law-abiding Addressing the issue pot-smokers – no big deal Stephen Harper might try to separate himself “Is he trying but very irritating and inconvenient, like parking from the hippie lobby in to harsh fines and panhandling. the House but he suddenly Canada’s Is he trying to harsh feels a compelling need to Canada’s buzz or what? address this issue. buzz or It all seems very trivial Some baby boomers what?” and laughable at times but might remember the Le it may finally be time for Dain Commission, estabsome serious discussion lished by Pierre Trudeau as well, about medical in 1969 to study the nonapplications and commercial medical use of drugs. The recommendations were polit- opportunities. The PM is an economist – maybe ically explosive at the time, calling for the decriminalization of all he sees a revenue stream he can tap drugs and a $100 fine for posses- into. He doesn’t look or act like a sion. Now, after almost 50 years, Mr. hippie but he obviously has potHarper is an unlikely candidate to smoking on his mind. Whatever he decides to do, get things rolling, so to speak, even if he is only prepared to make Canada will keep on rolling.



BIG FAN: The Canadian Tire on Arthur Street made 11-year-old Philip Mroz an ambassador for a day last Thursday. The Thunder Bay boy is living with autism and is fascinated with the store. In addition to some corporate gifts, the local store’s employees chipped in to give the young outdoors enthusiast camping and fishing gear including a tent, camping stove, sleeping bag and a new bike.


Memorial Avenue ort Arthur’s Public Utilities Commission built this sign on Memorial Avenue at the city’s border with Fort William in 1939 to commemorate the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The side facing Fort William read “Welcome to Port Arthur, Electric Living at Low Cost.” The other side read: “Many a Happy Return to Port Arthur.”


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Video goes viral POLICE By Jamie Smith – TB Source or a split second last Saturday Ralph Ireland thought he and his wife were dead. The Sioux Lookout couple were driving home from visiting family and presenting a cheque to the Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg when they crashed into a truck pulling onto the highway near Kenora. A video shot from Ireland's dashboard camera shows the truck roll right onto the road before Ireland smashes into it. “I've looked at that video over a hundred times trying to figure out what I could have done to avoid the accident,” Ireland said from his jewellery store in Sioux Lookout Wednesday afternoon. “We hit the brakes. If we hadn't have we would have ended up hitting his door and probably killing him.” Ireland and his wife Ifka Filipovich saw white when they hit the truck. In that moment Ireland said he thought they were going to die. “I'm very thankful to be alive,” he said. But he's also upset. Footage from the video shows what appears to be a cell phone in the other driver's hand before the crash. Ireland didn't know that until a reporter from Dryden pointed it out to him. “He obviously didn't even know we were there until the impact and I'm really upset about that,” Ireland said. He's also upset that insurance probably won't cover all of the money the couple put into their 2006 Chevrolet Duramax to help with mobility issues they have. But Ireland said he's very grateful for the help he and his wife got from everyone in Kenora during the ordeal, from emergency crews to staff at a local hotel. Ireland emailed a link to the video to Kenora OPP last Tuesday. OPP say the driver of the pick-up truck was charged March 1, the day of the collision, with failure to yield. Sgt. Shelley Garr said he could face more charges based on the video. “Now that we have this information we'll be able to investigate further,” she said. The OPP's distracted driving campaign starts March 8. Garr said it's not just cell phones but anything that takes a person's eyes off the road could be considered distracted driving. Around a dozen fatal collisions have been caused by distracted driving in the region over the past two years.


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Gun owners speak out about stigmas MURILLO

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ristian Kuznak knows there is a stigma surrounding firearm ownership in Canada. He knows of this stigma firsthand because he is a firearms owner himself. Speaking at the New Ontario Shooters Association gun show at the Oliver Paipoonge Community Centre Sunday, Kuznak said there have been instances where people have treated him differently because he owns firearms, even though he has fulfilled the necessary legal requirements. He said the process to obtain a firearms license isn’t easy and involves courses, one of the most thorough background checks available as well as a continued monitoring. “These are law-abiding citizens,” he


said of his fellow firearm owners. He believes that when firearms are used as weapons, there is too much focus on the gun and not enough on the intent of the perpetrator. Pointing to the recent Kumming Station massacre in China, where more than 30 people were stabbed to death by at least 10 assailants, Kuznak said eliminating guns would not eliminate violence as people looking to commit violent acts would just select a different tool. Even though he admitted it was a tired cliche, he said guns don’t hurt people. Rather, people hurt people. The change in public perception surrounding firearms has completely flipped during the lifetime of Wes Werbowy. He wonders if gun control has worked. “When I was a young fella I used to

get on the school bus with my (.22- damage and power they wield. There is also a misconception around calibre) rifle because the range was in the school. Now, that would be a the reason some people own firearms. Some, like Rob Sereda, use guns SWAT team event,” Werbowy said. “Interestingly, we had fewer restric- purely for the purpose of sport. He competes in shooting tions and fewer laws and no events where speed and one ever thought of mayhem accuracy are paramount and and homicide...It would be says it is a competition just unthinkable to put a bullet like a race. into another human being.” Sereda disputes the percepWerbowy said a greater “These are tion that guns only serve to appreciation of the power of law-abiding commit violence, or protect firearms is required for citizens.” from violence. younger generations. He was “This is the only thing I do first exposed to guns while KRISTIAN KUZNAK with a gun. I’ve never turned hunting and was able to a gun on a living thing, ever,” observe the impact a bullet Sereda said. would have on a wild animal. “Violence is not perpetrated He thinks that now most in this sort of environment. youth are first exposed to guns as an abstract concept in We all enjoy the sport and don’t want mediums such as video games, televi- to lose that.” At the show, Kuznak was protesting sion and movies; thus not seeing the

the reclassification of a pair of semiautomatic rifles from non-restricted to prohibited status by the RCMP in February. He was distributing form letters to be sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney as well as local MPs John Rafferty and Bruce Hyer expressing concern with the reclassification. He is worried that without a substantial review, the arbitrary nature of existing laws could mean all firearm owners might find themselves in legal trouble. “It’s extremely frustrating. It’s unbelievable the RCMP can sign a piece of paper and steal people’s property that was legally purchased,” Kuznak said. “It’s scary because if they can do this with 20,000 Canadians, what’s stopping them from doing it with two million Canadian firearms owners.”

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YUMMY: Students across Thunder Bay enjoyed pancake breakfasts in celebration of Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent.

Warm weather won’t last long W E AT H E R

By Matt Vis – TB Source inter is done. Well, maybe not. According to Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson, this region's recent reunion with mild weather is likely to be short-lived relief to a winter that just won't go away. “At this point it unfortunately looks like it won’t be a long stretch of mild days so losing that snowpack is not really in the forecast,” Coulson said from his Toronto office. “The overall trend for the end of March and first part of April is for colder than normal temperatures to be in the area. At this point there are no real concerns of a rapid warm up but this is a situation we’ll be watching closely.” But -3C, compared to the recent lows that were sometimes colder than -30C little longer than a week ago, may as well be shorts and T-shirt weather. The warmer weather this week had some residents excited to see it coming to an end, even if the mercury was slated to fall a bit later in the week. “(The winter) has been going on too long and it’s been too cold. It’s been years and years since we’ve had a winter like this,” said Ann Perales. “In spring you can get out and winter I find I can’t get out to do anything ... I’d like to see all of this (snow) gone quickly.” The accumulation of snow last month was the most recorded in February since 1979, with an average of 42.2 centimetres across the city. The mean temperature of - 17.1C was also the coldest since 1996. However, it might not be a good thing for all the snow to disappear all at once. Coulson said it would be a good thing for the local watershed for a slower start to spring. “In terms of the amount of snow we have in some areas, a more gradual intervene into spring would be more favourable,” Coulson said. “If we do get a sudden warm up and maybe add some rain to that we could see some flooding issues.” Temperatures are projected to increase to above freezing on Thursday and Friday followed by a drop on the weekend.


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ustin Swalwell isn’t a huge fan of sitting in class and reading history from a text book. For most 11-year-olds, the War of 1812 is a dusty, dry relic from the pages of the past. But for the past three weeks, Austin and his classmates at Vance Chapman Public School have been learning about the battles that helped shape modern-day North America through the help of Canadian Geographic Education’s giant floor map. The map, produced by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society with the support of Canadian Heritage, is one of five traveling across Canada. It’s a fun way to learn, Austin said. “It’s helping me because some people don’t like reading a book,” he said. “Some people need visuals. It feels like you’re actually in the War of 1812 because the map has so much detail.” Classmate Shantay Labonte agreed wholeheartedly. “I think the map is a great interactive tool for students our age because it’s



VISUAL LEARNING: Josh Trowsse, 11, conducts an imaginary War of 1812 raid on Canadian Geographic Education’s giant floor map at Vance Chapman Public School. The map was produced by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society with support of Canadian Heritage. way more interactive than sitting at a desk reading a textbook,” she said. Better visual imagery, being able to

map out the various raids and battles and being able to learn about the strongholds of the First Nation, Canadian and

American societies are just some of the reasons Olivia Adams, 11, found the three-week exercise so fulfilling.

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“It makes the students more interested in what they’re learning,” Olivia said. And knowing about your past is important, she added. “I think it’s good to know your history and how Canada was created – and how we are divided up with borders today.” Robin Bowles, who teaches Grade 6 and 7 at the Huron Avenue school, called the War of 1812 a defining moment in Canada’s history. The project, which combines history, geography and even a little mathematics, is a great way for students to learn and be actively involved in their lessons. “They actually walked up the path of the very people involved in our history,” Bowles said. “It’s a great tool for them to really understand.” Bowles these types of educational materials are always welcome in her classroom – or school gymnasium in this case. “Whenever we find an interactive learning tool we try to bring it into the school. It’s a great tool for them to learn about history,” she said.


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March brings speckled trout MICK BOHONIS OUTDOOR LIFE

dozen years, I have taken my time on the water a lot more seriously and have landed some decent fish. Hanging out with, and spending time with some professional anglers has helped my success rate climb and my education escalate. Doing a couple of remote fly-ins every summer has also added to my “In Box” and I am anticipating another fly-in this summer to some remote place up north. Like trying to harvest a trophy whitetail buck, there are means and methods to angling, and to put a decent trophy on the wall, whether it swims or walks, I think the strategies are similar and it all boils down to passion, mindset, a little bit of luck and willingness to learn. Walleye of course are the most sought after game fish in this part of the woods during open water angling. Most of April and half of May see the banks of a lot of the local creeks and rivers lined with steelhead fisherman in their chest waders.

or most of you who enjoy winter and all it offers like snowmobiling, shovelling, skiing, ice fishing, snow shoeing, shovelling, ice skating and anything else that takes place, there is no debate that March brings us warmer temperatures, and more daylight. Did I mention shovelling? It’s kind of nice going to work in the daylight and coming home in the daylight opposed to the darkness at both ends like we experience in December and January. March is that month that kind of wakes us up from our cabin fever a wee bit, and the end of March leads us into spring, which we anticipate so much. With the month of March now here, it Top priority definitely gets more folks outside doing The species I like to chase the most is late winter activities and the elusive speckled trout, actually enjoying them. commonly known as the brook Although this past winter has trout. been insane with cold and snow, “The species These fish are by far at the top it will eventually leave us. of my priority list when it I like to Maybe in June? comes to early season angling chase the As an ice angler, I can tell you and I look forward to trying my most is the I enjoy being out on the lake a luck again this year. elusive lot more in March than the early Even though it’s a ways off, I speckled part of the season for no other anticipate it greatly! reason than the extended Personally I enjoy getting out trout.” daylight and warm sun. in my canoe on a few of my favourite lakes that I know from experience hold good-sized Weather dependent On the contrary, I am a hard core dedi- specs. I will at least have a chance at cated bow hunter, and will endure hours landing a decent-sized fish and take in of cold and unpleasant conditions sitting the beautiful scenery as well. I normally will use my light spinning on my tree stand with my bow, however, you will not find me sitting beside a rod and reel with six pound test line, as frozen drilled hole jigging in -25 temper- well as small spinners and Rapalas. Once atures waiting for a two-pound fish to the insects come into play I will change over to my fly rod and give that a whirl. bite. If you want to investigate where you There is nothing like sitting out on a lawn chair jigging for a fat walleye with can possibly catch a brook trout with the warm sun beating down on you, your easy access, try picking up a book called jacket undone, sun glasses on and a pair An Anglers Guide to Stocked Lakes that of light gloves with a warm beverage in a was launched by the Ministry of Natural Resources back in 2002. travel mug! The guide provides information sheets It makes doing what we love to do on each lake including a map and global outside so much more fun. However, it won’t be long before the positioning coordinates, access and road shacks are off the lakes and the ice starts information, lake characteristics, contours, and species stocked. to break up. You can also visit the MNR website Those who know me know I spend many more hours in the woods than I do and obtain the same information. Good luck, enjoy and be safe. on the water. However, in the last half a


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Smartphone app proves to be useful in managing diabetes t's the news that parents never want to hear: their child's life will forever be affected by a medical condition. Marcus was only five-years-old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. “It was a devastating diagnosis,” said Sara Nita, Marcus' mother. “His father and I barely had time to let it sink in because managing the diabetes was more of a priority.” Marcus needed daily blood glucose tracking and management, which requires a great deal of time and careful attention, particularly at the beginning. Thankfully, there are digital health tools available to make this process much more accurate, reliable and efficient. With a bit of digging, Sara was able to find some mobile apps designed for people with Type 1 diabetes and soon she was using her smartphone to track Marcus' blood glucose levels. “I'm accustomed to the digital world,” she explained, “so using pen and paper to track information as vital as this is inefficient. “We do a fair amount of traveling as a family, so having a solution that is


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EXPANDING: Lauren Beach, lead of the mobile coach with Prevention and Screening Services at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

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By Matt Vis - TB Source he region's mobile cancer program isn't just about breast cancer. Within the past year, Cancer Care Ontario’s mobile screening coach added cervical and colorectal examinations. The bus's purpose is to give women the best possible access to testing while providing an alternative to a hospital visit. “The cervical and colorectal screening is brand new to our service," said Lauren Beach, lead of the mobile coach with Prevention and Screening Services at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. "Starting screening early develops that baseline and identifies any changes that are going on. Early detection and continual routine screening is really key.” The mobile unit, which operated at Northwood Plaza Monday, is in service about 300 days a year and provides service to about 6,400 people in that time. Cancer Care Ontario has increased the eligibility for the cervical screening, allowing women between 30 and 69 years old to visit the coach. And Beach encourages women older than 21 who have been sexually active to get tested. The coach is set up in various locations throughout the city. In addition to Northwood, they frequently visit locations such as the 55 Plus Centre, Dawson Road commercial area, and the Da Vinci Centre. It also goes on road trips throughout the region, heading as far west as Kenora and Dryden and east towards Geraldton and Longlac along the North Shore. “We’re providing women with the option of having screening services in their local communities so they don’t have to travel into Thunder Bay for that,” Beach said. “A lot of the local hospitals and health units don’t have the same screening services available to them based on size and staffing so the coach is bridging that gap.” Women interested in accessing the services are encouraged to call 1-800-461-7031.


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Rural life full of contrast ife in rural areas is full of contrasts. In the before. Now the snow-covered land was city there is constant change. You just get completely smooth, devoid of any patterns. It used to a business when it is gone, to be had snowed during the night, not much, just a replaced by something else. There is the ever- light dusting. But it was warm – the first seriously warm moving traffic and people. Nothing seems to stand still. In the country though, the changes day since I can’t remember. Even with a breeze from the south, walking across the are much more subtle. I marvel at the patterns created by the wind yard from the house to the barn was a pleasure. on the snow. If the day is Opening the barn doors grey, then observing the to lead out the horses was changing patterns is easy – the ice had begun to more difficult; unless of FRED melt. Nice contrast to what course, the wind whips JONES has assailed us for months up to send snowy swirls on end. Can spring be far racing across the snowRURAL ROOTS behind? packed surface. Winter in the country is Saturday morning was typical of many winter mornings. I stood with quiet. Only the muffled sound of a passing mug of coffee in hand watching sun send the vehicle or perhaps the barking of a neighfirst shafts of light to first paint the bush to the bour’s dog disturbs the quiet. But come west of Casa Jones and then as it slowly spring with increasing warmth and melting peeked above the horizon, to use a broad snow, gradually you begin to hear new sounds, those of birds. brush on the snow. The ravens are the first birds to hatch their Ever-shifting patterns created by wind had been etched into the snow, quite different young. They must have ravenlings cawing for from the patterns observed but two days food by now, wee fuzzballs in a nest high up previously. In fact, by the afternoon, even in some tree. In years past, we’ve been those etchings had been replaced with blessed with new families each spring nesting quite close to either the barn or the house. different ones. Nothing stays the same. Sunday morning the sky was grey. Again They made their presence known each day with steaming mug in hand, I stood at the swooping by to feed on the seeds that drop window in the living room from where one from hay bales, hopping among the horses gets the best view to the south, the east and the hooves. As I have written before daughter west. Gone were the ribbed lines seen the day Beth, having discovered The Raven by Edgar


Allen Poe, proceeded to name our raven family – Edgar, the dad, Lenore, the mum, and the kiddies Allen and Poe. This past autumn and winter we haven’t seen or heard much from these “Bikers of the bird world” as author Charlie Wilkins called them in his book Breakfast at the Hoito. I have learned that ravens rarely inhabit the same nest twice. There are three such nests close to the edge of the bush to the west of our hoosie. But where is Casa Raven this winter? I still occasionally see a member or two of the family gliding by and on into the woods. I usually rely on my wife, Laura, to detect their latest habitation when she goes riding on the trails. But due to the extreme cold (relative to previous winters) and the muchincreased volume of snow, she hasn’t been riding the trails. So seeking to discover the location of the Poe family has been out. I like ravens; I miss their daily presence. I especially like seeing the contrast of black on white as they land to peck at the white surface where possible food is present. When they land I make sure the dogs are inside. Don’t want the ravens molested. We just hope that given the freezing nights in weeks past, this year’s new batch of squawkers will survive. If they’ve made it this far into the hoped-for new season, then chances are good, given the new warmth that they will succeed. You can contact Rural Roots by e-mail: or by writing to Rural Roots, P. O. Box 402, South Gillies, On. P0T 2V0.



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MUSH!: Boreal Journeys offered dogsledding at this year’s last Winter Funday at Prince Arthur’s Landing Sunday.

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ven though Sunday morning’s new layer of snow may have indicated otherwise, winter is approaching its end. The City of Thunder Bay held their final Winter Funday activity of the year at Prince Arthur’s Landing on Sunday, giving participants an opportunity to take a cruise around the Spirit Garden on a dogsled. Recreation and culture programmer Meghan Shanks estimates that more than 2,000 people participated in the second year of the initiative at some point throughout the course of the programs, which had run every Sunday since the end



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of December. Throughout the winter they offered a host of activities such as pond hockey, tobogganing, and snow sculpting free of charge to all visitors to give people the opportunity to try different seasonal pastimes. “The spirit of the program is to get people around who had never done (the activities) before,” Shanks said. “We’re looking trying to find some newer winter activities that are coming out.” Their final activity drew the largest crowd of the winter, something that was the goal set by organizers. Shanks did admit having the dogsleds so late in the winter season was a little risky, but the high levels of snow and below seasonal temper-

atures made it work. “We picked an activity that would attract a lot of people and we intentionally did that so we could end off on a bang and so next year when we start the programming again people will remember what we had been up to,” she said. The dogsledding was offered by Boreal Journeys and owner Paul Amano said he was expecting the large turnout that showed up to the waterfront. His outfit brought 20 dogs, which were rotated throughout the afternoon into the two teams of four pulling the sleds. He said there was one group who flew into the city from Brazil who took a trek on a sled.

Environmental Film Fest kicks off THE TBAY TO-DO LIST By TB Source

inish up the March break with the Mac's Spring Family Skate or a trip to the Chippewa Wildlife Exhibit. Families can lace up their skates for the Mac's Spring Family Skate on Friday at the Fort William Gardens. Admission is $2 and funds raised goes to PRO Kids. Helmets are mandatory for kids 12 and under. Friday night the Raise the Woof event hopes to raise money for New Hope Dog Rescue with a




night of comedy. The night of laughs kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Port Arthur Polish Hall club. Tickets are $20. During March break, the Chippewa Wildlife Exhibit will be open to the public. The animals will be sporting their full winter coats; the zoo will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily until March 16 weather permitting. The Friends of Chippewa Park volunteers will be handing out hot chocolate and coffee. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the wildlife exhibit. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is holding a Fun Family Cook-Off to kickoff



Nutrition Month on Thursday. Families with children eight to 12 years old are encouraged to join in the free event at Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute starting at 5 p.m. Call Kim at 625-8315 to register. The Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival kicks off Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre. The festival runs until March 23 and admission is free. The films come from countries all over the world including Canada, the U.S., France, Denmark and Finland. For more information see the film festival Facebook page.


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Most hated bachelor Juan Pablo has also created the most buzz for the ABC show after 18 seasons fter weeks of drama, controversy, moonlit swims and tears, this week The Bachelor signed off on its most recent venture into television love. But the 18th season of the franchise (not counting the various Bachelorette seasons) was unlike no other. Producers were proud to cross into new ethnic boundaries with a minority bachelor. Read: tanned and English as a second language. Minority? Really? Venezuelan Juan Pablo, a former professional soccer player, was hardly a red-headed AfroAsian with a physical disability. But yes, he was hot. Until he opened his mouth. Well, no. The accent was pretty hot, too. And the first few episodes made for a


few good drinking games – usually involving taking a shot every time someone said “Juan Pablo.” But even tipsy, viewers weren’t going to get much from this bachelor. Apparently, he didn’t have any deep conversations with the ladies. Of course, no one has had a deep conversation on camera in the last 18 seasons. However, the contestants swear they have occurred. But not this time. Juan Pablo was all about Juan Pablo. He talked about himself but didn’t ask about his date. He couldn’t empathize with the ladies and often hurt their feelings. He’d get physical on a date and then refuse them a rose. Even Chris Harrison, who stepped in

repeatedly, couldn’t talk any sense into this boy who has the emotional depth of a puddle and maturity of a toddler. According to the host, Juan Pablo “doesn't care about your point of view. He’s set in his ways.” It’s likely an ethnic thing. He’s a traditional Venezuelan boy. He grew up in a country where men have the most power – politically, socially, ethnically, religiously. Venezuelans also tend to be very outgoing and physically demonstrative, even in casual conversation. It doesn’t mean anything. And they lean toward tradition, nuclear families.

Language barrier So his comments regarding bisexual or homosexual men being “more pervert” were likely a combination of his upbringing and a language barrier. And his inability to explain his actions was due to a clash of cultures. Consequently, I – like many viewers

– didn’t hope for a love match. Throughout the season, I was channeling my inner Nancy Reagan – Just say, “No.” – and prayed the ladies would come to their senses and run. Fast. Host Chris Harrison has said that choosing this Don Juan was not a mistake. While he may be the show’s most “hated” bachelor according to several media outlets, he’s also created the most buzz for the show in years. Which made him a great choice. And which also suggests that although they’ve claimed that the show is about love and they are trying to help someone find the perfect mate, producers are finally admitting that this TV love thing isn’t working. They just want the shock value. So Juan Pablo? Don’t hate him because he’s beautiful. Or stubborn. Or dense. He’s just being Juan Pablo. And that’s tough enough.

Historical trip EDUCATION

By Jamie Smith - TB Source ome local high school students are leaving the classroom and heading toward some of the most famous battlefields in Europe. More than 40 students from St. Ignatius and St. Pat's are spending their March Break visiting Ypres, Juno Beach, Dieppe and Vimy Ridge, places that until now they've only read about in their history textbooks. St. Pat's history teacher David Battistel said it's a great opportunity to see history up close from Canadian cemeteries to European architecture. “But also they're able to honour the sacrifices made by soldiers,” he said Thursday morning before they flew out of Thunder Bay. “Just allowing the kids to see and experience something they've never seen before.” The 10-day trip, called Canada's Battlefields Tour, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and 75th for the Second World War. Battistel said when he took students to Europe two years ago to commemorate Vimy Ridge, he could see the impact the trip made on them.



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Lakehead still has a chance at nationals against Carleton this weekend in Ottawa UNIVERSITY HOCKEY By Leith Dunick – TB Source

he Lakehead Thunderwolves will have to take the backdoor approach to get to the University Cup. The Wolves were swept from the OUA hockey playoffs on home ice Saturday night, blowing an early 2-0 lead en route to a 6-2 series-ending loss to the Windsor Lancers in the best-of-three OUA West final. Defenceman Kenny Bradford potted the winner, rifling a shot through traffic that beat Jeff Bosch, the power play goal coming at 6:56 of the second period. Lakehead’s season isn’t done quite yet, however. The Wolves can still earn the sixth and final berth at nationals next weekend in the OUA’s one-game, bronze-medal contest, on the road against either McGill or Carleton. "Obviously you never want to go through the back door. We're going to be ready to go. We're going to practice this week, work hard and prepare," said Lakehead captain Andrew Wilkins, playing his final game in front of the home crowd. "We want to go to nationals, so we're going to be all over that." Wilkins isn't sure what went wrong against Windsor, who clobbered the Wolves 7-1 in Thursday's opener. "We didn't play the way we wanted to the first game. We regrouped. We played


pretty good tonight. I don't think we got the bounces that we'd expect. But you've got to give them credit. They're a good team. They were blocking shots. They did a lot of things that winning teams (do)," Wilkins said. LU coach Bill McDonald said it was a disappointing end to the team's OUA championship bid, especially since he thought his side played just as good a game. "I thought maybe the score didn't indicate the play of the game. But they're a good team and we should congratulate them. They worked hard. They've been here the last couple of years in the final. This year they've got a little bit of the hunger," McDonald said. "I thought we had a game plan and we obviously didn't win. We played pretty good throughout." The Lancers, OUA West bridesmaids two years running, clinched a spot at nationals and will take on the winner of the McGill/Carleton series in next weekend’s Queen’s Cup final. That series is tied at a game apiece after McGill squeaked out a 3-2 win Saturday night. The Lancers erased their two-goal deficit in a hurry, 15 seconds to be exact. Just 52 seconds after Kelin Ainsworth cut across the Windsor net and beat goalie Parker Van Buskirk for a 2-0 LU lead, Julian Luciani quieted the sold-out Fort William Gardens crowd of 3,629, blasting a rocket from just inside the point that Thunderwolves net-minder Jeff Bosch never saw as it raced just under the crossbar. Off the ensuing face-off the Lancers cruised back into LU territory and promptly scored again, Evan Stibbard’s second of the post-season coming at 13:12. Up 3-2, MacAulay McDonnell slipped

the puck past Bosch at 17:07, just nine seconds after Lakehead's Jay Gilbert was banished to the box for a check to the head. Blake Blondeel added Windsor’s third goal of the period with 1:20 to go. Bosch found himself on the bench to start the third, lifted in favour of rookie Justin McDonald, who stopped the only three shots he faced. It just wasn't his night, Bill McDonald said. "You've got to see the games to look at that," the first-year coach said. "I think we all know Jeff Bosch stood on his head for us all year. He probably didn't have a good night tonight. I told the guys in the room that. I thought it was a good time to change. The goals add up. But if you really analyze the game, we probably territorially outplayed them. Probably shot-wise we did out play them. But they're an opportune team. They scored and we couldn't seem to find the back of the net." He's already put the game behind him. "Obviously you get as far as you go. Nobody knew where we were going in August and September. And we worked and we battled and we got to within two games of winning the OUA (West). It obviously sucks when you lose. It's a downer right now, but as a coach you've got to find a way to pick these guys up off the ground, get a couple of practices in and try to win a game, whoever we play on the road, and I guess you can say sneak in the back door," McDonald said. Ryan Magill scored Lakehead's first goal, a backhander that beat Van Buskirk at 2:29 of the opening stanza. Claw marks: The Wolves were without their leading scorer in the playoffs, Cody Alcock, who missed the game with the flu. Also sidelined was defenceman Andrew Tessier.


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WANTS TO WIN: Greg Kilroy is hoping to build on the gold medal he won at last month’s OUA Nordic championships.

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reg Kilroy and Jenn Jackson are at different stages of their crosscountry skiing careers. Kilroy, the recently crowned OUA champion, is skiing his last competitive event for Lakehead University when the men’s team lands in Corner Brook, N.L. for next weekend’s nationals. Jackson, just 19, will take part in her first Canadian Colleges and University Championships, though she has been to nationals in the past. Both have one thing on their minds – continuing Lakehead’s streak of excellence. The Thunderwolves women are seeking a ninth straight title, while the men look to up their championship run to four straight titles. Kilroy, who considered retiring before the season even began, says he’s got plenty of confidence heading into nationals. “It was pretty sweet to win the OUA championships. It was really special for me,” he said on Thursday, before taking part in the Lappe team sprint relays. It was a breakthrough year for the North Bay, Ont. native, who said he’s never skied so well before, edging teammate Harry Seaton to win the


OUA individual title. Kilroy said it was a combination of training and dedication in his final year – with an eye to earning his way into next year’s Ski Nationals being held at Lappe – that kept him going. Kilroy said with class commitments, many of LU’s skiers are forced to train on their own outside of team practices, just to keep their performance levels up. The results speak for themselves. “Being competitive with guys that I was minutes behind years ago, it was nice to be actually duelling with them now. It’s pretty cool.” For Jackson, nationals aren’t necessarily a new experience. As a junior last year, she placed second to Quebec’s Sophie CarrierLaforte, but skiing for her school is definitely a new experience, she said. It’s a different dynamic, Jackson added. “To be going and competing with the university team as well, it adds a little bit more dynamic to it, more of a team complex, which is pretty fun,” said Jackson, who like Kilroy took home OUA gold, a one-two-three finish for the Thunderwolves on the women’s side. “The Lakehead team is such a great group of people for me and I think it will be an even better experience. Jackson said she’s hoping for a

podium finish in the junior women’s category, which comprises first and second-year university students. The women’s team will send a five-skier squad to Corner Brook. Other members include Erin Tribe, Bryana Van Leeuwen, Allannah Maclean. The men’s side will include Kilroy, Seaton, Leif Lennie, Victor Hopper, rookie Sean Carter, Jack Carlyle, Scott Hill and Ben Wilkinson-Zan. Co-coach Amanda Holdsworth said this is what the Thunderwolves have been training all year for. And while skiing is an individual sport, the added team aspect makes it unique and encourages everyone to give it their all regardless of where they’re at on the course. “Each of those skiers is obviously going out there to win, but there’s obviously a huge component of team behind it. Every second counts. Even if you’re the fifth athlete to cross the finish as a team, you’re still displacing other members of other teams,” Holdsworth said. “So even if you’re not having a good race, they can still think about the team aspect of the sport. That’s what’s really great about it.” Nationals are scheduled to run from March 15-22 at Blow Me Down Trails.

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Currie rink has rough ride at Brier eff Currie’s first trip to the Tim Horton’s Brier didn’t exactly go as planned. The Northern Ontario skip started strong, rolling to a 13-5 win over New Brunswick at the national men’s curling championship in Kamloops, B.C. But it was all downhill from there. The foursome, which included Mike McCarville, Colin Koivula and Jamie Childs, only managed to post one more victory the rest of the week, finishing second-to-last in the 12teeam tournament with a 2-9 record. The Thunder Bay rink, the first to reach the Brier since Scott Henderson turned the trick in 2003, fell to B.C. later on opening day, lost a heartbreaker to Saskatchewan on Day 2 before downing Nova Scotia 9-6 on Day 3 to improve to 2-3.


They couldn’t pull one out coming home, dropping six straight to finish the tournament. The good news for Northern Ontario is the team avoided relegation. New rules instituted by the Canadian Curling Association mean Kevin Koe’s winning Alberta squad will return in 2015 as Team Canaada. The bottom two teams over the past three years, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, will fight with new teams Nunavut and Yukon for the final berth at next year’s Brier.

rewarded for her efforts, one of five players named to the OUA West first all-star team. Williams, on Tuesday named LU women’s basketball team’s athlete of the month for February, finished second to OUA West MVP with 20.2 points a game in 12 contests. She finished runner-up to McMaster’s Hailey Milligan with 10.8 rebounds a night, fifth in assists with 4.8 a game and third in steals at 2.8.

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ylisa Williams only played half a season for the Lakehead Thunderwolves, but she made an allstar impression. The Atlanta native on Tuesday was


Nichols perfect n Feb. 3 Amanda Nichols bowled a perfect 450 score at the Java Hut Mixed League that bowls Monday nights at Superior Bowladrome. It was Nichols’s first perfect game, and is the fifth one bowled at Superior Bowl.

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he Thunder Bay North Stars will begin their bid for the Superior International Junior Hockey League title at home on Saturday. The Stars, who won two of three on the road against Dryden to finish off the season, wound up second in the standings and will take on top-ranked Fort Frances in a one-versus-two, twogame total-goal showdown. The winner of the series earns the right to choose their semifinal opponent. Game 1 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Fort William Gardens. Game 2 goes next Friday at Ice For Kids Arena in Fort Frances. Should the two teams be tied after the second game, it will be solved in either overtime or a shootout.


In the quarterfinal round, the No. 3 Minnesota Iron Rangers will take on No. 6 Wisconsin, while No. 4 English River will play Dryden in best-ofseven affairs. In other SIJHL news, league officials announced its award finalists last week. Thunder Bay’s Daniel Delpaggio is up for MVP and rookie of the year, while North Stars netminder Eric Mann is in the hunt for top goaltender. Teammate Trevor Hynnes is one of three in the hunt for best defensive forward, while Matthias Gardiman is a finalist for the league’s most sportsmanlike award. North Stars forward Zach Grzelewski is being considered for the most improved player trophy, while coach Jeremy Adduono is battling for coach-of-the-year honours.

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CLOSE CONTEST:St. Ignatius’ Alexa Desjardins gets set to serve the ball last Wednesday in the OFSAA consolation final.

Falcons fall at OFSAA St. Ignatius drops five-set match in consolation final VOLLEYBALL

knocking off Essex in four sets in the consolation quarterfinal on Tuesday and regional rival Dryden he St. Ignatius Falcons lost a in four sets in the semifinal earlier heartbreaking five-game set in in the day. “We were playing against a very Wednesday’s consolation final at the Ontario Federation of School good team,” said St. Ignatius coach Athletic Association girls AA vol- Bob O’Donohue. “They didn’t quit. They had a very good D and a leyball championship. good enough offence.” The Falcons, playing in St. Ignatius started slow, their home gym, took a but pulled off a remark2-1 lead on Sudbury’s Loable first-set comeback, Ellen Park Secondary “We played rebounding from an 18-12 School Knights, but couldn’t hang on, our best and deficit to pull out a 25-21 win. dropping the final two left our The Knights took control sets and settled for second hearts on the of the second set midway in the consolation round. court.” through, taking advantage It just wasn’t meant to JESSICA KORCHAK of a poor service game by be, said middle Jessica the Falcons to pull away Korchak after the defeat. and even the match with a “We played our best and 25-18 triumph. we left our hearts on the The Falcons regained their court,” she said. “We just deflated. We didn’t try. composure in the third and never trailed once in the set, en route to a We gave up a little bit.” The Falcons finished the tourna- 25-14 win and a 2-1 lead in the ment with a 3-4 record, completing best-of-five match. But the Sudbury squad scored round-robin play at 1-3 before

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five straight to go up 8-2 in the fourth, led 17-10 at one point and cruised to a six-point win to force a fifth and deciding set. The carried their momentum from the fourth, pulling away early and put the match away with a 15-9 victory. O’Donohue said it wasn’t the result they were looking for, but he’s satisfied with the way the Falcons played nonetheless. “Absolutely,” he said. “We’re very pleased with the result we had in the tournament. We just started a little bit weak.” The veteran coach said it’s just too bad the season had to come to an end. “I certainly will be telling them I wish we would have started the season right now because we learned so much in this tournament.” Ecole Gisele-Lalonde, the threetime defending AA champions, captured the overall title again, beating Stratford in the best-of-five final.

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Offer(s) available on select new 2013/2014 models through participating dealers to qualified retail customers who take delivery by March 31, 2014. Dealers may sell or lease for less. Some conditions apply. See dealer for complete details. Vehicles shown may include optional accessories and upgrades available at extra cost. All offers are subject to change without notice. All pricing includes delivery and destination fees up to $1,665, $34 OMVIC fee, environmental fee, variable dealer administration fees (up to $399) and $100 A/C charge (where applicable) and excludes licensing, registration, insurance, other taxes and down payment (if applicable and unless otherwise specified). Other lease and financing options also available. **Offer available on the retail purchase/lease of any 2014 Rondo model from participating retailers between March 1–31, 2014, upon proof of current ownership/lease of a competitive cross-over vehicle. Competitive models include specific VW, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai, Honda, GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles. Some conditions apply, ask your retailer or go to for complete details. ∞Cash purchase price for the new 2014 Rondo LX MT (RN551E) is $18,993 and includes a cash savings of $5,000 (which is deducted from the negotiated selling price before taxes and cannot be combined with special lease and finance offers). Retailer may sell for less. ≠Throwback Pricing available O.A.C. on financing offers on new 2013/2014 models. Financing for 84 months example:2014 Forte LX MT (FO541E) with a purchase price of $17,913 (including $1,485 freight/PDI and $399 administration fee) financed at 0% for 84-month period with $0 down payment equals 32 reduced bi-weekly payments of $78 followed by 150 bi-weekly payments of $98. Throwback Pricing Incentive varies by model and trim level and may be taken as a lump sum or to reduce the financed amount. The Throwback Pricing Incentive for the Forte LX MT (FO541E) shown is $640 (a $20 reduction in 32 bi-weekly payments). Limited time offer. See retailer for complete details. Throwback Pricing is a trademark of Kia Canada Inc. 84 Amortization Financing example: 2014 Rio LX MT (RO541E) with a purchase price of $15,913 (including $1,485 freight/PDI and $399 administration fee) financed at 0.99% for 60 months amortized over an 84-month period with $0 down payment equals 32 reduced bi-weekly payments of $68 followed by 98 bi-weekly payments of $91 with a principal balance of $4,660 plus applicable taxes due after 60 months. Cost of borrowing is $513.61 and total obligation is $16,427. Throwback Pricing incentive varies by model and trim level and may be taken as a lump sum or to reduce the financed amount. The Throwback Pricing incentive for the 2014 Rio LX MT (RO541E) shown is $736 (a $23 reduction in 32 bi-weekly payments). Limited time offer. Offer excludes HST and other applicable taxes. See retailer for complete details. 0% purchase financing is available on select new 2013/2014 Kia models O.A.C. Terms vary by model and trim, see dealer for complete details. ΔModel shown Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for 2014 Forte SX (FO748E) 2014 Rio4 SX with Navigation (RO749E)/2014 Rondo EX Luxury (RN756E) is $26,395/$20,095/$32,195. Highway/city fuel consumption is based on the 2014 Forte 1.8L MPI 4-cyl (M/T/2014 Rio4 1.6L GDI 4cyl (M/T)/2014 Rondo 2.0L GDI 4-cyl (M/T). These updated estimates are based on the Government of Canada’s approved criteria and testing methods. Refer to the EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries. 2014 Top Safety Pick – U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for model year 2014. U.S. model tested. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of printing. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Kia is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation.

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