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8:32 AM EDT
2014-04-11 at MIDNIGHT

Gas prices soar across region

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

Motorists in Thunder Bay are in for a sticker-shock surprise at the pumps.

Gasoline prices jetted up seven cents a litre at several stations across town on Thursday, climbing above the $1.46 mark.

That’s about 16 cents higher per litre than the Ontario average, according to the gasbuddy.com website, that estimates province-wide drivers pay about $1.30.9 for a litre of regular unleaded fuel. The Canadian average is about $1.33.1.

The lowest price in the Thunder Bay area continues to be THP Variety at Fort William First Nation, where gasoline costs $1.14.5 a litre.

According to the site, Thunder Bay, Atikokan, Sioux Lookout and several stations along the North Shore have the highest gas prices in the province.

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The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
....factor in the costs of long premature tie-rod, ball joint, wheel bearing, the broken springs, windshield chips, the dirt tracked inside car from filthy streets, excess road salt and temperatures that turn lubricating oil into peanut butter every morning, I'd have to say that this area is one of the most expensive in which to own and maintain an automobile.
4/13/2014 10:37:01 AM
tudor says:
In life, Death, Taxes are absolutes. So too are ridiculous statements by S. Duncan who at times has relevant points but who often makes such outlandish statements that it is impossible to take them seriously.

HST-Yes it is attached to the price of gas, but Mr/Mrs Duncan, GST always was. Steve always applied it. So did Paul/Jean and Brian before him. Brian who brought it in. Jean who was going to remove it. And wasn't Steve part of the negotiation to bring in HST telling Canadians that is the superior tax system. I swear if you could find a way to blame the Liberals for our winter this year you would. As for the 10cents a litre. I have seen many comments about this here and in other forums. I have never seen the Premier or any gov't official except the opposition tell us this is coming. I can assure you if it did, I would never vote Liberal but please do not make statements as facts when I have seen nothing to support it. You can make valid points. Try without the hype.
4/12/2014 8:24:59 AM
S Duncan says:
My points are very valid. GST is far different than HST.

GST (thanks to the great Steven Harper) is down to 5%.

HST is 13%, thanks to the not so great liberals.

We pay all sorts of taxes on our gasoline, its difficult for simpletons to understand.

but when the liberals brought us the HST on gasoline, we went from paying that 5% GST, to 13% HST on the exact same amount.

it raises the price 8%!! and the salt in the wound is that 8% is calculated using the already taxed number. You are paying tax on tax.

As for the 10 cents hike, you have to look a little further than the commie broadcasting shorthanded layoff network for the truth.

Scott Duncan
*now with less HYPE*

4/12/2014 11:39:58 PM
Watchful says:
To undecided where is your logic? The local businessman, gas station owner has no control over the price of gas. Yes we do live in a high welfare city, but if everyone does what you suggest, then more people will lose their jobs, which means shutdown of business, and ultimately more on welfare. Soon there would be no tax payers. Remember, when fuel prices rise, shipping of products to our small businesses increase which means prices may have to rise or may lead to a lay off. I work in a small business and our number 1 rule is customer service. If we can keep prices down we try, but considering fuel prices and the fact that most things come from the states and they dictate our cost, it makes life challenging.
4/11/2014 11:44:37 PM
nvjgu says:
1.46 that's nothing, just wait till it' 2.46, 3.46
4/11/2014 5:59:33 PM
tsx says:
straight to the reserve for me
4/11/2014 5:13:46 PM
udecide says:
Shop U.S people, stop letting the local businesses rip you off. I was one who always was supportive of "buy local" but enough is enough. This is a welfare city and the taxpayers are paying thru the nose to support those who refuse to work. EBAY, AMAZON, ship to Rydens. Treatment there is much better.
4/11/2014 2:56:13 PM
The Beaver..... says:
@ iceman
Who is conserving..??? the moment the price went down big V8's came back quicker then Dandelions
4/11/2014 12:49:52 PM
Blister-foot says:
We have the worst gas prices, worst cab prices, and worst transit/prices. ...not to mention the pot-hole riddled roads. This town is a joke....and I'm laughing!
*Zips past you on a bike.
4/11/2014 12:44:37 PM
yup says:
ive been living in Sioux Lookout now for the past 3 years and its always been around 1.46. Im scared to see what it will go up to now. Every time I visit Thunder Bay I always hit up THP. By far cheapest gas there is. Would be silly to buy gas anywhere else.
4/11/2014 12:03:05 PM
The Beaver..... says:
There is your culprit

Suncor Energy reports that it has begun planned maintenance at the Edmonton refinery. The maintenance work is part of the refinery’s ongoing maintenance program designed to support safe, reliable operations.

Approximately 1,400 employees and contractors will be involved in the work, which is scheduled to last approximately eight weeks.
4/11/2014 11:51:19 AM
Richy says:
When the conservatives were in power in Ontario the gas prices were always higher here also. But I guess that was alright.
4/11/2014 11:18:09 AM
dockboy says:
Wait until the premier gets her way and adds .10 per litre to the make improvements to Southern Ontario highways. Shine up your backsides.
4/11/2014 10:51:55 AM
S Duncan says:
this comment needs serious attention..

People better be awake that our unelected premier is chomping at her bit to add another 10 cents per liter (!!!) to our already over taxed gasoline prices.

Its not bad enough we got ripped off on the HST and now pay taxes calculated as a percentage of other taxes, this usurper wants to gouge us even more!

remember that when the election comes folks, if not, enjoy your even higher to come gas prices! and you cant blame those evil oil companys for the taxes!
4/11/2014 2:24:46 PM
Enquirer says:
I will be the first to admit I am one of the usually notorious people to complain about gas prices when the spike, but have done little to no action to show my disdain for it.

For the first time ever, I am actually going to try to take action. Yes, I know I am barely a teaspoon of water in the ocean when it comes to gas consumption, but this is a breaking point for me.

1.469/L is just starting to get way out of the realm of possibility for me. I am now going to aggressively use less, walk a lot more, use transit as required, and use any other technique to save as a result of higher prices.

I have followed gas prices for many years, and each increase brings with it the same recycled excuses from major gas suppliers. I do not blame individual retailers as they are an unfortunate pawn in the game of big oil.

I honestly wonder, is this a marketing litmus test just to see how high we are willing to pay? Remember, the 'free market' works on consumer thresholds.
4/11/2014 10:38:29 AM
iceman says:
The bad twist to this, is the higher the price goes, the more you will try conserve. The more you conserve the higher the price goes, because the oil companies will always need to expand there profits. The same goes for Hydro power. So in reality we should use more and drive the price down. But those big engines, go on long trips, use incandescent bulbs, leaves the lights on everywhere
4/11/2014 10:00:24 AM
Murphy says:
So frustrating!! Everyone should be going to the border or THP to fill up. The govmt plays everyone as a fool. Liberals/conservatives they are all the same. They will both screw over tax payers. Play unions and trades as if they are the evils and costing tax payers tons of money! Freeze wages to middle class public servants but raise the cost of everything else. Fool people to believe this is why we are in debt. Jack taxes to the middle working class and life goes on....brutal and unfair. But we except this and believe their BS.
4/11/2014 9:37:14 AM
DRL1979 says:
One of the most frustrating thing about these high gas prices are the excuses or the lack of reasons as to why our gas prices are so high.

No doubt they will blame the price of oil as they always do when the prices jump but then they say the price of oil is only a small factor in gas prices when the price of oil is lower.

In 2008 when gas was around the same price, closer to 1.50 a litre oil was trading at 150 a barrel. Here we are years later oil is trading at around 103 a barrel and we are paying the same prices as if it was around 150 a barrel.

The fastest way to slow an economy is to raise the price of gas. Just watch what happens next. The prices of everything else will go up as well to make up the loss of revenue due to fuel costs.

Whats going to happen if we see 1.75 a litre during the driving season? How are people going to react with that?
4/11/2014 9:08:47 AM
enos012 says:
I been saying this for years since the market 'apparently' restabilzed. It was the crashing market that dorve this up and now was just at it's peak a few days ago. Yet the price continues to climb. So my for Flaherty an doing so much for the people. The fact it society had gotten worse, greedy, corrupt and they use the illusion of words and false marketing to put people at ease. The wrodks runs on business not nations, yet they are too busy playing wars games with each other to really care. Those in power have orders from those you don't even know about.
4/11/2014 10:58:54 AM
bttnk says:
If you don't like the price of gasoline, use transit, ride a bike or walk to work. Don't complain, there are many options.
4/11/2014 9:07:29 AM
SomeGuy says:
Can we blame this on the Events Centre also?
4/11/2014 8:41:16 AM
Glyder says:
Don't forget the bent hockey sticks at the marina. Oops, I mean Waterfront.
4/11/2014 9:59:18 AM
TBAY Duffer says:
Typically there is a 30 cent per litre spread between local "in Town" gas prices and RYDENS BORDER STRORE.

April 10, 8:40 a.m. RYDENS $ 3.59 USD for US GALLON

or $1.07 / litre Canadian, ( a 40 cent price spread )

Of course, thanks to the Band we can keep those dollars in Ontario.
4/11/2014 8:39:38 AM
YellowSnow13 says:
How is it Toronto prices go up $0.03 and here $0.16. Just screw over Northern Ontario again!
4/11/2014 8:34:18 AM
glass half full says:
No worries, we have bike lanes on our streets. We don't need to drive.

Time to rally together. Protest like the Americans would.

If my math is correct that works out to 6.50 per gallon.

4/11/2014 8:22:49 AM
ken1 says:
If you are interested in protected bike lanes safe from traffic visit www.memoriallink.ca
4/11/2014 9:28:52 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Don't forget the traditional gasoline price hike on May 1 that marks the start of fishing season...
4/11/2014 8:20:19 AM
S Duncan says:
Just think of all the HST you're paying on top of the taxes that already are on gasoline.

Where's Mikey and Billy for the photo op beside the gas price signs?

Thanks to liberals, your gas is always 13% higher than it should be.
4/11/2014 7:52:58 AM
reese says:
Pieere Trudeau and the national energy program$1.46 a liter
Hugo Chavez did the same $.03 a liter
Pick your poison
4/11/2014 7:47:26 AM
kaseybear says:
I have worked at a gas station for over 10 years... The owners have shown me the bill from the fuel truck, they are lucky if they can make a 2 cent per liter profit! Its not the stations that are the problem... its the suppliers. And out of that 2 cents they must pay employees and hydro to run the pumps, so use your brains for a change, the local gas pump owners are not to blame!
4/11/2014 7:10:31 AM
Richy says:
Good to see where the Harper conservatives are with this. Thanks for doing nothing about it.
4/11/2014 7:09:36 AM
Lykarock says:
Its funny that everyone always says the same thing. Lets Boycott, so and so. They never do. There is never a public display, just letters to the Editor complaining about the high gas prices. This is just a suggestion but, rather than complain on a web page, do something. Call the media, have a sit in at a gas station. rally your friends.
4/11/2014 6:57:36 AM
ring of fire dude says:
Yikes ! It isn't even the long weekend yet , I can hardly wait to see what that increase will be .
4/11/2014 4:38:37 AM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
Many will just use the higher gas prices as an excuse to go for a drive to the border to fill-up for a while....

Make a day of it to visit Grand Marais & or the casino near the border...

Sounds like it's time to get a motorcycle to combat these high gas prices.

4/11/2014 2:18:38 AM
S Duncan says:
but you'll have to figure out a way to combat the high insurance costs of riding that motorcycle.

been there, done that.
4/11/2014 9:46:20 AM
blahbaty says:
I like to order a $20 item online and ship it to the Rydens. I usually save about that with the gas prices and it feels like I got it for free. I'll be picking up the shirt I bought on eBay tonight.
4/11/2014 10:32:16 AM
baseballfan says:
Gas prices should be the same right across Canada. Period. There is absolutely no reason why we should be higher than the Ontario average nor should we be higher than the Canadian average. It's ridiculous! Quit price gouging us Northerners. I guess we should all get out our bicycles and boycott all the gas stations until they cry cause their losing money. Then they will have to lower their prices to get the customers back.
4/11/2014 1:20:15 AM
Eastender says:
When you have a monopoly, you can charge what you want, kinda like what Putin is doing to Ukraine, is what the local gas companies are doing to us. I enjoy the drive to THP, the guys at the pumps are friendly and polite, and I always tip them a loonie or two.
Fair prices and great service.
4/11/2014 12:30:39 AM
TBAY Duffer says:
Stupid me. I never considered a tip. I will now.

4/11/2014 8:43:20 AM
donnybrook says:
Kind of like the hold TBay Tel had on phone customers for oh so many years.
4/11/2014 9:49:44 AM
fluffy says:
I agree. I haven't bought gas in the city in well over a year and I refuse to do so. I am going to keep a loonie or two in my pocket to tip the THP gas attendants. They have great service!
4/12/2014 10:17:55 AM
unknowncronik says:
kinda like what Hobbs is doin for the "MA-ARENA"
4/13/2014 5:26:34 AM
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