Morning News – June 16th


Sunny. High 18. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight – Clear. Low plus 5.


Status of COVID-19 cases in Algoma

Tested (1)  Confirmed
cases (2)


cases (3)
Deceased Cases Screened

Positive for VOC (4)

148,994 397 4(1) 0(1) 393 6 110
Updated: June 15, 2021, 2:14 pm

Doses administered to Algoma residents (9:30 AM, June 15, 2021)

Doses administered to Algoma residents
Total doses administered 87,063
# of people who received their first dose only 58,317
# of people who are fully vaccinated 14,373
# of people who have received at least 1 dose 72,690


Population coverage
% of population that has received at least one dose 63.5%
% of eligible population (12+) that have received at least one dose  71.6%
% of eligible population (12+) that are fully vaccinated (received two doses) 14.2%
% of youth population (12-17) that have received at least one dose 42.8%
% of adult population (18+) that have received at least one dose 73.6%

Note: based on 2020 projected population


Northeast Forest Fire Region

There was one new wildland fire yesterday, Timmins 4 is 0.1 of a hectare and not under control. There are three other active fires in the Northeast region, all of which are under control.

The fire hazard ranges mostly from moderate to high for the central and northern portion of the region, with an area north of Chapleau showing an extreme hazard. The southern portion of the region is seeing a low to moderate hazard today.


Northwest Forest Fire Region

There was one new fire confirmed in the northwest region by the afternoon of June 15. Thunder Bay 44 is under control at 0.1 hectares.

At the time of this update, there were 27 active fires in the region: three fires (not under control), 11 (being observed), seven fires (held) and six fires are under control.
The wildland fire hazard is mainly moderate with areas of high hazard in all districts except Dryden. There are areas of low hazard in the districts of Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout, Dryden, and Thunder Bay.


News Tidbits:

There may be some traffic delays this morning if you are headed to the Soo. Hwy 17 is reduced to one lane near Goulais River area  (Blueberry Hill) due to a disabled vehicle.

At the Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Board Meeting, the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) approved a total budget for expenditures and revenue for the 2021-22 budget year in the amount of $169,202,981. The budget was brought forward by the Operations and Budget Committee of the Board which consists of Board staff and the following Trustees: Chair of the Operations and Budget Committee, Susan Thayer; Trustees Greg Bowman, Russell Reid; Vice Chair of the Board, Brent Rankin and Chair of the Board, Jennifer Sarlo.

The Ontario government is building a new modern Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment in Cambridge to replace the former facility that was destroyed by fire in September 2018.

The $70 million Lotto Max jackpot is going unclaimed once again, with no winner in Tuesday night’s draw. 42 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won: Ontario (20), Quebec and British Columbia (8). Prairies (5), and one in the Atlantic provinces. June 18th Draw will remain at an estimated $70 million, with 70 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each.

Vladimir Shatalov, who flew on Soyuz-4 (January 14, 1969), Soyuz-8 and Soyuz-10, died today at the age of 93. “When we look into the sky it seems to us to be endless. We breathe without thinking about it, as is natural… and then you sit aboard a spacecraft, you tear away from Earth, and within ten minutes you have been carried straight through the layer of air, and beyond there is nothing! The ‘boundless’ blue sky, the ocean which gives us breath and protects us from endless black and death, is but an infinitesimally thin film. How dangerous it is to threaten even the smallest part of this gossamer covering, this conserver of life.” – (published in The Little Earth Book, by James Bruges).

Did you know? On June 16, 1884, the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island. It had a speed of approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.