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Notices EASTEr hoLIDAY gArBAgE coLLEcTIoN chANgES
There will be no garbage or recycling collection on the Good Friday
LANDfILL fEE INcrEASE Holiday, April 22.Collection in all areas and zones moves to one day earlier
Effective April 1, tipping fees at the for this holiday week only.
MAYoR KeItH HoBBS City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste and Area 1 Zone 1 Garbage & Recycling Monday, April 18
Office: 625-3600 | Fax: (Office) 623-1164
Recycling Facility are as follows: Area 1 Zone 2 Garbage Monday, April 18
Up to 140 kg – $7 Area 2 Zone 1 Garbage & Recycling Tuesday, April 19
Area 2 Zone 2 Garbage Tuesday, April 19
Councillors: Non-hazardous Solid Waste over 140 kg Area 3 Zone 1 Garbage & Recycling Wednesday, April 20
IAIn AnguS, At LARge – $50.17 per tonne Area 3 Zone 2 Garbage Wednesday, April 20
Residence/Office: 474-0926 | Fax: 474-0881 Area 4 Zone 1 Garbage & Recycling Thursday, April 21
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Non-hazardous Contaminated Soil –
Area 4 Zone 2 Garbage Thursday, April 21
MARK Bentz, noRtHwood wARd Don’t be missed! Not sure about your waste collection? Contact Transportation
Residence: 577-8226 & Works Dispatch at 684-2195
Fax: 577-2174 | Cell: 628-6910
Ken BoSHcoff, At LARge
TAx INSTALMENT DuE MAY 5
To avoid penalty, all payments for the
Residence: 473-8228 Everyone Welcome!
E-mail: email@example.com second instalment of the 2011 taxes
must be received by Thursday, May 5. WESTforT
Councillor Joe Virdiramo
cuRRent RIVeR wARd If you do not have your bill for any
Residence: 766-9914 Thursday, April 14 @ 7 pm
reason, contact the Revenue Division
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, June 9 @ 7 pm
tReVoR gIeRtugA, McIntYRe wARd West Thunder Community Centre,
Residence: 683-8041 | Cell: 628-4790 915 Edward Street South
rV PuMPINg STATIoN oPENS
E-mail: email@example.com PLANT A TrEE for ThE fuTurE! frIDAY, MAY 13 Agenda: City & Ward Issues
LARRY HeBeRt, At LARge ArBor DAY - MAY 14 Non-commercial
Residence: 622-7938 | Office: 624-1482 Join the City of Thunder Bay at the rED rIVEr
Fax: 624-1485 | Cell: 624-8551 Arbor Day tree planting event on Councillor Brian McKinnon
welcome to visit
Saturday, May 14, from 1 - 4:30pm, Wednesday, April 20 @ 7 pm
ReBeccA JoHnSon, At LARge at Boulevard Lake. Vehicle Pumping Thunder Bay Boys & Girls
Residence/Office: 577-2807 | Fax: 577-4837 Station to obtain Club, 270 Windsor Street
Bring your own shovel and work
gloves, as well as any pails or fresh potable water and empty out Agenda: 2011 Budget, Roads & Citizen
BRIAn McKInnon, Red RIVeR wARd wheelbarrows you may have. Some holding tanks. The RV Station is Survey Results
Residence: 767-3945 | Fax: 768-4823 tools will be on hand as well as location on Legion Track Drive,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org McINTYrE
drinking water. Also, find out what behind the Delaney Arena. Enter
PAuL PugH, McKeLLAR wARd you can do to help prevent the spread from Victoria Avenue. Councillor Trevor Giertuga
Residence: 346-8485 of Emerald Ash Borer in our region. Tuesday, April 26 @ 7 pm
For more information contact the
Meet just north of the Pavilion, main Environment Division at 684-2195. North McIntyre Recreational
ALdo RuBeRto, At LARge parking lot on West Lyon Boulevard. Centre (Upstairs), 2051 Government Road
Residence: 768-8038 | Fax: 768-7959
For more information, contact 625-2956. Agenda: City & Ward Issues
LIndA RYdHoLM, neeBIng wARd
Residence: 577-9260 | Fax: 475-7668 P u blished By:The City of Thunder Bay oN ThE coVEr:
E-mail: email@example.com C omme n ts o n M Y TBAY :
Paige Towsley, 2, gets into Spring Leaf
Senior Editor: Karen Lewis, Manager, Corporate
Joe VIRdIRAMo, weStfoRt wARd Communications & Strategic Initiatives | Phone: 625-3859 & Yard clean up. Turn to page 7 for
Residence: 625-5547 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org details on curbside collection and how
E-mail: email@example.com Managing Editor: Valerie Marasco, Communications Specialist to get two free yard waste bags.
Phone: 625-2438 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Quality of Life and Satisfaction with city Services remain high
thunder Bay residents rate the • Road maintenance continues to top Based on the gap analysis, priority its new strategic plan and to inform
quality of life in the city very highly the list as the City service most in areas for improvement are Council’s budget decision-making
(87%) and overall satisfaction with need of improvement maintenance of streets, roadside by providing broad public input on
city services remains high (86%), • Asked to trade off between higher maintenance, storm water drainage, residents’ expectations and views on
according to the results of the 2011 taxes and reduced service, one half recreation programs for youth and City services and projects.
of residents favour increasing taxes, neighbourhood parks. Each of these
citizen Satisfaction Survey conducted The survey involved 500 interviews
while 37% favour service cuts areas are cited by residents as being
by Ipsos Reid Public Affairs. conducted between Feb. 21 to
• Attitudes are more mixed on important, yet receive relatively lower 28 among a randomly selected,
“While we are pleased with the results, whether there should be a dedicated satisfaction ratings. representative sample of Thunder Bay
as always, there is more work to be tax increase earmarked to upgrade
“Residents really like living in Thunder residents aged 18 years and older. The
done such as improving our roads,” said City infrastructure including roads
Bay and they are overall very positive overall survey results are considered
Mayor Keith Hobbs, “and Council has • There is moderate support for increasing
about their City services,” said Graham to be accurate to within +/- 4.4
taken important steps in this direction the number of bike lanes on City roads
Loughton, Vice President for Ipsos Reid percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
by increasing capital spending for roads • Residents feel fairly safe and two-
Public Affairs, who presented the results
in 2011 by $1.5 million.” thirds are aware of the Thunder Bay
to Council. View the 2011 citizen
Other key findings: Crime Prevention Council
The survey provides quantitative Satisfaction Report at:
• Residents continue to believe they The City of Thunder Bay has conducted
data to assist the City in developing www.thunderbay.ca/yoursay
receive fairly good value for their tax a Citizen Survey every two years since
dollars (73%) 2005. The current report includes a
• Even though the economy remains technique called a “gap analysis” that
Investing in Infrastructure
the #1 top of mind issue, the portion compares resident satisfaction with
of residents reporting it has decreased services to the importance they place
23 points since 2009 and 39 points on those services. The gap analysis is
since 2007 – perhaps reflecting the designed to assist the City in prioritizing the 2011 tax-Supported Budgets have been approved by city council at just
improvement in Thunder Bay’s resources and benchmarking the results. over $277.6 million gross including a capital budget of $33.7 million gross.
economy and the economy overall The 2011 Rate-Supported Budgets have been approved by City Council at
$53.8 million gross including a Capital budget of $15.4 million gross.
INVITATIoN To gIVE INPuT oN NEW STrATEgIc PLAN In addition to maintaining direct City services, the Budget includes
legislated levies to:
the city’s Strategic Plan guides the actions of
council and Administration. thunder Bay is • Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board for Ontario
currently developing the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan Works and Social Housing services ($18.2 million).
that will outline our city’s priorities and initiatives • Thunder Bay District Health Unit for health prevention and promotion
for the next four years and beyond. citizen input is services ($2.2 million).
critical in helping to shape this Plan.
• Lakehead Region Conservation Authority for conservation and
You ArE INVITED management of renewable natural resources in the watershed ($2.1 million).
wednesday, April 13 thursday, April 14 Following are key capital projects:
6:30 - 9 PM 6:30 - 9 PM • Roads and roads related projects - $11.7 million which includes $1.5 of the
DaVinci Centre, Sala Michelangelo Italian Cultural Centre, Main Hall
new Enhanced Infrastructure Renewal Program of $2.0 million.
340 Waterloo St S 132 Algoma St S
Bus Routes: Airport, Bus Routes: Memorial, • Corporate Facilities Upgrade Program - $4.3 million
Crosstown & Mainline John Street & Crosstown • Fleet replacement - $5.7 million
to review the complete
For more information, visit www.thunderbay.ca/stratplan or contact •Waterworks related projects - $8.5 million 2011 Municipal Budget visit
Karen Lewis, Manager – Corporate Communications & Strategic www.thunderbay.ca/budget.
•Wastewater related projects - $6 million
Initiatives, 625-3859 or e-mail email@example.com.
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cLEAN, grEEN & BEAuTIfuL
If your business or organization is improving cLEAN, grEEN & BEAuTIfuL ELEMENTS
clean category green category Beautiful category
the physical environment and the quality of life
conserving energy Preservation of Installation of
in our city, we want to celebrate your efforts. Solid waste
natural features Public Art
Management Intensification and creation of civic
cLEAN, grEEN DIAMoND LEVEL Redevelopment Space
& BEAuTIfuL AWArDS and Source water Planting Street conforms to design
• 3 elements from each category
the city of thunder Bay’s clean, PLuS an additional element from Protection - Best trees guidelines
green & Beautiful Awards the Beautiful category Practice and developing
recognize building and renovation urban forests
• Receive a tree to be planted in a city care And Heritage
projects that enrich the life of
park or boulevard with an honouring Maintenance of Restoration of
the community through public celebrating cultural
plaque, a commemorative website Public Space natural Systems
art, beautification, heritage and Heritage
button on the organization’s website,
environmental greening. together, Recycling and Landscaping
and a profile in MytBay Preservation of
we can grow and nurture a Reuse of Materials continuous Parks
community that we can all be goLD LEVEL and open Space
proud of. creating
• 3 elements from each category Improvements expanding trail
• Receive a plaque and a profile network
NoMINATE A cLEAN, grEEN Reducing
in MytBay Innovative
& BEAuTIfuL ProjEcT greenhouse gas creating Pedestrian
to be eligible, business and SILVEr LEVEL use of Alternative
Amenities Pedestrian Scale
organization projects must • 2 elements from each category energy
include elements from each of Protecting Accessible to All
• Receive a profile in MytBay
the clean, green & Beautiful Biological diversity
categories. Projects must have BroNzE LEVEL Protecting
been completed within the • 1 element from each category ecological Integrity
last two years. the four award • Receive acknowledgement
levels are diamond, gold, Silver in MytBay
and Bronze. closing date for
nominations is friday, August 12,
APrIL IS cIVIc PrIDE MoNTh!
2011. winners will be announced for information on nominations for civic pride
at the civic Pride Awards awards, go to www.thunderbay.ca/awards
ceremony Sept. 19.
for more information or • clean, green & Beautiful Awards
for nomination forms, visit • thunder Bay green giant
• Best city Block Award
or call 625-2438.
• civic Beautification Awards
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Architectural rendering of the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse as viewed from the northeast.
ceremony Marks official Start of courthouse construction
ontario’s Attorney general chris to accommodate 15 courtrooms and • Piling and piling final cut-offs will be For questions on the project, email
Bentley joined first nations leaders four conference/settlement suites, complete in May. firstname.lastname@example.org
and local politicians on feb 24 to including the province’s first Aboriginal • The temporary power system will be or call (416) 212-6447.
celebrate the official groundbreaking Conference Settlement Suite. An installed for use during construction.
for the new thunder Bay estimated 1,000 people are expected to
consolidated courthouse. visit the Courthouse on a daily basis. cITY-oWNED ProPErTIES for SALE
Over 100 people attended the ceremony The following is a summary of recent rESIDENTIAL BuILDINg LoTS 910 Syndicate Avenue South – gc1 zone **
marking the start of construction of activity: 1045 community Hall Road – $23,000 117 metres x irregular (0.27 ha±)
81 metres x irregular (1.2 ha±) 1101 Syndicate Avenue South – nc2 zone **
the new facility, which will have space • Construction trailers for subtrades have
Belview Road (3) – $48,900/Lot 50 metres x irregular (0.3 ha±)
been mobilized within the Paterson
83 x 241 metres (2 ha±) 1270 Jasper drive – nc2 zone **
parking lot north of Miles Street.
townline Road (5) – $44,900/Lot 56 metres x irregular (0.4 ha±)
• Site excavation has been completed. 89 x 260 metres± (2.3 ha±) 751 tungsten Street – nc2 zone **
• Settling tanks have been installed for 211 Heron Street – $14,000 49 metres x irregular (0.4 ha±)
the temporary storage of groundwater 7.6 x 35 metres (266 sm± )
LIghT INDuSTrIAL ProPErTY
from the excavation prior to discharge 138 finlayson Street – $14,000 1422 forest Avenue – $110,000
into the sanitary sewer. 7.6 x 35 metres (266 sm±) 22 metres x irregular (5,018 sm±)
• Piling activity commenced in late MuLTI-rESIDENTIAL ProPErTY 1600 Rosslyn Road – $25,000
February and will continue through April. 352 Adelaide Street ** 47 x 53 metres (0.25ha±)
40 x 33 metres (1,320 sm±) 951 carrick Street – LIP zone – $220,000
• Reinforced concrete pile cap
1341 James Street South ** 47 metres x irregular (0.55 ha±)
installation began in late March. 137 x 33 metres (0.45 ha±) 174 Munro Street ** 98 x 36 metres (0.35 ha±)
Upcoming construction activities for 210 Hodder Avenue **
offIcE SPAcE LEASE oPPorTuNITIES
the period April 15 to June 15 include: 93 metres x irregular (1.2 ha±)
• Victoriaville Mall
• With the bulk excavation complete, Hudson Avenue at Shuniah Street ** • 34 cumberland Street north
105 metres x irregular (1.2 ha±) (whalen Building)
work on concrete elevator pits and
basement walls, forming, reinforcing 525 Kingsway Avenue** • 47 cumberland Street north
Breaking ground l-r: Bill Mauro, MPP for 67 x 34 metres (2,278 sm±)
Thunder Bay-Atikokan; Attorney General steel and concrete placing will start
** Appraisals required
Chris Bentley; Michael Gravelle, MPP for during this period. coMMErcIAL/INSTITuTIoNAL ProPErTY
note: All dimensions are approximate.
740 Arthur Street west – Hc zone – $330,000
Thunder Bay – Superior North; Inspector • Underground piping for the methane 47 metres x irregular (0.29 ha±) contact: Realty Services division, 2nd floor,
Andy Hay of the Thunder Bay Police Service; extraction and dewatering systems’
608 Syndicate Avenue South – gc1 zone ** 111 S Syndicate Ave, Victoriaville centre,
Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs; and Josias installation will be underway as the 30 metres x irregular (0.49 ha±) thunder Bay, tel: 625-3199 fax: 623-9344
Fiddler, Elders’ Advisory Committee. trenches are excavated.
for information, listings and pictures visit www.thunderbay.ca/realty
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Partners’ Efforts Yield Safe Drinking Water Quality
dr in ki ng w
cycling Program for Thunder Bay 2010 report Available
at er qu al ity
An nu al Re po1 0
thunder Bay’s Active transportation The City of Thunder • Bare Point Water Treatment Plant
Program celebrated news of a Bay is pleased to • Thunder Bay Public Library
$115,000 grant from the ontario announce the availability of the Drinking Branches
W Quality Annual Report 2010. • On-line at www.thunderbay.ca/water
trillium foundation in March.
Copies are available at: For more information, or to speak with
The funding will enable the launch of staff about water quality, call 683-8141
• City Hall, City Clerks Office
Safe Cycling Thunder Bay, a cycling
education program aimed at riders
of all ages and abilities that will be
administered through EcoSuperior l-r: Christian Timmons, Lakehead Public Schools,
New urban forestry Website
Environmental Programs. Dakota Cimini-Foreman, Thunder Bay Catholic Visit the new Urban Foresty section heating and cooling costs. Explore new
District School Board, Katie Spittlehouse, Thunder (formerly T rees) at www.thunderbay.ca/ ree
online features like T Care, Planting
Safe Cycling Thunder Bay will be
Bay Cycling Club, Andrew Ross, Black Sheep urbanforestry to find out how urban ree
Guidelines, Common T Concerns,
based on the CAN-BIKE Safe Cycling
Mountain Bike Club, and Stasia Starr, Thunder trees can increase property values, reduce Pruning Guide and more!
Education Program, a nationally
Bay District Health Unit represent the Safe noise and air pollution, and reduce
standardized set of cycling proficiency
Cycling Partners along with the City of Thunder
and safety courses delivered by certified
Bay and EcoSuperior at the announcement.
local instructors. The three-year grant
will target instructor training and Bay will begin to offer cycling education got Your green guide?
cycling education programs for riders early this summer. Eight local residents The City’s Roads
E A DIFFERE
The booklet includes information
ONE CAN MAK
of all ages. Safe Cycling Thunder Bay have begun the Can-BIKE Instructor Division and about the City’s landfill and recycling
will offer a variety of cycling education Training Program in April, and once EcoSuperior are proud programs, what to do with hazardous
courses that are Transport Canada certified, can lead Bicycle Safety to present the updated wastes, electronic waste, ‘green’
approved, developed by Canada’s Programs and train others. Cycling and comprehensive household waste A
community groups and an ‘ ’ to ‘Z’
leading cycling educators. The courses education increases the skill and reduction manual, called Our Green Guide. listing of items you may be ready to
set the bar for quality of education. confidence levels of riders with both ‘on This helpful reference will help you donate for re-use, sell or determine the
The support of the Ontario Trillium bike’ and theory components. manage proper disposal of everything safest disposal options.
Foundation makes it possible for these For more information, visit from an old computer you no longer need, Download your copy at www.thunderbay.ca
courses to be offered at a minimal cost safecyclingthunderbay.com or call leftover paint from that spring project or or contact 684-2195 for a hard copy.
or at no charge. Safe Cycling Thunder EcoSuperior at 624-2140. even clothing the kids have outgrown.
Free Week - Solid Waste & recycling Facility
SundaY, maY 1 to SundaY, maY 8
Tipping fees waived for cars and non-
commercial light trucks.
Organize loads for easy removal in proper
Contact Transportation & Works at 684-2195
for details and hours of operation.
C o v e r a n d S e c u r e Yo u r L o a d
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Leaf & Yard Spring collection
Spring Leaf and Yard collection will For service information about the
take place between tuesday, May 3 Spring Leaf & Yard Waste Curbside
and friday, May 13. Look for the Leaf Collection contact Transportation &
symbol on your waste collection Works Dispatch at 684-2195.
calendar for your leaf & yard waste
Spring up to clean up Thunder Bay Place leaves and organic garden waste
in Kraft (paper) bags, available at
Are you an individual who is Join thousands of citizens who come
many grocery and hardware stores, or
concerned about the debris and litter together every year in May to help keep
use any colour clear plastic bags at the
on the streets, trails or shorelines – Thunder Bay clean and beautiful!
curb on your regular recycling day.
or a group of kids that want to “slam Workplaces can also take part in the
junk” into a waste bin rather than Spring Up 20-Minute Makeover on
watch it blow around? Friday, April 29 at 10 am. Find out more Find your coupon for two
and register at www.ecosuperior.org, or FREE Kraft bags at the bottom
No matter how big or small your
by calling 624-2143. of this page!
group, Spring Up to Clean Up wants
you! Spring Up runs for the month The Spring Up to
of May, beginning on May 1. Register Clean Up Program No limit on leaf and yard waste.
your May clean-up and you will is funded by the Bags/bundles must weigh no The Towsley family takes advantage of
receive free garbage and recycling City of Thunder more than 18 kg (40 lbs). No grass the City’s Spring Leaf and Yard Waste
bags, disposal, public recognition and Bay and delivered clippings please. collection program.
prizes to raffle off after your clean-up. by EcoSuperior.
Young recycling fans Win
this year’s entries for our annual
recycling contest were inspiring.
Kraft Leaf & Yard Waste coupon
Redeem this coupon for two fRee Kraft (paper) leaf and yard waste
These kids are taking recycling one
collection bags (while supplies last).
step further by trying to create less
waste in the first place. Kudos to them! Bring this coupon to one of the locations below on the dates listed:
One winner, Cosmo Thunder Bay Public Library, Waverley Branch
Kostyniuk-Coda, 3, The entire Grade 2 class at Crestview
285 Red River Road
makes his own School sent suggestions. This group
Wednesday, April 13 – 1 pm to 4 pm or
wrapping paper with of students really care. They are
Tuesday, April 19 – 10 am to noon
brown kraft paper and involved in many green projects and
potato stamps. “The paper can be activities. Their entries were full of Victoriaville Civic Centre, 111 Syndicate Ave. S.
recycled,” he says “And the potatoes thoughtful ideas about everything A table will be set up beside Cashiers Office te
go into the compost.” from water conservation, spring clean Wednesday, April 13 – 9 am to noon
ups, tree planting, composting, safely Tuesday, April 19 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Bruno Bruno-Bossio, 5, disposing of batteries and other
handmade and hazardous waste and not littering. Thunder Bay Farmer’s Market CLE
decorated candles to Dove Building
give as gifts using baby One Can Make a Difference!
Saturday, April 23 – 8 am to 1 pm
food jars and recycled Thanks to everyone who entered the
cards. He says they reduce waste at his contest and shared their great ideas. Questions? Call Transportation & Works Dispatch at 684-2195.
house by simply ‘using less’. Keep on thinking ‘green’!
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heritage register Key 2011 Sewer & Water rates Took Effect April 1
to Preserving Past By-law Number 016-2011 Schedule G
Water Authorities in Ontario have been
The average household consumes 200
cubic metres of water per year. In 2010
mandated by Provincial legislation to the total cost was $677. For 2011 the
the fascinating history and heritage Presbyterian. Due to a
prepare plans to raise adequate financial cost will be $774. This represents an
of thunder Bay can be seen in our growing congregation,
resources to provide safe drinking water increase of 14.3% or $97 annually. Each
buildings and landmarks. these sites the current church
today and into the future. Our water household receives four water bills per
provide a view to the past. was constructed and St. Andrew’s
Church on the rate structure reflects the fixed costs year so for each bill the increase will be
the former was used
To promote and protect these properties, corner of Brodie of operating and maintaining the water $24 compared to 2010 billings.
as a Sunday school.
the Heritage Advisory Committee and Donald system and has been designed to be For all other customers (from a duplex
The church was then
advises Council on the preservation Streets. equitable, easy to understand and to
moved to its present on a single meter to commercial and
and promotion of these historic sites benefit customers who conserve. industrial properties) the 2011 water
location on Pruden Street in 1913. The
and makes recommendations for the Rates in Thunder Bay are in the mid- rates consist of a:
move took nearly a year as most of the
Heritage Register. The Heritage Register range relative to other municipalities • Fixed cost based on meter size
work was done by horses.
is the official list of cultural heritage across the province. An independent • Volumetric charge of $0.743 for every
properties that have been identified On further review, some properties
survey undertaken by BMA Consulting cubic metre of water consumed
as important to the community and listed on the Register may be formally
in 2010 revealed that the annual cost of • Sewer rate which remains at 75% of the
of historical interest. The list provides designated as a Heritage Property
250 cubic metres of water ranged from a total fixed and volumetric charges
information about heritage value for under the Ontario Heritage Act. Formal
low of $325 to a high of $1,209 with the Water rate increases for the three
land-use planners, property owners, designation provides the building
average being $773. In 2010 Thunder months that end April 30 and May
developers, the tourism industry, with protection against demolition
Bay’s average annual cost for 250 cubic 31 will be phased in to reflect the
educators and the general public, as well or alteration. Currently, there are 25
metres was $770. portions of the billing at the old and
as protection from designated properties in Thunder Bay.
demolition. For all single family detached residential new rates.
The current St. Andrew’s Presbyterian
buildings and semi-detached residential For answers to frequently asked
One property on Church received formal designation
buildings that are individually metered, questions about water bills, a detailed
the Register is Knox in 1984. The church is an example of
the 2011 water rates consist of a: list of rates including all water fees, or
United Church. Built the Late Gothic Revival style and is
• Fixed cost of $0.5511 per day ($201 to use the online water bill estimator
in 1889, the church was constructed almost entirely out of
per year) for single family households, visit
originally located on Simpson Island sandstone.
• Volumetric charge of $1.206 for every www.thunderbay.ca/revenue or call the
the corner of Brodie For more information about Heritage cubic metre of water consumed
Knox on the Run. and Donald Streets, Revenue Division at 625-2255.
Properties or Thunder Bay’s Historic • Sewer rate which remains at 75% of the
The church was where it served as the Walking Tours visit www.thunderbay.ca/ total fixed and volumetric charges
moved in 1913. former St. Andrew’s Living/Culture_and_Heritage
Changes are coming
Learn how you can in your electricity system
manage your electricity use Herb Carroll 55+
Tuesday, April 12
Saturday, April 16
Wednesday, April 20
and get ready for 1:30 pm 11:00 am 1:00 pm
FREE, but please Pre-Register
Time of Use pricing tbhydro.com or 343-1131
MYTBAY LIVIng 9
An Arts-Based Destination
Prince Arthur’s Landing will
comprise a vibrant, mixed-use area BAggAgE BuILDINg ArTS cENTrE
that is intended to be people-friendly,
visually inviting, pedestrian-oriented
and diverse in building forms and
functions. It will support year-round
activities, with highly integrated
Originally constructed in the early 1900s,
the Baggage Building will be expanded
with a new two-storey addition to
create a public arts-based destination “ I watched these buildings being
constructed from the ground
combining exhibition, teaching and retail up and they are built to last.
space with artisan studios. The foundations are amazing
The Red River Road Plaza combines structures themselves, and once
a water feature with public art and complete, not only Prince Arthur’s
celebrates the rich Aboriginal history Landing, but Thunder Bay, will
of the site and its significance as the become a different place. ”
gateway to Western Canada. An artistic Jason, City of Thunder Bay W aterfront
wall panel will be integrated onto an Development Facebook page
DINg ArT S cENTrE commenting on the Baggage Building
existing concrete base of a waterfall BAggAgE BuIL
Arts Centre construction photos.
feature located in front of the Baggage March 2011
Building Arts Centre.
rED rIVEr roAD INSTALLATIoN The installation site of the Red River Road water feature is of great historic
significance as the gateway through which traders, voyageurs, and settlers
discovered and settled Western Canada. Water is a theme that flows through Prince
Arthur’s Landing, starting at the foot of Red River Road.
Artists were asked to interpret the guiding theme of ‘Red River Road: Pathway to the
West/To the World’ and a literary selection titled Red Sky Métis as part of the overall
content of their artwork. The artwork will highlight the cultural and geographical
significance of this site as a key link to Aboriginal history and in particular the Red
Sky Métis, the Riel Rebellion and the development of Western Canada.
The ceiling in the Baggage Building addition reveals the buildings wood structure, with clear finished fir decking and glulam beams.
10 L I V I n g MYTBAY
Accessibility: Learning to be a chair Leader
councillor Rebecca Johnson spent street sidewalk, but no one told me I a buffet. How do you manage that?
the day in a wheelchair as part of would have to hold back the wheels I had to have another person at the
the canadian Paraplegic Association of the chair so I wouldn’t gain speed table get my lunch.
(cPA) ontario’s chair Leaders event and crash into the parked bus or roll I tried not to use the washroom
which landed her on the cover of into the street. I made a left turn unless absolutely necessary. I actually
and headed to the parking lot. Did got stuck in a bathroom stall on the
outspoken Magazine, published by
you know that the sidewalks are on a third floor of City Hall and had to
cPA. following is an excerpt:
sideways slope? As you push forward, cheat and get out of the chair to shove
“I had to start my day’s events the you also have to push to keep yourself it out of the stall. If I didn’t have the
day before, working out how I would on the sidewalk. I couldn’t get over ability to stand up, I would have been
get from one location to the other. the curbing to get to my car in a stuck until someone else came in.
Parallel transit must be booked well nearby parking lot, so a colleague
in advance. I learned that people took my car keys and got the package At the end of my day in the chair I
with spinal cord injuries have to plan out of the trunk. I was losing my spent time with the City Clerk staff
for any journey, every night or even a independence at this point. on the main floor of City Hall and
realized that the hole in the glass that soon forget, and I hope we can use
week in advance.
I attended a meeting at a local hotel you speak through doesn’t work for my experiences at the Accessibility
I realized how significant automatic – a $21 taxi ride each way. There were Committee for improving our
people in a wheelchair – it’s too high.
door opening buttons are. I ran into about 200 people at the meeting and community for those who have
two snags on the third floor of City I soon learned that everyone is about Being a Chair Leader was a great
Hall where public facilities do not three to four feet taller than you are. experience, but for a relatively simple
day it was tiring. I’m not sure how For a copy of the complete article about
have automatic door options – the I felt left out of conversations and
I would have managed one of my Councillor Johnson’s experience as a
McNaughton Room and the third couldn’t see facial expressions as
normal days of activity. I was also Chair Leader, contact Valerie Marasco,
floor washrooms. well as when standing. Looking up at
thankful it was semi nice out with no Communications Specialist at 625-2438
There is a nice new sidewalk from everyone was hard on the neck. The
rain or snow. This was a day I won’t or email email@example.com.
the front door of City Hall to the meeting went well until lunch – it was
Thunder Bay gets face Time with Ministers on Local Issues
thunder Bay leaders brought major The annual conference attracted over Les Louttit, Fort William First Nation “After a meeting with Energy Minister
local issues to Queen’s Park. 2,300 delegates and was attended by Chief Peter Collins and Manager Brad Duguid, it’s clear that there
the leaders of every political party Land and Claims Negotiations Ian are significant energy and economic
Mayor Keith Hobbs, City Manager
including Premier Dalton McGuinty. Bannon, Northern Ontario Association development issues at stake with an
Tim Commisso and five Thunder
Thunder Bay’s delegation met one- Chambers of Commerce’s Barry Streib understanding that the priority here
Bay City Councillors including
on-one with seven Ministers and and Ron Nelson of the Northern is the distribution, transmission and
their offices including the Ministry Ontario Municipal Association. The pricing of electricity. We also met
Chair Joe Virdiramo, Iain Angus,
of Northern Development, Mines delegation is confident that Thunder with Health Minister Deb Matthews
Brian McKinnon, Aldo Ruberto,
and Forestry, Aboriginal Affairs, Bay and Northwestern Ontario’s and discussed a substance abuse
and Ken Boshcoff brought
Energy, Transportation, Health and critical concerns, including energy and treatment facility – another critical
Thunder Bay’s concerns on major
Long-term Care, Infrastructure, and the need for a Made-in-Northwestern issue for our City.”
issues to over a dozen meetings with
Ministry of Research and Innovation. Ontario energy strategy are now Results of the conference and
Provincial Ministers in Toronto
The Thunder Bay delegation included understood clearly at Queen’s Park. meetings were brought back to the
Feb. 27 – March 1 for the Ontario
Good Roads Association Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Grand Chief “The three days of lobbying will City’s Intergovernmental Committee
Conference (OGRA). Stan Beardy and Deputy Grand Chief hopefully pay off,” said Mayor Hobbs. in March.
MYTBAY LIVIng 11
Local Youth “ I like to ask for donations instead 2012 community & cultural
of gifts because my birthday is
right after Christmas when I
don’t need anymore toys
Birthday to or games.
I choose P.R.O.
non-profit organizations and
Application forms and detailed
individual artists are invited to
Kids to help apply for the 2012 community & grant guidelines and criteria
other kids will be available online on
cultural funding Program.
It’s not often that you find a child play hockey. ” This program provides project and
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at
who is willing to forgo the gifts he www.thunderbay.ca/grants
Jeremy Dunmore operating grants to local not-for-
would receive at his birthday party or for pick up at VictoriaVille
profit community organizations Civic Centre - Community
in order to donate to charity. in Health, Welfare, Social Services Reception.
Jeremy Dunmore did just that Development, Arts and Heritage.
on both his seventh and eighth Project grants are also available
birthdays. Jeremy asked his friends for individual artists undertaking The deadline for applications is
children whose families cannot
not to bring him gifts but to bring community arts projects on a non- Friday, June 24, 2011. For more
afford to pay for activities for their
the cash they would have spent on a profit basis. information, call 625-2351.
children. At Jeremy’s request, his
gift and he would give this money to donations have been designated to
P.R.O. Kids. allow children to play hockey, a sport
This year, he added some of his own he also enjoys. We thank Jeremy for
savings to bring the grand total up to his generosity and acknowledge his
$400. Over the two birthdays Jeremy parents for teaching him the value of
raised $670. P.R.O. Kids assists charity at such an early age.
Customer Appreciation Day
Tuesday, April 19
Stop by any location of the Library for
refreshments, attendance prizes and
more. This is our way of thanking you
for using the Library!
fRIdAY, MAY 27 - wedneSdAY, June 1
Mary J.L. Black Branch Admission is free. donations gratefully accepted. All are welcome!
700 River Street
Library Farewell Tea
Tuesday, April 19 You’re invited to view this annual exhibit featuring some of the best
talent Thunder Bay has to offer – the artists of the Thunder Bay 55 Plus
This appreciation event will double as a farewell
community. Artwork featuring watercolours, pen and ink, oil and acrylics
to the current building. Stop by Mary J.L. Black
and drawing and sketching will all be on display.
Branch Library between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. for
refreshments and a look back at the history of Special thanks to all of the volunteers who plan and organize this event
the branch. each year. Without you there would be no show!
For more information on this and other events at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus
Centre, please call 684-3066 or visit www.thunderbay.ca/55plus
www.tbpl.ca See why we put the PLUS in 55!
345-TBPL (8275) opening night gala - friday, May 27, 7-9 pm. don’t Miss It!
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