May 22, 2018 – Northwestern Ontario Day Starter

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Hotspot in Ontario: 16.5 °C 61.7 °F Moose Creek Wells
Cold spot in Ontario: -5.7 °C 21.7 °F Fort Severn Airport
Hotspot in Canada: 19.9 °C 67.8 °F McCreary, MB
Cold spot in Canada: -15.7 °C 3.7 °F Nangmagvik Lake, NT

THUNDER BAY – Day STARTER – Good Morning Northwestern Ontario. Its back to work for most of us, as the long weekend ended.  While Saturday was rainy, Sunday and Monday more than made up for it with sunny skies and warm temperatures. The sunny conditions will continue into the week. For Thunder Bay this fine day, we will have sunny skies. Winds will become northwest 20 km/h this afternoon. The high today will be 27. Expect a UV index of 7 or high.

Those conditions are making the woodlands and the cities and towns tinder dry and the outdoor fire ban and for Thunder Bay fireworks ban is still in effect.

Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Pikangikum – Poplar Hill – MacDowell

Elevated pollution levels are expected or occurring.

Possible high levels of air pollution due to smoke from forest fires are expected today. Smoke plumes moving over Northwestern Ontario from a forest fire west of Poplar Hill near the Manitoba border may likely affect Poplar Hill, MacDowell, and possibly Pikangikum today and possibly into Wednesday. Air quality may deteriorate if the smoke descends to ground level.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

gokasperNetnewsLedger would like to welcome Kasper Transportation onboard as your Day Starter sponsor. GOKASPER is Live in Thunder Bay! Download the App on the App Store – GoKasper, and you can now book a ride, as a special incentive, a 50% off code will be emailed to you! Kasper Transportation offers a variety of services for all your transportation needs.

Kasper Transportation offers a variety of services for all your transportation needs. Safe Ride home, to the office, to the mall, or anywhere you need to go. We offer on-demand ridesharing and scheduled bus services that you can book directly from this app.  Rideshare: Just open the app and request a ride. The app uses your location so the driver knows exactly where to pick you up. Once a driver has been dispatched, you will receive the driver and vehicle details. Payment can be made by credit, debit or cash. You can also rate your driver and provide us feedback on how we can improve our services.

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.

National Public Works Week

Residents are invited to celebrate National Public Works Week at a free open house that will highlight and celebrate the work public servants do to keep our city running.

The open house for residents will take place on Saturday, May 26, from 11 am – 2 pm at the Mountdale Public Works Yard, 410 Mountdale Ave. The open house will feature:

  • Vehicle displays of a garbage truck, snow plow, tree truck, excavator, front-end loader, the new Python 5000, and more!
  • Hotdogs and hamburgers
  • Music
  • Kids activities
  • Chances to win great prizes

National Public Works Week takes place May 20 – 26, 2018, and is recognized across North America as an opportunity to educate residents about public works and celebrate the work these professionals provide.

“Public works professionals work hard to provide and maintain essential public services. They are often the hidden heroes of winter storm and rainfall events, and they work hard behind the scenes to deliver high-quality drinking water, to name a few,” said Kerri Marshall, General Manager – Infrastructure & Operations. “Our community depends on our public works professionals, who are always there and always ready.”

National Public Works Week is a great way to showcase the work these individuals do for our community as well as thank them for their dedication.  Please join us in recognizing their work.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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...

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 $1.377 at the Esso on Red River Road.  Out on the Fort William First Nation, gas prices are at $1.259 at THP.

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