Olivia Levesque


Having been raised in Thunder Bay, Olivia is proud to report on stories in the city and across the northwestern Ontario region.

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Forest fire causes evacuation of Red Lake, Ont., highway 105 expected to be compromised by afternoon

A forest fire raging just south of Red Lake, Ont., Tuesday had municipal officials urging residents to evacuate as soon as possible and warning that Highway 105, a main passage in the community, is expected to be compromised by the fire by noon.

Golf course clubhouse in Marathon Ont., destroyed by fire

Fire crews responded to a blaze at the Peninsula Golf Course around 1 a.m. Monday morning, the fire chief says.

Thunder Bay, Ont. man with ties to Beirut left feeling 'hopeless' after deadly explosion

Robert Skaf Skaf is originally from Beirut, and moved to northwestern Ontario in the 1970s to escape the Lebanese Civil War. He said since then, he continues to watch as the people in Lebanon suffer, adding that the latest tragedy will have a “devastating impact."

Thunder Bay water skier makes waves online with viral stunt videos

A Thunder Bay water skier has reached thousands of people with his now viral videos of barefooted water skiing stunts.

An epidemic within a pandemic: How Thunder Bay Ont., health care professionals are managing the opioid crisis

While the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, health care professionals in Thunder Bay, Ont., are still dealing with a different, deadly public health issue - the opioid crisis.

'Bitter Sweet': Thunder Bay business owners ease into stage two of regional reopening

Businesses like Modish Salon and Spa and Shannon Lepere Photography are now allowed to reopen to clients under the Ontario's government Stage Two of reopening. Both businesses shuttered under previous COVID-19 restrictions put in place back in March.

A true bear hug: OPP officer catches black bears embracing in northwestern Ont.

Photos of a true bear hug were captured by an Ontario Provincial Police officer in the northwest region this week.

'Elusive once in a lifetime fish': Kenora Ont., fishing guide encounters massive sturgeon on Lake of the Woods

A lifelong fishing guide in Kenora Ont., had the catch of the lifetime while fishing for largemouth bass on Lake of The Woods last week. 

COVID-19 cases in Gull Bay First Nation are resolved; chief apprehensive about reopening of Lac des Iles mine

An outbreak of COVID-19 within Gull Bay First Nation in northwestern Ontario has been resolved, but the community continues to remain "diligent" as threats of virus continue to linger.

'Renewed meaning': Borderland Pride launches campaign to show support for LGBTQ community

The Pride Lives Here Campaign comes one week after the municipality of Emo, a township located about 350 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, defeated a resolution that would have proclaimed June as Pride Month.

People in Thunder Bay 'show community' while grieving 14-year-old murder victim

Members of the Current River community, and residents across the city of Thunder Bay, are showing support for the family of Kayliegh Ivall, a 14-year-old girl who was the victim of the city's latest homicide.

Public health officials remind people in northwestern Ont., to 'stay vigilant' as some businesses reopen

As some businesses start to reopen in Ontario, public health officials are reminding people to "stay vigilant" when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19 across the northwestern part of the province.

Provincial Minister says Lac des Iles Mine is critical infrastructure amid pandemic

Leaders in Gull Bay First Nation have criticised the continuation of operations at Lac des Iles Mines, citing it as the cause of a COVID-19 outbreak within the First Nation community. Minister Greg Rickford said the mine is critical infrastructure that contributes to keeping Ontarians safe during the pandemic.

Lakehead Public Schools community mourns death of 14-year-old homicide victim

The Lakehead Public Schools community is mourning the death of 14-year-old Kayleigh Ivall, who was identified by the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) on Wednesday as the victim of the city's latest homicide.

Thunder Pride Association cancels Pride month events in Thunder Bay, including 10th annual parade

Members of the Thunder Pride Association in Thunder Bay Ont., announced Wednesday that their upcoming Pride events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.