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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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I HAVE been a professional musician since my mid-teens and have been very fortunate to have performed at many venues in Thunder Bay and with many of the finest musicians. I must confess I’m a little biased when it comes to live music. I believe everyone loves live music but not everyone agre…

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DOUG Ford campaigned on a promise to put money back into the pockets of hard-working Ontarians. To prove it, he recently announced cutting the carbon tax on natural gas which should reduce home heating bills by $80 per year. For millions of Ontarians in urban areas, that’s a bonus because th…

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THE Thunder Bay Walkability Committee is excited to see the new approach to school transportation in the city. Recently, Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay conducted an internal evaluation to assess the efficiency of the school busing in the city.

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WHILE there isn’t any doubt that the provincial government has ultimate power over the municipalities, it should be remembered that the vast majority of Ontario citizens live in those municipalities, or in organized townships. Only a tiny minority live in unorganized areas, and are more dire…

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I SEE the federal government is “studying” the feasibility of banning handguns and assault rifles in Canada. I’m hard pressed to see any sense in either the study or the proposed ban.

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I WAS born and raised in Northwestern Ontario and have hunted, fished and camped in the Boreal forest since childhood. It is in my DNA. In 2007 my wife and I built a cabin on her family’s traditional ancestral land at Whitewater Lake which is 40 bush plane miles north of Armstrong. Her famil…

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THE writer of the Guest Column in the Sept. 2 newspaper (Dairy’s Alternative Facts) paints a very unrealistic comparison between an individual working a 40-hour work week and a dairy farm business.

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NATURE is brutal; killing the “other” is natural. This is a fact of life among animals while humans have evolved and have options. We enact government, laws, and regulations to move beyond the state of raw nature. This is a societal effort to foster peace and well-being for each other in community.

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BEING an ex-Canadian Lakehead Exhibition member, my heart sank when I heard that Lawrence Timko (vice-president, operations) was looking for new tenants for the CLE property. It’s been a slow rape and dismantling of the CLE for the last 40 years.

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Sen. John McCain’s life may well be best described as that of a maverick. It suited him and was certainly a reflection of the state he represented.

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JOYCE Cordone’s letter (Bad weather and distance too much for some students, Aug. 25) made me very sad for today’s youth. I am a 70-plus senior who walks several kilometres almost every day come rain, snow or cold. I wear appropriate apparel — rain coat, parka , boots, etc. So far I have not…

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BASIC income or guaranteed income is a good and noble ideal but what is the real cost and how sustainable is it? Providing under-employed people with a $24,000 income less 50 per cent of, say, $19,000 of income brings a family to net income of $30,000. This will vary case by case but let’s a…

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I COULD not let your front-page article on retirees pass without commenting (Some Retirees Too Tight With Cash — CJ, Aug. 20). The article, and those quoted in it, miss many key realities. There are too many assumptions being made about what people over 65 will or will not be able to do in w…

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I"M NOT sure how many other parents are concerned about Thunder Bay’s new school bus policies, but I am wondering if the board of education is prepared to hire more crossing guards and if the city is prepared to have all sidewalks cleared and salted before these children need to start walkin…

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AS NEWS articles go from one ridiculous subject to another concerning politics, don’t be fooled into believing this is normal. Regardless of a very sick culture to the south, Canada is embarking on a very similar path with exactly the same results in mind. This can be referred to as the grea…

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I HAD considered running in the upcoming municipal election this fall and had prepared my endorsement list of 25 signatures which was an eligibility requirement. While at city hall to register and sign the nomination paper, I was informed that the clerk would not certify my endorsement list,…

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LIFE without plastics is coming and we’d better start preparing. This had to happen, considering us always taking the easy way out.

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IN LIGHT of the recent mass shooting on the Danforth in Toronto, all the Liberal shills, the Federal Government and the Toronto Mayor John Tory have demanded a handgun/semi-automatic firearm ban across Canada. These folks are afflicted with a phobia and they certainly believe in not letting …