May 1, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

Port of Thunder Bay
The Port of Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY – DAY STARTER – Good Morning Northwestern Ontario. For our readers in Thunder Bay, May came in loud and noisy this morning with a pretty wild storm that included hail. Weatherwise, Thunder Bay can expect a forecast high of 20c. The weather service is calling for mainly cloudy skies with a60 percent chance of showers. There is a risk of a thunderstorm this morning. Winds will become west 20 km/h gusting to 40 late this afternoon. UV index 5 or moderate.

There are freezing rain alerts issued by Environment Canada for much of the region.

Freezing rain warning in effect for:

  • Savant Lake – Sturgeon Lake
  • Fort Hope – Lansdowne House – Ogoki
  • Armstrong – Auden – Wabakimi Park
  • Pickle Lake – Cat Lake
  • Nakina – Aroland – Pagwa

Freezing rain is expected or occurring.

A period of freezing rain beginning this morning.

Freezing rain is likely to develop this morning as temperatures drop to near or below the zero degree mark.

Periods of freezing rain are expected throughout the day. With temperatures remaining very close to the zero degree mark, the precipitation may occasionally fall as rain in some areas. The freezing precipitation will come to an end this evening.

Community Events

Wednesday, May 2nd, at Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford’s Rally for a better Ontario!
Doors open at 6:00 pm, Rally starts at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Location: DaVinci Centre 340 Waterloo Street S., Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6H9

Event: Share Your Views on the Redevelopment of North Neebing Park
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Holy Family School gymnasium, 2075 Rosslyn Road
Taking Part:
Councillor Linda Rydholm
Werner Schwar, Supervisor – Parks & Open Space Planning
Cory Auger, Coordinator of Parks Services

Details: The City of Thunder Bay is working to create a concept plan that will help guide the future development of North Neebing Park, and is looking for resident input. An input-gathering session will take place in collaboration with a Neebing Ward Meeting.

Contact: Werner Schwar, Supervisor – Parks & Open Space Planning – 625-2806

The City of Thunder Bay is celebrating National Youth Arts Week with a Youth Arts Showcase, presented by Ontario Power Generation, from May 1 to May 5 at the Kinsmen Centre on James Street.

Come see the work of local youth artists at the Youth Art Show opening on May 1 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. The Art Show can also be viewed all week from 3:30 pm to 9 pm. Hear talented local youth musicians at the Youth Music Showcase on Friday, May 4from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Prizewinners for the Art Show’s Juried Prize and People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Music Showcase.

This is a free, outdoor community Music Showcase that will feature Visual Past, Ben Murray (aka PlanBStrike9) and DJ Rawlins. Youth, parents and Youth Advocates are invited to attend the Art Show and Music Showcase to celebrate these talented local youth.

For more information, visit For more information, contact Ash Young, Cultural Development and Events Supervisor, at 625-2487 or

Road Closures

Starting Monday, April 30, a section of Balmoral Street, located between John Street and Oliver Road, will be closed to through traffic for about three weeks for storm sewer construction.

Local traffic will be allowed at each end of the construction site.

Motorists are asked to use extra caution and to obey all posted signage.

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 or call 624-2141.

Gas Up for Less

The price of a litre of gas is actually the same across Northwestern Ontario. Fuel prices across the region range from $1.399 in Dryden, to $1.399 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1399 at the Esso on Red River Road.  Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices are at $1.247 at THP. You can get the latest gas prices, including Cook County MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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