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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.

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.

DIVERSITY Thunder Bay is proud to present Nav Bhatia, Toronto Raptors superfan and businessman, who will be the keynote speaker for Diversity Thunder Bay’s 14th annual Celebration Breakfast.

IN DECEMBER 1995, the Honourable Jean Augustine — the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament — put forth a motion to the House of Commons calling for the official recognition of Black History Month.

AS CANADIANS we like it when homegrown personalities make it big in the world. We especially like it when they make a point of reminding people of their Canadian heritage. We’re proud when they’re proud.

THUNDER Bay city council has a declared a climate emergency. So what? That seems to be the reaction of some beyond the usual suspects who inhabit social media and can never, ever find anything good to say about anything.

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IT TAKES a lot to get national news media to take notice of Thunder Bay. A series of unexplained Indigenous youth deaths followed by allegations of racism on the city police force got their attention and now they’re peering hard at what’s going on here. Good. Because local media reports abou…

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IT LAST year was eventful – and boy, was it! – 2020 can be transformative in so many ways. But it will depend on how willing we are to change how we live. We are all on this ride together and as Earth’s population grows, the task becomes more urgent.

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THAT was the year that was . . . memorable, eventful, more than a little crazy, all of the above. As we round out another year and another decade, and prepare to enter the 2020s, we can rest assured that this year will go down in history as one that was full of surprises – some nice, some no…