March 30, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

Day Starter

Hotspot in Ontario: 5.2 °C 41.4 °F Cobourg
Cold spot in Ontario: -24.9 °C- 12.8 °F Big Trout Lake
Hotspot in Canada: 9.9 °C 49.8 °F Lillooet, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -33.0 °C -27.4 °F Eureka Airport, NU

Thunder Bay – Day Starter – Good Friday, good morning Northwestern Ontario. For the holiday weekend, you can expect cooler than average temperatures to start the weekend. For the City of Thunder Bay, the daytime high will be -6c according to the forecasters. However, there will be mainly sunny skies and a UV index of 4 or moderate.

For western Canada, and for NorthEastern Ontario, March is truly looking to roar out like a lion. There is snow and cold across parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Special weather statement in effect for:

Wawa – Pukaskwa Park
White River – Dubreuilville
Significant snowfall on tap for Saturday.

A low-pressure system will develop over the United States on Friday and will track across northeastern Ontario on Saturday. The system is expected to bring significant snowfall amounts to the regions with totals in the 10 to 20 cm range. Strong northwest winds could also give local blowing snow later in the day.

What Do You Need to Know?

NetNewsLedger is getting rolling in a bigger way this weekend with our Politics 2.0 coverage of local, regional and national politics. Over the next several days, we have a number of interviews you won’t want to miss. What exactly is Politics 2.0? First off it is our belief and our trust in you, our readers and viewers to be able to make informed decisions. We are going to move past the sound-bite and on into the real issues, and answers that you need to make choices. We are going to ask the questions, seek the answers, and move into the issues like never before.

This week, we have interviews with newly selected New Democrat candidate Judith Montieth-Farrell who is challenging incumbent Bill Mauro in Thunder Bay Atikokan. We will have Minister Michael Gravelle and Minister Bill Mauro in the newsroom and those reports up rolling as fast as we can.

As well, we have an in-depth discussion with Thunder Bay Councillor at Large Frank Pullia, who is Thunder Bay’s Children and Youth Advocate. Councillor Pullia just hosted a town hall meeting on Community Safety and is getting set for a follow-up meeting on April 25th. You won’t want to miss the discussion.

We want to thank Jonas Meekis for creating the ‘beat’ we are using for our videos. Jonas is a local musical talent who is always putting his artistic skills to positive use.

THUNDER BAY – NEWS – On the 29th of March, 2018 at approximately 11:15 am officers with the Guns and Gangs unit executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at a multi-residential unit located on South Cumberland Street. A 20-year-old male and a 21-year-old female from Toronto were arrested without incident. Read the full report.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – The United States Border Patrol Agents assigned to the International Falls Station detained seven people after observing them enter the United States illegally on snowmobiles on Rainy Lake. On March 24, 2018, agents observed five snowmobiles travel south from Canada and illegally enter the United States on Rainy Lake… more details.

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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