March 31, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

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Hotspot in Ontario: 2.2 °C 36.0 °F Harrow AAFC
Cold spot in Ontario: -23.0 °C -9.4 °F Fort Severn Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 9.4 °C 48.9 °F Sand Heads Lightstation, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -38.9 °C -38.0 °F Eureka, NU

THUNDER BAY – DAY STARTER – Good Morning Northwestern Ontario. It is March 31st, 2018. For the city of Thunder Bay, weatherwise March is ending on a chilly note. At 04:00 am it is -13c. The daytime high for Saturday will be -5c. You can expect mainly cloudy conditions with a 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Environment Canada says it will clear around lunchtime. Winds, however, will be strong later today, becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. The UV will be index 4 or moderate.

If you are headed east, you might end up with snow causing you concern. There is a snowfall warning in effect on the east end of Lake Superior.

Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Sault Ste. Marie – St. Joseph Island
  • Searchmont – Montreal River Harbour – Batchawana Bay

Snowfall, with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.

Snow will begin Saturday morning and is expected to be heavy at times. 15 cm of snow will fall before the snow tapers off Saturday evening.

It is associated with a compact and fast-moving disturbance currently over South Dakota, and forecast to race across northeastern Ontario during the day Saturday.

What Do You Need to Know?

Minister Michael Gravelle looks forward to a hard-fought campaign and June 7th's election
Minister Michael Gravelle 

THUNDER BAY – Politics 2.0 – The Ontario Liberal Government has brought down Budget 2018 in Queen’s Park on Wednesday. Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP and Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle shares insight into exactly what the budget means for Ontario, and more specifically for Northern Ontario. Minister Gravelle discusses the budget in the NetNewsLedger Newsroom and offers insight into how the budget will benefit Northern Ontario. The Minister says that there have been another $50 million dollars which will be invested into the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund which is “The economic driver” for the region. Check out our full and indepth interview here.

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Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation – Community safety will benefit in Nigigoonsiminikaaning and Couchiching First Nations with help from the Hamilton Fire Department. At Hamilton At the Healthy and Safe Communities Department Committee meeting, the Hamilton Fire Department is seeking approval to donate two surplus fire trucks to the Nigigoonsiminikaaning and Couchiching First Nations.

At Hamilton At the Healthy and Safe Communities Department Committee meeting, the Hamilton Fire Department is seeking approval to donate two surplus fire trucks to the Nigigoonsiminikaaning and Couchiching First Nations.

Fire concerns have been a serious issue in Northern Ontario communities. This move will help make a real difference. Read the full story, first in Northwestern Ontario, here.

Pope Francis Generates Outrage

Pope Francis holds the book of the gospels as he leads the Christmas night Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Pope Francis REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Nippissing ON — Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee responded to a  letter released to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.   Pope Francis stated that he cannot personally issue an apology to residential school survivors and their families for the role the Roman Catholic Church played in the residential schools. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in their recommendations expressed that the Roman Catholic Church apologize. Grand Council Chief Madahbee says “All other denominations have publicly apologized for their role in the Indian Residential School system in Canada.  The Government of Canada has apologized.  This has opened the door for reconciliation and healing,” said Madahbee.  “The Roman Catholic Church, despite having stripped away our children’s Spirit, language and identity through the predatory abuse in biblical proportions, have yet to acknowledge the unfathomable atrocities preventing our people from moving forward.  They continue to turn a blind eye to the deplorable behaviour that caused intergenerational trauma.  The Bishops have been talking out of both sides of their mouths – talking about reconciliation out of one side and then advising against apologizing from the other.” Read the full story.

Whats Coming Up in the Newsroom?

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.

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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