THUMBS Up to the seasonal city workers that plant and maintain our major flower beds. “Outstanding job. When people take pride in their work it shows. Sad to see the end is near for this year, as cooler, wet weather takes its toll. Keep up the good work making our city so beautiful.”

BY IAN PATTISONWell, that certainly didn’t go as planned. One can only imagine the consternation in the war rooms of the major political parties as their election launch plans this week were knocked off kilter by unforeseen events.For the governing Liberals it was the SNC-Lavalin affair that…

THUMBS Down to the person who dropped used drywall on Rosslyn Road, “from which a nail punctured my back tire. Thumbs Up to the woman who caught my attention at the corner of Central Avenue and Golf Links Road to inform me my tire looked low, allowing me to get the tire repaired instead of h…

MANY “snowbirds” may soon be grounded because of inadequate health coverage outside of Canada. As the federal election approaches, many people will also be making plans for their winter vacation. Yet, worsening drug shortages now cause many to fail to quality for private travel insurance.

(Re: Citizens Aren’t Racist, They’re Just Angry — letter, Aug. 17)

IN ADDITION to the fanfare and edge-of-your seat excitement, Canadian tennis marvel Bianca Andreescu’s stunning U.S. Grand Slam victory in New York City surely served as a reminder that virtually anything is possible.

THUMBS Up to the Thunder Bay and District Labour Council for the wonderful Labour Day picnic at Current River Park. “The music, food, games, bouncy castle, horse rides and animals were enjoyed by everyone. I observed so many smiles from the large crowd. Thank you to the amazing volunteers fo…

YEAR after year we go to the public appealing for support to feed an increasing number of hungry people. After my 10 years of serving food banks, I am nearing the end of my rope.

THUMBS Up to good PR and “The Amazing Race Canada television program for the excellent coverage and photography of our city’s natural beauty. We can be proud.”

THUMBS Down to the neighbour who backs onto the McIntyre River. “Stop throwing your garbage onto the green space. The dogs and tiny people are not on the invite list to the buffet you put out for mice, rats, crows and larger critters. Join the game we all play — garbage in bag, bag in can, c…

THUMBS Down to those who portray the proposed location of a 58-unit transitional youth housing facility on Junot as ideal. “The safety of the children at St. Pius, Hammarskjold, the Gateway Program, Boys and Girls Club, the nearby baseball and park areas is paramount, not to mention the seni…

THUMBS Up to the Badanai Theatre summer production of Little Shop of Horrors playing until Aug. 15 at the Paramount Theatre. “We brought our whole family out and both young and old enjoyed the show. Fantastic time and just as fun as Mamma Mia was last winter from this talented local group of…

THUMBS Up to the man with physical disabilities that walks the downtown area with a shopping cart using a picker to collect trash. “This guy goes out for hours every day to clean up our city and he has physical limitations. What are you doing to better our community?”

THUMBS UP “and up and up to Magnus Theatre’s show Ivanka. Kudos to Crudo and Waytowich for giving their audiences many, many hilarious moments. Thunder Bay should be proud of the talent we have in this city. Hopefully Ivanka will return again as she is very popular. It doesn’t hurt to now ha…

‘FIVE senior ladies had lunch at Tony Roma’s on July 4; one of them was having a birthday. When it was time to pay, our server told us a couple seated by us had paid our bills. We couldn’t have been more surprised and pleased. A giant Thumbs Up to this anonymous couple. We will all be paying…

PROFESSIONAL response impressive. “Last month, I found myself in the midst of a police chase at 8:30 a.m., when children were walking to school and roads were full of people driving to work. My car was hit by the woman allegedly impaired on drugs, who fled the scene only to hit another vehic…

CONGRATULATIONS to the locally owned 2019 Thunder Bay Border Cats. Thumbs Up to “great baseball, great food and beverages, and lots of great entertainment. Our guys got off to a shaky start but had a very strong finish in the first half. Come on Thunder Bay. Let’s get out and support our tea…

SHOULD Ottawa set up a targeted program, or replace all provincial and private drug programs — even if working fairly well — and establish a new government bureaucracy? The report by Dr. Eric Hoskins, the chair of the federal government’s advisory council on pharmacare, addresses a definite …

THERE is something bracing about decisiveness. A matter is considered, the pros and cons weighed, a conclusion is reached, and acted on. There’s no unnecessary hesitation, no delay beyond that which is prudent.

‘RECENTLY my vehicle was stuck. Within minutes a kind gentleman, originally from Newfoundland, came to my aid. A comment was made that I will not forget: ‘We live on an island and we have to know how to help one another.’ Three other gentlemen came to my assistance and quickly, efficiently t…

There is something magical about Bangladesh. It’s as if the present came into the country but the past refused to leave. Rickshaws and donkey carts weave in and out of BMWs and Toyotas on busy and congested streets, vendors turn samosas and parathas in pans set over coal fires in front of Pi…

I HAD only briefly experienced life in Thunder Bay before deciding to make it my home for medical school in 2014. I was born and raised in southern Ontario and had visited just once with my girlfriend to meet her brother and his wife, both of whom had migrated from Sudbury for school.

THUMBS Up to the NBA champion Toronto Raptors “OMG, I know nothing about basketball. I think I had 10 mini-strokes watching that series. I know you get it in the basket! I am now a true Raptors fan. Watching the fanfare from east to west was awesome. And now, go Border Cats!”

If you want to change the system— change being the political theme of the day — you have two choices: Complain from a distance and hope that enough people happen to share your concern to grab the attention of relevant authorities. Or get involved.

A HUGE Thumbs Up to the many kind people “who helped us after my husband suffered a serious fall in one of the far parking lots at the regional hospital. I’m sorry I didn’t get everyone’s name, but thank you to the young couple that called for an ambulance. Thank you to the woman from Fort F…

THIS is not the first time that the term genocide has been used to describe the situation of Indigenous people in Canada. Then it was justified; now it is not. Then it accurately described the actions of the state; now it seems designed to provoke Canadians rather than prod them to address a…

THUMBS Up to the many students from St. Ignatius High School “who were out all around the Boulevard Lake area last Thursday cleaning up garbage. Great job.”

FOR more than a century, provincial tree planting has cut flood risks in Ontario. Rivers have surged over their banks this spring, flooding hundreds of homes, businesses and cottages. The Ottawa, Muskoka, French and Mattagami rivers (and many others) have flooded — and the risk now extends t…

THE current tendency to bash police causes us to lose sight of the fact that the main reasons for having police forces is to solve crimes and protect law-abiding citizens from violence.