6 stories to start your day for Thursday, Nov 7

Sudbury Residents looking at 3.5% tax increase

Greater Sudbury residents will likely see a tax increase into 2020. 3.5%. At least, that’s according to Ed Archer, the city’s CAO who presented the draft 2020 budget at Wednesday’s meeting of the finance committee. He told councillors staff have prepared the budget based on a 3.5 per cent increase, which equates to about $9 more per month on a home valued at $230,000.

Water and wastewater rates will also go up by 4.8 per cent, an increase of $5.13 per month for a homeowner who uses 200 cubic metres of water per year.

 

Highway 17 re-opens following a traffic accident

The roadway is open, following an accident leading to a closure. It happened on Highway 17 at Highway 537 in Wahnapitae due yesterday evening. It was closed in both directions. There is no word as to the severity of injuries or charges.

 

North Bay Men’s Shelter set to double their beds

North Bay council has given the go-ahead to Hope Awaits Ministries to double the number of shelter beds. In short, that means they will be going from 4 to eight in the near future. The group also has been given permission to operate the shelter within 200 metres of an existing group home.

Council voted in favour of a bylaw Tuesday approving the new zoning for the all men’s shelter, located 390 First Ave. E.

 

Wires in Timmins, along Algonquin set to be buried

In Timmins wires along Algonquin Boulevard are now set to be buried. It’s all part of the reconstruction of the major artery running through Timmins over the next decade and a half. This week, city council heard a report outlining the process needed to get the work done. There has been some concern about the wires in the past about the wires along Algonquin Blvd.

Mayor George Pirie summed up the consensus of council, that there’s no appetite around the table to bury the wires

 

Lockerby annual cancer drive nears $1 million

The Lockerby annual cancer drive is nearing a milestone. $1 million dollars. A long-standing tradition canvassing in Greater Sudbury all by Lockerby Composite School is done for another year, and the donations have been counted. This year’s $42,000 put’s the groups total at $984,000 since the initiative’s conception 24 years ago, this year. All the money goes to pediatric cancer care in the north.

 

Fundraising continues for Centre Culturel La Ronde

Centre Culturel La Ronde in Timmins is approaching the final stretch, with sites set on a new building in the spring. Planning and fundraising will continue through the winter with the goal to raise $500,000 within the community before shovels go in the ground in April.

 

HSN looks to move CTC off hospital property

Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury is taking action when it comes to over crowing. It comes with the creation of 56 new acute care hospital beds and approving the move of the Children’s Treatment Centre (CTC) off of hospital property. The hospital says they’re exploring a number of other options to create new beds, but ultimately, landed on annexing the CTC building.