6 stories to start your day on this Thursday, Mar 14

Nursing workers take to the front lines

Roughly 250 nursing home workers were out protesting this week in Greater Sudbury. They were out on Paris street yesterday afternoon from St. Joseph’s Villa and St. Gabrial’s Villa. Without a contract since 2017, their concern range from Scheduling to Pay to staff numbers.


Queen’s Athletic Oval closed

With temperatures on the rise, and more rain on the way… Queen’s Athletic skating oval in Greater Sudbury has officially closed for the season. While the Ramsey Lake skating path remains open, as do a number of ski hills, many say it’s only a matter of time.

Details: Adanac ski hill and Lively ski hill say they’re hoping they can stay open through the March Break, but it’s really dependant on the weather. Updates on closures at the city’s ski hills can be found at greatersudbury.ca/ski.


Water safety statement issued

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority has issued a water safety statement. Specifically, to careful near and around area watercourses. In a statement this week, the combination of snowmelt and rainfall over the next two days will increase runoff to watercourses and water bodies.

Details: Water levels in creeks and rivers are low or average for this time of year, so flooding isn’t expected. There is some uncertainty with the precipitation forecast, with anywhere between five and 25mm of rain expected by Thursday evening.

15k in grants headed toward multiple fire departments

A number of fire departments are getting some well-needed funding. $15,000 to replace ageing equipment will be going to the Goulais Fire and Rescue Department, Awares Volunteer Fire Department, Batchawana Fire Department and Searchmont Community Volunteer Fire Department. The equipment is showing its age, has recently failed and parts are now difficult to find.

Details: The grant will be used to replace the radio repeater and its associated equipment. The radio repeater allows for long-distance communication from the Sault Ste. Marie dispatch centre to fire units up to 100 km away. The grant comes from Jenny Jones and her Jenny’s Heroes Canada Fire Services Equipment Grant that supports volunteer fire services.


West, Gelinas holding a town-hall meeting

Those with questions regarding a new funding plan, regarding autism, are being invited to have their say. Sudbury MPP Jamie West will be a town hall meeting to that end and says he’s expecting to field several questions from parents. Nicklebelt MPP France Gelinas will also be speaking the audience. Details are on our website.

When: March 14th, 2019
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Countryside Sports Complex, 235 Countryside Drive, Sudbury, ON, P3A 5A2
Who: Northern Ontario Autism Alliance, MPP Jamie West, MPP France Gelinas


Moose is just fine, thus far – MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Foresty has been out to a Moose in Greater Sudbury, seemingly stuck in the snow. This is near a waterway on the side of Estaire Road, out off of Highway 69.  A biologist has since confirmed that the female, considered older in age is in good health, but they will monitor the situation.