Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day STARTER

General Eisenhower speaks with US Rangers before they embark on the D-Day Invasion. - US Military
General Eisenhower speaks with US Rangers before they embark on the D-Day Invasion. - US Military

Hotspot in Ontario: 14.9 °C 58.8 °F Royal Island
Cold spot in Ontario: 1.5 °C 34.7 °F Peawanuck; Peawanuck Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 14.9 °C 58.8 °F Royal Island, ON
Cold spot in Canada: -11.2 °C 11.8 °F Kugaaruk Airport, NU

THUNDER BAY – Day STARTER – Good morning Northwestern Ontario! It is Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Today is the 74th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion by Allied troops on the shores of Normandy in France. A little lesser known trivia on this matter, the first reports on radio in the United States on CBC and NBC of the landings came from German short-wave broadcasts stating that the invasion was underway. Canadian troops landing on Juno Beach in France made the greatest distance inland that day fighting against the Germans. Lest we forget!

Weatherwise, for Thunder Bay at 07:30 am it is 6c, today we can expect mainly cloudy skies with a 60 percent chance of showers. Today’s high is forecast for 18. The UV index will be 6 or high.

What Do You Need to Know?

OTTAWA – At a briefing today in Ottawa, federal Minister Bennett has granted an extension of six months to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Commissioners sought a two-year extension and additional funding as well. The move by the federal Liberals has at least one of the commissioners deciding if she can continue to work as a commissioner. We have full coverage here, here, and here.

Ethiopia – (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Few countries take coffee as seriously as Ethiopia – and that’s not only because it prides itself as being the source of the prized Arabica bean. However rising temperatures due to changing climate are taking a toll. Read more.

Information Session on Indigenous Governance and Public Administration Program


Passionate about playing a role in supporting truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities? Join Confederation College for a FREE information session about the Indigenous Governance and Public Administration program. The one-year post-graduate program focuses on leadership and enhancing understanding of Indigenous governance.

The session will take place on June 13, from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Shuniah Building, Boardroom A219 at Confederation College. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.confederationcollege.ca or call (807) 624-3355.

Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Forum

A very busy night at the All Candidates Forum hosted by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Acadia Broadcasting and NetNewsLedger. The debates were streamed live last night, and are currently uploading and will be available shortly on NetNewsLedger, they are also uploading to Shaw Cable 10 and to Tbaytel on Demand.

All of the candidates got the opportunity to share their viewpoints in what was a very respectful debate. The debate was hosted under the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce rules, which include that all of the parties with seats in the legislature are represented.

Thunder Bay Atikokan Candidate’s Forum

Thunder Bay-Superior North Candidate’s Forum

gokasperNetnewsLedger would like to welcome Kasper Transportation onboard as your Day Starter sponsor. GOKASPER is Live in Thunder Bay! Download the App on the App Store – GoKasper, and you can now book a ride, as a special incentive, a 50% off code will be emailed to you! Kasper Transportation offers a variety of services for all your transportation needs.

Kasper Transportation offers a variety of services for all your transportation needs. Safe Ride home, to the office, to the mall, or anywhere you need to go. We offer on-demand ridesharing and scheduled bus services that you can book directly from this app.  Rideshare: Just open the app and request a ride. The app uses your location so the driver knows exactly where to pick you up. Once a driver has been dispatched, you will receive the driver and vehicle details. Payment can be made by credit, debit or cash. You can also rate your driver and provide us feedback on how we can improve our services.

Kasper Transportation is spreading its tires from Winnipeg to Longlac with travel available from Thunder Bay to Sioux Lookout, to Winnipeg, Dryden, Red Lake, Atikokan and Fort Frances.

The newest bus, the ‘Mini Corn Dog’ has just joined the fleet. Kasper Transportation has grown to a fleet of forty vehicles. Visit www.gokasper.com for more details.

Get Gardening!

Compost is available to all residents at no charge at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility while quantities last, weather permitting. Compost is available to all residents at no charge at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility while quantities last, weather permitting. Access to the compost pick-up area is located east of the old landfill entrance on John Street Road. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

“We’re happy to again offer free compost to all residents,” said Jason Sherband, Manager – Solid Waste & Recycling Services. “Leaf and yard waste that’s picked up during our curbside collection programs is blended with organic waste and is ideal for use in landscaping, flower beds and lawns. It’s not suitable for vegetable gardens.”

Residents bringing garbage, recycling and/or hazardous household waste are reminded to dispose of these items at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road first before visiting the special compost pick-up area. Residents are also advised to bring a shovel and some bags or containers to carry compost home. Quantities are limited to a maximum of one half-ton load per resident. For more information, visit: thunderbay.ca/leafandyard

The Thunder Bay Public Library is pleased to announce the spring opening of the garden tool lending libraries.

The Thunder Bay Public Library is pleased to announce the spring opening of the garden tool lending libraries.
This is the second year that the Library is offering the garden tool library to the community in partnership with Roots to Harvest – Punks Growing Food.
Thunder Bay and area residents with a Thunder Bay Public Library card can check out a huge variety of garden tools from the two lending libraries, located at the Waverley and Brodie branches. For more information and a complete inventory of the available tools, please visit tbpl.ca/tools

Community Events

THUNDER BAY – The excitement is starting for the Fountain Tire Summer Classic. The most exciting and epic game of road hockey to be played this summer. What: TeamStaal Fundraising Contest. Winners will play in the Fountain Tire Summer Classic – an epic road hockey game during the Staal Foundation Open, presented by Tbaytel. Read more...

Share your ideas at newsroom@netnewsledger.com Over the coming weeks and months we are going to be sharing your ideas, and the plans the NNL Family have for the summer.

Gas Up for Less

The price of a litre of gas is reported at $1.499 in Terrace Bay. Honestly put, at these prices, the costs of many necessities are going to go up too. Fuel prices across the western parts of Ontario range from $1.389 in Dryden, to $1.399 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.356 at the Macs on Hodder Avenue. Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices are at $1.249 at THP.

You can get the latest gas prices, including Cook County MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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