6 stories to start your day on this Wed, April 17

Rain is on the way into the weekend

While the sun is up, rain is on the way. Environment Canada says that rain and plenty of it could be coming to a number of areas in Northern Ontario, with Rain Fall Warnings handed out to Sudbury and North Bay. Total rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm are possible by Friday morning. This is all thanks to a Colorado Low that will track over Northeastern Ontario tomorrow.


Clean water coming to Batchewana First Nation

Clean drinking water is coming to 200 residents in Batchewana First Nation. This is thanks to a Federal initiative. Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan announced Tuesday that Indigenous Services Canada is providing $320,000 in grants to move forward to a design phase for a new water treatment plant.


Paramedic Services facing Amalgamation

Paramedic services may be sounding the alarm, over concerns of Provincial Job action. This is after word was released this week that the Province may amalgamate 59 local ambulance services together, into 10. No details have been released to the affected municipalities, other than that more will be coming over the next few days.

Details: This planned integration comes after the Ford government announced merging Local Health Integration Networks into one umbrella superagency and cutting public health units.


Paramedic Services facing Amalgamation

Those who can give are being asked to stock up for a knock on the door tomorrow. Roughly 500 Timmins High students will be going door to door in the city’s north end and Melrose area Thursday morning, collecting donations of non-perishable food for two community food banks. They will be going door to door from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is the 19th year for the Timmins High students’ annual food drive.


Spike strip thrown down for driver in Greater Sudbury

A West Nipissing man faces charges of after failing to pull over for Police out of the Markstay-Warren area.  It all began with a report of a stolen vehicle and ended with a spike belt being thrown in front of a driver whose driver matched the vehicle description after he failed to pull over. Thankfully, there were no injuries.

Details: The driver was charged with Impaired driving and failing to pull over for police. The OPP located the vehicle travelling on Highway 17 in the municipality of Markstay-Warren.


Twin – Pad sights being eyed for new complex

Construction of a new twin-pad arena and community centre in North Bay will begin next spring. But where it will be located – at Memorial Gardens or the Steve Omischl Sports Field Complex – has yet to be decided. Should a detailed analysis of where to build goes forward, it will carry a cost of up to $250,000.

Details: Coun. Bill Vrebosch will be presenting an amendment to the motion at Tuesday’s regular meeting of council to remove Memorial Gardens from the equation and shift the entire focus to the Omischl site.