Good News of the MonthMarch
The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission CEDC has won an Economic Developers Council of Ontario Award of Excellence for advertisements that were placed in Toronto Transit Commission vehicles in 2017. Congratulations CEDC!
The City of Thunder Bay’s Family Day celebrations were a hit. As many as 7,000 people are estimated to have made their way to Prince Arthur’s Landing on Family Day for the annual SnowDay.
Lakehead University introduces a new certificate program that will prepare students to address the complex and interconnected environmental challenges facing society. The new Certificate in Environmental Sustainability is a five-course, online program for professionals and practitioners alike who want to enhance their skills, knowledge base and expertise in the field of environmental sustainability.
Former mayor Ken Boshcoff is taking over the helm at the StaalFoundation Open as tournament director. Congratulations Ken!
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has barely scratched the fundraising surface and they’re already nearly a quarter of the way to their $2.5-million capital campaign to build a new $33-million waterfront facility. The effort got a $200,000 boost, thanks to a donation from Tbaytel, whose president and CEO Dan Topatigh said it’s one of the main reasons behind the publicly owned utility’s decision to support it.
Thunder Bay Hydro is calling for volunteers to serve on a Local Advisory Council which will represent the customer’s perspective as the company manages an evolving electricity industry.
Nearly $3 million in provincial dollars will support 5 Indigenous-led organizations in Thunder Bay to enhance child and family programs. The announcement made by Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle last month. The 5 organizations include The Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, Anishnawbe Mushkiki, Thunderbird Friendship Centre in Greenstone, Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, and Bingwi Neyaashi Anishnaabek.
The province is investing $5 million to help the Thunder Bay International Airport expand the departure lounge and customs clearance hall as well as provide more space for travelers. This is being funded through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program.
Last summer’s U18 Baseball World Cup had a multimillion dollar economic impact on Thunder Bay. The 10-day tournament, held in Thunder Bay last September, brought $6.3 million in activity to the city, organizers outlined in a final report presented to city council.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the United Way in 2017. The 2017 United Way campaign raised $2,342,000 with every dollar staying right here in Thunder Bay. The United Way is so grateful to all of the donors, sponsors and volunteers who give so much of their time and resources to better the lives of local people.
Wasaya Airways announced that it has made a $25 million debt & equity deal with Exchange Income Corporation. This new deal is aimed to rejuvenate the current fleet and help the airline expand regionally.
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