Eight stories to start your day, August 23rd

50 Million Trees by 2025

The Province says they’re investing in programs to improve ecosystem health in urban and rural communities. The idea is to help fight climate change by planting 50 million trees by 2025. Rob Keen is the CEO with Forests Ontario and says the need is obvious, a growing solution.

The Province initiated the 50 Million Tree Program in 2008 as part of its ongoing commitment to fight climate change by planting 50 million trees by 2025 and establishing new forests across Ontario.

Design contact awarded for new event center

Sudbury city Councillors awarded a contract last night for the design for the incoming Gateway Casinos. The plans, worth $387,000 will be cost shared by the city and Dario Zulich at an approximate 50/50 cost share. The company involved already works for the casino, and will be responsible for determining how the events centre, arena and a new hotel will be integrated into one location on The Kingsway.

Home invasion under investigation

First Sudbury OPP say they’ve responded to a home invasion in Dill Township. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, but Police are seeking a white man , believed to be between 30 and 40 years of age. He is described as having long dark hair and a beard.

Another look at Algonquin Avenue, please.

Last night at North Bay city council there was a renewed call for safety from residents, regarding Algonquin Avenue. A number of speeches were given specifically suggested the city install a lit-crosswalk to stop traffic outside the medical building near Greenwood Avenue where a Senior couple was killed last year.

Stars and Thunder Festival back on for 2018

The stars and Thunder Festival is on for 2018. Timmins City Council approved the 8-day festival last night with a $5.7 million-dollar budget. Some on council, including Mayor Steve Black says he’s happy with the council vote because the boost it brings to community spirit.

Truck driver charged after C-Can spill

Timmins Police have responded to a incident involving a recycling truck. Initial investigation indicated that a recycling truck was transporting unsecured C-Can containing metal recyclables. Reports say it became dislodged and fell off the truck, causing metal debris of various sizes to spill onto the roadway. The driver is facing several charges.

New Principal for Little Current Public School

For Little Current School goers, there is a new lady at the helm for this fall. Christy Case has been appointed principal of Little Current Public School. Case served as principal of Central Manitoulin Public School and principal of Charles C. McLean Public School in Gore Bay for four years. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Threat against shelter, temporarily closes down operations

Greater Sudbury Police say they’re investigating a threat made to the city’s animal shelter in Wahnapitae. The call came in just after 2 p.m. yesterday and while the details of the threat were not made public, the shelter did close down for the remainder of the day.