Evolution of a City – Part 2

The Story of Thunder Bay – Part 2 Nominated for the George B. MacGillivray Publication Award by Brian G. Spare On January 1, 1970, the cities of Port Arthur and Fort William along with parts of the municipalities of Neebing and McIntyre amalgamated to form the City of Thunder Bay. However, the debate over amalgamationContinue reading “Evolution of a City – Part 2”

Evolution of a City – Part 1

The Story of Thunder Bay – Part 1 Nominated for the George B. MacGillivray Publication Award by Brian G. Spare People have lived in this area for at least 10,000 years. However, the city of Thunder Bay and its history, as most of us know it, began with the fur trade. In 1679, Duluth andContinue reading “Evolution of a City – Part 1”

In The Shadow of Anemki Wajiw

Etched Murals at Thunder Bay International Airport Celebrate Indigenous Culture by Brian G. Spare What sparked this endeavour was the work of an aspiring young artist and film maker from Couchiching First Nation who is involved in a project to reclaim Indigenous languages and places across Ontario. She uses commercial billboards to showcase Anishinabe languageContinue reading “In The Shadow of Anemki Wajiw”

Our Carnegie Library

The Brodie Library A steel industry philanthropist made it possible by Brian G. Spare “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the Earth as the Free Public Library“ – Andrew Carnegie When we visit the library, do we think of its history? When did it first open? Who was involved in its founding?Continue reading “Our Carnegie Library”

Speaking of things …

Toastmasters 2013 Fall Conference in Thunder Bay by Brian G. Spare Have you ever thought of being a public speaker? Or getting up in front of a group and speaking with confidence? If so, Toastmasters is for you. Ralph C. Smedley held the first meeting of “The Toastmasters Club” in the basement of the YMCAContinue reading “Speaking of things …”

Number Please?

Our telephone history as one of the first communities in the world to hold a telephone conversation. by Brian G. Spare “Watson, come here. I want to see you.” These were the first words spoken through the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant Thomas Watson March 10, 1876. Bell and Watson were workingContinue reading “Number Please?”

The Great Wall of Thunder Bay

The construction of the harbour breakwater provided an economic life-line to our city by Brian G. Spare As the 1880s approached, people of the Lakehead knew the fur trade, the industry which had sustained them for two centuries, was winding down. Times were changing. The national railway, the CPR, was making its way eastward andContinue reading “The Great Wall of Thunder Bay”

Janis Gummeson

Nobody has a finger on the pulse of Thunder Bay better than Janis Gummeson Janis was born and raised in Thunder Bay and has always had a deep-rooted concern for the community she lives in. She loves looking over Lake Superior every day. When Janis finished high school, she thought about what to do forContinue reading “Janis Gummeson”

The Eaton’s Building – A New Life?

A local architect’s big idea for the downtown centrepiece. by Brian G. Spare In 1869, Timothy Eaton opened his department store in Toronto. It offered people a different shopping experience in that they could now go to one store to buy furniture, appliances, clothing, cosmetics, sporting and yard goods, notions and groceries. Timothy Eaton’s goalContinue reading “The Eaton’s Building – A New Life?”

Our Most Famous Homes

Monuments of Our Storied Past and the people who guided their creation by Brian G. Spare The people who opened up the North West shared a common love for vast and wild country. They were pioneers, inventors, mining engineers, geologists, surveyors, world travellers, politicians and business men and women. All of them were persons ofContinue reading “Our Most Famous Homes”