6 stories to start your day for Wednesday, Sept 11

Final vote on school closure, on September 24th

One way or another, a decision will be made on September 24th. That was the word last night at the near north district school board office where a meeting was held to discuss a high school closure. Widdifield or Chippewa Secondary School will close. Trustees will re-vote on the secondary school consolidation at the Sept. 24 board of directors meeting.

That meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Chair board Jay Aspin told reporters that the board agrees the question has lingered much too long. In the last two years Near North has lost $7 million in funding.


Place de Arts construction continues, following approval

Place des Arts in Greater Sudbury is going ahead with construction. This is following a council vote yesterday to approve a request from the arts and culture centre for $7.5 million, which will be used to cover the upfront costs of construction.

Construction is already underway at the corner of Larch and Elgin streets. The city previously contributed $5.5 million to the $30-million arts centre (according to its website), to be disbursed over three years.


Two Toronto area men charged in Sudburian Death

Two Toronto-area men (both in their 20’s) have been charged in the disappearance of a Sudbury man. 32-year-old Devin Collin was discovered deceased south of Wawa after being reported as missing on June 17.

Devin Collin, 32, was reported missing on June 17. Human remains found 12 days later along Highway 17, near the Michipicoten River bridge, were subsequently identified as belonging to the Sudburian.


SSM Police looking for 3-stolen vehicles

Crime Stoppers and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is requesting your assistance in locating several vehicles that have been reported stolen. Among them, a Camouflage Honda Rancher ATV. Two other trucks are on the list. Full details are on our webpage.

A 2005 Ford Freestyle that is black in colour, this vehicle has damage to the front and rear on the right side of the vehicle. Also, a 2000 GMC Sierra that is dark green in colour that is numbered for a construction company. This vehicle has the tailgate strapped on and the rear bumper has rotted off.


Smile Cookie campaign will support HSN

For those looking to send a smile out, HSN in Greater Sudbury may have Greater Sudbury you covered. The Hospital is partnering with Tim Hortons once again for the annual Smile Cookie Campaign, which starts next week. The funds from cookie sales at the two locations at HSN, and a portion from other locations in the city will go toward the hospital’s priority needs.


Timmins Drivers vs. City over parking bylaws

Timmins drivers and the city may be in gridlock when it comes to parking. Some monthly parking permit holders are fuming over the City of Timmins enforcing a little-known section of the parking bylaw in the lot at Algonquin and Cedar. They’re being ticketed under the provision that they can only park in spots designated for permit holders. Most of those spots are under the billboards, and the rest are for two-hour pay-and-display parking.



Recycling days will change for Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie Homeowners will soon have to wait when it comes to taking out the trash. City council narrowly passed a resolution this week (six to five) authorizing staff to change the curbside recycling days. Beginning in November, recycling collection days will be one day later than waste collection days.

The exception will be for those who have a waste collection on Friday. Their new recycling collection day will be Monday.