view of Sioux Lookout from the article Bracing for COVID-19 in a northern health-care hub
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?  
a woman walking in library from the article ‘You’ve got to start at home’: How the Thunder Bay library is fighting racism
In a city known for systemic inequalities, the library has made inclusiveness a priority.  
Man standing at counter in store from the article This Ontario airport traded big-name chains for local shops, and others are taking notice
At the Thunder Bay International Airport, travelers now choose from craft beer brewed nearby, local produce, and beef jerky from a downtown butcher.
women working in a kitchen from the article Newcomers cook up tastes of home at Thunder Bay’s Culture Kitchen
A culinary program is providing refugees with safety training — and serving up dishes that are changing the city’s food scene.

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Published On: September 03, 2019
TVO.org speaks with people close to the issue about why it’s proved so divisive — and what the future may hold for Indigenous-government relations in the north. 
Published On: August 20, 2019
The bear that inspired the classic stories might have been named after Winnipeg — but he also had roots in White River
Published On: August 09, 2019
The opening, and temporary closing, of the Community Services Hub reveals a city that’s struggling with a homelessness problem and how to solve it.
Published On: August 07, 2019
The city has a housing shortfall of about 600 units, but new housing isn’t being built. Council is trying to encourage affordable development — but critics say it’s not enough.
Published On: July 15, 2019
The company has announced layoffs, and there’s no work scheduled at the plant beyond 2019. Here’s how the move could affect Thunder Bay and the workers who live there.
Published On: July 12, 2019
Ontario Hubs reporter Jon Thompson discusses quirky monuments along the road in northern Ontario communities.
Published On: June 24, 2019
After 100 years, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation finally has an all-season connection to the rest of Canada. TVO.org talked with people involved in Freedom Road about how the model could work for other infrastructure projects.
Published On: June 03, 2019
Many Sioux Lookout residents grapple with homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. Mayor Doug Lawrance recently became the first municipal leader in the province to point to colonialism as the cause.
Published On: April 18, 2019
Clients of the Mino Ayaa Ta Win Healing Centre, in Fort Frances, have access to Elder support, fishing, and snowshoeing — all part of an effort to provide culturally appropriate treatment.
Published On: April 17, 2019
In Red Lake, as in many remote communities across the province, finding counselling services, withdrawal-management support, or residential treatment can be a battle in and of itself.  
Published On: March 22, 2019
The 70-year-old residential-school survivor was the first Indigenous teacher at Dryden High School. Today, the Leonard Skye Building Bridges Award is presented in his honour. We spoke to Skye about racism, education, and fighting for the next generation.  
Published On: March 15, 2019
Purple outfits, Finnish pride, and clowning the Irish — a brief history of St. Urho’s Day.
Published On: March 12, 2019
Kenora’s downtown wasn’t accessible for people with physical disabilities. But thanks to municipal effort and some help from a Toronto-based non-profit, its streets are changing.
Published On: March 07, 2019
The Wiindo Debwe Mosewin Patrol monitors the city for people in distress and posts anonymized stories of racism on social media. Critics say it doesn’t value evidence — but the group insists that it’s after a different kind of truth
Published On: January 17, 2019
EXPLAINER: Two recent reports have identified systemic racism in the Thunder Bay Police Service. Here’s a look at the background, the situation as it stands, and where the city goes from here.
Published On: January 10, 2019
For years, young people have been leaving for school and work. But the city’s employment landscape is changing — and former residents are heading back to be a part of it.
Published On: January 03, 2019
Banks in the north are closing, and online services aren’t a solution for everyone. So what options remain for the “financially excluded”?
Published On: December 21, 2018
The Agenda's Ontario Hubs field producer Jeyan Jeganathan talks to basic-income recipients in Thunder Bay about the looming end to the pilot program.