March 29, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

M.V. CSL Welland docked
M.V. CSL Welland docked

Hot spot in Ontario: 4.9 °C 40.8 °F Port Colborne
Cold spot in Ontario: -27.0 °C -16.6 °F Peawanuck
Hot spot in Canada: 7.7 °C 45.9 °F Ballenas Islands, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -38.2 °C -36.8 °F Eureka, NU

Thunder Bay – Day Starter- Good Morning Northwestern Ontario. It is Thursday, March 29th, heading into the Easter Long Weekend.

For our readers in Thunder Bay, you are waking up to a temperature of -5c, and a forecast high of +1c. Environment Canada says to expect a mix of sun and cloud with a 30 percent chance of flurries. Winds will become northwest 20 km/h this afternoon. The UV index is 4 or moderate.

In Dryden, it is -11c this morning at 07:30. For the City of Dryden expect a mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of flurries. The wind will become northwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High minus 3. UV index 4 or moderate.

What Do You Need to Know?

We start off today with a neat good news story. Last weekend, NetNewsLedger reported on the volunteer effort down at Marina Park clearing the heavy wet snow and ice off the Skateboard Park. Our piece, a video posted on our Facebook page caught the attention of Councillor at Large Frank Pullia. Pullia reached out to the Parks Department. On Wednesday, the City stepped in to help, and now all that heavy snow is gone, and except for some ice chopping the Skate Park, one of the city’s more popular places for young people is almost fully open. The efforts of all concerned helped make a difference. A really super Thunder Bay happening.

The Canadian Steamship Lines Welland is the first ship of the season to arrive at the Port of Thunder Bay
The Canadian Steamship Lines Welland is the first ship of the season to arrive at the Port of Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY – The M.V. CSL Welland is the first vessel to arrive in the Port of Thunder Bay during the 2018 navigation season, and received the traditional Top Hat in a ceremony today. The CSL Welland arrived in Port on Tuesday, March 27, berthing at noon. Shipping season marks for many in our city the real start of spring.

On the weekend, departing from Keefer Terminal downbound, we reported on a ship’s captain explaining that there are up to forty inches of ice in the harbour. The efforts of the icebreakers in opening the water helps extend the shipping season. Full Report here, and here.

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police Service Uniform Patrol officers were called to Barb’s Laundromat at 1200 Victoria Avenue East on March 26, 2018 regarding a robbery. It was reported that two males entered the business just before 6:00 p.m. that evening and robbed an employee of cash. No one was physically injured. Full story and images.

For the Family

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

Learn More!

Citizen Science” will be the topic of a Lakehead University presentation at the Lake Helen Community Centre, just east of Nipigon, at 7 p.m. on April 3rd. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The presentation is aimed at engaging Nipigon area residents in efforts to collect data about regional streams. Water temperature, water quality, flow rates, substrate material and barriers to fish passage will all be noted in a program planned for this summer. The university is hoping to identify streams which might benefit from rehabilitation. Fish passage to productive habitat and spawning areas has been blocked in some streams due to development, construction and other activities.

Presentations will also be provided about an environmental monitoring plan for Nipigon Bay and about environmental initiatives of the Red Rock Indian Band. The meeting is being hosted by the Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan which has carried out environmental projects in the Nipigon area for many years. Further information is available at or by calling Jim Bailey at 807-343-8514.

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 $1.259 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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