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By Matt Vis – TB Source he leader of the Ontario NDP says she has answers to propel Ring of Fire development forward, but that they will come in time. Andrea Horwath was light on details during her first stop in Northwestern Ontario on the current campaign, instead choosing to point the finger at the Liberals, accusing them of mismanaging the highly-publicized and slow moving project right from the start. “The approach the Liberals took was wrong from day one,” Horwath said. “There is no doubt the Liberal government has fumbled the ball significantly when it comes to the Ring of Fire project. What I think is really clear is people can’t trust the Liberals to come up with the solutions when it comes to the Ring of Fire, it’s been six years and nothing much has happened.” She said the party, which is trailing both the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives in all major polls, will roll out specific announcements as the June 12 election date draws closer. Horwath promised the full platform will have been made public well in advance of when voters mark their ballots. For the most part, Horwath’s remarks to the assembled crowd were focused around taking shots at her opponents, rather than building a platform. She frequently referred to many scandals that plagued the minority Liberal government, asking how Premier Kathleen Wynne claims she could have been in the dark for so long. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak did not get unscathed either, as Horwath slammed his announcement made late last week that he intended to cut 100,000 public sector positions. Horwath was the first party leader to visit the city since the provincial election writ was


officially dropped on Wednesday. She arrived at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening to officially open the campaign office of Thunder Bay-Superior North candidate Andrew Foulds. Foulds, who is currently serving as ward councillor for Current River, is looking to unseat the long-time Liberal incumbent Michael Gravelle and withstand a challenge from Progressive Conservative candidate Derek Parks. “It is quite clear that people are ready for change, want change and I am hopeful I can earn people’s votes so I can be their champion in Queen’s Park,” Foulds said. The overnight campaign stop was not without controversy. Horwath’s representatives attempted to set up a meet-and-greet with flooded-out Kashechewan First Nation evacuees, airlifted to Thunder Bay where they’re staying at a local south-side hotel. But upon arrival at the hotel, they were promptly turned away, told by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue chief John Hay the 450 evacuees were not a photo op. “They were told no,” an irate Hay said after the buses arrived. A campaign official said they had no intention of filming or taking pictures with the evacuees, though they did invite local media along. Horwath herself did not leave the bus. A statement issued by the Liberal candidates Gravelle and Bill Mauro prior to Horwath’s stop accuses the leader of putting local jobs at risk with her decision to reject the proposed budget and triggering the election. It stated that she endangered jobs at the Bombardier factory, investment in the Ring of Fire and an increase of the minimum wage. On Monday Horwath pledged to remove the provincial portion of the HST from hydro bills, starting in 2016.

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By Matt Vis – TB Source he last time the city’s mayor spoke about the proposed event centre to an assembled crowd, he wasn’t exactly in friendly territory. This time, Keith Hobbs had a more receptive audience. Hobbs insists that from his interactions with members of the general public, they agree with the Citizens for Waterfront Event Centre group, who held a rally at the north downtown site selected for the facility. “The answer I get most of the time is build it if it’s affordable and sustainable, and that’s what we heard today,” Hobbs said. In his speech to the crowd, he estimated that close to 90 per cent of the people he talks to are in favour of supporting the project. The rally attracted a steady group of a little more than 200 supporters on Saturday just behind the Water Street bus terminal, with many others coming and going throughout the course of the afternoon. It provided an opportunity for resi-


dents, such as Tanner Harris, to show support and demonstrate their desire for the project. Harris came with his wife and young son. A new facility would fill an entertainment void that has developed in the city, as Harris doesn’t believe the more than 60-year-old Fort William Gardens can. “I just want to see Thunder Bay move forward and I think this is the next stage in that development to increase everything going on in the waterfront,” Harris said. The purpose was to show members of council such as Hobbs, who was joined by councillors Paul Pugh, Aldo Ruberto and Brian McKinnon, that they do have backing from the public. Jason Susin, chair of the Citizens for a Waterfront Event Centre, says it’s important to put faces behind their voices of support. The group has more than 2,000 likes on their Facebook page. “We felt it was important to get our support behind city council,” Susin said. “We want to let the city know and encourage others who support it that we’re here.”

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The mayor has not been overly surprised with how vocal the backlash has been from groups such as the Concerned Citizens of Thunder Bay. He pointed out that matters such as building the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, waterfront development and even the naming of the city more than 50 years ago were all controversial at the time. Susin sees the convention centre component as the big piece of the puzzle that will eventually become the crown jewel of the city. It will fit right in with other new development in the area. “We want to see smart growth for Thunder Bay. The convention centre, at 50,000 square feet, we don’t have that capacity right now. We really need that,” Susin said. “We’re going to be marketable. At this location, Thunder Bay will sell.” The project is currently in Phase 3 of a feasibility study. Hobbs reaffirmed that the project is dependent upon the results of the study as well as procurement of provincial and federal funding assistance.


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RALLY: The Citizens for a Waterfront Event Centre group held a rally on Saturday to show their support for a downtown multiplex; about 200 people attended throughout the event.


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By Leith Dunick – TB Source member of the Ontario Public Sector Employee Union’s Northern Ontario executive branch says she’s not sure how the Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s plan to cut 100,000 public-sector jobs won’t have devastating effects in the region. Mary Cory said the plan, which would also freeze government worker wages and lower government spending in every sector but health care, said Hudak has promised to create a million jobs as part of his election platform. The budget-balancing promise was announced on Friday, with Hudak saying he’ll put Ontario back in the black by 2017, a full year ahead of the Liberal’s already announced plan. The cuts would be particularly damaging in the North, Cory said. She pointed to communities that rely on the public sector for high-paying jobs in natural resources, the environment and the Ring of Fire, particularly in the Geraldton area. Who’s going to police those areas, she questioned, if the cuts are made? “I can’t imagine how he’s going to do it, how he’s going to justify it to voters in the North,” Cory said, reached by phone. Conservative candidate Harold Wilson, seeking to unseat Liberal Bill Mauro in Thunder Bay-Atikokan, said Hudak’s plan is more about pulling back the publicsector workforce to 2009 levels, adding the government has added 300,000 workers in recent years.


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TIM HUDAK: Conservative leader says his cuts would save taxpayers $2 billion annually.

hurt the North in other ways, specifically reducing the size of cabinet, which he said could jeopardize the future of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the portfolio Gravelle held before the election writ was dropped earlier this month. Meanwhile Thunder BayAtikokan NDP candidate Mary Kozorys called Hudak’s plan a travesty. “I am “I am shocked by Mr. Hudak’s shocked by approach. This isn’t the time to be cutting jobs,” she said. Mr. Hudak’s “We need to look at plans that approach.” create local jobs and reward MARY KOZORYS those companies that do create jobs by making investments. You don’t create strong communities by cutting jobs.”

While the cuts, which won’t affect health care, would certainly be felt in Northwestern Ontario, they’d likely impact southern Ontario, Wilson said. “We’ve already had our cuts,” he said, referring to the Liberal paring back of Ministry of Natural Resources staff. “I don’t see this as having an impact here.” Wilson did say he’d like to see the majority of the Conservative cuts aimed at middle-management and not service providers. Liberal candidate Michael Gravelle, fighting to keep his seat in Thunder BaySuperior North, said the plan makes no sense. “I think Mr. Hudak needs to understand you cannot create jobs by killing jobs,” he said. “He’s talking about 100,000 jobs. Those are services people absolutely rely on.” Gravelle went on to say the plan could

Big savings Hudak maintained Friday his plan will save taxpayers $2 billion annually, and claimed government is growing bigger than Ontarians can afford. “We’re spending more and more with money we don’t have and piling up enormous debt,” he said in a release. The more government spends, he added, the longer the province will stay in an economic rut and the more jobs will be lost. Ontario voters go to the polls on June 12.

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Kashechewan evacuees arrive in city By Matt Vis – TB Source

Airport. “We’re full,” Hay said. Stage 1 evacuees include children, the elderly as well as those with medical conditions. The city was chosen to host that stage of evacuees due to amenities such as the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre as well as other emergency services.

he city has reached its capacity in the number of evacuees it can host from the flood-stricken Kashechewan First Nation. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue chief John Hay on Monday said 595 Kashechewan residents were airlifted to the city over the course of the weekend, with 13 flights landing at the Thunder Bay International

The timeline for residents to return home is still unknown as the Albany River continues to swell. The community is currently in the process of being completely evacuated. Hay said the latest reports out of the James Bay area community detail fluctuating water levels in the Albany River, ranging from two to four feet at

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a time. “They’re still having some issues with the ice and the water and the weather is not really going to be great up there for the next couple of days with some rain and snow,” Hay said. The Canadian Red Cross has played a vital role in coordinating assistance throughout the evacuation effort. The organization set up registration with the displaced residents upon landing to set up an inquiry line in order to allow friends and family to track where people were staying. They are also providing personal care items to help make the relocation more comfortable. Emergency response team leader Sharon Bak said many of the evacuees have stayed in the city before, which

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is making the transition a little easier. “It is definitely hard for them to be away from home but they’re adjusting really well,” Bak said. “They’re extremely friendly and working really well with us so we can provide the needs they’re looking for.” She estimates that close to 25 volunteers have been working with the evacuees since they first arrived Saturday evening.

Costs covered Mayor Keith Hobbs said the city is not on the hook for the cost of the evacuation. “It is full cost recovery for the City of Thunder Bay,” Hobbs said. “We’ve signed an agreement with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Canada and we always make sure those agreements are in place prior to agreeing to take evacuees in, whether it be a fire or flood.” Hobbs added there are extra police and emergency response crews on staff, just in case any issues should arise. The remaining 260 residents in Kashechewan are being arranged to be evacuated to Kapuskasing, Timmins, Ottawa and Cornwall over the next day or two. Greenstone also received a number of evacuees over the weekend. A statement issued by Public Safety Canada says three Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 aircraft are aiding in the evacuation of approximately 1,500 people from the community.


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Bridge goes both ways here are an awful lot of people out there who seem to forget the James Street Swing Bridge was a two-way route. While plenty of traffic piled over the century-old span in search of discounted gas and cigarettes, most, if not all residents of First William First Nation made regular trips in the opposite direction to spend money in Thunder Bay stores. There are no grocery stores or fast-food restaurants on the reserve. The area’s only movie theatre sits in the Intercity area. Electronics, books, clothes, diapers and toys aren’t found in abundance across the river. Businesses on Fort William First Nation said months ago they were losing a combined $50,000 a day. Much of that money was being reinvested in Thunder Bay businesses. Opponents forget there are plenty of non-reserve residents who used the bridge to travel to and from the city every day. And yet there are those who would be satisfied to keep the swing bridge closed permanently, all too willing to suggest if Fort William First Nation wants a bridge, it should cover the cost – estimated between $80 million to $100 million. If CN decides to leave the bridge closed to vehicles and pedestrians, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of reasons, for Thunder Bay to come to the table, along with Fort William First Nation and the provincial and federal governments too.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR No to nursing uniforms To the editor: ho is my nurse? There has been recent attention in the media regarding standardized uniforms for nurses at the hospital. I am against this for a number of reasons, but my biggest concern is management's reasoning for instituting this new policy at all. This idea comes on the heels of a 40 patient survey, which resulted in the conclusion that patients and families are having trouble recognizing nurses (or at least 40 out of hundreds of patients who flow in and out of the hospital each week). I fail to see how standardized uniforms are going to help with this situation and here is why: ultimately it does not matter if a patient or family can recognize who the nurses are as a whole. What is important to that patient and family is who is that patient's particular nurse for that day and shift. As a nurse, I start my shift off by introducing myself to all of my patients by name and occupation. I reinforce this many times throughout my shift with my patient, and also introduce myself to their family members. I am not overly concerned if they can't remember my name; there are several nurses and other personnel parading through their life for the duration of their hospital stay. But pretty quickly into my shift my patients usually have a pretty good idea of who I am and what my role is in their care, even if they can't recall me by name (although I do put a reminder on their white board). Often those that don't remember me as their nurse for the day are not alert and oriented times three (they don't know who and/or where they are, and what day, month or year it is). The simple fact is that all that matters is that you know who is caring for you that day, and all of the nurses wearing identical clothing will not aid in this matter. Yes, standardized nursing uniforms will tell you that that person walking toward you in the hallway is a nurse, but when a family member needs information about their loved one, or a patient is requesting something as simple as a glass of water, you can't just flag down any nurse in a standardized uniform and garner the information or beverage from him or her. If that nurse is not assigned to you that day, he or she knows nothing about you. As nurses we all have our own patient assignment, and if the person you are asking about isn't our patient then we will be directing you to your assigned nurse (which will not be as easy when I can't say that your nurse today is Mary, over there in the pink


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To the editor: he waterfront event centre rally was awesome on Saturday, May 10. There was more than 200 people who showed up. Mayor Keith Hobbs, city manager Tim Commisso and more speakers, like Rod Bosch and Jason Susin, who made awesome speeches. I thank them all for their words, their attendance and also thank those who organized the rally. I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks to Collete, Kerry, John, Jason, Rod, Greg, Nikki, Adrien and Andrew Brigham for the organization. This was magnifically done. People don't seem to understand that the 200 people or so who came to the waterfront rally were in and out. So, there were not 200 people all at once. There were 200 people during the whole two to three hours of the rally.

To the editor:  n regards to the number of missing and or murdered First Nation women, I don’t think there’s an epidemic. If we look at the statistics, the numbers do not add up. We are given a 30-year time period. That works out to 33 to 40 per year. The number of murders for all of Canadians the same timeframe was about 660 per year. There are about 2,300 Canadians who go missing each year. During the time period that about 1,200 Native women have gone missing or were murdered, almost 90,000 Canadians have gone missing or been murdered. If we look at just the number of confirmed murdered Canadians alone since 1982, it is 19,073. In 2011 alone, 19,068 Canadians went missing. Though 85 per cent are apparently located within a week, that still means that potentially almost 3,000 Canadians that year alone were never found. Over the last 12 years, the city of Vancouver alone has had 290 unsolved murders.

To the editor:  anadians must be more concerned on the actions of the Stephen Harper government and their refusal to investigate the murders of 1,137 Aboriginal women and girls. Is this equal justice for all Canadians? Votes count and we will remember this next election.

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PSW raise deserved To the editor:  was so happy to finally get what we deserve. As a personal support worker we work hard and we deserve to get this pay raise. It was worth walking that picket line after 19 years of service, this was wonderful news. I will always support our cause, way to go everyone who walked that picket line.


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Perspective CLOSE SHAVE

When you grow up By J.R. Shermack Special to TB Source hat do you want to be when you grow up? I was asked this question all through elementary school and no matter how hard I thought the only two things I could think of to be were fireman and milkman. I chose milk over fire and whenever anybody asked, I said I had decided on a career delivering dairy products door-to-door. I admit it was a foolish choice because the days of the milkman were already numbered and my boyhood career dreams were soon shattered. I got over my disappointment and fortunately, I was able to earn a living in ways that didn’t involve milk distribution or fire extinguishing. Today’s job market is completely different and career choices made in the past are haunting our future. Young people have been told for years that only a university degree could guarantee a successful and financially rewarding career. Nobody questioned this logic – it just made sense that with a university degree, happiness and endless riches would be assured. But we were misled and the unintended consequences of that lie are coming home to roost in the job market today. For me it all started in Grade 8 when I was forced to pick my future from three alternative


streams in high school. Everybody knew that five year Arts and Science was the smart choice – you needed brains to do it and more importantly, you would be rich and successful if you did. At the time many young, impressionable students were pressured to pick this academic future over more practical, suitable choices. The second option was a four year business and commerce diploma which could land you a nice job as a typist or secretary. You would never be rich but it was good, honest work and might lead to something eventually.

Many moved on to careers in management and beyond, picking up the necessary education and skills along the way. And now those skilled and successful tech boys are retiring and there is nobody to pick up their tools when they move to their bought and paid for summer camp. Canadian students are still seeking arts degrees even though we already have a glut of unemployed or underemployed liberal arts graduates. We need more people who can build and fix stuff. Young Canadians have been steered away from skilled occupaTech group tions for generations and Lastly, there was the now the trades are in short four-year tech course supply. which involved skills like Now don’t get me wrong auto mechanics, sheet “We need – it’s always nice to have metal shop and electrical more people plenty of poets and deep shop, along with reading, thinkers to give meaning writing and arithmetic. who can The tech boys enjoyed a build and fix to our lives But we already have rowdy reputation and stuff.” plenty of drones – where were regarded with are the worker bees? grudging respect for their It is predicted that 1.3 unrestrained behaviour, million skilled jobs will be but especially for their sitting vacant in Canada by 2016. knowledge of all things technical. We are using foreign workers to As many of us were dreaming of university, these boys graduated flip our burgers and we need after four years and soon after that carpenters and welders from other a lot of them were bringing home countries to come here and help rebuild our crumbling infrastrucnice, fat pay cheques. We persevered in our studies ture. That’s something to think about while our rambunctious school mates completed apprenticeships when we ask our kids and grandand went on to start successful, kids what they want to be when they grow up. lucrative businesses.



A CUT ABOVE: Hair dresser Rene Rypkema of Carlo & G shaves the head of Thunder Bay Police Association president Greg Stephenson last Saturday to kick off the Cops for Cancer fundraiser.


GTP Bridge his 258-foot bridge was erected in 1908 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which was, at the time, Canada’s newest transcontinental line. A large subsidy of $300,000 had been given to the GTP to fund its facilities, and an additional $50,000 was granted by the City of Fort William for the bridge and to guarantee the city a perpetual right to use the bridge for traffic free of charge.


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Squirrel trapped, police warn pet owners Boulevard Lake area scene of incident squirrel caught in a trap near Boulevard Lake has led to a warning to pet owners to be on the lookout for similar devices. Thunder Bay police say a grey squirrel lost its leg and had to be put down by the city’s animal control department. Police say there might be more of the traps out there. “These types of devices can cause injury to animals and small children who may unexpectedly come upon the trap. Please be observant while walking in the area and repost any


such devices located to the police,” said police spokeswoman Const. Julie Tilbury in a release issued Tuesday. Anyone with information on who might have placed the trap is asked to call police at 684-1200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Councillor killed olice have identified the victim of a weekend highway crash. OPP officers with the Armstrong and Thunder Bay detachments, along with Shuniah Fire Department and ambulance, responded to a single motor-vehicle crash on Highway 527. The crash site was about 80 kilometres north of Highway 11-17.


Police say the driver, Dustin Pascoe, 24, of Marathon, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the victim was driving a pickup truck northbound on Highway 527 when he left the roadway and struck a large rock in the southbound ditch. Emergency service crews found the truck resting on its passenger side. Police say the investigation is still ongoing.

Drugs seized ity and provincial police have seized a massive supply of marijuana and cocaine from a southside home.


In a news release issued Friday, the Thunder Bay Police Service confirms that their officers, along with members of the OPP, conducted a drug raid at an unspecified address around noon. During their search of the home, officers located 8.5 kilograms of marijuana, 745 grams of cocaine and 100 grams of MDMA. An investigation has led to the arrest of a 27-year-old Thunder Bay man. Police say the total street value of the drugs seized is about $212,000. The accused is expected to make a court appearance Saturday morning, and faces three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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recent police RIDE checkpoint led to one of their own officers being charged in this Northwestern Ontario town. Officials with the OPP say they set up the RIDE checkpoint on Highway 125, just west of Dellenor Road in Red Lake. That led to the arrest of OPP Const. Caitlyn Van Straalen, a six-year veteran with the provincial force. The officer will be restricted to nonoperational duties pending her scheduled appearance in a Red Lake courtroom on June 5. The accused faces a driving under the influence charge.


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onst. Joseph Prevett died doing what he loved. The Thunder Bay Police Services lone K-9 officer suffered a suspected heart attack Wednesday during a training session with his new dog, Timber, at Gravenhurst, Ont. Rushed to the hospital, the 50-yearold Prevett was pronounced dead a short time later. Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque called it a difficult day for everyone at the station. “It’s difficult at a time like this on the organization, but more importantly our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” an emotional Levesque said at a hastily called news conference. Prevett, originally from the Chatham, Ont. area, is one of six brothers who chose policing as a career. He first became a police officer in 1998, joining the Peel Regional Police. He made the move to Thunder Bay in 2003, and quickly took over the local K-9 unit.

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Partnership He was paired with K-9 officer Thunder, and the two served together as partners for eight years, before Thunder, who has since died, was retired late last year. He and Thunder boasted a 70 per cent success rate, more than double the typical 30 per cent rate for a police dog. At the time Prevett called Thunder the best partner he’d ever had.


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SAD DAY: Const. Joe Prevett was on a training exercise when he passed away. Levesque said he’s briefed members of the emergency task force, which Prevett belonged to, and will offer them grief counseling in the days to come. “Any other member of the organization that’s interested may go as well,” the police chief said. Flags are being flown at halfmast outside the police service’s Balmoral Street headquarters and the funeral is set for May 15. The service will include an officers march at 10:15 a.m. from 1805 East Arthur Street to St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 11 a.m. A formal reception will be held in the main ballroom of the Valhalla Inn following the

service. Internment will occur at a later date. There will be a number of police K-9 officers and their police dogs attending. The Ontario Ministry of Labour has been called in to investigate the death alongside the OPP. Levesque said it will be up to them to release or not the official cause of death. “It’s their investigation. I believe it would be their purview to do that,” Levesque said. Prevett leaves behind a wife and family. Thunder Bay Police have set up a Facebook memorial page in his honour.

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ishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is demanding a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Fiddler was joined in Ottawa on Monday by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and representatives from several women’s organizations, First Nation and other political leaders at a Parliament Hill press conference. “We agree on the need for a national plan of action to prevent further violence against Aboriginal women, but it is critical that a national inquiry be held to fully determine the scope of these disappearances and provide accountability and justice for the families,” Fiddler said in a release. The NAN Women’s Council led a 24-hour ceremonial drumming on Victoria Island,


with drumming scheduled to continue on Parliament Hill on Monday. For 24 hours we are honouring our missing sisters and the sound of our drums will send a message to the prime minister that we will not rest until this government commits to an inquiry to fully investigate these disappearances,” said Jackie Fletcher, spokeswoman for the NAN Women’s Council. “The homicide rate for our women and girls is shockingly higher than all other women in Canada, and it is shameful that our calls for action continue to fall on deaf ears when our sisters continue to be murdered and disappear without a trace.” According to figures provided by NAN, the RCMP has compiled 1,186 cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women, with 1,017 murdered and 169 still missing. Foul play has not been ruled out in 108 of the 169 cases still listed as missing.


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SET TO GO: Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino says workers were almost unanimous in approving a work stoppage if talks fail.

Bombardier strike OKed Workers give union mandate in talks LABOUR By Leith Dunick – TB Source ominic Pasqualino says Unifor Local 1075 members are worried Bombardier negotiators are looking to slash pension benefits in the next round of talks. It’s one of the main reasons why more than 1,000 workers at the Thunder Bay plant voted in favour of striking, should as-yet unscheduled negotiations not go as planned, the local union president said. However Pasqaulino said getting the strike mandate this early in the game is not unusual. “It shows that they support the bargaining committee and they support the mandate that we’re going for. We had excellent response,” Pasqualino said, about an hour after company officials expressed disappointment and surprise at the result of the May 3 vote. According to Pasqualino, 100 per cent of the skilled-trade workers and 99.4 per cent of the general membership gave the strike mandate the thumbs up. “We had almost 400 people in attendance, so we’re pretty happy about that.” Pasqualino said the company has been reluctant to come to the bargaining table, and thus shouldn’t have been caught off guard by the vote. “Normally we would have started negotiating by this time. But unfortunately they haven’t been available. Hopefully we can get things settled. Our goal has been, and we’ve stated since then, that we would like to get things settled as soon as this agreement ends, to not have that limbo period in between,” he said. Bombardier Transportation issued a release on Thursday expressing the company’s disappointment in the decision. The company stated it has not yet begun negotiations, but it has proposed bargaining dates to a national Unifor representative. “Therefore, a vote to strike seems surprisingly premature. In addition, the current collective agreement is in effect until May 31, 2014,” the company said. Bombardier officials went on to say that it values its 1,300 employees, including its 800 blue-collar workers and that the company plans to move forward with an approach that protects well-paid jobs for its employees to ensure a sustainable future for Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay.


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Centre stays open Youth facility will live on, although city pulls out CITY HALL

By Jamie Smith – TB Source youth centre that those who use it say is vital can keep its city-owned supplies until at least July. Administration recommended that the city takes its $20,000 or so worth of furniture, appliances, computers and other equipment from a Victoriaville youth centre that it helped launch. The centre started as a pilot program with Wasaya Group and the newly formed Youth Centres Thunder Bay around 18 months ago to test new program delivery for the city. The program formally ended April 30 but Youth Centres Thunder Bay kept the doors open, saying it was vital to the area and the youth, 13-18, who need it. Along with formal programs it also helps youth with mental health, cooking and provides a safe space. It’s also used by the Children’s Aid Society’s outreach worker. Members of the centre’s youth council waited nearly five hours Monday before they had the chance to explain why the centre mattered so much. President Daniel Voss said that more than 400 youth have used the centre so far. The group also showed a video with testimonials from youth at the centre. “If the centre closed I’d be really really sad. I don’t know what I would do,” said a 13year-old in the video. The group has been tracking down other funding sources and can cover operational costs until September. They were asking council for any financial help in order to help cover costs until other funding was approved. But community services manager Greg Alexander said the city’s recent budget




O P E N : Youth that use the Youth Centre Thunder Bay addressed council Monday. constraints have hit his department hard, particularly youth services. The program also didn’t meet the expectations of his department. It would be better to take the equipment in the centre and use it elsewhere for existing city programs. “I’m sorry I just don’t buy that,” McKellar Coun. Paul Pugh said. There was no way the city’s budget concerns should hit a program that the city helped set up he said. Pugh said it was a step backward for the city if it didn’t help the centre and youth involved. Coun. Rebecca Johnson agreed. The city should be helping any organization that is trying to fill a need in the community. “At least they’re up and trying to move forward,” she said.

Event centre moves forward CITY HALL

By Jamie Smith – TB Source proposed event centre could open in the fall of 2017. It’s just one of five points in a letter of intent between the city and Thunder Bay LIVE! ratified by city council Monday. The letter is non-binding and specific terms remain confidential but a city media release highlights that no commitments can be made without future city approvals and confirmation that federal and provincial funding is in place. It also states that agreements on operation, leasing and design will be negotiated by March 2015. “It’s important to note though, that even with an LOI to define how we work together, there is no guarantee on either side,” city facilities, fleet and transit services manager Michael Smith said. "Certainly it's a step in the right direction." Mayor Keith Hobbs said with agreements in place it will help when the city asks the federal and provincial governments,


expected to begin in September. "We deliver that to the feds and the province, they know that we're serious and our other partners are serious as well," he said. Smith said funding applications are expected to take abuot six months, which would put the start of the construction phase into the summer of 2015. A two-year build would see it open in September 2017. In the meantime administration can now begin negotiating agreements, the specifics of which are confidential for now. "Those will be unfolding. There's lots of work ahead of us," Smith said. A schematic design will be presented to the public at an open house May 27. Members of city administration and Thunder Bay LIVE! will be there to answer questions Smith said. Thunder Bay LIVE! is made up of Stadium Consultants International, Global Spectrum Facility Management, True North Sports and Entertainment, Lakehead University and the Thunderwolves, PCL Contractors Canada and BBB Architects.

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By Leith Dunick – TB Source ieut. Michael Ragotte was one of the lucky ones. A solider with the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, Ragotte returned safe and sound from Afghanistan, none the worse for wear. Pte. Josh Klukie, Cpl. Anthony Boneca and Pte. Robert Costall weren’t as lucky. Within a six-month span in 2006, all three soldiers were killed serving their country in the rugged Asian countryside. Ragotte, speaking Friday at a local ceremony celebrating the country’s hastily called National Day of Honour, said the three soldiers and their sacrifices should never be forgotten. “It’s almost too much to fathom what they gave the mission in Afghanistan,” Ragotte said to a crowd of about 150 that gathered at the Waverly Park memorial commemorating the fallen three. Ragotte said the soldiers may have


died, but they didn’t die in vain. Every day he served overseas, he saw the difference Canadians had made in a country trying to crawl out from under the oppressive yolk of the Taliban. Seeing young girls on their way to school was a daily reminder of why they were there in the first place. “That never would have happened before 2002,” he said, a smattering of applause starting in the crowd. “The soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice put those children in school. And their children will only benefit from that. “They did not die in vain. They died for a better world.”

Saw first-hand Robin Rickards served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and called it a job that had to be done, a job he felt he had to lend a hand. That’s precisely why Klukie, Boneca and Costall heeded the call of duty, he said.

“These three young gentlemen did the same thing,” Rickards said. “They wanted to serve their country and try to make a better world for us all. Rickards asked the crowd to remember the little things the three soldiers can never do again – hugging a child or flashing a smile at friends. “Please, always remember the sacrifices they’ve made for us and for our fellow citizens in this world.”

Solemn ceremony The hour-long ceremony began with a traditional colour party march, and included recollections of the war from several veterans before a two-minute silence to honour Klukie, Costall and Boneca. It concluded with the laying of poppies on a wreath placed in front of the memorial. For Petty Officer Doneta Rasmussen, the ceremony hit close to home. Rasmussen knew all three soldiers and

helped recruit them and guide them through the military recruitment process. It was an emotional afternoon, she said, recalling each soldier. Boneca has a special place in her heart, she said. “He was so excited to become a fullfledged member of that regiment. Josh had some great plans. I remember him coming in and saying I’m going to finish my diploma, I’m going to do some real world experience in the army and then I’m going to come back and serve in a capacity as a medical technician,” Rasmussen said. “All of them I’m sure had some really great futures ahead of them. Fate gave them another direction.” It’s something she never wants to forget, which is why Rasmussen keeps a picture of each soldier in her office, a personal tribute to the three young men. “I don’t need a national day. I remember them every day.”


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The 34th annual Run for Women had 100 runners participate THUNDER BAY By Matt Vis - TB Source ast year it looked like the Run for Women might be on its last legs. Now, it appears to be on stable footing as organizers are determined to ensure its long-term viability. The 34th annual Thunder Bay Run for Women was held on a blustery and breezy Saturday morning, as close to 100 runners and walkers completed their trek around Boulevard Lake. When it was first held in 1980 the run was designed as a non-competitive event to encourage fitness and physical activity for women and young girls. Run director Gordie Garriock says the event played a pivotal role in turning running into an accessible activity, rather than just an elite sport. “It was the first non-competitive run that began in Thunder Bay,” Garriock said before the start of the run.


“Before then it was just anybody involved in track and field and the 10 Mile Road Race, which was for elite runners. Then this began and it started many other events and now there are two or three runs every weekend.” The run has long been a staple of Mother’s Day weekend in the city, with many participants being joined by their children or mothers and grandmothers. As organizers look forward to the 35th anniversary of the run next year, they have turned to community partners to help keep the tradition alive. RE/MAX was brought on as a sponsor for last year’s race and they were joined this year by the Running Room. With the event coming so close to having reached an end last year, Garriock is finding that many women are appreciative of the efforts to keep the run going. It’s more than just a run to those who have done it for many years. “A number of women have said thank you for keeping it going,” she said. “There’s so much emotion about this event and it’s always been for a good cause.”


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READY, SET, GO: Runners take off at the start of the 34th annual Run for Women at Boulevard Lake on Saturday.

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helter House wouldn't have been able to offer its SOS cold weather program without the Consolidated Homeless Prevention Initiative. "It allowed us to reach out to people who are living outside that are homeless during this winter and support them. We provided blankets and food. We've provided access to primary care," said Jim Restall, president of the shelter's board. The CHPI was formed last year by amalgamating five provincial homelessness related programs previously administered by the Ministry of Community and Social Services or the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Having the programs consolidated gives the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board more freedom in doling out about $700,000 in funding. "The previous programs had different rules for eligibility. Under this program, the DSSAB is actually allowed to have much more flexibility in how it allocates the funds," said Bill Bradica, CAO of the Thunder Bay DSSAB. The CHPI also ensures all the money is used. Bradica said with some of the restrictions on the former programs, they weren't



FLEXIBILITY: Thunder Bay DSSAB CAO Bill Bradica says new funding model is more efďŹ cient. always able to use all of the funding. "This way we're fully utilizing the money and just having local rules involved is very helpful," he said. In addition to Shelter House, funding from CHPI also helped the Lakehead

Social Planning Council implement initiatives in their poverty reduction report. These initiatives were recognized Friday morning at the Thunder Bay DSSAB building along with the programs the Community Social Reinvestment Fund have assisted. Through the CSRF, DSSAB funds items like nutrition and food security programs, recreation and employment supports for parents. It's helped programs like the Youth Centre of Thunder Bay stay afloat. Youth Centre president Colleen Peters said before the CSRF funding, they didn't know where they were going to find the financial assistance for operating costs. "Having the fund available to us, just allows us to continue to operate, to provide a safe and structured environment for youth and with it, the struggle to keep the youth centre open would be much harder than what it is today," said Peters, adding the funding from DSSAB shows they believe youth are a priority in the community. "We know we have many different barriers and struggles for youth so for the DSSAB to provide this type of funding, it's a solid commitment and a loud statement," she said. About $590,000 was allocated to 42 applicants through the CSRF this year.

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y wife and I went on a date. We climbed onto our quad machine and drove the riding trails to learn how passable they were. Time together is very precious for Laura and me. While I have a lot of time, she doesn’t. Laura is very busy trying to finish her Master of Education, run a riding business, teach in town at the college and run a family. So when we actually get to spend time together other than commuting to town, we call it a date. Saturday evening was gloriously warm and sunny. “I want to take the evening off,” she announced. “Why don’t we drive around the trails to see if they are open and if there are any trees that have fallen across that need to be cleared?” So, we did. I fetched the machine and drove to the house to pick her up as she had to make sure that my old dog, Cedric, whose back end has all but given out on him, was safely inside. “Ceddy will want to follow us and he can’t so it is best we leave him inside. The other two dogs will want to join us.”


Long time gone It had been a long time since Laura and I motored around the trails. The last time was in mid-summer when we went to see what blueberries might be available for the picking. So I’d forgotten how snug we are together aboard the quad – a tight but welcome fit especially when Laura wraps her arms around my middle. I had tried walking on the trail the previous week and didn’t get very far at all. Too much snow still on the trail, underneath of which was ice. This time most of both were gone with only occasional patches remaining that were easily negotiated by the four-wheel drive machine. The trail heads into the bush and then up a steep hill to veer off either to the left or right. When riding we invariably take the path to the right that leads to what we call “White Pine Trail” since you arrive at some magnificent sentinels all grouped together. The first halt came when we rounded a corner on the trail to be confronted with a massive, downed poplar tree.

“Guess I’ve got a job to do,” I said. “Looks to be in good enough shape that you could cut it up and bring the pieces home for firewood,” Laura replied. So we turned the quad around and headed for an alternate route that passes through a lovely, small meadow. Ah, but as we entered the trail on the other side of the meadow we ran into at least three feet of snow. The quad wasn’t going to make it through this impediment. In fact we almost got stuck but with a bit of rocking the machine back and forth, we were able to back out. So back we drove and when we came to the fork in the trail, we headed to the right that takes a rider into the very back field, a place now overgrown with magnificent trees. We were going to continue into what we call the Red Pines, a now 55-year-old planted bush through which the riding trail weaves that eventually brings one to view the lower beaver pond. It, like the meadow trail was a no-go. Very quickly Laura and I sized the amount of snow before making the same mistake twice and turned back to continue the loop that brings one back to where the trail opens up into the field and then retraced our route home.

Wet lands The trail where the horses have worn a groove over the years, was full of meltwater. Add to that the rain we had the other night. It was very wet. Son Doug told me that he wanted to jog the trails. I told him to wear a wet suit since he’d get soaking wet if he tried. “Wait a couple of weeks for the water to be either evaporated or absorbed into the ground.” When Laura and I returned to the barn with the quad and two very dirty dogs, we collared especially the woolly one, Todd, and washed his belly and legs using the barn hose. Into the house we came with one sweet smelling pooch. The other pup required only his paws wiped. The ‘date’ was worth it. We learned it will be some time before we can ride horses on the trails. Going now would be too hard on their legs and in places still be treacherous where the ice has remained. But with the daily rise in temperature and if we receive a warm rain, the remaining snow in the bush will disappear and we only have to wait for the trails to dry. I wonder if my love would be willing to accompany me on another date to cut up some downed trees? You can contact Rural Roots by e-mail:



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to the entire building. “Jessica has been a wonderful addition to our family here at the essica Williams is excited to go to police station,” Levesque said. “Jessica lights up the room. She brings work every Monday. a smile to everybody’s face.” Since September, Williams Williams’ employment is has been working for the “Jessica has the result of a partnership Thunder Bay Police Service between the city police force at the Balmoral Street station. been a and Community Living “I love being here for the wonderful Thunder Bay. opportunity to work with addition to Community Living them,” she said with a smile. our family Thunder Bay serves about “Everybody says hi and they here at the 300 people with intellectual love me being here.” disabilities and enables 100 That much is evident police of them to serve either watching Williams walk station.” employment or volunteer through the halls of the J.P. LEVESQUE roles in the community station as she is fondly through partnerships with 50 greeted by everyone she different organizations. passes. “Our main goal is to try to assist Thunder Bay Police chief J.P. Levesque says Williams brings cheer people to become a full-fledged By Matt Vis - TB Source


citizen,” said David Blackwood, director of supports and services. “We want to see the community open up their arms and really include people with intellectual disabilities in a meaningful way.” The police service has had a partnership with Community Living Thunder Bay dating back more than a decade. They had been employing a member of the organization for 13 years before she had to give up the position for medical reasons, opening up the door for Williams. Williams is responsible for collecting documents from across the station to be destroyed. She then takes all of the documents to her work area and shreds them. The police have long supported those with intellectual disabilities not only through their partnership with the

community organization but with their prominent role with Special Olympics Ontario. Just a couple of months ago the force raised $60,000 through their annual polar bear plunge. But having the opportunity to bring Williams into their family is something special. “It’s a nice way to add to the community and give somebody an opportunity to get some meaningful employment,” Levesque said. “We want to not only seem to be inclusive, we want to be inclusive.” The highlight for Williams was her first day, which she admitted made her nervous. The chief was ready to make her feel welcome though. He presented her with a shirt bearing the force’s logo, which she has proudly adopted as her work uniform.


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By Jodi Lundmark - TB Source 1967 Mustang Fastback is going to help keep the Thunder Bay Museum’s doors open. This year’s classic car raffle has the candy apple red car up as the grand prize. The raffle usually raises about $50,000 for the museum’s operating and programming costs. Museum curator Tory Tronrud found the car for sale online from a seller just outside of Moncton, N.B. and as soon he saw it, he knew it was something special. “It’s in beautiful shape. It’s been nicely restored. It’s a wonderful driving car. It runs really well. There’s no rust or major flaws,” he said. “It’s one of the best cars we’ve had to date.” Museum fund and chairwoman Tine Bucknell said the last raffle was a Camaro and that sold out quicky and they’re sure they



HOT WHEELS: Thunder Bay Museum fund and event chairwoman Tine Bucknell and fundraiser coordinator Christina Bruce stand by a 1967 Mustang Fastback, the grand prize in this year's classic car raffle. The museum is hoping to raise $50,000.

can sell out this year as well. “A lot of people were asking for Mustangs,” she said. “It seems to be a hot car to raffle off here in Thunder Bay.” The funds raised through the raffle go to operating costs for the museum, from utilities like heat and power to programming and exhibits. “We have a lot of expenses,” said Bucknell. “A building like that costs money.” Tickets are $15 each or two for $20 or five for $40. Volunteers will be selling tickets at the Arthur Street Canadian Tire until Sunday and then at Intercity Shopping Centre next Tuesday through Sunday. Tronrud said they are in need of more volunteers to help sell tickets. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the museum at 623-0801 and ask for Christine. For more information on the car and the raffle visit

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Visual fuel for thought ART By Linda Maehans - TB Source hey’ve spent four years developing and cultivating their creativity in an academic setting. Now, this year’s Visual Arts grads from Lakehead University are adjusting horizons, projecting forward and beyond to who knows what bright new destinies. Definitely Superior Art has once again given over its entire gallery space to LU’s Retro Graduate Artist Show 2014: some 70 or so works by this year’s class of 18. Assembled and curated by the grads themselves, this truly is “their show.” It is not necessarily what they chose to display for their Major Studio exhibit (4th year specialization) leading up to graduation day. Instead, now at Definitely Superior we see these artists’ explorations as they moved through all four years of their classroom/studio education. Clearly this Retro Grad Show is indicative of their processes of selfdiscovery and ideas they want us to think about. Observations. About themselves, about society. Their concerns. About the environment, the economy; politics…it’s all good, or actually, not so good. Visual artists are, after all, the significant effective messengers reflecting this world’s realities at any given time.



CULMINATION: Hereditary Relapse, a mixed media piece by Vicki Lundmark, is part of Lakehead University’s Retro Graduate Artist Show. This show has us thinking. And is unusual for some of the materials/techniques these artists experimented with. Sure, the expected acrylics; but this show includes portraits that have us

wondering. Also digital photography, but with a subtle edge. Lace; latex; reclaimed copper with acid-etched plate, wood and ink; and what about something called encaustic wax painting?

Readers will want to go see for themselves. Look once, then look again; and be compelled to think carefully about what’s in front of you today. “Yes, a thought-provoking show,”

agreed gallery director David Karasiewicz. “Everything that’s going on in the world, it really shows in these artists’ work. I think, throughout history artists have been the watchdogs of society, the voices-of-concern. These 2014 grads appear to be presenting this phenomenon in a strong way; their paintings, photos, sculptures and installations are not so forgettable, are they. We end up really thinking about them.” Case in point: in the first gallery, near the entrance, is a large panel entitled Hereditary Relapse. Literally, it claimed my attention throughout my visit through the galleries. Even as I moved to look at other works, again and again my eyes returned to this mixed-media photograph. In close up, greatly enlarged and pixel’ed: a texture, a mood of unease; from a distance it radiates heat, is unsettling beyond the amber hues, the lighting, of the original photograph this artist took. Then, notice a miniature replica of this same scene in another work by this same artist, on another wall. “Many subtleties in these works; keep our eyes constantly moving. And stories going on. It’s like a complex journey; first through the eyes of an artist, and then through our own, with our thoughts. This is an amazing show.” Visit, think about: the 2014 LU Retro Grad Show is up at Definitely Superior Art until May 31.

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MARTIAL ART: The Isshinryu Karate Expo 2014 will be held at the West Thunder Community Centre from Friday to Sunday. The event will feature expert instructors and black belt testing.

Movies in the Park travels to Asgard T H E T B AY T O - D O L I S T By TB Source

he long weekend has plenty of activities for people to check out, including the first of Movies in the Park's late night series and a karate expo at the West Thunder Community Centre. And Canadian folk rock act City and Colour will be at the Auditorium on Friday. Dallas Green is bringing his solo act City and Colour to the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium this Friday. The Juno-Award winning artist is known for hits like Save Your Scissors and Comin' Home. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the TBCA box office. Movies in the Park kicks off its late night series this Friday with Thor: The Dark World, the latest Marvel film about the Asgardian hero. The movie will start around 9:30 p.m., after sunset, in Prince Arthur's Landing. Moviegoers should bring a lawnchair or blankets and warm clothing. Food and drinks can be purchased in the park. The late night series continues next Friday with Ghostbusters.




This weekend martial artists will want to check out the Isshinryu Karate Expo 2014 at the West Thunder Community Centre. The event runs from Friday to Sunday and will feature more than 25 seminars, expert instructors, black belt testing and a banquet. All styles, ages and belt ranks are welcome. Looking for something affordable to do on Tuesday? It's Dougall Media Free Tuesday at the Thunder Bay Museum. Along with exhibits on the city's history that includes artifacts and pictures, the Albertosaurus exhibit is also up. The Albertosaurus was a flesh-eating dinosaur that lived in what is now Alberta. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Vintage auto enthusiasts may want to check out the Thunder Bay Vintage Sports Car Club on Tuesday. The multi-marquee club offers a chance to socialize and give assistance with restoration and maintenance and meets the third Tuesday of every month. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Prosvita Hall on lower High Street. Everyone is welcome. Let us know about events happening in and around the city by emailing


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By Jamie Smith – TB Source ome major changes could be coming to Chapples Park if several community groups get their wish. With an estimated 5,000 people in the city now playing the beautiful game, Soccer Northwest Ontario wants to see five allweather fields at the park including a 120,000 square-foot building to house a standard field indoors. Leagues in the city are having trouble scheduling games and finding adequate fields to play on. The organization said the facility could also help the city attract provincial, national and international tournaments. The Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre, also located at Chapples, would also like to attract major competitions by adding an indoor facility of its own. Thunder Bay Chill Soccer Club was also looking for help Monday. The organization’s Premier Development Team couldn’t play a majority of its games at its home field at Chapples last year due to conditions. So far this year two Premier players and three youth players have injured themselves on the field. President Tony Colistro asked council to give the team more opportunity to use Fort William Stadium this year until a more permanent solution could be found. Coun. Paul Pugh said it’s a shame that a championship team like the Chill, which has also seen growth from 123 to more than 2,000 youth in its development programs, is using a field that is in such poor condition. “It’s pathetic,” Pugh said. A feasibility study on the proposed changes is expected in the fall. Council also told administration to accommodate the Chill club as much as possible this season.



SEASON SET TO START: Midfielder Vitor Huvos controls the ball during a training session at Fort William Stadium on Sunday.

Chill want a title SOCCER

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t seems like a long time ago that a playoff appearance was the definition of a successful season for the Thunder Bay Chill. That bar has since been raised significantly. The reigning Premier Development League regular season champs opened training camp at Fort William Stadium this past weekend with one goal in mind -- capturing the league crown. For veteran defenders Zetroy Robertson and Nolan Intermoia, both of whom were on squads that finished one win short of the title last year as well as in 2010, it's time to taste victory. “For myself and Nolan we have a lot of unfinished business,” Robertson said before a training


session on Sunday. “I really want to win a championship. I’ve come up short twice now and we’re hoping this year will be it. That’s our main goal.” After putting together a league-best mark of 12-1-1 in the regular season, Thunder Bay marched all the way to the league final before dropping a 3-1 decision to the host Austin Aztex. When it came time to compile this year’s roster, head coach Tony Colistro looked at where he thought his team fell short and adapted accordingly. He didn’t have a shortage of options, as more than 100 players from around the globe contacted the team during the offseason looking for a spot. “We just felt we were a little bit small last year and a little young. This year we brought in experienced players, players who have definitely

been there who are older and have top notch talent,” Colistro said. The centrepiece of this latest batch of new recruits is Brazilian midfielder Vitor Huvos, who arrives with a wealth of international experience. Huvos, 25, had previously spent time with the reserve squad of perennial Spanish powerhouse Atletico Madrid. “I have some good skills, quality passes and quality on the ball,” Huvos said. “I can also help with the touch call game and bring everything I have learned in my soccer life to Thunder Bay.” He says the Chill’s past history of success was a primary factor in his decision to spend the summer in North America. “I just want to help the team with all I can do, maybe some goals, maybe some assists. I’m not worried about individual (accomplishments).”

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By Leith Dunick – TB Source hen the Firefighter’s Ten Mile Road Race began in 1910, about 21 elite-level runners took to the streets to compete. Fast-forward 104 years and the event has become one of the crown jewels on the local running calendar, boasting about 1,000 runners and drawing people in from around the region and beyond. One of the oldest ongoing road races in North America, the Ten Miler is open to runners of all levels, not just the elite-level athletes. Still, the competitive nature of the event is front and centre. With Kenyans Gilbert Kiptoo, the four-time reigning champion, and his country mate Paul Kimayyo, who finished just a split second behind Kiptoo a year ago, threatening to run away with the race again, organizers realized they needed some added incentive to keep local runners inter-



HITTING THE STREETS: Runners begin the 2012 Firefighter’s Ten Mile Road Race. ested. Last year they expanded the prize pool to include the top 10 finishers on both the men’s and women’s side, and

plan to do it again in 2014. “We want to make sure we encourage our elite athletes. But we also wanted to (reward) the top 10. It

makes it more realistic for regular athletes to strive for as well,” race director Meghan Shanks said on Saturday, nine days before the Ten Miler’s Victoria Day start." The competition should be hot and heavy, and while the Kenyans are assuredly the favourites – Kiptoo recently finished second at the Vancouver Marathon – there is plenty of local content to get excited about, Shanks said. The list includes Dominic Aulagnon, Trevor Zimak and Mark Marones, as well as five-time former champion Jonathan Balabuck. “We do have lots of local runners who have signed up once again. They came in sixth, seventh and eighth last year,” Shanks said. On the women’s side, the field could be wide open. Last year’s champion, Ellsworth, Wisc.’s Morgan Place, had not yet registered, leaving the door wide open for the likes of eight-time champion Katie McGee of Duluth and Thunder

Bay’s own Nicki Wilberforce, a twotime champion who has eight runner-up finishes and crossed the line third in 2013. “It seems like we have this flood of elite runners, so we’re pretty excited,” Shanks said. Kevin Anderson, representing the Thunder Bay Professional Firefighters Association, said the race is important to his organizations. Looking outside on Saturday, with the mercury soaring to 14 C, Anderson said hopefully the weather continues through to race weekend. “I hope it’s like this next weekend,” he said. “The runners probably are hoping for something a bit cooler.” Fellow sponsor Patrick Trevisanutto of Halfway Motors, which rescued the event six years ago, said it’s a great chance for everyone to come out, have a little fun and promote physical fitness at the same time. “We hope that you’re either in the race or you’re going to come out and be a spectator,” he said.

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