Festivals, mega-concerts, and weekend long music events are all the rage and Northern Ontario’s tiny town of Timmins wants to capitalize on the trend, believing that it could become the next must-go-to place in Canada for music.
Timmins wants to grow its music scene by bringing in big commercial acts. Believing that if there is a will there’s way, the president of Music Canada, Graham Henderson, believes it’s possible to do so. Not only do large scale music performance boost the local economy, but they also possess the ability to increase tourism and increase spending from external residents.
Henderson is imploring cities and towns like Timmins to be champions of the music industry, operating as promoters and entrepots for Canada’s top talent. Inevitably, if done right, big music endeavors can lead to big bucks in the bank later. Citing leadership, and the want to succeed, Henderson believes that turning Timmins into a go-to music city is completely possible, if the right people are on board.
Becoming a music city doesn’t just mean more job creation—it means more business investment overall. New businesses are attracted to areas that are not only rich in culture, but have their finger on the pulse of the nation. New businesses want to be in a happening area, and turning Timmins into a music city could bring those business investments with it.
The want to turn Timmins into a music hub is all about generating greater revenues for the city, and essentially being able to put Timmins ‘on the map.’ Creating a music haven in Timmins would mean creating an advisory committee, investing in hospitality infrastructure and of course committing to a monstrous marketing plan.
Timmins is slowly carving out its niche in the music world, and already boasts a Festival and Events committee that has recently pulled off not one, but two, successful rock festivals. Riding on the festivals coattails, more and more members of Timmins artistic community are beginning to ask why not us and why not now?
Using Austin Texas as an example, Music Canada stated that Austin wanted to be a music hub, so they went after it, did it, and it was a success. The proof was in the pudding, and Austin did it correctly. They had the right people on board and the ambition to realize the dream. Henderson cautioned however, that cities wanting to go after big music need to adjust their bylaws accordingly. Citing sound curfews, and noise bylaws as prime examples of why cities fail at becoming big music cities, because of their failure to adjust.
Big music has been coming to smaller communities in recent days such as The Tragically Hips performance in Kirkland Lake, leaving music promoters in Timmins asking the questions why not us and why not now?
For those wanting to hear more about the Timmins’ music dream, Henderson will be making his case for music this month at the Dante Club and will be providing recommendations, business model suggestions, marketing ideas and planning advice.
Seniors are more likely to live sedentary lifestyles as they settle into their golden years, but keeping Sault Ste. Marie’s eldest generation active and engaged has become North East Local Health Integration Networks newest initiative.
Ensuring that seniors stay active, mobile, and moving is one of the biggest mitigating factors in seniors maintaining their independence as they age. Seniors that participate in activities and leave their homes more frequently are less likely to be forced into an assisted living environment in their later years. North East LHIN’s goal is to keep Sault Ste. Marie’s seniors moving, and to help them remain independent and increase their access to vital services.
In an era where there are more seniors than ever, and 70 is the new 60, it’s important to keep our wisest members of society out and about. Mobility issues is one of the biggest barriers hindering seniors from being able to maintain an independent lifestyle. With support and help from the Red Cross and North East LHIN, the Sault Ste. Marie community will soon see more seniors on the Soo streets thanks to some new programs.
Access to transportation has been one of the largest deterrents for seniors in Sault Ste. Marie. Getting to the grocery store, doctors, dentist and pharmacy have proven difficult for those afflicted with mobility issues. To combat the mobility crisis, the North East LHIN has increased their support services, particularly in the area of transportation. Senior residents can now look forward to immediate solutions to their previous mobility woes.
The North East LHIN has increased their support services to include added vehicles for support workers. The vehicles will be utilized to drive seniors to appointments and help accomplish necessary tasks. The addition of the extra vehicles is a win for Sault Ste. Marie seniors who are unable to drive or take the bus, providing access to living a life outside their home.
Aside from the access to transportation initiative, North East LHIN has also instituted the PATH program. The PATH program stands for Priority Assistance to Transition Home. The goal of the program is to aid seniors transitioning from hospital care back into their homes successfully. The program provides support and assistance for patients recovering from hospital stays and provides access to groceries, physiotherapy and home support.
Keeping seniors living independently has been a long-term goal of the North East LHIN, and their newest initiatives have only strengthened their position in the community. Seniors in the city have been more than excited by the program which will allow for more of the aging population to remain living in their homes for the long term.
The North East LHIN in partnership with the Red Cross continues to offer their former programs as well. The programs focus on providing house maintenance to seniors, yard cleaning and even coffee visits. Keeping senior’s active and engaged with community continues to be the focus of North East LHIN’s future initiatives.
For many people in Thunder Bay having access to adequate food can pose a problem for those in needs. With times becoming what some say are tougher than ever, ensuring the cities food programs are active and ready has become a main focal point for the community.
The city’s most utilized shelter, Shelter House, has begun ramping up its efforts to stock the shelves, fill the cupboards and get ready for the winter ahead, with their annual food drive. The shelter not only operates as a fully functioning shelter, but also focuses its effort on providing much needed meals to those in need.
Dubbed the ‘Fall Food Drive,’ supermarkets, volunteers, local businesses and members of the community come together to fill Shelter House’s food coffers. It’s an important time for the shelter, as the Summertime typically depletes their valuable resources. With cold Ontario winters making survival in the winter months even more difficult, the shelter provides a much-needed helping hand to those lacking adequate food supplies.
Shelter House serves up almost 250 thousand meals in any given year, and is the main source of outreach and support for the Thunder Bay community. From those down on their luck, temporarily in need, or homeless, Shelter House provides onsite meal solutions every day. Focusing on lunch and dinner, the shelter is open for both meals every day 365 days a year. When meal service is unavailable, people are still welcome to visit the establishment to pick up a light snack. From bagels to sandwiches, Shelter House always has something available.
During meal times, the shelter estimates that it serves up to 300 people at each meal service. Both meal services typically serve an eclectic crowd of patrons ranging from seniors and those on disability, to those with short-term downfalls, to the homeless residents of Thunder Bay. The diverse patronage exemplifies the true lack of adequate access to food in the Thunder Bay community.
The shelter’s commitment to the community is clearly reciprocated by Thunder Bay residents, with hundreds reaching out to volunteer for the event. The Fall Food Drive not only brings residents together, but allows those at ground zero to get a better understanding of the community’s needs. Working together, Shelter House and Thunder Bay residents are able to identify gaps in food accessibility and create future plans to better service those disparities.
Compared to most cities in Northern Ontario, Shelter House’s service in unique as it is available 24 hours a day. Most shelters, food banks, and non-profit organizations maintain strict business hours, which can impede on an individual’s ability to access much needed food resources.
With one of the most successful food drives on record, Shelter House’s success was made possible with the support of other volunteer organizations in the community. Onsite workers seemed genuinely amazed by the amount of support the event has received. From the Rotary Clubs to the Ultimate Gymnastics group, everyone seemed ready and eager to lend a helping hand.
For more information on how you can donate, get involved or volunteer for the event or at Shelter House, the public is asked to contact them directly.
Like so many others, Hussein Maem fled to Canada from Syria in search of a better life. He left everything behind including his plot of land upon which he endeavored to grow the most beautiful crops. Due to the worsening situation, Maem was forced to flee with his young family.
The road to North Bay wasn’t an easy one for the Maem family. Before settling in North Bay they spent almost 2 years in a Refugee camp in rather difficult conditions. Maem dreamed of his old home, and the ground that he used to plant upon. When he got to North Bay Maem was bound and determined to make a difference and begin gardening again. Despite a lot of hardships when moving to Canada and becoming accustomed to our Canadian ways, Maem was able to realize his garden dream last Spring when the gardening bug found its way back to him.
In a newly announced partnership Maem’s dreams were about to begin to come true. The Gathering Place garden and the North Bay and District Multicultural Centre came together with a plan to help Maem and his family out. They decided to give him a plot of land.
Like many Syrian refugees, finding a job that doesn’t require speaking English is difficult. With no money to start a business and as a new citizen of Canada, Maem struggled to make ends meet. His family of six depended upon him, yet he was having difficulties providing for them in his new Canadian world. Maem received word of his plot of land last Spring and immediately went to work. Though his land in North Bay might not be as large as his fields back home, his gratitude was overwhelming. Despite the language barrier, as Maem speaks little English, he managed to profess his love for Canada and North Bay.
While he is beginning to learn English, the skills he has brought with him from his homeland require no language. They require tools, ground and a bit of seed. Eager to embark on his new journey, Maem took to the garden to learn its soil and find adequate crops to grow.
To demonstrate his gratitude Maem began becoming more and more involved in the Gathering Place. He now weeds, volunteers and does routine maintenance around the patch. Not only is he helping expand the Gathering Place garden but he is also teaching others his growing secrets.
For Maem, the plot of land isn’t just a hobby for him, it’s a connection to his home and a way to feed his family. Faced with financial needs, the ability to grow his own food has removed some of the financial burden from his family’s expenses.
So far Maem has taken to growing traditional Canadian vegetables with his plot, featuring eggplant, cucumber and even radishes to name a few. The sky’s the limit for Maem and his garden, and it will be exciting to see what he grows in his second year.
Thunder Bay residents are about to receive a new addition to their landscape with the building of a new pavilion in Waverley Park. While the park previously hosted a similar building, it was removed in 2011 leaving the park without a place for prom pictures, romantic rendezvous’ and shelter from the rain. The previous pavilion had been a long sought out attraction in the park, but after its roof entered a state that was beyond repair the city opted to have it torn down. Much like other aging landmarks in the area, the building simply could not be repaired to a state conducive to its purpose.
The Coalition for Waverly Park, which was formed to protect the park and its history, argued to reconstruct a similar pavilion that had a higher degree of functionality yet maintained the aesthetic, and historical feel of the previous pavilion. As a result of the coalitions efforts, the City of Thunder Bay has announced that it will be rebuilding a pavilion in the same place the former one stood once it is able to retain a contractor. $100 thousand dollars was obtained through the Federal Government to enable its reconstruction.
Waverley Park has been an intrinsic part of the Thunder Bay community and the removal of the former pavilion left ripples throughout the community. Concerned residents took to social media to condemn the removal, and argue for a new installation. Waverley Park is home to a variety of performances, festivals and events each year, and is one of the centralized parks in Thunder Bay. The park is also a go-to for many of its residents for barbecues, picnics and even family reunions.
Bids opened this week to contractors interested in reconstructing the pavilion, and residents of Thunder Bay were ecstatic. With preliminary sketches and artist renderings making the rounds online, brides to be and photographers are already touting the new pavilion as the “it” place to be photographed next year.
The goal of the new pavilion will not only be to provide a beautiful, little space in the park but to hopefully boost local tourism. The pavilion is expected to house live concerts, plays, music and even art installations. The hope is to bring people back to Waverley Park by giving them a reason to return.
Local officials have already said that there has been a high level of interest in the project with bands, and touring theatre groups contacting them about the space. Despite bids not even being closed for the project, the level of anticipation is high.
A site inspection of the property is a mandatory condition for bidding on the project and city officials are eager to not just find a contractor with the right price, but with the right understanding of just what the new pavilion should be. Contractors and companies interested in bidding on the pavilions reconstruction should contact the City of Thunder Bay Directly. Bidding for this project closes on September 26th.
The road to becoming a personal support worker is a difficult journey, full of classes, theory, and years of continuing education. Yet, there’s no better education than getting hands on experience while you learn. Confederation College in partnership with Pinecrest Home will begin construction on a brand-new living classroom for those seeking to become support workers.
What is a living classroom, you might ask? A living classroom is essentially a place where students can get hands own instruction while working with real people with real life health problems. The classroom serves as a unique way for students to start practicing what they’re learning early on. The co-operation between Pinecrest Home and Confederation College is a relatively new approach to education in Ontario. Currently there is only one other facility in the province offering a similar program.
With so many younger people enrolling in various post-secondary programs, personal support worker programs in the area hadn’t seen an influx in the past few years. The need for the classroom was an obvious one, to not only help attract more students but provide a higher level of education.
Students need a place where they can get hands on training before they graduate while also making money. The living classroom provides this, as most of the students also work part-time at Pinecrest Home. Providing a program that not only enhances the education experience but also provides a job opportunity has become a cornerstone of the program.
Pinecrest Home has three locations in Northern Ontario, with the majority of their personal support workers graduating from Confederation College. Seeing the potential for a partnership, Pinecrest Home and Confederation College decided to team up. The current program is completed in just under a year and its graduates receive Personal Support Worker Certificates. With the current population including more and more seniors, the personal support worker program is an excellent program to invest in with lots of employment potential.
Students have been enthusiastic about the addition of a new living classroom and have taken to the school’s social media praising the endeavor. On the job train training not only makes post graduate employment easier to obtain, but ensures that the new workers are skilled with on the job experience. The PSW students enrolled in the living classroom program are not only encouraged to work at Pinecrest Home but can also qualify for tuition assistance in the form of interest free loans, which means less debt when they graduate.
The residents of Pinecrest Home are ecstatic about the program because it brings them into contact with new people and brings more energy to the residence. The bond between student and patient can be easily seen the minute you walk into the learning classroom, where there’s always a bustle of activity and a room full of smiles. So far, the initiative has been a smashing success for the Kenora community, promoting growth in PSW education and employment.
For more information on enrolling in the program please contact Confederation College directly.
Hockey and fashion don’t have a lot in common unless you’re Cameron Lizotte. Lizotte, famed defencemen of the Erie Otter’s, has announced that he’s leaving hockey to pursue his other lifelong passion—fashion. The superstar aims to start his studies at LaSalle College in Montreal, and plans to begin them this fall. This major announcement has the hockey community in shock since Lizotte had the opportunity to play another year. Instead the 19-year-old has opted to trade in the skates, pads and helmet, for thread, needles and fabric.
Lizotte finished the year off with the Erie Otter’s on a high note, winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup and making a strong and long-lasting impression in the hockey community. The former Pete’s defencemen knew it was time to move on as his newly launched clothing line began to take off. Faced with the choice of high-stakes hockey or fashion, the budding star had to follow his heart deeper into the fashion world.
If you haven’t heard of Lizotte’s brand, you probably will soon. The fashion brand is named “Coin Supply,” a play on words for the famed nickel near his Falconbridge home. Coin Supply has been featured and modeled across social media, with backorders piling up. Recognizing the interest from his fans, Lizotte chose to capitalize on the brands quick successes and dive head first into the cutthroat world of fashion.
Lizotte is known for designing his brands’ pieces all by himself and being a hands-on designer. Picky about logos, colour and fabric, the designer is everything you’d expect—except he’s a hockey star too. Ramping up production on his line to meet his clients’ demands is at the top of his list. Local Ontario residents have been highly receptive to the lines launch with people from Peterborough to Sudbury sporting his styles on the local streets. The young home-grown hockey communities have been eager to don his styles at games and in their day-to-day lives.
Choosing between hockey and fashion was a difficult decision for the defencemen after he was passed over in the Entry Draft for the NHL in 2015. It was at this time he began to ponder his future, questioning whether hockey would become an adequate career path for him. Playing for the Pete’s, the Otter’s and the Colts, Lizotte has carved out a large following in both Northern and Southern Ontario, which has only helped propel his fashion design company further towards success.
The homegrown Ontario boy is excited about embarking on a new chapter of his life in a new province. While the hockey wiz isn’t bilingual we’re pretty sure picking up French will be an easy feat for the multitalented superstar.
Lizotte’s easy going fashion finds can be found by visiting him on Facebook and Instagram, and orders can be placed by contacting the various channels. It may be the end of an era for hockey, but a great draft choice for fashion as the Coin Supply brand is becoming a fashion must for Ontario residents.
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You’ve heard about, you’ve read about it, you’ve wanted to go there and now you can! Thunder Bay’s newest business is scheduled to be a Shoeless Joe’s. Slated to open in mid-September of this year, Shoeless Joe’s offers trendy food combined with a sports bar atmosphere.
It’s not the first chain to come to town, but it’s certainly one of the newest and most exciting. As Thunder Bay continues to expand, the restaurant business seems to keep booming with residents wanting more of what the big city has to offer. Business development is at a high for restaurant development, with other chains rumored to follow suit. Franchises have been seeing an increase in more rural locations as customers want more consistency in their dining product when they choose to go out.
Unlike most typical sports bars, Shoeless Joes offers a family friendly environment that allows children. While there’s always the bar area for patrons wishing to get away from the kids, the chain offers the best of both worlds. Like most successful business models of today, Shoeless Joe’s in Thunder Bay will also reward loyalty. The brand builds loyalty using a variety of products such as sponsoring sports teams and enrolling children in their Kids Club. Utilizing fundraising initiatives and rewarding corporate clients, the company is great at immediately getting itself involved with the community to ensure its long-term successes.
Shoeless Joe’s has made a splash across Canada with new locations opening up in places like Saskatoon. Lesser metropolis’ residents are going on vacations, visiting other cities, and wanting these restaurants in their own hometowns when they come home. While some residents were quick to react on social media against the chain, believing it takes away from local business, the support for the franchise is overwhelming. Customers should also be aware that as a franchise it is still in fact a local business, as it is owned by local residents.
Shoeless Joe’s menu will boast the trendiest in food fare featuring gourmet burgers, signature wraps and modern appetizers. Based upon a typical sports bar menu, the franchise kicks it up a notch with popular flavors like chipotle, buffalo and queso cheese.
The addition of this popular restaurant doesn’t just mean a win for restaurant goers but for job seekers as well. Most Shoeless Joe’s, depending on size and location, employ upwards of 50 people. From service personnel, to management, Shoeless Joe’s will need to fill all of their positions before the launch.
The busy brand will be opening more locations across Ontario, Manitoba and the Prairies in the upcoming years, making Shoeless Joe’s a household name. Since the restaurant chain is available on Open Table, a restaurant app that allows you to book your reservation online, it’s sure to be packed over the upcoming months.
If you’re looking for more information about the restaurant or for employment opportunities, you are asked to contact the Thunder Bay location directly.
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