May 16, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

The newest bus in the Kasper Transportation fleet
The local charter bus in the Kasper Transportation fleet

Hotspot in Ontario: 17.6 °C 63.7 °F Fort Frances
Cold spot in Ontario: -7.0 °C 19.4 °F Fort Severn Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 17.6 °C 63.7 °F Fort Frances, ON
Cold spot in Canada: -17.6 °C 0.3 °F Kugluktuk, NU

THUNDER BAY – Day STARTER – Good Morning Northwestern Ontario. It is Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The hotspot in Ontario and Canada today is Fort Frances. Weatherwise for Thunder Bay expect a mix of sun and cloud with a 40 percent chance of showers this morning. There is a risk of a thunderstorm early this morning. Today’s high 23. Humidex 25. UV index 7 or high.

The newest bus in the Kasper Transportation fleet

NetnewsLedger would like to welcome Kasper Transportation onboard as your Day Starter sponsor. Kasper Transportation is spreading its tires from Winnipeg to Longlac with travel available from Thunder Bay to Sioux Lookout, to Winnipeg, Dryden, Red Lake, Atikokan and Fort Frances.

The newest bus, the ‘Mini Corn Dog’ has just joined the fleet. Kasper Transportation has grown to a fleet of forty vehicles. Visit for more details.

What Do You Need to Know?

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has issued a fire ban on all outdoor burning within the City of Thunder Bay. The ban on outdoor burning is consistent with the recent Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests Restricted Fire Zone declaration. Residents are reminded that all outdoor burning permits are suspended. A charcoal barbecue used for cooking is allowed, but other outdoor burning is not. Please be very careful with all smoking materials and any heat sources.

THUNDER BAY –Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says that there is transformation underway at the Chiefs of Ontario (COO). The Regional Chief has been working to make the organization more effective. Chief Day tells NetNewsLedger that to make the organization fully able to reach its full potential there are a number of processes underway.

Politics 2.0

THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – Shane Judge has declared he is running for Mayor of Thunder Bay. This is Judge’s second campaign running for Mayor of Thunder Bay. Sitting down in the NetNewsLedger newsroom, Shane Judge talks with James Murray over the issues he sees as important.

Look for interviews with Kirsten Oliver running in Westfort, Wesley Ramage running in McIntyre, and Wendy Landry running for re-election in Shuniah coming up later today.

Get Gardening!

Compost is available to all residents at no charge at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility while quantities last, weather permitting. Compost is available to all residents at no charge at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility while quantities last, weather permitting. Access to the compost pick-up area is located east of the old landfill entrance on John Street Road. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

“We’re happy to again offer free compost to all residents,” said Jason Sherband, Manager – Solid Waste & Recycling Services. “Leaf and yard waste that’s picked up during our curbside collection programs is blended with organic waste and is ideal for use in landscaping, flower beds and lawns. It’s not suitable for vegetable gardens.”

Residents bringing garbage, recycling and/or hazardous household waste are reminded to dispose of these items at the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road first before visiting the special compost pick-up area. Residents are also advised to bring a shovel and some bags or containers to carry compost home. Quantities are limited to a maximum of one half-ton load per resident. For more information, visit:

Community Events

THUNDER BAY – The excitement is starting for the Fountain Tire Summer Classic. The most exciting and epic game of road hockey to be played this summer. What: TeamStaal Fundraising Contest. Winners will play in the Fountain Tire Summer Classic – an epic road hockey game during the Staal Foundation Open, presented by Tbaytel. Read more...

Questions about home energy and renovations?

Join EcoSuperior’s certified energy advisor, Don Rutledge at Waverley Public Library from 6:30 – 8 pm on Wed. May 16. Don has completed over 1,900 home energy assessments and can help answer your questions about renovation rebate programs and much more! If you are planning renovations, plan to be there! Free admission * Free refreshments For more information, contact EcoSuperior at 624-2141.

On Saturday, May 26th, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm The Beer Store and its affiliated union – United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 12R24 – are inviting Ontarians to join in the fight against blood cancers by donating their empty beer, wine, and liquor containers during the 13th annual Returns for Leukemia Bottle Drive. All proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) in their mission to end blood cancers. The funds raised are used for research into innovative treatments and cures for blood cancers. They are also used for patient and survivor support, as well as resources and education for the public.

Heading into the warmer weather, now is a great time to start putting together your home and your business Spring Cleaning Plan. Is there a yard project you want to get going on? Is this the year you start a serious recycling plan? Is this the year you decide that you will spend the warmer months getting in shape?

Share your ideas at Over the coming weeks and months we are going to be sharing your ideas, and the plans the NNL Family have for the summer.

GARDENING TIME The Thunder Bay Public Library is pleased to announce the spring opening of the garden tool lending libraries.

The Thunder Bay Public Library is pleased to announce the spring opening of the garden tool lending libraries.
This is the second year that the Library is offering the garden tool library to the community in partnership with Roots to Harvest – Punks Growing Food.
Thunder Bay and area residents with a Thunder Bay Public Library card can check out a huge variety of garden tools from the two lending libraries, located at the Waverley and Brodie branches. For more information and a complete inventory of the available tools, please visit

Gas Up for Less

The price of a litre of gas is reported at $1.499 in Terrace Bay. Honestly put, at these prices, the costs of many necessities are going to go up too. Fuel prices across the western parts of Ontario range from $1.389 in Dryden, to $1.399 at the Husky on Chipman Street in Kenora,  In Thunder Bay, the lowest price in the city is $1.379 at the Esso on Red River Road.  Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices are at $1.249 at THP.

You can get the latest gas prices, including Cook County MN at GasPrices on NetNewsLedger.

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