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By Ian Pattison TODAY’S column was going to be about the U.S. mid-term elections. But while the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, Republicans still control the Senate and, of course, the White House. Remarkably, in an election seen largely as a referendum on President Do…

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AS A municipal representative, I don’t believe we should be telling police how to do their jobs. We see how much our city relies on them and how much they work. The city of Thunder Bay is a hub for all of Northwestern Ontario. We bring in a lot of people from all over the region and not all …

I WANT to thank Lex MacArthur for the opportunity to address his concerns about my candidacy (Judge’s Campaign Lacks A Sense Of Hope — letter, Oct. 6).

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IN response to Mr. Jim Gladun’s letter promoting a sportsplex in Thunder Bay (“City can’t afford to not build sports facilities,” Sept. 26, CJ), I believe he is on the right track. As president of the Thunder Bay Hotel Association I would like to comment on the vision of the recently impleme…

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I RECENTLY attended a meeting where an up-and-coming political candidate shared that he knew that the fact he was a young white male was probably enough to win him a seat at the council table if he added to his platform the magic bullet of promising to lower city taxes.

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MY NAME is Kim Ducharme and I am running at large for city council. If you are someone who does not already know me, I am one of those people who shows up for the community and someone who always tries to make a difference.

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I MUST vehemently disagree with the recent editorial that it is necessary to “relax over math scores” (Let’s All Relax Over Math Scores — editorial, Sept. 11). The downward trend in math abilities that is revealed through the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results, and th…

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THUNDER Bay needs a re-set. Financially, we’re headed in the wrong direction. Record debt. Reserves so low they’re considered “risky.”

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I HAVE decided, convinced by a vast number of people, to run in the 2018 municipal election for the next mayor of Thunder Bay.

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I PERSONALLY believe, as do the 200 people that I have randomly polled, that the city should operate with one mayor and six city council members at large versus our present system on one mayor, five at-large council members and seven ward council members.

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I HAVE shared the disappointment many of my fellow Thunder Bay citizens have experienced with the actions of our city council over these past eight years. I’ve watched the near-total lack of common sense and the ongoing waste of tax dollars on a never-ending series of consultants dreaming up…

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MY name is Andy Wolff and I’m running for Current River Ward councillor.

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AS COUNCILLOR at large, I have engaged extensively with our community and the general consensus is that Thunder Bay citizens are looking for a clear sense of direction for the future from a mayor that can lead council and our community by articulating and executing a vision that is built on …

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I OFFICIALLY registered to run in the municipal election of 2018 on June 8. My mission statement, posted on Faceboook, is that “we must focus on the city’s needs and not the wants” any longer and I referenced the multi-plex as a prime example of a giant want.

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CHARLES Marohn, one of America’s leading thinkers about municipal government and the President of Strong Towns, notes in a recent article that “the goal of a city isn’t to grow; that is sometimes a happy side effect, but it’s not the objective. The goal of a city is to endure. To survive. To…

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TO MY neighbours in Northwood, my name is Mustapha El Kahil but most people call me ‘Mo.’ I am a 27 year-old registered nurse. I work in a long-term care home in the city of Thunder Bay. I have a genuine passion for caring for the elderly population in our community. I have spent the past fi…

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NO OTHER group of people in this city demand and get more attention than that group of people that choose to live near a highway and then want all traffic they don’t like to go someplace else, no matter what the consequences to others.

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WE WRITE respecting Justice Patrick Smith being subjected to a disciplinary proceeding by the Canadian Judicial Council, over his agreeing to act as interim dean of Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, while they looked for a full-time dean.

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I LEFT for work a few minutes later than normal the other day. None of the traffic lights were working on Balmoral from Beverly Street to Victoria Avenue. Drivers were patient and took their turns proceeding through intersections. Even the Harbour Expressway intersection was not the nightmar…

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WHY would the City of Thunder Bay allow the parking lot by the launch ramps at the marina to close for major construction at the busiest time of year for boat removal and hull cleaning?

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THE municipal elections are less than two weeks away and I haven’t seen much information readily available. Many candidate websites or Facebook feeds do not have what I would call a clear platform. I’ve searched myself on the City site which gives bios provided by the candidates (www.tbayvot…

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IT IS supremely ironic that while anti-immigrant sentiment continues to burble up in many parts of Canada, the economies of less prosperous regions continue to struggle due to a shortage of the most basic economic resource: people.

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I FOUND Patrick Farrell’s letter (The Boreal Forest: Going, Going . . . — Sept. 8) very emotional and I have to agree with him.

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JUST read Mayor Keith Hobbs’ letter about city taxes and the chamber of commerce (Chamber Playing Politics With Property Tax Claim — CJ, Oct. 4). Not sure about everyone else but I am confused by his letter.

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AS THE nurses providing you with a wide range of health promotion and health protection services through the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, we are increasingly concerned about the health of individuals in Thunder Bay and district.

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SATURDAY, Oct. 13 is International Carrier Appreciation Day. When our newspaper carriers deliver the paper throughout Northwestern Ontario, they fulfil the work of our entire operation to make sure the efforts of every department serves the readers and advertisers who sustain us.

THUMBS Up to members of the Thunder Bay Muslim community who heard about the vandalism at Ally’s MiniPutt near Boulevard Lake. “They not only donated $500 to help fix the damage, but offered a team of volunteers to come and clean everything up. We need to boost our old and new community memb…

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IN HIS official response Monday to a tentative deal between this country and its two southern trading partners, Premier Doug Ford made sure to give a special nod to Ontario farmers.

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AS reported in the news, the volume of passengers through the Thunder Bay International Airport has increased significantly over the last few years and will continue to do so.

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TWO Thumbs Up to good customer service from someone whose favourite appliance “bit the dust.” Despite having no receipt, the customer brought it to the store where staff did a receipt lookup. “In less than five minutes, another employee was bringing a new appliance to the customer service ba…

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ON AN almost daily basis we are being reminded why now more than ever Canada, federally and provincially, desperately needs electoral reform.

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CITIZENS of Thunder Bay need to realize that if our one and only acute care hospital cannot deal with the overcrowding in emergency; lack of appropriate inpatient beds; lack of physiotherapy; doctors who are overbearing and have their own agendas; and no hot water, how can they possibly deal…

I RECENTLY moved back to Thunder Bay, and I’m surprised that there has not been much talk about a new arena/entertainment centre and a new soccer complex leading up to the municipal election.

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NEWLY-ACQUIRED Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi acted like a first-rate goon last week. And while he’s hardly the first NHLer to do so on the ice, it was disconcerting to see such an ugly spectacle kick off a season in which the Habs aim to improve their record.

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WHEN I think back to my early understandings of race, I recall being five years old and passing some older boys who spat on me and called me “paki.” I ran home crying and asked my mother as she cleaned my coat, “What’s a paki? Why don’t people like them?”

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YES, Bill Baziuk has it correct when he writes “citizens should pressure our governments” to cut spending (Fixed-Income Seniors Burdened By Gov’ts — letter, Sept. 20). Start with MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) which has caused a lot of problems for seniors on fixed income.

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TALK about political intrigue. For political junkies this season is better than the new batch of Netflix series. From deception to defiance and . . . dancing, this fall’s got it all.

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IT MAKES me happy to know that the Prince Arthur Hotel is being refurbished. I love old railway hotels. My favourite hotel in Toronto is the Royal York, and this summer we stayed at Deer Lodge in Lake Louise.