January 20, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day-Starter

Prime Minister Trudeau poses with some successful fishers and their catch in Pikangikum First Nation
Prime Minister Trudeau poses with some successful fishers and their catch in Pikangikum First Nation
Prime Minister Trudeau poses with some successful fishers and their catch in Pikangikum First Nation
Prime Minister Trudeau poses with some successful fishers and their catch in Pikangikum First Nation
Hotspot in Ontario: 3.7 °C 8.7 °F Collingwood
Cold spot in Ontario: -29.8 °C -21.6 °F Big Trout Lake
Hotspot in Canada: 7.1 °C 44.8 °F Sand Heads Lightstation, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -38.5 °C -37.3 °F Kugaaruk Airport, NU

THUNDER BAY – DAY-STARTER – Welcome to the weekend! Weatherwise for Thunder Bay the city is dancing right near record high temperatures for the day. The overnight low was 2c. The high today will be 3c, near the record set in 1964. Environment Canada is calling for mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. Temperature falling to minus 2 this morning then steady.

Highest temperature (1942-2004) 3.9°C 1964
Lowest temperature (1942-2004) -35.6°C 1943

News to Know

The big news story for the North was the visit of Prime Minister Trudeau to Pikangikum First Nation.
Read the coverage: Prime Minister’s Visit Welcomed and Prime Minister Visits Pikangikum.

Kenora MP Bob Nault says, “For the second time in the last six months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined us here in the Kenora riding. On Friday, I accompanied the Prime Minister and Minister of Indigenous Services, the Hon. Jane Philpott, for a community visit to Pikangikum First Nation. The historic visit marked the first time a sitting Prime Minister has visited a remote Northern Ontario First Nation community.

“Not only did the Prime Minister follow through on a commitment he made to visit Pikangikum, it was inspiring to see how excited the residents both young and old were to see Justin Trudeau and meet with him face to face. I believe this truly illustrates the character and strength of Canada’s Prime Minister.

“During the visit, the Prime Minister met with Chief Dean Owen and council to discuss the issues, many of them complex, which are important to the community’s future. I was impressed by the community’s leadership and the optimism they’ve shown in progressing forward.” Read Bob Nault’s Full Report here.

United States – Government Shutdown

The United States Congress was unable to come to an agreement Friday resulting in a fiscal shutdown of the US government. This developing story will likely impact you if you are headed stateside for a holiday and wish to visit many of the popular government run venues, like national parks, historical sites and government offices.


The issue of climate change is one that always should be on our minds. While there are some who seek to debate the cause, the reality is the world’s climate is changing. 2017 was the hottest year on record with an El Nino. Read the full story here.


Hockey – The Lakehead Thunderwolves fell behind early and were downed 6-2 by the Western Mustangs before a crowd of 2,034 at the Fort William Gardens on Friday night. Full Coverage Here.

Western’s Ray Huether opened the scoring by knocking in a rebound 2:36 into the contest on a Mustangs’ power play after Lakehead was called for too many men on the ice.

The Mustangs seized control of the game with two goals just 40 seconds apart.  Matt Watson fired a rocket from the high slot at 6:58, and then Jonathan Laser beat Wolves’ goalie Nic Renyard high on the glove side at to put Western up by three.

Women’s Basketball – The Lakehead women’s basketball team (11-4) once again had a solid win tonight over the Waterloo Warriors (1-14), 63-36, in the Thunderdome.
The Thunderwolves started the game with a 10-0 run, and held the lead after the first ten minutes, 18-11. Read the full story here.
Men’s Basketball – The Lakehead men’s basketball team (2-13) took down the Waterloo Warriors (6-9) tonight in a high scoring 98-89 victory.
The Thunderwolves came out with high energy as Quincy Johnson started the night off with two huge threes. A full team effort, the Thunderwolves continued to push the ball well and hit big shots to give them a 28-12 lead after the first. Read the full story here.

Plan for the Family this Sunday

Sunday, January 21 is the 7th Annual FIS World Snow Day! FIS is the governing body for international skiing and snowboarding, founded in 1924 during the first Olympic Games in Chamonix, France.

Join the City’s Children and Youth division for an afternoon of fun winter games near the skating rink to celebrate winter, between 2 and 4 pm. There will be a snowman building competition, a snow scavenger hunt, skating and more. This year, World Snow Day is being celebrated at 521 events in 46 countries around the world.

Don’t forget to also visit the Baggage Building Arts Centre for the Birds of the Bay community engaged art project where they will be making a pileated woodpecker between 1 and 3 pm.

Winter Fundays run every Sunday until March 11th with a different free winter activity every week.

Visit www.thunderbay.ca/winterfundays for more information.

Coming Up This Week!

Thunder Bay Stormwater Financing Study Public Information Centre
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23
Time: Drop-in between 4 – 8 pm, Presentations at 5 pm and 7 pm

Location: Italian Cultural Centre, 123 Algoma St. N.

Taking Part: Aaron Ward, Project Engineer – City of Thunder Bay
Pippy Warburton, Project Engineer – AECOM
City of Thunder Bay Steering Committee
Consultants from AECOM

Details: As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship and community sustainability, the City of Thunder Bay has developed a Stormwater Management Plan, which will guide the City’s stormwater management actions for the next 20 years.

One of the goals highlighted in the plan is to identify alternative ways to provide a dedicated, consistent, and fair funding system for the current and future needs of the stormwater management system. This Stormwater Financing Study will help achieve the goals of the Stormwater Management Plan.

For the first Public Information Centre, media and members of the public can view display boards, take part in the presentation, provide feedback, and ask questions of City staff and the project consultant team.

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