Morning News – January 16


Weather – Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. Temperature steady near minus 1. This evening it is expected to become cloudy with a low of -7C.

Roads –  Highways are bare and dry with bare and wet sections from Sault Ste. Marie to Montreal River Harbour. From Montreal River Harbour to White River, the highway is bare and dry.


  • An Amber Alert has been issued. Read the entire alert here.
  • In Sault Ste. Marie, Officers are investigating a suspicious death at 112 Wellington Street West. Officers responded to a call for service just after 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Shortly after they arrived a male victim was found deceased. A24-year-old male from Sault Ste. Marie was taken into custody and has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder. He will appear in bail court on Monday morning. There will be a press conference early this afternoon.


  • The Soo Locks are now closed for their annual maintenance schedule. The 2016 shipping season saw iron ore shipping grow, but an overall drop in total cargo movement. U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 3.3 million tons of cargo in 2016, a decrease of 4.5 percent compared to 2015. Iron ore shipments, however, totaled 44.1 million tons, 7.8 percent bump over 2015. Taconite shipments out of Lake Superior ports have rebounded after the slump in demand for American steel in 2015 and part of 2016. The Soo Locks, closed at midnight on Sunday, Jan. 15 and will reopen on March 25, a regular 8-week maintenance window. Planned winter maintenance work includes finishing a hydraulic system upgrade and anchorage replacements on the Poe Lock, the largest and most important of the four Soo Locks chambers, which handles the 1,000-plus foot freighters.
  • An Oxfam report says Canada’s two richest people have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the entire country combined. The report by the international aid group says the wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston equals that of about 11 million Canadians. The findings were part of a larger report that found the world’s eight richest people have as much wealth as the poorest 50 per cent of the world’s population.
  • The Arca 1, a tanker that ran aground off the coast of Nova Scotia has returned to port after being stuck in shallow water near the community of Little Pond in Cape Breton on Sunday. It took more than 100 people, several government agencies, harbour authorities, salvage company McKeil Marine and resources from across the Atlantic region to free the 53-metre vessel.



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