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…

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.

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.

TWO private member’s bills on the touchy subject of drug use being put forward by a federal Liberal backbencher are both intriguing and a bit unsettling.

WHO is looking for a job where everyone will feel they know more about it than you? Are you a psychologist, a social worker and a marriage counsellor?

I FIND that Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) continues to waste ratepayers’ money (Possible Waste Site Has ‘Stable Geosphere’ — CJ, Feb. 25).

THE following are some statements I have researched on the abortion issue.

AWAY we go again with ‘I love everybody; except for those I choose to disagree with.’ This seems like a roundabout way to be intolerant that’s often used by self-interest groups.

THUMBS Up to the security staff at Thunder Bay Airport. “On Sunday. there was a long wait at security due to Special Olympics visitors going home. I mentioned my age and inability to stand for an hour to a security officer and was taken, with kindness, to the head of the line and put through…

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and is recognized March 8, annually. It has grown to be a day of recognition of women’s successes and a call to action to support women’s rights and to advance gender equality.

TEACHERS have a tendency of giving out homework to their students daily. Some students — teens, mainly — don’t have time for this much homework.

AS CANADIANS, we should be embarrassed by the failure of our federal government to respect the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1997 Delgamuukw decision. Twenty-three years after that decision, Canada has still not negotiated a treaty with the Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan nations. Instead, it relies on…

THIS letter is a followup to my previous letter (Maybe It Should Be Mock The Frock — Feb. 19) after a vicious response from Julia Paradis (Vanity Or Charity? The Cause, Not Your Ego — letter Feb. 26) where she incorrectly states we took offence that a man was wearing this dress and my opinio…

WE CONTINUE to pay the price for waste, be it in the landfills of our regions or in the spending ways of governments.

IT WAS disconcerting, to say the least, to learn this week that a 75-year-old man needlessly suffered a broken neck last spring after he pulled out from Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

SEN. LYNN Beyak has said that although there were abuses at the residential schools, not all people working there were bad and that some students had a positive experience at the schools. This viewpoint was backed up by numerous letters from former students.

WITH the possible outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, could the former Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital (LPH) building be utilized? The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre clearly would not be able to handle a serious outbreak.

I WOULD like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Thunder Bay. I had the pleasure of being the volunteer mission staff of BC Snowshoe team.

WALKING up Memorial Avenue one afternoon I saw quite a few discarded pop cans and cups as well as cigarette packages, parts of cardboard boxes and other assorted discards. In the present day we seem to see more of this sort of thing compared to years gone past when we were taught to be more …

SOME in this country call for “order.” Others call for “reconciliation.” We might ask if the vision of “order” is the one that brings “reconciliation.” I think not.

THIS is addressed to those truckers who stop their rigs on the side of Arthur Street, just past Marketplace, to go in search of that much needed, greatly anticipated cup of coffee nearby.

THERE are wolves in town! (Not the financial kind). Wednesday night, at around 12:30 a.m., I happened to be looking out the patio door onto Scotland Street, and saw a very large wolf running down the middle of the road. I have seen many deer, black bears, moose, lynx, and even a horse, but n…

IS IT time for an award that specifically recognizes exceptional citizens from Northern Ontario? It might not be such a bad idea, given that not one person among the latest crop of Order of Ontario recipients is from this neck of the woods.

THUNDER Bay is host to the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games this week and the reviews are positive. “Thumbs Up to all of the enthusiastic athletes, their coaches, families and fans — and a special thanks to the many volunteers who make the games possible.”

THUMBS Up to the organizers and volunteers at the city’s Family Day celebrations at Marina Park Monday. “Activities were creative and fun. Thanks to the ice slide volunteer with the continuous smile. The bannock volunteer was very enthusiastic. Thumbs Down to the price of the hot chocolate —…