6 stories to start your day for Tuesday, Jan 14

Two drivers busted in 45 min for impaired driving

The word is going out once again of the dangers of driving impaired. This is after Greater Sudbury Police arrested two men for impaired driving within a span of 45 minutes. The first was on Perreault Street and the second after a vehicle rear-ended a transit bus on Barrydowne Road and Lillian Boulevard.

 

18-year-old charged in fatal collision

A teen from Kemptville will now answer to charges following the fatal two-car collision on Highway 17 in October. It was at around 4:45 p.m. when OPP responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 17 in East Ferris Township and ended up closing the highway for 5 hours. A 74-year-old, from Timmins, who was a passenger in the eastbound vehicle containing four occupants, succumbed to injuries.

 

Sledders and Fishers called to “Get Along”

A call for peace has been issued in Timmins between sledders and those with ice huts. Complaint calls aside, those using ice huts are asked to use reflective tape on their huts for those engaged in night travel while ensuring paths are clear. Sledders are reminded to watch their speed and mind their distances from those who are fishing.

 

Unemployment rate nearly doubles in Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie’s annual unemployment rate has jumped, nearly doubling over the past year. Sitting at 4.5 per cent in 2018 it moved all the way up to 8.9 per cent in 2019, according to year-end figures in a new report from Statis Canada. There have been some significant business closures including the downtown Walmart along with the
Sutherland and Agero call centres. Last year’s annual unemployment rate of 8.9 per cent of the labour force was identical to the Sault’s 2015 rate.

 

Cause of fire will not be determined – Fire Marshal

A cause behind a fire that destroyed a Chisholm home just before Christmas, will not be determined. The home, owned by a councillor for the local township, and his wife, a former registered practical nurse at Eastholme Home for the Aged, lost their home on Memorial Park Drive, just east of Golf Course Road, in a fire Dec. 21. The Fire marshal says following an investigation, the damage was simply to sever to determine a cause.

 

Soo Locks call it a season

Port Sault Ste. Marie is announcing the closure of three regional waterways. It’s all in conjunction with the scheduled closure of the Soo Locks and the expected development of ice. They’re open again in the spring. Per the United States Code of Federal Regulation, these actions steer clear commercial shipping and Coast Guard ice-breaking activity.

 

Also…

‘High-Risk Influenza Status’ declared at Hospital

Influenza is once again making the rounds, and those at the North Bay Regional Health Centre are seeing escalating numbers in their ER. So much so they’re telling those by phone not to visit a patient if they’re not well. To that end, a ‘High-Risk Influenza Status’ was declared as it’s been determined currently there is a greater risk of acquiring the illness. For more information on how to protect yourself from the flu visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts