May 5, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

Photo credit: Tim Bates, DHC/OJHL Images
Photo credit: Tim Bates, DHC/OJHL Images

Hotspot in Ontario: 13.6 °C56.5 °F Goderich
Cold spot in Ontario: -4.3 °C24.3 °F Fort Severn Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 15.3 °C59.5 °F Osoyoos, BC
Cold spot in Canada: -24.6 °C-12.3 °F Taloyoak Airport, NU

Thunder Bay – DAY STARTER – Happy Saturday Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Expect a nice spring day today for most of Northwestern Ontario. Environment Canada says expect sunny conditions this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon. Winds will become northwest 20 km/h this afternoon. Saturday’s High +14. The UV index will be 6 or high.

What Do You Need to Know?

Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Lakehead University Faculty of Law
Ontario’s Newest Law School – Photo by Derek Silver

THUNDER BAY – Calling it “an Insult”, Leaders of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and Kitchenumaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) are calling on Lakehead University to rescind the appointment of provincial Justice George Patrick Smith, who sentenced First Nations leaders to prison for protecting their lands, as interim dean of the university’s embattled law school. The move comes after the resignation of Dean Eaglewoman who called out the Faculty of Law for systemic racism.

What’s going on!

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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