April 1, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

Kevin Anderson, of the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue at the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championships
Kevin Anderson, of the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue at the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championships

Hotspot in Ontario: 2.9 °C37.2 °F Moose Creek Wells
Cold spot in Ontario: -26.4 °C-15.5 °F Fort Severn Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 8.8 °C47.8 °F Entrance Island, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -39.7 °C-39.5 °F Eureka, NU

Thunder Bay – Day Starter – Good morning Northwestern Ontario. It is April 1st, 2018. April Fools Day. Your morning wake-up temperature in the city is -12c. That isn’t an April Fool’s joke.

For Thunder Bay, the weather today, as it was yesterday might be Mother Nature pulling a bit of a gag on all of us. It is far cooler than the seasonal averages. For Sunday, expect a daytime high in Thunder Bay of -4c. Environment Canada is calling for a mix of sun and cloud. Winds are forecast to become west 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the morning. UV index 4 or moderate.

These temperatures are quite far from the seasonal normals for this day. The average daytime high for April 1st is 4.7c, and the average overnight low is -6.8c.

What Do You Need to Know?


THUNDER BAY – Police are requesting assistance from the public in locating missing person Mirna Matthews.

Matthews is described as an Indigenous female, 22 years old, 5’9″, 150 pounds. Police have not released any further details.

Any information in regards to the whereabouts of Matthews please contact Thunder Bay Police Service at 684-1200.


THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – This year’s annual Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship is being held in Thunder Bay. The Northern Ontario Firefighters Curling Association is committed to hosting an outstanding event at the Port Arthur Curling Club in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The event that runs March 29 to April 7.

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 www.prokidsthunderbay.ca

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 www.infosuperior.com 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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