February 17, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario DayStarter

Foodland Ontario - Strawberry Oatmeal Pancakes
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Hotspot in Ontario: -3.6 °C 25.5 °F Toronto City Centre Airport
Cold spot in Ontario: -24.7 °C -12.5 °F Fort Severn Airport
Hot spot in Canada: 6.9 °C 44.4 °F Esquimalt Harbour, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -46.0 °C -50.8 °F Coral Harbour Airport, NU

THUNDER BAY – DAYSTARTER – Happy Saturday Northwestern Ontario. It is the Family Day weekend. Weather wise, for Thunder Bay the flurries will be ending in the morning then mainly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of flurries. Winds becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 early in the afternoon. High minus 5. For many in the city, a trip to Duluth is in their weekend plans. Drive carefully.

The Ontario Provincial Police are asking that you drive safe this weekend. With the Family Day long weekend upon us, the Sudbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) expects to see many eager Ontarians take to the roads, trails, and lakes. The long weekend initiative begins on Friday, February 16 and will end Monday, February 19, 2018. The focus during this holiday weekend is the “Big Four”, which includes impaired driving, lack of occupant restraint use, aggressive driving and distracted driving.

All motorists, snowmobilers and off-road vehicle users should take charge of their own safety and ensure the safety of passengers and anyone else whose lives they would jeopardize due to unsafe or dangerous driving behaviour. Remember to take a few minutes prior to departure to be fully prepared, wear a helmet, be prepared for the weather and don’t drink and drive while impaired.

The OPP is reminding motorists to be mindful about Ontario’s Move Over law that requires drivers to slow down and move over when passing an emergency vehicle (ambulance/fire/police) on the shoulder of the road. It is better to operate a motor vehicle, snowmobile or off-road vehicle within the law, than dealing with the life-changing consequences that begin to unfold the second a person makes a poor decision behind the wheel and lives are senselessly brought to a tragic end.

“If you plan on operating a motor vehicle, a snowmobile or an off-road vehicle this weekend, remember that your safety and the safety of others is your responsibility. Expect higher volumes of traffic, obey the laws and drive according to the conditions. Be a distracted free driver and Arrive Alive” says Staff Sgt. Esposto.

What Do You Need to Know?

In Ontario Politics, Patrick Brown has entered the Progressive Conservative leadership race. Brown has taken to the media defending himself from the allegations of sexual misconduct that led to his resignation from the leadership. On Friday, interim leader Vic Fedeli expelled Brown from the Progressive Conservative caucus. Derek Parks, the PC candidate in Thunder Bay Superior North has endorsed Patrick Brown in his run for the leadership. Parks posted on his Facebook: “Patrick Brown is the only leader for the Ontario PC Party that has given the north the attention we have been demanding for decades. His passion for the north and the fact he invited me along for the ride makes me proud to throw my endorsement behind him. I have traveled all over northern Ontario with Patrick showcasing what we have, the potential that exists and the problems we need to change.” Developing…

TORONTO – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is warning the public that there are fake wireless networks that are claiming to be from the RCMP and want to remind you to protect yourself when accessing public Wi-Fi networks. (Keep Reading)

Gas Up for Less

The lowest prices for a litre of gasoline continue to be in Dryden. Fuel prices across the region range from $1.109  at the Co-op and the Safeway in Dryden, $1.219 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.219 at the Esso Station at  645 Arthur Street. Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices range from $1.037 at THP to $1.139 at First Class Gas. You can get the latest gas prices, including Grand Marias MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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