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BACK HOME: Diana Mattinas (right) and Cameron Wesley check out Haley Irwin’s gold medal.

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By Leith Dunick – TB Source aley Irwin’s fans decked themselves out in all manner of red and white, painted their faces, carried homemade signs and descended on Thunder Bay International Airport, nervously awaiting their hero’s return from Sochi. The Air Canada flight, originally scheduled to land at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday evening, was 45 minutes late. The delay did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm. Every few minutes – then every few seconds once the plane finally landed – chants of “Haley! Haley! Haley!” rang out. Fittingly Team Canada’s gritty forward, and Thunder Bay’s own, held back, allowing the other passengers to pass through the gauntlet that awaited her arrival. “She’s coming. She’s coming,” they laughed, premature flash bulbs lighting their way through a crowd which numbered more than 100. Their excitement mounting, the city’s grinning golden girl triumphantly strode around the corner, her second Olympic gold medal hanging nonchalantly around her neck. The deafening cheer that arose confirmed her presence. The 25-year old Irwin, greeted by a crowd half the size when she returned home from the Vancouver Games, was in awe this time around. “It’s awesome. For everyone to come out and have a warm welcome like that, it’s exciting,” she said. “You know that when we’re away that Canada is cheering for you, but now to feel that, it’s cool.” Irwin wasn’t sure what to expect when she landed. “I knew (there would be) some people, but probably not a crowd this big. It


exceeded my expectations for sure.” Thirteen-year-old Hanna Whalen was there with her friends to support her Olympic hero, dressed in Team Canada gear in a show of unity. It was Irwin who inspired the teen to keep playing hockey, one of the main reasons she wanted to greet her on her return home. “The gold medal is really cool. I watched her game and it was really awesome that they won it like that.” Like most of the country Hanna was on the edge of her seat as Canada took the gold medal game to the limit, scoring twice in the final four minutes to force overtime against their rivals from south of the border. They won it in the extra frame, the first of two hockey gold medals Canada would claim. “I really wanted them to get the gold … and they did. That was really awesome.” Erica Vidotto said it was pretty cool to meet a real live Olympian, who just five days ago was wowing the world, assisting on the game-tying goal that turned the nation into believers all over again. “I was watching the game at school and the class was all excited and when the puck hit the post we were all in suspense. When they scored it was really awesome and we got all excited. I wanted to support her,” the 12-year-old said. Seeing the medal was pretty cool too. “It’s really shiny,” she said. “It’s shiny and it’s heavy and it’s awesome.” Joseph Gallant brought his three-year-old daughter Sierra to have a picture taken with Irwin. It was the Canadian thing to do, he said. “I played hockey my whole life,” said Gallant, a one-time Thunder Bay Flyers teammate of the city’s other gold-medal winner Patrick Sharp of the men’s hockey team. “Growing up in Canada it’s your dream and inspiration to play on the world junior team or the Olympic team.”

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University of Ottawa suspends hockey team indefinitely hunder Bay police are remaining tight-lipped about an alleged sexual assault involving University of Ottawa hockey players. Police spokesman Chris Adams on Monday said they learned last Tuesday through a third-party complainant of a possible sexual assault that took place earlier this year in Thunder Bay “It’s an allegation of a sexual assault, which occurred sometime on the weekend of Feb. 1. This weekend coincides with the weekend the Ottawa hockey team, from the University of Ottawa was in town playing (the Lakehead Thunderwolves),” Adams said, not directly confirming the Ottawa players were involved. Adams said third-party complaints aren’t uncommon in sexual assault cases. SUSPENDED: Unidentified University of Ottawa players are under investigation. Police have been in contact with The Sun also called it a “gang internal review that will be the victim, but would not comment conducted so as not to interfere with on reports the victim is not co-oper- sexual assault.” Police have not made any arrests any investigation the police may ating with the authorities. “We are working with the victim. in the case, which has sent shock- undertake.” School officials went on to say waves across the university We’re also working with they are “deeply disturbed” that it hockey landscape. all involved parties at this The school immediately took more than three weeks for the stage,” he said. “It’s still a suspended the entire men’s allegations to come to light. preliminary investigation The allegations arose as accusahockey team – which was at this point. But we are “We are following up as best we working with eliminated from the OUA tions of a prevalent rape culture playoffs last month – surfaced at the University of can, as well as with the the victim.” Ottawa, after student union leader indefinitely. assistance of the Ottawa CHRIS ADAMS University officials held Anne-Marie Roy alleged five male Police Service who are a brief news conference on students at the school engaged in doing a lot of the leg work Monday afternoon to sexually explicit conversations for us.” about her. address the situation. “I’m not going to get Lakehead University officials said In a release they stated into any details specifically about the victim or about the they received notice on Feb. 24 they knew nothing of the allegarest of the investigation as it is still about the incident and notified tions until they hit the national media. police the following day. very fluid and it’s still unfolding.” “We have not been contacted to “The university assured the police According to the Ottawa Sun, the victim is a woman known to one of that it will co-operate fully with participate in any investigation,” the Ottawa GeeGees players and whatever investigation they may said Toby Goodfellow, the school’s director of media relations. “several other players were initiate,” the release states. “If they contact us, we would.” “The university has launched an involved in the sexual assaults.”

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ransport Canada appears satisfied in Wasaya Airlines’ response to a number of major safety violations uncovered during a recent routine inspection. Aviation’s governing body on Friday said they’re continuing to monitor the company to ensure compliance is maintained. “Transport Canada has consistently followed up with the organization and is working with the company on a regular basis to ensure that compliance with regulations is maintained,” spokesman Clay Cervoni said in an email to Thunder Bay Television. The assessment report shows the First Nation-owned airline is not in conformance in a number of key areas, including its safety management plan, documentation, training, awareness and compliance and quality assurance. Shortfalls suggest company employees did not regularly check the de-icing fluid in Pickle Lake for temperature and viscosity and passengers weren’t being briefed pre-flight in accordance with federal regulations, including the use of personal electronic devices and improperly stowed carry-on baggage or improperly positioned armrests. Additionally the emergency response plan had not been updated in more than three years and there was no carry-on baggage sizing unit in either Thunder Bay or Sioux Lookout. Finally, an armed peace officer was transported without proper documentation.




VIOLATIONS: Wasaya officials say they’re working with Transport Canada. There were also issues found relating to both safety oversight and emergency preparedness and response. A series of interviews, which occurred over a week-long period last year, showed staff had differing levels of safety management plan awareness, with indications employees had started to lose respect for the process. Wasaya president and CEO Tom Morris says the airline and its employees take all regulations seriously and remain committed to ensuring that the people flying and maintaining their aircraft are above industry standards. “SMS is designed to be an everchanging and ever-improving system,” Morris said in an emailed statement. “It is continuously being

reviewed by our staff and we have recognized areas of improvement. This report was issued one year ago in March of 2013. Since then we have been actively working with Transport Canada to continue to support and embrace a culture of safety within the workplace for all of our staff and travellers.” The company has supplied a corrective action plan to Transport Canada, which says it will continue to monitor and work with the company to ensure compliance. “Aviation safety is a top priority for Transport Canada. Should safety deficiencies with the company be identified, the department will take appropriate action,” Cervoni said. The full report was first made public by the Aboriginal People's Television Network.

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parvovirus outbreak has forced the city’s animal services to temporarily stop dog adoptions. In a news release issued Monday afternoon, the City of Thunder Bay confirms that two dogs have been infected with the virus. Those two dogs are now being treated at a local veterinary hospital. While parvovirus does not affect humans, it is highly contagious among dogs. Local rescue groups have been contacted to help the city’s animal


services remove six dogs that have not been vaccinated against the virus. Meanwhile, six healthy dogs that have been vaccinated remain at the city’s facility. “You don’t need to have direct contact between dogs for the virus to spread,” said Jody Kondrat, supervisor of animal services. “It is easily transmitted by ‘fomites’ such as hands, clothing and shoes of anyone who comes in contact with the virus. “We are taking every precaution to control the outbreak and once it is resolved and we can be sure the animals are healthy, we will re-open adoptions.”

The centre believes the virus was introduced when it took in a young, sick dog in February. All stray dogs will be temporarily boarded at Tripaway Boarding Kennel until the outbreak has been resolved. Parvo is spread through the feces and vomit of infected dogs. The virus is highly resistant and is able to survive in extreme heat and sub-zero conditions for several months. Officials with Animal Services are using this outbreak to remind pet owners to vaccinate their animals against parvovirus and other diseases.

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CITY HALL By Leith Dunick –TB Source early a third of city council opposed this year’s approved budget. The 2014 budget was ratified Monday night 8-4, which will see about a three per cent increase to the city’s tax levy this year. Coun. Rebecca Johnson, who proposed nearly $1 million in cuts throughout the process, voted against it along with Coun. Linda Rydholm, Coun. Ken Boshcoff and Coun. Trevor Giertuga. Giertuga said he was fundamentally opposed to a budget that would continue to add city staff. In past years he’s proposed hiring freezes, but those haven’t been successful. This year the city will add nearly 17 positions. “I’m not in agreement with consistently adding new staff,” he said.


Boshcoff said the budget process should be trying to find savings. The city can’t just keep spending more money. “We weren’t trying to constrain. We were just going on business as usual,” he said. While several amendments of his weren’t passed, something Boshcoff said he understands, the city needs to prepare to find cuts when times are tough. But Coun. Aldo Ruberto said his colleagues who voted against the budget are at the council table throughout the year when projects are voted on. The city has done a good job keeping increases low while still being able to maintain quality of life, which includes everything from social programs to roads. “We tried our hardest to keep it as low as possible,” Ruberto said. “I find it kind of disappointing that some of the councillors voted against it.”

No one wants to see costs go up or taxes increase but just like a home, the city needs to spend money in order to maintain itself. As for the added staff, Ruberto said all councillors know that health and safety requirements have forced the city’s hand to hire some of those positions. And half of the new staff are funded by the province. “It’s free from the province are we going to turn that away? I don’t think so,” he said. “That’s ridiculous.” A few last minute additions were lost to ties during the final budget debate. Coun. Andrew Foulds wanted the city to continue its evening child care pilot program at Grace Remus, which is slated to close by June in the budget. The city will also reduce maintenance in back lanes around the city despite a proposal from Coun. Joe Viridramo to keep the program as-is.


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FINALIZED: Council ratified the 2014 operating and capital budget Monday evening.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Plebiscite the answer

Too early for plebiscite W n Tuesday a group sought to convince city councillors a plebiscite is the answer to decide whether or not to build an event centre. While we're not opposed to the idea of putting the question to the ballot, it's not the right time. Yes, it would cost a lot less to ask the question in the upcoming municipal election. But what question would the city be asking? For some, a simple proceed or not, regardless of what the taxpayer implications might be, is enough. They do not want the project to go ahead at any cost. For others, their support depends on how much money city ratepayers would have to contribute to the $106.1-million project. That question cannot be answered yet. It is why city officials are moving on to Phase 3 of the consultation process. The next steps will help determine what money might be available from other levels of government and just what the impact will be to local coffers. If it is determined the federal or provincial governments are not interested in contributing major amounts to the project, and city officials still want to go ahead, then that is when a plebiscite should be held. And we will be the first to hold city council's feet to the fire. But let's get to that point first.


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To the editor: hy do we need a plebiscite on the location and building of a new multiplex/event centre? “The proposal involves building a $50million to $60 million facility with about 5,500 seats," it was reported in December 2009. The present cost is $106 million plus. “The city’s share of the estimated $60million project is $18 million, it was written in a local editorial in 2010. The city's share is now estimated to be $35 million or more. Why is building this facility such an urgency? "As an arena, it could go for another 20 to 30 years, but the condition of Fort William Gardens isn’t the issue,” community services manager Greg Alexander told TBNewswatch in May 2010. "I think that’s already a done deal and I don’t think it should be a done deal," said now Mayor Keith Hobbs in September 2010. "I think that should go to a plebiscite," he said, adding that the electorate should vote on any big-ticket items. "It’s going to be a $100-million expense by the time we get there. It’s $100 million right now." “Clearly the downtown site we see as a great opportunity, if we can do it without having to acquire more parking,” said city manager Tim Commisso to Northern Ontario Business in 2011. A parkade. Surprise. It's been reported that an estimate puts a parkade price tag with 500 spaces at $16 million. Shouldn’t this have eliminated this location as cost-prohibitive? At election time, Hobbs said he’s been hearing loud and clear that people want to see the centre at Innova Park. "The public has to make this decision, not the council, not the mayor," Hobbs was quoted as saying. "We’re going to take the advice from public on this one." Look at what the Chronicle-Journal's editorial board wrote just two years ago: “Hobbs thinks the fix is in among consultants and city administrators to arrange that in order to assure the waterfront district gets the multiplex.” Really Keith? Most people think this as well. "It has to be affordable and it has to be sustainable. If we don't receive funding from the feds and the province, this is going to be a no-go. I know I'm hearing loud and clear that we need federal and provincial money to make it go forward," the mayor told TBNewswatch in late 2011. The cost has doubled since first proposed, projected operating costs are nearly double that of Fort William Gardens. Is that really affordable and sustainable? “I have stated before I was elected mayor that the [people of Thunder Bay

need to decide this issue and I haven't nor will I change my view on this," is what he told me in an email in 2012. Well Keith, if you really are a man of your word, let's have a plebiscite. You did say the electorate should vote on any big-ticket items. It is quite clear why we need to have a plebiscite on both, proceeding with this facility and the location of this facility. Bigger and more difficult questions to answer honestly are, Why wouldn’t you have one and why is council continuing to stonewall the public on this? Jeff Caldwell, Thunder Bay

We are saved To the editor: ob Barker has taken it upon himself to bear the Americans’ burden of saving the backward Canadians/ Northern Ontarians from themselves. Between him and Barry Kent MacKay of Born Free USA we will be saved and all will be well. One of whom is from Washington, D.C. and the other from Hollywood. What a relief I don’t have to decide what I should eat. I don’t have to make these decisions anymore. You make a lot of decisions every day. Some are more important than others, some are personal, some not so much. One of these decisions is what to eat. It is personal to me as what you consume is likely to you. Why though, I wonder, is it so much so to you? Why is the decision as to what I


eat up to you? I ask you what type of foods should I eat? Organic? Should I eat from industrial farms, mono-cultured fields and chemical-laden soils? Soils and lands nourished by chemicals and leached by waters which do not reach the sea? Should I eat foods pre-portioned and pre-packaged in plastic and styrofoam? We say we know which diet is better for us, for the environment – natural and organic, the 100-mile principle. Are they words to live by or platitudes to soothe our souls while we rape the world? Do you know? Are insects revolting or a good source of protein? Are seals cute or edible? The spring bear hunt raises all of these questions. However, none of the answers I feel have been given the airing they deserve. It has been said that I am wrong, that I am cruel, a Luddite because I eat wild meats; a neanderthal because I do not embrace your beliefs. Because I choose, and some would say have the courage, to know my food, to in some cases confront it, look it in the eye. I know what my food is, what it eats, where it came/comes from. My relationship to what I call food is spiritual in many cases, whether I take it from the ground as berries or vegetables or kill it. I have a relationship with it; far beyond the Air Miles I may get for its purchase. So you can say I am cruel, maybe I am. I do my own killing, I don’t ask you to do it for me, I don’t ask you to put my food in pretty packages.

Disguise it so I don’t see what it is, the death of something so that I may live. The spring bear hunt has been embraced as an example of the crudeness of the backwoods type of people in Northern Ontario, and as the slaughter of the innocent creatures causing immeasurable suffering, starvation and according to some maybe even global warming. I would like to lay out some facts regarding the spring bear hunt. One it is not a slaughter, it is a controlled regulated activity, very regulated. More regulated than the slaughter of deer, moose, mice, birds, rabbits you kill every day when you drive. Build your shopping malls, factories, farms, highways, etc. The animals that are legally taken are male, a very, very small percentage are female. It is highly illegal to take a female. Moreover the range these bears are taken at is close enough that identification is not difficult; bears do not wear pants. Not at least like the Hollywood bears Bob Barker knows so well. The reason bears are hunted in the spring is that the amount of fat in the meat is minimal, it has been used up during hibernation; they are certainly not for trophies. Their weight is down, the hide is not good, so as a trophy they are not desirable; it is meat that they are taken for. Organic meat, naturally grown meat, naturally taken meat, not a bit of styrofoam to be seen. Kevin Reiner, Thunder Bay


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As the vortex turns By J.R. Shermack Special to TB Source invite all my friends to join me outside (you’ll need a parka) where we will shake our fists high in the air and scream out loud, “Curse you polar vortex!” There is a widespread feeling across Canada that we are slowly and relentlessly freezing to death and there’s nothing we can do about it. A big bulge of bitter cold weather is nosing its way down over North America, referred to by some as a “Polar Pig,” which it truly is if you ask me. Others have named this phenomenon “Santa’s Revenge” – maybe he is upset because the North Pole is melting. The real culprit is something called the polar vortex, a harddriving cyclone high in the Arctic that is spreading an icy hell as far south as Georgia and Florida. It remains to be seen if this is the coldest winter on record but that punishing blast of frosty arctic air has been nipping at Canadian noses for months. There is no relief on the horizon and we have nobody to blame except ourselves, especially if global warming is somehow behind all this shivering. The Americans are blaming Canada – after all, the polar vortex is funneling Canadian Arctic air down over their frozen cities and clogging their streets with moun-


the country with readings of 1.6 tains of snow. But before we start blaming each degrees above average. The warmest ever recorded was other we should look at the science. There has always been a huge 2009-10 when the Canadian polar vortex, a type of high- average was 4.1 degrees over powered arctic twister, swirling normal. These numbers seem small but around the North Pole like a frozen tiny changes generate the awesome hurricane. The centre of the rotating vortex power of blizzards, tornadoes and is calm and cold with a temperature the minus 40 deep freeze we now enjoy. of -80 degrees Celsius. Canadians have a complex relaIt is driven at high speeds and high altitudes by the jet stream and tionship with the weather – we these strong winds normally complain about it constantly and prevent the huge volume of super- yet we still brag about being the chilled air from rolling south tough and hardy northerners we are. towards Thunder Bay. Just like everything else, the This year something caused the vortex to spill over, sending frigid weather has been sensationalized and forecasters are always air tumbling south and on the lookout for Mother east through Canada Nature’s next weather bomb. and the U.S. We have to learn a new Nobody knows if this “Canadians weather jargon which is part of a natural cycle have a includes frostquakes (with or if arctic warming is complex sonic booms), freezing fog changing the jet stream, relationship and thunder snowstorms. allowing this pesky with the And now we are at the arctic bulge to freeze us mercy of a huge, swirling, out. weather...” blast-chilled mega-twister It doesn’t really parked over the North Pole, matter whether it’s ready to throw more icy global warming or something else altogether, there are thunderbolts our way. If you’re hoping for an early complex and unpredictable disruptions in normal climate patterns spring, forget it – you’ll need your parka until May. worldwide. My advice is to keep on the It has been colder in the past – the coldest year on record was the sunny side – it will be cold but the winter of 1971-72 when the forecasters say the skies will be national average temperature in clear and bright. Spring will arrive eventually but Canada was 3.5 degrees lower than until then, “Curse you polar normal. Last winter was mild for most of vortex!’



FORMAL AFFAIR: A model walks the runway Sunday at the Thunder Bay Wedding Show. More than 220 brides were pre-registered for Sunday’s event at the Victoria Inn.


Winston Hall inston Hall on Montreal Street was built for female aircraft workers at Can Car during the Second World War. The hall operated much like a school residence with festivities to keep up morale. It even contained a dance hall, a bowling alley and a grocery store. After Winston Hall closed in 1995, squatters took it over and fire consumed what remained of the building in 1998.


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olice charged a man for impaired driving after he backed over a pedestrian on the city’s southside Sunday morning. Officials with the Thunder Bay Police Service say the incident took place just before 10 a.m. at the corner of McKellar and Miles Streets. A woman was sent to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where she awaits surgery for her serious injuries after a man backed over her with his vehicle. The 34-year-old man is now in custody. He has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.



TAKE NOTICE that a Ratification Vote will be held in accordance with the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Community Ratification Process on March 29, 2014 in order to determine if Eligible Voters approve the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Land Code and the Individual Agreement.

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The following question will be asked of the Eligible Voters of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek by ballot:


"Do you approve: The Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Land Code, dated January 31, 2014 and The Individual Agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada? The Official Day for the Ratification Vote will take place on Saturday, the 29th day of March, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at: The Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, 555 Arthur Street West, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Copies of the Background Documents, the Ratification Documents and the Ratification Process may be obtained from Jordan Hatton, Director of Lands and Resources, at the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Administration Offices, 146 South Court Street, Ontario, phone number 807-623-2724. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that all Members of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek 18 years of age or older as of the date of the Official Voting Day of the Ratification Vote are eligible to vote, PROVIDED THAT SUCH MEMBERS MUST COMPLETE A VOTER REGISTRATION DOCUMENT TO BE PLACED ON THE LIST OF REGISTERED VOTERS. Voter registration documents will be sent to all Eligible Voters whose address is on record with Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek. Voters can register by submitting the documents that are available from the community website, or from Catherine Banning, Ratification Officer at the address and telephone number appearing below and submitting them to the Ratification Officer. VOTERS CAN REGISTER IN PERSON AT THE POLLS UP TO THE CLOSE OF THE POLLS ON THE LAST VOTING DAY. th

DATED at the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Satellite Office, Province of Ontario this 13 day of February, 2014. Catherine Banning, Ratification Officer Thunder Bay, Ontario Telephone: (807) 630-1864 e-mail: NOTE: All Eligible Voters will receive a mail-in ballot package that will include a registration/declaration, however Eligible Voters who wish to vote in person may attend the polls on vote days. If an Eligible Voter has not received a mail-in ballot package please contact the Ratification Officer.

West Frederica Street fire has landed a 24-year-old man in jail. Thunder Bay Police say firefighters quickly brought the blaze, which started at around 3 a.m. Sunday, under control. The small blaze caused minor damage to an apartment unit. Police said as a result of their investigation a suspect has been charged with arson and mischief. He was held pending a court date on Monday.

Snowmobiler dies in collision snowmobiling incident has claimed the life of a 43-year-old Ear Falls man. The incident happened Thursday evening as a group of three snowmobilers was travelling on a hydro corridor near that community. Police say one of the operators came into collision with a guywire. Emergency medical personnel declared the man dead at the scene.


Man killed in Hearst crash 24-year-old Thunder Bay man is dead following a Highway crash near Hearst Sunday afternoon. OPP officers with the Hearst detachment say the crash took place on Highway 11, and led to a road closure that lasted about 10 hours. Police say the man was driving a pickup truck when it’s believed he crossed the centre line and sideswiped a tractor trailer. The truck then collided head on with a second transport truck. The passenger of the pickup suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital in Hearst.


Plebiscite open house scheduled ore than two decades ago Ray Smith successfully helped fight to keep Fort William Gardens from the wrecking ball. These days the head of Concerned Taxpayers of Thunder Bay is fighting to ensure the public has its proper say before talk of a new event centre proceeds any further. Smith, who says he’s not against a scaled-down version of the $106.1-million proposal, says a plebiscite is a must on both the decision to proceed but also the location. On March 11 Smith plans to host a plebiscite open house at the Mary J.L. Black Library, giving the public the opportunity to speak their mind about the project. “The public hasn’t had their say yet, despite some of the things you may have read in the newspaper,” Smith said Wednesday afternoon. “The public is clamouring to have their voice heard.” The presentation is slated to begin at 5 p.m.


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E D U C AT I O N By Leith Dunick – TB Source t. Ignatius is the city’s best high school, according to results released Sunday by right-wing think tank The Fraser Institute. The school scored a 7.5 out of 10 on the annual rankings of Ontario’s secondary schools, tied for 133rd in the province. No other school finished in the top 300 of 740 rated. Hammarskjold High School was No.


2 in the local school list, with a 6.6 rating, good for 301st. Sir Winston Churchill was third at 6.3 (355th), while St. Patrick (6.2) and Westgate (5.4) rounded out the top five. Superior Collegiate, the newest high school in the city, also checked in at 5.4, while La Verendrye, the city’s French-language school, had a 3.0, leaving them in 698th place. Kenora’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School was the top school in the region with a 7.6 score, 122nd in the province. The Northwestern Ontario

community’s Beaver Brae High School earned a 4.1. Dryden High School was 559th at 5.0, a tenth of a point behind Manitouwadge High School. Fort Frances, at 4.6, was 602nd. Terrace Bay’s Lake Superior High School had a 3.6 score, 676th in the province. The rankings are based on data from annual province-wide literacy and math tests under the auspices of Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office.


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hania Young says she’s not sure where she’d be without the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre. After years of addiction struggles, the young mother said she found her way back to the straight and narrow path with the help of counsellors at the 48-year-old facility. On Wednesday she took part in a rebranding ceremony, the addition of a new branch focusing solely on the needs of women seeking specialized services and trying to overcome some of life’s toughest challenges. Featuring outreach and drop-in services and five-day-a-week counselling, the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre for Women is a godsend, Young said. “It’s helped me so much. It’s like family. It’s not just a group to go to, where it’s like a clinical setting. It’s so much family. They care and you can tell that they care about you,” she said. “They have given me every single


bit of information I’ve needed; how to stay sober, how to stay away from triggers, how to take care of my children, how to keep my mental and emotional health good. They’ve taught me everything across the board.” Seeing a refreshed, more targeted approach is a great idea, she added. “I think it’s going to be awesome. Something that’s geared toward women is perfect,” Young said.

‘Comfortable’ “They’ll know that they’re comfortable enough to come here. A lot of women think they need to do everything. They neglect their mental health because they want to do everything. So if they have something that’s geared toward them then they’ll know it’s OK to take care of their mental health.” Executive director Nancy Chamberlain said not every woman needing support can be easily categorized. Some face multiple issues. The new name comes with new responsibilities, inviting women and letting them know they’re welcome

at the centre. There are a lot more women who could make use of their services, and Chamberlain is hoping the rebranding will encourage them to seek help or support. “You could be here related to substance abuse, violence against women, mental-health issues, parenting. You don’t even have to tell us what your issues are to be able to come through our door,” Chamberlain said. She hopes the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre for Women will fill a gap previously missing in the city. “Whether we realize it or not, we tend to organize programs by funding, so we create silos. It wasn’t that many years ago if I would have called here and said I need counselling, somebody would have said, ‘For what?’ “And I would have had to already figure out what my problem was. And that’s just not how life works.” Visit for more information.


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Hold on to your horses was in the barn Saturday morning getting the breakfast feed ready for the horses. One or two of them are predictably impatient. Destiny paws at her stall floor; she is the most insistent. As soon as I enter the barn she begins her hoofing declaration: “I want food and I want it now!” The other equines whicker. It starts when I open the door to the feed room that also acts as an entrance. The horses hear my boots clomping on the wooden floor and even before I get the door to the barn proper open the whickering begins. They know. We feed the horses grain. Horses are individuals, just like humans and some of them have special dietary requirements. Destiny is not one of those. Thus, she must wait until the special menu equines are fed before she along with four other horses, receives her two scoops of grain. In winter, we usually feed grain to the horses twice daily: in the morning before they are turfed and when they are brought back into their stalls at night. During the warmer weather, most of the herd stays outside in their respective paddocks complete with large, round, hay bales upon which to


munch. Feeding grain is reserved for the horses requiring special menus only. Putting grain in each of their mangers acts also as an enticement to get them inside. Mind you, with the temperature holding steady at well below freezing, the horses don’t require any coaxing to re-enter the barn where there is warmth and food especially grain. Most of the horses behave and know which stall they are supposed to enter but very occasionally a greedy one enters the stall of someone who appears to have more in their bowl. Then a rope around the neck gets them to where they should be. The auditory expressions of impatience occur in the morning of course and again when we enter the barn to check on water pails and to give the hay burners their final feed of the night. But Saturday morning it was cold and my glasses had fogged as soon as I entered the barn proper where the horses live. The heat that they create allows for the fogging phenomenon when coming from a freezing atmosphere to a luxuriously warm one. Destiny started to paw; the usual whickering suspects began to whicker. I greeted them with the Kelloggs song

“…the best to you each morning…” regain entrance. The cats set up this and the whickerers, satisfied that feed very annoying meowing early in the is on the way, ceased their demanding. morning because they want to be fed. Not so Destiny. She paws at her stall Much as I might wish to remain bedfloor or bangs with her front hoof the bound for a few more minutes of wooden manger front until I eventually slumber, it is the cats who force me out of my bed. arrive with the pail “Oh well, might as of goodies. Only well get up, stumble then does she cease FRED down the hallway to and desist. JONES the kitchen and get Perhaps I was the coffee on.” The tired; maybe my RURAL ROOTS felines are there nerves were on ahead of me waiting edge. The ‘pawing’ for a dish of milk. and banging got to The origins of the phrase “Hold your me. I remonstrated her: “Yeah, yeah! Hold your horses. I’m coming.” Hold horses…” must have come from a your horses? Did I really say that to a coach or drayman being issued orders to keep the team in check. Or it could horse? I did though it had no effect whatso- have originated (according to ever. I chuckled as I entered her stall Wikipedia) as a military injunction to and ladled out her grain. “Did you hear await further orders. Possibly all of the that, Destiny? I told you to hold your above. Saying “hold your horses” to dogs or horses. Can’t believe I said that.” Actually, I say that a lot usually not to cats is silly but it just comes out the equines but to the dogs or to the without thinking early in the morning. cats. The dogs are on the receiving end But saying it to a horse is sillier. So when typically, I’ve just let them out of then what do I say to an impatient pony Casa Jones, turned around to walk into demanding her grain right away? Hold the kitchen or back to my comfy chair yourself? by the fireplace when I hear them either You can contact Rural Roots by e-mail: scrabbling at the door or barking to




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Magnus’ upcoming production is Tonywinning drama Red THEATRE By Linda Maehans - TB Source ed. That primary colour known to energize, excite; figuratively also to irritate, even enrage (think of the expression “seeing red”). But here, Red is also the title of Magnus’ upcoming production by John Logan. This multi-Tony award winning drama presents a true-sliceof-life palette of Mark Rothko, a Jewish Latvian-born artist who arrived as a child in America just ahead of the First World War. In 1970, at age 67, he took his own life. Rothko is labelled as an Abstract Expressionist. But such words don’t begin to describe the intuitive instincts and spiritual creativity to do with colour at work in the mind of this man. In this production we meet the painter living and painting


in NYC in his 50s; we also meet a young keen assistant, new to Rothko’s studio and to his ideas. The Source asked actor Jordan Campbell, in character as Ken, to describe his mentor. “What do I think of him so far? He’s intense. I’ve only been here for a couple of days; lots of talking; lots of studying, before he actually puts any of his paint onto the canvas. He spends so much time,” a flash of light in Ken’s teal-blue eyes, “just looking. Trying to see, trying to let the inspiration come through. And then all of a sudden he’ll say to me: ‘quick, grab this, grab that’ and that’s when we get to the actual painting part.” Actor Mark Weatherley also spoke in character; immediately it was clear Mark Rothko is a man who doesn’t waste words. “Did I think I would be embarking on this artistic journey as a child? No.” Asked about the over-riding importance of colour in his world, he agreed it did have somewhat of a mystical quality.


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controlled side. That’s what I try to achieve in my paintings. I work in layers, each layer informing what the next layer is going to do. And if I build those layers properly, it allows the inner luminescence of the painting to shine through. But no,” he smiles, “please don’t put labels on my art.” The play’s director, Mario Crudo, offered “Thunder Bay this insight about is such an artthe compelling supportive appeal of Red. community...” “Thunder Bay is such an artMARIO CRUDO supportive community, and so I think this presents such an opportunity for audiences to encounter not just the (visual) art of this play, but of all art. Alongside our shared human condition, such as it is, and also as it possibly could be.” Curtain rises on the palette of Red at Magnus Theatre on Thursday, March 13; runs to March 29. Call the box office for tickets.

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Something to laugh about Latest batch of sitcoms offer a refreshing, kinder humour

his has been a painfully disjointed television season. Although many shows returned after the Christmas hiatus, everything came to a grinding halt for the Olympics. And then there were all the awards shows that threw off the Sunday night lineups. Now, we’ll get a couple solid weeks of new episodes before basketball’s annual March Madness pre-empts CBS. On the plus side, something new is being added to your primetime schedule every few weeks. Specifically, there are some new comedies to lighten your snow-laden mood.


First up is Growing Up Fisher. It’s about the relationships in a family after a divorce and specifically, the young son who has been his blind father’s eyes all his life. Now that dad has moved out, the dynamics have changed drastically. But you know they really love each other. Unfortunately, there’s a weird lack of chemistry between the parents. Yes, they’re divorced, but I can’t figure out how they got together in the first place. However, there’s also a surprising lack of meanness. Today’s comedies seem to focus on rude jokes and sarcastic banter. Nobody seems to like anyone. And while that can be fun at work on Two Broke Girls, when it’s directed at family on Two and a Half Men, the jokes are more mean than funny. But on Fisher, the comedy is in the situations, not the characters’ quips. And that is refreshing enough to keep me watching. About a Boy is another new

comedy that so far, has hit the right on the 12-episode production. tone between sarcasm and humour. It probably helped that SCTV He’s a kid who’s being raised by a alumni Martin Short and Eugene single mom and spending time with Levy will make guest appearances the neighbour, a man-child himself. and that fellow-Canadian Jason Everybody gets a punchPriestley will be on line in this scenario. But directing duty. with a kid that sweet and So comedy is making a earnest, the writers have comeback this “season” – “Today’s used a kinder, gentler whatever this season is. humour with less bite. And a half-hour break is comedies Otherwise, it would be like certainly something we seem to clubbing a baby seal for focus on rude could all use at the end of half an hour. the day. jokes and And one last random bit sarcastic of TV news: Martin returns McGruff the Crime Dog For SCTV fans – and banter.” is going to jail. Yes, the what Canadian isn’t? – bloodhound who implored Andrea Martin is returning us to “Take a Bite Out of to television with the comedy Working the Engels on Crime” during our formative years has been arrested. At least, the actor Thursday nights. Martin plays a widow who must who played McGruff has been run her late husband’s law office sentenced to 16 years for posseswith the help of his less-than- sion of numerous marijuana plants and weapons including … a helpful offspring. Although it’s a Canadian script, grenade launcher. I couldn’t make NBC loved it enough to collaborate this up if I tried.

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RACE RESULTS Men’s 40-kilometre freestyle Chris Hamilton 1:42:27 Andy Shields 1:42:35 Bob Thompson 1:42: 43 Jack Carlyle 1:46:18 Harry Seaton 1:48:45 Greg Kilroy 1:49:01 Jeffrey Cameron 2:02:15 Robert Edman 2:02:56 Justin Faulkner 2:03:28 Victor Whltman 2:04:24


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Men’s 20-kilometre Scott Hill 53:29.2 Victor Hopper 54:50.8 Gavin Shields 55:03.6 Nick Monette 55:53.2 Evan Palmer-Charre 57:43.5 Women’s 20-kilometre Jennifer Jackson 1:03:24 Alannah MacLean 1:03:33 Erin Tribe 1:07:46 Maya Boivin 1:18:38 Karla Bailey 1:20:29 Men’s 8-kilometre Eli Greenwood 31:10.6 Jett Dobson 35:38.0 Ian Dobson 37:33.5 Cedric Martel 37:35.5 Patrick Martel 37:38.5 Women’s 8-kilometre Olivia Demetrakopo 35:08.7 Carley Kiiskila 40:36.2 Barbara Seemayer 43:50.4 Iris Johnson 43:59.4 Madi Fabiano 45:31.6

SKIING By Leith Dunick – TB Source aphne and Moira Haggarty had no idea they were out in front. The Thunder Bay sisters braved frigid temperatures Saturday to cross the finish line together and capture the shortened women’s 40-kilometre skate race at the 37th edition of the Sleeping Giant Loppet. “We live in the same house, so we did the race together and it was way less daunting knowing you had someone else out there to ski with, someone who you know is your same pace,” said Daphne Haggarty, who, like her younger sister, skis for the OUA champion Lakehead University Nordic team. They hardly noticed the cold, which earlier in the week convinced race organizers to push the event back a couple of hours in hopes that the sun would warm the course up. “Once you’re racing that hard, you’re kind of your own furnace. We were more than warm,” Moira Haggarty said. A duel first-place finish wasn’t exactly what they were expecting. It was a big surprise, 20-year-old Moira Haggarty said. “I thought there were girls faster than us ahead. But I guess maybe the enrolment was lower this year or maybe we’re just faster. Who knows?” she said. On the men’s side it was National Development Centre-Thunder Bay graduate Chris Hamilton who outlasted the pack, crossing the finish line just ahead of Andy Shields and Bob Thompson, who took second and third. Hamilton said it was a frosty, windy day, but

worth the effort. “All in all it was a fun time. You always have a good time out here at the Sleeping Giant,” said Hamilton, who captured his first 40-kilometre race, preferring usually to ski the 20-kilometre event, a race in which twice he finished in the runner-up position. Saturday’s race was just his day, he said. “It feels really good. I’ve trained with these guys that I raced with for a long time, so it felt good to finally get one,” the Thunder Bayborn Hamilton said. “It was a hard race. It’s one of those courses that try as you might you couldn’t get away. You just have to keep trying to push and push and pick one guy off at a time. So I think it took six attacks on my part to finally break them. It shows how strong these guys are.” The cold weather undoubtedly had an effect on the event, said race organizer Peter Gallagher. The marquee 50-kilometre event was shortened to 40 kilometres, two laps around Lake Mary Louise, while the 35-kilometre race was eliminated. “I think that was a really successful decision,” Gallagher said of the 50-kilometre change. “People have appreciated being able to ski a little less distance in colder weather. There were, however, no thoughts of outright cancelling the event. “It is pretty cold, but we’re well below the cancellation temperature of -22 C and so there were no thoughts of cancelling. I had people from Wyoming calling me and saying are you holding the race?” Gallagher said the weather did convince many to stay home. He estimated only 650 skiers took part in 2014, down significantly over past years.


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By Leith Dunick – TB Source hirley-Lynn Currie bristles anytime someone says cheerleading isn’t a sport. The 13-year-old has been competing at it for three years and said the physical and mental efforts needed to succeed make it as tough a challenge as any sport out there. “It’s catching people instead of a ball. So to me it’s a sport,” said the youngster, who competes for the Sir Winston Churchill Trojans team. Kinsey Tanzola couldn’t agree more. She loves the fun and competitive aspect of cheerleading. “You can be athletic in a fun way,” said the 11-year-old, who competes for the Dynamite Cheer All Stars in Thunder Bay. “But most people think it’s just you


saying stuff. But it’s about competition.” Shirley-Lynn and Kinsey joined hundreds of like-minded athletes Sunday at Fort William Gardens, where they took part in the annual Northern Ontario Cheerleading Championship. Twenty teams took part in the event, including a newly formed squad from Red Lake. Chelsea Procyk said there’s not much to do in her remote hometown, so she and some friends decided to form the Northern Cheer Exchange. They made their competitive debut at the Gardens, finishing third. “We just love it,” she said. “We don’t have very much to do in our town, so it’s nice to have something fun and competitive. Teammate Alyssia Hawryluk said it’s all about having fun and fitting in.

“We just wanted to be part of what city girls do, I guess. Amanada Maronese heads the Ontario Cheerleading Federation and said the event is all about competition and showcasing all the skills the teams have been working on all season long. It’s not an easy sport to master, she added. “It takes a lot of practice, a lot of hours in the gym learning how to dance, how to tumble, how to stunt properly and safely. Making sure the girls are nice and strong is really helpful.” A good routine can be anything, really, she added. “It all depends. It depends on their stunting. It depends on the type of jumps, their tumbling and dance and how creative they can be and just how much fun they have performing.”


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LEFT THE GAME: Lakehead goalie Jeff Bosch was injured Friday night when Ryerson’s Jamie Wise fell on him in his net.

T-Wolves moving on Lakehead will take on Windsor in the OUA West final UNIVERSITY HOCKEY By Leith Dunick – TB Source he Thunderwolves are moving on to the OUA West final for the first time since 2010. Luckily it looks like they might not have to do it without the services of No. 1 goalie Jeff Bosch. The fourthyear netminder, who extended his shutout string to 111:30 before the Ryerson Rams finally solved him in on the power play in the second period, five minutes later went down in a heap under goal scorer Jamie Wise. He needed help to the bench, and did not return. Rookie Justin McDonald filled in admirably, blanking the Rams on 13 shots the rest of the way to secure the 4-1 win and the 2-0, best-of-three series sweep.


Scored twice Mike Quesnele, who scored 13 seconds after Wise was tossed for goaltender interference, had a pair of goals to pace the LU attack. Red-hot forward Cody Alcock continued his torrid pace, scoring his sixth of the post-season and adding three assists for a second-consecutive four-point night. "I think Bosch will be all right," said Alcock, author of nine playoff

points in four appearances. "He's a pretty tough lad. But you never want to see your goalie go down like that and the ref made the right call and we got a power play off of it." Alcock had high praise for the Wolves freshman back-up, adding the team has full faith in the rookie. "He stepped in and he stood on his head for us too. It's really nice when you can depend on both your goalies. Bosch was playing unbelievable and it's unfortunate what happened, but hopefully he recovers. And if he doesn't for a couple of games, we have (McDonald) who can stand on his head too," Alcock said. Lakehead coach Bill McDonald said Bosch will be re-evaluated on Saturday, though he doesn't think the injury is as serious as the one that cost him a chunk of the first half. Still, it was a frightening few seconds. "I said, 'Let's go Mac. He went in and you saw a couple of the saves he made and that's what he's all about. Let's not be fooled. Jeff Bosch is our No. 1, but what happened at the beginning of the year, when this kid came in and played, he just gave the whole team confidence," Bill McDonald said. It was business as usual for the replacement goaltender. "It was tough coming in right away.

But I always stay ready, just in case. You never want anything bad to happen like happened earlier," Justin McDonald said. "But you've got to be ready and I was ready. I came in and had to make a couple of quick saves right off the start. But after that the team rallied, played good in the game and it definitely helped me with my game."

Early goal Wilkins opened the scoring 3:29 into the first, pounding home an Alcock rebound for the early 1-0 lead. Quesnele doubled it at the 9:40 mark on a sharp wrist shot from the slot. The Rams fought back on the power play in the second, but two minutes later Alcock restored LU's two-goal lead and then Quesnele's second crushed any comeback dreams the Rams, their backs to the elimination wall, might have had. Jake Carrick, on the backhand, wrapped up the scoring 1:18 into the final stanza. Claw marks: Olympic goldmedalist Haley Irwin dropped the ceremonial first puck between Ryerson captain Andrew Buck and Lakehead’s Andrew Wilkins ... The Wolves and Lancers open their bestof-three series on Thursday in Windsor. Game 2 goes Saturday at the Gardens, Game 3 on Sunday.

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Delpaggio fed the draw back to Gardiman for the North Stars first goal, just 79 seconds after the opening faceoff. After Kellen MacBlain tied it at the 11:19 mark, Gardiman struck just nine seconds later, taking a tipped feed from Grzelewski and sliding it past Miners goalie Greg Harney for a 2-1 lead. But the Miners, with a chance to pass Dryden and take over sole possession of fourth spot in the six-team standings, started the second with a vengeance. Off the opening draw Royce King was stoned by Dupuis, but the North Stars net-minder couldn’t stop a Taylor Bargar shot that pin-balled toward the twine, Eric Masters getting credit for the equalizer just 15 seconds in.

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atthias Gardiman did most of the damage during regulation, so why not let him try to win it with the game on the line? The Thunder Bay North Stars forward came through in the clutch, netting the shootout winner Saturday night to propel his team to a 5-4 win over the visiting English River Miners in a rare Port Arthur Arena Superior International Junior Hockey League contest. It was the fourth time in the contest the second-year forward had given the Stars the lead, his hat-trick performance lifting his season total to 31 goals. “Personally I was just trying to play my game as usual. I’ve got two good line-mates there in (Daniel) Delpaggio and (Zack) Grzelewski. We’ve been connecting all year. We’re just going to try to keep being consistent going into the next couple of games here,” said Gardiman, third on the team with 74 points.



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What he wanted Coach Jeremy Adduono, whose team clinched second place with Friday’s win over Wisconsin, said it’s what he’s come to expect out of the Thunder Bay product. “Gardi’s been a great player for us all year. There’s no question. Not only does he bring leadership on and off the ice and lead by example, he’s scored a lot of big goals, made a lot of big plays for us,” Adduoo said. “He plays power plays, penalty kill,

GAME ON: English River’s Ryker Morequa and Thunder Bay’s Kenny Turner battle. one of the guys you can pretty much count on in pretty much any situation.” That includes the shootout. Grzelewski struck first, but on their final attempt English Rivers’ John Morales out-waited North Stars goalie Nathanial Dupuis, leaving it up to the hottest stick in the building. Gardiman calmly skated in on Greg Harney and nonchalantly fired a wrist

shot through the English River goalie to collect the two points for Thunder Bay (38-10-5). “In the shootout I basically just try to relax, stay calm. I’ve been in a few already now, so I’ve got a basic idea what I’m going to do when I go in and I just happened to bury it.” The Stars top line, keyed by Gardiman, clicked all night long.


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Two minutes later John Morales, falling to the ice, fired the puck the opposite direction, catching Dupuis off-guard and the Miners led 3-2. Robert MacLean tied it at 12:26, then with less than four seconds to go in the period, Gardiman stuck again, catching Harney going the wrong direction from the left circle and the North Stars led by one heading home. They maintained the one-goal lead for most of the third, but a misplayed puck behind his own net by Dupuis cost the North Stars the equalizer when Brendan Wilde banged it home with less than three minutes to go. Overtime solved nothing. Thunder Bay, winners of three straight and nine of 10, wraps up regular-season play with three games against Dryden, all on the road.


wyane Harvey is following in some pretty heavy footsteps. The Lakehead Thunderwolves guard on Friday was named the OUA West defensive players of the year, continuing to add on to Greg Carter’s four-year run that began in 2010. Harvey led the conference with 46 steals and also managed to finished second on the basketball Wolves with a 12.8 pointsper-game average. "This is the fifth straight year a Lakehead player has won the OUA West Defensive Player of the Year. Dwayne is a prime example of the defensive pedigree at Lakehead and I'm pleased that our opposing coaches recognized what he brings to the defensive end,” Lakehead’s interim coach Matt Erdman said in a release.


Queens earn draws hunder Bay Queens Sportop midget AA Queens wrapped up a three-game series against the. St. Mary’s Academy Flames with a pair of draws Saturday in Winnipeg. After blanking the Flames 3-0 in the opener Friday the two sides played to a 33 draw in game one of the day followed by a 4-4 tie in the finale. The Sportop Queens now head home to host the Shattuck St. Mary’s Sabres under19 prep team for a three-game series March 15-16 in Thunder Bay. – Special to Thunder Bay Source




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