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Applebee’s Thunder Bay is celebrating 20 years in Thunder Bay and is also recognized as one of the top Applebee’s locations in Canada! Congratulations Appleebee’s.

The City of Thunder Bay’s PRO Kids program is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Thunder Bay. Over the past 20 years PRO Kids has helped 22,734 local children get placed into sports & activities.  Along with the 20th anniversary PRO Kids is also celebrating a new logo and updated branding.

Confederation College is excited to announce the launch of the new Digital Media Production Program. The program is designed to meet the current need and anticipate the future needs of the ever evolving media arts industry.

Confederation College raises $59K for United Way, emergency fund. Students and staff also collected 3,907 items to stock the student food bank. Students and staff at Confederation College came through when it was needed the most – to the tune of $59,320. The money, collected during the Thunder Bay school’s Stock the Bank and United Way fundraising campaigns, shows the college’s true sense of community, said Student Union of Confederation College president Jodi Afonso on Monday, after helping to unveil the total amount.

A new federally funded project looks to help around 60 unemployed and under-employed Indigenous peoples get the skills and work experience they need to find jobs. Through the Skills and Partnership Fund, $2.5 million will be provided to Hardy Giles Consulting to support Operation Innovation, a project meant to offer training in simulated heavy equipment operation roles and give work experience in the natural resource extraction industry.

Noront Resources says it has received bids from four northern Ontario centres—as expected—wanting to host a ferrochrome smelter for ore from the Ring of Fire. Thunder Bay presented a joint bid with the Fort William First Nation. The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission has projected that a processor, required to prepare chromite for the manufacturing of stainless steel, would ultimately create nearly 500 new jobs in the area.

The Trillium Gift of Life Network has once again presented Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre with an achievement award for its dedication to organ and tissue donation in Ontario.

Local health care leaders announced measures to provide relief from the uncharacteristically high overcapacity at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. North West Local Health Integration has made investments over the past two months with health care system partners in the city of Thunder Bay to create capacity for 45 more patients.  St. Joseph’s Care Group and North West LHIN are collaborating to provide off site hospital care to the patients.

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education Institute was officially renamed the Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Wenjack Education Institute in memory of Chanie Wenjack during a ceremony on the first day of the Nishawbe Aski Nation Chiefs Winter Assembly on Tuesday, January 30. A new mobile trades trailer was also unveiled, which will bring state-of-art training to First Nation communities across the Northwest.

Porter Airlines is significantly investing in Thunder Bay by adding flights and officially opening its new crew base for pilots and flight attendants.The new base has created 40 new jobs in Thunder Bay, in addition to the job openings Porter will be providing up to 7 round trip flights daily to the Billy Bishop Toronto Airport.  Welcome to Thunder Bay Porter!

Resolute announces the appointment of Yves Laflamme as President and CEO succeeding Richard Garneau. Mr. Laflamme currently serves as senior vice president, Wood Products, Global Procurement and Information Technology for Resolute. He is a 37-year veteran of the industry, as well as Resolute and its predecessor companies. Congratulations Mr. Laflamme.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Respect award. The respect. Award is sponsored by Diversity Thunder Bay, and will be presented on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, during the 12th Annual Celebration Breakfast, which recognizes the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

SHIFT: Thunder Bay’s Young Professional Network & Leadership Thunder Bay have partnered up to collect donations of socks & underwear for the full month of February through the Get Back to Basics Sock & Underwear Drive. Donations of new socks and underwear for babies, children, teenagers and adults can be dropped off at SHIFT Office (located in the Chamber Office), Sleeping Giant Brewery, Jones and Associates, Townplace Suites by Marriott, Smith’s RV, Montana’s and Kelsey’s restaurant.

Shout Media recently took on a placement of a Coop student from St Patrick High School. The student got the full hands on experience while working on real projects from Shout’s Clients. The Thunder Bay District School Board wants to remind business owners of the value a co-op student can bring to the work place. Read the full article here. 


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