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Michipicoten Caribou Relocated, Sudbury Blood Donors Needed — Northern Ontario Today

Updated on February 14, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is relocating caribou from Lake Superior's Michipicoten Island.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is relocating caribou from Lake Superior's Michipicoten Island. | Source

Northern Ontario Weather And Gas Prices

At 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Kenora

Temperature of -4 degrees, windchill -9, falling to -13, overnight, with a 40 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 121.9 to 124.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Kapuskasing

Temperature of -1 degrees, windchill -7, falling to -8, overnight, with a 30 to 80 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 116.6 to 129.6, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Sudbury

Temperature of -1 degrees, windchill -6, falling to -2, overnight, with a 30 to 40 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 121.6 to 124.6, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Ministry Relocating Michipicoten Caribou

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is continuing with its relocation of a herd of caribou from Lake Superior's Michipicoten Island to at least two different locations. Currently, the Michipicoten population of caribou, thought to number near 100, are seen under threat from wolves, as reported by TB News Watch.

In January, nine animals were moved to the Slate Islands. Biologists are waiting for cooperation from the weather to allow at least six more members of the Michipicoten herd to be moved to Caribou Island.

Lake Superior Islands

A
Michipicoten Island:
Michipicoten Island, Unorganized Thunder Bay District, ON, Canada

get directions

B
Caribou Island:
Caribou Island, Unorganized Thunder Bay District, ON, Canada

get directions

C
Slate Islands:
Slate Islands Provincial Park, Terrace Bay, ON, Canada

get directions

Sioux Narrows: $50,000 Reward For Information About Death Of Richard Roach 'Still On The Table'

Family members of Richard Roach are seeking answers about how the 60-year-old northwestern Ontario resident was killed on February 7, 2015, as reported by the Kenora Daily Miner and News.

"We’re not bitter, but to the person that is responsible I wouldn't want to wake up every day feeling the guilt [they] must feel," Shannon Rodrigues, Roach's younger sister, appealed the public for information. "I couldn't live with that; I don't know how they could."

Sioux Narrows Ontario Provincial Police Detective Inspector Randy Heida has asked that any witnesses, in what is thought to have been a hit-and-run accident, contact the detachment.

Winter Weather Continues

Sled dogs
Sled dogs | Source

Sudbury Blood Donations Miss Goals

The Sudbury chapter of Canadian Blood Services is alerting the community about a recent drop in donations, which the organization attributes to colder-than-normal weather, as reported by the CBC.

In January, only 636, of a goal of 1,064 donations, were made. So far, in February, donations are down, again, with 154, of a goal of 304, being made.

"People are nice and warm in their houses and they don't want to come out into the cold to donate blood. Unfortunately, we still have patients in the hospital who are waiting for that blood, so we need people to come in," Joanne Drake, with the service, was quoted.

Vancouver Trip Planned To Spread Daughter's Ashes

North Bay mother Bonnie Jones is raising funds  for a planned trip to Vancouver to spread her late daughter's ashes.
North Bay mother Bonnie Jones is raising funds for a planned trip to Vancouver to spread her late daughter's ashes. | Source

North Bay Mother Crowdfunding BC Trip To Spread Daughter's Ashes

Thirty-nine-year-old Stephaney Bird's heart was said to have stopped five times before "she slipped into a coma and died," on December 17, 2017, as reported by the Sudbury Star. The art lover and homeless advocate was said to have "loved her Vancouver neighbourhood."

Ms. Bird's mother, Bonnie Jones, was unable to hold a funeral for her daughter, because she didn't receive her ashes until mid-January. The parent described her child as a "beautiful person inside and out."

Ms. Jones hopes to spread her daughter's ashes on a Vancouver walking path where Stephaney walked with her dog, Emma, daily. She is planning to travel to the West Coast in August.

In addition to collecting cans to raise money for her trip, Ms. Jones, who worked with Sears in North Bay until its recent closure, has also started a crowdfunding campaign at www.gofundme.com/bonniejones.

© 2018 Stephen Sinclair

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