April 18, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

The Sleeping Giant
The Sleeping Giant

Hotspot in Ontario: 2.0 °C 35.6 °F CFB Trenton
Cold spot in Ontario: -16.4 °C 2.5 °F Fort Severn Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 8.0 °C 46.4 °F Sisters Islets, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -33.3 °C -27.9 °F Eureka Airport, NU

THUNDER BAY – DAY STARTER – Good Morning Northwestern Ontario! Could it be? Could that last gasp of old man winter have been his last? Today in Thunder Bay the forecast high is 8c. Environment Canada says to expect clearing skies by later this morning. The winds will become northeast 20 km/h this morning. The UV index will be 7 or high.

For Kenora, the high will be 10c. Winds becoming northeast 20 km/h near noon. The UV index will be 6 or high.

What Do You Need to Know?

BROCKVILLE – POLITICS – Doug Ford says that he will call in an outside audit of Kathleen Wynne’s reckless spending on his first day of office. “We’re going to restore responsibility, accountability, and trust in government,” said Ford. “For me, nothing is more important than straight talk and keeping your word.” Read More.

THUNDER BAY – OPINION – It is not always obvious what policies and practices our political leaders support. In Canada, however, our prime minister has made very clear that the removal of gender discrimination is a major focus… Read More.

Thunder Bay, ON – On April 12, 2018, A shared priority for Canada, Ontario, and Chiefs of Ontario is to improve outcomes and opportunities for all First Nations children, youth, and families in Ontario, and to reduce the number of children and youth in care.

Jane Philpott, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services, Michael Coteau, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister of Community and Social Services, and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, and the Chiefs of Ontario leadership signed a joint commitment on policy and funding reform for First Nations Services in Ontario.

On January 26, 2018, a two-day emergency meeting in Ottawa brought all partners together in order to address this crisis head-on. Leaders from the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Metis Nation Council, regional Indigenous leadership, and youth delegates, who had been in foster care system, were also present to share their lived experiences and contribute to recommendations on the way forward, including all federal, provincial and territorial governments gathered to discuss the causes that lead to the high rate of children in care and work together towards reform. Among issues discussed were: data collection, youth perspectives, community wellbeing, innovative jurisdictional approaches, and First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Nation Child and Family Service programs.

Upcoming Town Hall

THUNDER BAY – POLITICS 2.0 – Thunder Bay City Councillor Frank Pullia is hosting a town hall meeting at the 55 Plus Centre on April 25th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The public meeting will cover the growing issues impacting Thunder Bay including addiction, mental health, homelessness, and the pressures caused by these issues… Read More

Gas Up for Less

The price of a litre of gas is actually more expensive today in Dryden than Thunder Bay. Fuel prices across the region range from $1.349 in Dryden, to $1.24.4 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1343 at the Esso on Red River Road.  Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices are at $1.187 at THP. You can get the latest gas prices, including Cook County MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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