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Established Thunder Bay Business Renewed

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   October 31, 2010  ---   Mile and Brian Gendron are all smiles for their Grand Mile and Brian Gendron Tools Woodopening of Tools Wood, a business that caters to woodworkers located on Victoria Ave.  The Thunder Bay business has been known to wood workers for decades but that was under the original management team. When it came time for them to retire the future of the business seemed less than certain, that is until Brian and Mile Gendron purchased the business.

In the space of one month the couple have managed to open the doors to the public on Sept. 1st, find and order stock, and organize their business. Saturdays Grand Opening sale had many one day only prices, and by mid afternoon the Gendron’s were wondering if there would be anything left to sell for Monday morning. Lake Superior News  read more ......  >


THUNDER BAY ON: October 26, 2010  ----  Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) hosts its 20th annual Business Awards today at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay, Ontario. 
Held in the heart of ‘Small Business Week 2010’, this exciting event celebrates and honors the achievements of existing Aboriginal businesses in Northern Ontario while promoting Aboriginal economic development through entrepreneurship.  
“It is very encouraging to witness the growth of the NADF Business Awards every year,” said NADF President and CEO Harvey Yesno.  “What began as a small event with just two categories and seventeen guests has blossomed into northern Ontario’s ultimate networking event.  It’s a wonderful way to showcase the brightest minds in the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business community and we are happy to be able to carry on tradition with this event.” Lake Superior News  read more.....>>

Is Wind power a benefit to Resident of Thunder Bay?

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  October 17, 2010   ---   In a Globe and Mail story titled "When it comes to power in Ontario, we’re in the dark"  Power expert Tom Adams may know more about this subject than any other living being. And he’s steamed. Ontario’s rates, he says, have already surpassed the U.S. average and are headed for European levels – “just because of public policy.” Lake Superior News read more.....> 


 Scrap  $1 billion Loan to Vale

TORONTO: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on the federal government to scrap a $1 billion loan announced today by Export Development Corporation to Vale Inc. of Brazil. CTF Federal Director, Kevin Gaudet, said “if corporate welfare worked at creating jobs, every Canadian would have two by now. This loan should be scrapped and fast”.

Gaudet said, “why are Canadian taxpayers lending precious money to a firm that says it already has so much excess cash”.

Vale is a multi-billion multi-national corporation headquartered in Brazil. Their Financial Statements for 2009 reveal a very profitable net income of $5.5 billion (U.S.) down from $13.5 billion and $12.6 billion in the two prior years. On September 23, 2010 Vale announced a share buy-back program for its excess cash. Lake Superior News  read more......>

Far North Act Will Impair Our Economy

THUNDER BAY, ON -----   October 3, 2010  ---   Harold Wilson President of the Thunder Linda Jeffrey Minister of Natural ResourcesBay Chamber Harold Wilson Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerceof Commerce explains how the Ontario far North Act will impair the the Economy of North Ontario and Ontario Minister of Natural Resources-Linda Jeffrey disagrees.

Far North Act Will Impair Our Economy – by Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce explains how the Ontario far North Act will impair the the Economy of North Ontario and Ontario Minister of Natural Resources-Linda Jeffrey disagrees  Lake Superior News read more......>

Layton urges drop taxes on home heating before snow falls

OTTAWA – October 3, 2010   -----   New Democrat Leader Jack Layton today is calling on Stephen Jack Layton NDPHarper to give hardworking families a break and immediately remove the five percent HST/GST from home heating before the snow falls.

“I’ve crisscrossed this country more than once, you know – and I see people struggling right now, more than I’ve ever seen,” said Layton. “I’m asking Mr. Harper to put partisanship aside and work with me to do the right thing.”

Speaking today at the party’s federal council meeting, Layton said Stephen Harper has broken his promise to make life more affordable for Canadians, but New Democrats are willing to work with the Prime Minister to help seniors and working families as they struggle with heating bills this winter.  Lake Superior News read more.....>


THUNDER BAY, ON: September 30, 2010  ------  Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Stan BeardyBeardy is slamming the Premier of Ontario for announcing the appointment of the Province‟s Ring of Fire Coordinator. During a stop-over in Thunder Bay today to speak to a Northern Ontario delegation, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that Dr. Christine Kaszycki would assume the position to oversee issues pertaining to an area known as the Ring of Fire – located in NAN territory.

“The Premier of Ontario continuously talks about this so-called „new relationship‟ with First Nations and yet again he unilaterally makes a decision without consultation with NAN First Nations,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “We are disturbed that the Premier can express his willingness to create a true partnership and yet leaves us out of this critical process. We need to ensure that our objectives and our plans for anything in our territory are adequately represented. We should have been a part of the selection of the person to fill this critical position.” Lake Superior News  read more......>




THUNDER BAY, ON  ------   September 30, 2010  ----   As the biggest and most important businesses Harold Wilsonconstituency in the country, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its network across the country issued a resounding call to action in the wake of proposed changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program, and plans to increase EI premiums by the maximum allowed under federal legislation. The Voice of Business was heard loudly.

Last night, members of Parliament defeated Bill C-308 — a bill that would have added over $2 billion to the costs of the EI Program, increased work disincentives, hindered labour force mobility and constrained job creation. Today, the government announced it will be scaling back planned increases in EI premiums  Lake Superior News  read more.......>

ECO over their head when it comes to Forestry

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----   September 30, 2010  ---   Environmental Commissioner’s Office in over their Jamie Lim Forestryhead Modern forest management proves difficult for ECO to understand

In order to set the record straight, the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) is responding to several inflammatory and incorrect statements made by the Environmental Commissioner’s Office (ECO) in a media release dated September 22, 2010.

“Many of the ECO statements are a gross oversimplification or are outright just misleading”, says Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the OFIA, adding “you really have to wonder where they are sourcing their information”.

Of particular concern is the ECO attempt to erroneously paint natural resource sectors, including forestry, as ‘status quo’ or ‘business-as-usual’ sectors that have remain unchanged for 150 years. Lake Superior News read more.......>

 We’re a Fresh Store!

THUNDER BAY, ON  -------  September 26, 2010  ------  With their daughters holding on the red ribbon, Dan and Dave StezenkoDan and Dave Stezenko prepare to cut the ribbon officially opening their new Quality Market. During the preliminary speeches one invited guest after another praised the brothers for being inspiring entrepreneurs, for being leaders rather than followers, and for being a part of the community.

I toured the new store, located right beside the Tim Hortens on Golf Links Road. It is indeed a new store as opposed to another store. Rather than a corporate developed model which should work in a city like Thunder Bay, the brothers developed their own concept of what a successful food store could and should offer its customers. To start with the store is strategically located on what will become one of the city’s main traffic arteries. Lake Superior News  read more.....>

City Acquiring South Core Properties and Contract for DSSAB Building Awarded

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- September 24, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay are acquiring a number of south core propertys  including the Inntowner Hotel which is located across the the new TBSSAB builing the construction contract was award earlier in the week.

Inntowner HotelAs part of the City's strategic plan to invest in the revitalization and development of the downtown, City Council has authorized the acquisition of several properties in the South Core. 

In addition to the anticipated construction of the Consolidated Courthouse and the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) buildings, the acquisition of these properties will contribute to parking, and could, in the future, be used for redevelopment purposes, advancing the City's objectives to improve the vitality of the downtown.  Lake Superior News  read more......>

TBRII Makes its Mark

THUNDER BAY, ON ----  September 22, 2010 -- It is a good thing to be invited out to a press conferance Dr Rui Wang.and witness something good in the making. While it was established not that long ago the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute is beginning to make its mark on the international scientific community, and in so doing establish Thunder Bay as a place of expertise in the scientific community.

Dr. Rui Wang likes being associated with TBRRI. He says “you must have imagination to be a research scientist” and “Many people in the city do not even know we are here!”  One of the things that Dr. Wang (Vice President of Research, Lakehead University) is its ability to work with global partners. He asks the question, “Why Thunder Bay?” There are many reasons why a scientist would find out city attractive as a work place. His first item on the list is the motivating environment. When it comes to research some of the very best people from around the worlds are gathered here to work on specific projects, Like medical imaging technology. The small but effective research team has the ability to get things done, Wang says. Lake Superior News read more......>


THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 22, 2010  --- Harold Wilson, as the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce President and the Chief Harold WilsonOperating Officer of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC), will be at Queen’s Park in Toronto on today  where the Provincial
Government is expected to approve 3rd Reading of The Far North Act, which will
effectively pass the legislation.

Stated Wilson, “Following my participation last week, it became clear that the
misinformation about what the Far North Act means was gaining momentum. We were
asked why we were against land use planning. Effective land use planning can continue
without the Far North Act. This is about withdrawing 50% of the Far North (21% of all of
Ontario) from possible development, and holding the rest of the area subject to an MNRled
quagmire. I am working until the last minute to identify how this incredibly significant,
harmful legislation will negatively impact our Northern economy and our business
community. We need the Government to be aware of how business investment will be
hindered and opportunities shelved.” Lake Superior News read  more.....>

 Northern Networks Trade Conference (NNTC)

THUNDER BAY, ON ------  September 2, 2010  -----  Northern Networks Trade Conference (NNTC) is a Rainy River Futurescross-border, multi-national trade event. Business owners and Economic Development professionals from Northwestern Canada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will have the opportunity to tap into the experience of trade representatives. This venue provides attendees the chance to discuss business ventures; plan strategic alliances; and build partnerships to maximize results. Lake Superior News read more......>


 High-speed Internet upgrades

THUNDER BAY, ON – September 2,2010 ---  Local MP Bruce Hyer says Thunder Bay-Superior North Bruce Hyercommunities like Dorion, Pass Lake, MacDiarmid, Armstrong, Nakina, and Marathon are slated for high-speed Internet upgrades following a Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruling Tuesday. 

The ruling means the country’s largest telephone companies must allocate $733 million out of special ‘deferral accounts’ towards customer rebates and rural broadband. This includes $310 million rebated to urban home telephone customers, and $422 million to deploy broadband Internet service to 287 rural and remote communities. Lake Superior News  read more....>

 The New Frontier

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----   August 13, 2010  ----  The Honourable Linda Minister Linda  Jeffrey  MNRJeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources visited Thunder Bay as part of a visit at the request of Stan Beardy, Grand Chief of N.A.N. Just before her plane left for Toronto she made time for one on one interviews with the press.

She described her visit here as a get acquainted opportunity, and Stan Beardy personally introduced her to many of the Chiefs in our far north regions.  Her travels included trips to Muskrat Dam and Martin Falls, all part of getting to know the land and the people and issues she will need to deal with as her ministry prepares Bill 191. Lake Superior News  read more.......>


DRYDEN ON --–  August 6, 2010 ---- The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is speaking out against a section of Bill 68: The Open for Business NOMA GraphAct, 2010 that could further hurt the forest industry in Ontario.  Bill 68 proposes to change the rigorous Crown Forest Sustainability Act to give the Endangered Species Act (ESA) higher authority when there is a conflict between an ESA agreement, permit or instrument and a previously approved Forest Management Plan. Lake Superior News  read more......>


Wheat Prices begin to soar Bread Pizza Up?

THUNDER BAY, ON  August 6, 2010 ----  Wheat is something like water, we John's Wheatneed it to survive yet we seldom wonder what will happen if we run out. In Thunder Bay, wheat is always quietly present in the background of our daily lives. Our grain elevators are a source of employment for many, and wheat in this sense dominates the skyline along our harbour. Ships from all around the world visit our port, often to pick up a load of golden grain. Lake Superior News read more......>


Decision Making Process at City Hall

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   August 4, 2010  -----  The recent lengthy City Frank Pullia is a Councillor at LargeCouncil meetings (new bus terminal in front of City Hall, renaming of waterfront streets, The Windmill Park process, etc.) might seem to indicate that something is amiss or that a disconnect exists between the citizens’ expectations and Council/Administration’s capacity to deliver timely and effective decisions. Some would say that it is a sign of growing rift on Council itself, or between Councilors and staff. That is the impression one may get by following the coverage of Council meetings, or by listening to the political pundits.  Lake Superior News read more......>

Genesis Genomics Renamed Mitomics

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, July 12, 2010 - Mitomics, world leader in research Mitomicsand development of mitochondrial genome-based products to improve clinical insight and therapeutic decisions, today announced that its shareholders have voted to change the company name from Genesis Genomics Inc. to Mitomics Inc., effective immediately. The change is being implemented as the company begins commercialization of the Prostate Core Mitomic Test(TM) based on its Mitomic Technology(TM) platform in the United States this year. Lake Superior News read more.....>

 Finding the Materials Rare Earth Elements

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  July 3, 2010  ----  If you have ever gone for a ride in MIR one of these machines, at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre,  you might not care too much about how it works, much less what it is made of. Chances are you are much more concerned about your medical condition and are grateful at last that you have had your scan. When you are ill time is of the essence. Lake Superior News  read more......>


HST Push gas to $1.13 per litre

THUNDER BAY – It’s official!  As of today, life is less affordable because of Adrea Horwath McGuinty’s unfair Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), says NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

In Thunder Bay the price a gasoline jumped to $1.13.  Ontario Liberal Government now will bennifit every time the pump price goes up.  Giving local MPP Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro Liberal Government will bennifit  at the expense of hard working people of Northern Ontario

“As we celebrate our country’s birthday, Dalton McGuinty’s present to families is an unfair tax that will cost them an average of $800 every year,” said Horwath.  “Rather than making life more affordable for families struggling to get out of a painful recession, starting today the McGuinty Liberals are making it more expensive.” Lake Superior News read more.....>


THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   July 1, 2010  ---  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce has learned of the June 29 decision by the Thunder Bay Police Services Board to deny a rate adjustment by local taxi companies to reflect the HST which comes into effect July 1.  The Chamber requests that this decision be reconsidered.

Chamber of Commerce President Harold Wilson, stated “We understand that the three cab companies, which employ close to 250 drivers who are on commission, did not have the opportunity to fully present their case to the Police Services Commission, which is unfortunate.” Lake Superior News  read more....>




THUNDER BAY, ON  – June 29, 2010 ----The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) has outlined its position on the “Proposed Framework to Modernize Ontario’s Forest Tenure and Pricing System”.  The reform proposal outlines three main elements: 1) New Local Management Corporations; 2) Competitive Markets; and 3) A new revenue model.  The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry is accepting responses on the proposal until Tuesday, June 29th.

President Anne Krassilowsky commented, in a news release that,  “NOMA recognizes that the views of our members are diverse in regards to some specific details of the proposal for Forest Tenure Reform; however, we are also confident that there are many principles that are commonly shared that are vital to the revitalization of the forest industry.  We also encourage each municipality to express their views on this issue based on the best interests of their community.” Lake Superior News  read more.....>


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA - JUNE 28, 2010: Ginoogaming First Ginoogaming First NationNation is offering a partnership with a wind energy firm to continue development of their 10-megawatt (MW) wind farm, located near Longlac, 350 km northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

 Last May the installation of a meteorological tower (MET) on Ginoogaming's reserve lands captured wind data and today the one-year results have completed analysis providing the First Nation with valuable information for their first phase feasibility study. Wind speed is a crucial element in projecting turbine performance as the project moves to the second phase. Lake Superior News read more.....>


Gravelle and Mauro make life less affordable: NDP

THUNDER  BAY, ON    ----  June 25,  2010   ----  NDP Finance Critic Peter Peter TabunsTabuns says the last thing Thunder Bay families need or want is a new tax on everyday essentials.

"The HST is going to cost Thunder Bay families $800 every year," said Tabuns. "Less money in the pockets of consumers will hurt small businesses, posing a serious threat to consumer confidence and the economic recovery."

Tabuns noted that a recent poll by Angus Reid found that 79 per cent of Ontario small businesses oppose the HST  Lake Superior News read more.......>


Nipigon Nylons Make You Smile

THUNDER BAY, ON  -----  June  20, 2010 ---  At one time wool work socks Nipigon Nylons Make You Smilewere common in all of the dry goods stores in Northern Ontario. They were warm, they could breath, they were good for work out of doors, and the socks were tough and durable just like our pioneers. It was not long before men and women alike owned a pair or two. The story goes that a group of women were at a meeting and they were all sporting a pair of northern socks, and the term “Nipigon Nylons” was coined. It has been with us ever since.

So the “Nipigon Nylons” refer to our heritage socks and not a local rock band. The concept for the modern concept was developed by Nipigon’s New Beginnings Circle, which is affiliated with the Paro Centre in Thunder Bay. Founded in 2000, the “circle” works to make their community a better place to be and live. The circle hosts two women’s networking dinners each year, and they are also responsible for the nifty display and photo booth in the Nipigon tourist pavilion where you can have your picture taken while sporting a genuine pair of “Nipigon Nylons”. Members of the New Beginnings Circle are Levina Collins, Patricia Dellaceccea, Tasha Sutton, Norma Fawcett, and Linda Harbinson.   Lake Superior News read more.......>

 Thunder Bay Treasure Store

THUNDER BAY, ON -----   June 18, 2010  ------The Finnish Book The Kitchen StoreStore/Kitchen Nook is located in the heart of the City’s most vibrant business district. The business has been in the Koskiniemi family since 1963 when Richard’s grandparents bought the present building. The business has been in the family ever since.

In the early days the store sold mostly books written in Finnish for the local immigrant population. With several boarding houses and a large Finnish population living in the near neighbourhood, this has turned out to be an excellent location for the Koskiniemi family.  Today the business has changed a great deal from what it was. Yes you can still find a book written in Finnish, but there are many more books telling stories about Finland, or Finish culture but now written in English. The bulk of the Finnish immigrant population living in the city are now second and third generation. It is easier for parents to give their children a little Fin culture in the language they use at school. Lake Superior News read more....>

Prepared for Growth

THUNDER BAY, ON ----   June 17, 2010 ----  Business has been good for Rob Rob Frenetteand Liana Frenette, President and CFO respectively of TBT Engineering Limited. When the couple took over Thunder Bay Testing in 1995 the company had two employees. To-day the company celebrated the official opening of their new engineering and corporate offices in the former Paterson building, located at 1918 Yonge Street, Thunder Bay.

Since that time the company has grown, and last year they issued about 150 T-4 slips for people who worked for them over the year. About 100 are full time employees, while the remaining fifty or so are part time employees or summer students Lake Superior News read more....>



McGuinty Government Continues First Nations PST Exmption

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   June 17, 2010  ---  "I am thrilled and our people will Angus Toulousebe relieved that the point of sale exemption for First Nations will be continued within the HST framework. First Nations have worked tirelessly with Ontario and the federal government to make this a reality. The ability to achieve this reflects the great potential of the government-to-government relationship between Ontario and First Nations."  – Angus Toulouse, Regional Chief

Under the 13% HST, purchases by Status Indians are exempt when purchased on or delivered to a reserve by a vendor or its agent. Ontario's treatment will extend this exemption 8% to eligible goods and select services purchased off-reserve — the same system that exists right now under the RST. Lake Superior News read more.....>


Hyer Fights for Cell phone Users

THUNDER BAY, ON -–  June 17, 2010  -----   Parliament needs to end Bruce Hyer  repressive cellular phone network locks in order to promote consumer choice and to encourage much-needed competition in Canada’s cell phone market, says New Democrat Small Business Critic Bruce Hyer.  The MP tabled the Cell Phone Freedom Act Thursday to ban “network locks” or “SIM locks” on new mobile phones sold outside of contract.

Because of an effective lack of competition in the Canadian marketplace, big wireless providers are not motivated to unlock phones, unlike carriers in most other countries. Lake Superior News read more......>



Metrolinx and Bombardier sign contract for LRVs

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---  June 14, 2010  ----   Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed an agreement with Metrolinx for the exercise of 182 option vehicles, included in the June 2009 contract. The agreement is valued at approximately $770 million CDN ($745 million US, 617 million euros). Deliveries of these vehicles are scheduled to take place between 2013 and 2020. Under the agreement, up to an additional 118 vehicles could be ordered at a later date.

Thunder Bay - Residents of Thunder Bay and area now have a brighter future thanks to a contract signed between Metrolinx and Bombardier. Lake Superior News read more.....>










Wind Turbines for Minnesota

Duluth, Minn.—   August 16, 2010  -----  When the *BBC Ems arrived in the Photo courtesy Denny O’HaraPort of Duluth marked a significant milestone for Minnesota Power’s wind development project that spans two states.

The BBC Ems is carrying wind turbine equipment destined for the company's 76-megawatt Bison 1 Wind Energy Center now under construction near New Salem, North Dakota. On board the ship are 16 nacelles and 16 rotor hubs that are integral components of the first phase of Bison. Manufactured at a Siemens facility in Brande, Denmark, the equipment was shipped from the port of Aarhus.  Lake Superior News read more......>






Economic News


Save Your Money

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----  June 13, 2010 -----  Jim and Betsy Peterson are Jim and Betsy Petersoncelebrating one year as new owners of an old Thunder Bay business. A to Z rentals has been operating in the city for 42 years, and since taking over the business, they have been working hard replacing equipment and giving the place a new fresh image.

In speaking with Jim and Betsy Peterson I was reminded how important it is to manage finances properly especially in challenging economic circumstances. The advertising slogan for a on-line bank came to mind, “Save Your Money!” “People like to collect stuff”, Jim says, “They will buy a log splitter that they might use once or twice a year, then they have to store it for the rest of the year ... then a few years down the road they end up selling it for a quarter of what they paid for it.” Often it just makes more sense to rent.Lake Superior News  read more.....>

Professional Writers Welcome Debate on C-32 Draft Copyright Amendment

THUNDER BAY, ON -----   June, 12, 2010 ------  The Professional Writers Professional Writers Association of Canada Association of Canada (PWAC) reports from their Annual General meeting in Toronto that they welcome another opportunity to strike a balance in our copyright law. The draft bill tabled this week in Ottawa, Bill C-32, moves towards harmony with the global framework set out in treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that Canada signed in 1996 but has yet to implement. PWAC acknowledges the federal government attempt to align our laws in order to strengthen the legal tools required to give and retain value for copyright materials in the global digital marketplace. Lake Superior News read more......>




THUNDER BAY, ON – JUNE 8, 2010: Ginoogaming First Nation Chief and Ginoogaming First NationCouncil are frustrated with Indian Northern Affairs Canada’s (INAC) bureaucratic land permit process.

Ginoogaming has plans to construct an Industrial Park on their First Nation land and open it to house engineered wood projects that will tie to their newly purchased two plants (plywood and wafer board) that sit on nearby municipal land previously owned by Kruger Industries with Ginoogaming being a one-third owner through its development arm Rocky Shore Development Corporation. These major initiatives are expected to commence soon and Ginoogaming’s leaders cannot stand by and let this economic opportunity disappear. The projects will have many benefits to the First Nation and non-First Nation communities in the surrounding area. Lake Superior News  read more......>

 First Gulf Thunder Bay Pulls Out of Innova Business Park

June 2, 2010 – The City has received notice that First Gulf Thunder Bay Developments Inc. will not be moving forward with its proposed purchase of lands within Innova Business Park due to global market conditions resulting in an inability to secure anchor tenants for a commercial development.

In October 2008, the City and First Gulf entered into a conditional agreement of sale for approximately 52 acres of land within Innova Business Park.  First Gulf had planned to develop a 600,000 square foot mixed-use retail centre. Lake Superior News read more.....>

PC Survey asking how HST will hurt your Family Budget

THUNDER BAY, ON   ----    May 31, 2010  ---  June 1st marks the one-month countdown until Dalton McGuinty’s latest tax grabs takes effect. The HST will increase prices on gas, electricity, home heating fuel, airline tickets, haircuts and dozens of other goods and services Ontario families use every day.

Today at Queen’s Park, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus launched a new online poll where Ontario families can vote on which good or service the HST will hurt family budgets most.  Lake Superior News read more.....>

Gasoline prices set to soar under HST: NDP

THUNDER BAY, ON ---- May 12, 2010 ---- Queen’s Park – New data released today by Ontario’s NDP shows Dalton McGuinty’s HST will take $895 million from the pockets of Ontario drivers in new gasoline costs alone – an average of over $200 in additional annual gasoline costs for an average couple with children. “These figures make clear that the cost of driving the family car will go up dramatically once the HST kicks in,” Horwath said. “When families factor in over $200 in higher gasoline costs alone, it becomes pretty apparent that the Premier’s meager tax credits won’t come close to offsetting the higher costs under this new tax.” Lake Superior News  read more....>




THUNDER BAY, ON - May 5, 2010 - The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce that two key recommendations, which it brought to the 2010 Ontario Chambers of Commerce (OCC) AGM in Windsor over the weekend, were passed by the delegates.  The resolution calling on the Provincial Government to withdraw the Far North Act immediately, and a resolution for the Province to permanently protect a minimum of 26 million cubic metres/year of available fibre (for utilization of existing mills and new entrants) were approved, and now become OCC policy. Lake Superior News read more...>


THUNDER BAY, ON - April 30, 2010 - Today, the Province of Ontario released its proposal for changing the way Crown forest resources are to be licensed and allocated, who will manage the forest under the authority of the government, and how wood is priced and sold. Lake Superior News read more...>

 Lower Your Taxes Through Pension Income-Splitting

THUNDER BAY, ON - February 17, 2010 - In 2007, the federal government announced one of the biggest changes to tax law since the introduction of the RRSP. If you or your partner receives qualified pension income, the federal government’s pension income-splitting provisions could mean extra money in your pocket when you file your income tax returns. Lake Superior Newsread more...> 

Mayor Don Ness, bring Google Fiber to Duluth

Duluth MN ---  February 14, 2010 ----   Mayor Don Ness is asking for the Don Nesscitizens of Duluth to support the city's request for  Google Fiber to Duluth

Mayor Don Ness has indicated the City of Duluth’s intent to pursue a partnership with Google to bring fiber-to-home connections to city residents. Google plans to select a community to test ultra-high speed connections at more than a gigabit per second later this year through a competitive process.

The following is a statement from Mayor Ness on the city’s intent:

 We want Duluth, Minnesota to be at the forefront of a new gigaband revolution in America. For America to be competitive into the future, we need to be aggressive at investing in our data infrastructure. Google's community initiative will be a powerful tool to demonstrate the importance of this investment. Lake Superior News read more ......  >

Common Voice Northwest Presents Grow North Response to Minister

THUNDER BAY, ON - February 12, 2010 - After months of review by seven of their own Ian AngusTask Forces, four pan-northwestern organizations and their own Board of Directors, Common Voice Northwest today submitted a 172 page response to the proposed Growth Plan for Northern Ontario to Minister Michael Gravelle, cochair of the Grow North Cabinet Committee.Lake Superior News read more...>



Lac Des Isles Mine Set to Re-open

THUNDER BAY, ON - January 21, 2010 - Bill Biggar Joined North American Palladium in Bill BiggarOctober of 2008, and one of his first decisions was to close the Lac Des Isles mine north of Thunder Bay. At the time the prices of palladium the mines principal product had fallen with the down turn in the market and some creative selling of palladium on the world market by some Russian producers. Biggar calculates that the move to shut the mine down saved the company about $75M. His company went on to look for a mining resource that was still profitable during the downturn in palladium fortunes. They found what they were looking for when they purchased Cadiscor’s closed “Sleeping Giant” gold mine in Quebec. This mine has just re-opened to commercial production January 1st and will continue to diversify and add to the precious metal company’s revenues.Lake Superior News read more...>

Matawa First Nations Chiefs attend Economic Forum

THUNDER BAY, ON - January 14, 2010 - Matawa First Nations Chiefs are in Thunder Bay this week to participate in the Chiefs of Ontario First Nations Economic Forum.  Economic development remains a high priority for Matawa First Nations, as Chiefs seek new opportunities and partnerships. Chief Sonny Gagnon says; “The First Nations of Matawa Tribal Council are not against development, but we want to ensure communities benefit from all projects taking place in our territory. We have demonstrated that we are willing to work with responsible companies and support their projects, in exchange we want consideration of benefits for our communities directly”.Lake Superior News read more...>

Dryden & Sioux Lookout public meetings to focus on NW cost of living, HST

THUNDER BAY, ON - January 14, 2009 – Member of Parliament Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay – Superior North) will join Tania Cameron for Town Hall meetings in Dryden and Sioux Lookout this week. The Town Hall meetings will focus on the impact of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) throughout the Northwest, how the HST can still be stopped, and will provide residents with an opportunity to make their concerns known.Lake Superior News  read more...>

Ginoogaming Partners with KII for Longlac Wood Industries Project

THUNDER BAY, ONT- DECEMBER 18, 2009 - Ginoogaming First Nation is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Kenogami Industries Incorporated (KII).  KII is a partnership between Rocky Shore Development Corporation of Ginoogaming First Nation, Boreal Resource Industries a group of private interests composed of former Longlac Wood Industries workers and other forest industry representatives and Greenstone Development Ltd., the economic development arm of the Municipality of Greenstone. 
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Anishinabek reject tax by cross-border shopping

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 17, 2009 - UOI OFFICES – Anishinabek Nation leaders predict that provincial retailers could feel the pinch if First Nations are included in the proposed "harmonization" of Ontario's eight-per-cent sales tax with the five-per-cent federal Goods and Services Tax.Lake Superior News  read more...>

Kenogami Industries Inc. buys Kruger Industries

THUNDER BAY, ON - December 15, 2009 - Kenogami Industries Incorporated is pleased KIIto announce that they have purchased the assets of Kruger Industries in the community of Longlac that operated as Longlac Wood Industries.Lake Superior News read more...>

Full Speed Ahead

THUNDER BAY, ON - November 10, 2009 - Michael Gravelle spoke passionately about the Michael Gravelleproposed growth plan for Northern Ontario at the Italian Cultural Centre last Monday Night. Born from the “Places to Grow” Act passed in 2005, a great deal of work has gone into creating a plan which will turn the tide on youth out-migration from our region, to a place with a stable modern economy. Lake Superior News read more...>




Regional Chief says no to HST

SUDBURY --  October 24, 2009  – Serpent River First Nation and Lake Huron Regional Grand Chief, Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini is urging the federal government to take the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 into account when implementing the harmonized sales tax (HST) in Ontario and exempt them completely from the new tax.

“Our First Nations are being subject to a cash grab with this new tax regime and we are adamantly voicing the message; hands off, tax exemption is a treaty right.” Lake Superior News  read more....>

Thunder Bay Hydro Rates Increase on November 1

THUNDER BAY, ON  –--  October 17, 2009  ---   The Ontario Energy Board has released Thunder Bay Hydrothe electricity commodity prices that will take effect on November 1, 2009. The new Regulated Price Plan (RPP) tiered prices will increase by 0.1 cent per kilowatt hour (kWh) to: Lake Superior News  read more.....>


Magma Metals Spending Big Money on Thunder Bay North Project.

THUNDER BAY, ON ----  October 13, 2009 ----  Magma Metals an Australian Miner and explorer is spending big dollars on its Thunder Bay North Project. A prospector walking along the shores of Current Lake found a large angular boulder near the shore, and chipped away a sample for analysis. The results came back positive for the metals Platinum and Palladium, and there has been claim staking and ever increasing exploration in this area ever since. The initial stone chip was eight years ago, and now after over 50,000 meters of drilling the company has completed an initial resource estimate which is NI43-101 and JORC compliant. The exploration camp shown above is at Current Lake where the miners are doing infill drilling to convert inferred resources to indicated resources  Lake Superior News read more.....>






Ontario Continue First Nation Tax Exemption?

THUNDER BAY, ON ---   May 5, 2010  ---   First Nations in Ontario, represented by the Chris BentleyPolitical Confederacy, and the Government of Ontario represented by Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Chris Bentley and Minister of Revenue John Wilkinson have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement. The agreement commits the parties to work together to realize the continuation of the First Nation point of sale tax exemption within the framework of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), which is set to come into effect on July 1, 2010.

Currently, First Nations in Ontario who are status Indians receive a point of sale tax exemption under the retail sales tax on the purchase of goods both on and off-reserve. However, because the HST will be administered by the federal government, unless something is done First Nations stand to lose the point of sale exemption for the purchase of goods off reserve. The federal government administers the HST in the same way they administer the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which means that off-reserve purchases of goods will only be exempt if they are delivered to the reserve by the vendor or the vendor's agent. Lake Superior News read more....>




Discovering Ontario to cost 8 per cent more

TORONTO  –   May 20,  2010 --- Ontario families including those in Thunder Bay, should savour their last HST-free long-weekend, says Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

 “This coming May long-weekend is the last one that’s HST-free.  Come July 1st, there certainly won’t be ‘no place like this’. In Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario, it’s going to cost eight per cent more to go for a weekend drive through the country or take the kids camping,” said Horwath. 

 “The McGuinty Liberals are making it more expensive to ‘Discover Ontario’.”  Lake Superior News read more ........ >


TBCC supports NAN counter-proposal

THUNDER BAY,  ON  --- June 11, 2010  --- The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce supports the counter-proposal offered by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) today regarding the Ontario Hearings on Bill 191 dealing with the Far North Act. 

“Given the incredible impact of this Act on future development of the North, we were very surprised to learn of the hastily proposed dates for hearings which followed its equally hasty movement through second reading”, stated Harold Wilson, President of the Chamber of Commerce. 

“Our Chamber was successful in having our resolution requesting the immediate withdrawal of the Far North Act adopted as policy by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce at their AGM last month.  Our Resolution referenced NAN’s resolution of July, 2009 requesting Bill 191’s immediate withdrawal.  It is very surprising that when the latest consultation dates were announced, it was done without consultation,” concluded Wilson. Lake Superior News read more.....>








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