February 8, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Daystarter

Rescue workers are seen by a damaged building after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer
Rescue workers are seen by a damaged building after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Hotspot in Ontario: -6.9 °C 19.6 °F Caribou Island
Cold spot in Ontario: -41.0 °C -41.8 °F Muskrat Dam Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 11.0 °C 51.8 °F Lillooet, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -43.9 °C -47.0 °F Rabbit Kettle, NT

lotto Thunder Bay – DAYSTARTER – Good Morning, Wachiya, Boozhoo Northwestern Ontario. This morning, the far west and north in the region are under extreme cold alerts issued by Environment Canada.

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Sandy Lake – Weagamow Lake – Deer Lake
  • Big Trout Lake – Kasabonika
  • Sachigo Lake – Bearskin Lake
  • Fort Severn / Washaho Cree Nation
  • Peawanuck

Wind chill values of minus 45 to minus 50 are expected to slowly improve today.

For Thunder Bay this morning currently it is -28c with the windchill making it feel like -32c. Expect a mix of sun and cloud with clearing near noon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 15. Wind chill minus 32.

For Kenora, it is warmer at -23c. The forecast is calling for partly cloudy conditions with a 30 percent chance of flurries early this morning. It is expected to clear by noon. Winds of up to 15 km/h. High minus 16. Wind chill minus 32.

What do You Need to Know?

Saturday Market DaysTHUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay has its first homicide of 208. Thunder Bay Police report, “Just before 2:30 pm on February 5th, 2018, police attended a motel in the 400 block of Cumberland Street North. A 28-year-old male was taken to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences where he was declared deceased. Full Coverage.

THUNDER BAY – Two men face charges of assault and forcible confinement. Thunder Bay Police report that two males have been arrested in response to a disturbance call on the evening of February 5, 2018, on Tuscany Drive. In a media statement, Police say, “Patrol officers arrived at the Tuscany Drive residence just after 8:30 pm and located five males involved in an altercation. Full Coverage.

International News

TAIWAN – A major earthquake has left serious damage, injuries and loss of lives. Many of the missing believed to be still trapped inside buildings, some of which are tilting precariously * Rescuers comb through rubble of wrecked buildings * At least seven killed, 260 injured and 67 missing * Residential building wedged into the ground * Roads buckled, power and water restored to many homes – Full Coverage.


Columnist Warren Kinsella offers his views on Doug Ford. The former Toronto city councillor has shed his bombastic ways, is reaching out and stepping carefully. It could all add up to an Ontario PC leadership win. Read the piece.


Tree Skiing and Pain at Whistler Blackcomb.  – WHISTLER BC – TRAVEL – I was navigating a black-diamond run at the end of our last day in Whistler. The path dropped through a steep mogul field, then narrowed to a single track in thick forest. I veered hard right through a tiny opening between two Douglas fir trees. I emerged blindly from the dark boughs. Terra firma vanished. I was hurtling off a 10-metre cliff, in free fall. Read on!

Vacation Time – Eating on the Cheap – Following these rules can help you find cheap restaurants that offer both good food and low prices, no matter what part of the world you’re in CALGARY, AB – TRAVEL – When you’re visiting a strange country or city, how do you find cheap restaurants? Save on.

Weekend – What to Do!

Lakehead Thunderwolves will be at Marina Park skating on the ice pad, in part of Winter Fundays.
Sunday, February 11th @ 2-4pm.
Bring out the kids to meet the team before they head into the playoffs!
The Tim Hortons Coffee Truck will be handing out FREE coffee and hot chocolate to everyone who comes to the Marina Park. See you there and Go Wolves Go!

Gas Up for Less

Fuel prices across the region range from $1.149  at the Co-op and the Safeway in Dryden, $1.244 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.219 at the Real Canadian Superstore on Memorial. Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices range from $1.087 at THP to $1.119 at Chapmans. You can get the latest gas prices, including Grand Marias MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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