City of Thunder Bay receives three awards for best festival, events in province

City of Thunder Bay receives three awards for best festival, events in province
Thunder Bay ridings backed different candidates for PC leader
Ontario is helping Thunder Bay area farmers improve their agricultural land, diversify crops and expand their businesses.

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, was in Thunder Bay today to announce funding through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to install tile drainage on 1,390 acres of land and to undertake land clearing on 354 acres, a project led by the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association in partnership with 23 local farms.

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This partnership between the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association and the farm businesses is ensuring the long-term sustainability of area farms. The new tile drainage system and land clearing will help farmers increase their crop yields by providing more available land for production and will help reduce soil erosion which will extend the growing season.

Investing in agricultural infrastructure in the North is part of Ontarios plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Members of the Progressive Conservative party in the two Thunder Bay-area ridings were split on who was best qualified to lead their party into June's Ontario election.

“The agricultural industry is a key economic driver in many northern communities. By investing in these operations, our government is helping farmers in the Northwest create fairness and opportunity by investing in improvements to their farmland that will increase their crop production and grow the northern economy.”

Elliott initially questioned the voting results across the province, citing "serious irregularities," but on Sunday announced that she was now confident in the results.

Minister of Northern Development and Mines, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, and Chair of the NOHFC

Runner-up Christine Elliott was supported by 49 per cent of delegates in Thunder Bay-Superior North, but won 53 per cent of votes in Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

“Im very pleased with todays announcement of funding to the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association for tile drainage and land clearing projects at area farms. Our farms are critical to our local and regional economy, as well as the overall wellness and social fabric of our communities. Todays announcement is a continuation of our support for the local agricultural community and builds on the recent announcement concerning Lakehead Universitys role in the governance of the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Station, which secures the long term future of the Station. These announcements, and many others, demonstrate that the province understands just how important the agricultural sector is in Northwestern Ontario.”

“The Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association is excited to continue our role representing district farmers pursuing sustainable technologies and business development strategies. The support from Ontario for this program recognizes the potential of farmers to expand contributions to the local economy and communities through increased food production and employment opportunities.”

Elliott also won majority support in Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and Mushkegowuk-James Bay.

The City of Thunder Bay, Ont., has received three awards from Festivals and Events Ontario for having some of the best events in the province in 2017. (City of Thunder Bay)

Officials at the City of Thunder Bay, Ont., are celebrating after receiving three awards for having the best festivals and events in Ontario in 2017.

Thunder Bay received the Municipality of the Year award for municipalities with populations between 50,000 and 150,000; the award recognizes municipalities, towns or cities and markets that have worked to provide an atmosphere beneficial to successful events and festivals.

The city also received the Best New Festival or Event award for events with budgets between $100,001 and $500,000 and a Top 100 Event award for Live on the Waterfront.

The awards were handed out during Festivals and Events Ontarios annual Create the Experience conference, held Feb. 28 to March 2 in Hamilton. 

“The Cultural Development & Events Section is extremely proud to be recognized with three Festivals & Events Ontario Awards in 2018,” said Manager of Cultural Development and Events, Leah Prentice in a news release. “Our events team and service partners dedicate themselves to providing high-quality events for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”

She said festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the award submissions and judged by an independent panel of judges.

“We are always striving to improve and enhance our own events and take pride in supporting community event organizers to do the same,” Prentice said.

Anyone interested in participating in local festivals and events can do so through the City of Thunder Bays website.

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