6 stories to start your day for Friday, Nov 8

Safe Ride Home Sudbury Launches 2019 season

Safe Ride Home Sudbury has kicked off for another season. Seen as a critical service, and in partnership with Police… the service offers a hand to those who can’t or shouldn’t drive between now and the new year. It is a not-for-profit and run by volunteers. Transportation services through Safe Ride Home Sudbury officially begin on Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.


Police, Paramedics, Fire all respond to a two-car crash

North Bay police, firefighters and paramedics had full lights flashing as they responded to a serious two-vehicle collision yesterday. It was during the drive home, at the corner of High and O’Brien streets. There was no immediate information as to injuries nor charges. Drivers are asked to ask to head out this morning with care.


Old Fire hall up for grabs

The old Whitney fire hall in Porcupine is up for grabs. Declared surplus by city council this week, the two-storey building was vacated last year when the Whitney volunteer fire service moved into the Integrated Emergency Services facility which officially opened at Northern College in October 2018. The property is worth $250,000. It is at 114 Dixon St. in Porcupine.


Temporary pink slips handed out at Algoma Steel

Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie has given out a handful of layoff notices. To date, 10 have been handed temporary layoff notices from across the steelwork’s operation. According to the company, Market conditions dictate they must take appropriate action to ensure the health of the business, through the bottom of the cycle and long term. More layoffs could be coming, depending on market conditions.


Go21 pulls in over 11k in fundraiser

The Down Syndrome Association of Sudbury has pulled in some serious cash after its sixth annual Go21 Walk at Lockerby Composite School. Formally known as the Buddy Walk, the Go21 Sudbury Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness is part of a national movement by the Canadian Down Syndrome Society. While the final donations and pledges are being taken in and counted, thus far they have surpassed $11,000.


City council eyes cell phone allowance

North Bay City councillors will soon be looking at giving themselves a monthly allowance for cellphone expenses. If it goes ahead it will be part of the 2020 budget. The general operating budget for Council provides for administrative expenses including training, office supplies, meetings, conferences, programming, and corporate initiatives.