6 stories to start your day on this Friday, July 12

They’re back!  And experts are thrilled.

The Mayflies are back, and now in full swing. While they’re not popular, experts say it’s good to see them as they’re a sign of healthy waterways. In short, polluted or unoxygenated waterways don’t generate the bugs and so while they’re a pest… the infestation is an environmental checkmark for the season. If you don’t care for them… wait it out, say experts as they’re only around for a few weeks.

 

No survivors in Wawa plane crash

Ontario Provincial Police say there are no survivors following a plane crash in Hawk Junction, roughly 30 kilometres east of Wawa. Police were called to the area Thursday around 9 a.m. The Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to the scene.

 

One new fire, being held near North Bay

One new fire in the Northeast Region is being observed at 0.1 of a hectare. North Bay 4 is a fire is located on an island in a waterbody southwest of Temagami. It is monitored to allow for the natural ecological benefits brought about by the intense heat of the fire.

 

Another blue-green algae bloom in Nipissing

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has another blue-green algae bloom. It’s been found in Talon Lake in McCool Bay, in Township of Bonfield. This is in addition to the bloom found on McQuaby Lake in the Township of Nipissing. The toxins in harmful algae can irritate the skin and, if swallowed, cause sickness.

 

Buyer promises new site will not be used as a dump

In Timmins, the company buying the former Toyota cold-weather testing property has made some written guarantees toward the purchase. This week, the council approved selling the Highway 655 property for $1.15 million. While the sale was brought up at the June meeting, the council had concerns about what the intended use of the property is, and if it would be used as a waste storage site.

 

Childcare costs could be more, come next year

Childcare in Sudbury will cost city taxpayers more come next year. $1.3 million more according to the city’s general manager of community development. It a meeting this week, Ian Wood told the finance committee this week that changes to the provincial government’s funding mean Queens Park will only be covering 80 per cent of childcare costs. Municipalities will become responsible for the rest.