Olivia Levesque


Olivia is a Reporter/Editor based in her hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont. She is proud to live and work along the north shore of Lake Superior in Robinson-Superior Treaty Territory. You can contact her by emailing Olivia.levesque@cbc.ca

Latest from Olivia Levesque

Spring runoff appears to have peaked in northwestern Ontario, but flood risks remain

Even though northwestern Ontario is drying up after a wet start to spring, officials are still watching the watersheds for potential flood risks. Rivers and streams around Thunder Bay have peaked, but there's plenty of snow that still needs to melt.

Time capsule pulled from rubble of Finnish Labour Temple reveals 110-year old look back in time

It was a bittersweet day for the Thunder Bay community as local historians gathered to pry open a century old time capsule, left behind in the rubble of the historic Finnish Labour Temple.

Fort Frances declares state of emergency as severe weather causes floods in northwestern Ontario

More severe weather made its way through northwestern Ontario this weekend, causing flooding, road washouts, and infrastructure failures in the region.

How climate activists in Thunder Bay, Ont., are using postcards to express hope, fear for future

Messages of hope, fear and calls for action were spelled out in coloured pencil and ink at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., this week as the university wraps up its year of climate action. The Postcards for Climate Action workshop was led by local artist Betty Carpick.

'Treacherous' potholes wreaking havoc on northern Ontario roads

A snowy spring in northern Ontario is wreaking havoc on many roads throughout the region, with the latest edition of an annual survey showing people want their voices heard.

At-home maple syrup operations become a spring trend for Thunder Bay neighbours

A family in Thunder Bay, Ont., has been tapping a decades-old silver maple tree in their front yard each spring for the last four years. Now it's a trend across the neighbourhood.

Easter pysanky workshop in Thunder Bay uses artform to show resilience as Ukraine, its culture under attack

People in Thunder Bay, Ont., gathered recently at the Ukrainian Catholic Church for a special workshop all about pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs. This year, the event took on new meaning as the artform was used as a show of resilience amid the war in Ukraine.

Gillies Township debriefs storm response as northwestern Ontario braces for more winter weather

As northwestern Ontario braces for another potentially harsh weather week, officials in the township of Gillies, Ont., are coming up with new storm contingency plans after power in the community was knocked out for days last week.

Northwestern Ontario saw record-high reported sexual assaults in 2021, OPP say

Provincial police say 2021 was the highest year on record for reported sexual assaults in northwestern Ontario, with significant increases in the rest of the province. Officers and community organizations in the north are changing the way they're responding to the violence.
In Depth

Forest fire season off to a quiet start in Ontario, but experts warn of possibly challenging year ahead

April marks the official beginning of the forest fire season in Ontario, and while experts in the field are hoping for a quieter season than last, they're already preparing for the worst.