6 stories to start your day for Monday, Jan 13

Investigation continues into fatal sledding collision

A Greater Sudbury has succumbed to injury following a single-snowmobile collision. It happened near Wahnapitae Saturday. The 61-year-old driver is believed to have been travelling at the tail-end of a large group at the time of the crash on a trail system. The Traffic Management Unit is continuing their investigation into what caused the driver to leave the trail and what he may have struck in the process.

 

Public input invited into the new arena

The public in North Bay will soon be able to have their say into the new community and recreation centre in West Ferris. An open house is just under a week out at city hall. The details are below. Preliminary designs and conceptual renderings of the community centre, which will feature a twin ice pad, will be on display.

The open house will run Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with members from MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. and North Bay’s Mitchell Jensen Architects available to answer questions.

 

OPP “Discouraged” by new numbers

North East OPP say they’re discouraged by the latest round of impaired driving numbers. Over the past two months, the numbers have gone up by approximately 38 per cent. The figure was released Friday as part of an update on the OPP’s Festive RIDE program that took place between late November and early January.  OPP in the North East region conducted 1,638 RIDE programs during that time period and arrested and charged 61 people for impaired driving-related offences.

 

Angus frustrated by new tax designation

We’re into the deep winter season, but Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says when it does warm in the spring, he’s concerned over taxes on area campgrounds. In a letter to the minister of finance, Angus says the Liberals want to remove the status of small business for incorporated campgrounds that do not employ at least five employees full-time year-round. A move, Angus says, that will negatively impact small rural communities that rely on private campgrounds to stimulate their local economy.

 

House fire in Sault Ste Marie “Involved”

Fire personnel in Sault Ste Marie were called to a St. George’s Avenue fire early Saturday evening. Firefighters saw heavy flames coming from the building upon arrival at the scene of a residence in the 0-100 block area. No injuries are being reported at this time. Canadian Red Cross is now assisting three people have been displaced by the fire. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

 

Community arena shut down by unexpected maintenance

The Tom Davies Community Centre and Arena in Lively was shut down without warning yesterday in Greater Sudbury. The city says it was all over what they called unexpected maintenance. Curbing activities for a number of families, the city indicated in likely had to be closed the rest of the day. For a link regarding arena activity across Greater Sudbury, you can click here.

 

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Be encouraged if meds are working – Doctors

It’s that time of year, and Doctors at Health Sciences North in Sudbury have issued a few tips for parents with sick children. In short… if you do have a sick child, when medication is working, it should create a sense of relief. Those who are more lethargic even with medication or parental treatment could point to something more serious, and medical expert should be consulted.