March 6, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

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There were some great care packages for families too
There were some great care packages for families too

Hotspot in Ontario: 0.2 °C32.4 °F Point Petre
Cold spot in Ontario: -18.8 °C-1.8 °F Muskrat Dam Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 5.0 °C41.0 °F Sisters Islets, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -42.1 °C-43.8 °F Mould Bay, NT

THUNDER BAY – DAY-STARTER – Good Morning Northwestern Ontario. While it is starting off relatively chilly in Thunder Bay this morning, at -15C, the weather outlook heading to the weekend is for warmer weather. Spring is slowly making its way to Northwestern Ontario.

What Do You Need to Know

At a press conference held yesterday at the Victoria Inn, First Nation leaders from Rainy River First Nation, Grand Council Treaty #3, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation all demanded the resignation of the Thunder Bay Police Service Chief of Police. The call came as lawyer Julian Falconer, who has been retained by the family of Stacey DeBungee along with Brad DeBungee, the brother of Stacey DeBungee and the leaders stood united in their call for the chief’s resignation.

Rainy River First Nations Chief Robin McGinnis states, “Rainy River First Nations will continue to support the DeBungee family in their very difficult journey. Since Stacy’s death in October 2015, we have challenged authorities to work with us, but we have been stonewalled at every turn. This OIPRD Report not only confirms what we worried is going on, but it is now clear things are much worse. The degree of incompetence and indifference to the lives of First Nations is mind-boggling.”

“Chief Levesque needs to step down to protect any chance for credible change in the Thunder Bay Police Service. If the Chief of police is incapable of understanding the importance of stepping down then it is up to the Thunder Bay Police Services Board to fulfil its mandate and to fire the chief of police. It is shocking that against the backdrop of the Seven Youth Inquest that involved serious and credible allegations of police incompetence in investigating the drowning of indigenous youth – that not two weeks after the start of the Inquest, the Chief of Police would allow yet another investigation to be completely bungled. This Chief needs to go”.

Thunder Bay Police Service has issued a statement. Read more in NetNewsLedger’s full coverage.

Oil Prices Slumped Overnight on Asian Markets

Oil Prices are at a two year high

Gas Up for Less

The lowest prices for a litre of gasoline continues to be in Dryden. Fuel prices across the region range from $1.1129 in Dryden, $1.184 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.219 at the Safeway on Arthur St W. Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices range from $1.037 at K & A 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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