April 5, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

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Hotspot in Ontario: -1.2 °C 29.8 °F Point Pelee
Cold spot in Ontario: -25.8 °C -14.4 °F Peawanuck
Hotspot in Canada: 8.5 °C 47.3 °F Sydney, NS
Cold spot in Canada: -34.0 °C -29.2 °F Eureka Airport, NU

THUNDER BAY – Day Starter – Good morning Northwestern Ontario. It is April 5th, 2018. The cooler than normal weather for Northwestern Ontario continues. It is -10c this morning in Thunder Bay. The cool weather is expected, according to Environment Canada to continue until Sunday when the mercury will finally rise up above the freezing point for a day-time high.

Today, for Thunder Bay expect a mix of sun and cloud with a 40 percent chance of flurries late this afternoon. Winds will become northwest 20 km/h near noon. Expect a high-temperature today of zero. The UV index 4 or moderate.

Blizzard warning in effect for the Far North Manitoba:

Churchill: Blizzard conditions with poor visibility in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.

Strong northwest winds combined with light snow are forecast to bring blizzard conditions to the Churchill and York area beginning late this afternoon or tonight. Conditions are expected to improve gradually Friday morning.

What Do You Need to Know>

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – Chamber of Commerce President Charla Robinson says that the Ontario Budget has a lot of spending in it, and a lot of things that many people would like. Robinson sat down in the Newsroom to discuss the budget in greater depth. “The budget includes a significant increase in spending… Watch the full interview.

FORT FRANCES – In the late evening of March 26, 2018 members of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU); Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB); North West Region Emergency Response Team (ERT); and the Ontario Provincial Police’s Canine Unit executed a search warrant at a local residence in Fort Frances, Ontario… Full Story.

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police received multiple calls to attend the scene of a motor vehicle collision on Memorial Avenue between two vehicles at approximately 11:50 am on April 4th, 2018. The initial collision occurred in the 600 block of Memorial Avenue between two vehicles. Full Coverage.

Brandon Postuma Thunder Bay Atikokan Progressive Conservative Candidate

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Atikokan Progressive Conservatives now have their candidate. Brandon Postuma will be acclaimed the PC candidate at a nomination meeting for the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Provincial election June 7th, that will take place this Thursday starting at 6:00 pm at the Da Vinci Centre 345 South Waterloo Street.

Public Service Announcements

Spring Tea at the Branch No 5 Legion at 229 Van Norman Street from 12:00-3:00 on Sunday, April 8th, 2018.

The Navy League Cadet Corps #28 Thunder is a cadets group for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12.  Cadets learn marching drills, ropes, and knots, navigation, first aid, navy traditions, make new friends, play sports and so much more.

Come and enjoy some tea, coffee, and snacks while supporting the local Navy League Cadet Corps.  There will be a door prize, bake table, craft table, draw table and other draws.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through any Navy League Cadet or at the door.

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 price of a litre of gas is now the same in Dryden as Thunder Bay. Fuel prices across the region range from $1.240 in Dryden, $1.24.4 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.259 at the Macs on Dawson Road. 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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