March 25, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

Three ships departed the Port of Thunder Bay this morning. CSL Thunder Bay, CSL Assiniboine, and the CSL Whitefish Bay.
Three ships departed the Port of Thunder Bay this morning. CSL Thunder Bay, CSL Assiniboine, and the CSL Whitefish Bay.

Hotspot in Ontario: -0.1 °C31.8 °F Sandy Lake Airport
Cold spot in Ontario: -22.3 °C-8.1 °F Moosonee
Hotspot in Canada: 5.8 °C42.4 °F Fanny Island, BC; Herbert Island, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -41.0 °C-41.8 °F Stefansson Island, NU

THUNDER BAY – Day Starter – Good Morning Northwestern Ontario. It is Sunday, March 25th. If it feels like March has flown by, in many ways it sure seems to have done just that. This morning in Thunder Bay it is -12c at 02:45 am. Environment Canada is calling for a mix of sun and cloud today. Winds will become southeast 20 km/h late in the morning. The high today will be minus 1. UV index 5 or moderate.

Kenora is going to have far more spring-like conditions. Under mainly cloudy skies, with snow flurries beginning in the afternoon. Winds will be south 30 km/h gusting to 50. Kenora’s daytime high will be plus 1. UV index 3 or moderate.

What Do You Need to Know?

THUNDER BAY – A sure sign that spring is here is the ice breaking efforts in the Port of Thunder Bay.

In this video shared on Twitter, Captain Jason Church shows the CSL vessel leaving the Port of Thunder Bay this morning. Ice according to the Captain is up to 40 inches thick, just over one metre of ice. The ice-breaking efforts across the Great Lakes are underway.
THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – Progressive Conservative pundits John Henderson and Jack Mallon join us in Politics 2.0 this week to talk about the state of the Progressive Conservative Party. What is ‘Politics 2.0’ and why should it matter? – Over the coming weeks, NetNewsLedger will be bringing in a new level of political discussion to allow you, the voter a full insight into the campaign. Our goal is to move past the sound-bite and the spin. We have interviews planned with the Liberals, the New Democrats and we have reached out to the Green Party of Ontario as well. We call this Politics 2.0. Get informed.

BURNABY – POLITICS – Green Party leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands) was arrested Friday morning at the Burnaby Mountain worksite of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project. May is promising to stand firm with the Tsleil-waututh, Squamish and Musqueum First Nations and their supporters. Full story.


For the Family

THUNDER BAY – SUNDAY, March 25th – Thunder Bay is celebrating Canada Water Week with a free, educational event at Prince Arthur’s Landing on Sunday afternoon.

This event is hosted by EarthCare Thunder Bay, coordinated by Let’s Talk Science, Confederation College, and in collaboration with numerous other community partners. The family-focused event runs from noon to 4 pm on Sunday, March 25, in the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing. The day’s excitement will feature educational activities and hands-on displays centered on water and its importance to our community. Children will be invited to challenge their detective skills with an indoor scavenger hunt, learn about rain gardens, test their water conservation knowledge, learn about aquatic bugs and reptiles, and take part in water-themed crafts and face painting.

“This year’s Canada Water Week theme is water in nature,” said Kasey Maitland, Coordinator of Let’s Talk Science. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for residents of all ages to explore nature-based solutions to overcome water challenges of the 21st century. The event will also focus on how we can protect water and the Great Lakes using green infrastructure strategies.”

The event wraps up Canada Water Week in Thunder Bay, marked each year during the third week of March. The national celebration coincides with World Water Day, which is observed annually on March 22.

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Families are invited to enjoy a fun evening of skating, this Spring at the Fort William Gardens. The Mac’s Family Skate in support PRO Kids will be held on April 6, from 7 to 9 pm.

Come out and skate with local North Stars players! There will also be a beginners skate area, face painting, prizes, music and a Chuck-a-Duck game. Admission is $2 per person, proceeds in support of PRO Kids. Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under and recommended for all skaters.

PRO Kids is a registered charity that makes recreation opportunities accessible to Thunder Bay children and youth who are otherwise unable to afford program fees. For information, contact Ally Drombolis at 625-2340 or visit

Gas Up for Less

The lowest prices for a litre of gasoline continues to be in Dryden. Fuel prices across the region range from $1.089 in Dryden, $1.184 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.199 at the Real Canadian Superstore on Memorial Avenue. Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices are at $1.077 at THP and K&A. You can get the latest gas prices, including Cook County MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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