April 27, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

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The injured snowmobiler is loaded on to an RCAF helicopter.
The injured snowmobiler is loaded on to an RCAF helicopter.

Hotspot in Ontario: 8.7 °C 47.7 °F Toronto Downtown
Cold spot in Ontario: -11.6 °C 11.1 °F Attawapiskat Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 15.7 °C 60.3 °F Malahat, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -27.1 °C -16.8 °F Pingualuit (Parc national), QC

Thunder Bay, DAY Starter – Hey Northwestern Ontario, it is Friday, April 27, 2018. It is forecast to have a mixed bag of weather today. There will be increasing cloudiness early this morning with a 40 percent chance of flurries. Today’s high will be +7. The UV index will be 4 or moderate. Environment Canada says to expect clearing skies later this evening. The low will be -5c.

What Do You Need to Know?

THUNDER BAY – J.P. Levesque, Chief of Police of the Thunder Bay Police Service, has announced his retirement after 31 years of service. Chief Levesque became the 8th Chief of Police for the service in 2011. Thunder Bay Police Services Board Chair Jackie Dojack accepted Chief Levesque’s retirement. Read more.

Toronto — On the heels of an explosive report from Ontario’s Auditor General exposing that Kathleen Wynne’s real deficit is 75% higher than reported, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Doug Ford today committed to launch an independent commission of inquiry, whose mandate is to get to the bottom of the deficit scandal… Full Article.

ATTAWAPISKAT – A Canadian Ranger and a 13-year-old Junior Canadian Ranger helped the Royal Canadian Air Force airlift an injured snowmobiler in April from a remote hunting camp near Attawapiskat in Northern Ontario.

The snowmobiler, a young woman from the isolated Cree community of Attawapiskat on the James Bay coast, was in a small family party that was hunting geese when she was knocked unconscious after being thrown from her snowmobile. 

A member of the party used a satellite phone to seek help for her. The call went to the emergency services dispatch centre in Timmins. It was passed on through the Nishnawbe-Aski Police to the Ontario Provincial Police, who called on the Canadian Armed Forces for assistance. Read more.

Events

The second-year students from Confederation College’s Native Child and Family Services program will be hosting a Midnight Medicine Walk on Friday evening. Presented in partnership with Medicine Walk founder Lauren Chopek, the evening is intended to bring awareness to those lost in the River of Tears, as well as to bring the community together to heal as one.

The event is open to the community and will welcome elders Ira Johnson and John Gagnon. Participants can expect guest speakers, unity activities and a walk that will proceed along the McIntyre River, ending back at Confederation College.

DATE:                                Friday, April 27, 2018    

TIME:                                 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

LOCATION:                       Confederation College Teepee (southwest side of Shuniah building) Confederation College – 1450 Nakina Drive

THUNDER BAY – Do you have electronic waste – like an old cell phone or computer – unwanted tires, or used clothing and textile that you are ready to pass on? EcoSuperior and Gateway Casino Thunder Bay will help make your spring cleaning easy! Drop off your electronic waste, old passenger tires, and used clothing and textile for FREE during our 1 day collection event on Saturday, May 5 from 10am to 3pm at the Cumberland Street parking lot of the Gateway Casino Thunder Bay. Donations will be made to EcoSuperior by the Ontario Electronic Stewardship and Bin There Dump That based on the volume of materials collected, so your spring cleaning can help inspire environmental stewardship in Northwestern Ontario! For more information visit www.ecosuperior.org/collectionevent or call 624-2141.

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 $1346 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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