6 stories to start your day on this Friday, March 15

Power Back on in Sudbury following an outage

Power was fully restored in the overnight hours in Greater. This was following an outage affecting residents from York to Elm, and west of Douglass, including Gatchell. Sudbury Hydro say they have to cut power totally to safely make repairs.

Details: Two phases of electricity were lost at Cressey substation which caused a partial power loss for affected customers.


Barn fire a great simulation

A large-scale barn fire was the focus of a simulation on Manitoulin Island this week. It was held by the Gore Bay/Gordon-Barrie Island Fire Department and done with the permission of a property owner at his Ice Lake farm. Personnel say almost none of them had experience taking on a large barn fire… and a training simulation like this only better prepares front line firefighters should the day come.


Air force donates a helicopter to college

Canadore College has received a substantial donation. The college is one of 10 Transport Canada-approved training institutes to receive a surplus BO105 helicopter from the Canadian Coast Guard. It is going to benefit the aviation and aerospace program.

Details: The helicopter, appraised at nearly $650,000, will be used in experiential training. Canadore plans to keep the BO105’s original colour and graphics to honour and respect the Canadian Coast Guard.


Timmins attempting to stay ahead of snow melt

The city of Timmins is only one of a number of locations trying to stay ahead of the rapid snow melt and rainfall. For the most part, they’ve have been trying to clear catch basins. We spoke to Mayor George Perie who has nothing but praise for city workers.


Sault Ste. Marie Police see a budget shortfall

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will see a significant budget shortfall this year when it comes to courthouse security. 30 per cent. This is in funding for court services from the provincial government. In 2018, they received roughly $820,700 from the Ontario government. This year, that number will be just over $585,100.


Mayor for over 50 years receives the order of Canada

The longest-serving elected official in the country has been awarded the Order of Canada Thursday. Austin Hunt received his medal from governor-general Julie Payette at Rideau hall… Hunt served as mayor of Billings Township, on Manitoulin Island, for over five decades.

Details: He entered politics as a campaign manager and agent for former prime minister, Lester B. Pearson. Hunt retired from municipal politics after 65 years in 2018.


Police lay charges on 30-year-old joy rider

West Nipissing Police have laid charges against a 30-year-old Sturgeon Falls man, following a theft. This is after an ATV had been stolen from a residence local residence. Police located the ATV travelling on Cache Street in Cache Bay. The ATV was stopped, and the 30-year-old male driver was detained.

Details: Further investigation revealed, that the suspect had attended an address on Vachon Rd and entered a garage. The suspect is alleged to have stolen a set of vehicle keys.