Jon Thompson's articles
Published On: July 03, 2020
Post-secondary institutions in the region rely heavily on international-student tuition. But what if the pandemic keeps those students at home?
Published On: June 26, 2020
The Finnish Labour Temple was a fixture for more than a century — until COVID-19 came to town. Can a community effort help it open its doors again?
Published On: June 10, 2020
TVO.org is speaking to activists across Ontario to find out what's happening in their communities — and how they're fighting injustice. Today, we interview Fatima Mendis of Black Lives Matter Thunder Bay
Published On: June 01, 2020
While one town has rejected the push to declare June a local Pride Month, Fort Frances’s Borderland Pride is supporting LGBTQ visibility — and acceptance — in the north.
Published On: May 13, 2020
Manitobans are crossing the border to vacation in Ontario — leading to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the local health-care system’s ability to handle it.
Published On: May 01, 2020
Operators in northern Ontario who rely on tourist dollars are worried they’ll lose the season — or have to shut down altogether.
Published On: April 06, 2020
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is temporarily allowing graduating residents to serve as doctors and locums. Will that be enough to make up for the regional shortages?
Published On: March 19, 2020
Sioux Lookout has 5,200 residents, but its local health-care facilities treat thousands more — many of them from 33 remote First Nations. How is it preparing for the coronavirus?
Published On: March 11, 2020
In a city known for systemic inequalities, the library has made inclusiveness a priority.
Published On: February 24, 2020
A culinary program is providing refugees with safety training — and serving up dishes that are changing the city’s food scene.
Published On: February 06, 2020
TVO.org speaks with Tamara Bernard about creating safe spaces to honour and pay tribute to murdered and missing Indigenous woman and girls.
Published On: January 16, 2020
Climate change. Unpredictable harvests. Barn fires. Farmers face constant threats to their livelihood — and that can take a psychological toll.
Published On: January 14, 2020
TVO.org speaks with 14-year-old Taylor Gorrie about her personal experiences with schoolyard violence — and the program she developed to support students and bring bullies and victims together
Published On: December 20, 2019
At the Thunder Bay International Airport, travelers now choose from craft beer brewed nearby, local produce, and beef jerky from a downtown butcher.
Published On: December 03, 2019
Communities in the north have historically faced a lack of dedicated arts space — but all that’s changing.
Published On: November 22, 2019
The city’s drag community is thriving — and reckoning with its new mainstream appeal.
Published On: November 13, 2019
TVO.org speaks with Yamaan Alsumadi about positive conversations — and why she hosts opens houses at the city’s only mosque
Published On: October 31, 2019
Ghosts. Sasquatches. UFOs. Meet the man who’s been tracking sightings in the Thunder Bay area for almost three decades.