BY CHILY ANCOLD
The Ontario cities of Thunder Bay and North Bay announced their intention to trade names Dec. 20.
This name swap will take effect January 24, 2018 turning what is now the City of Thunder Bay into the City of North Bay and what is now the City of North Bay into the City of Thunder Bay.
The idea for the change was proposed by the North Bay council who approached Thunder Bay council in late October.
The mayor of the current City of Thunder Bay, Kenneth Hoobbly, said that the change of names was purely a practical decision for his council.
“We were tired of people from the GTA thinking that North Bay was particularly far north in Ontario. By changing names with North Bay, we feel that Northern Ontario might get some acknowledgement from the suits in Queen’s Park,” Hoobbly said.
The mayor of the current City of North Bay, Art McBurger, also agreed that this would be beneficial for his community.
“We want to concentrate on bringing more tourist dollars into the area. By having a much cooler name like Thunder Bay, we will be able to attract people with the name alone never mind the really awesome advertising campaign we’re planning,” McBurger said.
This name change is not a new idea for the City of Thunder Bay which received it’s name when the former cities of Fort William and Port Arthur amalgamated January 1, 1970.
“We plan to do it(the name change celebration) the same way that we did back in 1970,” said Hoobbly. “Everyone is going down to Doug’s place at the lake but this time we’ll remember to bring the cake,”
The City of North Bay has not, as of press time, released any name change celebration plans.