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Good News of the Month

April

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Confederation College donors delivered more than $242,000 to students. More than 500 scholarships, bursaries and awards were given out to 330 Confederation College students during the annual Awards Recognition Reception.

The City of Thunder Bay received the Municipality of the Year Award, for cities with populations between 50,000 and 150,000, in recognition of its work “to provide an atmosphere beneficial to successful festivals and events.” The other two awards are for Live on the Waterfront, a showcase for performing arts that ran through July and August. It was named Best New Festival as well as a Top 100 event in Ontario.

The City of Thunder Bay’s Cultural Development & Events section celebrated the successful conclusion of the artsVest program, alongside Business for the Arts, at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.  artsVest is business for the arts’ national flagship program. It works directly with small to mid sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth sponsorship training, matching incentive funds and community networking events.

Chamber Member, Gridlink sent a crew of 13 employees to help communities in the state of New York. The presence of numerous out-of-town utility crews, and residents affected by outages, has left “every hotel booked up,” Gridlink foreman Geoff Miller said in an interview from Rye, N.Y.  Miller said, “Unfortunately, we’ve spent the last couple of nights sleeping in our trucks.” He added, however, that the crew’s morale is good.

On March 22, 2018, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the federal and Ontario governments are partnering with 22 First Nations to provide funding for Wataynikaneyap Power to connect 16 remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario to the provincial power grid. This partnership is an historic step on our path to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

The North West LHIN has launched an interactive community initiative called Picture Your Health: Your Future. The campaign encourages residents to picture a future of health care that they want to see and explore what changes to the system are needed in order to make that picture a reality. The North West LHIN will use residents’ feedback to inform the development of the Integrated Health Service Plan 2019-2022, which guides decisions about health system transformation, health service delivery and funding allocations over a three year period. Make your voice heard through story-telling, photo, video and text. Picture Your Health: Your Future kicked off March 12 and runs till May 7, 2018. Visit: https://www.pictureyourhealth.ca for full details.

The 2018 respect. Award was presented to a local hip hop artist and mentor, Benjamin Murray, at Diversity Thunder Bay’s 12th Annual Celebration Breakfast for the United Nations International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Congratulations Benjamin!

Rosslyn Service Ltd. has been a local business since 1950 and last year they were the #1 Cub Cadet dealer in ALL OF CANADA! This family owned business is a stand-out example of truly showing expertise and caring for your customers.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is pleased to announce the opening of Health Centre South, an expansion of St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre, that brings even more programs and supports to one easy-to-access location.  Just steps away from St Joseph’s Health Centre, Health Centre South is home to programs including Peer Connections, Employment Options and TeamWerks Co-operative. The new centre is also home to Project ECHO, an innovative program bringing more capacity to the region to safely and effectively treat chronic, common and complex diseases in remote, rural and under-serviced areas.

In conjunction with numerous federal and provincial government agencies, the CEDC, will be hosting an Employers North information session for local and regional employers on April 18th from 9am-3pm at the Italian Cultural Centre. The object of the event is to connect employers with various programs that can help them grow, and otherwise help, their businesses. If you or your staff are interested in attending the event, registration can be done at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/employer-north-tickets-44480336885.

Thunder Bay Port Authority welcomes federal review of Canada’s port authorities. Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced the review, saying that much has changed since the authorities were established 20 years ago.  Thunder Bay port CEO Tim Heney said “it’s prudent” at this point to consider whether there are ways to improve the system. Specifically, he’d like the review to consider the possibility of freeing up the authority’s ability to raise revenue.  “The rules for buying and selling property by the port are very restrictive. That alone would help us in terms of the development of some of the properties in Thunder Bay,” Heney said. At present, the authority is only able to lease property. “To sell it is almost impossible…that’s a problem for some prospective customers.”

On March 27, 2018 the M.V. CSL Welland was the first vessel to arrive in the Port of Thunder Bay during the 2018 navigation season, and received the traditional Top Hat in a ceremony. The CSL Welland holds the record for the largest single shipment of grain loaded in the Port of Thunder Bay. Back in 2016 the vessel departed the Port with 31, 064 tonnes of grain.

Tourism Thunder Bay in conjunction with Thunder Bay’s three curling clubs, Port Arthur, Fort William and Kakabeka Falls have announced that Thunder Bay has been selected to host Sportsnet Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event in November 2018.

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