6 stories for today, Monday, Sept 9th

NORCAT gets $1.1 more in funding

NORCAT in Greater Sudbury is getting another round of funding. It’s for the above-ground expansion and on the heels of the announcement last month that the province announced it would provide $1.1 million to the facility, which brings the province’s total contribution to $1.65 million. NORCAT announced the $4-million expansion last spring. It will add 12,000 square feet of space to the complex.


The jobless rate in Greater Sudbury up slightly

The jobless rate in Greater Sudbury is up slightly at 5.4 per cent in August, compared to 5 per cent the month before. That’s a loss of 600 jobs. Full-time job gains occurred mainly in natural resources, utilities, health care, information and culture services, accommodation and food services, and public administration. StatsCan said there were 84,600 jobs in Sudbury last month, compared to 85,200 in July.


Hundreds of students here for “Quality of Education”

This fall, hundreds of students from India, Africa, and Asia are in post-secondary school here in Northern Ontario. Specific numbers aside, Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste Marie are all posting positive numbers. While the average student pays four times the tuition of domestic students for a university education… a large number of students say it’s for the quality of education. Those numbers were put out by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. OUSA also says only 15% of students get some support from their home countries.


FedNor funding going to assist Blue Sky Net

It’s possible that many could look forward to better high-speed internet and better cellphone service. This is under collaborations to improve and expand service. FedNor funding will assist Blue Sky Net in delivering two projects designed to help businesses innovate and adopt new technologies. The report says that this could also make them more productive and competitive in today’s global economy.


Cattle Tractor Trailer fire blocks Highway

A cattle tractor-trailer fire forced the closure of Highway 17 in both directions between the east entrance of the Alona Bay Lookout and Highway 101 to Wawa this morning. The cattle truck was in the eastbound lane when it caught fire at about 6:30 p.m. It is unknown when the highway might be reopened.


Male arrested in a break and enter, mischief

North Bay Police have arrested a 46-year-old Trout Creek following an alleged break and enter. It is alleged that shortly before 8 am on Saturday, police responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Clarence Street in North Bay. The accused was attempting to gain entry to a residence and was observed spray painting a wall outside the residence. Police was contacted and when they arrived the accused was located outside in close proximity to the residence. He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

Constable John Schultz: