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U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories’ ID NOW testing device for COVID-19 can produce results from a nasal swab in as little as 13 minutes. So far in Canada, tests have been done at public health clinics, with samples then sent to laboratories for analysis — a process that can take days. A point-of…

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DIVERSITY Thunder Bay, the Anti-Racism and Respect Advisory Committee and the Crime Prevention Council embrace and promote respect. Aligning with the philosophy of treating one and all with respect, and recognizing the importance of human dignity, they contribute to the initiative, developed…

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I HAVE been a resident of Thunder Bay for nine years now. I immigrated from Nigeria at the age of 16 in pursuit of a secured life for me and my family who are still back home. It has been a difficult journey, but I am grateful for a sense of balance and stability that I am starting to achiev…

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THE Filipino Canadian community represents the third-largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in Canada. Since 1992, the Filipinos have consistently ranked as independent immigrants to Canada, selected for migration based on their skills. Filipinos are known for their good work ethics, entre…

AS 2019 drew to an end, none of us fathomed that Thunder Bay would be under weeks of isolation in the coming year. Businesses have reduced hours, restaurants are empty, lucky few are able to work from home and we are all cautious as we wander through grocery aisles trying to finish our shopp…

I AM in the midst of reading an interesting book called A History of Canada in Ten Maps, by Adam Shoalts. Its opening chapter describes the explorations of the Vikings, who, after establishing settlements in Greenland and Iceland (already far from their original home in Scandinavia), they se…

RECENTLY, I attended one of two packed showings at Magnus Theatre of the film There Are No Fakes. It is about an art forgery ring headquartered here in Thunder Bay in the early 2000s to produce imitation Norval Morrisseau paintings.

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Thunder Bay's newest sister city, Jiaozuo, China, is offering Thunder Bay its support in fighting the COVID-19 virus. In a message to Coun. Peng You of Thunder Bay city council, Jiaozuo Mayor Xu Yixian and Secretary General Wang Xiaoping have asked if they could help by, for example, donatin…

THE Ford government claimed last week that its proposal to increase speed limits on some of the province’s major highways is garnering “wide public support,” but the effort being put into this “pilot project” seems both counterintuitive and a waste of time.

I JUST finished looking at your publication One City. Fifty Years. It was well put together, with one glaring exception. Not one word was mentioned about our city flag or the individual who designed it! That flag is a indeed a very large part of our city’s history and yet you overlooked it.

I CALLED the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to ask if anyone was available to speak to my community about COVID-19. I live in a co-operative community of 200 homes. It is my understanding that 60 per cent of the residents are over 60 and many are elderly and have health conditions. I wante…

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MY THOUGHTS on the police building is to renovate the former courthouse on Arthur Street to include prisoner processing and holding, accident reporting, stores, forensic labs, and community policing. There is a large parking area behind the Arthur Street building to move the outdoor storage …

IT’S THE weighty subject that Donald Trump doesn’t want to talk about, and it’s not the coronavirus or his country’s ballooning debt. It is, however, a topic of epidemic proportions.

I WISH to commend Confederation College for their decision to lower their flags to half-mast out of respect for the young woman who was killed on Picton Avenue (Murder charge laid after incident — CJ, March 4). We inquired as to the reason we saw the flags lowered and were told by staff that…

I AM a patient — or I should say was a patient — of a doctor in town until recently. I had five appointments cancelled and the last two were with one hour’s notice. Going back to work was impossible because they put another driver on the truck so I lost $328 per shift.

ONCE again we enjoy the longer evening light which allows more time after work to get outside and do things or just relax at the end of day. I think we should keep this time year round and forget about flip-flopping spring and fall. We should lobby our city council, provincial and federal go…

NATIONAL Post columnist Chris Selley says he wants Via Rail’s transcontinental train axed (Let’s Kill The Canadian, Surely The First World’s Most Dysfunctional Train, Feb. 25). While I share some of Selley’s concerns, he misses key points that are vital to any debate about the train’s future.

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THANKS go to The Chronicle-Journal for the excellent coverage of the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in late February.

DURING the city’s public consultation before the removal of traffic signals at Lillie Street and Victoria Avenue, I submitted the comment that the new Matawa First Nation school on Lillie is a source of students who need the traffic light to cross Victoria safely.